5 Tips For Hosting A Christmas Party At Home
The festive season is well and truly upon us, so it’s only natural that our thoughts are turning to upcoming gatherings with family and friends. If it’s your turn to host a Christmas party at home it can be hard to know where to start as there are so many elements to consider; from food preparation and guest numbers to which Christmas decorations to choose. Today at Black By Design we’re taking a look at how to host a Christmas party at home, minus the stress!
First things first, there are some things that you can do right at the start of the party planning process to make everything else run a little smoother, including:
- Making lists – Pick a date for the party and write a list of potential guests, write a food shopping list, write a list of cooking times, write a list for the dog! Lists will help to break each element down into clear tasks that are easily manageable, so creating lists is at the heart of party planning to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Keeping it tidy – A deep clean in the home isn’t just reserved for spring, and there’s no better time to wipe clean the skirting boards, hoover underneath the sofa and dust all shelves than when there’s a party to prepare for.
- Preparing food in advance – If you’re planning on cooking a meal rather than offering a plethora of festive nibbles, then give yourself a couple of days pre-party to get a head start on the food. It will take a weight off your mind when it comes to the actual night itself, and also means you will be able to socialise with your guests instead of being stuck in the kitchen all night.
With those key elements of party planning noted, let’s take a look at our top five tips on how to host the perfect Christmas party this year.
1. Deck the halls
When it comes to hosting a Christmas party at home, once you have the scene set with festive decorations, you’re halfway there! Hang a statement making wreath on the front door for a welcoming entrance and spend time creating a warm, inviting hallway with Christmas garlands on the console table, tinsel around the mirror, plus LED candle lights from Sirius which can be placed on a windowsill. For those who love a quirky take on traditional Christmas decorations, we’ve got some playful Christmas ornaments and Nativity scenes with plenty of charm from Alessi that are bound to get people talking!
2. Create a Christmas table centrepiece
Clearly this point will tie in with decorating the home with festive decorations, but a beautiful Christmas table centrepiece will create a welcome focal point for your food area, whether it’s a more formal sit-down meal or a delicious buffet. Incorporate some of your Christmas decorations onto the table by continuing the colour scheme with coloured baubles, LED fairy lights and even golden confetti – this is where you can get truly creative!
At Black By Design we have some wonderful table centrepieces that will bring your Christmas party to life. We love the Rosendahl Copenhagen advent candle holder in gold for a beautiful Christmas table centrepiece, or staying with the yuletide theme, a Christmas tree centrepiece from Italian homeware brand Alessi. The merry red coloured Christmas tree with a shooting star top and shiny miniature baubles is the perfect option for those who enjoy a traditional Christmas decoration look, whilst the Alessi Christmas table top in silver with a beechwood base offers a contemporary take on the classic festive table centrepiece. The curved wooden base can even act as a receptacle for nuts!
3. Get merry with new glassware
What better reason to invest in some new glassware and serveware than at Christmas? In our fabulous glassware department here at Black By Design we have some impressive glass options that includes champagne flutes, wine glasses and tumblers in a variety of stylish designs. For your Christmas party, we recommend the sleek prosecco glasses from LSA International that are available in sets of four and six.
Mouth blown by artisans using traditional techniques, the LSA International prosecco flutes have different colour stem options and a long glass that is perfect for sparkling drinks! We also stock the LSA International prosecco glass set that comes with an ice bucket – an easy and visually appealing way to keep your glass of bubbly cold. The thread of gold around the base of the prosecco flutes will mirror the festive vibes.
4. Cosy up with an open fire
When the food has been devoured and it’s time to retire to a more relaxed setting, a great way to add to the atmosphere of a Christmas party is to embrace the cosiness of an open fire. Stock up on wooden logs to pop on the fire throughout the evening and store them in a rustic rattan log basket from Garden Trading. Keep things nice and safe with a Garden Trading wrought iron fire guard with a mesh screen. If you have a built in electric fire, make sure to have that flickering in the background to give the illusion of flames whilst finishing off the evening with a lovely glass of your favourite tipple.
5. Enjoy yourself!
Finally, remember that family gatherings or dinner parties with friends rarely go exactly to plan – and that is fine! So our final tip on how to host the perfect Christmas party is to simply enjoy yourself and go with the flow of the evening. It’s important that the host is also having a good time, as the mood will be reflected in your presence. With plenty of organisation, decoration and of course, great food and drink at hand, you’re bound to taking your Christmas party hosting to the next level this year.
If you’re planning a Christmas party for friends and family this year, take the stress out of it by browsing our Christmas decorations, glassware and serveware ranges for some exceptional items that will really add to the event!