Winter wonderland party guide

Christmas ornament on a branch.

Dreaming of a white Christmas? You’re in luck — here’s our winter wonderland party guide.


Start creating your winter wonderland by sending an Evite invitation to your guests, like this "Winter Landscape" invitation or “A Winter Wonderland” invitation. Explore our Holiday invitation gallery for more designs.


Set your table in winter white with dazzling silver accents. Silver candles, placemats and napkins add drama to even the plainest white plates and serving bowls. A vase of white flowers and a delicate sprinkling of fake snow down the center of the table add the finishing touches.

Wrap twinkle lights in white tulle and drape over a window frame like soft, snowy curtains. Tie back the tulle with a snowflake ornament or white satin ribbon. Place evergreen-scented candles by your entryway to set the scene as guests arrive.

Little extras

One or two special touches will make your party light up a dark winter night. Some ideas:

  • Give guests a small party favor as they leave. It can be as simple as a white gift bag or satin pouch with a holiday card, votive candle and white chocolate truffles tucked inside.
  • Serve a signature drink, like sparkling wine with a splash of Goldschläger Cinnamon Schnapps. This cinnamon liquor dresses up your bubbly with holiday spiciness and 24-karat-gold flakes.
  • Arrange for a group of children carolers to come by and sing holiday songs.


Organize a gift exchange! A simple gift swap is always a good choice, or you can opt for a classic Secret Santa or White Elephant.

In the spirit of the holiday season, encourage guests to make a donation to charity. Create a donation table in a low-traffic area, and set out bowls marked with names of pre-picked charities. Put out pens and small envelopes so guests can contribute discreetly. You can also raise funds for a cause of your choice right on your invitation.

Up for a kitschy twist on the usual holiday tunes? Two words: karaoke caroling.


Set up a decadent raw bar with oysters and pots of caviar displayed in a large silver bowl filled with ice. Set toast points for the caviar and assorted sauces for the oysters in small bowls alongside.

Risotto is a perfect dish for a winter wonderland with its white, pillowy appearance and its warm, creamy consistency. Try serving your risotto in individual (and edible!) Parmesan cups. To make, scoop a spoonful of grated Parmesan cheese onto a lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes until each scoop melts into a lacy disk. Push each disk into muffin cups until it cools and holds the shape of a small cup.

Dreaming of a white dessert? Think white chocolate fondue and cupcakes topped with white icing and flaked coconut.

Stack mini popcorn balls like snowballs for a fun, seasonal party snack.



  • 3 parts vodka
  • 1 part crème de menthe

Fill a shaker with ice, then add ingredients. Shake, strain into martini glasses, then garnish with a mini candy cane.

For a non-alcoholic alternative, make hot chocolate. Whip up an extra-rich batch of your favorite hot chocolate, and pour in a highball glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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