The holidays are about spending time with family and friends. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect… focus on what’s important and let the other stuff go. Here are 5 strategies for planning a fun and festive holiday party.
Invite your guests sooner than later
December is a busy month for many people so make sure to extend the invitation early. Weekend evenings are typical times for parties during the holidays. Try a Sunday brunch to avoid scheduling conflicts.
To cook or not to cook?
There are so many options – cooking a meal, having the meal catered or doing a potluck supper. Whatever you choose is ok. Being the host doesn’t mean you have to do it all. Guest are always happy to lend a hand or bring a dish. The meal is not as important as the time you’ll be spending connecting with friends and family. Keep it festive, but simple.
Set up in advance so you can enjoy the party
Decorate the table where the food will be served. If you decide on a buffet, have plates and utensils ready. If having a sit down meal, set the table beforehand. Set up a drink bar with beverages, glasses, an ice bucket and anything else needed for guests to help themselves. Holiday scented candles and music can really add to the festivities, so plan ahead if you choose to make them a part of your event. The goal is for guests to enjoy themselves and for you to do the same!
Plan some fun
Trim a tree, decorate holiday cookies or plan a sing-a-long. Having an easy and fun event or activity during your party will be sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. I like to do a group selfie using holiday props. It’s always fun to look back at previous get togethers.
Tis the season for giving
Prepare or purchase a small token gift such as a special ornament or homemade candy to give each of your guests as they leave the party. Be creative!
With a little planning, a successful holiday party is in your future. Start the planning today. Happy Holidays!