The holidays are a great time to spend with families. It’s a chance for everyone to get together and be involved in something meaningful. If you’re the type of parent who stresses about the boring, old-fashioned aspects of family gatherings, don’t worry! We all know your kids will love it just as much as you do. Here is an Ultimate Xmas Party Checklist for 2022 that will ensure your celebration goes off without a hitch:
Ultimate Xmas Party Checklist for 2022
Get to Know Your Peers
When you’re hosting a holiday party, you want to make sure everyone is on the same page. That’s why you should get to know your peers. That means talking to them about the party, what they’re doing and what they love, as well as what they need. You can ask them what they are looking for, and try to put yourself in their shoes.
Decide On A Invitation
Decide whether you want to host an invite-only party, or invite everyone you know. If you want to be stress-free it, invitees must be over the age of 18. When you decide on an invite-only party, you won’t have to worry about people breaking the rules and getting in over their heads. You can also simply tell your friends to RSVP “not sure.” If you decide to go with an invitation-only party, you’ll want to make sure you plan carefully. That’s because you’ll want to make sure your invitation is valid, and not too pompous or over the top.
Decorate The Home
Decorate the living room, family room, or nursery. Decorate this space in a way that feels warm and welcoming. If you have a baby coming, plan to decorate the nursery towards that theme. If you have a large family, consider decorating the main room of the house with mason jar lights, picture frames with lights, or other light pieces.
If you don’t have a ton of room to decorate, don’t stress. Most of the decor should be focused on the walls, so it shouldn’t be much of a challenge. If you want to really push your family room theme, consider hanging hand-painted or collected lanterns on the walls. You can also use these to create an indoor/outdoor wall-mix.
Plan For Food And Drinks
It can be hard to plan for a holiday party when you’re on the move. You may want to plan for food and drinks throughout the day, but you’ll definitely want to set a table at some point. If you’re trying to plan a relaxed, stress-free event, skip the rush hour traffic. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a problem we ever have in New York City.) Instead, take the local into consideration.
If you’re looking at dining out, make sure you’re doing it during one of the less busy hours. If you know you’ll be in a rush, try to avoid expensive restaurant visits. Instead, go with something simple and easy on the wallet.
Cut The Cord On The TV And Games
It can be hard to cut the cord on the TV and video games when your kids are young. That’s why we have some ideas for you. First, make sure you’re getting rid of the old set. If you don’t have a TV, it’s a good idea to get one cheap, then donate it to a friend. You’ll still get free TV channels, and you’ll feel good about donating to a good cause.
Next, find a few games you and your kids love to play. That way, you won’t feel too bad if you have to trade in your old game for a new one. And, last but not least, find games that you and your kids can play together. If you have different kids, or they don’t always hang out, look for games that can be played with the family.
Have A Party Playlist
What’s that song you always hum when you’re at work but don’t have anyone to play it with? You know what? You should write that song and play it at your party! When you’re hosting a holiday party, you want to make sure everyone is having a good time. That’s why you should have a party playlist. Party playlists are made up of songs that are fun and lighthearted and are meant to get the party started. You can find tons of party playlists on Spotify, and you can also create your own. Here are a few examples:
Create A Wrapping Paper Or Card Game
Easy or plain paper targets can be used for arts and crafts. But what happens when you want to add a little more pizzaz to your party? What happens when you want to add a little more excitement to your party? A card game! Easy on the wallet and easy on the pocketbook, card games are perfect to take to a party. Check out these great examples:
Hint At Movies You Can Watch At Home
If you can’t go to the movies on the weekend because of work or a social schedule, try to pick a movie that can be watched at home. Virtually all movies can be watched at home, and some can be watched on the sofa with a blanket or a foosball. Check out these great options:
The holidays are a great time to spend with your family. It’s a chance for everyone to get together and be involved in something meaningful. But there’s no need to stress if you do it wrong. Follow these tips, and your holiday party will be nothing but a smooth, family-friendly event.