The holidays are truly the best time to spend with the special people in your life. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a huge party venue or restaurant to see everyone – you can hold a holiday party right in your very own apartment! You can show off your home while treating your guests to a tray of fresh cookies or a holiday movie. Read on for 5 holiday party ideas that are sure to make your gathering an unforgettable experience.

1. Gift Exchange

This will save everyone money on buying presents! Throw a Secret Santa or White Elephant party with your friends and family. For Secret Santa, guests only have to bring one present for the person they were given. For White Elephant, guests bring a present to contribute to one giant pile. Guests are then given numbers, and in the order of those numbers, they open one of the gifts in the pile. The following person can either open a new present or steal one that was already opened from someone else. Either way, everyone is going home happy with a nice holiday gift!

2. Holiday Photo Shoot Party

This is a great party idea if you have a lot of people in your life that love feeling like a movie star or post tons of pictures on social media! Invite your guests to come to this party dressed photo-ready for the night. Set up a backdrop in your apartment for your guests to take photos in front of – the backdrop can be as simple as a white wall, or you can decorate it with banners, balloons, or wrapping paper to give it that holiday flair. Give your guests props they can pose with, such as Santa hats, carrot noses, glasses, and reindeer antlers.

3. Ugly Sweater Contest

Ugly sweaters are a classic holiday tradition – why not make a party out of them? Have a fun and friendly ugly sweater contest, where all of your guests compete on who has the ‘ugliest’ holiday sweater. You can have different categories that your guests can win in such as most creative, original, funniest, or offensive sweater. You can also add the strict rule that guests have to create their own ugly sweater in order to participate – this will put everyone’s skills to the test! The prizes for the winners can be a holiday movie, a tin of cookies, or good old money!

4. Holiday Movie Night

What’s better than a relaxing evening with your loved ones watching a holiday movie? Turn your apartment into a movie theater with a popcorn station in your kitchen, and enough seats and fuzzy blankets that everyone can snuggle up in while watching the movie. You can add a competitive edge to the night by having a holiday movie trivia contest

5. A Pinterest Christmas

This is a cool spin on a holiday baking or crafting party. Have your guests print out recipes or crafts they’ve found on Pinterest, and exchange them with each other to make! Set up separate baking and crafting stations in your apartment so everyone has space to create. You can request that your guests bring all the supplies needed for the baking and crafting, or ask that the holiday recipes they bring are simple enough for everyone to make with what’s available in your apartment. Afterward, you can create a book containing all of the recipes and craft ideas your guests brought to give to everyone!

Luxury Apartments in Metuchen, NJ

If you’re looking for a new apartment this holiday season, look no further than Woodmont Metro in Metuchen, New Jersey. We offer spacious luxury one and two-bedroom apartments that are perfect for any kind of party you want to throw. In addition, our community amenities include everything from outdoor fireplaces, a personal strength and cardio center, to a game room – perfect for anything you need! If you are interested in applying for an apartment, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit or contact us today!