It’s your turn to host this year’s Christmas event. Now you don’t want to be remembered as the person who threw a dud of a party. In fact, you cringe in fear just thinking of people leaving the party because it was just too boring to bear anymore. If you find yourself freaking out about planning a Christmas party, take a moment and relax. It’s not as complex as you think it is. Here are some great tips for you on how to throw a rockin’ Christmas bash.
- Plan, plan, plan. Do not “wing” your party. When you don’t outline what you need or want for your bash, chaos is likely to ensue. For example, the food may run out before the night is over or even worse, the booze is all gone before the night has even started. I don’t know about you, but that definitely doesn’t sound fun. So plan out your event and take time to consider all aspects of your Christmas party.
- Think about what you enjoy most at Christmas events. Is it the games? The food? The socializing? Pick what you enjoy about some parties you’ve been to and incorporate that into your event.
- Stick with a theme. Parties can quickly become too expensive if people continue to add to the theme of their party. Think of a theme and stick with it. I don’t care how great those reindeer headbands are; if it doesn’t go with the theme, don’t buy it.
- Don’t send out invites too late. During the holidays, friends and family are quick to make plans. If you don’t want them to miss out on your awesome party, send invites out early and people can make sure their day is free. Plus being early is much more considerate than sending out a mass text message the day before the party (you might send it the wrong people).
- Keep decorations simple. You don’t need to go over the top to have a stunning party. While you want a touch of the holiday spirit, you also want the party to reflect a bit of your personality. Your friends and family will recognise that. Also, over decorating can lead to disaster as well. It’s best to have fewer decorations and more room for guests to dance and mingle.
- Keep the menu tasty but easy to make. Hors d’oeuvres and canapes are easy to make and also take less than let's say, a traditional dinner. If you are planning to do an entire dinner spread, make sure to prep the night before. Then all you have to do is cook or bake your dishes instead of spending all day cutting and cleaning.
- Include a small goodie bag to thank guests for coming. Want to be known as the best host for a Christmas party? Give each guest a small goodie bag when they leave. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Be creative and try to think of something unique but also useful. Your guests will think this is a thoughtful touch to cap off the night.