Christmas is around the corner (already, I know!) and, inevitability, with the season, comes holiday parties. Sometimes the thought of planning a holiday party can seem stressful, especially with everything else taking up your time during the season. Whether it’s a small party, big party, corporate event or just a family dinner, some sort of planning needs to be involved. That being said, today is your lucky day, readers – we are going to offer you some professional step-by-step advice on how to plan the perfect holiday event.
Establish your budget
Before anything else, you need to figure out how much you are able to spend. You don’t want to make false promises, or envision an ice sculpture when the price point just doesn’t cut it. Visualize your event and establish your budget based on what you want. Knowing how much money can be put into the planning will give you a clear idea on where to begin.
Choose a date
You want your event to be set in stone – no “date subject to change” on the invitation. Do this with a significant amount of time before the party. The holiday season is a busy time for a lot of people meaning their party time-slots are going to fill in quickly. Make your event a priority!
Select a theme
Theme? What do you mean theme? The theme is obviously Christmas, right? Wrong! Well, sort of. Your event will be a Christmas theme, but there are many variations of this. You can throw an ugly Christmas sweater party, your theme can be ‘Silent Night’ or you can even throw a “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” party and dress up like a ‘Who’ (whatever floats your boat). Flex your creative muscles and have fun with it!
Decide on a venue
The type of event will determine where you will host it. This is another step that should be done well ahead of time because, as stated already, the holiday season is a busy time meaning many venues will book up quickly. Unless, of course, you host the event at a home, which is always nice too!
Plan out the food and drinks
This is the fun part. It’s crucial to make sure that there is more than enough food and drinks for your guests to enjoy. Make Christmas-y drinks, bake Santa cupcakes; there is so much you can do for a holiday party with the food and drinks that will add that special touch for your party.
This wins second place for fun during this planning process. It is important to add the perfect amount of décor for your event; you don’t want to go overboard, but that doesn’t rule out sparkle.
Communicate rides and accommodation
If you are inviting people from out of town, and if you know guests will be drinking, it is important to take this into consideration. If you are hosting the event somewhere other than your home, inform your guests of nearby hotels, suggest carpooling or let them know they are welcome to stay at your house. Whatever the case may be, make sure this is organized so all guests can relax and enjoy the night.
Post by: Melissa Esposito