The holidays are here which means it is entertainment season. During this time of the year, parties will be in full swing during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and all days in between.
Are you having a party? I want to share with you four steps to help jumpstart the planning process.
1. Decide on your guest list and the date – If you are inviting people to your party other than family members, be mindful of inviting them on the actual holiday as people tend to reserve these dates for family and close friends. Finding a date that suits everyone may be difficult. It’s always good to err on the side of the majority.
2. Determine your budget – A number of items can factor into determining your budget. Will you have the party at your house or rent a venue? Have you considered having a potluck instead of you providing all of the food? When it comes to decor, spruce up your current decor by adding a few holiday elements that can be used yearly.
3. Theme – It’s not always necessary to have a theme. The particular holiday may be used as the theme which doesn’t require anything special from your guests. But if you desire, for Christmas, you may decide to have a White Elephant Exchange, the ugliest Christmas sweater contest or the best holiday jewelry. It’s important to remember, if you are having a theme party, make sure it is indicated on your invitation.
4. Invitations – Make sure to include a RSVP date to determine your actual guest count. If you prefer not to have children attend the party, Judene McCalla, an Invitation Designer from See You There Hand Crafted Invitations suggested adding “Adults Only”, “Adults Only Reception” or “Strictly No Children Please” on your invitation. It’s important to know your guest count so that you can properly prepare the correct amount of food, plates, flatware, etc.
To learn more about Judene and her company, make sure you check back here on December 5. She is an excellent designer and last year was voted best invitation designer in Canada. She designed some save the dates and invitations for me and I’m still hearing about the elegance and the beauty of those products.
In the meantime, be sure to check in on Tuesday as we will be talking about the preparation for entertaining. Are you entertaining this holiday season? If so, is it a theme party? I would love to hear your holiday plans.
Photo credit: Frolic Photography by Maryanne Wey