With only a few months left until Christmas, now is as good a time as any to start your party planning and prep to get ahead. Those who like to go all-out for the holidays will need all the time we can get to throw the event of the year!
If you’re looking to get ahead, but aren’t sure what can really be done so far in advance, here are the five party planning steps you can take right now to make everything easier and more manageable when the time comes.
Look For Inspo Online
First of all, there’s no harm in starting slowly and gathering a few ideas. What exactly do you want to do for Christmas this year? Are you only hosting your family dinner, or do you want to throw a fun event for your friends too? Perhaps you’re in charge of a work function.
There are countless places you can look online for unique and fun Xmas party ideas. Consider creating a mood board with your color schemes, themes, and other ideas to give you an idea of the vibe.
Decide On Your Budget
The sooner you start looking at your finances, the sooner you can start saving up for Christmas. Get an idea of the type of party you’re throwing and what it might cost you. Then, you can start squirreling away your extra coins to help prepare for the big day.
And don’t fret – you can still throw a great party on a small budget, so long as you plan everything carefully. Make sure you consider the costs of food, a venue if you’re not hosting at home, decorations, invitations, your party outfit, any drinks you’ll be providing, items needed for party activities, etc.
Start Planning Your Guest List
Getting your guest list sorted out ahead of time will help you to budget better since you’ll know how many people will be coming. It can also help you determine what kind of event you’ll be hosting, depending on the types of people who will be there.
For example, if you’ll be having children at your party, you’ll need to remember to plan out some Christmas party games to keep them entertained (and hopefully out of everyone’s hair) and some kid-friendly menu items. Consider what size venue will also be needed if you’re having a big event.
Create Your Menu
One of the very best parts of Christmas and Christmas parties is, of course, the food. Your menu will depend on the type of event you’re hosting. Of course, a three-course meal with eggnog is the stock standard if you’re planning a big Christmas dinner.
However, if you’re hosting a cocktail party for your colleagues and friends, Christmassy snack foods and delicious drinks will be the flavor of the night. But either way, don’t forget to pick a delicious Christmas dessert – or three!
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