Use this Christmas party list to throw a successful home Christmas party or corporate Christmas party. These are 10 party dos and don’ts covering decorating, food, dress, and entertainment.
Don’t get excessive with the decorations. If passing motorists stop and take pictures, you’ve gone too far. Especially with all the downsizing these days, a corporate Christmas party should look appropriately restrained.
Do use tasteful and coordinated holiday decorations for your home Christmas party or work Christmas party. Especially for a work Christmas party, use decorations that are appropriate for people from different faith traditions and beliefs.
Don’t be immoderate or inattentive about alcohol consumption. Make sure the guests at your home Christmas party have a safe way to get home. At a corporate Christmas party, everyone should be especially careful to drink in moderation.
Do consider your guests dietary needs and preferences. Have attractive offerings for vegetarians, vegans and nondrinkers. Make sure you have lots of healthy and low calorie choices available.
Don’t make your guests guess whether or not it is okay to bring guests including children. Especially for a corporate Christmas party, make the policy clear and uniform to avoid creating any bad feelings.
Do consider age-appropriate party activities especially if your Christmas party will include adults and children. Plan ahead so that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time.
Don’t assume your neighbors want to be reassured that you’re enjoying yourself from now until Santa arrives. If you live in an apartment building or other close quarters, keep the volume down, especially on weeknights. Consider any issues like limited parking that might cause friction.
Do plan ahead if you want to hold your party at a popular venue other than your home. Caterers and restaurants are obviously busy during the holiday season so you may be disappointed if you don’t allow enough lead time.
Don’t go overboard in structuring your party. Let guests know the level of formality but be flexible, especially if it is not a sit-down meal. Don’t ignore common professional standards of conduct and dress when it comes to the corporate Christmas party.
Do dress comfortably. Make a Christmas party list, and complete as many tasks as you can ahead of time so you won’t feel rushed on the day of your party. Have appropriate activities in mind if conversation dwindles. Be a good host throughout the festivities making helpful introductions, restocking the refreshments, and encouraging mingling.