The Winter Solstice occurs when the geographical north pole is pointed the furthest from the sun. It is the longest night of the year. The winter solstice is sometimes referred to as midwinter, and some religions celebrate this time as a period of rebirth. The Pagan community celebrates winter solstice as a main holiday, and one of the most popular celebrations of the winter solstice is the Wiccan observance of Yule. In an effort to be politically correct, some school sand other public groups prefer to observe winter solstice, as opposed to Christmas.
With the economy the way it is, if you are planning a winter solstice party, favors may be a financial
burden, and you may be considering cutting them out completely. Before you do that, take a look at these
ideas for inexpensive winter solstice party favors. First, you should decide on a theme, whether it be the
sun, a generic winter theme with snowmen and other winter symbols, or something more religious.
If your theme is the sun, there are a variety of goodies that you can include with your party. Cookies in the
shape of the sun, and/or frosted in yellow and orange. Sunglasses can be found in many party favor
departments, and small bottles or sample bags of sunscreen could also make for cute and cheap favors.
Oriental Trading Company has a tissue paper sun craft kit on sale here for less than $6 for 12 crafts, making it 50
cents per favor, and it is also an activity that can be done at the party!
Another activity-turned-party favor are clove oranges. Have your guests take whole cloves and poke them into the peels of oranges. The result looks like a sun, and smells delicious. Best of all, the supplies can be acquired inexpensively, at most grocery stores.
For a broad winter theme, you can hand out snowball cupcakes, which can be found on the snack cake aisle of many major grocery stores for one or two dollars for a box of six or twelve. Or, you can purchase coffee mugs at the dollar store, and include a package or two of hot chocolate or several differently flavored tea bags.
For the theme of rebirth, a great party favor (and activity) would be to create containers for winter sowing, with the party favor being a package of seeds, which can be purchased for less than $1. Take a clean milk jug (must be clear plastic, not opaque) or soda or water bottle, cut in half, put soil in the bottom after poking a few drainage holes, plant seed(s), spray with water to moisten, then tape the two halves back together. Now, your guests can grow plants through the winter.
There’s no need to cancel a party simply because there is too much to purchase. With these party favor ideas, you can have a great winter solstice party, on the cheap, that your guests will talk about for weeks.