With Thanksgiving just behind us, our attention has fully turned to the most wonderful time of the year: the holiday season!
December holidays are a wonderful reason to get together with family and friends, and to host all sorts of fun, warm-and-fuzzy celebrations, from parties at work to afternoon Christmas meals.
Our December blog series will focus on the feel-good aspects of the season, and will highlight different ways to give back. Before we get into all of that, however, we cannot forget to talk about hosting an incredible holiday event. Below are four of our favorite holiday hosting tips. If you’ve been tasked with hosting family and friends this year, be sure to read on!
1. Think Ahead
Because the holiday season is so busy between the bustle of Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah and New Years, it becomes important to do some advanced planning. We recommend sending holiday party invites out at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure that most of your invited guests will be able to attend.
2. Don’t Forget The Fun
In between planning an easy meal or make-ahead appetizers and signature cocktails, you will want to think about games. Especially at the beginning of the event, and especially if not all of your guests know each other, games can serve as a great ice breaker and are always good for lots of laughs. Favorite holiday party games include: White Elephant Exchanges, Secret Santa, Name that Christmas Carol, Pictionary, charades or themed-trivia.
3. Enlist Your Army
Holiday party planning can be a big undertaking; and it doesn’t have to be done alone. Request help from those you trust most, or consider bringing in an outside vendor to tie up the loose ends and allow you more time to plan the parts that you most enjoy. We love helping clients to throw the best holiday parties and are always available to answer questions or lend our expertise!
4. Get Crafty
Shop sales and search Pinterest ideas online when planning your holiday party decor. You can get great ideas here for ways to cut corners and still produce stunning centerpieces, place settings and even hostess gifts.
What are some of your favorite holiday hosting ideas? We’d love to hear from you! Check back next week as we focus on getting involved and giving back.