Top 5 Christmas Party Ideas
T’is the season of giving and being thankful for those around us, and as the nights get colder, we cosy up by the log burner and start thinking about our Christmas interior decorating, ready for the festive period. If you are hosting a Christmas party and are looking for some helpful hints and tips to see you through the season, then read on!
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1. Pick your theme
Theming your Christmas party should be the very first step, it will help put everything into perspective and sets the ambiance for that perfect Christmas gathering. Creating a winter wonderland or Santa’s workshop are fantastic themes to work with, even a Christmas jumper themed party will be enough to set your party off on the right track, just make sure the theme fits your audience. Don’t go for a Santa’s grotto theme if you are having a few work mates over for dinner, that theme would work best for a family get-together with plenty of children.
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2. Set the Menu
Whether your festive gathering is before or after Christmas, we all love a bit of Christmas dinner, but sometimes too many sprouts can get a little tiresome! Switch up your menu and go for a hog roast or scrumptious canapes to offer some culinary variations. If you are looking for something more traditional, there are plenty of Christmas dinner party ideas out there you could expand on, and it gives you an excuse to really go to town on your tableware setups!
We all enjoy a tipple over the festive period, so if your party food is more nibbles and dips, then make a big splash with your cocktail and drinks selection this December. If you don’t already have one, buy a drinks trolley that you can whip around and offer your guests a selection of the finest wines and liquors. For those who dream of being the ‘pub landlord’ check out this Industrial Style Home Bar Unit, perfect for those stay-at-home, late night lock-ins with family and friends.
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3. Choose your Decor
If you are hosting a dinner party, you could always use garlands and candlesticks to create the centerpiece for your dining table in a traditional setup, or tie hollies and mistletoe to your rolled up napkins to create a more rustic feel. There are plenty of amazing Christmas party decoration ideas on Pinterest and Instagram, so you are bound to find one you can take inspiration from. Dress your kitchen island up and use it as a buffet table if you don’t have any extra room for serving. Kitchen islands can also be great for adding extra seating space – they are an asset to open plan kitchen/dining areas.
Your home will most likely be Christmas-ready by the time the festivities commence, but you could go that extra mile and add some fake snow to your décor or even fake presents around the tree if you’re going for the Santa’s workshop theme.
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4. Organise the Entertainment
The theme is set, the food and drinks are served, now it’s time to get the party started! Stop your guests from getting bored and organise a few games that everyone can join in with, young and old. This year, gather friends and family together, and let the sibling rivalries commence over traditional board games, or you could go for something more crafts based.
Set up a table for wreath making or a ‘make your own baubles’ station. A gift-wrapping party is a great way for everyone to get together and be productive at the same time. Even arranging a Secret Santa is a great way for people to come together.
5. Set the Mood
Finally, ambiance is key. If you are organising a sophisticated Christmas dinner party, you’ll want the dulcet tones of the old Christmas crooners, but for a full-on dancing party, you will want to put together a playlist that is a little more jolly. You will also need to decide if you are going to go completely crackers for the Christmas music or infuse it between other party tunes – a tough choice!
So, if you want to perfect your hosting skills this Christmas, following these Christmas party tips should help you along your way. Just remember to relax and have fun yourself, too!