As the holidays approach, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s get-together. Not only do you need to plan the menu and entertainment, but you need to think about what might have gone wrong last year. Fewer people attended your home gala than you had anticipated and now you wonder why. Actually, there are probably a few reasons, which you can easily resolve to make this the best Christmas party you’ve ever hosted. You can find more great recipes and product reviews from our friends at the Village Bakery
Did Smokers Go Unaccounted For?
The first thing you really should do is make a guest list. Now check that list to see who didn’t show up last year. It could just be that you have a group of smokers you hadn’t thought about and didn’t plan for a place for them to light a cigar after the meal. There are tips on thecigarcafe.com where you can find ways to ventilate a smoking room so that your smokers can remove themselves to light up without being offensive to other guests. In fact, you can even add a little icing to the cake by picking up a box of cigars for them to enjoy while you’re at it.
Get an R.S.V.P. Early
If your date isn’t exactly set in stone, you might want to get an R.S.V.P. early. Check with your guests and then carefully weigh those who say they can’t be present. Remember, this is the time of year when everyone holds parties and it just could be that the day you want to have your event is a busy day all around. Try to stay away from weekends if at all possible. Of course, no one likes to host a party during the work week, but if you want the majority of people to attend, you had better be open to changing the day. We are, after all, talking about a home holiday event.
Plan as Far Ahead as Possible
Another common frustration to those hosting a holiday party is not having enough time to spend with their guests. If you plan and prepare early, you will free yourself up to enjoy the event. Many of the food items you will be serving really could be prepared in advance. Perhaps one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century was Crockpots with slow cooker recipes. You can set much of your hot food out and keep it there so that you needn’t be bothered with ovens and ranges. Bake the day before and have everything ready prior to the first guest’s arrival.
Sometimes, it only takes looking at what you could have done better last year to host the best Christmas party ever. Remember, you will have smokers in the lot as well as those who are popular enough to book up quickly. Also, guests want to spend time chatting with their host, so you will want to plan to spend as much time mingling as you possibly can. If all else fails, hire some help for the evening. The holidays only come around once a year, so do make the most of it. These tips should put you well on your way to having that wonderful event you dream of.