When the festive music starts playing on the radio, shop fronts are decorated in glistening tinsel and the lights come on, the excitement of Christmas really starts to take hold. It’s a time of celebration with gifts being exchanged and celebrating with friends and family, but it can also be a little stressful when you’re the one landed with the task of organising the Christmas party.
Whether you’re planning a party for friends and family or you’ve been entrusted with the office festivities, every Christmas party shares a few common Christmas traits. To ensure you get everyone in the festive mood be sure to put the time into planning some Christmas party ideas that will make it an event that everyone will enjoy.
Let’s take a look at a few Chrissie must-haves to ensure that your guests have a holly jolly time.
Preparing The Presents
Presents don’t have to cost a bundle, especially when you’re getting token gifts for a large party. Go to your local dollar store and buy funny festive presents for your guests. These types of gifts can be a great ice-breaker and can act as a fun talking point allowing your guests to get to know each other a little better. If you have a small group, definitely try and personalise your presents as much as possible. However, if you have a large group and you don’t know all your guests well, try and keep some theme among the gifts for maximum impact.
In the southern hemisphere, we can enjoy barbecues and food that goes perfectly with the warm weather at Christmas time. Fruit kebabs are always a big hit, they bring some colour to the table and are sweet while being healthy, vegan, gluten free and dairy free, making them a great option for those with dietary requirements in the group. And, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a slice of easy-to-make Christmas fruitcake that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Take some time to plan your festive feast and you will be sure it will be a hit.
Deck The Halls
Making decorations can be a great way to do something fun with the family. String popcorn can be hung on the Christmas tree, and pretty much anywhere you can find a space to hang it in your home. Tinsel is cheap, bright and colourful and is hands-down one of the best ways to evoke that Christmassy feeling. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can make your own Christmas Crackers and have some fun with the contents.
Hire A Photo Booth
Christmas parties are all about making memories and what better way to capture the fun than with a photo booth. You will be amazed at how your guests will let loose when hiding behind funny disguises, with hats and glasses and fake moustaches. Your guests can take the photos home as a keepsake of your event and, you can be sure you’ll have some interesting shots to decorate the office noticeboard come Monday morning.
Check The Guest List… Twice
Shake up your guest list this year and invite some new people from the office, distant relatives, new neighbours or people from other social groups you might be part of. With a good mix of people at your event, the conversation will be more interesting, the experiences shared will be more diverse and the party will be all the better for it. Once you’ve settled on your guest list, do as Santa himself would do and check it twice to make sure that you haven’t left anybody out. Christmas is a time for inclusion so be open and have a ‘more the merrier’ approach to your party.
Kick things up a notch with a really different venue this year. How about having your Christmas party at a laser tag venue? Perhaps a ten-pin bowling vibe would be better or maybe you could have a fun-filled day out at the beach? Before you decide on the venue, be sure to give some consideration to your guest list. If there are going to be kids in attendance, you will want somewhere that’s a little more family-friendly. On the other hand, if it’s an office blow-out you will definitely want a late night venue with a great cocktail menu. Your venue can make or break your event, so take some time and choose a suitable location for your Christmas party.
Classic Christmas Music
Every party needs a rocking playlist and your Christmas party is going to be no different. Even if you start the night with some of the latest chart tunes, you’re going to need to get those Christmas classics on sooner or later. A party doesn’t qualify as a Christmas party unless your attendees are bouncing around the dancefloor to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” and no festive shindig is complete without a late night rendition of The Pogue’s “Fairytale Of New York”. Throw some jingle bells, a little Slade and Wham’s “Last Christmas” in the mix and you’ll have the ultimate festive floor-filling playlist guaranteed to keep the party going.
Plan A Christmas Party To Remember
Christmas parties, by their very nature, can be colourful, cheesy, cringe-worthy events but we all love them. After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly and a time of year to let your hair down, have fun with your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. When planning your Christmas party remember to include the essentials that make a party a true Christmas party and ensure that your event really is one to remember.