How To Host The Perfect Christmas Party
’Tis the season to not fret and stress while planning a festive and memorable Christmas party.
As an urban Indian, the last couple of weeks of December are always eagerly awaited. Christmas with its festivities plays a huge role, of course, but with New Year’s Eve around the corner as well, you know you’re about head to a ton of parties.
Except, the catch is that someone has to host them. And if you’re that brave soul in the group who has taken it upon themselves to play host — but are struggling with the same — then well, this little guide is just for you.
One of the perks of living in the digital age is that communication is extremely swift — so it’d only be fair to make the most of it. A WhatsApp broadcast or group should do the trick, and wouldn’t cost you a penny.
However, if you do want to do it the traditional way, then these Christmas Cards are a cute way to go about it. Either way, make sure people RSVP, because, as you’ll learn eventually, having a headcount is incredibly important!
The Prep And Decor
One of the best things about Christmas is, of course, the warm and welcoming decor. So there’s no reason why you should hold back as you try and make the evening a lot more christmassy.
For starters, ask yourself: are you getting a tree? If you are — or are doing a variation of sorts with books — then you need to ensure it’s decorated from top to bottom. Secondly, your walls and your rooms in general need to be adorned with embellishments too — so you need to figure out the kind of vibe you’re going for. Stockings and decals work great, but you could also take wreaths into consideration. A full-blown Nativity Scene, though, will really help take things up a notch!
And lastly, lest we forget, don’t go overboard with the lighting. Illuminate the room with a mix of yellow and white lights, preferably dimmed, but ensure that the conversation areas — tables, couches, and the like — have lamps around them. And oh, top it all off by lighting some scented candles and diffusers — your guests will love it!
You don’t need us to tell you that Christmas ain’t Christmas without a feast, so the first thing you need to do is set the table beautifully. It will be a sit-down dinner, so good lighting, candles, and pretty cutlery should help set the festive ambience.
While meats like pork, beef, and chicken are traditionally preferred, we’d recommend having some vegetarian options on your menu too — you are in India, after all! What’s important is to have a large spread with high-quality food, that needs to be paired with wine, rum, or cocktails. Provide a selection of the same, as well as beer for the finicky folk, and some non-alcohol options for the teetotallers and designated drivers.
Also, if you can afford to, just hire a caterer to do the job for you. If you can’t, providing your guests with the option of bringing a dish of their own too wouldn’t be the worst idea!
Other Food And Accompaniments
Apart from the main feast, there’s a need for some finger food options and of course, sweets! Welcoming your guests with hot chocolate and candy isn’t the worst idea, although you could replace either of those with cupcakes, brownies, cookies, or some delicious warm fudge if you like.
And of course, you could try your hand at wine and cheese pairings too, the details of which you can easily find here.
Music, music, and more music! You could begin with some carols, and eventually move to your own Christmas playlist and encourage people to dance. If you have some instruments and people talented enough to play them, nothing like it!
Furthermore, you could always indulge in some games, especially if the guest list is small. Pictionary, taboo, charades, and the like are a ton of fun — but if you’re specifically looking for some with a Christmas theme, then these ought to work!
There’s also Secret Santa, of course, but that might be a tad difficult to pull off given it’s a party full of guests, many of whom might be meeting each other for the first time. But if it’s a more intimate affair, here’s how you can ensure you face no hurdles!
Things To Keep In Mind As A Guest
First things first: bring a small gift as a Thank You. You know your hosts best, but if you can’t make up your mind, a bottle of good-quality wine, or something like scented candles, or liqueur chocolates are safe picks. If you consider the person to be close, offer to come earlier so that you can help with the decorations and set-up. Also, try to make it on time — it’s impolite to walk in when half the dinner is done.
And lastly, don’t forget to say thank you. A handwritten note or a social media post would be special, and will go a long way in making your host feel like all their efforts were worth it!