This post is sponsored by Evite® in collaboration with Canada Dry® and NABISCO®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I got to thinking the other day, and realized that maybe the only thing that could make me love a holiday party more is if I could go to one in my pajamas. I mean, come on! Cocktails, appetizers, and jammies were just meant to be together. So we put together a few simple ideas so that you can throw your own holiday pajama party! It’s the perfect theme for a girls’ night in. So settle in, grab your coziest slippers, and let’s get our party on! Watch our quick video to see how easy it is to put a PJ party together, and read on for lots more details.
Gather Your Friends I love the idea of a mom’s night in and bringing my best mom pals together. Because there’s no one who needs a little break more than moms around the holidays! But invite whoever you like. I love using Evite for invitations — it’s simple, and people can access the digital invitations with all of the info right from their smartphones. Right now there are some special holiday invites that just so happen to go perfectly with our pajama party theme! Let your guests know that they can wear their comfiest jammies and come ready to chillax.
Plan the Snacks I like to keep it easy for gatherings so that I don’t feel like I have to spend the whole party in the kitchen. So a Pull-Apart Garlic-Cheese RITZ® Wreath is a perfect solution. It just takes a few minutes to prep, you can pop it in the oven just before your guests arrive, and it’s pretty cute to boot. Check out the simple recipe below.
60 RITZ Crackers
2/3 cup whipped cream cheese spread
1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves roasted garlic, mashed
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Tbsp. finely chopped red peppers
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
Heat oven to 350°F.
Arrange 30 crackers, with edges slightly overlapping, in 11-inch ring on pizza pan. Use remaining crackers to make second concentric ring, with edges of crackers overlapping, as shown in photo.
Mix cream cheese spread, Parmesan and garlic in small microwaveable bowl until blended. Microwave on HIGH 30 to 35 sec. or just until softened; stir.
Spoon down centers of crackers; sprinkle with mozzarella and peppers.
Bake 6 to 8 min. or until mozzarella is melted. Sprinkle with parsley.
To add a bow garnish, use fresh parsley sprigs and roasted red pepper strips to make a holiday bow on top of wreath just before serving.
Have a Signature Cocktail If you ask me, it’s the only way to go for a party! It saves you from having to play bartender all night, and it makes the gathering feel extra special for your guests. This Holiday Sunrise cocktail with Canada Dry fits right in with our pajama party theme.
3 oz. Canada Dry Ginger Ale
1 oz. bourbon
2 oz. pineapple juice
Fill a glass with ice.
Pour in Canada Dry Ginger Ale, pineapple juice, and bourbon. Stir.
Add pineapple garnish.
Add Some Personal Touches For our pajama party, I decided to include a super simple DIY project (my personal calling card!) and wrap it into a gift for our guests — DIY pompom fuzzy slippers! They couldn’t be easier: just grab a few different sizes and styles of slippers at Target (we got all of our recipe ingredients there, too!), and glue or sew on some fuzzy pompoms. Guests can keep their tootsies warm and I guarantee they’ll love the fun touch. We also set up a nail polish bar in case anybody’s digits needed a little love. Just grab a few holiday colors and set them up next to some other manicure tools.
Once all of your guests arrive, cozy up in your jammies, grab a cocktail and a snack and have a great night! And if your crew doesn’t include a bunch of night owls, you could always put a daytime spin on the pajama party and gather for brunch to bake some holiday treats. For more drink or recipe ideas you can find some great inspiration right here (the Diet 7UP Snowy Morning cocktail and Holiday HONEYMAID Graham House would be great additions to a pajama party). And don’t forget, while you’re grabbing supplies at Target you can use your Cartwheel app for special savings*. I love watching my savings add up on my phone every time I use it. Have a great shindig, party animals! xoxo
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