Give your guests a holiday to remember with these party planning tips and tricks!
The holiday season is traditionally a time for family gatherings and festive celebrations. During this time, party planning goes into full swing and people begin planning all types of entertaining holiday parties, from gift swaps and cookie baking to traditional Christmas dinners and get togethers. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that the host this year is you!
With a great party planning guide, you can throw the perfect holiday party. Our first tip? The key to any holiday celebration is to be creative and plan, plan, plan!
Keep Cool, You Got This!
But not to worry! With careful planning and consideration, this year’s party is sure to be a memorable and entertaining one that you’ll enjoy just as much as your guests do. It’s natural that you’re a little stressed, but it’s also okay to relax.
Creating lasting holiday memories doesn’t have to drain your energy or your wallet. Save time and money this year with these stress-free tips for your upcoming holiday party.
Perhaps the easiest way to have a stress-free holiday party is by planning ahead.
Create a plan using a blank calendar and mark the day of the party. Then, fill in the empty days leading up to the party with things that need to be done. They can even be the simplest of tasks such as cleaning around the house or grocery shopping. This is also when you’ll be deciding on how many people will be attending your holiday gathering.
Make a grocery shopping list and then mark the day(s) in which you plan to go shopping on your calendar. While you’re out, don’t forget the nonfood items which are essential to any great holiday party, such as paper towels, napkins, and even some holiday candles!
When planning on how you’re going to chill your holiday drinks, portable ice makers can make the process stress-free. They are an easy alternative to having to go out to the store and buy bags of ice, and they also can be used all year round, including future parties and gatherings.
Deck The Halls
Your home might already be dressed up for the holiday season, which means you already have a great head start.
To help add a festive cheer to your home décor, use a touch of holiday greenery to your fireplace mantel, coffee table, or dining room. Natural greens and seasonal decorations can create stunning centerpieces that add to the overall setting of the party. Candles and holiday scents are also a great way to set an elegant and festive mood!
As far as the exterior of your house goes, you don’t need thousands of flashing lights to make an impact. Sometimes less is more when it comes to holiday decorations. Try using a vibrant and festive wreath on your front door, potted seasonal evergreens, or wrap garland above your doors.
Including festive decorations throughout your house will help with the overall setting of your holiday party.
Keep It Clean & Comfortable
Always start of your party with a clean kitchen and an empty dishwasher and trash can. Nothing is worse than having to empty your trash can during the middle of your party with the sink still full of dirty dishes.
Sometimes the best holiday host doesn’t always live in the cleanest of houses, especially if you have young children and pets. In the essence of saving time, if you have one messy room just close the door and shut off the lights and your holiday guests won’t go in there. You can always clean this room once the party is over.
The most essential part of being a holiday host is making sure all your guests are comfortable. As most of us around the country know, with the holiday season comes colder weather. Space heaters can be used to provide the perfect amount of heat to ensure that your party guests are celebrating at a comfortable temperature.
If you’re looking for a safe and cost effective way to clean your stainless steel appliances this holiday season, be sure to check out our blog on how to Clean Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances Without Poisoning Your Family.
Plan Your Playlist In Advance
Don’t forget about the holiday music – it can help set the overall mood of your party.
Make sure to plan your playlist ahead of time. This will help to ensure you won’t have to keep checking your phone to play the next song. Of course, there are free online services that you can use, such as Pandora, that allow you to play hours of music without having to select songs yourself.
Within your playlist, you should include holiday classics from Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley are ideal, but feel free to mix in whatever the mood presents. With that said, remember to keep your music low, as conversation is what counts at any holiday party. This is especially important during the dinner hour, so your conversations don’t go unheard.