Hosting holiday parties is a staple of the season for many. Due to the pandemic however, many things are changing about this holiday season.
One thing that hasn’t changed is our desire to connect with our loved ones in meaningful ways. They may look different this year, but it’s still possible to host holiday parties, even in the annus horribilis that has been the year 2020.
Here are a few of our holiday party ideas. If you have some of your own you’re planning, we’d love to hear about them! We could all use a little shared joy this holiday season.
Cookie Baking Holiday PartyHoliday cookie baking is as much a part of the season as sparkling lights and hot chocolate. In many families, getting together to bake treasured family recipes is a much-loved tradition.
There’s no reason the tradition can’t live on this year, though it will be a little different.
Host a virtual holiday cookie baking party with your friends and family, each baking a favorite recipe. You could even set a theme for the party, something traditional like snow themes or Christmas trees, or something unique to your group like a favorite TV show or book series.
You can share stories while you bake, take turns playing curated Spotify playlists, or simply enjoy each other’s company while being safely in your own kitchens.
Christmas Tree Decorating Holiday PartyIf you find you’re going to be alone this holiday season, set up a ZOOM call and decorate with your friends. It can really help pass the time as you’re putting up your tree and help make a party out of it.
And of course, don’t forget to make yourself some refreshments! Cookies and cocoa never go amiss, and we have some excellent pre-made mixes that will make whipping up something sweet extra easy so you can get to the fun stuff.
Gingerbread House Building Holiday Party
Gingerbread houses are a classic fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy. Nuflours makes our very own gluten free gingerbread house kits that you can order and assemble yourself, or have shipped to your loved ones and you can virtually build them together.
Our house kits includes gingerbread house pieces, 2 gingerbread people, premade royal frosting, vanilla frosting, 8 peppermint pinwheels and 2 small candy canes to start you off, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to the different candies and decorating styles you can add on to your houses.
Movie Watching Holiday Party
Many streaming platforms are now offering a service that allows you to sync watching experiences with your friends so you can host watch parties.
What better time of year to watch a movie together! You can choose specific nights each week to watch a holiday classic with your friends, or just choose one you all love and enjoy each year.
(Don’t forget you can order Nuflours treats for delivery because movie snacks are going to be absolutely essential.)
Letter Writing Holiday PartyChristmas cards are a traditional season greeting that have tapered off a bit in modern times due to e-cards and social media, but this year is the perfect time to sit with your favorite hot beverage and write some thoughtful and newsy letters to the meaningful people in your life.
Older friends and relatives in particular are often touched by a handwritten card from grown grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or family friends they haven’t heard from in awhile. It’s a genuine, heartfelt and personal way to connect in a time when meaningful connection is feeling hard to achieve.
Seeing your loved ones virtually is not the same as being in the same room, feeling their presence near you, or sharing spaces. But as we all endeavor to celebrate the holidays safely, take the time to find ways to genuinely connect to the people in your life, however that may look for you in your own unique situation. The holidays may look different this year, but they can still be filled with the warmth and glow of knowing your loved ones are near.