Planning a Christmas Party

H O H O H O....

Whether you have been given the job of organizing your work Christmas party or you are throwing one for your family and friends, this guide will help you throw an awesome Christmas party!

Budget

The budget is the most important part of organizing any party, if you are organizing a work Christmas party, consult your employer regarding the budget of the event. Make sure you include the cost of venue, decorations, invitations, food, presents etc.

Guest List

First things first, you will need to draft up a guest list, write down the name of everyone you want to invite factoring in whether they have partners and kids or not. Then once you have handed out the invitations and people are starting to RSVP you can start to tick off who has confirmed to get a rough idea on how many people will be coming.

Invitations

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Venue and Venue Requirements

There are a few options when it comes to venue requirements for a Christmas party, you can always go for a restaurant or pay to rent a venue but with excessive numbers of people attending Christmas parties, it is more cost effective to host the party at your home, if it is big enough. You will also need to decide whether the guests need to bring their own alcohol or whether you will be supplying it.

Menu

Not relevant if at a restaurant or catered venue. Ask your guest if they have any dietary requirements so you can organize the food with that in mind. You can never go wrong with a roast, but have a look online for different options if your cooking for an excess of 20 people. I always like to print out the menu and have it sitting in front of each guest or at the entrance, it is a good idea to have meat pies, cheerios and hot chips on hand just in case there are any picky children as well.

Decorations

I always find that I have enough Christmas decorations from the previous year to decorate with, but go through what you have and then work out what you need to get. A few must-haves for the Christmas deco are; Festive Table Cloths, Christmas tree, Tinsel, cute little ornaments to chuck around the place and of course fairy lights.

 

TIPS:

  • Make sure to start cooking before the party starts so the food will be ready shortly after the guests arrive
  • You can’t do it by yourself! Grab some girlfriends to help you in the kitchen and with decorating
  • Christmas carols is a must but they can get a bit annoying and repetitive so have some recent covers of the classics on hand too
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