Throw An Awesome
Holiday Party

5 Ways to wow your holiday party guests


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The holidays are a great time to gather with friends and family, so why not throw a soiree they'll always remember? We'll help you make it happen.

Tips for a great holiday party

If you want to throw a classy holiday party this year, we've got some tips that will help you make it an evening to remember.

Paper invites

It's so rare to open your mailbox and find an actual hand-written letter from a real person. How much fun is it to receive a formal invitation, complete with suggestions for attire and what to expect at the gathering? Nothing says "classy" like a mailed invitation

Consider dietary needs

As you look over your guest list, you might want to consider the dietary needs of those attending. Do you need to have gluten-free options available? Will anyone require vegan snacks? Along those same lines, if you have pets, be sure that no one is allergic, and if so, let them know that your pet will be locked in a back bedroom. Nothing ruins a party faster than hives!

Welcome guests

Be sure to greet your guests at the door. As the host, your smiling face should be the first thing they see. If attendees don't all know each other, take it upon yourself to introduce them to a few other friends, one at a time, sharing an interesting tidbit (e.g. how you met or what the two might have in common). Give them enough info to start up a conversation and, if need be, excuse yourself to return to your hosting duties.

Music

A little background music is key, but remember, this is background music. Choose an album that is not too raucous and keep the volume low enough that the sound does not interfere with conversation. Your guests are not expecting a concert, and may very well be annoyed if they find they've walked into one.

Food

Be sure to point out the beverages and snacks you've set out in a common area. If food is tucked away in the kitchen people may not want to break off a conversation to grab a bite or drink. Try to make anything they need (cups, plates, utensils, napkins) easily accessible.

Most of this can be arranged before the party, so once your guests arrive, try to be present with them. Engage them in conversation, and don't be too busy to enjoy it. This is a party, after all!

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Sarah Kovac
Sarah Kovac travels the country as an inspirational speaker and is author of the book, In Capable Arms: Living a Life Embraced by Grace. She gladly shares her experiences as a mother with a disability on her website at sarahkovac.com and loves seeing others encouraged. Sarah and her family live just outside of Kansas City, MO.
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