Dirty Santa Party

To celebrate Christmas, every year various sizes of groups of cheerful people get together, sharing the Christmas spirit, enjoying each others company and having a jolly old good time, but most of all everyone just can’t wait for the Dirty Santa party!

Friends get together for a night out, companies arrange special time for everyone to gather and celebrate and families bring all the relatives to catch up, enjoy grandmas cooking, share their stories and remember the good times.

Christmas parties have been around for a long time, and as long as there has been Christmas parties, there has been well anticipated gift giving traditions. Dirty Santa parties are held all across the world in December of every year. Whether you are going to one or are in charge of arranging one, you will want to have a few things in mind.

Everyone Is Welcome

Just because Dirty Santa Party has a word “Dirty” in it does not mean that everyone, including children can’t attend. Usually there’s alcohol involved at Dirty Santa parties, especially if it’s an event with friends and family, or a out of office gathering, so it makes sense to either allow children to attend and restrict alcohol, or allow alcohol at the party and make the party for adults only.

Planning The Party

Just like any other event, properly planning a Dirty Santa party is crucial. If the party is hosted at home or the office, it is a good idea to make it a potluck, where everyone brings a dish of their choosing. It’s a good idea to pre-determine who will bring savory food, who will be in charge of the deserts and who will take refreshments upon themselves. The last thing you would want is for everyone to show up with ginger bread cookies due to lack of organization.

When planning a Dirty Santa party, it is recommended to pre-arrange a date when majority of people would be able to attend. That way you can get the maximum RSVPs and the more people that can attend the merrier!

This is a good time to set and announce the rules for the Dirty Santa party. Questions that need to be addressed are: How much should player spent at maximum? What should be the gift theme (if any). What will be the variation played? Are DIY gifts welcome?

During The Party

After the guests arrive, share the tasty treats and enjoy a drink or two to unwind, it will be time to play the gift exchange. Gifts will be at the center, everyone will gather around and have a great time of laughter and fun.

Are You Organizing?

If you have been the lucky one selected to organize the Dirty Santa party, you might want to have a look at the party planning guide.

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Dirty Santa Facts

You don't have to stick with regular Dirty Santa gifts and can set a theme as part of the game rules. For example a theme could be "Funny Mugs", "Candles", "Funny Clothing" or just about anything.

When planning a Dirty Santa Party, the organizers must set a maximum amount allowed to be spent on a gift. The most common amount set in rules and spent happens to be 20 dollars.

Unveiling a gift can be as fun as the gift itself, this is why as a trick, people love to wrap a gift many many times to make unwrapping pain in the butt for the recipient. Frustration on the face of the giftee can be priceless.