The holiday season is in full swing and there’s no better time for a party. eni’s Personal Assistants want to help you plan a holiday party for the history books. It’s important to keep in mind that on average, about 70 percent of the invitees will attend. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to invite a few more people than you can actually fit at your location.
Give your guests advanced notice. Let them know the date of the party a few weeks prior so they can set that weekend aside. Then send a reminder as it gets closer to the party. Mail, e-mail, phone and even social media invitations are acceptable for general parties and get-togethers. If it is a more formal event, you may want to stick with sending invitations in the mail.
Pick a theme if you want one as theme parties have become more popular. Decorations, food/drinks, and music can all fit into whatever theme you choose. Here are just a few theme ideas:
- Have an “ugly sweater party”. Invite all guests to wear their “ugliest” holiday themed sweater. Place old family photos around your home from a time gone by when holiday sweaters were all the rage. You can even have a contest and give a prize to the guest with the “ugliest” sweater.
- Everyone has heard of “Christmas in July” parties, well this holiday season throw a “Summer in December” party. Decorate with a beach theme, complete with beach balls as party favors and play some relaxing reggae music in the background. Use tropical fruit such as bananas, pineapples and coconuts as edible décor. Brave the cold and grill up some summer favorites and serve punch and the tropical drink of your choice. Invite your guests to dress “Island Casual”.
- Throw a New Year’s Eve Gala. Break out your classiest decorations and don’t forget the confetti. Serve plenty of delicate hors d'oeuvres along with champagne and/or sparkling cider. Invite your guests to dress in their favorite formalwear. Finally, be sure to play music that people will want to dance to.
Start cleaning your house a few weeks before the party and as time gets closer, you can rearrange the furniture as needed, hang lights, decorate, etc. Starting the process a few weeks earlier will give you time to run out to get things you may have forgotten you needed.
If you expect a large number of people or there’s a chance the party may be loud, be respectful and inform any neighbors that are close by.
Remove and hide anything of significant value so it is not out in the open and cannot be damaged or stolen. You may also want to hide personal things, like medicine, in the bathroom cabinet, etc.
Don’t forget trash cans! Have a place for garbage set up in a few different locations. It will make the cleaning process easier for you if someone can easily access a trash can. Check them periodically throughout the party and change the bags so they don’t overflow.
Finally, make sure there is plenty of seating for your guests and have fun!
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