Christmas is just around the corner, which means it is time for a multitude of Christmas parties! If you are hosting a party this year, or if you have hosted parties in years past, then you know that it can be stressful to get your home ready for the occasion. Perhaps you have some holiday decorations in place already, but you will want to do what you can to ensure that your house is imbued with a festive spirit.
In today’s post, we will give you some holiday decorating and Christmas party-planning tips to ensure that your parties this year fill everyone with a sense of holiday cheer! Choose The Christmas Light Emporium if you would like to order some last minute decorations for the holiday season. We carry a variety of LED Christmas lights, displays, and other decorations that you can use to make your house festive.
Set up a Gift Station
One of the best parts about Christmas is taking the time to get gifts for others. Gifts are an excellent way to put smiles on the faces of others, bond, and spread holiday cheer. Whether you are having a party with close family and friends or a work party, some type of gift exchange will probably be involved.
With each person at your party bringing a beautifully wrapped gift or two, you will need a place to store them until the actual exchanging of gifts. Under the tree is the traditional choice, and it definitely looks best to keep a few presents under it.
That said, if you have a lot of gifts at your party, then you should consider setting up a table or room to store some of the presents. This will help keep them safe and maintain a walking area around the tree. Remember to spruce up your gift station with a few decorations such as garland, mistletoe, and string lights.
Get out the Garland, Wreaths, and Bows
When it comes to decorating the inside of your home for the holidays, you simply can’t go wrong with garland, wreaths, and red bows. These three classic decorations have been used at Christmas parties for decades, and they do a wonderful job of setting the Christmas-time mood.
Hang a wreath with lights from your front door to welcome your guests. Use garland and bows to decorate fireplaces, window sills, the dining room, and even the bathroom mirror to make sure every inch of your house is a reminder of the holiday. This is a simple way to go above and beyond this holiday season.
Make a Hot Cocoa Stand
What is Christmas without a beverage to keep you warm? Set up a hot cocoa stand to make your party one to remember and ensure that all the Christmas traditions are covered. Your guests will thank you.
To make your hot cocoa station unique, be sure to surround it with Christmas decorations. You can put collected Christmas cards, light-up decor, and a wreath above the station. Be sure to cover the table with a holiday table cloth, and then string multicolor lights along the edges of the table. You can even handmake red and green signs for the assorted toppings you keep near the hot cocoa. Just remember to include the marshmallows!
Show Christmas Movies
With so many movies available at our fingertips, one of the easiest ways to round out your holiday decor is to show a holiday movie in a side room. Doing this gives your party guests room to breathe and the ability to choose where to spend their evening. You can show your favorite movies from a streaming service of your choice, or even break out the ones you own.
To elevate this part of the party to the next level, consider investing in a projector and project the movie onto a screen or white wall. Doing so makes it feel more like going to the theater, and it transforms the movie into an event all its own. You can even make holiday popcorn to go with the occasion!
Create a Holiday Playlist
When you are decorating for a party, it can be easy to forget to provide background noise. No matter the relationship between your party guests, there are bound to be lulls in the various conversations that occur on the night of your Christmas celebrations. Take some time to create a holiday playlist that will keep the holiday cheer flowing during those quiet times.
A holiday playlist customized to the interests of your guests is a fantastic way to make your Christmas party something everyone remembers. You can create playlists on your phone quickly using music streaming services, or you can even use premade playlists and radio stations to avoid some of the work!
Use Your Fireplace (or a Digital One)
Do you have a fireplace in your home? Christmas is one of the best times to put it to use! With the cold weather outside, many of your guests will be looking to warm up near a fire. When it comes to spreading Christmas cheer, nothing works quite as well as a properly decorated (and used) fireplace! Just remember to extinguish the flames before Santa makes his trip down the chimney.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a fireplace; modern technology is here to save the day. You can easily transform a television into a digital fireplace thanks to free options online and videos from streaming service providers. Simply start the video of the fireplace and your party will have a place to gather around. You might consider setting up a space heater to give people a place to warm themselves though!
Don’t Forget to String Lights Around
Finally, the most crucial part of decorating for a Christmas party: the lights. Christmas lights have a unique ability to make us stare in awe while thinking about past celebrations. They are one of the most important decorations to have because they can fill people at all ages and from all walks of life with joy.
String Christmas lights around various points of your home for your holiday party this year. Use multicolor lights in some rooms, warm white icicle lights in other rooms, and all kinds of different displays in the room where kids will play. Doing so will not only fill your home with light — it also fills it with the wonderful spirit of the holidays.
If you are in need of Christmas lights, then be sure to order from The Christmas Light Emporium today! We are here to give you the supplies you need to decorate for the holidays. Contact us if you have any questions!