Follow this simple guide for a holiday party that’s big on cheer and low on stress!

‘Tis the season for a fun & fab holiday party! Whether you’re hosting an annual party or starting a new tradition, these stress-free steps will help you focus on what really matters, sharing the holiday spirit with family & friends!

Build Your Guest List

This is a list you’re definitely going to want to check twice. Holiday parties are a great time to reconnect with family and friends, so be sure not to leave anyone off! Once you’ve firmed up your list, do a quick headcount to better plan for seating, food, drinks and gifts.

Plan Your Theme

Choosing a theme isn’t just fun for you and your guests, it can also bring focus to your planning and make your job a little easier. Your theme can extend to your decor, menu, drinks, music and more. Some favorites are Ugly Sweater, Secret Santa and Tree-Trimming. Turn to Pinterest for a wealth of great ideas, images and inspiration. Be creative… the only limit is your imagination!

UGLY SWEATER GIRLS

Simplify Your Menu

When planning a menu for your holiday party, consider how much time you want to spend in the kitchen. Don’t overcomplicate! Remember, you want to spend time with your guests, not cooking and cleaning all night. Choose some simple classics and outsource side dishes to guests if possible and there’s also nothing wrong with having your party catered.

Get In The Spirit

Nothing says “holiday spirit” like a warm bowl of punch. If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, you can craft a signature holiday cocktail that ties into your theme. For non-drinkers and kids of all ages, set up a hot cocoa bar and don’t forget the peppermint sticks! Above all else, be sure and remember the first rule of stocking your holiday bar: it’s better to have too much than to run out.

HOT CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOWS

Choose Your Music & Entertainment

For a “set-it-and-forget-it” approach to your party soundtrack, create a playlist of your holiday favorites (mix plenty of old and new for a fun, eclectic mix). Spotify and Pandora are great streaming options. If there’s a TV central to your party space, playing classic holiday movies provides a fun backdrop for your guests to interact with.

Plan Games & Activities

Engage your guests with fun holiday games and activities. A white elephant gift exchange, “Name That Holiday Tune” challenge, or holiday movie quizzes are great options to start. To really take it to the next level, rent a karaoke machine and have your very own “Holiday Idol” contest.

Take Homes

Send your guests home with more than just a bundle of holiday memories. Nothing can beat a tin of homemade holiday cookies, but if you’re short on time, there are plenty of other options. Making a donation in your guests’ names to a worthy cause is a great way to celebrate the true meaning of the season. For a personal touch, craft a personalized tree ornament. If you run out of time, most people are perfectly happy with a gift card!

CHRISTMAS COOKIES

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