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A guide to planning your Christmas party

With the festive season fast approaching, now’s the time to start planning your Christmas celebration. Whether you want to host an informal get-together for friends and neighbours, a family reunion or to wow your work colleagues, here’s a guide to Christmas party planning.

The date

The date is the first step, and is key – you don’t want to clash with another party, or to have it when someone you want to attend is away. As people may have made other festive plans some months in advance, it’s best to check before settling on a definite date.

The guest list

Who do you want to invite, and how many people are likely to attend? Think about whether to mix groups, such as a blend of friends and family or neighbours and colleagues. If you don’t want to host both together, it may be worth considering hosting two or more smaller, separate gatherings instead.

The venue

Are you planning to have the party at home, or hold it elsewhere? Bear in mind that when it comes to festive celebrations, venues may be booked out well in advance.

The catering

If you’re hosting the party at home, are you also going to provide all the food and drinks yourself, or order in? For a more informal get-together, you may like to ask each guest to bring a dish – or at least a bottle!

The decor

Think about what sort of decor you would like – traditional Christmas or a colour theme perhaps? If the venue will already be decorated for Christmas with the likes of icicle lights, you could simply add festive napkins and some table decorations.

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