The holiday season is a time for celebration! This means it’s also the perfect opportunity to host your next party.
The best way to make sure that you have everything you need is by doing some research ahead of time.
We’ve put together this checklist to help you plan the perfect Christmas Party, so read on!
Make a Guest List
The first step in planning any party is to make a list of all the guests you intend to invite.
While this may seem obvious, it’s important to actually sit down and do some writing out so that you know exactly who will attend your Christmas Party!
Make a Game Plan
With party planning, every second counts! This means that the more prepared you can be ahead of time, the better.
To help with this, we recommend creating some sort of game plan for yourself before your Christmas Party actually begins to avoid feeling overwhelmed and frazzled.
Even if you’re not normally a planner, we can assure you that this step will come in handy when the time comes!
Now is also an excellent time to shop for all of your Christmas Party needs. If there are any specific decorations or supplies needed but you don’t have them on hand already, this is a great time to go out and purchase them.
If you don’t know what exactly it is that you need, ask someone who has hosted parties in the past for advice!
Next on the list of things to do before your Christmas Party actually begins should clean up your home or the venue where you’ll be hosting.
This is a great time to get rid of anything you don’t need and make sure that your space is free from clutter.
Ask About Your Guests Dietary Needs
It’s important to make sure you include food for your guests that are vegetarian or vegan since many people choose to eat this way.
You should also provide gluten-free options if anyone has allergies or sensitivities.
If someone is diabetic, offer foods with lower sugar content and skip the alcohol so they don’t have too much sugar in their bloodstream at once!
Asking about dietary needs ahead of time will ensure everyone can enjoy themselves without feeling uncomfortable because there’s nothing on the menu they can actually eat.
It’ll also help keep them safe from serious health issues if they need to avoid certain ingredients completely.
Now it’s finally time to cook! If this isn’t something you want or can handle doing on your own, we highly recommend hiring a catering service for the occasion.
This way, they will prepare all the food and be ready to serve when the time comes, leaving you more free time for enjoying your Christmas Party!
Create A Dessert Table
Everyone loves dessert, especially at Christmas time! To make sure that your guests can sample a variety of sweet treats, create an entire table for desserts.
This way, everyone will be able to try everything you have without feeling like they’re taking too much or being wasteful.
You should label the types of food so people don’t take more than one of the same kind.
Make Sure You Have Enough Food And Drink
You should also make sure you have enough food and beverages to last through the party. This is especially important when it comes to alcohol since having a full bar will ensure your guests don’t run out early in the night.
It may be tempting to have everyone bring something so you’ll only need one grocery trip, but this can easily result in a lot of wasted time and money if people don’t follow through or forget what they promised!
To avoid any mix-ups, create a list ahead of time that all attendees are welcome to use as their shopping checklist for whatever items they’re bringing.
Now that everything’s in order, it’s finally time to have fun. Make sure that everyone has arrived safely and then get this party started!
Once everything is complete, set out all the food and make sure that everyone knows where their seats are.
Now it’s time for you to enjoy your Christmas Party!
Make sure you’ve taken a moment during the event to thank anyone who helped beforehand so they know how much you appreciate them coming or their help with setting up.
Once you’re ready, sit back and relax while everyone else enjoys themselves!
Maintain Energy And Stay Consistent With The Atmosphere
In order to ensure everyone stays energized and engaged, make sure you’re not playing upbeat music during a slow period where people may start feeling sleepy or bored.
If your party is going well and it’s getting late, consider breaking out the karaoke machine so guests have fun singing along together!
Stay open-minded throughout the night as things progress – if one activity isn’t going over too well, switch gears by offering something else that will get more people involved right away.
Create A Playlist On Spotify
This is a great way to ensure you have the right tunes for different moments throughout your party – and it’s especially helpful if guests want to dance.
To save time, consider creating an “open mic” playlist where everyone can pick something to play whenever they’d like!
This will keep things fun and interesting as people’s tastes may vary. Don’t forget to throw in some classic Christmas tunes!
Play Christmas Party Games
If you’re looking for some festive activities to help your guests get into the Christmas spirit, consider playing games like “pin the nose on Rudolph” or a white elephant gift exchange.
This is also where karaoke machines come in handy! If everyone’s feeling up to it, they can pick their favorite songs while someone acts as the DJ so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Set Up A Photo Booth
Photo booths are a great way to help guests unwind and have fun with the company of others.
Once you’re done snapping, they can take home their own copy so they’ll always remember how much fun your party was!
End The Party With A Toast
Before everyone leaves, be sure that everyone has had enough food and drink to last them throughout the night!
Then, thank everyone for coming and sharing a toast to Christmas.
Be Aware Of Your Surroundings And The Weather Outside
If it snows, make sure there are enough shovels outside for everyone in case they need one!
Depending on where your party is being held, consider checking with whoever lives close by to borrow some salt for the sidewalks just in case there’s any ice or snow during your event.
Send Out Thank-You Notes
It may seem like overkill, but sending out thank-you notes after your Christmas Party goes a long way!
A quick note of thanks can make anyone feel special and appreciated, so make sure you don’t forget to do this!
If there were any gifts exchanged during the party itself, it’s also a good idea to send out individual ‘Thank You’ cards with your notes.
When it comes to hosting the perfect Christmas party, there is a lot of pressure.
You want your guests to enjoy themselves and you want them to feel welcome in your home and the best way for this to happen is by considering what makes people happy and comfortable.
Such as providing tasty food that can be served buffet style or passed around at cocktail hour and decorating with seasonal colors like reds and greens to setting up cozy seating areas and making sure there are plenty of outlets for charging devices near all those holiday lights.
Vickie aka The Crazy Family Mom
Vickie is the creator of A Crazy Family. She is a stay-at-home mom of a little boy with a big personality. She loves to share real food recipes, parenting tips & encouragement, fun kids activities, and so much more! Plus she is thrilled to provide you with a space to celebrate all that is awesome (and a little crazy) in the world.