The holidays are wonderful for getting together with friends and family, especially if you haven’t been able to see each other in a while. On the other hand, entertaining large groups of people can be immensely stressful, turning an otherwise cheerful affair into a planning nightmare. If you’re worried about keeping your holiday party guests entertained this year, here are some tips to get you started.
Go Overboard on Food and Drinks
If you want a surefire way to kill your party, don’t put out enough food and drinks. Not everyone will eat, but many people will skip dinner in anticipation. The holidays are made for indulging with loved ones, so don’t be surprised if you don’t have a lot of leftovers. If buying a lot of food isn’t in the holiday budget, ask everyone to bring a dish or dessert. This can also help make sure you get a good variety of food. You can also buy pre-made food or make food ahead of time and freeze it. The point is if your food and booze disappear, so will your guests. So put on some music, eat your CBD gummies, and knock out your food prep in an afternoon.
Don’t Make People Stand
Seating is important at a holiday party. People may be fine with standing if they’re only planning on staying a short while, or the only food is appetizers, but in general, standing and eating is a buzzkill. People want to be comfortable at a party, so at the very least you should make sure you have enough seating. You don’t need the most comfortable chairs in the world, but having something is important. You can borrow from friends or neighbors, or you can buy some extra seating.
Play a Mix of Music
Playing the same style of music all night is great for people who love it, and terrible for people who don’t. Even people who are otherwise having a great time may decide to leave early due to terrible music choices. For the best mix that’s guaranteed to please the entire guest list, try asking for music suggestions from each guest on your invites.
Curate Your Guest List
It’s tempting to put all your friends and family on your guest list, but this may end in disaster. Conflicting personalities may clash and kill the mood. Even if everyone can get along, if no one starts the conversation or no one seems interested in speaking to strangers, the whole party could end up an awkward mess. Invite an interesting mix of people who are able to talk to strangers easily for the best party chemistry.
Plan an Activity
Not every party needs an activity aside from eating, drinking, and mingling, but if the energy feels a little dull, it doesn’t hurt to have something planned. Not everyone is comfortable with drinking games, although they can be fun. Card games and easy board games that are easy to learn are a good option because even people who simply want to watch can still have fun.
It’s important to make sure your guests are comfortable or they may leave early. Put out some extra blankets or pillows, keep an eye on the thermostat, and don’t be afraid to open a window. You may also want to consider not cleaning your home until it’s immaculate. Homes that are so clean they don’t feel lived in can be intimidating to guests and make everyone nervous about messing it up. When messes do happen, have cleaning supplies on hand, but don’t make a big deal out of them.
Hosting holiday parties can be stressful, but they should also be fun! Don’t be afraid to ask for help or research more tips to help you plan a party that is most convenient for you. At the end of the day, as long as everyone has fun, you’ve done your job well.