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Emily's Holiday Party Tips

Tis the season to celebrate!  If you’re anything like me, you have a million parties and gatherings.  What better way to celebrate the season than with lots of egg nog and holiday cheer?  It really is the “most wonderful time of the year”.  To help survive the madness we’ve compiled a list of Holiday Party Tips from all of our favourite expert party planners. Whether you’re hosting or simply a guest, these tips and tricks will come in handy for all of your Holiday events!

To The Host:
1. Make sure to always have some food prepared for when guests arrive.  If you start serving guests wine and cocktails on an empty stomach the party could get a bit more crazy than you expected.  Take a look at Martha Stewart’s 13 bite-sized appetizer ideas for some inspiration on apps to serve.  Yum!
2. If you’re having a large group of people over, consider serving dinner buffet style.  This allows guests to mingle and chat with lots of different party-goers rather than a select few at the dinner table.  It also simplifies your life as the host so that you can enjoy your own party!
3. Make sure to have enough seating.  As nice as it is to stand, people won’t stay as long if they are tired after a long day.  Make sure to disperse the seating and conversation areas throughout your house to allow for proper flow of guests.
4. Make sure to make a great Holiday playlist.  Choose both new and old songs and songs from different genres.  If you’re looking for some inspiration please check out the V.O.C Holiday Playlist on RDIO.
5. It’s great to have vegetarian and gluten-free options for guests.  It’s best to ask guests in advance of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.  
6. Make sure you have enough wine, food and desserts.  1/2 a bottle of wine per person is usually the standard rule but if you know your guests love their wine, make sure you stock up.  It’s nice to offer two types of white and two types of red.  I also love to offer prosecco as a budget friendly alternative to bubbles.  Check out our chart below for quantity estimation.  Having more food is better than not having enough but make sure you have a plan for your leftovers.  Sending guests home with take-out containers full of treats and leftovers is always nice treat!
7. A great host always thanks their guests the following day for coming.
To The Guest:
1. Make sure to RSVP to your host.  Even if you can’t attend it’s best to let the host know.  Make sure to RSVP at least a week in advance.
2. If you have to cancel, don’t cancel last minute.  Hosts go to a lot of work to entertain and it’s rude to change your plans at the last minute.  If you do end up cancelling it’s polite to drop off a hostess gift the next day to apologize.
3. Always bring a hostess gift!  It’s best not to bring flowers that need to be attended to upon your arrival- either send them in advance or bring something non-perishable.  Make sure to include a card in case the host is busy when you arrive.  
4. Try not to drink TOO much!  You never want to be the girl at the party who is spoken about the following day!  I always follow one glass of wine with one glass of water.  A white wine spritzer is also a great way to stay hydrated throughout the evening!
5. Offer to help your host clean up the party.  Even if they refuse it is nice to ask.
6. Always send a hand written thank you note following the party.


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