‘Tis the season! The holidays are almost here. For many this is a fun time to rekindle with close friends and family, so don’t let the planning get in the way of the party. Here are 8 tips for simple party planning from our expert planners:
Get Organized – Create a master to-do list
From shopping for supplies to creating the perfect playlist, it’s important to keep track of all your tasks. We suggest creating a timeline that breaks everything down from the weeks leading up to the very day of the event. This will ensure you don’t miss a beat!
Create A Theme
Holidays can be more festive when a creative theme is chosen to set the tone. Christmas Pajama Party or a Great Gatsby themed New Year – possibilities are endless.
Get the Word Out
Whether you’re sending an online or mailed invitation, it’s important to give your guests the proper amount of time to RSVP. Especially with the holidays rolling around, you don’t want them to commit to other events and miss out on all the fun.
Offer a Self-Serve Bar
The key to a simple drink service? Set up a self-serve bar so that guests can be their own mixologist. Welcome guests with a drink upon arrival by placing a tray of champagne near the door. You can take it up a notch by creating a specialty concoction that matches the night’s theme.
Set Up a Kid’s Corner
For many, the holidays are a time for family friendly gatherings so it’s important to not forget about the little ones. Use butcher paper as a table covering, and add crayons or other crafts such as building gingerbread houses to keep them entertained.
Keep It Simple
Choose simple trays of delicious hors d’oeuvres in lieu of a sit down appetizer. This allows guests a less-formal approach to sample flavors and mingle with other guests. Don’t be afraid to use readymade ingredients from the market – instead of making everything from scratch.
Add In Elements
Nothing says elegance like a simple centerpiece. Try and incorporate natural elements that tie into the season like bare branches and acorns. Handwrite the names of your guest on a piece of kraft paper, or add a pop of color using a vibrant napkin.
The day is finally here. Leave an hour for yourself to freshen up, slip into something party-ready and light a few candles for added ambiance. As the host, you set the tone, so a relaxed attitude will bring out the same in your guests.