Planning a holiday gathering (for those less inclined to party)

Are you planning a holiday gathering?  Are you concerned about how to put it all together?  Well no need to worry.  By paying attention to a few details, you can plan a party that your guests will remember and look forward to attending year after year.  

hosting-a-party-friends-food-fun-by-tommeka-s-via-canvaIf you are new to party planning, consider having a themed party.   A theme can give you inspiration for the upcoming festivities.

It doesn’t have to be complicated.  It just needs to be something that will get everyone excited about the party.

If you’re not sure where to begin, do a quick internet search to find ideas:

An Ugly Sweater Party

Mistletoe & Margaritas

Jingle & Mingle w/ Friends

The Great Gatsby Holiday

White Elephant Party

If your indoor/outdoor space will accommodate friends and family, a party at home is a great idea.   

A holiday gathering at your abode means that you won’t forget anything in transit.  It also means that, should you feel the need for some alone time, you can sneak off for a few minutes–just keep it brief.  

Choose decorations that echo the season.  Shades of red, green, black, gold, and silver accentuated with glitter and sparkles work for most any occasion.  

Remember, simple is always best.  A decorated tree, lit luminaries, mantle decorations, and holiday themed place settings will look nice when your guests arrive.

Make sure that invitees know the date, time, location and theme of your party–request an RSVP.  

Let guests know if you would like for them to bring something–a nice bottle of wine, tasty side dish or delicious dessert.

As you set your menu, choose dishes that meet the dietary needs of potential party goers.  Be sure to have plenty of food, beverages, dinnerware, drinkware and utensils.

As you plan your party,  there are a few key things to remember:

Choose a great theme, venue and decorations.  Be sure to have enough sustenance and supplies for guests plus a little extra.  Finally, remember that no amount of planning will substitute for what really makes a great party–friends, food and fun.  

by writer, Tommeka Semien

Tommeka Semien is a non-profit professional, mom of three and two extras, operator of LN2 Consulting, freelance writer and blogger at

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