' T I S T H E S E A S O N F O R C H R I S T M A S P A R T I E S
Who doesn't love an excuse to get together with family and friends? We're hosting our first Christmas party this year and I'm so excited!
While decorating our home for Christmas, Steven suggested we host a Christmas gathering and I jumped at the chance. I designed our invitations last week and put them in the mailbox after Thanksgiving.
How to Plan a Christmas Party
1. Choose a date that works for guests.
The month of December is a busy time for many people. Choose a key date that works for the guests you plan to invite.
2. Choose an appropriate venue.
How many guests do you plan to invite? You'll need to have a venue to accommodate everyone. Whether you're planning a big blowout or intimate holiday dinner, the size of your space will make all the difference.
3. Send beautiful invitations in advance.
Number three may be my favorite tip on the list! Decide on a theme and color palette and send your invites in style. Remember to include an RSVP contact to keep an accurate head count.
4. Choose a theme.
A party theme can give you focus and make your job planning a little easier. Themes can range from colors (think Winter White Holiday Party) to the ever popular Ugly Sweater party.
5. Serve great food and take lots of pictures.
Whether you're planning to host dinner or hor d'oeuvres, take time outlining the menu. If you're planning a holiday potluck party, delegate menu items for everyone to bring. Remember the staples: healthy, hearty, sweet and salty. Last but not least, plan for guests to arrive hungry.
I designed these Christmas Party invitations. Then, added my signature touch with calligraphy. I hope our guests will know who sent these envelopes before they open them!
Steven and I decided to host a small party this year. We plan to get the party started at 6 p.m. and serve dinner.
I wanted to add something fun for the girls, so I decided on a Favorite Things theme.
I included an enclosure card with directions how to participate. Since the party is small, this theme will be affordable for everyone. Plus, who doesn't love to leave with a bag full of goodies!
Holiday Party Themes
Other ideas for a party theme, include:
Holiday Movie Theme
Have guests arrive dressed as their favorite Christmas movie character. Think, the Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Kevin McCallister (Home Alone), Elf, Santa Claus. The list goes on and on.
Who doesn't love an excuse to dress up!?
Christmas Carol Karaoke
Hook up the karaoke machine for a fun-filled night! Ask guests to sign up to sing their favorite Christmas song solo or in a group.
Twelve Days of Christmas
Have guests wear outfits inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas. Here are the lyrics in case you need to be reminded of the 12 gifts!
Gold Calligraphy for the envelopes matched the glitter gold pocket invitations perfectly.
Share your favorite traditions and themes for holiday parties. We'd love to hear them!
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