Christmas Party Planning Ideas – Preparation Tips and Checklist

by WriterArtist

Believe me there is lot of planning and co-ordination involved even if the number of guests are less in a Christmas party. Here are some tips to make the event unforgotten.

Are you short of a theme for your Christmas Party Planning?
Parties as such are a great way of celebrating and socializing. People tend to forget their hectic schedule and day to day tasks that pressurize them while partying. All the gruesome details like finance planning, bills that have to be settled, tuition fees and provisions that have to be paid on time or the credit card statements that have to be taken care of are forgotten and written off.

Incorporate fun and unique theme to get maximum participation during Christmas party planning. If you can bring a majority of participation and the participants are active and jubilant, you will get lot of fun. To make it exciting, arrange prizes to be won for each of the games.

Even the invitations can be unique. You can make a small hand crafted Christmas gift with an invitation card to build the enthusiasm. The invitation card can also be a different one with maybe a riddle in it. The guests can announce their solutions at the time of the party. This is a creative method and key to interaction. Make the puzzles simple and easy.

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Incorporate fun and unique theme to get maximum participation during Christmas party planning. If you can bring a majority of participation and the participants are active and jubilant, you will get lot of fun. To make it exciting, arrange prizes to be won for each of the games.

Even the invitations can be unique. You can make a small hand crafted Christmas gift with an invitation card to build the enthusiasm. The invitation card can also be a different one with maybe a riddle in it. The guests can announce their solutions at the time of the party. This is a creative method and key to interaction. Make the puzzles simple and easy.

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Preparation for the Christmas Party Planning

How to Celebrate with a Theme?

Since it takes a lot of time to think and plan about the events during a Christmas party, take a notebook and jot down your thoughts for a stress free execution. Do you want it to be impromptu or want to arrange the events in a sequence? If you are planning a set of events, it is a good idea to let the guests mingle and talk to each other after it. Do not plan too many things, the charm and the magic of the party will be lost. Let it be fun and the guests take their time to make new friends and enjoy themselves.

 

In a Christmas party planning you can organize the theme in such a way that kids and parents take part together. In such a case, joint events with parent and kids performing together will be an excellent idea. There are a lot of things that can be done with a bit of imagination and involvement. Ask your family members and the kids to give ideas. As it turns out even young kids can participate, the kids have lot of the imagination quotient and can really churn out extra-ordinary ideas.

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Games for Christmas Party Guests

Dumb Charades – You can form several groups, select a referee to assign a lead from each group to perform the action when his turns come and let the rest of the groups enjoy. In the form most played today, it is an acting game in which one player acts out a word or phrase, often by pantomiming similar-sounding words, and the other players guess the word or phrase. The idea is to use physical rather than verbal language to convey the meaning to another party.

 

Musical Chairs - Musical Chairs is a simple and fun way to award prizes to the participants at a party. It is so simple and yet very popular. Its popularity stems from the blend of action, music and fun. This game has simple requirements. The chairs are set up in a circle with one chair less than the number of players. While the music is playing, the players in the circle walk in unison around the chairs. When the music player suddenly stops the music, everyone must race to sit down in one of the chairs. The player who is left without a chair is eliminated from the game. Repeat till there is only one participant left, he or she is the winner.

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Key Event Planning Ideas

In the good olden days, it was easier to celebrate a party, you could invite a bunch of your friends, every-one would bring a dish and every-one could share and enjoy.

Or you might have prepared all the culinary dishes yourself exerting too much for a week or so. Better, you could have hired a cook or catering service for some pizza, snacks and cold drinks and BOOM the party was over.

Nowadays, things have become a bit complicated if you want to celebrate the party in a unique way. Besides, the expectations from you and your guests might be high, but with the present inflation you have to curtail the expenditure so that it does not overflow the budget.

Some obvious questions for the Christmas party planning could be - what is the main age group of the guests that will be attending the party and how many people are invited in the party.  This will take care of the finances and the catering part. You can contract various aspects of the party. For example, you can ask for the catering service, the event manager to do the event planning ideas for your party while you overlook and supervise the important aspects of making a list of people to be invited, calling them for the event and posting the invitations.

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Christmas Party Planning Checklist

But, by giving a great holiday party, your guests can treasure the party and will remember you and the Christmas for many years to come.

 

  1. Inviting guests – How are you planning to invite the guests? There are several different ways- you can personally visit and invite them; this was the norm in the good olden days. Or you can post the invitation letters, follow-up with a phone call. Nowadays, you can do it online by sending a scanned image of the invitation through emails. 
  1. If you are planning to invite a lot of kids, it is a good idea to have games and toys to keep them occupied. Especially the small kids and toddlers will enjoy the toys and perhaps the outdoors. 
  1. If you are planning an indoor activity, plan the layout for the party, seating and buffet, outlining the play area separately. 
  1. If it is an outdoor activity, supervise and think about how and which area will be organizing the sequence of events. Dining area can be separate if you desire so; you might not want the dinner to be ruined from rain. 
  1. Plan and provide for a surprise shower of snow. Rain and storm can spoil the party mood, sunshine is not in your hands, especially if your picnic is at outdoors. 
  1.  Hand-out a small surprise Christmas gift to the kid and parents that they will cherish for a long time.
  2. Invite your guests to narrate a Christmas story or an event in his life that he wants to share. This will be in line with the Christmas traditions and people will love to celebrate together.

 

 

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Updated: 12/10/2015, WriterArtist
 
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ologsinquito on 11/25/2013

Paper plates are often a good idea if an older person is hosting the Christmas party. That makes cleaning up really easy.

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