This article was written before the current pandemic. Please follow guidelines in your area/region for household mixing on Christmas Day.
Christmas parties are a great way to get friends together to celebrate the festive season. Give yourself plenty of time to work out the details so that your party will be as stress-free as possible. Here are some top tips for throwing a Christmas party in your home.
- Don’t plan your party too close to Christmas day because many guests may be travelling to stay with relatives so may not be available. Hold it on a weekend when no-one needs to go to work the next day (with a sore head).
- Decide whether or not you want your guests to bring gifts. Make this clear or else you may end up greeting lots of guests bearing gifts, but you will have nothing to give them in return.
- Send out invites, but remember to ask for an RSVP so you can get an idea of the number of guests coming. This will make it easier for you to cater enough food and drink for all.
- Clear out any precious or breakable ornaments and keepsakes that you don’t want to risk getting broken, should the party become a bit lively and lots of drunken dancing is going to take place!
- Borrow any extra chairs you need from friends or neighbours so everyone will be able to sit down for at least some of the night. It can be very tiring to expect all of your guests to stand for the whole evening.
- Sort out your music for the party. This may involve simple background festive tunes that help create the right atmosphere while your guests chat and mingle with each other. Or, even better, put together a playlist of your favourite tunes to listen too at Christmas time and as the party warms up, have some music ready for people to dance away.
- If you are expecting lots of guests, arrange for outside catering. Believe us when we say that you will be so thankful for this. It will enable you to enjoy your party and be present with your guests rather than running around fiddling with trays of food and drink all night.
- If you want to cut costs, buy platters of Christmas food and bottles of wine from the supermarket. You will be able to easily buy food that is either ready-made and ready to serve or only requires a short cooking time or reheat in the oven.
- While at the supermarket, buy festive paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils your guests will need to eat with. Remember to look out for recyclable products if you go with this option.
- On the day, clean and clear the floor space you need. Set out any extra chairs around the room and set up a buffet table so your guests can help themselves to food and drink as they desire.
- Make sure your Christmas tree and decorations are all up, secure and looking good! Put your tree in a prominent position, but somewhere that it won’t get in the way of people or block the flow of your guest’s movements around your home.
- Layout your food and drink, turn on your music and get yourself dressed up and ready to greet your guests! Don’t forget to turn down the lights to make your home more relaxed and welcoming.
What’s left to say apart from by giving yourself enough time to plan a party, adding your own personal touches and taking a few tips from our list, you’ll be well on your way to organising your very own Christmas Christmas get-together. Have fun!