Friday, December 12, 2008

The Perfect Party

Holiday parties can be lots of fun. It is always a great feeling to spend time with friends and family. However, planning a holiday party can be stressful. There are many things to do and you may already be feeling overwhelmed with all of the other tasks the holidays bring on (cooking, shopping, more shopping). Here are some pointers on planning a great holiday party:

Will your party have a theme? If so, this is one of the first decisions to make, as it will affect the rest of your decisions.

The next step is to send out the invitations. The more formal your party is, the further in advance you should send the invitations. If it’s a casual affair, you can send them a week ahead of time, but if it’s something people need to make plans for, give them time to do so.

You don’t have to plan an elaborate meal to throw a great party. A simple menu can be quick, easy, and delicious. It’s more fun to be spending time with your guests and enjoying the celebration than to be cooped up in the kitchen! Another option is to prepare the main course and ask your guests to bring a side item or a dessert.

If you are going with a theme, your decorations should match it, of course. If you don’t have a specific theme in mind, keep things simple and elegant by using a centerpiece and a few accessory pieces.

In the days before the event, give your house a thorough cleaning. On the day of the party, give it a quick once-over. Some things you’ll want to do include picking up any clutter, running a vacuum, as well as washing and putting away the dishes.

When your guests arrive, greet them with a cheery smile and let the fun begin!

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