Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: Holiday Party Guide

By: Toni Cunningham | December 20, 2012

The holidays are a time for togetherness, and that almost always means it’s party time. Whether you’re attending a festive gathering at a relative’s house, one at your office, or you’re the one throwing the get-together, there are several factors to keep in mind while you’re rockin’ around the Christmas tree:

  • Start planning early. Personally, I’d rather kick back and enjoy a cocktail as my guests arrive as opposed to running around frantically taking care of last minute details. A flustered host or hostess does not a party make!
  • Keep your dignity intact (if the occasion calls for it). This means, if your office is having a get together, remember to sample the spiked eggnog, not smash it. However, if you’re around your family and friends who already know what a nut you are, feel free to knock ‘em back. (Provided that you have a couch to crash on, or a designated driver to escort you home safely, of course).
  • Bust out the reindeer/Santa Claus/snowman décor. But for everyone’s sake, please keep the mistletoe under wraps. Craft stores, department stores and even drug stores have had Christmas items on display and available for purchase since the end of August, so you shouldn’t have a problem with this step in the slightest.
  • Provide enough food for an army. Yes, the holidays are about the warm and fuzzies, but it’s also the time of year in which people like to eat in mass quantities. If you’re struggling with festive meal ideas, check out Allrecipes.com or tasteofhome.com for some inspiration.
  • Clarify whether gifts are involved or not. Because what’s more awkward and embarrassing than showing up empty handed to a party with a gift exchange? Nothing, really.

The success of your party truly depends on how long people talk about it afterwards, as well as how many ‘likes’ the pictures get on Facebook the next day. So make it legendary, and have a happy holiday!