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Written by Kate Thompson Last updated: October 29, 2013
Christmas parties are the perfect excuse to let your hair down and have some winter fun. Whether you’re planning an office Christmas party, a traditional, contemporary or retro affair, or a celebration in your own home – here are some quick tips on food, drinks, invitations and décor to inspire you.
Image from A Magical Christmas Wedding by Stirling Photography.
A Christmas party doesn’t have to be all baubles and mince pies, there are other ways and sometimes it’s the unusual parties that are the most fun. Throw a traditional Christmas party or add a twist by theming it with a colour, fancy dress or with a retro-theme for real style.
Send out invitations by mid-November ideally and remember to add an RSVP date and details such as dress code or BYO (bring your own drinks). For the truly personal and unique touch make them yourself with card, ribbons, charms and trims.
Plan a few games to play such as charades for a traditional or retro party, Wii games for a modern do and Twister or a special Christmas pass-the-parcel for the children.
Greet each guest with a welcome drink, be sure to show them where the nibbles are and introduce everyone. Set the scene with the right lighting, put on great music and then it’s time to simply have some fun.
Top image from 1950s wedding.com/ All others from the Confetti Shop.
All from the Confetti Shop.
To make your Christmas party memorable give each guest a leaving gift, an early Christmas present for them to take home and treasure until your next party.
To get everyone involved, suggest playing Secret Santa and ask each guest to bring a small unisex gift for each other then put them all together and share them out. Put in a few extras just in case anyone forgets and all your guests will feel that they have given some Christmas cheer as well as taking some home.