1. This may seem obvious but if your budget allows call a caterer! Outsourcing allows you to enjoy your event and get to spend time with your loved ones. If catering is not an option don’t go crazy with your menu! I recommend mixing some already pre-made items with some homemade items. Place on festive platters and garnish with rosemary and nutmeg and instantly you have a more high end catered look. This way you’re not stressing about the whole menu and get to enjoy your party.
2. Seems obvious but prepare for as much as you can ahead of time. Have a timeline of what needs to get done that week and spread it out so you don’t become overwhelmed the day of the event. Make sure everything is set up the night before so that the day of the party your just adding the food and the drinks and still have time to shower!
3. Serve a signature drink or set up a drinks station for guests to serve themselves. Both are festive and fun and the last thing you want is to spend your own party fixing drinks! Have recipes, pre-cut garnishes and all the fixings so guests know exactly how to make the drinks. Just make sure you have enough ice! This is one item most clients don’t realize how much they actually need to ice down drinks as well as serve in drinks.
4. Music sets the tone of the party so don’t rely on Pandora or the radio. Make sure to assemble a playlist mixing holiday hits with your regular party favorites for a good flow.
5. There is nothing better then walking into a party with a great scent. From fresh baked cookies to mulling spices to even a great candle it really does make a difference.
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