Planning an entertaining holiday party
November 16, 2010
Thanksgiving has yet to come and go, but it's never too soon to begin planning a holiday party. Starting the planning process early can ensure that guests have enough time to R.S.V.P. Hosts will also have the advantage of being able to shop for decorations before the peak of the holiday shopping season.
To start, hosts should determine what type of party they want to throw. Christmas parties often have Yankee swaps or Secret Santas. If the host wishes to hold a gift exchange, they should inform their guests and coordinate in advance. A price limit should also be set to keep the exchange fair.
Picking a reasonable date is also crucial to hosting a successful holiday party. The closer a party is held to the big day, the higher the chances are that guests will have other engagements. Sending out invitations at least two to three weeks ahead of time can give that guests at least have a good opportunity to mull over the idea.
To make sure the invitation isn't accidentally thrown out with the junk mail, hosts can consider creating personalized Christmas invitations. Embellishments are eye-catching and may further entice guests to attend the event.
Once a date is set, hosts can begin buying supplies and decorations. Paper goods are ideal because they can help reduce the clean-up after the party. With one big trash can on hand, plates, napkins and utensils can be disposed of easily by guests. Paper goods don't have to be tacky, either. Holiday style plates and napkins with designs, such as snowflakes or tinsel trees, might add an elegant touch to the supplies. Hosts are encouraged to buy paper goods in bulk. Party supplies are typically cheaper when purchased in large quantities, and online sites may even offer free shipping for big orders.
Decorating for a holiday party may be one of the most enjoyable parts of hosting an event. When it comes to decking the halls, the sky is the limit during the holiday season. Hosts can impress their guests with even small accent pieces, such as a Christmas cupcake holder or a Christmas tree center piece. For those who are more ambitious, a Christmas table decorating kit or reindeer decorating kit is a great way to start a conversation among guests.
Finishing touches, such as a holiday style table cloth or holly candle pillars, may set an elegant tone. For those who are hosting a traditional dinner or cocktail party, this style of decor might be a great way to set the perfect seasonal mood. Even items such as glittering punch bowls and ladles might add a classy touch to any chic holiday event.
To add a little flair, hosts can consider buying a few Santa hats and reindeer antlers for the party. Halloween doesn't have to be the only dress-up holiday, and adding costumes to the itinerary can ensure that guests will have a blast. Feather boas and red beads may help the ladies pull together a costume at the party, while top hats and Santa beards can give the guys ensemble options. Christmas L.E.D. necklaces and holiday snowman bottom-lit cups might help maintain the entertaining, upbeat mood.
Regardless of which style of party a host decides to throw, planning ahead can help everyone celebrate the holiday season without stress. A little creativity and brainstorming can go a long way when it comes to planning a party. Thinking out of the box may also make a host's party one to remember for holiday seasons to come.