Planning a Spectacular Christmas Party

Written by John Lenaghan

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If youíre having a theme party you may want to put up a few extra decorations. For instance, a winter wonderland theme might include some silver snowflakes hanging fromrepparttar ceiling as well as sparkles and confetti placed onrepparttar 144020 tables. This adds a little bit of magic to your party space and guests will loverepparttar 144021 extra effort you have gone to.

To Dress Up or Not to Dress Up

Most people love an excuse to get dressed up in fancy cocktail dress or suit. Christmas isrepparttar 144022 perfect time to have your friends get all dolled up for an evening in. However, you should take your friendís personalities into consideration. Christmas parties donít necessarily have to mean wearing your nicest party dress; a simple fireside eggnog party is just as fun. If you have a fireplace, get a roaring fire going before your guests arrive and hand them a glass of fresh homemade eggnog as they walk throughrepparttar 144023 door. This is a great way to enjoy some time withrepparttar 144024 people you love.

If you do decide to have guests dress up for your party, be clear about this on your party invitations. Tell your guests whether to wear black tie or a cocktail dress so they know what to arrive in. Make sure your decorations tie intorepparttar 144025 fancy dress theme with low lighting and little clutter. Serve up cocktails in fancy barware to add torepparttar 144026 sophisticated atmosphere.

Culinary Delights

Serving food at your party is a must. Make sure your party food goes along withrepparttar 144027 theme andrepparttar 144028 season. Unless youíre having a dinner party, entrees arenít necessary. Simple appetizers that guests can either eat with their hands or with one utensil are best. Youíll probably have limited seating so you donít want anything too difficult to eat. A fancy cocktail party should have equally fancy appetizers and dips. A casual get together might serve veggie plates, hot seafood dips, and chips. And donít forgetrepparttar 144029 Christmas cookies at any type of party.

Youíll probably want to serve some drinks at your party as well. Eggnog is a traditional Christmas drink that is always a favorite. Making your own may take a bit of work but it will taste divine. Serving up some other festive drinks is a good idea as well since many people donít care for eggnog. A fun idea is a peppermint martini complete with a candy cane for garnish. You should also have several non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers and those who prefer to stay dry.

Your Christmas party will be a success if you focus onrepparttar 144030 little details such as invitations that many other party planners forgo. Plan your party well in advance and send invitations out approximately one month beforerepparttar 144031 date. This will ensure youíve got plenty of time to plan and guests will reserverepparttar 144032 day of your party before allrepparttar 144033 other impromptu parties start popping up. Spread some Christmas cheer and celebraterepparttar 144034 season with those close to you.

John Lenaghan writes about party planning and other tips for the Party Ideas 4u website, where he provides valuable tips and advice about Christmas party ideas, birthday party ideas and other party planning topics.

Fun Halloween Party Themes and Ideas

Written by John Lenaghan

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Music is an important aspect of any party as well. While some spooky tunes are fun at first, youíll want to switch over to some more upbeat music oncerepparttar party gets going. People love to dance so have plenty of high energy songs ready to go. If you are inviting a variety of different people have several different types of music so no ones gets bored.

Tasty Halloween Treats

Food is an important part of any party. While you donít need to provide a full meal, some creative and tasty snacks and treats will help keep your guests fueled forrepparttar 144019 nightís festivities. Turning simple party food into ghoulish culinary delights will surprise and please your guests. Try making some bewitching cupcakes, and put out snacks such as gummy worms and other Halloween candy treats.

Costumes are a given, since this is Halloween after all. If you are having a Halloween theme of some sort, let your guests know on your invitations that they should dress to fitrepparttar 144020 theme. For instance, if youíre throwing a horror movie bash, you can simply say, ďcome as your favorite horror movie starĒ. Donít expect all your guests to comply with your request. Some people have been thinking up their Halloween costume since last year!

Donít forget aboutrepparttar 144021 party favors! Depending on how many people youíre inviting and how much youíre willing to spend,repparttar 144022 possibilities are endless when it comes to party favors. A simple idea is candy bags full of traditional treats such as candy corn. Something more substantial might be a pumpkin carving kit that comes with cutouts and tools. Your guests will love having a little something to take home with them.

Endless Costume Possibilities

If you really arenít intorepparttar 144023 scary aspect of Halloween, you can always break with tradition and hold a different type of Halloween party. Have a famous couples party or a crazy hat party instead. Guests can still dress up but might be more creative then a white sheet with holes cut out of it. Dressing up for Halloween is something that both adults and kids can enjoy so great creative and have fun with it!

Having games at your party isnít a necessity, but can be a great deal of fun for your guests. Games act as an excellent icebreaker if everyone doesnít know each other. Any games where you can break people off into teams will help to get everyone talking. Pumpkin carving contests are a good idea, as is bobbing for apples. Be sure to give a prize torepparttar 144024 best costume as well.

Your Halloween party is sure to be a success if you takerepparttar 144025 time to plan. Leave yourself plenty of time and donít forget itís allrepparttar 144026 little details that help to make a fabulous party. Enlistrepparttar 144027 help of family and friends if youíre feeling overwhelmed, and remember, planning is halfrepparttar 144028 fun!

John Lenaghan writes about party planning and other tips for the Party Ideas 4u website, where he provides valuable tips and advice about Halloween party ideas, birthday party ideas and other party planning topics.

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