With the Christmas season almost upon us this can only mean one thing; it’s party time! So if you’re planning on organising some festive celebrations, here are some tips and suggestions to get you and your guests in the holiday spirit.
The Christmas period can be a busy one so get your invitations out as early as possible. The more advance notice you give, the less likely people are to have prior commitments and it would be a shame for them to have to miss out on your epic party. Call me traditional, but I like a classic card invite with a bit of a personal touch, however if you don’t have the time or funds, an email or phone call does the same job. Encourage guests to RSVP so you know how many to prepare for.
Be sure to let your guests know what to expect, whether you’re preparing a formal sit down meal or a casual finger buffet. I highly recommend preparing as much as you can in advance to minimise stress and avoid any last minute panic. Keep everything as simple and easy as possible. You don’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen whilst your guests are all enjoying themselves. Also, we all love nibbles later on in the night, so maybe have some bowls of crisps/ nuts/ sweets ready to go.
Estimate how much you think your guests will drink and then get a bit more just in case. There’s nothing more embarrassing than a party that has ran out of booze. Don’t forget some ice of course and soft drinks for those not looking to get too merry. As this is a party why not get creative? You could make a big batch of mulled wine to really get in the spirit of things. Have a look at some cocktail recipes for ideas.
To make a good first impression ensure the party area is relatively clean and tidy. Remove anything fragile that you don’t want to get broken or sticky. Add extra seating if necessary or clear a space for a dance floor. Decorations always get people in the party mood so don’t forget some tinsel or fairy lights or maybe even a cheeky bit of mistletoe to create a festive atmosphere.
It’s a good idea to make a playlist beforehand to avoid any unexpected silences or embarrassing songs you didn’t realise you still had. Of course don’t forget to include some Christmas classics.
Be sure to greet your guests at the door and take their coats. As we learn in Bridget Jones, “Introduce people with thoughtful details”. If people don’t know each other bring up a topic that would interest both of them to start a conversation.
Most importantly let your hair down and have a good time and I’m sure your guests will too!