29 Dec Last Minute Holiday Party Ideas
Last minute holiday party ideas are abundant, until you are faced with the challenge of pulling one off. That is when many of us cant come up with a single thing. Well, no worries. Here are a few last minute holiday party ideas that will leave your guests talking about the event for weeks to come. So, get those calls made and emails sent, because you are about to throw the best holiday party of the season.
First things first. Think of both parking and crowd control. You will want to make sure you do not over-invite, and that the parking arrangements are clear when you contact the guests. You can really enjoy your holiday party by hiring a few people to serve your guests, and make sure to take lots of photos.
Know where you want to have your party
Some choose to piggy back at a venue to get cheaper rates, but the choice is yours. It is a lot easier and cheaper than booking last minute. Others opt for an in-home party, and that is a charming idea. Just consider everything you will need from paper plates and cups to the cutlery. Having the party in your home gives a welcoming vibe, and it is always a grand idea. However, remember that clean up after the event is something you will also have to make arrangements for.
What will your holiday party theme be?
Regardless of the location you will need a theme, be it winter or a nice holiday setting. You do not have to waste a lot of time and money making this happen. A lot of times less is more, and a few white lights sure sets a nice tone for any occasion. Just be creative and have fun with it. Adding your own personal touches is what really makes the party gain a personality. You want to make it your own, and that is what will make it spectacular. It is not as much about how much you spend on the party as it is how creative you are with what you have.
Plan the menu according to your guest’s needs
You will also want to consider whether you will be cooking for the event or having it catered. Be mindful that some guests may have nut or dairy allergies, and there may be a few people attending who are vegan. Having options available for them is a nice plus. Everyone is different, and asking these questions when you arrange for the confirmations on your invites generally a good idea. Keeping the menu allergy friendly is a must.
When to comes to drinks keep it simple. You do not have to go all out to create the illusion of an elaborate event. You can come up with one holiday themed drink or serve some old favorites that can be mixed and matched. A few good barrel aged spirits and some mixers, wines and spritzers are quite nice to have on hand. You will also want a few nonalcoholic options on the drink menu. Coming up with a specialty drink themed to the event is a nice touch.
Personalize the entertainment
There has to be music. You do not need to hire a band or a DJ to really pull of the perfect holiday party. A few themed CD’s is all you need to make it happen. Just set them to shuffle and let the CD player do the rest. Play list’s are also an option if you are tech savvy. Make sure that it is loud enough to be enjoyed but quiet enough that conversation is natural.
The holiday party games are a must have. Your favorite games will be perfect. Anything from Yahtzee to charades and anything in between is great for a party. Come up with a few of your own, after all, it is your holiday party. Again, what makes it awesome is adding your own personal touches. After all, a great party is one that stands apart from the rest.
Be a gracious hoast/hostess to all guests big and small
If you do have children at the event be sure that there is plenty on hand to keep them busy and in the holiday spirit as well. Now that you have these holiday party ideas it is time to sit back and enjoy. Be a gracious host/hostess. Take coats at the door and mingle.