So much of the holiday season is filled with the hustle and bustle of constant gatherings, shopping for gifts, eating too much, and added expenses. For a festive time of year, it can actually be, well, a little stressful.
Instead of racing through the season just trying to survive, why not have your nearest and dearest friends over for a mindful night of slow holiday celebration? We don’t always get to see our chosen families over the holiday season (our friends!), and sometimes hanging out with family so much can actually be… exhausting. Uncle Bob’s dad jokes are only tolerable a couple times per year, and we all have that relative who pushes the envelope a little too much with her opinions.
You deserve a break. Create a relaxing holiday oasis for you and your friends that everyone can look forward to – it might even become a new annual ritual! Here are six ideas to help you set the mood of mindfulness for your holiday party:
The Handmade Gift Exchange
Instead of buying an inexpensive gift for a fun gift exchange, why not create something handmade that you put some time and effort into? It’s always exciting to see what your pals have created: a sassy needlepoint; homemade fudge; a succulent terrarium; a fresh neroli and lavender linen spray with a fun label. The gifts always seem more thoughtful.
Sparkling Holiday Sangria
Every special occasion should have a special themed cocktail. Rather than everyone bringing their own separate beverage, ask them to bring ingredients for a fun one-night only holiday drink. Splash some Moscato, champagne, muddled cranberries and fresh basil leaves for a bright, holiday-inspired party bevvie.
String the Lights
Set out tall white pillar candles and strings of white lights around your space to fill the room with a soft, cozy glow. Ban the overhead and lamplight for the night. If you’re low on lights, see if some of your party pals can bring a string or two over. And don’t forget to plug in your tree!
Bust out the Party Favors
It’s a shame that goodie bags are reserved for little kids. Who doesn’t like to take home a little piece of the party with them? Filling a little bag with a couple homemade tea lights, baking, crystals, or even tiny evergreen clippings gathered into a smoke bath bundle, will have all your guests feeling extra nice and in the holiday spirit on their way home.
The Right Playlist
A well thought out playlist can have a big impact on the mood of your gathering. By crafting a playlist built around nostalgic tunes, you’ll encourage your guests to reminisce and ease into the evening. Create a laid back atmosphere filled with feel-good tunes by vintage Amanda Marshall, Sheryl Crow and Elton John. Your song choices don’t need to be Christmas carols!
What are your favorite holiday party traditions? Leave a comment or tag us on Instagram @TheBodyBook.
Holiday recipes: Sparkling Turmeric Sangria, Rosemary & Beet Gin Fizz, Fall Cocktail Party with Seasonal Appetizers, Zucchini Superfood Latkes, Shepard’s Pie (Vegan), Orange Zest Gingerbread Loaf, and Diary-Free Spinach Dip.
VANESSA KUNDERMAN is a fiction author, poet, and avid crystal collector. She has published stories alongside Stephen King, Alice Munro, and Anais Nin, in “Woman, an anthology” a collection of works celebrating strong female dynamics. As a student of core shamanism, Vanessa advocates adapting traditions to create new modern sacred studies. She has a background in motivational speaking and teaches workshops grounded in her self-care and spiritual wellness website, Rogue Wood Supply. She is a mother, cancer survivor, and a lover of the True North, and believes smudging can fix almost every sour mood. She hails from the prairie woodlands of Canada.