It is now the first week of December which means that it’s officially time to get into holiday mode. I don’t know about you, but the month of December is always full of different gatherings and parties for me, and I usually end up hosting one as well. There is a lot of thought and planning that goes into hosting a holiday party, which is why I’ve created a guide to help you in your holiday party endeavors.
Here’s a cute template to keep track of who’s coming and who’s bringing what:
After creating the guest list, the next task is to send out invites. You need to decide if you want to send out a virtual invite, or do it the old-fashioned way and use paper invitations.
If you do decide to use virtual invites, you can use evite, Paperless Post, Punchbowl, or just Facebook. If I were hosting a party, I would probably use paper invites, just because I feel like they are more personal and won’t get lost in your inbox. They are, however, more expensive.
I think choosing the right style of invitation is important because it somewhat sets the tone for what kind of party you are having. For example, if you are hosting a semi-formal soirée, you would probably want to use something simple, yet elegant (gold, silver, cursive…), and if you are hosting a baking party & movie night, you could get away with fun and colorful invites.
Here are some of my favorites:
Whenever I host a party, it always seems that figuring out what food to buy/make is the most stressful part of the whole thing. If you are having a party in the evening, you will definitely need to have quite a few different appetizers. It’s always good to have a fruit & veggie plate, as well as some sort of cheese & cracker plate.
I usually make the BBQ meatballs for every party I host/attend, and they’re always a hit! I use the party meatballs & BBQ sauce from Trader Joe’s
Here are some other fun & festive options:
Merry & Bright