A guide to hosting the perfect Christmas party
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Party season is in full swing and if you’ve found yourself throwing one, but have no clue on where to begin, then here’s a simple guide:
There’s nothing worse than an angry mob waiting to devour a bowl of twiglets, especially if the mulled wine has run out. Sort out a list of exactly what food will be on offer and how much you will need, keeping some essentials for when desperation hits. Make sure you have enough nibbles and actual food to stop particular party members from face-planting in the salsa.
Time to get crafty. If you haven’t touched PVA glue since you were 4, then you’ve got a lot to learn. Sellotape will be your friend and the Internet has tonnes of “How To…” videos to make people believe you’re the king/queen of homemade decorations. If all else fails, at least your trusty local high street will have plenty of tinsel to wrap around the room and your head.
Music will be your saviour when it comes to deflecting awkward situations. A Christmas party wouldn’t be complete without the dulcet tones of Mariah Carey and Wham playing softly in the background, and by creating a playlist you’ll be able to use it for future festive events to come. Recycling just got easier!
That tin of sweets coupled with that a mug of eggnog may seem like a good idea at first, but remember what goes in must come out. Make sure there’s a bucket or a bin handy for those who can’t hold their liquor and remember to keep a good stock of soft drinks for those sensible types.
What to wear
Whether you’re a fan of cheesy Christmas jumpers or want to outdo the Christmas tree, pick a special outfit to wear so everyone knows that you’re the host of the party.
There’s nothing funny about opening a gift intended for someone else (especially if its lingerie), so avoid awkward moments by making sure all the presents are correctly labelled, otherwise you risk becoming the butt of every joke for many Christmases to come.