How to Host the Perfect Christmas Party in 2009

You don’t have to be a perfectionist to host a perfect Christmas party. Remember that you want to appeal to the five senses of every guest. That’s touch, taste, see, hear and smell. You want your guests to be comfortable at your party and not have to worry about what they can and can’t touch (like setting a cup on an end table) – have out plenty of coasters.

Appeal to their sense of taste by serving the type of food you know is delicious to the masses. Never make guests guinea pigs for some new exotic food you’ve never tried before.

Always try out a new dish yourself first. You want your guests to enjoy the food. Unless you’re having a formal party, don’t make elaborate food dishes. To make sure you’re not overworked, you’ll want to plan your party menu around foods that you can go ahead and make before the party.

If you’re not aiming for an elegant party, finger foods are always a great choice. You don’t have to worry about making sure everyone has silverware, plus the cleanup after the party is a breeze.

Make sure you have appetizers for your guests as they arrive. If you’re having an evening party, many people have worked all day and are ready to eat. Don’t starve guests by making them wait for late arrivals.

When considering beverages for your guests, make sure your variety is large. Some people will want wine or beer with their food while others would prefer sodas or coffee. And of course, don’t forget the eggnog!

Let your decorations be a treat for their eyes. Everything about your party location should sparkle. Kids will always reach for stuff. If kids are present at your party, make sure little fingers can’t get a hold of any decorations that would injure them (or get ruined if you have treasured keepsakes around). If you’re using lit candles as a way to decorate, put these up as well.

Make sure the Christmas music you’ve chosen fosters a relaxing atmosphere (unless of course, you’re hosting a Christmas sock hop of some sort). Keep in mind music does equal mood.

The way the party smells will definitely make an impression. Give your home a holiday scent through the use of mulberry or vanilla candles and the smell of baking gingerbread. Even if you don’t enjoy baking, sliding a pan of precut gingerbread cookies into the oven can make your home smell lovely.

Have plenty of seats, too. It’s awkward when people stand around because they don’t have anywhere to sit. And then send them home with a little something to remember the night.

Everyone loves receiving a gift, no matter how small. You can buy party favors in bulk or make more personal ones. Some gift suggestions are Christmas ornaments, holiday cookies in small decorative boxes or candy in cute tins. Knowing how to host the perfect Christmas party is as easy as meeting the needs of your guests and using the tips above, your party planning should be a breeze!

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