Holiday Party Tips

Holiday Party Tips

Throwing a great holiday party is all about preparation. Read on to learn more.


Throwing a great holiday party is easier than you think! Like with most everything, a little advanced organization and planning can save hours’ worth of work the day of the party.

Use these tips to help put together a great night for friends and family alike.

1. Plan, Plan, Plan
First, choose a time and date that’s good for most (if not all) the people you invite — especially yourself. What good is planning a party if the time’s bad for you and your family?

Next, determine who will be attending the party. The total number of guests will help you plan on food, drinks and entertainment, too. And remember: You might have to throw your party earlier or later than you might’ve wanted to accommodate your guests’ schedules. That’s not a bad thing, though — it’s the thought that counts, not the day on which your party happens.

2. Make Lists
Make lists for everything: a guest list, an ingredients list, a cleaning list, a list for last-minute errands, a list of lists and so on. (Well, maybe not that last one.)

Either way, lists help to keep you focused, less stressed and help you come up with an efficient plan of attack.

3. Create an Appropriate Menu

Is your party going to be a sit-down affair? A buffet? Maybe even a potluck?

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Once you decide on how food will be served, think back to your guest list and double check that you have something for everyone.

When it comes to menu items, this isn’t time to try out a difficult recipe! Go for tried-and-true crowd pleasers.

Try one (or more!) of these delicious recipes that are perfect for when the weather gets frightful:

4. Time-saving Tips

  • Set the dinner table the night before — it’s one less thing to do the day of the party
  • Do as much preparation as possible ahead of time (chop vegetables, make desserts and so on)
  • Cover all refrigerated foods with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out
  • Remove food that should be served at room temperature from the refrigerator at least an hour before guests arrive
  • Introduce guests to each other, especially if they do not know anyone
  • Make sure you have enough hangers and closet space (or hooks and racks) for all your guests’ coats

Since you’ll have done so much preparation before the day of the party, you’ll be able to relax and do what you’re supposed to do — have fun!

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