Planning a party is always a big endeavor, but toss in the flurry of extra activities at the holidays and it can take a toll on even the most organized people. You should always do some holiday party planning so that the event runs as smoothly as possible with the least amount of fuss on your part.

Christmas Ideas for Holiday Party

You want to start out by setting the date for your party as early as you can. There are a lot of parties given in December and you don’t want to get a lot of, “Sorry, can’t make it” replies because someone else’s party was scheduled first.

Remember that more is not always merrier. You don’t want to invite so many people that everyone is packed in elbow to elbow. Send out invitations to those you really want to spend time with. You can send out invitations via snail mail or through email and there are even some free email invitations you can use for your party.

Walk out of your house and back in. Does it have a Christmas scent? If not, you can prepare the scents in your home before the party by using cinnamon scented pinecones or you can simmer orange peels and cinnamon in a pot on the stove. You can also sprinkle scented oil such as warm cookies in your vacuum cleaner bag. Run it over the carpet or floor and it’ll give off a nice scent.

Is your party going to be formal or casual? Will your party be for women only? Men only? Will it be a family party? You can base your theme around the tone of your party. If you’re going to have a theme party, stick with one or two colors max. There are many different themes to choose from.

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Winter Wonderland: You can have a winter wonderland party by having only silver colors. From the decorations inside to the sprayed silver silk poinsettias lining the walk outside, you can make your home sparkle like a winter day. Hang hundreds of tiny white Christmas lights throughout your entertaining area. You can use white dishes to set your table with and white candy canes for seating markers.

Recipe Exchange Party: This theme party takes some of the pressure off the person hosting the party because the snacks are brought by the guests. Send out invitations and every person attending has to bring a favorite cookie recipe along with a plate of those cookies.

Kids Make It and Take It: If you have children as most of your friends do and desire to have a party where the kids can feel like a part of it, have a simple project ready for the kids to make that can be completed during the party.

Black Tie Christmas Party: You can host an elegant get together with your friends and family and give the grown ups a night out. Break out the best china. Remember that white is always elegant, so incorporate that when you’re decorating. Serve champagne and have room for slow dancing. It’ll be a night your loved ones won’t forget.

There are so many Christmas ideas for holiday party planning that you might get overwhelmed just trying to decide which one you want to choose. But just remember that you can always try out another idea the following year!

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