I’m no Christmas party planner master, but thanks to sites like Event Juice one can get a step by step process to follow for organizing one. Ideally, I’m not referring to a super big Xmas party where there are a 100+ people, but rather something a little smaller than you can host at your home. Hopefully you have enough space to host the event, otherwise, you’ll need to hire a location, but that does not feel very personal to me. Here are my additional tips from all the research I did upon planning a Xmas party.
Start planning early
The last thing you want to do is try to plan a Christmas party a few weeks before the due date only to have the event being a complete failure with people canceling or you having problems with food, music or anything else. That sounds like a nightmare. Rather plan ahead of time. Send out notifications and ask people to confirm whether they will be coming to the event ahead of time. Some recommend you do this two months in advance.
Not everyone has unlimited budgets to spend for Christmas and chances are you’ll have to stay within that budget or else you might start the following year with more credit than you ended the previous one with. However, don’t be stingy. When you host a Xmas party the idea to give and bless your friends and family. It’s awesome to see a group of people together enjoying each other, spreading the Christmas cheer and having a good time. Rather try to save costs by doing some of the work yourself like decorating or making the food than to cut corners. Decorations, good music (preferably something you can dance to that fits your crowd – a DJ is a good idea), good food, enough space to interact and move is essential.
Make it personal
No matter the cost of a gift, something that is personal and tailored specifically to one person will always be more appreciated than a general gift. Here you can get creative and try to come up with ideas that will suit your specific group of friends and family. It can mean giving everyone a personalized chocolate with their name on, a glass with their name on or something like that. It does not have to be expensive or spectacular. It’s just the thought that counts. I’ll leave you to think about this one.
Christmas decorations and theming
You can invite someone to a Xmas party without putting up some suitable decorations. This can be in the forms of lights, Christmas trees, cushions, Xmas themed cutlery and more. Rather go overboard than doing too little. It’s supposed to be a once in a year event so don’t hold out on anything.
I hope you have amazing holiday season parties. I would be wonderful if you can send some of the party photos through to us and we can publish them on the blog. If you have any special tips that I have not mentioned here don’t forget to send them through.