8 Tips to Host a Festive Christmas Party

So you're hosting the Christmas party this year...whether it is for family or friends or co-workers, here are 8 tips to help you host a successful Christmas party!

1. Ask yourself some questions:

Is there a theme? While it’s not necessary, having a theme to your Christmas party can be quite fun! Some ideas are an ugly sweater party, a mad-hatters party, Christmas PJ party and mad for plaid party.
What about gifts? Again not necessary, but people like getting/giving presents. A couple options could be white elephant (where you switch gifts all around) or secret santa.

2. Send out invites

Whether you decide to send invites out via Facebook, email or snail mail, it’s important to do this to give all party guests the 4-1-1. The holidays are a busy time for all, so getting these out early is key. Plus, if people need to buy outfits or gifts, they should know to come prepared to your awesome shindig.

Here’s a couple of our favorites:
Truck Christmas Party Invitations by Meyer Market Designs
Mingle and Jingle Party Invitations by BLPrintables
Ugly Sweater Party Invitations by Oh Happy Day Paper Co

3. Decide the menu

From turkey to roast beast, trying to decide your Christmas dinner menu can be a struggle. That’s why we’re here to help you out. Check out our family tested and approved Christmas dinner menu we put together just for you. Also, don’t forget that the Christmas party is a marathon...so make sure to keep your guests fed before the meal. Yes, that means appetizers. Here are 15 glorious finger food recipes for your party that your guests are sure to love.

4. Get decorating

You only have about a month to enjoy your Christmas decorations, so make sure they are up ASAP! From lights on your house, to your Christmas tree, to decorative pillows, to hanging stockings on the mantel...get decorating people.

Need some inspiration? Then here ya go:

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Red and green is our favorite color scheme ( by @jallsopp; by @jbsmercantile) #christmas #stairs

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5. Get a Soundtrack Ready

What is a Christmas party without a great Christmas playlist? Just a get together that is decked out in red and green. Whether you go for a soundtrack of classics, covers or instrumental versions, a great Christmas playlist is a MUST for your Christmas party.

6. Fun Activities for Kids and Adults

If you’re hosting a family-friendly Christmas party, having something that will keep the kids entertained is a NEED. From Christmas movies to Christmas crafts, make sure you have activities for the kiddos.

As for adults, you need some activities too. From drinking games to a photo booth - make sure you have plenty of reindeer games for guests to partake in.

7. What are we drinking?

Get those holiday cocktails ready! From eggnog to cranberry punch to spiked hot chocolate to spiced apple toddy, having many options for guests to drink is a must. Also, have plenty of water on hand to keep guests hydrated.

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8. Christmas Accents

From plates to decorations to props, step up your Christmas game with these accents. Here are some Christmas party must-haves that caught our eye:
Christmas Paper Straws
Christmas Photo Booth Props
Christmas Tassels
Christmas Tree Balloon
Gold Merry Christmas Balloons
Making Spirits Bright Christmas Paper Napkins
Eat, Drink and Be Merry Christmas Koozie

And as always, make sure all your guests get home safe. Whether you collect keys, assign designed drivers, offer a place to stay or encourage Uber or Lyft - make sure everyone gets home safe and no one is ran over by a reindeer.


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