Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tips for Planning Your Holiday Party

About this time every year many a party gets planned. For some, planning a holiday party is pure joy. For others, it can be seen as nothing but a dreaded chore. It doesn't have to be that way! Today we share some of our best tips for planning your holiday party. Opa!

1. Save the right date...

Your friends, family members or coworkers are busy during the holidays. Choosing to have your party earlier in the season will ensure you get a better turn-out. After all, it's not a party without guests!

Be creative with when you have your event. From Sunday brunch to an evening cocktail party with hors D’oeuvres starting at 8:00 pm, the options are only limited by your imagination.

2. Begin with a theme...

Having a theme helps to guide as you make detail decisions. Plus it helps to keep the look and feel of your party on track. When choosing a theme, consider what type of event you would like. Cocktail, buffet, a formal sit down? The most popular themes tend to include anything with a glamorous touch. Think 1950’s holiday-inspired cocktail party, or a glittery Dr. Zhivago snowscape, or even a festive Greek inspired gathering.

3. You'll need a great caterer...

This is high-season for caterers. They may want your business, but if you wait too long to book one you may going it alone. Or worse, getting stuck with a less than reputable version of what you were really wanting. It’s up to you to choose one that will get the job done professionally. With catering from Ziziki's you can rest assured you will have a fabulous party, with delicious Greek cuisine, amazing service and a memorable time too.

No matter who you choose, be sure to check out reviews, customer ratings, photos and detailed menus before committing.

4. Know your guests...

It's in your best interest to take time to know your guests' possible dietary restrictions, food allergies. And always make sure to offer at least one vegetarian dish. Ask your caterer to place a fabulous looking card listing the ingredients next to each dish so your guests know exactly what they’ll be eating. Guests who have to watch others eating without being able to partake themselves, don't make for happy guests.

5. Don't underestimate the power of an RSVP...

Sending invitations is easy. Getting people to respond takes a little special effort. Make responding easy by using an online invite system like Evite. These sites also send reminders to those guests who are taking longer to answer. Having a guest count is especially important when it comes to the food. You definitely want to make sure you have enough (but not too much) to serve everyone.

6. Employ a memorable welcome to set the mood...

Make your guests feel special from the moment they walk in the door with a signature cocktail designed for the season. If it’s cold outside, greet them with a warm-welcome cocktail full of flavor. Apple, orange, clove and cinnamon are holiday favorites.

7. Let a fun attitude lead the way...

A good attitude will always bring good results! Yes, you want things to be perfect, to have a good time with friends, with great food, and fabulous d├ęcor. Have fun planning your party and you'll have fun at your party. Opa!

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