Teresa shares with us the secrets behind hosting a holiday party. These tips can be used for corporate events, weddings and even birthday parties.
Tips for hosting a posh holiday party
We all look forward to the holidays, but that’s usually because we are quick to forget exactly how stressful they can be – especially if you are hosting any kind of party to celebrate the occasion. Whether you are planning and preparing for just a couple guests or the entire neighborhood, it can be exhausting to organize an event that everyone will enjoy. There are, however, a few tips that you can use to make everything go a little smoother.
1. Build a Team – Do you know people who are outgoing and enjoy being around others? They will make the perfect team for these events. You can use them to brainstorm fun ideas, help put together the invitations, and make sure everyone at the party is having a good time. There are usually a lot of people who are willing to help – you just have to be willing to delegate.
2. Go Somewhere – If you regularly hold backyard BBQs for the summer holidays or have your work parties in the office at the end of the year, you should consider going someplace new. Some businesses may rent an events center for the evening, but private parties can be held almost anywhere, from campsites and country inns to beaches and ice skating rinks.
3. Consider Your Guests – If you are hosting a company party during the day, you probably don’t have to worry about activities for young kids. However, if the party is later in the evening or if you are having an event for the families in the neighborhood, you need to make sure that you have the right refreshments and activities for everyone who might show up.
4. Be Responsible – Believe it or not, there is a possibility that you could be held responsible for any accidents caused by your guests after they leave your party if they drive home while intoxicated and cause an accident. You should consider either limiting alcohol consumption or plan to provide rides home for your guests (designated drivers, taxi services, etc.).
5. Make it Memorable – Holiday parties can seem rather formulaic after a while, so be on the lookout for new thing to do and new places to go. You can also give your guests a little parting gift so they will remember the event. Many office parties end with the giving of corporate-labeled gifts, but sometimes they come up with some fairly unique products. Private parties won’t have branded favors, but you can give them something that will commemorate the occasion. Have all of your guests pose for a group photo, and then send these photos out as holiday cards. Your guests will treasure these for years to come.