‘Tis the season to throw a good Christmas party and bring together like-minded friends and family, to celebrate the festive time in one another’s company. So it’s time to make like the hostess with the mostest and throw a Christmas shindig that will stay in the memory.
If you’re putting on a party this year, it’s worth setting down a plan. But exactly what should that plan look like? Let’s take a look at some of the essential components.
Between Pinterest and Instagram there is no shortage of spectacular Christmas decor. Decorate throughout your home – in the hallway, kitchen, and anywhere else that guests are likely to congregate. But they should also feature prominently around the entrance and front lawn. Outdoor Christmas lights at the front of the house will indicate to everyone that this is a festive occasion and that the Christmas spirit is alive and well.
What’s on the menu? Ideally, food should be distinctive and notably festive. Make sure that there are options to cater to a range of dietary requirements. Pay special attention to allergens, as there are few things more likely to dampen the Christmas Spirit than a trip to A & E.
You might be prepared to spend plenty of time in the kitchen during the build-up to the occasion, or to spend money on pre-prepared frozen treats.
In many cases, you won’t need to spend over the odds to create a great party spread. Be prepared to test-run everything that you’re going to cook, and prepare food in advance so that it can be easily cooked on the day itself. The less work you need to do in the kitchen when your guests are in the house, the more you can enjoy your own Christmas party!
If your guests are left to stand around eating and drinking, then they might well enjoy themselves – but not as much as they would if you provided them with games. You might pick out a range of quick-fire games that everyone can get involved in, and that don’t take hours to unfold. That way, if people don’t like one game, you can be sure that there’s another about to arrive. Limbo, charades and Pictionary are all favourites.
Your festive drinks menu can be enormously varied. Make sure that there are hot and cold options, and that non-drinkers are catered to just as much as drinkers are. If you’re feeling creative, then you might set up a few seasonal cocktails, as well as a pot of mulled wine. Just make sure that you’ve tested all of the options before you start dispensing the drinks.
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