‘Tis the season for party-going and party-hosting! If you’re planning to throw a holiday bash for all your favorite people, we’ve got you covered with 10 tips to make it a party to remember.
#1. Send personalized invitations.
In today’s digital age, personalized invites mean even more than they did a few years ago. Sending thoughtful, personalized invitations to your guests via snail mail will make a lasting impression. Not to mention, it ensure your guests will actually receive their invitations, given not everyone checks their email or Facebook notifications on a regular basis.
#2. Whip up some eggnog.
Nothing says Christmas like a glass of delicious eggnog. If you’re up for it, try this homemade recipe that your guests will be sure to love. If you’re less adventurous in the kitchen, just pick up a carton from the grocery store — your guests won’t care and most won’t even notice the difference.
#3. Dress up in festive apparel.
Whether you’re a fan of ugly sweater parties or you want to an excuse to dress up in your finest holiday cocktail attire, set a dress code for your holiday bash that fits your intended mood. Being specific about what guests should wear will give everyone peace of mind and allow for plenty of time to plan ahead.
#4. Put together an awesome playlist.
What’s a party without great music? Put together your own playlist of holiday favorites, or check out Spotify’s selection of both timeless and modern holiday hits. Another great option, if you’re not a Spotify or iTunes fan, is to create a custom station on Pandora that allows you to enjoy great music with minimal effort.
#5. Bake some tasty treats.
It’s never a bad idea to have some tasty holiday treats available for your guests to snack on throughout the night, or even take home to enjoy later or share with their kids. Bake your go-to favorites or if you’re looking to try something new, we’re all about these white chocolate peppermint pretzels. Yum!
#6. Prep your entryway for guests.
Your entryway is your first chance to make an impression with your guests. If it’s snowed lately, make sure all your walkways and patios are cleared off and de-iced for safe coming and going. Then, it’s time to make your entryway pop with some character and style. Use these 10 tips for enhancing your entryway for the holidays to give your home an instant boost of curb appeal.
#7. Get out the decorations.
If you haven’t decorated for the holidays yet, an upcoming bash is the perfect reason to get started. Pull out your favorite decorations from years past, and then add in some of this year’s most popular holiday trends. Your guests will love admiring your unique sense of style.
#8. Play a holiday-themed game.
Who doesn’t love a fun party game? If it’s a small gathering, board games are always a fun way to get the party started. If you’re hosting a larger group, try these 50 minute-to-win-it party games that are sure to be a hit with guests of all ages.
#9. Organize a gift exchange.
There are endless options when it comes to organizing a gift exchange. Ask gifts to bring an inexpensive gag gift for a White Elephant exchange. Or, if you get all your RSVP’s a week or two in advance, you orchestra a Secret Santa gift exchange, which is always a fun surprise. And finally, if you’re hosting a large crowd, ask guests to bring items to donate to a local charity or for a sponsored family.
#10. Have fun!
The most important piece of advice we can offer you — have fun! After all, it’s your party. Do as much pre-party prep as you can and then once that party starts, make sure you take a moment to relax and enjoy your efforts.
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