Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Party Tips

'Tis the time of year to feel festive and see family and old friends. Here are some tips to make your holiday party a success.

Give invitees plenty of warning. Last minute invitations at a time when folks are busy are likely to be spurned.

Pick any day but Saturday and Sunday.  The weekends will be booked already. Friday or Thursday nights are perfect.

Be relaxed and casual, but have a theme. It can be as simple as gathering to watch favorite movies of the season, or gathering around a guita ror piano to sing carols and holiday songs.

Balance families and singles so you have a mixed guest list.

Enjoy yourself while you prepare. Listen to great music, abd get ready the day before so you'll be relaxed when the party actually comes.

Decorate with fresh flowers and candles in every room. Avoid scented candles as some guests may have allergies. Light up the fireplace, if you have one.

Tasty easy small food is best. Lots of cheese and crackers, chips and dips, and hors d'ouevres. Prosciutto, salmon and olives add sophisticated flair, and kids love cookies.

Have lots of beverages (both adult and soft drinks) and lots of ice. Some non-alcoholic choices might be juice mixed with seltzer, or ginger ale with a splash of grenadine syrup.  A lot of fizzy water on hand makes a wonderful choice. If you are offering a punch with alcohol, avoid any carbonated mixer; alcohol is abosrbed quicker when carbonated.

Mix and mingle. Don't get stuck in a corner. Keep an eye on your guests. Holidays often bring out overindulgence. If one of your quests seems indisposed, be sure he gets a ride home or a cab.


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