Ah, holiday hosting. A time to re-examine your holiday DIY pinboards, stockpile entertaining essentials and get out that never-fail to-do list. This year, don’t throw the same boring Christmas party as everyone else — mix things up with a holiday shindig that captures your personality perfectly. Here are 12 holiday parties you need to throw based on your Zodiac sign.
Fabulous Friend Hangout: Grab your best girlfriends for a night of warm cocoa, must-know gossip and holiday festivities at your house. For decorations, whip together some stunning gold DIY décor and a traditionally dressed Christmas tree. And don’t forget to coordinate a White Elephant gift exchange (making sure your gift is the best, of course).
Get (Semi-)Traditional With It: Close friends, neighbors, coworkers and fam are all invited to this semi-traditional bash. The classics are all here — sugar cookies, holiday tunes, a wood burning fireplace — but there’s some modern twists too, like brightly colored garland on the tree and geometric champagne flutes.
The House Party to End All House Parties: Open Facebook. Create event. Invite all. This once-in-a-lifetime holiday bonanza features loud holiday jams and festive cocktails by the dozen. Decorations are bright but minimal and festive attire is absolutely required (but there’s a box of gently used holiday wear by the door in case someone forgets).
Everything and the Kitchen Sink Bash: This holiday party may have started out with a theme, but it didn’t last long — there were too many good ideas on the Internet to just pick one! No one at the party will mind that there’s a DIY pineapple tree, traditional bows and Harry Potter themed cocktails, because they know you (and love every one of your quirks).
Did Someone Say Reunion Party?: Get the college gang back together for a celebration worthy of your school colors. Print out old photos to decorate the tree and hang some mistletoe for the old college sweethearts — this party has nostalgia written all over it.
Cubicle Celebration: Gather your co-workers for an office party to remember. After making sure there are no allergies, no music objections and no schedule conflicts (among other possible problems), deck out the office in DIYable décor with supplies from around the office (like these holiday printables) and let the awkward socializing begin.
The Non-Denominational Holiday Gathering: Leave your Starbucks cups at the door, because this holiday party is completely open to all. Located at a rec center or rental space, this party features bright, non-traditional colors and absolutely no Christmas or Hanukkah (or any other specific holiday) paraphernalia.
Holiday Book Club Meeting: Pick up your fave Christmas book (A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express or Letters From Father Christmas will do) and host your very own holiday soiree packed with heated arguments and yummy snacks. And don’t forget to decorate with your favorite punny literary charms!
Last-Minute Shindig: Round up a group of friends the night before for a spur-of-the-moment holiday bake-off. Make sure to run to the store to get ample amounts of flour, baking soda and sprinkles — and maybe a prize for the winner as well (although you can always come up with something on the fly too).
The Elaborate Holiday Celebration: The guests have already RSVPed, the catering has been tasted and the classically modern decorations have been rented and DIYed for the big day. All that’s left is to check (okay, double check) that everything is in order and get your hostess outfit steamed.
Made With Love Party: Everything at this party is DIYed — from the decorations to the sweet treats to the favors. There’s even a DIY cookie bar with royal icing piping bags and treats at the ready. Applause isn’t necessary, but appreciated.
Calm Wine Night in With the Besties: Skip the grand festivities in favor of a cozy night in with the people you love. Order in some gourmet pizza, break out the festive snack bowls and get ready to give that uber cute Etsy present to your BFF.
What holiday party fits your personality the best? Share it in the comments!