Planning A Festive Or New Year Event

By Hand On The Hip - 8/08/2018

Christmas is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than with a party? No matter whether you are organising your annual work event to kick off 2019, or you are planning to throw a big Christmas celebration with all your family and friends, it is the perfect way to spread that majestic festive feeling. Or, perhaps you have already been to a great party and so you want to make sure next year’s is a success? To make sure the event is a great one, a lot of planning is required, and below we will reveal how to host the ideal festive or New Year event.

When it comes to planning the perfect party, the most important thing to do is plan ahead. A lot of locals leave the city during the festive period to visit family and friends, so it is advisable to organise the party and inform guests in advance. Give yourself at least a month in this regard.

Start off by determining the budget you have available for the event. If you don’t do this from the beginning, you will only end up overspending. Once you have done this, you can decide on a date and the guests you are going to invite. You also need to consider the type of party you are going to throw. Is it going to be a sit-down dinner, for example, or something more formal? Will children be invited or is it going to be an adults-only occasion?

Once all of this has been determined, you can then send out the invitations to all of the guests. Remember, the invite is going to be the first time the guests are going to hear about the party, and you want them to be excited, so make sure your invites evoke this emotion.


The next step is to choose a venue. There are lots of wonderful places for you to host a Christmas or New Year party. You may even want to host the occasion at your home if you are only having a small get-together. This is likely to be the only option if you are trying to plan something this year. After all, you have left it pretty late.

So, just how do you select the right venue? Well, the number of guests you are going to invite will, of course, be a determining factor. You then need to get quotes in order to make sure the venue fits in with your budget. Most people reserve restaurants or event halls at hotels.


No matter how stunning the venue is you need to decorate it to ensure it has that festive feeling. After all, what is a Christmas party without a Christmas tree and all of the other traditional decorations?

Decide on a theme, and this will help you to choose the right decorations. For example, if you want a traditional festive venue, your colour scheme will be green, gold, and red. You will look for all of the typical Christmas decorations, including holly, wreaths, mistletoe, baubles for the tree, tinsel, and so on.

Another stunning theme is ‘winter wonderland’. This theme consists of white and silver, and icy blue. The aim is to create a beautiful and elegant venue, reminiscent of the North Pole. You can use fake snow, snowflakes, and icicles. This is definitely the type of theme that will take people’s breaths away when they enter the venue.

You may prefer a contemporary Christmas theme, which involves the typical festive decorations, but in modern and vibrant colour choices, such as turquoise and fuchsia.


Needless to say, one of the things we all love the most about Christmas is tucking into some delicious food. You will need to ensure there is a good assortment of traditional Christmas grub for your guests to enjoy. However, you may not want to opt for the traditional turkey dinner as a main course. After all, everyone is likely to be cooking this on the 25th, and so you may want to do something slightly different. Luckily, there are so many options with party food catering. It is important to ask your guests if they have any special requirements beforehand, for example, if they are vegetarian or have any allergies you should be aware of.


Last but not least, consider how you are going to keep your guests entertained. If you are hosting a big party, you may want to consider some live music. However, for those who don’t have such a large budget, there is no need to fret. There are plenty of Christmas games and activities for you all to enjoy. Perhaps you could incorporate ‘Secret Santa’ into the occasion? Each guest will be given a name, in secret, and they have to buy a gift for that person – a small token present. You can give everyone a budget.
So there you have it: the complete guide to throwing a party around the festive season. No matter whether you are hosting a Christmas event or a New Year party, you can be sure that all of the tips that have been provided in this blog post will help you to throw a party that all of your guests remember for all of the right reasons. Of course, if you are doing the whole last-minute thing this year, you will probably need to scale back and just go with whatever is available!

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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