If you are hosting a Christmas party or event, it can seem like a daunting task. But fear not! This week we share some of our top tips to help you create the ultimate Christmas bash! Today, steps one to three…
Step 1 – Decide on The Feel of your Party
Before beginning your party preparations, it is important to decided exactly what kind of party you want it to be. Do you want a sit-down dinner with a sophisticated feel? Or a fun drinks party with dancing and karaoke? Do you want your guests to play games? Or just mingle and relax?
Will it be a daytime or evening party? Small and intimate or a large scale affair? Once you have decided on these factors, you can begin the planning process.
Set your dress code accordingly and be sure to include this information on your invitations.
Step 2 – Decide on your Venue
Depending on your numbers and party style, you can now select your venue. If you are organising a party for large numbers, a standalone venue or function room is a good option, smaller numbers may be better suited to a restaurant or bar where private rooms can be used.
Think about how you will want to use the space. Will you need areas for dining and a separate area to dance? Will you want to incorporate a photo booth, or games area?
Photo by Adam Riley Photography
Certain venues will offer complete Christmas packages where catering, music and drinks are included for one price. This option is very useful for large numbers and corporate events.
Step 3 – Food!
Once your venue is organised, it’s time to start thinking about keeping those guests fed and watered.
Email your guest list and make sure you list any allergies or special dietary requirements to pass on to your venue in plenty of time. If you are working with an outside catering firm, arrange a meeting to discuss your budget and ideas.
Think about your party theme and style and tailor the menu ideas accordingly. If you are hosting a sit down dinner where the food is the focus, a more extravagant menu will work well.
Food by Heathcotes
However, if you want to focus more on games, dancing and socialising, then smaller dishes such as bowl foods, mini foods or grazing boards may be more appropriate.
Food by Vanilla in Allseasons Photo by Jonny Draper
So, that’s a few things off the checklist. Check back later in the week for part 2 of our guide.