The holiday season is the most highly anticipated time of year, not only for children who await Santa’s arrival, but for adults as well. The holiday spirit gets a hold of everyone, celebrations abound, gifts are exchanged, and everyone eats a bit too much, prompting the many declarations of New Year’s resolutions. Along with all of the cheer and festivities, those who host Christmas parties each year know that planning and preparations can also be a source of stress. If this year marks the first Christmas party you will host, or if you are simply a seasoned procrastinator, you may not realize that you are putting yourself in a potentially stressful position. It takes a great deal of organization, time, and work to plan a successful Christmas party. If you are new to the game, you may also spend above and beyond what you anticipated, simply due to lack of experience and resources. To avoid this, Charter One Yachts has come up with a few foolproof party-planning tips that will save you time, money, and a lot of work.
- Start planning your party 4+ weeks in advance. This will allow time for invitations to go out and RSVP responses to be sent back, deliveries of supplies to arrive, and any last minute changes to be made.
- Always have a Plan B. Those last minute changes that were just mentioned? They happen. So, if the entertainment you hired cancels, be sure to have a DJ worthy playlist ready to go.
- Plan your menu using tried and true recipes. This is not the time for experiments, and your guests are not guinea pigs. Choose dishes that can be made ahead of time and then refrigerated or even frozen until the day of the party.
- Consider hiring professional help for your party, even if it is just one person to assist with drink serving, replenishing the buffet, or post-party cleanup so you can actually enjoy your own celebration.
- Clean the house and rearrange the furniture (or move some pieces to the garage if necessary) to accommodate the number of guests who will be attending comfortably.