Did someone say the C word? No, not cake… The festive season is almost upon us and what better way to kick things off than by hosting the ultimate at-home Christmas party? Christmas time can be hella expensive and all the nights out celebrating soon add up, so if you’re skint like me then a party at home is the way to go.
It may sound like a lot of effort, but it’s actually not as difficult as you might think to pull off an epic festive celebration – OK maybe the clean up is, but there are ways around that too. So, here are some great tips to ensure your party is memorable for all of the right reasons. Oh, and my tip for the cleaning up is to make guests take the rubbish out when they leave… joking… OK, maybe not joking.
Setting The Scene
The first step to hosting the perfect Christmas party is to ensure you set the scene. This means creating a warm, cosy, festive atmosphere. Let’s be honest, the best part of Christmas is the decorating… Start with the entranceway, creating a small festive display that your guests will see as soon as they open the door. Think candles, glitter and glitz.
Christmas is all about twinkling lights so decorate the home with fairy lights aplenty, it will a really magical atmosphere, plus it means you can dim your lights to hide that bit of skirting board you forgot to scrub clean (just me?). You’ll also want to hang Christmas themed decorations, such as adding a garland to the doors and wreaths trailing across the fireplace and up the banister of the stairs. You can buy a great range of luxurious wreaths and garlands from companies such as Cox & Cox.
Food & Drink
The most important part of any party, even more important that the guests. Now, a sit-down dinner may seem like the most impressive choice. However, a buffet is actually a much better idea as it’s easy to prepare, requires little maintenance and you can still serve up mouth-watering food your guests won’t forget in a hurry. If you get disposable paper platters, trays and plates it also means less cleaning up the next day.
When it comes to drinks, prepping them early is a great idea. If you’re planning on serving up Punch Bowls, for example, you can create the bowls in advance, then they’ll simply be ready to serve whenever you need them. With punch bowls, I like to add some sparkly ribbon tied around them, or go extra fancy and use some edible glitter to use around the rim of the bowl.
Planning The Entertainment
Finally, the ultimate Christmas party is sure to have lots of great entertainment. From secret Santa to festive music and board games – you’ll want to provide a range of entertainment to suit everyone. It’s even a great idea to invest in disposable cameras. As most photos are taken on phones these days, it’s a novelty to have an actual camera for the evening, or if you have something like an Instax.
These are just the basics to helping you host the ultimate at-home Christmas party. If you’ve set the scene, sorted your food and drink and planned your entertainment, everything else will simply fall into place. It also leaves you with a lot more time to get yourself glammed up ready for the party of the year!