Planning a Holiday party? Here are some helpful prep tips!

December 12, 2021

Most people look forward to Holiday parties all year long. Plus, now that it's becoming safer to gather in larger groups, we are all excited to reconnect with friends and family (in person) to enjoy great food and make new memories.

There is a lot of prep work that goes into planning a Holiday party such as deciding what to serve, creating a playlist, sending out festive invitations, and decorating your home or event space and possibly preparing your home for overnight guests. In this post, I will share a few tips to help you prepare for your upcoming Holiday event.

Tips for Preparing Your Space

If you’re hosting the party in your home and you feel too overwhelmed with other party details to clean up your space, consider recruiting your kids, nieces or nephews to help get things straightened up quickly. They say “team work makes the dream work.” Don’t try to take on the entire project alone. Just one extra pair of hands can help you get the job done in a lot less time. Create a checklist of tasks that need to be done before the party and divide up the list amongst those who are willing to pitch in. If you don’t have any volunteers, use that same list to help you get a few things done each day so that you do not stress about cleaning the day of your party.

Food Selection Tips

When it comes to dessert, of course, you can grab a selection of festive treats from us including cookies, cupcakes and other fun items listed on our menu. However, if you want to serve both savory and sweet items, consider whether this is a finger food type of event or an occasion for a full meal. Do you need a party platter or is this a sit down event?

When it comes to the amount of food, the rule of thumb is that one adult will eat about one pound of food and a child will eat about half a pound. Also, the more options you have, the less you will need of each dish. When it comes to alcohol or beverages, you should have a few options available such as water, soft drinks and the other basics. However, since alcohol can get pretty expensive and everyone has their favorites, consider inviting your guests to BYOB (bring your own beverage). This will also ensure that everyone has what they like available.

If you’re not up for making an entire meal on your own, invite trusted friends and family members to help with food prep and turn it into a tradition. If you’re tempted to host a Holiday potluck, keep in mind that everyone may not have the same food handling safety standards. When it comes to food, we recommend that you play it safe and either hire a professional to cater your event or have the food prepared by those who know their way around the kitchen.

Home & Venue Decor

Tips The great thing is that you can make your home look very festive without spending a lot of time or money. After all, that time would be better spent visiting with your guests and catching up with loved ones who you may not have seen in a while. If you’re a DIY’er, social media and the Internet can be a great resource for Holiday decor inspiration. Many popular craft stores also offer great ideas for Holiday crafts that will make your home look even more festive. Simply hanging strands of garland or lights on your door frames or stair banister is an elegant yet inexpensive way to make your home look great for the Holidays.

Don’t think that you have to spend a ton of money to make your home look great! Visit your local Home Decor store to get inspiration and maybe find “the perfect item(s)”. Also, if push comes to shove you can always use a pre-decorated wreath as a table centerpiece by placing it on the table with a festive scented candle strategically placed in the middle.

Holiday parties should be a lot of fun, so don’t let yourself get stressed out as you plan to host a party in your home this season. Some of the best Holiday parties focus on the experience, activities and celebration. The Holidays are about bringing family and friends together to have fun, not to stress you out! So drop the stress and focus on creating a festive vibe at your upcoming Holiday party!