A great holiday party brings people together, and the memories can last a lifetime. But planning a party can be stressful, especially during the holidays. Here are four essential steps for planning a great party that is sure to capture the spirit of the holidays for your friends and family.
Selecting a Theme
We’re all familiar with traditional holiday themes: ghosts for Halloween, Pilgrims for Thanksgiving, and Santa for Christmas. But that doesn’t mean you can’t put a new spin on an old classic. A novel or clever holiday-themed party is a great way to make it more memorable. This list of unique holiday party theme ideas will help you get started with themes like “A Christmas Story” or a masquerade ball.
Once you’ve decided on a theme, it’s time to invite your guests. Creating a Facebook event is a great way to give the party a fun name, reveal the theme you’ve chosen, and make the RSVP process simple. Plus, your guests can comment before the party and post pictures after the party.
Planning the Menu
Now that you’ve picked a theme and created your invite, it’s time to plan the menu. This can be the most challenging step, but you can make the process easier by asking a few short questions.
- What kind of food and drinks go best with the theme of the party?
- Will you cook or cater?
- Do you need to borrow, buy, or rent the plates, cups, and cutlery?
Cleaning the House
Be sure to clean your house a day or two before the party. Designate the guest bathroom, and remove anything from the medicine cabinet you want to keep private. And make sure the bathroom has plenty of toilet paper, soap, and hand towels.
An often-overlooked aspect of house cleaning is your air conditioning. Everyone’s house has a smell, and yours is no exception. Replace your air filter with a fresh one before the party. You can even add a few drops of aromatic oils to set the mood. For any other services, such as repair or installation, it’s best to contact an HVAC expert.
Setting the Stage
Decorating your home for the party is the most exciting step. Hanging streamers is always fun, and balloons are the international symbol for “party.” Specialty light bulbs or new lampshades can add some color to your home. Rearranging your furniture is a great way to add seating or open up more space for your guests.
A wreath is a simple but beautiful addition to the decorations for your holiday party. Adding a wreath to your door welcomes your guests and introduces them to your holiday party theme.
Once the food is ready, your house is clean, and the wreath is hung, it’s time to await your guests. Make sure you greet everyone who arrives and direct them to the refreshments. Of course, these are just the essential steps. A complete checklist list will help you prepare for every detail of your holiday party.