The Secret to a Perfect Holiday Party

Sure, finding those perfect gifts for everyone on your list is an integral part of Christmas, but everyone knows that the parties are the real focus for December. We live for the fun aspect from a small gathering with close friends to those fancy corporate functions.

But, if you are anything like me you haven’t found that straight out of a blockbuster hit movie holiday bash. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s up to you to throw the most epic holiday bash that everyone will remember for decades to follow.

Here a few tips to help you with the planning of an epic party.

Set the tone early.

One of the first requirements is to decide what kind of party you want to throw. Will it be something classy with bottles of champagne or will it involve the classic beer keg? Maybe a little of both? Once you have put together a theme for the party, you need to let your guests know what they are in for as early as possible. One way to do that is to set the dress code, a simple step that will tell guests just what kind of party they will be attending. For instance, cocktail attire may suggest a more classy party while ugly Christmas sweaters would suggest a fun and relaxed social gathering.

Find the perfect invitations.

To avoid awkward moments and unnecessary drama, be sure to fill up the guest list with people that you get along with well. Not everyone invited will know each other, but you should have an understanding of who will get along nicely in your social circle. Once you have settled the guest list, send out festive invitations to all your family and friends.

Don’t overdo it with decorations.

Yes, it’s a Christmas party, but you don’t have to stage your home like a Martha Stewart Living page. Your guests will want to see a Christmas Tree, some tinsel and of course, a mistletoe. You can always include a festive wreath to add to the holiday spirit.

Food, Drinks and More Drinks.

Obviously, your party will need food and drinks, but you don’t have to go crazy with an elaborate meal. You can be as creative as you wish. You can make super adorable Christmas cookies, chocolate molded pretzels, spiked eggnog or a big bowl of hot chocolate.  Alternatively, you can offer roasted chestnuts and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Don’t Forget the Photographs.

A party is just not a party without a photo booth these days. Hiring a professional photographer can be expensive, instead, hang a themed backdrop against a wall and make it the designated photo spot where people can have fun and take photos with their cell phones. To make the night extra memorable, pick up some fun props, including Santa hats or reindeer antlers.

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? What are your tips for a successful party?

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