Friday, November 12, 2010

Party Ideas For Christmas Festivities

by Ashley King

It's getting close to that time of year again. The Christmas holidays are almost upon us and it is time to begin thinking and planning yourChristmas party. Naturally, you will need some good party ideas for Christmas gatherings, whether it will be comprised of friends, co-workers or family. You'll want to choose the perfect Christmas party theme.

If you have ever been asked to head up the office Christmas party, then you know that it can be a frustrating task. Yet with a little bit of planning you can throw one together, if not effortlessly, then at least you won't be pulling your hair out along the way. You first need to decide what type of party to have. Do you want one that is casual or formal? Will the break room at the office suffice or will you need to rent a venue? You can start by asking your co-workers to vote on either a casual or formal affair, which will allow you to go ahead and choose from the plethora of Christmas party themes at your disposal.

The party planning as far as the menu goes pretty much depends on the style and location of the event. If it is to be a formal affair, then you may want to consider renting a banquet hall. Often, the hall or hotel manager will either be able to cater the food through the hotel or possibly point you in the direction of a good caterer. On the other hand, if the party ideas for Christmas this year include being casual and at the office, then you can either have it casually catered or you can ask everyone to bring some type of a food dish.

One of the tough things about Christmas party planning for an office party is the refreshments; naturally soft drinks and punch should be provided. However, it can be tough deciding whether or not to serve alcohol. You want people to have a good time, yet you also know that office Christmas parties can get out of hand. You may want to consider a cash bar as that allows people to drink but they may be less likely to drink as much if it costs them money. You should also have designated drivers, or if it is in a hotel, then there is the option of revelers getting a room for the night and safely sleeping it off.

For office party ideas for Christmas, you need to remember to decorate. You can go all out but at the very least include a small tree and a few simple decorations. If the event is going to take place at a banquet hall, then they may already have a tree up or you may have to get one on your own. Be sure to include lavish boughs of holly, twinkling lights, scented candles, and even an ice sculpture centerpiece for the buffet table. And don't forget the music! - 39969

About the Author:
Visit the Christmas Goodies site to find recipes and tips for yummy holiday treats. Recent topic: Christmas Cakes.

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