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Smart Living How to Host the Perfect White Elephant Party

19:45  18 october  2019
19:45  18 october  2019 Source:   goodhousekeeping.com

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How to Host the Perfect White Elephant Party . Plus, gifts that (literally) keep on giving. White Elephant parties do take a bit more planning than the average cocktail celebration. "The gift exchange is really the main attraction, so figure out your timing in advance for that," says event strategist and

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Whether you call it a White Elephant Party, a Yankee Swap or, uh, a Dirty Santa Exchange, this gift-trading event is certainly one of the season's most festive gatherings. But throwing a stellar party does require a bit of pre-planning. Luckily, BJ's Wholesale Club has everything you need, so consider it your one-stop shop. Follow these tips to make sure every guest goes home happy, and no one leaves empty-handed (or empty-bellied).

Regardless if you call it a White Elephant Party, a Yankee Swap, or a Dirty Santa Exchange, here's how to host the ultimate gift-swapping party.© recep-bg - Getty Images Regardless if you call it a White Elephant Party, a Yankee Swap, or a Dirty Santa Exchange, here's how to host the ultimate gift-swapping party.

Catch up on the rules:

Just in case you haven't been to one of these since middle school, here's how it works:

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White Elephant Rules. How to Play the Popular Christmas Gift Exchange Game. A White Elephant Gift Exchange is a popular Christmas event where people vie to walk away with the best present. It also goes by Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa, and a plethora of other names.

White Elephant Rules. How to Play the Popular Christmas Gift Exchange Game. Here are five ideas for making your White Elephant party stand out from all the other holiday gatherings. Not all of these options are appropriate for every group, but one of them might be perfect for your group.

  1. Each guest brings a wrapped gift ($25 or under is a good limit) and places it in a communal area.
  2. Players then draw numbers to determine who gets to pick a gift first.
  3. Gather everyone into a circle (to make it easy, have them sit in the order of their number draw), and then have player number one choose any gift to open.
  4. Player number two then has the option of taking that gift or opening another.
  5. Everyone then gets a turn to open — or steal — a present. The variations from there are infinite, but you get the gist.

Be prepared:

White Elephant parties do take a bit more planning than the average cocktail celebration. "The gift exchange is really the main attraction, so figure out your timing in advance for that," says event strategist and founder of Fête and Slowdance, Jung Lee.

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Find that perfect white elephant gift. Get it gift wrapped or wrap the gift yourself, and bring it to the Sometimes trying to find the perfect crazy gift is just adding too much stress to holiday shopping. If you are hosting a white elephant party , you may want to choose a particular theme such as "home

White Elephant parties , sometimes called Dirty Santa parties or Yankee Swaps, are especially popular after the holidays for good reason. It’s much more important for the host or hostess to be relaxed and engaged than it is for everything to be perfect .

She recommends drinks and light snacks for half an hour, followed by a festive dinner, and then finally gathering everyone in the living room (or somewhere else comfortable) for the exchange. "Everyone has had cocktails, wine, and food — now it's time to have real fun!" she says.

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Get crazy with the décor:

You don't have to buy tiny white-elephant-covered napkins and plates (although no one's stopping you), but as these parties generally happen during the holiday season, it's OK to get a little festive. You can find a set of exclusive Berkley Jensen Holiday Lanterns from BJ's to add a little flair to your tablescape, or snag some of their holiday-themed throw pillows to make your couch extra comfy and on-theme.

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Color-code your food:

There's an inherent kitschy factor to a Yankee Swap, so don't be afraid to run with it when it comes to your food. "Your food and drinks should serve as part of your décor," Lee says. "Keep them white and silver with accents of red. Red candy, for example, is easy and so pretty."

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Hosting a white elephant exchange isn’t overly complicated but you’ll want to make sure you plan for a few things so the game will run smoothly and be Some white elephant parties have a theme for the gifts and typically the party decor. You might instruct your guests to bring a gift that is edible, or

White Elephant Rules. How to Play the Popular Christmas Gift Exchange Game. Roberta Jeeves is author of the book White Elephant Gift Exchange: Rules, Themes, and Ideas for Hosting a Perfect Holiday Gift Swap.

You can organize everything with an exclusive Berkley Jensen Collapsible Buffet Caddy from BJ's, which has handy stations for plates, napkins, and silverware.

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Curate a bar area:

"Create a [drink] station with an ice bucket, all the bar accessories, lemon and lime wedges, and glasses so guests can help themselves; and let them know that!" Lee says. A word to the wise: "It's more than okay to have extra booze, but not okay to ever run out," she adds. "That's a party killer."

Create a killer playlist:

Your favorite holiday mix is perfect for this type of event, but if you're drawing a blank, there are always premade playlists on Spotify. "It's important to have music throughout the party, but turn it off or down when you do the gift swap; you want to hear what others are saying," Lee says.

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Bring a creative gift:

Despite what you might think, there's a lot you can buy with $25 — so choose wisely. The idea behind a Yankee Swap, though, is that the presents should be fun, and probably not something you'd buy for yourself. BJ’s is one of the best places to find quirky gifts for the right price: think Dearfoam Holiday Slippers that look like Christmas trees or Snowman Stackable Mugs.

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How to Have an Online White Elephant Gift Exchange. This is the perfect gift exchange party for distant family and friends to join in the fun. But be prepared, these online versions can last several days and even weeks, depending upon how many you invite to the party .

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Send guests home with an extra gift:

Party favors are a wonderful way to thank guests for coming, even at a gift-swapping get-together. "While the spirit of the gift exchange may not be practical, the favor should be usable or able to be eaten," Lee says.

She recommends picking up some white-hued treats, like white chocolate popcorn, and presenting them in a clear plastic bag tied with a festive bit of red ribbon. Or better yet: Just get Lindt's 6-pack party favors from BJ's — no packaging necessary.

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And most importantly, don’t stress!

Remember that even if the theme of this party is people stealing gifts, it's all meant to be in good fun. "This should not be stressful. It's a party!" says Lee. "So as a host, you need to remind yourself of that."

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