Six Non-Traditional Holiday Party Ideas

The holidays are fast approaching and for many, that means quality time with family and friends.  Unfortunately, some of us for one reason or another, don’t have many friends to spend time with.  What better way to meet new people than by hosting a holiday party?  But a plain old holiday party is boring.  So let’s spice it up a bit with some non-traditional holiday party ideas!

1. Holiday Baking Get-Together 

Everyone brings a favorite holiday recipe and spends the day baking together, exchanging recipes at the end.  A particularly great way to spend a cold winter’s day.  If you need inspiration check out or

2. Holiday Baking Swap

Ok, so maybe a group of people baking recipe after recipe in your kitchen isn’t your idea of “fun”.  No worries!  You can still get a group of people together and have them each bring a favorite holiday treat for sampling and swapping.

3. Holiday Clothing Swap 

With the holidays come holiday parties, and often we can’t afford to splurge on a new outfit.  But I’m sure most of you have items of clothing you no longer wear and need an excuse to get rid of.  A group clothing swap is a great, fun way to rid your closet of items you no longer wear and score some new duds in the process!

4. Holiday Movie Night 

There’s nothing better than holiday-themed movies to get you in the mood for the season!  Spend the day or evening watching traditional holiday movies! A few of my faves are Home Alone, The Santa Clause trilogy (yes, trilogy), It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story.  Or watch classic holiday cartoons such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas!

5. Holiday Game Night 

There’s NOTHING better in my opinion than a good, old fashioned game night to break the ice and meet new people.  I’m partial to Scene It?, but any selection of board or card games will do.  Winner takes all the cookies!

6. Snowman Building Contest 

If you’re lucky enough to have snow for the holidays, have a snowman building contest! Warm up afterwards with spiked hot cocoa and marshmallows!

6. Bring a Friend 

While I highly recommend subscribing to Just Platonic, (if you haven’t already done so, what are you waiting for?!?!?) perhaps you just stumbled across our site looking for holiday party ideas.  Well, here’s another great way to meet some new people: host a party – any party – and have each person you invite bring a platonic friend. After all, your next BFF could be your co-worker’s sister’s boyfriend’s cousin’s acquaintance.

It goes without saying that if you choose to host any of these parties, make sure there is plenty of egg nog, cocoa, and cider (bonus points if any of these are spiked!) and food!  Set the atmosphere with some classic Christmas carols and dress for the occasion.  There is no better time for your ugliest Christmas sweater!

Happy holidays!



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