How to Host a Christmas Party
Want to throw your own Christmas bash? It’s not as simple as putting toothpicks into bite-sized pieces of food and letting your guests fend for themselves. Here are some tips for making sure your holiday party is grand!
Tips for inviting people to your party:
- Send out your invitations at least three weeks in advance.
- Take a look at your space and budget to figure out how many people to invite.
- Remember that some of your guests may want to bring a friend.
- Always ask people to RSVP (let you know if they’re gonna come to the party or not) and include a phone number/e-mail address on the invitations so they can get back to you.
- If you haven’t heard from someone you invited a few days before the party, call to find out if they’re coming or not.
- Invite your neighbors. This will ensure they don’t complain about the noise!
- If you don’t want to invite your neighbors, at least let them know you’re going to be hosting a party.
- Mailed invites are classier than e-mailed invites.
- On the invitations, include the date, time and address of the party, directions, parking info and anything else you want your guests to know.
Tips for party themes:
- Having a party theme makes for a great icebreaker and lets you really kick your decorations up a notch.
- Costumes can be fun, but remember not everyone likes to dress up.
- If you do decide to make it a costume party, pick a theme people can dress up us inexpensively – 70s disco, 60s hippies and so-called “ugly sweaters” are good themes because often people have stuff they can wear right in their own closets.
- Color themes work great for Christmas: red and green, baby!
Tips for getting your place party ready:
- You won’t enjoy your party if you’re worried about spills and breaks on account of rowdy guests, so pack away your most precious possessions beforehand so your guests can’t destroy your stuff!
- Get some cleaning supplies ready in case of spills.
- Rearrange your furniture so it’s easier for guests to move around – especially if there’s gonna be dancing!
- Throw some blankets or sheets (nice ones) over the furniture if you don’t want it to get dirty.
- Set up a table in the main party where you can lay out all the food and drinks.
- Scatter plates of snacks all over the room or rooms so munchies are easy to reach.
- Put up signs pointing to where the washroom is, as well as signs on doors of rooms that you don’t want guests going into.
- Speaking of the washroom: make sure it’s stocked with TP, soap and towels.
- Make sure there’s lots of trash cans around and maybe even some cardboard boxes for recycling.
- Don’t forget to scrub your place down before the party so it doesn’t look like you live in a pig sty!
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