FIRST STEPS: PLANNING YOUR PARTY
PERSONALIZE IT: Like all events, your holiday party can be as simple or as lavish as you wish. Start with a Christmas Holiday Party invitation and select matching party favors, banners, centerpieces and sign in boards. Add a life size cutout, photo opportunity, or even a personalized camera and the party becomes truly one of a kind. Create a festive party atmosphere with decorations, scents and music. Use scented candles or fill the house with a delightful aroma. However, don't use scented candles at the dinner table. No matter how pretty they are, you do not want to mix the smell of one thing with what you're eating; it can throw off the whole taste.
INVITATIONS: Ideally, invitations to a party should go out at least 30 days in advance of the date of the party. If you would like to know how many folks to expect so you know how much food you’ll need, you can put an “RSVP by date” on your invite. RSVP is an abbreviation of the French phrase “Répondez s’il vous plaît.” The translation means, “reply, if you please”. When you add that to the bottom of your invite, the recipient of the invite should reply either “yes” or “no.” You can list your phone number and/or your e-mail as the contact for the RSVP. That will make it convenient for everyone.
PARTY PLANNING IDEAS: HGTV has a sensational guide to foods, decor and so much more to assit you through the Holiday Party planning process. Check out their website for some AMAZING IDEAS!