With Thanksgiving just around the corner, holiday party planning is in full swing. If you find yourself getting a late start in planning this year’s annual festivities, or if you’re new to the game, no need to worry. Charter One Yachts’ professional team has a few practical and creative last minute party ideas that can be executed successfully even when it’s crunch time.If you are fortunate enough to spend the holidays in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, you know that wintertime in South Florida is literally the most wonderful time of the year. The temperatures range from cool to slightly warm and breezy, generally between 60 and 80 degrees, with very little rainfall. When the rest of the country is freezing and shoveling snow, the sun is still shining in beautiful Fort Lauderdale. Why not take advantage of the season and choose a venue that celebrates the great outdoors? Whether you celebrate on land or sea, taking the party outside will create a light and jovial atmosphere. Outside spaces generally tend to be easier and less expensive to secure for parties, which is also helpful if you find yourself scrambling at the last minute.Implementing a theme will add dimension to your party. Themes promote interaction, and add an element of fun. They can be elaborate and will tie everything together when incorporated into the décor, the menu, and organized activities. Themes don’t have to be complicated, however. There are countless themes that can be pulled off effortlessly and inexpensively, and will work either indoors or outside. Here are some of Charter One’s favorites that have had great success on our luxury yachts through the years:
- Winter Wonderland. This theme is versatile, easy, and always provides dreamy visual effects that evoke ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’. Use snowflake luminaries, twinkling blue and white lights, and snowflake cutouts to add magic to any space. Tins of mints make excellent party favors, and the signature cocktail that is perfect for this themed celebration is hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps.
- Feliz Navidad Fiesta. A festive red, green, and white color scheme really kicks things up a notch! Strands of red chili pepper lights, mini cactus plant centerpieces on tables, and a mariachi band will put everyone in the mood to celebrate! Serve up everyone’s Mexican favorites with nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas and tamales. The signature cocktail for this themed party is the Margarita.
- Traditional Cocktail Party. Simple, classy, and sophisticated – just add twinkling lights, silver and gold accents, and festive Holly centerpieces. Implement some current trends to invoke today’s culture. One of the latest foodie trends is gourmet comfort food. A menu like this would be sure to delight your guests. Think bacon mac and cheese with truffle oil, and roasted tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons. Serve a signature pear and cranberry champagne cocktail to add some flair. A band, DJ, or customized playlist will compliment this celebration. Traditional cocktail parties allow guests to mingle, relax, and enjoy their surroundings.