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Throw a Great Family Holiday Party

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have a wonderful day, whatever your plans are.

Some people may already be thinking of next weeks New Year's Eve party. If you have not given this thought, it is something that can be fun for the whole family. So go ahead, be brave and throw a great holiday party for your family and friends. A really great party is often a matter of the right combination of good friends, good food, relaxation and a little structure. Once you have that, you can smile and enjoy your party.

Setting the mood and tone of the party is essential. If you want everyone to relax and have fun make sure that you are organized. Don't forget to have a couple of games for those who want to attend the party, but would feel more comfortable sitting in corner playing a board game with one or two people. A few people playing a game does not mean a failed party. An inexpensive child's game, such as Pickup Sticks is the perfect ice breaker to get fun started. Who doesn't love a good challenge, even at a party?

Whatever food youíre going to serve, have it ready to go; and know when and how youíre going to serve it. If it is sit down, youíll want to have the first course on the table before you call your guests in to sit down. If itís a buffet, have everything set out and ready for guests to serve themselves. Finger-foods may best suit your buffet--use medium-sized, leak-proof paper plates. Have lined waste baskets near the buffet table.

If beverages include alcohol, you should also have some non-alcoholic beverages as well. Make sure you have juice and seltzer as well as sodas. A nice punch in a couple of carafes is a nice touch for your party.

Consider vegetarian friends and family when planning your menu. If you have room you can make a special table so these foods and utensils are separate. It will be appreciated.

If a guest brings a gift, accept it graciously, but donít feel pressured to use what people bring if you already have something else planned. If someone brings flowers, put them in a vase on a corner table. Don't destroy the look or feel of the table you have already prepared.

As host or hostess, move around the room to keep people talking and the conversation rolling.

When the party is over, you want to make sure everyone leaves feeling you truly enjoyed their company. See people out, but donít remain at the door if you have lingering guests.

Special Circumstances

It pays to be cautious. If you have young children in the house, clean up certain areas before you go to bed. Children can wake up before you do and possibly ingest harmful substances such as alcohol from open bottles left out or tobacco from cigarette butts in an ashtray.

One more reminder that games are not just for children. Pickup Sticks can be more than an ice-breaker, this is fun and takes a bit of dexterity. If you have a Scrabble game bring it out where it can be seen. Grab the kids no-brainer game like Tiddly-Winks. If you don't remember what it looks like, you can see it at Amazon Tiddly Winks Also, check out the other games there, then order or go to your local toy or departments store to buy. A good party is all about a good time so if you do plan to have a couple of games at your party, do not buy any that can be intense or take a long time to finish.

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