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Plan The Perfect Holiday Party in Saratoga
Here we go again...holiday party planning time is just around the corner! Throwing a holiday party is all about fun...friends and family, festive decorations, and joyous time spent together. If you experience anxiety or get nervous when it comes to making sure everyone has a good time, relax! With a little bit of organization and a few unique ideas, making memories at your party is easy!
Many local restaurants, hotels and other meeting venues would provide an elegant backdrop to your holiday party. Some will host parties as small as 10 people! With all the hustle and bustle around the holidays, many party planners love the idea of having someone else handle the food, the decor and the cleanup. Or if you would prefer, you can host an elegant party in your home. Choosing the right venue can make all the difference for the atmosphere you want to create for your holiday party.
Invitations set the tone for your get-together before anything else. Be creative with them, and as clear as possible about the start and end time, dress code required (if any), and be sure they get out two to three weeks before so your guests have time to plan ahead.
For the Saratoga holiday season, candles and white lights are an inexpensive and elegant way to play up any theme! Natural greens, seasonal fruits and vegetables and ribbon create simply stunning centerpieces or wreaths, and grace your mantle like nothing else. Inexpensive tea lights and candles are always a good bet for setting an elegant and festive mood.
Unless your party is a sit-down dinner, you'll want to have plenty of snacks, appetizers, and hors' dourves ready to go! Whether you're planning to offer a more substantial menu or intend to stick to simple fare, put out several cheese platters, each a little different: some with fruit, baguettes and a delicious spread, some with crackers, apples and mustard.
Fortunately, holiday parties are the perfect time to use attractive paper plates, cups and napkins, plastic cutlery and even disposable tablecloths, if you wish! Have guests you really want to impress? Hire a local Saratoga caterer!
Great MusicEven if there isn't a drop of your killer punch or a single cookie left, they'll stay for the music! Gear your tunes to your guests, but don't be afraid to mix it up, and include plenty of holiday themed music! "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" can go a long way toward loosening up even the most reserved of guests! Have a plan in mind ahead of time for how and where to move that furniture around so your guests can dance.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Holiday parties are a great opportunity for giving. Add a 'cover charge' to your invitation that includes a small, unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local charity, the Salvation Army, Red Cross or other non-profit.
No Holiday Budget Busters
Don't have a huge party budget? Not to worry! A little creativity and your guests will think your event was created from beginning to end by your own personal event planner! Party food doesn't need to break your bank: homemade pizza, 6-foot long subs, finger sandwiches and vegetable trays are always a big hit. Consider making it a pot-luck, with each guest bringing their favorite "munchie", covered dish or dessert to pass!
So, relax and enjoy the holiday season! Your party will be great, the guests will be fed and everyone will have a great time!