Whether you are pagan or want to celebrate the winter season in a non-religious fashion, having a winter solstice party can be great fun. Here are ten tips to get you started in planning this fun celebration:
1. Pick the date-will you celebrate on the actual day of Winter Solstice, December 21st or 22nd (depending on the year), or will it be more your way of celebrating the winter season in general?
2. Start with some handmade invitations to your friends and family. You might include an explanation of why you are celebrating this holiday and maybe use an image that represents the winter solstice on the invitation. Another option is to send an invite online through evite.com.
3. Get the decorations which involve the five senses. Perhaps hang candy canes on a small Christmas tree. You can give out these candies as treats during the party. Have winter-themed scented candles burning, such as pumpkin, sugar cookie or gingerbread cookies made by Yankee Candles. Have multi-color strings of light inside or outside of your house. Many traditional Christmas decorations will fit with your winter solstice theme.
4. Break out the hot drinks and provide wassail or apple cider. Pumpkin spiced lattes are also a great option. Hot cocoa for the children is a great choice and if you put in a little Bailey’s Irish Cream into this beverage you have a great adult drink option.
5. Have great music in the background-Enya and Enigma provide great choices to set the mood. Ask guests to bring their ipods or favorite CDs that reflect the winter solstice theme.
6. If you guests include children, have activities ready such as winter themed coloring sheets. Perhaps you can have a cookie decorating activity where adults and children can add sprinkles, cinnamon or M&M’s to their own treat. The smell of baking cookies will add instant warmth to the room.
7. Have an activity that celebrates the winter solstice specifically, such as everyone sharing something they are thankful for or someone explaining the meaning of this particular celebration with a story.
8. Have a feast, either potluck or where you provide some great wintery dishes. Stick with game meats to fit with the traditions of winter solstice and hearty side dishes or soups. Potato-Leek soup can be a great choice to warm everyone in a tasty way.
9. For a parting gift, sprigs of mistletoe are a great choice to help your guests get into the spirit. You can also give out winter-vegetable seeds, to promote the idea of growth and renewal represented by this holiday.
10. This celebration doesn’t have to be somber-enjoy your friends and families with games, whatever you enjoy the most. It doesn’t matter what particular game you play, whatever you have on hand will work. Pictionary, Twister and even Charades can get your group laughing, having fun and being merry.