Friday, December 1, 2017

Party Planning Tips for Christmas and Beyond

This post was sponsored by Paperless Post. I was able to try them for free, but all opinions are my own.

It is my favorite time of the year...Christmas. There is so much to do and so many ways to make memories. This year is even more exciting, because E is super excited too! 

One of my favorite things about Christmas is hosting parties that are full of merry making. This year we are going to host a party for E and some of her friends. Over the years I have figured out how to create some holiday magic without a lot of stress or breaking the bank. Hopefully these tips will help you plan some holiday magic too.

Theme

I often pick a theme early and then work to find things that fit that theme. Maybe it is cocktails and ugly sweaters or pancakes and PJs. Make it something that works for you and you can have fun with. I haven't quite settled on a theme for this years holiday party, but the wheels are churning.

Food

Simple, but delicious is what I go for. I typically start with simple but enjoyable items like cheese, fruits and veggies. From there I look for things that are fun, but don't require using every pot in the kitchen. (Thanksgiving is the exception to this, but that is because it is Thanksgiving.)

Activities

It is fun to have one or two things planned, but there is no need to go overboard. This is especially true with little ones. They have as much fun playing and running around as they do with official activities.

Guest List

Invite those you really enjoy spending time with. This is especially important for parties. It is easy to fall into the trap of feeling obligated to invite everyone, but being a little choosy about who you invite helps with stress and makes things overall more enjoyable. 

Invitations

I hate sending paper invitations and going to the post office is one of my least favorite things to do (especially this time of year.) That is why I am super excited to try Paperless post for my invitations this year. They have great designs and are way more fun (and private) than a FB event. It is the look and feel of a card with the convenience of an email.