6 Steps to Throw an Unforgettable Christmas Party

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 03:41 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when everyone gets to kick back and rush around the city attending reunions and other holiday parties! It’s all fun and games until you’re the one tasked to put together a feast for the whole family. Don’t panic, because we’ve got you covered with the five steps to planning the perfect holiday feast that will keep your family happy and your holidays even better!

6. Pick a Theme!

Sure holiday parties can be easy enough theme-wise, but there’s so much to play with in the holiday itself! Why not host a Snowy Christmas Party and bathe the venue in white? Or maybe something out of the box like a Christmas on the Beach theme? Other themes you can try: Candyland Christmas, Holiday Melodies (with instrument ornaments and singing angels), Nightmare Before Christmas (for Tim Burton fans), or Come as Your Own Version of Santa.

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5. Get Organized

Once you have your theme ready, compile a list of the things you need based on the theme. This includes décor, invites (if needed), drinks, food and venues! We recommend starting from the biggest things to the tiniest detail you can think of. To make things easier, delegate simple tasks to your family and guests like bringing cups and ice, putting together a cheeful holiday playlist, and whipping up some nice, easy side dishes.

4. Decorate!

Sometimes less is more when it comes to decorations, but not on Christmas! Go all out for that one day in the year where you have the ones you love around you. DIY-ing some of the décor can save you a lot of money, but party experts secretly admit to checking out the dollar store for some of the major items. Have fun with it, and get the whole family involved, delegating a room for every one or two members to make things easier.

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3. Prepare a Christmas Program

No need for an elaborate program. Games can be the best part of any family reunion, and we recommend putting a lot of thought into this. Prepare a few simple prizes and get everyone to team up for a series of quick games—Pinoy Henyo, Charades and Christmas Sing-Offs are easy to prep classics that should be at every family reunion. You can also get your kids, nieces and nephews, or neighbors to prepare a musical or dance number to spread some holiday cheer. Tip: make it a contest of sorts with special prizes to provide incentive!

2. Kris Kringle, Anyone?

Christmas isn't complete without this gift-giving tradition. Make sure you do this in advance; have everyone write down their wish lists, setting a theme and/or a price limit for the gifts. Sample themes? If you're going for White Christmas as your overall party theme, then your gifts can be anything white or something cool. Beach theme? Go for something hot or gifts you can use during the summer. If you can't get everyone together in advance to draw lots on who will be their "baby," you can also accomplish it online through various apps or websites like SecretSanta.com or Elfster.com.

1. A Stunning Main Dish

Every great fete needs a show stopping centerpiece to bring in all the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the partygoers. While most planners talk about signature cocktails and hot cocoa bars, a Filipino Family Reunion isn’t without a fantastic entrée that has everyone happily tsismis-ing into the wee hours of dawn, or until Santa finally comes along!

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Stuck on that holiday show stopper dish? Let our resident curious chef Sharwin Tee help you make something fantastic! Join our Curiosity Got the Chef Holiday Promo and get a chance to win a signed copy of Chef Sharwin’s cookbook, your perfect companion for the season of giving!
 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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