Holiday Party Ideas/Tips

Holiday Party Tips/Ideas

Here are some party tips and ideas for you to consider when planning your party.   Please do not feel like you have to do any of these, they are just ideas to help you in case you are “blank”.



Oriental Trading Company – order shortly after school starts – shipping can take three weeks.

SNACKS – remember to use and ask your parent for donations.

winter treat

Candy Cane with milkyway chocolate top and a teddy graham cracker on top.

winter popcorn treat

Winter cheese stick

snowman treat

snowman donut treat



snowman bowling game

Medium Difficulty:

Minute-to-Win-It-Games-Junk-in-the-TrunkThis game was another crowd favorite! To prepare for this game, empty a tissue box, and use an Xacto knife to make two slits into the bottom of the box. Thread an adjustable belt or wide ribbon through the two slits to create a tissue-box-on-a-belt. Removing the thin plastic barrier from the tissue box opening will make game play easier (for younger children) or keep it intact for more challenging play.

To play the game, strap the tissue box onto the player’s back, and fill it with 6-8 ping pong balls (we used 6, but 8 would be appropriate for older children and adults). Shake, shimmy, jump, and dance around until all of the balls have fallen out of the tissue box. No using your hands and no laying down! This game is hysterical to watch in action!

marshmellow game


Using chopsticks and small marshmallows and chinese food containers.  Have the students race to see how can put 20 marshmallows in their container the quickest.

Minute-to-Win-It-Games-Suck-It-UpSUCK IT UP: Players place a straw in their mouth and use suction to transfer a pile of 25 M&M’s from one plate to another in under one minute. Only one hand may be used to hold the straw. Everyone gets to eat their candy when the round is finished!  This game also works well with 3 players competing in each round.


COOKIE FACE: This is a great game to kick off the party because all of the players can compete at the same time (or you can break it down into several rounds of game play). Each player places a cookie on their forehead, and the goal is to get the cookie into your mouth using only your facial muscles in under 1 minute. No hands! This is tougher than it looks!

Minute-to-Win-It-Games-Scoop-It-UpSCOOP IT UP: Using nothing but a spoon in your mouth, transfer six ping pong balls from one bowl to another) in less than one minute. No hands! Hands are only allowed if you drop the ping pong ball, and then they can be used to place the ball back into the original bowl for another transfer attempt. 2-3 players compete for each round of play.


Crafts: The PTO has worked with the teachers and found crafts that your students will be gifting; however, you may wish to also make another craft depending on the time.  Work with your teacher(s) on this if you are going to include another craft.

winter ornament

snowman ornament

Thumbprint frame

snowman craft

You’ll need a pair of old socks that are crew length, or longer, rice, rubber bands, buttons, pins with ball heads or small beads for eyes and nose and any left over fabric if you want for a scarf.

First, cut off the top of the sock from the foot.

Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock.

Then turn the sock right-side out again.

Fill the sock with rice. Make sure to pack it down as you go so the sock gets a nice round base. Rubber band the top of the sock closed and put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top for the head of your snowman.

Now, decorate! Tie a scarf around your snowman’s neck and add eyes, nose, and buttons. Use the toe of your cut socks to fashion a stocking cap.

Or you could use colored argyle socks to create hats and sweaters for your snowman.

You can either sew or glue on your buttons, and add embellishments – twine, bows, ribbons, etc – as needed. This is such a quick and easy craft – 10 minutes tops