Tips for hosting a memorable small Christmas party
Once you’ve decided on the style of Christmas party you want to host - cocktail, black tie with a hint of sparkle, Christmas jumpers - you can get down to the nitty-gritty to ensure your all-important Xmas party runs seamlessly.
1. Set the mood
Firstly, you’ll need to put together the ultimate playlist. The Christmas playlist is really important to set the scene and Christmas music should be taken full advantage of during December. We’d advise that you at least mix a few festive favorites into your normal party playlist. Tis the season, after all! And make sure your music volume is right, because Christmas parties can sometimes turn into shouting matches if the music is overpowering. The next element to consider is lighting. Your guests want to be able to see the canapes and drinks but, in general, keep to low-lighting. If your venue doesn’t have a dimmer switch option that's ok. Buy some uplighters, lanterns, candles for a cosy feel.
Before you hire the venue you'll want to decide on whether you want dry hire or not. If it’s dry hire you’re after make sure you plan your drinks menu and purchase the right quantities! You don't want to run out in the first hour. If mulled wine is on the menu, as it often is this time of year, make sure you have a foolproof way to keep it warm.
If you want your party to be an elegant affair, you’re going to want to make sure you have enough food to feed your guests. Christmas canapes come in all shapes and sizes and are a real crowd-pleaser. Most supermarkets have a number of Christmassy offers at this time of year: pigs in blankets, brie and bacon puffs, mince pies etc. Alternatively, if you’re going with venue catering, make sure you organise this when booking your party, otherwise you may end up going hungry.
4. Set a clear beginning and end
We've all been there: all you want is to clear up and go to bed, but those last few guest's aren't shifting. We’re not saying that this can be avoided though. If you make it clear in your invitation that the drinks party starts at (a) and ends at (b) your guests shouldn't be too affronted when you turn on the lights and turn off the music. The after-party can take place at another location!