Christmas seems to come around quicker as the years go on, and if you’re in charge of planning this years festivities, you might be feeling a little stressed.
Organizing a party that’s inviting to the whole family presents a unique challenge, so we’ve put together our top tips so everyone makes it out alive.
Is a Christmas party right for you
Not all of us want to entertain a raft of people, especially at Christmas time. It’s certainly not compulsory, but a Christmas party is a great way to catch up with all the friends you’d like to see in one easy timeslot before the holidays get out of hand. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than simply asking friends over at a designated “open house” time so people can drop in and drop out as their own calendar dictates.
A house-to-house party
This idea only works for neighbours or friends who live close by. Maximize the fun of entertaining and minimize the cleaning up by planning a house-to-house celebration. Each house pitches in, providing food or drinks, and the group travels from one home to the next feasting on treats, admiring decorations, and enjoying one another’s company.
A cocktail party
A cocktail party works any time of year, but it is an especially great way to get your friends and family together for a night of chilled out fun.
A Christmas picnic
For those who prefer to create more of a family affair, Christmas picnics are great in places where daylight savings offers light, balmy summer’s evenings. A picnic is also a perfect low-cost way for lots of friends to get together on a weekend and bring their own food and drink to share. Throw in a sausage sizzle, a few games, french cricket or touch games and throw one of the easiest Christmas get togethers.
Written by Billie Turei
An environmental goddess who loves to spend her weekends drinking wine and perfecting her Master Chef skills, this little foodie can callback any 90’s hip-hop jam and obscure pop-culture references. You’ll usually find Billie eating Thai food and heading off for impromptu road-trips with her squad.
Favourite food to cure a hangover: Hash browns. All of them.