Christmas Party Planning Ideas
Christmas Party Planning
It's that time of year again.
Everyone is trying to figure out what to do for Christmas, and a number of loved ones and family members may be visiting this year.
Or, you may be organizing the Christmas party for your employees this year. While the thought of Christmas party planning can be a little daunting, there's no need to panic. Using these simple tips will help you to put together a party that your guests won't forget.
You should give real thought to your guest list before you begin any real Christmas party planning. Consider the ages and interests of the people that will be attending. This will help you to plan the appetizers, and to decide whether or not you want finger foods or a dinner party. The 'demographic' of your attendees will also help you to narrow down your choices when it comes to games or activities that you want to include in the celebration.
For instance, if you're doing Christmas party planning for children, the food you serve should be small and easy for kids to hold. You should also include foods with lots of fun colors to attract a child's attention. If you're organizing a holiday party for corporate working adults, a cocktail hour and a live band that plays jazz versions of holiday classics would be appropriate.
When it comes to Christmas party planning, it's very important for you to ask for help when you need it. If you're in charge of the party for the office, ask your coworkers to pitch in by bringing certain food items or helping with the directions. If the holiday party is for family, get in touch with your loved ones and assign a dish to everyone, and put someone in charge of looking for a venue that is large enough to hold the whole family comfortably if you don't want to have the party at home.
Make sure that you ask for assistance as far in advance as possible. Keep in mind that the holidays are a very busy time for everyone, and if you ask for assistance a week or two before the celebration, you will most likely have to do everything yourself.
Take a look at some magazines and books to get ideas on Christmas party planning as well. Magazines like Food and Wine or Martha Stewart Living will provide you with some wonderful suggestions for table settings if you're having a formal Christmas party.
You'll also get creative suggestions for centerpieces that you can try out, as well as party favor suggestions that your guests will enjoy. If you don't have a subscription to these publications, you can visit your local Barnes and Noble for the issues that you want.
When To Shop For The Christmas Party Supplies
Now that you know where you're going to have your Christmas party, you'll need to start shopping for Christmas party supplies.
This task is not as daunting as you may think, since there are lots of items and shopping locations for you to choose from these days.
Here are some tips for keeping your party supply shopping stress-free and cost-effective.
Start shopping for Christmas party supplies as early as you can. This will help you to save lots of money, and it's more likely that you'll find great decorations before other shoppers get to them. Shopping for the decorations and party supplies that you'll need for the holidays in October will save you a significant amount of money, whether you're shopping online or in a live store.
Check out the Party City website to get some great ideas, and visit discount department stores like Target and Walmart to get the party items that you need before the holiday rush.
Once you're in the store, or searching through items online, you may be able to better narrow down your choices for Christmas party supplies. This will help you to determine your theme for your party, so that you won't overspend on supplies that you don't need. Think about the colors that you want to include at your party.
Are you using traditional red, white, and green shades?
Do you want to include metallic hues in your Christmas party decorations? Some Christmas party supplies are even available in bold colors like purple and turquoise, so think about your guest list before getting these decorations to make sure that everyone will enjoy them.
Aside from decorations, you're also going to need Christmas party supplies like platters for appetizers, tables and chairs, as well as plates and plastic ware. Don't forget to get tablecloths and centerpieces for the party as well. The centerpiece can serve more than one purpose as well, since you can use a fountain-style platter to hold fruits and other appetizers.
If you're not sure which Christmas party supplies you're going to need, looking at a few magazines (or online editions to these publications) will help to give you the organization ideas that you'll need. Sites like www.lhj.com, and even the Reader's Digest website will provide you with great ideas for Christmas party supplies, as well as simple holiday recipes that you want to include at your next holiday celebration.
Christmas Party Decorations
You've found the venue for this year's Christmas party, and you're pretty sure about the guest list.
Now you just need to find the best Christmas party decorations. While decorating a party, especially for the holidays, can be a little expensive.
There are a number of cost effective ways to have a great party that is decorated in a way that you can be proud of.
Your Christmas party decorations will depend a lot on the guests that will be attending the party. And even if you're having a party for a sophisticated crowd, you can still make sure that the gathering is attractive to the eye. Children's holiday parties should include lots of sparkle and shimmer, so you can place large pieces of glitter in the shapes of snowflakes and reindeer on the tables for the party.
Artificial snow is also great for decorating the windows. You may even want to have a craft corner for kids at the party, so that they can make some of the Christmas party decorations themselves. For instance, paper plates can be cut in the middle to create wreaths, and construction paper and scissors are all you need to give your little guests a great time creating snowflakes.
Christmas party decorations for adults, of course, will be a little different. Make sure that you have an eye-catching centerpiece on the table where the food is served. Visit your local florist for fresh poinsettias, as these are one of the signature plants of the holidays. You can also accent the centerpiece will holly and ivy, or an assortment of rich red flowers like roses. If you don't want to use the traditional red and green Christmas colors, a centerpiece with white, gold, and silver accents will be very attractive.
Of course, you'll have to use some synthetic flowers for this, but you can accent some of the white flowers that you purchase with baby's breath. Spraying real or fake plants with a little glitter or shimmer will also make the centerpiece look more festive.
Using traditional Christmas party decorations in new and creative ways will also give your party some new flair. For instance, if you purchase garland, you should use this for more than just decorating the tree. Lining the table with the garland, or decorating the ends of the platters that food is served on will look great in pictures. You may also want to use Christmas ornaments as a centerpiece by filling a vase with some of your favorite 'Christmas tree jewelry'.
You can also place a large ornament in the middle of a serving platter for creative presentation.
Ideas For A Child's Birthday Christmas Party
Of course, your children are completely excited about Christmas.
And if one or more of your kids also has a birthday during this time, you may be trying to come up with creative ways to have a birthday Christmas party. Lots of 'Christmas babies' often don't get to celebrate their birthdays because of the holidays, but you can combine the two celebrations with ease with just a few simple steps.
If your child's birthday is in December, and falls before he or she goes on Christmas break from school, you should arrange to have a birthday party at school for your child. This should be separate from any Christmas parties that your child's teacher is planning, so that your child can still have special time that is just for them during this busy season.
Ask your son or daughter what they would like to have included in the party. If they want a Christmas theme, this is perfectly fine.
However, you shouldn't suggest to your child that they bring in Christmas cookies for the class, or include holiday decorations in their birthday party. This way, after school is out for the break, you can work on holiday parties for friends and family without making your child feel neglected or out of place.
You can also arrange to have a birthday Christmas party outside of school for older children. A nice restaurant in your city would probably be ideal for teenagers, and you can let your child's friends know that they should bring two small gifts--one for your son or daughter's birthday, and one Christmas gift to exchange with another guest.
This way, the main focus of the party will be your child's birthday, and every guest at the party will go home with a gift. Set a price limit for presents, or suggest some stores that guests can visit to get quality gifts before the party.
Make sure that you include great food and appetizers at the birthday Christmas party as well. Christmas is always a time for lots of baked goods and sweets, so you may want to try baking a birthday cake with a holiday theme. Flavors of Christmas include cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, and chocolate, so you may want to bake a chocolate birthday cake with peppermint icing.
'Spice' cakes with cinnamon and other flavors of the season like sweet potato or pumpkin are also ideal.