Hosting Holiday Party
Festive season by default means possibility of hosting holiday party in your home. As it can get quite expensive, surely you will try to find a way of doing it on a budget.
Your first stop will certainly be magazines and internet ideas from where you’ll gather everything you’ll need for the party.
We know, it requires quite an effort of organizing and hosting holiday party, but don’t worry – we’re here to help you out with the basics.
Choose A Theme
The very first thing to do is to choose a theme, because when planning a holiday party, a specific theme can set a direction and make your decisions easier.
As the best holidays are at winter time, it would be really great idea to throw a winter theme party and get that Christmas flair going.
Classic winter themes embrace the beauty and richness of the winter months by using snow, ice and other seasonal accents as the central focus of the party theme.
The purity and simplicity of fresh fallen snow is perfect for an easy winter theme.
The party could include a snowball fight, making a snowmen, snacking on snow cones, or just enjoying the beauty of the season with white decorations and ice-blue accents.
The Magical Winter Wonderland
This magical theme incorporates the season’s fantasy aspects along with simple snow details.
Snowflake decorations made from paper hanged in front of the porch, or iced drinks for everyone are perfect for this elegant winter wonderland theme.
Go with elegant foods that carry out the “white” decor with petite sweets with white fondant and finger sandwiches.
This one is perfect if you have snow in your back yard. Kids will simply love it as it is so much fun and adventurous.
Penguin decorations are the perfect decorations for this theme, and if you make them out of snow – even better, you’ll develop everybody’s imagination and a desire to participate in the game.
If you are a family who adore skiing, take out your sleds, ski equipment and get that winter vibe going visually.
You can play pretending you’re around a cold-weather campfire and tell ghost stories or sing a few favorite songs.
Serve food that can stay warm longer such as beef stew, thick slices of hearty bread and hot beverages.
Chocolate and Hot Cocoa Party
This one is for all chocolate lovers, and you can really warm up the season with a hot cocoa party.
Offer you guests with unique flavors of chocolates and warm teas. You can arrange a hot chocolate buffet with peppermint chips, whipped cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, butterscotch, caramel, and other decadent treats.
Chocolate scented candles and chocolate dipped mixing spoons are tasty accents that serve double duty as decorations.
Create A Menu
When you have chosen a theme for the holiday party, you should also set a menu filled with comfort foods you know everyone will love.
Don’t forget to be a good and considerate host, and add also gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan food, as you may have such guests.
Most often, holiday parties are not so diet-friendly, and that is why it’s important to have offerings that take into consideration the special needs of your guests.
These are few ideas that you can use as a menu:
- Potato-Beef Canapes
- Salt Cod Dip
- Pizza Wreath
- Herbed Hazelnuts
- Cinnamon Roll Wreath
- Crispy Pork Meatballs
- DIY Deviled Egg Bar
Before you lock in a menu, consider whether it meets three very important criteria:
1. Everything should be made in advance
If you want to enjoy being with your guests and not get stuck in the kitchen, you need to prep everything in advance.
By doing so, you’ll have enough time to enjoy the party and your guests, and not just hosting the holiday party behind the scenes.
2.Choose items that can be served at room temperature
When hosting holiday party, you should choose food that can use a finish touch from the guests, something like placing a topping on the bread slices or plating the chips and dip.
There is really no reason for you to do all the work. Plus, people usually like to help and are grateful that someone else has stepped up and hosted the party.
3.Balance between splurges and savings
The menu really sets the cost for the event. For example, beef tenderloin is a great holiday party item, but can get expensive.
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are a low-cost item that also pleases carb-conscious guests.
You can also make:
- Sweet and savory crostini
- Artichoke and cheese stuffed mushrooms
- Eggplant chips with cilantro pesto
- Cherry tomatoes stuffed with chicken-apple salad
- No bake Gorgonzola Cheese balls
- Bacon wrapped pineaple
- Parmesan spinach balls
- Asian chicken skewers
- Cheese straws
- Bacon cheese balls
- Roasted pepper and Mozzarella balls
- Self-served popcorn bar
- Self-serve potato chip bar
- French onion dip
Whatever you choose, do it on a budget. You can still have magnificent menu at lower cost.
Decorate For The Season
Decoration always depends from the theme chosen. You certainly don’t want to make mistakes when prepping a party.
Use the rule: less is more.
Make it to look elegant with few theme details.
This is something you can do it yourself. Craft materials aren’t so expensive, and you can involve the whole family in the process.
Not to mention how much fun you’ll have, making your kids to feel they are important part in creating the event.
The best way to promote your holiday party is if you create e-party holiday invitations instead of printed ones. You can do them as well, but try to cut the costs for postal services.
Use your social media profiles where you can post your party invitations or send e-mails.
The e-mail should provide key information :
- who is hosting the party
- what theme is the party
- where is the party (address )
- when is the party(date and time)
But you know what?
The best invitation is by actually talking with the people you want to invite. It gives more friendly and personal touch to the event.
Hopefully, these tips will set you up to hosting holiday party you were planning to do for so long.
It should definitely spark your creative juices and give you all necessary tools to manage through hosting party challenges on the way.
No matter what challenges you’ll face, remember to share the work effort and once the party starts, focus on enjoying the party and your guests.
Have a great party!
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