Planning the Perfect Christmas Party

The Christmas party is an indispensable part of the festive season. Whether you’re putting a party on for your colleagues at work, or for your friends and family, it’s worth doing a little bit of groundwork to make sure that it’s a memorable one. Ideally, you’ll want to capture the magic of the season, while ensuring that there’s plenty of scope for eating, drinking, and making merry.

Choosing the Perfect Theme

If you decide on a theme for your Christmas party, then you’ll instantly set it apart from all of the other Christmas parties that your guests will attend at this time of year. This will not only make things fresher and more exciting – it’ll also help to make things memorable.

If you’re looking for a fancy dress element, then you might have everyone dress up as Santa Claus – or, if that’s too much trouble, in garish Christmas jumpers. You might create a theme around your favourite Christmas movie: whether it’s Miracle on 34th Street or Die Hard, it might make for a striking theme!

Whatever your choice of party theme, you’ll want it to run through every facet of the event. Your choice of decoration, music and food should all, ideally, be at least partially informed by your choice of theme.

Creating a Guest List

The number of guests you can accommodate will depend on how much space you have available, and the kind of atmosphere you’d like to create. Do you want an intimate little gathering with a few close friends? Or do you want to hire a venue for an enormous party?

One thing we can be sure of is that you’ll have plenty of competition, especially if you’re hosting your event at the weekend. There are only so many days in December, after all, and would-be partygoers are sure to have other commitments. Send out the invitations early, and make sure that you’re on top of the RSVPs.

Decorating for Festive Flair

If the space isn’t suitably decorated, then it won’t feel like a Christmas party. You should have decorations clustered around the entrance to the building, and to any areas where people are likely to gather. As well as the usual Christmas trees, garlands and lights, you should find a way to work in your theme.

Don’t neglect the outdoor decorations, which will help to make the right impression on your guests as they arrive. Combine small, subtle decorations with larger, more impressive ones.

Invitation Design and Content

Ideally, the invitations you send out should reflect the theme you’ve chosen. They should demonstrate that you’re making a special effort, and that the party is worth getting excited about.

Don’t forget to include all of the important information your guests will need. The date, time and location are all essential – but you might also be clear about the dress code. Make sure that you provide clear RSVP instructions, so that you can keep track of who’s coming and who isn’t.

Planning the Menu & Entertainment

If you have a theme, then you have a starting point for your festive menu and music. Make sure that you cater to all of the dietary requirements of your guests. Don’t neglect drinks, desserts and snacks. This is a special time of year, and your menu should reflect the unique spices and fragrances of the season. A few festive cocktails can often go down extremely well.

When it comes to entertainment, you are constrained by your budget. If you have the funds, you might hire a band. If you don’t, then you can put together a playlist. Midway between is the compromise of a DJ. Wherever the music is coming from, make sure that it matches the theme.


Truly memorable Christmas parties require considerable planning and effort. But the stress is often justified by the results. Get it right, and you’ll create a party that will be remembered for years to come – and for all the right reasons!