Now that the Christmas party season is in full swing, talk turns to Christmas parties. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get away from work and spend time with your friends, family, or colleagues. You can catch up, exchange gifts, or just have a wonderful time.
Whether you’re hosting a small soiree in the comfort of your home or you’re looking to throw the ultimate shindig for your office, pulling together a perfect Christmas party is no easy task. As the date approaches, the stress may go up. Take a load off your shoulders and prepare for your festive celebrations with a few of these great tips.
1. Prepare a thorough guest list ahead of time.
The party begins and ends with the guests, so a few thorough checklists should make sure that everything goes smoothly. Make sure to get an RSVP from everyone invited so that you can get the right head count for the party. Ask them if they’re bringing anyone along too, so their plus-ones may be accommodated.
Along with checking for who will be able to make it, ask them about any food allergies that they might be worried about. This will help you make sure that the menu for the party can have something that everyone will be safe to eat. (Smart tip: Grab some small chalkboard placeholders and place them next to the dinner spread to let people know if they contain common allergens such as peanuts, dairy, gluten, and the like)
2. Stick to that budget!
It may be tempting to go a little bit more overboard than usual as it’s the holidays, but the budget is there for a reason: it keeps you from splurging at the expense of the rest of the features. Too much on the decoration may mean bland food, while too much on the food may result in having to skimp on the entertainment.
Craft your menu, drink bar, and decorations with the budget in mind. Plan your theme, colors, and get started early. This way, you’re not rushing into anything and you won’t be tempted to spend just to get it done. Remember: You don’t need to spend too much to make something amazing!
3. Get party utensils that will help keep down the cleanup later
With a lot of people coming by,you’ll have to go the disposable route when it comes to the tableware and drink ware. You might even start to get worried about the cleanup and the waste problems for later on. But having a big party doesn’t mean having to clutter up.Think green and get some items that will keep the clutter at bay but still look fantastic when laid out for the guests.
Grab some beautiful, biodegradable party utensils such as these gold-rimmed plastic glasses made of biodegradable plastic. They look great and will help keep the carbon footprint down. Part of the trash buildup comes from party goers breaking their utensils, as disposables can be flimsy and unpleasant to use. Get the good tableware like this gold plastic cutlery, which are not only stunning but are extremely durable,even for heavy-handed guests.
4. It’s all about the lighting
Parties mean memorable moments,so your guests will be looking for a great spot for photos. Make the party area come alive with plenty of good lighting that will be in itself an excellent way to make the room look more decorated. This illuminated LED curtain of icicles sticks to the wintery theme for Christmas, fitting in with the décor as well as a wonderful way to get those picture-perfect Instagram shots.
5. Take note of how many people are coming and cook that food ahead of time
If you’ll be making the food yourself and not opting for any catering, you’ll want to make a thorough check of the expected head count and make the food ahead of time. This is the same technique that professional caterers do: they make the food in mass amounts ahead of time and then they make sure to keep it warm, ready to serve by the time the party happens.
If you happen to be the type of person who hosts a lot of parties, or perhaps your workplace has a lot of such events, you may want to invest in a warming platter that will make sure to keep the food warm and ready to eat as time goes by.
6. Keep the drinks flowing
An easy way to keep your guests mingling and occupied: Free flowing drinks. These mason jar drink dispensers keep up the aesthetic and even have handy labels on them so the guests know what’s inside before they pour. It’s also a wonderful touch to add some floating fruits in the clear dispensers, adding that extra visual appeal to the spread.
Make a big batch of cocktail mix,punch, or even pour in some local beers so your guests have plenty of drinks to choose from. A non-alcoholic option will also be very much appreciated for party guests who may not want to drink that night, or those who have volunteered to be the designated driver.
7. Keep the bass and the excitement pumping!
Music is one of the best ways to keep a party lively. You don’t have to book a DJ to get some tunes: Hook your phone up to the stereo system and put on a Spotify playlist of some of your favorite music!Choose a variety of songs, from dance music to casual jazz, which gives you control of the atmosphere. Guests can enjoy some dancing or maybe even just stop and chat for a while. Throw in some yuletide tunes to keep the Christmas spirit alive.
8. Make cleanup a breeze
After the confetti’s fallen and the food has been devoured and everyone has gone home, it’s time for cleanup. Keep your hands out of the mess with some disposable gloves and start scooping up the cups and cutlery. The gloves are also great if you’re washing up some serving china.
Get all the garbage into some biodegradable trash bags that are strong and durable, so there won’t be any surprise leaks when you walk out to the bin at the end of the night. After that, it’s just a matter of vacuuming up some leftover confetti and you’re good to go.
Party planning this holiday season doesn’t have to be a major stress: all you need to do is to plan it right, get the best tools for the job, and prepare to have a great time for everyone! Make sure to check this blog for even more great party tips that will make your holiday get-together truly memorable.
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