How To Host A Gift Exchange Party For The Holidays #NoMoreFORO

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I just love the holidays. Not only because it truly gives families and friends one reason after the other to get together, but it makes me feel like I should slow down and enjoy them all. Make an excuse to throw a weekend bash. Make a toast. Make new memories. It’s anything goes during the holiday season. You actually don’t need an excuse to get the crew together… and I LOVE THAT.


I’m part of a Bunko group and every year we make sure to do a gift exchange during the holiday months. It’s so much fun because we love to try to surprise one another with really creative gift ideas and DIY surprises. Well, next month’s host threw us all for a loop. She gave us a theme!


She decided that our White Elephant / Yankee Swap would focus on our “Favorite Cocktail.” All we have to do is get all the ingredients we need to whip up our favorite drink and put it together in a fun little bag. I mean – how cute is that?!


Now, as you know, I’ve already shared some really great drink ideas in my last ReadyRefresh post (LINK). But I am planning on bringing all the ingredients you need to make a mojito. Here’s what I need:

Mojito Ingredients:

  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup Poland Spring

*Under 21? Skip the alcohol.


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Onto the party! If you are planning on hosting a gift exchange with your girlfriends, consider the following suggestions:

How To Host A Gift Exchange Party For The Holidays

  1. Send invitations out at least three weeks in advance.
  2. Set an amount of money each guest is expected to spend. Suggest a range. $25-$40 is a great option.
  3. Consider a theme! It really narrows things down and makes it easier for people to shop. unknown-2
  4. Appetizers and drinks are a must for your guests – organize your menu ahead of time. Have a wide array of options for your party goers to choose from once they arrive.
  5. Holiday music really sets the mood. Work on your playlist the morning of or consider using online stations and apps that do the heavy lifting for you.
  6. Don’t ask too much of your guests when hosting a holiday get together. If you ask party attendees to dress up in ugly Christmas sweaters + bring cookies for an exchange + do a holiday present exchange… it might overwhelm some. Keep it simple.
  7. Decorations don’t have to be overdone… a little goes a long way. Throw some lights around the trim of your windows and some tinsel on your staircase and you’ll see just how festive your space can become.
  8. Don’t forget to enjoy your own party! As a hostess, we sometimes forget that.


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ReadyRefreshSM by

Nestlé®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy wrote:

    Ahhh yes, I almost never enjoy myself when I am hosting because I am so worried about making sure everyone else has a good time.

    Posted 12.13.16
  2. candy wrote:

    I remember my mom going and playing this game. Didn’t know people still played it. Great ideas on how to throw a small get together. Looks like all of you had fun.

    Posted 12.13.16
  3. Alli Smith wrote:

    Gift Exchange Parties are so much fun! I totally agree that you shouldn’t ask too much of your guests and overcomplicate things.

    Posted 12.13.16
  4. Jeanette wrote:

    I think I need to tag along with you! It looks like you have a ton of fun, great drinks and awesome friends! I have never been to an gift exchange party myself, but they sound like fun!

    Posted 12.13.16
  5. Paula Schuck wrote:

    These are great ideas. I love the idea of a gift exchange party, especially one that’s a nice as the one you had!

    Posted 12.13.16
  6. lisa wrote:

    This year all of my friends have decided to do a wine exchange instead of anything else. Let’s see if we actually have any wine left after the party!!

    Posted 12.13.16
  7. Melanie wrote:

    Yay! Your blog post is so timely. I need a new cocktail drink recipe for the holiday. Thank you!

    Posted 12.13.16
  8. Lisa Favre wrote:

    I think it’s key to send out invitations as early as possible – so I totally agree with that point! People’s schedules usually get really busy during this time of the year!

    Posted 12.13.16
  9. Anosa wrote:

    I have never hosted a party before but it’s been a while since we got the crew together and when we do we go out and have our favourite cocktails.

    Posted 12.14.16
  10. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen wrote:

    Such a great idea!!! Gifting your favorite cocktail drink so you can share it to your friends Bookmarking this for our next party!

    Posted 1.3.17

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