This season is filled with holiday parties in Foxbank Plantation in Moncks Corner. From parties with co-workers, family or friends, it tends to be one of the busiest times of year.
If you’ve decided it’s time for you to host your own holiday party, we’ve got a few tips we think will help.
Make a Plan
One of the best things you can do before you host a holiday party is to make a plan. Take stock of what you already have in your house and what you will need for the party. Make a schedule, so you know what you need to do on the days leading up to the party as well as the day of. When it comes to invitations, a good rule of thumb is to send out invites at least two weeks in advance.
Pick Out Menu
Next up is the menu. Whether you are having a more formal sit-down dinner or you are hosting a simple cocktail party, try to make as much food in advance as possible. Stock up on cookies and crackers that will stay fresh for a while and grab some nuts and dips — finger foods that people can grab and go are ideal. If you are hosting a larger group, a buffet-style set-up is the most efficient and effortless option. For drinks, a self-serve refreshment station allows you to enjoy the party, without getting stuck making drinks for everyone.
It is important to make sure that you don’t run out of food, drinks or other essentials such as paper towels or toilet paper. Our suggestion? Buy in bulk so that there is enough to accommodate your estimated number of guests and then some. Nothing ruins a party quicker than running out of supplies.
Set the Mood
Once you have purchased all of your party supplies and established the menu, it’s time to set the mood for your event. For an intimate, festive atmosphere, dim the lights and set up holiday lights and candles throughout your house. You can also set the mood with a carefully crafted playlist. Mix in a few traditional holiday songs with some of your favorite party tunes. Or, have some light, instrumental holiday music play in the background and let your guests’ conversations take over.
No matter how you decide to celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends this year, remember to take the time to enjoy it. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the minute details of throwing a party and forget the reason why we’re hosting a party to begin with: to enjoy time with the ones we love. So stop stressing about making everything perfect. Revel in the time you get to spend with your favorite people.