The holidays are such a special time of year — between sharing time with loved ones and preparing for a fresh start in the new year, there is a lot to be thankful for. Many people choose to have holiday parties this time of year, gathering friends, family, and coworkers together to reminisce on the year as it winds down to a close. If you’re in charge of planning the party, you likely want the process to be as stress free as possible, and in today’s post, we’ll offer a few pointers on how you can do just that.
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Holiday Party Planning 101
Whether you are throwing a holiday party for your family or co-workers, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with the number of details to consider. Below, we will review five tips that will ease the amount of stress involved in the planning process.
One of the biggest stressors related to planning a large get together is the sense that you don’t have enough time to get everything done before the big event. It might seem like a no-brainer, but the best way to avoid this element of stress is to begin planning early. How early you begin largely depends on the scale of your event and the number of vendors you’re working with. Remember that the holiday season is the busiest time of year for caterers, event venues, and party planners; if you’re thinking about hiring any of these professionals to assist you, it is wise to do so well before the holidays.
Have a Firm Budget
In addition to time constraints, many people experience stress related to how much the party is going to cost them. The key to dispelling this stressor is to determine your budget early on, writing it down on paper so that you have a clear point of reference as you begin planning. To ensure that your budget is as accurate as possible, remember to consider the key budgetary points, including the anticipated cost of the venue, food and drink, entertainment, and decorations. While it can be helpful to have a little bit of wiggle room in your budget for unexpected expenses, keeping a tight rein on your budget and keeping it firm will help reduce your stress levels.
As you begin to consider all of the details of your big event, you may start to feel the pressure of all of the tasks that must be completed before the party. In order to alleviate the stress associated with this aspect of the planning phase, it will be very beneficial to dole tasks out to others. If you are throwing an office party, check with some of your co-workers to determine if any of them are available to help. Likewise, if you are planning your annual family get together for the holidays, ask one or two of your relatives who are coming to the party to help. Upon enlisting the help of others, be sure that everyone involved is aware of the budget that you have set to ensure it remains in tact.
Go for Easy, Versatile Decorations
Once you have decided on where your holiday party will take place, the fun of decorating the venue begins. While many people think that this will be the easiest and most enjoyable part of the planning process, stress can easily creep in as you search high and low for just the right decorations to complement your event. By choosing decorations that are versatile and easy to locate, you can reduce your stress levels immensely. It is also wise to consider using decorations that your guests can take home as mementos of the party — not only does this prevent the decorations from going in the trash, it means less clean up on your part, as well.
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In addition to planning for budgetary concerns and appropriate decorations, you may also need to consider whether or not you will provide some type of food or beverages for your guests. If your will take place near the lunch or dinner hour, your guests will appreciate it if you offer some type of meal as part of the event. If your gathering is early in the morning or later in the evening, your attendees may anticipate some type of coffee, alcohol, or other type of beverage being offered. If you decide that you would like to incorporate food and drink into your event, you can alleviate a lot of stress by hiring a professional caterer to take care of the details for you. He or she will have a good idea of how much food and drink you’ll need based on the number of guests attending, and you won’t have to deal with the fuss of cleaning up after.
Eternity™ Roses for Holiday Parties
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