This post is sponsored by Line 39 wines. However, all opinions are my own. Msg 4 21+.
Since the holidays are a wonderful time to host a festive celebration at home, why not make it even more fun for your guests by throwing a theme party? In collaboration with Line 39 Wine, today’s entertaining guide shows you how to host a Christmas Around The World Holiday Party.
From easy food and wine pairing ideas to a wanderlust-inspired game and delicious party favors that evoke a globetrotter vibe, here’s everything you need to plan a fabulous Christmas Around The World Holiday Party.
That’s not all! To help you celebrate the season, I&C is hosting a wanderlust-inspired party giveaway below.
Create a Festive Atmosphere
Set the stage for your party by decorating your home with holiday accents that are both warm and welcoming.
From a snow-dusted table centerpiece (made with miniature trees set on a bed of moss and accented by rustic pinecones) to a charming old-fashioned “Season’s Greetings” hand-painted wooden sign, holiday party decorations should exude a cozy home-and-hearth vibe.
You can even add a few sweet seasonal holiday gift bags to the table for added color and vibrancy.
Plan Your Food & Wine Pairings
To appeal to a variety of palettes, make sure to serve different wine varietals (like Line 39 Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon). What makes Line 39 wines especially appealing (aside from their budget-friendly price point) is their easy-to-drink flavor profiles and the fact that they pair well with all types of food.
As a California wine producer, Line 39 sources wines from vineyards that are based in the most prestigious winegrowing regions in the state. These ideal climates result in higher-quality grape production, which enables them to create delicious-tasting, award-winning wines that are fairly-priced (approx. $11 per bottle!).
One of the things I love about Line 39 wines is the story behind their name. Since the 39th parallel runs through California wine country, the brand name was inspired by this unique fact. As a long-time California wine lover, discovering versatile wines (like their rich, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignons and lush, tropical Chardonnays) makes entertaining even easier for me, as these wines pair well with a variety of foods.
When planning your menu for your Christmas Around The World Holiday Party, get inspired by other cultures.
For our party, we offered Mexican tortilla chips with salsa and Greek Hummus.
For the main dishes, we cooked home-made Italian meatballs, German Christmas Pasta with an olive oil & lemon artichoke sauce, and a traditional Greek Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and red onion.
For desserts, we offered holiday classics like Italian Panettone Cake, German Stollen Cake, and iconic San Francisco-made peppermint chocolates.
The wines paired perfectly with these foods, which had our guests raving. Plus, everyone enjoyed tasting a variety of globally-inspired dishes, as it gave them a taste of different cultures around the world.
Play a Fun Game
To keep your guests entertained and add a jolly spirit to your party, a fun game is always a great idea.
To tie-in with the theme of our party, I made a “fill in the blank” Holiday Game sheet (click here to download) for each guest, asking them to match Santa Claus’ name to the correct country of origin. It was especially fun to see how involved our friends and family got, especially when they learned that they were competing for a prize! It was equally funny when we tried reading the answers out loud, given that each pronunciation of “Santa Claus” was in a foreign language (like Père Noël, Weihnachtsmann, and Viejito Pascuero).
The winner actually guessed 6 out of 10 answers correctly, so she won a wanderlust-inspired prize package including a bottle of Line 39 wine, two “Explore More” portable wine glasses, an Atlas-themed piggy bank (so she can save her pennies for her next trip), and a 2019 “Where To Go When” travel calendar, which included inspiring ideas on vacations around the globe.
Inspire Guests To Explore More
As the evening came to an end, as party favors, we sent guests home with an assortment of delicious Belgian truffles, packaged in adorable “Around The World” map gift boxes. Not only were these gourmet goodies affordable party favors, but they also inspired our guests to explore more and enjoy the journey along the way.
Christmas Around The World Giveaway
To inspire you to host your own Christmas Around The World Holiday Party, Inspirations & Celebrations is excited to give one lucky winner a deluxe gift basket (valued at $150) containing a myriad of globally-inspired foods, desserts, party favors, and party essentials.
The winner of this giveaway will receive (2) Line 39 Explore More portable wine glasses, a Line 39 T-Shirt, a Merry & Bright gift basket, Jolly & Bright Party Paper Goods, a Cheers! wine bottle opener, Hawaiian Coffee Crisps, Italian Pasta, Italian Pasta Seasoning, Tortilla Soup Mix, Parisian Cookies, Italian Panettone Cake, and English Holiday Crackers (as party favors).
The Christmas Around The World Giveaway runs from December 10, 2018 – December 14, 2018. To enter, follow the easy instructions listed in the Gleam-powered giveaway widget shown below.
To be eligible to win, entrants must be age 21+. This giveaway is open to USA/Canada residents.
A random winner will be chosen on December 15, 2018, and contacted via email. The winner must reply by email within 3 days by providing their mailing address and contact information. Failure to reply within this time period will result in an automatic forfeiture of the prize. In that situation, another random winner will be chosen.
For more party-planning tips and ideas, check out the Entertaining section on Inspirations & Celebrations.
Thanks to Line 39 Wine for sponsoring this post.