Christmas is the biggest party season of the year, with everyone from families to businesses planning parties to celebrate the holiday and the end of the year and the start of a new one. The fact that so many people are planning a holiday party at Christmas time, however, can make it difficult and stressful to plan your own.
If you’re hoping to plan the perfect Christmas party this year, check out the convenient 5-step plan below to make the process easier.
1. Figure Out Your Budget
Without a budget in mind, you won’t be able to decide on every element of your upcoming Christmas party. So, first off, start planning your party well in advance, and during that time, calculate how much money you’re willing to spend on the venue, the food and beverages, the decorations, the entertainment, etc.
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2. Choose Your Venue
Now that you have your budget in mind, you can choose the venue to host your Christmas party. Whether you go with a large or small venue will largely be determined by the number of people on your guest list, so try to determine how many people are likely to attend, as this will help you choose the ideal room for the event. And remember that even though there are many Christmas party venues to choose from, they’ll book up quickly so, again, planning a few months in advance is important.
3. Pick Your Menu
Whether you’re hosting your Christmas party in your home and having the food catered or you’re hosting it at a large venue where the food will be provided as part of the cost, you need to figure out what food you will serve. You can serve pretty much whatever you want and whatever you think your guests will enjoy. Just keep in mind that there are many different special diets that people follow, from gluten-free to vegan diets, and there are also food allergies that you need to be aware of, so keep these factors in mind while creating a menu that everyone will love.
4. Figure Out Your Décor
Next, think about the decorations that you’ll use to create the perfect holiday atmosphere wherever you’re hosting your party. Some venues will decorate the room for you, particularly for the Christmas season, but others won’t, so you’ll need to decide what centrepieces you’ll use if there will be a big Christmas tree in the room, and what you’ll put on the walls to create the warm and inviting atmosphere you want.
5. Set the Table
Whether you are setting the table for 16 or arranging a smaller, more intimate feast, there are easy ways to impress. Mixing and matching tableware is totally fine for place settings for larger numbers – just stick to a common theme and find a rhythm to the mix up of plates and glasses.
6. Send Out Your Invitations Early
Just like you started planning your Christmas party months in advance, you also need to send out your Christmas party invitations well in advance. This is because there are so many parties going on at the same time, and you need to tell people about your event before they book another one on the same day.
Once you have these five steps completed, your Christmas party should go off perfectly and you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your efforts.