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Santa's party hat: crazy Christmas ideas

Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times   December 20, 2013
First Published: 20:04 IST(20/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:09 IST(20/12/2013)

We know you believe in merry-making through the year, but here’s a time, when you need no excuse to party. As Christmas closes in, we are all game to spread some festive cheer, and yes, it comes in a party pack.

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Take our cue, and fuse the conventional with the crazy, this Christmas. From revamping classic games, to (spiked!) traditional drinks and classy cool décor — our Christmas dos are made of unadulterated joie de vivre. So, get your friends, family and all of Santa’s helpers under one roof to celebrate in your own unique style. We tell you how to throw a fun party with our personalised X-mas games, gifting ideas for your loved ones and easy-to-do decor quickies. Time to put on Santa’s party hat!

Fun ‘n’ games
FortuneBaubles
Call upon the mighty baubles to tell all fortunes! Bring out the christmas tree ornament, make an opening on the top, and stuff the bauble with a scroll of paper that reads the fortunes of your friends. Of course, the host gets to decide the future! But if future doesn’t interest you, scribble a simple ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’. All those who pick ‘nice’, get a gift and the naughties? Double the gifts!

TheUnspoken Claus
Our take on the classic game of Secret Santa. The Unspoken Claus involves handmade greeting cards in place of gifts. Every card must have a secret revealed — from a high school anecdote to an embarrassing story about that first date. On the day of your party, tell all your guests to get their greeting cards with their secrets scribbled in and put them in a box. Now, invite all to pick a card, and make them guess whose secret is written on the card they pick. Those who guess right win Santa’s goodies. Are you game?

PackaPunch
Have a heady good time with a game of pass the parcel. The parcel here is Santa’s hat. Let the Christmas carols play (or a  Bollywood track — you make the rules). When the pause button is hit, the one wearing the hat drinks out of a punch bowl, or for fans of cocktails, sangria is a perfect option!

Decor
Darkmuses
While your christmas tree lights up your living room with the festive hues, fill up your party space with dim lighting and signature lamps. We love this lamp by Shady Ideas available at jabong.com for `1,445, the perfect whimsical feel for Christmas.

LEDBrights
When decorating your Christmas tree, apart from the bells, baubles and starry toppers, add a rainbow glow with unhindered strings of lights. You can go for these LED rope lights from ebay.in available for `500. Experiment and add spark in innovative and interesting ways!


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