10 Tips for the best Christmas party ever


Christmas is that most wonderful time of the year, when family and friends get together to eat, drink and be merry. In short, it’s a time for parties! If you were picked to host your family get-together this year, you’ve probably been planning and preparing your Christmas Day party for weeks. Now, with just two days to go, we’ve got some tips to help you make sure everything goes smoothly. Good luck!

1. Many hands make light work

It’s a family get-together so get the family involved! Ask for help if you need it and don’t take it upon yourself to do every single thing. A big part of the fun is having everyone working together and contributing to make your party the best it can be. From deciding the menu and setting the table to tidying up and prepping the food, there’s a task for everybody.

2. Stick with seasonal, fresh produce

Good quality produce is key to a delicious meal. Luckily, we have an abundance of top quality produce here in Tasmania that would make the most amazing Christmas feast, so shop seasonal and shop local whenever you can. Your wallet (and guests) will thank you!

3. Keep it simple outdoors

Forget the large plastic Santa or blow-up reindeer. Keep things simple and elegant outdoors with a moderate amount of white lights, just enough to add a festive feel, a wreath on your front door, perhaps a sign welcoming Santa to your residence, and oversized red bows in your plants and bushes.

4. Don’t overdo the decorations indoors too

“Less is more” is a good tip when it comes to Christmas decorations. Keep your colour palette to just one or two colours for an elegant, fuss free look – yes, even for your Christmas tree! Add white lights or candles, and keep the rest of your decorations to a minimum.

5. Party favours

Favours are always a nice touch for Christmas parties. You don’t have to buy anything expensive; in fact, the best Christmas party favours are often homemade food items. Cookies, candy, cakes or jams are always popular, or perhaps even Christmas tree ornaments.

6. Buffet style dining

While there’s something elegant and glamorous about a sit-down dinner, don’t be so quick to dismiss the humble buffet. Not only do buffets allow you to get the dishes out quickly and save you the hassle of serving each guest individually, everyone also gets to mingle and chat while helping themselves to the delicious spread.

7. Make your appetisers in advance

Again, these don’t have to be the most exquisite hors d’oeuvres you could find on the Internet. Find simple ideas that you can make the day before to minimise prep and cooking time on the day. For that matter, do as much food prep beforehand as you can so you don’t spend all Christmas Day slaving away in the kitchen.

8. Set up a self serve drinks bar

Don’t feel like you need to personally fix each guest his or her drink. Set up a simple drinks and cocktail bar, making sure the kids’ drinks and the adults’ drinks are separate or at least clearly indicated, and let everyone have fun fixing their own cocktails. To help your guests along, put out some simple cocktail recipes.

9. Use your barbecue

One of the geographical benefits of living in Australia is being able to fire up that barbecue for your Christmas parties! It’s perfect for your meats, there’s a lot less mess and clean up involved, and it’s a great way to get the men involved in the cooking!

10. Enjoy

Finally, enjoy yourself! Don’t stress over the little things; chances are your guests won’t even notice them. What they will notice is whether or not you’re having a good time, and if you are, they will too!

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