Holiday parties are a great way to get together with friends and family and whether you’re planning an intimate get-together or a lavish soirée, we’re sharing perfect party planning tips to create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Step #1 Gather Information – This information includes the number of guests, when/where the party will be, the atmosphere, menu, etc. Don’t forget the most important aspect of your party- the budget. Big or small, if you plan ahead, you’ll host the perfect party.
Step #2 Pick a Theme – A holiday party makes things easy. Just plan on how much of the holiday you want to incorporate into the party. If it’s a Christmas party, will you just incorporate holiday colors or will Santa be making an appearance? A well thought-out theme will make the party complete and help tie everything together.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Step #3 Make Your Menu – Your final menu will be based on your budget and how many guests you’ll be hosting. Everything from potluck to passed appetizers to a full-blown catered event works well for holiday get-togethers.
Step #4 Think Drink – If you’re serving drinks don’t forget to stock the bar! Plan three bottles of wine for every four people and three to four cocktails per guest for a two- to three-hour cocktail party.
Step #5 Deck The Halls - The decorations you decide on will revolve around your choice of theme. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to decorate is to choose a color scheme and weave it throughout the elements of your party from candles to plates, napkins, invitations, etc.
Step #6 Make Some Music – The music should be upbeat and sufficient to last throughout the party. Create a custom playlist to set the mood you’re aiming for.
Step #7 Invite Guests – The final step in planning the perfect party is inviting your guests. Mail them at least two weeks in advance and remember to include a phone number or email address where they can RSVP so you can plan for the proper amount of food, drink, etc. Typically, 70-80% of invitees will attend.
Step #8 – Relax and enjoy yourself!
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