Thinking of hosting a special event over the holidays? Here are some tips to help you focus on what’s important.
- What type of event are you thinking of? Whether you are inviting guests to your home for a quiet evening or a big holiday party, clearly define your vision. Cozy dinner and drinks, large holiday soiree or hot chocolate party; think it out beforehand and decide exactly what you’d like to do.
- Decide on your budget. Easier said than done but this is an important step in the process. This will help you decide whether or not to spend hundreds of dollars on those special favors or if you’d rather put your money elsewhere. Put a bit of a buffer in there too, just for things you might miss from the get go.
- Decide on a theme. Themes are really fun and there are so many ideas floating around out there on the web and on Pinterest, etc.Since it’s Christmas, choose shades of red, white and green, go for pine and pomegranates and make a splash.
- Make a list. Do you need a bartender? Write that down. Using real plates and glasses or plastic? Do you need to rent linens? Do you need to find the perfect dress? Write it all down.
- Get more specific. Make a menu and if you are doing the cooking, start writing down your shopping list. If you’ve hired a caterer, list everything you will need from start to finish of your event, including the napkins, paper products, wine, candles.
- Recognize your limits and ask for help. If you are having a large event, consider recruiting family members or hiring a “day of “ or part time event planner. You can only do so much and you will run yourself ragged before the big day. (Give me a call and I’d be glad to help you out!)
- Do as much as you can beforehand. Make a timeline for the day of the event and do as much as you can in the days leading up to and including the morning of. The more you do beforehand the easier your life will be. Imagine taking a hot bath a few hours before the event. You can do that if you plan ahead.
- Set things up so all you have to do is minimal maintenance. If you have to constantly heat appetizers in the oven, it will be hard for you to enjoy your party! Think of ways to prepare, serve and replenish food that does not involve constant kitchen time. Or, hire someone to be in the kitchen, taking care of food and other necessities.
- Enjoy your own event! Put your favorite dress on, light the candles, and pour the bubbly. Time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and enjoy your guests. Do the best you can to keep an eye on things, but also expect that things may occur that no one anticipates. Spills, unexpected minor disasters can all happen but be a sport and smile and solve the issue. Don’t be a drama queen if things fall apart. Just keep going!
- Have a plan for the next day. Do some clean up but also have a good day of rest. Heat up any leftovers for dinner and save a bottle of wine for yourself. Don’t give in to the urge to put everything away in a single day. Just relax and reflect on your great party!
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