If you’re wanting to host a Christmas party this year but aren’t sure if you can pull it off, read on!
I’ve compiled a list of questions you MUST ask yourself before you can host a Christmas Party.
Do I have the money for this and if so, what is my budget?
Not only the food budget, but decorations, costumes, activities, drinks and plenty more. Realistically, you could plan a beautiful Christmas party on even the smallest budget, you just have to limit your guests and what you eat.
A good way around this is BYO plates (depending on your expected group of attendees) or celebrating at home instead of going to a restaurant etc. You can also charge ‘per head’ but keep it as small as you can and keep in mind peoples’ financial positions, especially those with a few kids.
Be mindful of changes to your plan. Your budget needs to be flexible to account for mishaps coming up to the big day. Decide on a rough figure and stick with it!!
Do I have enough space for this party?
For this one, you’ll need to visualise your space. If you have a dining table that you’d like to use, find out how many people will fit around it and decide whether or not that’s how many people you’d like to invite.
Try and think outside the box for this one. On many occasions, my family have set up a separate table for the kids to fit in all the adults and the kids loved it! If you can’t fit all of your guests around the table, have a cocktail party instead with mostly standing and finger-foods instead of sit-down meals.
Ultimately, the space you decide to host your party in will determine if you can fit the number of guests you’d like to invite. Just remember, the number of people you invite isn’t necessarily how many people will say yes and attend.
Can I source help to prepare for this party?
When you’re planning and preparing to host a party for an event like Christmas, it’s impossible to do it alone. Whether a co-worker, sibling or friend can help you plan this party, get as much help as you can.
The festive season can be a stressful one, but with help around you, it’ll be a lot easier. If you can’t get any help whatsoever, think about your personal capabilities and if hosting a party this Christmas is an option for you.
Do I have enough time to pull this off?
If you’re any closer than a month out from Christmas, it’s most likely your guests are already booked out on Christmas Day. If you have the choice, start to make plans around late October.
This gives you time to go through these questions, choose a date and notify your guests. Any later than this and you’ll come across a few issues. This will also give you time to save more money for the event, and prepare recipes, decorations and activities.
The longer the better!
If you’ve answered no to any of the above questions, you probably shouldn’t host a Christmas party this year.
Now that you know the essentials, you can prepare for next year already!
If you think you can handle hosting a Christmas party this year, congratulations!
See our post called “Organising a Christmas Party” for more tips!