How to Do/Hold a Christmas Party Step by Step
Here are the 8 Steps to Holding a Successful Christmas Party
1. Greet your guests as they come in.
Part of your role as host is to greet each guest as they join the party. If you are married (like me) and you have a daughter and a son of age 10 or more(not like me), this is the best role for them. Make sure they are trained on how to welcome guests. Warmly greet them and ask them how they are. Let them know where everyone is, and that they should help themselves to food and drinks.
Say something like, “Hi Skylar, so glad you were able to make it! Come in, everyone is in the living room. Help yourself to food!”
You can also give your greetings a personal touch by asking or saying something pertaining to each individual. For instance, say, “How’s your new job going?” or “Is Kim going to be able to make it?”Heading
2. Hang up coats.
Also ask your guests as they come in if you can take their coat and/or purses. Either put them on a coat rack, or put them in an unused room so that your guests will be able to pick them up later.
3. Enjoy yourself.
Once all your guests have arrived, go mingle with everyone. Try to chat with at least all of your guests a little bit, and have some food. Avoid things like “I hope the food is nice/enough”. Remember to smile, and try to enjoy yourself. Remember that everyone who accepted your invitation appreciates the effort that you went through to put on this party.
4. Don’t drink too much.
There’s always one person who drinks a little too much at Christmas parties: make sure that person isn’t you. As a host, you are the most critical person at this party, so you don’t want to drink too much and lose focus. Heading
5. Don’t drink too much.
There’s always one person who drinks a little too much at Christmas parties: make sure that person isn’t you. As a host, you are the most critical person at this party, so you don’t want to drink too much and lose focus. List
- Even if you feel like drinking could help you feel less nervous, try not to have more than one or two drinks.
6. Make an announcement to welcome everyone.
About fifteen minutes after everyone has arrived, make an announcement or propose a toast. This is a way of thanking everyone for coming and showing how much it means to you that they are at your party.
- You can say something like, “I just wanted to say, thank you all for coming! It’s so nice to see all of you together. Here’s to a great holiday season!”
7. Introduce guests to one another.
As host, part of your job is to make sure that your guests are comfortable. It could be that some of your guests only know a couple people at the party, and they may not know how to meet other guests. Make sure to introduce guests who may not know each other and get them started on a conversation.
- An easy way of introducing people is to say something like, “Hey Kim, have you met Skylar? She was in my class at Strathmore.”
8. Do a gift exchange about halfway through the party.
If you are doing a gift exchange, start it about midway through the party. This gives time for your guests to eat, drink and chat with guests.List
- Make an announcement like, “Alright, is everyone ready to do Secret Santa?”
- Give your guests instructions about how to exchange gifts. Say something like, “Everyone gather over to this side of the room, and bring your gifts. I’m going to read out who everyone’s Secret Santa is, and when I call your name, go ahead and exchange your gift!”
9. Bring the party to a close.
At the end of the evening/ beginning of night, start to wind down the party. Use subtle methods like turning down the music, or putting away food, to signal that the party is over. As your guests leave, smile and thank them for coming. Do not follow them past the main door!