If you’re in charge of the Christmas festivities this year, you might be starting to feel the pressure. Christmas is a wonderful time, but it can also be very stressful if you’re the host! Here’s our handy, heart rate-lowering guide to Christmas party planning, to make life as easy as possible:
- Make your lists now
With everything written down, shopping is so much easier. Create a separate list for everything, from decorations and tableware to each of the ingredients for the food you’ll be making.
- Get friends and family involved in preparations
You don’t have to sweat away doing everything by yourself. Why not turn Christmas party prep into a festive tradition? The kids will love baking, while friends and family will be happy to join in making or hanging decorations.
- You don’t have to make absolutely everything yourself
If your local deli’s food is simply amazing and you’re already run off your feet, why not just go for it? It’ll save time and everyone will be just as happy.
- Ask guests to bring something
It’s the season of sharing and giving, and your friends and family will be delighted to bring along something for the party table. Even just a plate of mince pies or an extra bottle of wine will help to take the pressure off.
- Get all your party supplies in one place
Head to the Event Experts Christmas party shop to order everything at once – including tablecloths, paper plates, crackers, cutlery, decorations and more. One order and then it’s all done, another thing to cross off your list.
- Tackle cleaning one room at a time
It’s easy to succumb to Christmas cleaning fever, but remember that your guests aren’t expecting a showroom! Tackle one room at a time and break it down into half hour chunks or you’ll really wear yourself out.
- Mix self-serve drinks
Rather than rushing about getting everyone individual drinks, pop out a big bowl of punch or mulled wine and a ladle so that people can help themselves.
- Stick to easy, impressive food
It’s tempting to be overambitious with your Christmas party menu, but you may regret it. Instead, stick to simple, no-cook nibbles and other easy-to-prepare dishes that usually end up being the biggest crowd pleasers.
- Make use of pre-made playlists
Rather than spending hours putting together a suitably festive party playlist, why not pick one that someone else has made? There are loads to choose from on streaming platforms like Spotify. Unless of course making the Christmas playlist is one of your favourite festive traditions!
- Don’t be such a perfectionist
Striving for every detail to be picture perfect and for each Christmas to be bigger and better than the one before is what causes Christmas stress. Sometimes, ‘good enough’ really is good enough! Plan ahead and do your best, but remember that Christmas parties are supposed to be fun – and this means for everyone, including the host!