I know it’s November but Christmas is right around the corner you guys. It is hands down my favorite holiday (thanksgiving is number two, don’t worry): the weather, the food, the music, the traditions, spending time with your family and most importantly…the parties.
Since I am really huge on the holidays and this is my first year living on my own, I decided to go all out and do a Christmas dinner party for all my friends so what better thing to blog about. I have hosted and been to some parties in the past so I definitely know the does and don’ts. I am no expert, but I feel like I would share some insight that I have. And if you guys have any tips, please let me know because right now I can only think of 5.
- Make sure you have different options for adult beverages
Eggnog and ciders are two that are going to be a big hit. The best way to know what kind of stuff to buy I would say would be to post the event somewhere that you can invite all the people and then do a poll to see what drinks people would enjoy. Alcohol is something that people can be very picky about so you want to have a good variety without spending too much money. Also make sure that you have some non alcoholic options for the people that don’t drink and the designated drivers.
Drinks are one of those things that you want to spend a little extra time on because people will always be drinking something, so why to make some special holiday drinks and go all out.
2. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money or time on food, tell people to bring a side dish!
Hosting a party can be expensive so if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on food then tell your friends to bring a dish! A dessert or maybe an appetizer would be the best. I’ve come to realize that some of my friends are very picky and i hate when I can’t offer them something to eat that they’ll enjoy so when you ask someone to bring a dish you know that they’ll at least have one thing to eat.
3. Make sure that you tell people if it’s casual dress or fancy
I cannot tell you the countless stories that I’ve heard of people going to parties and being too overdressed or underdressed. You don’t want to be the person that feels left out and most importantly, you don’t want your friends to feel uncomfortable. So when you’re sending out those invites, make sure that you decide on a theme and to tell people to dress up or not.
4. Social activities!
Maybe not everyone at your party will know each other and you want everyone to have a good time, so have some activities planned in case some people just need that extra push. Make sure they are light games though, you don’t want to choose a game like monopoly where there are a bunch of rules and people will get heated so choose wisely.
5. Don’t stress!!!!
I am one of those people that needs to make sure that everyone is having a good time and that they have everything they need which is good but also very stressful. Remember that you also need to have a good time and that they are your friends so if they need something, they will have no problem asking. Have a drink or two, enjoy yourself! Everyone will be happy to be there if they see you’re also happy.