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Instead of throwing a typical gift exchange, why not think about throwing an ornament exchange party.  Ornament parties are festive and fun and not to mention a lot less expensive. Ornaments are found everywhere so there no shortage of stock and your less likely to have duplicates too. Here are some great ideas for ornament exchange parties.
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           The Set Up

First Idea: Set up similar to white elephant gift exchange

1.)   Ask each guest (the number depends on you) to bring one wrapped ornament.
Specify a price range (often between $5 and $10).
2.)   As the guests arrive, assign a number to each package and give the guests a number, making sure it's not the number attached to their gift.
3.)   In turn, each person opens the package corresponding to their number.

Second Idea: Hang all ornaments on a table-top Christmas tree

1.)   Ask each guest to bring one unwrapped ornament. Specify a price range.
2.)   As the guests arrive, have each one hang their ornament on the Christmas tree.
3.)   If you have 10 guests, place the numbers 1 through 10 in a bowl and have each guest draw a number.
4.)   The guest with the #1 goes to the tree first and picks an ornament.
5.)   The guest with the #2 goes to the tree and picks an ornament or steels the ornament from the first guest.
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1.) Ornaments
Wiki tells us "Christmas ornaments are decorations (usually made of glass, metal, wood or ceramics) that are used to festoon a Christmas tree. Ornaments take many different forms, from a simple round ball to highly artistic designs. Ornaments are almost always reused year after year, rather than purchased annually, and family collections often contain a combination of commercially produced ornaments and decorations created by family members. Such collections are often passed on and augmented from generation to generation."

2.)  Hosting
Hosting a ornament exchange party has got to be one of the easiest parties there is to host. It doesn't matter if it's for friends, family or co-workers; one is just as easy as the other. Decide if it's for adults only or children included. Pick the date and time then invite your guest. Always offer your favorite finger foods and drinks to your guest. The main thing you have to remember is "your responsible for the numbers that go on the ornaments and assigning numbers to your guests". Oh don't forget..... you need to buy an ornament too.

3.)  Guests
Because ornament parties are the easiest for guest to participate in, it's likely that everyone you invite will turn out. Another reason why ornament parties are so popular is because every family usually buys a keep sake ornament for their own tree so it's a subject that everyone already participates in.

4.)  Door Prize
You don't have to have a door prize but if your looking for an idea for a great gift we have some suggestions. Every family has that one ornament that means the world to them. Think about offering a very nice keep sake box they can put their keepsake ornament in. Another idea is to give a packing box for ornaments. This is a practical gift that every family needs. A third idea is a 'tree topper."

Wikipedia says "It is common to place a large star or angel at the top of the Christmas tree. Glass spire-like ornaments are popular. Plastic tree toppers are often electrified and, once connected with the tree's strings of colored lights, glow from within. Following WWII, various Christmas icons, such as Santa Claus, were introduced as electrified tree toppers. The angel and star however remained the preferred topper."

5.)  Food
You have several options for refreshments. You can make it simple by serving cake and coffee or you can set up a fingerfood table full of your favorite party foods or traditional Christmas foods. Some hosts choose to go the pot luck route and ask guests to also bring a covered dish. One of the most popular ways we see ornament exchange is by hosting a "dinner party" ornament exchange. These are suitable for sit down dinners where 4 or less couples attend.

            Idea: Instead of stacking a two layer round cake and icing it try placing each layer on a seperate                    plate, then frost and decorate to look like a Christmas ball ornament.

5.)  Activities
The ornament exchange is an activity in itself but you may want to think about something
extra especially if your party includes kids. You can never go wrong with crafts and nothing
would be better than a table set up for easy ornament making.
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Other How-To Articles:
How to plan a Christmas party
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See Also:
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