How to plan a party

The holidays are just around the corner, and what some call “the most wonderful time of the year” is actually the most stressful time of the year for many. Despite all the holiday cheer, the anticipation of buying presents, knocking out end-of-year projects and gathering with family and friends can certainly start to overwhelm even the most organized go-getter. Add “planning a party” to your list of holiday to-dos and you’re well on your way to a total winter meltdown.

Here’s the good news – with the right expectations and proper planning, it is entirely possible to eliminate the majority of stresses associated with planning a party. Here are five helpful tips to keep your holiday soiree fabulous and stress-free.

  1. Make a list, check it twice.

A killer Christmas party starts with proper planning. Begin well ahead of time by making a list of things to buy, your to-dos and a detailed timeline for knocking everything out. Don’t be afraid to get your guests or close friends involved by asking for help.

  1. Stock the self-serve cocktail bar.

As the host or hostess, the last thing you’ll want to worry about during the party will be mixing drinks. Create a DIY holiday cocktail bar where guests can feel free to pour their own beverage. Stock the cart with non-alcoholic options, festive drink napkins, and pre-sliced garnishes. The best part? The chances of a guest noticing your less-than-perfect tablescape decrease with every sip of holiday punch.

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  1. Set the mood.

There’s nothing like classic holiday tunes to perfect your party vibes. Try Spotify’s Ultimate Holiday Playlist or the Holiday Party Playlist. Light up your favorite holiday-scented candle or create a votive display to set the ultimate mood.

  1. Know when to delegate.

Perhaps the best kept secret of throwing a stress-free party? Don’t do it on your own. Delegate what you can to ensure that you’re enjoying the party just as much as your guests. When you hire Christophe’s for gourmet food delivery this holiday season, you can rest easy knowing that there will be delicious options for each of your guests (vegan, vegetarian, paleo, dairy free, gluten free and more), giving you more time to mingle. Take all the credit – we won’t tell.

  1. Add finishing touches.

Stress-free parties all come down to the details. Make sure there’s a special spot for guests’ coats and purses, decide if you’d like guests to go home with leftovers or a special gift, and keep your stain remover handy for any inevitable slip ups. Most importantly, leave plenty of time for last-minute tweaks before your guests arrive.

Now, grab yourself a holiday cocktail and raise your glass. Cheers, you stress-free party planner you.

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