Call your friends and family and ask them to dress festively and to bring something (one items per guest) that could be used by someone who is in need. That can be anything from towels to food items, to gift certificates; items can be gently used or new. Just ask that they be wrapped in Christmas paper or in some way decorated in a winter holiday theme.
Serve a chilled beverage that mimics holiday décor such as cranberry juice with Mountain Dew (a soft drink option labeled and available as Cranberry Splash during the holidays). Buy sugar cookie dough, red and green sprinkles, ready-made frosting, and various candies to decorate the baked cookies. Let your guests do the decorating and maybe add reindeer fodder with carrots and celery. You can also buy a bread bowl and add dill dip with sliced red grape tomatoes as another appetizer, and don’t forget to include sliced red and green apples with caramel or peanut butter dip.
No Christmas party would be complete without Christmas or holiday music and some special décor so retrieve what is readily available from storage. If you can’t easily do that, buy some inexpensive bells (check for paper wedding items), and greenery for the mantel or coffee table along with a few candles. You can dress anything with the help of red and green ribbon, and many dollar type stores have all of the aforementioned items available year round.
When it’s time to open the gifts, let each guest select something. It’s always fun to open a present, even if you don’t get to keep it. Sort items by category and let guests help decide where the items should be donated. If individuals will also help drop off the items, that’s a big plus.
So this July, get the spirit. Don’t wait until Christmas to do some fun and help your fellowman.