Christmas Party Planning

The Event Group has presented some amazing corporate holiday events. Your holiday dream event can be fun and exciting, but you need to have a plan. The holidays shouldn’t be stressful – a party at your home should be about fun for you and your guests.

Invites

Send ‘save the date’ emails to all your friends – this will add some mystique to your home event and let your guests plan accordingly.

Three weeks before your party send out your holiday Evite. If you’re presenting a themed event, make sure this is mentioned in the invitation and it is designed to fit your theme. Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring something – it is the holidays and they will most likely want to. Within five to six days of sending your invitations, you should have a general idea of your numbers – and if you think some people are missing from your RSVP list, pick up the phone and call them. But don’t stress out on who should or shouldn’t be there – it is a busy time of year.

Décor

Accent your home in the classic holiday décor, not tacky or over-the-top holiday ornaments. Each faith carries a number of traditional décor choices. Carry your theme through your plates, glassware, napkins, etc.

IPod

There are some amazing holiday favorites and having them play at your party sets the tone. Download a variety of holiday favorites and stay away from one specific artist or premade mixes. Choose from classics and new renditions of your favorites and the best from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and beyond.

Food and Drink

A specialty holiday drink can be an inexpensive way to lubricate your guests. Punches, martinis, sparkling wine, and holiday brews will add some fun.

Your menu should match your theme and the holiday season. Spend some time on the web with recipe sites like Epicurious and All Recipes.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to feed your guests, but you should have something on hand to go with the holiday cocktails. Your guests can add to the fun be bringing their holiday favorite foods and drinks. A buffet table with all of these selections is an easy way to feed everyone.

Themes

A theme can set the tone for your party before it happens and create your party’s atmosphere.

Gifts

Gift exchanges are a great way to get your guests to begin to interact with each other. You can draw names and as the names are called, your guests can select a wrapped gift from the collection. Last name called can trade their wrapped gift for anyone else’s, then each person can unwrapped their gifts one at a time.

Donations

The holidays are a tough time for a lot of people in your community. Asking your guests to bring a donation is a way to show your support. You can have your guests bring cash donations for a chosen cause, wrapped toys for a local home, or shoebox gifts which you can send to a personal cause.

Bad Sweater

We all have had the bad holiday sweater. Invite your guests to break out their favorite. Give out prizes for different categories, such as oldest, cutest, worst, best overall, etc. If you go this route, you can get as tacky as you want with your décor – shop at your local next to new shop.

Karaoke Christmas

Rent a Karaoke machine from your local music store and let your guests entertain each other and be sure to have the Holiday classics as part of your music selection.

Holiday Charades

Everyone has played the traditional game of Charades but your guests can play holiday charades. Teams can compete making sure each team member act something at least once.