It’s that time of year again. And there is nothing more fun than gathering with friends and family to enjoy a holiday party. But if you’ve never planned one before, or are taking it to the next level, it can be a bit daunting. While Fuchsia can help you with everything from food to goodie bags, if you decide to undertake it yourself, we have a few tips.
First, think about your guest list. Would they be up for a swanky cocktail party spent mingling? Or are they more comfortable kicking of their shoes and showing of their “Just Dance” skills? Maybe a tapas pot luck since you have a lot of friends who like to cook? Who you’re inviting to your party will go a long way to help you determine what type of party to have. Above all, make sure that all guests will feel comfortable at the party. What type of party will also help determine invitations, decorations, food and drink, etc.
For the cocktail party, mailed invitations would be appropriate. Be sure to note if there is a theme for the party or if a certain attire is required. For a more informal party, eVite is an excellent online tool and will allow you to easily keep track of RSVPs. As with any other type of party, it is very easy to tie the party theme or colors through the invitations, tableware and decorations.
A decorated tree and other items you may have set up are always a nice touch and truly, nothing more is really needed after that when it comes to decorating for a party. But should you want to do more, consider going with a theme that accents your home or the party type. For instance, decorations for the cocktail party in silvers, blacks and a bright color, say fuchsia or lime green, would be striking and classy.
Food and drink can be quite an undertaking but with a bit of planning and organization on your part, you’ll save yourself a big headache. The easiest way to do that is to hire a caterer. However, if you’re more of a do-it-yourself type, consider menu items that can be made in advance and cooked the day of your party (or even better, remain uncooked such as dips and spreads). Choose items that do not need constant attention so you’re stuck in the kitchen all night. Foods that have few ingredients but are big on taste will save time and money. And as with the rest of your party, you can always go the themed route. For drinks, again, think of your guests as to whether alcohol is appropriate. To make things a bit easier on yourself, consider making a specialty drink, alcoholic or not, that ties into your theme or colors. Give it a cool name and make large batches of it instead of having an open bar.
Lastly, I encourage you to think of others during this holiday season. Ask guests to bring canned goods, pantry items or unwrapped toys for donation. Everyone will feel great helping out those in need and it takes such little effort.
I hope that everyone has a great time in this holiday party season. As always, if time doesn’t permit it, or you just aren’t the party planning type, you can always contact Fuchsia to create a holiday party that your guests will never forget.