25 Aug It’s Not Too Early to Start Planning the Best Holiday Party Ever!

We know it’s hard to think about the holidays this time of the year, but it is never too early to start planning your holiday party. November and December dates always book quickly, so nailing down the date and location of your event as soon as possible and sharing that information with your guest list will ensure that your soiree is well-attended.

We’ve shared some ideas about holiday party planning in the past, but do you want to take your event to the next level of fun? While everyone is busy planning during the stressful time crunch prior to the holidays, you’ll be relaxed and able to enjoy family and friend time. Check out some of these fun additions to the traditional holiday party and put them into effect this year.

Helping Holiday Hands

Banish boring holiday parties and celebrate the reason for the season with a charity-focused event. Partner with a charity such as a local women’s and children’s shelter and use the time at the party as a team-building exercise. Obtain a list of needed gift items from toys to clothing and have each attendee bring an item from the list. While at the party and noshing on finger foods and sipping cocktails, assemble toys and wrap gifts. This feel-good party will be fun and will help families in need.

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Hot Cocktail Alert

Don’t serve been-there-done-that drinks—be a trendsetter with new and different flavor combinations. Our suggestion for your signature holiday party cocktail is this decadent chocolate pear martini:


  • 1 oz. pear vodka
  • 1 oz. chocolate liqueur
  • 4 oz. cream

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake until very cold, strain into a martini glass with a drizzle of chocolate on top and enjoy!

Perfect Party Favors

One of the hottest trends of the season—literally—is to have a gourmet coffee bar at your party complete with a variety of cordials and toppings. Serve the coffee in custom mugs made for your event that can double as party favors. Every time your guests drink out of their mug in the future, they will remember the great time they had celebrating with you!

Hot Food Trend

Many different holidays are celebrated during the winter months. From Thanksgiving and Christmas to Diwali, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and more, make your party a multicultural feast with an array of multicultural food stations. Before you plan your menu, think about what cultures are represented on your guest list. Set up food stations comprised of your guests’ traditional holiday foods. What a great way to show your appreciation and keen attention to detail!

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Change Up the Traditional Palette

More and more, people are stepping away from the traditional color combo of red and green at Christmas parties. Bold reds with gold accents are huge for the holidays. Metallics are on-trend right now, so incorporating them into your holiday décor will surely be a hit.

Ready to start planning your party? Schedule a consultation with one of our event managers today!

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