Plan Your Holiday Party

Fool proof tips to planning an unforgettable holiday party

1. Make a List, Check it Twice

It’s December and that means holiday parties are in full swing! That is why it is so important to stay ahead of the game. What would be worse than half of your party saying they cannot attend because they have already been invited somewhere else? Lists are a great way to stay organized and to make sure all of the “nice” people of your life are included at your celebration. Whether by mail or email you can send out your invitations without a hitch and check it off the master list. Some other helpful checklists that will make your party smooth are food, alcohol, and recipe lists!

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Naughty with Nice

Of course there are those classic holiday flavors that everyone loves and expects at a holiday party. Gingerbread, peppermint and eggnog just to name a few. But there is always a way to put a twist on these classics to give your guests some new favorites. Try making some salty & sweet snacks or add a kick of cinnamon to a cocktail. You don’t want to pull your guests too out of their comfort zone so make a couple dishes or drinks that are specialty and mix them in with other holiday comfort foods.

3. Deck the Halls

Decor! Isn’t that what everyone thinks of first when planning a holiday party? At least that is what the JG team thinks of. Whether you decorate a Christmas tree with all of your favorite ornaments or just have festive items on display, decorating is definitely at the top of the list when hosting a party. Sometimes it is easier to stick to a theme or a color for your décor and carry this throughout the party and to all party elements. Just because red and green are traditionally Christmas colors doesn’t mean that a monochromatic color scheme wouldn't be as equally or even more beautiful. It is important that you don't overload your guests’ senses, so pick a couple of key features to highlight and spend your time and money there.

4. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Your party’s atmosphere is determined by mood. And one way to set the mood is through music. If you are having a small intimate dinner party, you may want to pick some soothing background tunes. If you are having a holiday extravaganza step up your game with some fun holiday remixes. It is important to think of the types of guests you will be hosting and what they would enjoy most. But you can never go wrong with a sing-a-long around the piano of all the holiday classics.

5. Be MERRY

What most people forget, is that the holidays are about celebrating everyone and everything good in your life. If everything happens to go wrong (which it shouldn't if you follow our tips) it is still important to put a smile on your face and enjoy! Throwing parties, going to parties and scheduling all of your parties can be a little bit hectic but try not to sweat the small stuff and just have PROPER FUN!