The holidays are right around the corner, and holiday parties are on everyone’s mind. With many enthusiastic potential entertainers eager to plan the perfect party, stress levels may be running high. Do not fear, this list of tips is sure to help you plan the perfect holiday party for family, friends or coworkers.

  1. Secure the Appropriate Location
    Whether you are having an intimate party with friends, or throwing a huge family reunion for the holidays, finding the right venue is key. Location and venue set the tone for the comfort of each guest, and you will want to be sure that your location is neither too small or too big.
  2. Send Invites a Few Weeks in Advance
    Invites can send the mood of the party far before the entire party is even planned. Invitations can be elegant and classy, fun and quirky or something entirely different. This will let guests know what to expect from the party as well as how to dress and whether or not they should bring food or a gift. Invites and RSVPs will help you gauge the number of people who will be in attendance, which leads to the third tip.
  3. Have Enough Food
    Imagine spending hours planning the perfect menu that everyone in attendance will enjoy, only to run out before everyone has had a taste of everything or having no seconds or holiday leftovers at all. Menu cards
  4. Plenty to Drink
    Having a variety to drink makes any party enjoyable. Start of easy with a bowl of punch for everyone to serve themselves. You should be sure to serve a variety of sodas and non-alcoholic beverages as well. If you are hosting a party with adults it can be fun to have a signature drink for the party or even a cocktail bar.
  5. Create Ambiance
    Decorations are what makes your venue festive. Use colored streamers, balloons, or simple holly berry to create a holiday look that is sure to bring cheer. Have a mix of holiday music gently playing in the background to set the mood for the party.
  6. Play Games/Activities
    Plan to have a few party games for everyone to play. If you are with family and friends this can be something as simple charades or card games, and in a larger group or company party you can plan something with a prize at the end like a game of company bingo.
  7. Relax and Have Fun
    The most import part of planning is to relax and have fun. A party’s mood starts with the host, so stay calm and have fun during the holidays.

    The holidays can historically be a stressful time for many, but when whether you are planning a small family gathering or a big employee party, these tips are sure to help you be prepared to have fun.