Holiday Party Dos & Don'ts

It’s that time of year to bring together your friends, family, and even coworkers for a holiday shindig. Check out these tips to keep your party from being as stale as a fruitcake!

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography


Give your guests all the details
There are a few important things that every guest wants to know: what to wear, what type of food will be served, and who can come. As a guest I always want to be sure I am dressed to fit the occasion. No one wants to show up to an ugly sweater party in a cocktail dress or vice versa, so give your guests the heads up to the attire situation! As for food, if I go to a party expecting dinner and there are only appetizers, I am sorely disappointed (not to mention super hungry!). Lastly, let your guests know who to bring, specifically whether or not kids are invited. Giving your guests all the details makes everyone way more comfortable!

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography


Keep your guests entertained
Going to a party and talking and eating is fine. But why not have something more for your guests to do? If your party is a sit down affair, hire a bartender to come and teach your guests to mix a variety of drinks during cocktail hour and once dinner is served, provide them with little games to play or conversation starters at their table. If your party has a more casual, mingling flow, set up different stations of activities. You could have a cookie or gingerbread house decorating station, a lawn game station, or a photo booth.


Change it up a little
If you host an annual party, don’t do the same thing year after year! Yes, it’s too overwhelming to change everything each year, so make it easy on yourself and try to change at least one thing each year. If last year, you cooked the meal yourself, this year hire a chef to come and cook for you and your guests. If last year you popped on a playlist for the night, hire a DJ or even better a band to get your guests out on the dance floor. Little changes and something out of the ordinary will make a big impact!


Create little surprises throughout the night
Keep your guests on their toes by bringing in little surprises throughout the night. If you are doing the stations idea listed above, don’t have them all out at once...open a new station every hour so guests always have a new choice of something to do. Have some guest appearances throughout the night like Santa or a fun musical act or a comedian. Give out a little present to guests every so often during the night. All of your guest may not be there for all of the surprises, but your party will definitely be the talk of the office the next day (and people will know to stay for all the fun next year!).

Photo: Largo Photography

Photo: Largo Photography


So, how will you give your holiday party a little extra sparkle this year?

 

With all that Life has to offer,

Rebecca

Life Design Events // Event Producer