How to Throw the Perfect Christmas Party at Home

22nd November 2017

Yes, it's party season. Rejoice! It's not the festive period if there isn't a little get-together or two, is it? Whether you're inviting all the distant relatives round or having the workmates over, it's crucial to get your home ready for your Christmas party! You never know, it could be talked about for years to come...

What do you need?

It really depends on how big your budget is, who's coming and how much effort you want to put into it. We could go on all day about little bits and bobs to make it a real bonanza but of course, the details are up to you. We'll run you through the most important aspects of any Christmas party to get you well on your way to party planning success.

But first things first is food and drink - of course!

Refreshments

This is possibly the most crucial element of any successful gathering. Whether you're throwing a full-on dinner party or just providing nibbles, you need to get it right. Here are some things to consider:

  • Allergies and dietary requirements - make sure there are vegetarian options and always check with your guests if they have any special dietary needs beforehand. Try to prepare different foods separately.
  • The number of guests - you don't want to leave anyone without food or drink! Make sure you have a rough estimate of numbers beforehand and prep accordingly
  • Non-drinkers - if you're serving alcohol, make sure there's something non-alcoholic to choose from, too
  • A buffet with party food can be just as effective as a full-on meal. If you're drinking lots, people may prefer to just pick at bits throughout the night. It'll also mean less washing up for you - serve party food on disposable plates.
  • For a dinner party, why not rope the kids in to help you serve food to guests? You can give them some extra pocket money if they play 'server' for the night!
  • Set up a 'cocktail-making station' so guests can help themselves and experiment. It'll certainly be a talking point and everyone will be able to find something they like.

seating arrangements

If you're throwing a dinner party with a sit-down meal, make sure you have enough chairs for all your guests! Whether you invest in some extra dining chairs or just borrow the office chair, it's worth planning ahead. If your party is more of a stand-around-and-chat kind of vibe, you might just want to place random chairs around the rooms to give people the option to sit if they want to.

Perhaps you've got your own home bar - if so, you're lucky! Stock up on bar stools beforehand to really impress your guests and give that authentic feel.

music

It ain't a proper party if there's no music! Of course, what you play will all depend on the time of shindig you're throwing. For dinner parties, select a classic or jazz-based playlist/CD to play quietly beneath your table chatter. If you're putting a lot of effort into the night and planning on drinking lots, hiring a DJ might be a good idea. Make sure you clear some floor space for a dedicated dancing zone! If you're feeling really generous, you might invest in some disco lights to really get the atmosphere going.

Check out Spotify, Apple Music & YouTube Mixes for great, easy playlists. Here are our Spotify playlist recommendations for a great Christmas party:

games!

Not every party needs games. However, if you've got a lot of guests that don't know each other or a group of little ones that need entertaining, you can't go wrong with setting up some activities. Murder mysteries and poker are always great for adults whilst children enjoy pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and musical chairs. Something for both generations? Twister is a classic but always a crowd-pleaser.

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