In Napa Valley, a white Christmas usually means plenty of wine glasses filled with a great local white wine.
Although, for an after-dinner party at Christmas, a touch of red is quite fitting, as well. A great example is the Pinot Noir from Olema. This Sonoma County wine is a blend of grapes from the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast, so it contains the best of both worlds.
One of the joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to host or attend parties. And perhaps the most enjoyable and memorable are those events filled with glittering Christmas party decorations and holiday snacks. Of course, the chance to join in with family and friends for Christmas party games is part of what makes the best memories.
So, if you’re planning your own holiday get-togethers, here are some great Christmas party ideas to help make yours both memorable and unique.
Christmas Party Ideas to Make Your Celebrations Merry and Bright
When it comes to Christmas party decorations, the trending preference is for bright colors over more traditional choices.
As one source explains,
“The color theme for Christmas 2021 is all about joyful brights in both traditional colorways as well as contemporary alternatives such as magenta and blue are going to really bring the fun to your celebrations.”
This is echoed by another online authority, as well,
“Christmas color trends 2021 will focus on metallics like silver and gold for ornaments and decor. These classic hues will bring some glitz and glam to your decor while pairing easily with other colors and materials.”
However, you can never go wrong with a retro-traditional look incorporating muted and antiqued colors and genuine vintage decorations, prints, and Christmas ephemera. Nothing evokes the spirit of Christmas more than sparking those collective memories of childhood Christmas’s past.
Of course, great Christmas parties are more than decorations…
Holiday Drinks and Holiday Snacks
A recent beverage industry survey looked to discover holiday drinking trends for 2021 and found that there are, indeed, shifts in what is and is no longer popular.
Most tellingly, the survey found that more respondents say they drink wine when celebrating versus beer or hard alcohol and cocktails. When asked what drink feels the most festive, results were virtually tied between eggnog and wine. These two choices rated higher than those who felt cocktails were the most festive drink and even fewer voted for champagne.
So, in keeping with the trends that seem to be influencing the drinking preferences of many people, it would seem that an excellent choice for holiday drinks would be wines and eggnog.
Holiday snacks are a staple of any Christmas party, and being in Napa Valley, the choices are delightful and many.
A shortlist would include:
- Holiday salsa and multi-colored tortilla chips
- Unique cheese logs
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Baked Brie in puffed pastry
- Pigs in a Blanket
- Crab Artichoke dip and French bread
And don’t forget the sweets!
Christmas Party Games to Excite and Delight
Another holiday tradition for many people is playing games at Christmas parties. And here are a few sure to add some brightness to an already bright Christmas party:
Gift Wrap Game: Test your guests’ gift wrapping and team player skills with this fun diversion. Challenge your party guests to see who can wrap a present the fastest. However, they must work with a partner – and each person can only use one hand!
Christmas Movie Trivia: Everyone loves trivia, and everyone loves Christmas movies, and this fun Christmas party game combines both with questions covering both classic Christmas movies and modern-day films. You can make this happen with a handy tutorial at My Party Games.
White Elephant Gifts, a Christmas party game classic, is always a blast: Players put their wrapped gifts in a pile, then draw numbers to decide who picks first. Number one grabs a gift from the pile; then, each subsequent player can either “steal” a gift from someone else or take one that hasn’t been chosen until all the gifts are gone from the pile. You can either unwrap gifts as you go or at the end.
Gift Baskets for Guests
Thoughtful Christmas party hosts always ensure that their guests leave at the end of the festivities with a gift. And a gift basket for guests is a great way to make a lasting impression.
Since Napa Valley is known, above all else, for wine, a bottle of a local favorite in each basket is a wonderful idea. If, however, you’re treating a large number of Christmas party guests, perhaps custom wine glasses for each basket might be a great alternative.
For more great ideas for gift baskets for guests of your holiday get-togethers and Christmas parties, you can talk with our friendly gift basket experts here at Cal Mart, or peruse this article to spur your creative gift presentation juices.
Come to Cal Mart for Your Napa Valley Christmas Party Supplies
Cal Mart’s has been a shopping destination for holiday meal and party supplies in Calistoga, California for over 50 years and is a Napa Valley tradition.
As a family-owned and independent grocery store, Cal Mart has provided a unique, enjoyable, and memorable shopping experience for our customers for over half a century. And during that time, Cal Mart has been the go-to local destination for fine Napa Valley wines, meats, cheeses, and specialty food items.
For more than five decades, our customers have enjoyed unique and memorable shopping experiences with us, and Cal Mart has, in that time, become known as “Napa Valley’s Finest Grocery.”
If you’re stocking up on Christmas party foods and drinks, we have a wide variety of great choices in our gourmet cheese selection, our wide variety of quality wines and craft beers, and unique and hard-to-find specialty foods items. The holidays are also the perfect time of year to consider one of our beautiful gift baskets.
So, this holiday season, take some time to come and explore all that we have to offer.
And while you’re here, please feel free to talk with our knowledgeable staff and then treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea from our Coffee Bar.
At Cal Mart, you will always find something that is unexpected, unusual, and uncommon!