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How to Rock your Holiday Christmas Party

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So you've decided to have a holiday party? Our easy Holiday Planning Guide walks you through the items you need to consider to make your party planning easy and the party itself a total success.

Step 8


Set out a simple buffet, such as cheese and crackers, hot soup and small sandwiches, serve your favorite wines and a few fabulous desserts and you're guaranteed success. 

Or, if you're a dessert-aholic, avoid the dinner hassle altogether and have a dessert and drinks party.  Make the desserts ahead of time, ask your guests to bring their favorite dessert (along with copies of their recipes to share) and enjoy the decadence. 

Also popular in today's economy is sharing the food responsibilities. The host supplies the main dish (and the location) and guests bring their favorite holiday recipe of hors d'oeuvres, salads, side dishes or desserts. Keep your focus on having a great time, not on breaking the bank with elaborate offerings.

The focus is on getting together with your guests, not on the food.

Step 9

Dress Code

What is the dress code?

Strict black-tie, black-tie optional, festive attire, casual holiday attire, dress to impress, or anything but blue jeans. 

Sometimes the location of your holiday event will help determine dress code, but be specific so your guests will arrive appropriately attired. 

For more details, you'll love to read our Cracking the Dress Code Mystery

Step 10


If alcohol is served, make sure designated drivers or other transportation is arranged (shuttles, taxies) or specify that you will provide overnight accommodations.

If rooms are being reserved, please indicate how your guests can obtain one, what cost there is, if any, and any other important details.

Step 11

Getting Help

Determine how much help you will need for the holiday party.

Will you ask friends, family or co-workers to volunteer or what help will a catering service provide.  For how long? 

Do you need a bartender?  Valet parking attendants?  A DJ?  Who will help keep the food restocked?  The drinks refilled?  Where do you put the trash?  Where do put the recycle trash?  Who's going to clean up? 

A little planning ahead of time can make clean up much easier.


An Hour Before

Turn on your favorite holiday music, light the candles, set out the hors d'oeuvres and open the wine and the bar.

Take a quick look through the party area to make sure everything is in its place and double check your to-do-lists.


With planning, you can have the time to enjoy your party and your guests!

Happy Holidays!

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