Whether you’re planning an intimate get-together or a lavish event, your holiday party should be both memorable and unique to you. First and foremost, we suggest starting with a game plan and a checklist to remain organized and stress-free. To help, we’ve put together a list of things to remember in order to minimize your anxiety and maximize the fun.
Start with the basics: pick a date any time between mid-November and the first week of January. Then, decide how many people you are willing to accommodate and send out invitations at least two weeks in advance. Usually, the biggest party-related expenses tend to be food and beverages, so make sure to set a budget and stick to it. Tightening your guest list, encouraging guests to bring a dish or beverage and shopping at ‘big-box’ stores are helpful ways to maintain your budget. Bonus tip: finger foods are cute, simple and crowd pleasers. They also go great with spiked-apple cider punch!
Next, pick out the perfect tent for your party. A tented holiday party is truly one-of-a-kind since you will always start with a blank canvas. However, it is both a blessing and a curse that today’s tents provide so much creative freedom. Luckily, the team at Flexx has superb insight into what would be best for your particular event. If you’re not sure whether to choose a Clearspan Tent or a Frame Tent, don’t hesitate to ask us. Even if you haven’t, we’ve done this before.
Decorations are terrific. They can give your party venue a unique and exciting holiday atmosphere think mistletoe and candy canes! Holiday party decorating should also be fun. Consider hosting a small pre-party to have your friends help you make some homemade decorations. Pinterest has some great do-it-yourself decoration ideas that are both affordable and exclusively yours.
While you’re getting creative, you can put together simple but thoughtful take home gifts for your guests. Practical gifts like a ‘Grown Up Hot Chocolate Mix‘ or ‘Sweet Jars‘ are a fun and inexpensive option.
Entertainment is the cherry-on-top of any successful party. Keep the mood upbeat and festive with classic, fun holiday tunes like ‘Santa Baby’ and ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. Pandora always has the perfect holiday playlists. Finally, don’t forget to set up a cute holiday themed photo booth for you and your guests to remember the night all year long!
Above all else: eat, drink and be merry. Cheers!