Planning a party this holiday season and feeling a little anxious about it? Have no fear, with the right resources it is going to be easier than you might think.
Having worked in special events planning and promotion for many years I have a wealth of resources that I am able to share. Whether you decide to use one of my ideas or none of them is entirely up to you.
Theme or No Theme? That is the Question
One of the first decisions you are going to want to make is whether or not your party is going to have a theme.
Some people shy away from theme parties because at first blush they sound complicated. However I assure you that theme parties are truly not as intimidating as they sound.
A party theme can really be most anything you want it to be and the theme chosen can actually help you decide what party elements you want to use more easily.
For example, those that enjoy movies can take their party planning elements right from the movies themselves.
Gritty crime and mafia inspired movies lend themselves to inspired décor, tablescapes, appetizers, menus and libations.
Just to further prove what I mean by that check out the following articles about elements you can incorporate into movie inspired party themes.
• Seven Mafia Inspired Drink Recipes
• Six Good Cop vs Bad Cop Inspired Drink Recipes
If movies are not your thing perhaps you would be interested in planning an informal wine tasting party.
Though planning wine tastings may sound as intimidating as planning theme parties, they too are not that hard.
Wine Tasting Themes
What follows are some articles related to wines and wine tasting that you may find helpful when deciding on whether or not to host your own wine tasting party.
• The Proper Way to Serve Non-Sparkling Wines
• Eight Wine Styles Explained
• The Proper Way to Store Wine
• How to Set Up a Basic Party Bar
• How to Set Up a Full Party Bar
• Gourmet Cheeses worth Sampling
Holiday Specific Themes
Often parties are planned around a specific holiday so the holiday itself makes an excellent theme. Here are some links to ideas related to holiday themed party planning elements;
• Halloween Themes Drinks for your Next Spooktacular
• More Spooky Specialty Spirits for your Next Halloween Bash
• How to Create Halloween Make Up and Special Effects with Items from Home
• How to make Homemade Egg Nog
• Three Winter Party Punch Drink Recipes
• Winter Holiday Drinks to Serve at Your Next Holiday Party
• Three Thanksgiving Drink Recipes to Serve at Your Next Holiday Meal
• Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes
Party Favors, Tablescapes and Décor Ideas
Once you have decided whether or not to use a theme for your party you can begin to plan out the other party elements like party favors, tablescapes and décor.
It is true that some party favors, tablescapes and décor can be expensive, but they do not have to be.
I have included links to some articles below that will illustrate how easy and inexpensive creating your own party favors, tablescapes and décor can be.
• How to make a Wine and Ice Christmas Centerpiece
• How to make Lavender Scented Organza Potpourri Sachets
• How to make a Stamped Satin and Tulle Sachet
• How to make a Sea Shell Candle
• How to make Fall Leaf Bookmarks
• How to make Killer’s Creepy Critters
• How to make Ghastly Glowing Ghost Decorations
• How to make a Custom Designed Decoupage Plate
• How to make your own Party Favors out of Toilet Paper Rolls
Menu Planning Ideas
Planning a menu is another big part of successful party planning. Deciding on a good selection of appetizers is always a superb way to start planning your holiday menu.
I have provided links to some articles about appetizers in the section below;
• Five Fabulous Fruit Dips to Use with your Next Holiday Fruit Tray
• Four Vegetable Dip Recipes for your Holiday Crudités Platter
• Bacon and Cheese Filled Bread Spread
• Two Vegetable Appetizers with Asparagus and Spinach
Once you appetizers are decided upon you can move on to planning your meal courses. You must decide whether or not the party will consist of a sit down full course meal, sit down buffet or standing buffet.
If you are going to go with a sit down meal you will want to consider how many courses you wish to have.
Some people opt for a more formal meal with many courses and palate cleansing items such as sherbet served between courses whereas other people opt for a more informal sit down meal with soup or salad followed by a main course and then a dessert.
If you are planning a buffet meal you will want to decide how much of a selection is needed and whether your guests will be eating sitting down or standing up.
Whichever option of food service that you select, you will want to consider centering your meal on a particular theme or palate of flavors.
There are numerous recipes out there to choose from that can simplify the menu process. For instance if certain types of foods are in season, you may want to feature dishes that highlight those fresh ingredients.
An example of this would be serving parsnips or persimmons during the winter months when both are in season. For your convenience I have provided a few links to some seasonal recipes below;
• Persimmon and Nuts Salad
• Parsnip, Potato and Cheese Casserole
• Deep Fried Crab Stuffed Eggplant
• How to Make German Style Duckling and Apple Kraut
• How to make German Sauerbraten with Red Cabbage
• Octoberfest Recipes: German Soup and Salad
• Fall Harvest Recipe: Pumpkin Raisin Quick Bread Muffins
Those that desire more tips on planning a holiday party can find a plethora of good information online.