How to Throw the Best Christmas Party

December 20, 2016 - Posted in First Home Buyers, Investment property, Money Saving

Friends making a toast with champagne glasses at Christmas party

One of the most exciting parts about Christmas are the parties and it’s something everyone can look forward to. Perhaps you feel it’s your turn to throw a party this year, especially if you’ve bought a new home and want use the biggest event of the year to christen the place.

There’s a lot to keep on top of, from food and drinks to decorations and entertainment. If you’re unsure how to go about throwing a great Christmas party, or just want some handy pointers to help you avoid overspending, follow our tips below.

Plan Early

Make a list of everything you’ll need and begin organising your celebrations early. The Christmas holidays are a busy period for most people, so you’ll want to plan ahead to make sure you can get on everyone’s calendar. It’s not a party without the guests!

Depending on what kind of party you want to throw, your guest list might be small or large. Knowing how many people are coming will help you organise what needs to be done, from catering to how the space is arranged. Pay extra attention to seating, lighting and mingling space.

Decorations and Entertainment

Great decorations help set the right mood for guests and make the party memorable. Dress up your house according to your own style preferences. You could go with traditional style Christmas decorations, like a generously decorated tree and glinting gold tassels spread around the place, but don’t be afraid to add some personality.

Your guests will be pretty familiar with Christmas decorations and themes. Adding an unconventional touch is a nice way to spice up your party. You could add some multicultural elements (great if you have diverse cultures within your social circles) or something according to your tastes, like vintage decorations or garlands of exotic flowers. Don’t forget to decorate yourself with a great outfit either!

Keep entertainment and activities consistent with your theme and decorations. Like traditional decorations, your guests might not necessarily be keen for a repeating playlist of Christmas songs. A bit of unique flavour is always a good approach. Include some fun activities like Pictionary or something even more unconventional like a murder mystery game.

Food and Drink

Food and drink is a key element of any great party. Decide during your planning stage whether you want to cook or cater and make sure you plan early. You don’t want to spend the party behind the stove. If you’re throwing a larger party, keep things easy for yourself by offering bite-sized finger food that doesn’t require cutlery to eat.

Keep a mixture of hot and cold foods and try to incorporate them into your theme. Some ideas could be Christmas theme cupcakes, cheese platters and fresh prawns. Just think food that can be eaten by hand or using disposable skewers.

As for drinks, offer a nice range of soft drinks, wines, champagne and beer. To really throw a great party, bring out some festive cocktails (and mocktails for the non-drinker). Serve classics like fruit daiquiris, sangria and margaritas. Make one large batch or a punch bowl to make things easier.

Budget

The cost of the whole affair might be one of the biggest concerns you have in mind. An impressive, lavish party is easy to pull off with unlimited funds, but far harder on a limited budget. But with good organisation and clever spending, you can still throw a memorable party without a budget blowout.

This comes back to planning early, which will allow you to write up a budget helping you plan what you need while keeping costs into account. Try to bulk order items you need and to not go too overboard with the luxuries. The best Christmas party doesn’t have to be expensive or overly fancy.

Consider asking your guests to bring something, as most people are happy to. An extra bottle of wine or dish can go a long way without adding extra costs for you. Remember to stick to your budget once you’ve set it out. With all this in mind, you should have the tools to throw an excellent Christmas party!

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