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How to plan for a Holiday Party

Well the holiday hustle and bustle is officially underway.  Are you planning a holiday party? Don’t get overwhelmed by the process.  Most holiday parties will take place in about three weeks, so check out this checklist below, which starts three weeks out, to help you plan a fun and festive gathering.  Everything on the checklist might not be necessary for your party, so read over it and use it as a guide to help you make sure your not missing anything. By the time the party starts, you’ll be ready to enjoy it with your guests!

3 Weeks Before:

  • Create your guest list.

  • Set your party’s theme & include it on your invites (ex. ugly sweater, potluck).

  • Send paper invites or evites.

  • Hire a caterer or decide on your menu.  If not catering, then hire an older teen to replenish food and drinks so you can enjoy time with your guest.

2 Weeks Before:

  • Decide on your party plates, eating utensils, glasses, table linens and either purchase/clean them as needed.

  • Create a party music playlist.

  • Buy your non-perishable groceries ahead of time to have it out of the way.

1 Week Before:

  • Move furniture as needed for optimal flow, clean clutter.

  • Make sure you have all the cookware and dishes, including chaffing pans, etc so you are not looking for something at the last minute – set them aside so you know where everything is.

  • Make sure you have all the beverages that you need, including drink mixers.

  • Clean your home or have it cleaned.

A Few Days Before:

  • Start decorating, if you haven’t done so already.

  • Be sure to tell your neighbors that you are hosting an event for parking purposes and so they might anticipate a little extra noise.

  • Make any dishes that you can ahead of time.

The Day Before:

  • Place food dishes/utensils/centerpieces out on tables.

  • If cooking, cook what you can or make sure you have everything prepped and ready to go for go on the day of.

  • Spot clean your home as needed.

  • Set up any additional chairs, if needed.

Day of Party:

  • Get yourself ready early in the day – I always find the last minute details take longer than you anticipate and then you are racing to get yourself ready at the last second.  Make sure you only have to change clothing & maybe touch up instead of waiting to do it all right before the guest arrive.

  • Cook/reheat foods and deserts.

  • Put out appetizers/finger foods that will not spoil if out for several hours – chips, salsa, veggies, fruit.

  • Enjoy your time with your guest.