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Can you believe it’s December?! I’m still in shock a bit over here, wondering where in the North-pole 2018 went! With the Holidays here, that means Holiday parties! And you know deep down it’s kind of a competition. Everyone wants their party to be the best Christmas party of the year! I thought I would put together some tips to help a sister out! Here are the top tips to throwing the perfect Holiday party!
1 | TIMING IS EVERYTHING
This time of year is difficult because there is SO much going on! Picking out the date and time for your party can be a little difficult, especially if you’re trying to accommodate everyone you want to attend. The best way to to pick the most optimal time is to use your social sources. Create a Facebook event and invite everyone you would like to be at your party. Then create a poll to see when the majority of your guests will be able to come. NOTE: you may not be able to accommodate every one! And that is okay. Do your best and go with the date and time that allows for the most attendance! If you are wanting a more formal approach, I fear this post has gotten out too late. But for future parties, the key is to send invites out early! That way your party is not the last one making it on the calendar, and therefore being the one that has to be skipped!
2 | PLAN YOUR MENU
Of course the style party you are throwing plus the time of day all play a large factor into the food you will be serving. However, regardless of all the details it is safe to say you will need a variety. Select two meat options. Whether you are doing a sit down dinner or a cocktail style party my personal favorite recipe for menu making is my 2:3:2 method! Two meats (or base items), 3 sides or dips, and 2 sweet options for dessert. This should cover ya in the menu department! Some options for your meats may include pork tenderloin and chicken breast for a sit down dinner or meatballs and mini chicken kabobs for a cocktail party. If you are doing a formal dinner choosing three sides like a salad, green bean bundles, and roasted potatoes may be a good option. Or incorporate a few of your favorite dips for a cocktail party! The sweets are pretty easy! Offering a pie and fruit parfait would be a nice option, or you can totally indulge and set out your favorite cake and cookies!
3 | CHEAT A LITTLE
Yep! You heard that right! I’m actually giving your permission to cheat! Look, planning a party can take time and is not always an easy task, you don’t have to DO IT ALL! I’m talking about the food here! Don’t stress yourself about minor details. If you are planning a meat and cheese tray, get off Pinterest! Buy a pre-made tray at the store, transport to a pretty dish, and call it a day! If you want to make a statement with your food selection, pick a few of the dishes and go all out. But the other items, cheat a little! TIP: Spending a little extra time on one of your desserts will really wow your guests! But I promise… no one will leave your party saying Man, that was the most spectacular cheese tray ever, so just move on sister! Put your efforts where they will count!
4 | PARTY WITHOUT COCKTAILS? NO WAY!
If you keep up with me here on this blog, you know I am all about having a signature drink for a party! This is a great option so that you avoid having to provide all the alcohol for the party. Mixing up a batch of a signature cocktail is far easier than stocking the bar with wine, beer, and liquor options. However, if you do plan on setting up a bar, a signature drink is still fun and can make for some super great pics! My favorite Holiday cocktail list is right here!
5 | INCORPORATE AN ACTIVITY
I’m sure you are no stranger to Dirty Santa! There is no shame in sticking with the tried and true Holiday games. One tip I would suggest is make sure it is clear to your guests which game you will be playing, if there is a budget, and whether gag gifts are being used or actual gifts. There is nothing worse than bringing an awesome gift to play the game and end up leaving with the roll of toilet paper (can you hear the seriousness in my tone?). Some other fun activities include a tacky sweater contest, ornament guessing game (have all the guests guess how many ornaments are on the Christmas tree and have a prize for the winner), or an ornament swap!
I could literally probably list 50 knit picking little tips for throwing a successful party, but oh how that would be over kill! These are the top 5 tips that will guarantee your friends and family will have a blast and leave your party thinking your a pro! The last little tid-bit I’ll leave ya with- a well decorated Christmas tree + a pretty center piece on your food table is all the decor you need! Personally I love all the Holiday decor. But in some situations (not talking about jewelry or shoes here), less is more!
Happy Holiday Friend!