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Tips for Planning a Holiday Party
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Posted: 11/30/2015 12:00:00 AM

By Brittany Deane

 

It’s that time of year again—the holidays are right around the corner! There is so much to consider when planning an event, and it’s easy to miss a few keys things during a hectic season. 
Identifying the style of your holiday party is important. There are so many directions you can go—sit-down dinner, masquerade ball or cocktail party, to name a few. Personally, I tend to favor a cocktail party, which lends itself to a free and easygoing atmosphere. Why not let loose and dance your little heart out?

Here are three tips for creating a fun and festive cocktail party this holiday season:

 

1. CREATE A NATURAL FLOW
Generally guests tend to walk around and chat, so think about places where bottlenecks may form and try to eliminate them by placing furniture strategically throughout the space.  Don’t feel compelled to seat all the guests—you want to create an open, dynamic and inviting atmosphere.

 

2. KEEP DRINKS ON DECK
Nothing says the holidays like a cheerful candy cane martini.  See recipe below.

Ingredients
A few ice cubes
3 ounces rum
2 ounces peppermint schnapps
½ ounce grenadine syrup
1 small candy cane

Directions
Pour the rum, schnapps and grenadine into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with the candy cane to serve.

 

3. DELIVER GREAT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Entertainment might be the most important element of a holiday party. Consider hiring a series of specialty acts to entertain guests, such as tarot card readers, magicians or dancers who will draw your guests to the dance floor. And whether you opt for a DJ, a live band or interactive, always confirm your arrangements well in advance.  

 
 


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