Planning a holiday party combined with all of the other seasonal tasks can be overwhelming; therefore, CCE suggests that you jot your ideas and ‘to do’s’ down on paper (or electronic device) to stay organized. Hosting a handful of closest family, or a guest list to include many significant people in your life is hectic, and you want to make sure that you can enjoy the event as much as them. Here’s some tips to get you started …
1. Get photos of all your stationery – invitations, cocktail napkins, drink signage, and menus. Documenting these pieces remind you of how all the details came together. A keepsake of the occasion and the theme that went along with it. A great reminder for next year on what not to repeat to keep guests surprised and guessing.
2. Eat! Most often I always here that the host forgets to eat! LOL. I personally encourage our clients have a protein shake early on in the day and drink a lot of water to combat that blood sugar crash. Being satisfied and well hydrated will keep your energy levels and spirit up.
3. Show appreciation to your vendors. Take the time to prepare envelopes with cash before your party. They will be handy and easy to distribute once they leave. A mutual respect for those you work with will make that next party easier to orchestrate.
4. Take a moment to relish in the accolades. Having holiday parties can be such a whirlwind; it’s easy for it to be a blur. Make a point to sit and have a drink or bite to eat with a guest. Enjoy the moment and holiday cheer.
5. Hire a professional photographer to capture all your decor and special moments. You don’t want to miss all of the excitement and memories happening around you.
Most of all, stay organized in advance. Plan weeks, (sometimes even months) ahead of time to make sure you’re on target with orders and services. Being the early bird on booking vendors can guarantee that you get the products you desire. So, take that list and check it twice to ensure that all the pieces of the puzzle fit NICEly together.