With Christmas right around the corner, many of us are solidifying plans for what merry activities we plan on partaking in this holiday season. Hosting a Christmas get-together can be nerve-wracking, but with some planning you can make sure your guests are jolly and entertained and enjoy the festivities yourself too. Here are some holiday party tips to keep your guests rockin’ around the Christmas tree!
Send Invites ASAP
The holidays are busy for everyone, so you’ll want to give your guests as much heads up as possible as to the when and where for your party! Hand delivered invites add a fun, personal touch and there are tons of Christmas themed invites you can print out in the convenience of your own home. However, e-invites are very convenient and just as festive!
Ask Guests to Pitch In
Don’t feel you have to burden the entire holiday meal as the host or hostess. Take care of the main course and maybe a dessert, but also ask guests to pitch in and bring dishes pot luck style. You get more variety, and it makes people feel more involved. Ask guests to specify what they’re bringing ahead of time so you don’t get too many repeat dishes.
Plan on Games
White Elephant Exchange is of course a holiday favorite. Give your guests a heads up and set a dollar limit on gifts for the game. Have people choose giftsraffle style to add an element of chance to the fun. Try Christmas Carol Pictionary. Have guests write carols on a slip of paper and then drop it into a vase. Then, set up teams and a whiteboard and watch people go at it! Ask people to bring baby pictures of themselves and make a game out of guessing who’s who! You can even plan for outdoor games like cornhole to keep your guests moving around.
Have Enough to Go Around
Especially if you’re planning on hosting a large shindig, make sure you have enoughseating, dishes, flatware, and glassware to go around. Don’t leave your guests wanting, and consider renting any extras you might need. Renting can save money and storage space once the items are no longer needed.
Set up little bags of goodies for your guests to take home with them after the party. This thoughtful teat will show guests how much you appreciate them. You can even include a personalized Christmas ornament to help them remember the event. Write their names or just “Christmas 2018” on the ornament to remind them of all the good times you had.
Deck the Halls – and Your Table!
Festive decorating can go a long way to setting a cheery mood for everyone. Taking the time to dress your dinner table up with linens and cloth napkins can really bring everything together. Make the gathering seem more magical with the right lighting. Try a string of lights around the room or candles on the table. LED candles are an excellent substitute if you’re worried about a fire hazard.
And of course, don’t forget to take the time to enjoy yourself! The holidays are meant for enjoying the company of loved ones and showing the appreciation we all have for one another. Don’t forget to let your friends and family know how much they mean to you.
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