How to plan a Christmas party!


That's right, it's officially October, which means Christmas is on the way. For most of us bloggers planning for Christmas posts, going to related events starts early. So the first of my Christmas posts is going up today. However it is with good reason, this post is all about Christmas parties and how to plan them and inspired by the fact I was invited to my work Christmas social last week it has prompted me to do this post. As they can involve a lot of planning! So welcome to the first of my Christmas posts and following will a range of gift guides, baking posts and other fun Christmas related content and I am so excited to roll it out to you guys! I also realise how many times I have mentioned Christmas in this one paragraph alone so I will get on with my guide to planning a Christmas party now! 

Think guests: 
It is important to plan in advance how many people you plan on inviting (whether they all turn up is a completely different story!) getting a rough idea of numbers is great for food and drink as well venue. You don't want to hire a massive venue for a 10 people. It's a complete waste of money, if you are aiming for a more intimate affair often your house works well. It's cheaper for you and works just as well. Whereas if you are planning on inviting lots of people e.g. a lot of work colleagues and family you may be better finding a bigger venue. There are a huge variety of London party venues, perfect for hosting a Christmas party. As well Birmingham and there can even be some great smaller ones in your town dependant on where you live, as mine has zero. It is also important to make sure your venue has disabled access, as it's awful for someone to not be able to come due to this.

Cater to all of your guests:  
It is important in advance to find out the dietary requirements of your guests as you do not want to limited on options. A buffet can be a great idea for this as it has something for everyone, however if you are thinking a full meal, it may be worth gauging what people like and dislike. As well as any allergies. Another fun idea for a Christmas party could possibly be a Christmas dinner styled meal, similar to a carvery with all of the trimmings. It is also important to remember if you have children attending to find something they will also enjoy to eat and things for them to do. 

Decorations are a MUST: 
I'm sure this is a given, however it can sometimes slip the mind. Decorations are a huge part of any party, especially if you've got a large venue, you want to fill it. For Christmas there are SO many amazing things you can get, including things like of course a Christmas tree, big decorations Party Pieces have some amazing choices on their website, I would recommend checking them out. With decorations in my opinion, the more the better!

I hope you enjoyed my tips and I would love to know yours in the comments. 

30 comments

  1. I love Christmas we don't do Christmas parties as my sons birthday is so close to Christmas however this is a useful guide to planning one.

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  2. So excited after reading your post as we are having a big family day for Christmas. I can't stop thinking of what to cook and how to decorate the tables.

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  3. I don't think about Christmas plans until after Halloween so I always need all the tips I can get as I give myself less time. I always go for a buffet over a big meal at a party unless it's quite a small affair as it just gets too complicated otherwise

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  4. These are some awesome sounding tips, I have to admit I am not good at party planning at all, so I will keep these close at hand just in case.

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  5. Some great tips here. It's now October, so that means Christmas isn't far away

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  6. Great tips! I love Christmas so much, although I haven't started thinking about it just yet! :) xx

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  7. I love a party, especially a Christmas one as I love the chance to decorate the house!

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  8. I am really looking forward to Christmas. I need to write my guest list come to think of it and start inviting people.

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  9. Christmas Party??? We are still in Tailgate Party season here in America!! Enjoyed your words as always.

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  10. Christmas season is now fast approaching! Parties around the corner will be so many then. Indeed this is a good time to plan already to avoid cramming when December comes along. -Anosa

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  11. We don't tend to have a christmas party but we always have guests on boxing day for a buffet and games

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  12. I am so excited for Christmas and I love planning parties and get togethers x

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  13. We arrange a Christmas party every year for our WI group. We start making arrangements in July which always feels crazy! Our tip is to book taxis REALLY early on!

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  14. Disabled access is so important! I went to a party last year where this hasn't been made clear and one lady in a wheelchair was so embarrassed as others had to help carry her up the stairs! Not cool!!!!!

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  15. Catering to all guests is key, people with dietary requirements should not have to compromise. Also, nice to give guests a personalised keepsake :) x

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  16. I do love planning Christmas, it makes something exciting out of an otherwise sad winter. Great tips.

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  17. I love a big gathering- my thing is to
    Always over cater would rather to much food than not enough any day of the week

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  18. I'm not a christmas fan (don't hate!) but it will be my LO first christmas this year so I need to buy a tree and decorations! I think you've covered everything especially remembering to cater for all dietary requirements as I remember not being to eat much at parties when I was a child due to my type 1 diabetes.

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  19. Aw I love Christmas parties! I agree that it is so important that we cater to our guests i.e if they are veggies or have nut allergies! x

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  20. If I were to cater to a large number of guest, I'd probably do a buffet with of course some of their likes and dislikes. Party Pieces sounds like a great place to get decorations, will keep this in mind.

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  21. We have just moved house and will be planning a Christmas party/moving in party. I am so excited for Christmas.

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  22. Ahhhh I loved reading this post! I am so excited for Christmas already - I would love to plan a party for it!

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  23. I did Christmas Eve a few years back for lots of people - it was so much work! This year we are opting for a quiet time I think instead. Just the five of us

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  24. I have organised a Christmas Party once for my friends and it was a success. I did it in a restaurant and everyone could order from the menu ahead of time, so all their dietary needs were taken care of. I agree that the decorations are a must, it's Christmas!

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  25. My mummy is currently waiting for her works Christmas party to be announced. Organisation is key!!

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  26. I love Christmas and can't wait to through a Christmas party at our new flat. Great tips!

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  27. This is such a lovely idea and something we've never really done - perhaps this year we will!

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  28. I've never hosted a christmas party before. My house is too small, but these are great tips!

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  29. Great tips and any excuse for a party i say!

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  30. I love Christmas, I bought some more pressies today!

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