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Friday, December 16, 2016

Have Yourself a Merry Christmas Party With These 6 Tips

`Tis the season for family, fun, and holiday cheer to fill the air. If you're planning to host a Christmas celebration this year, then you certainly want to keep the mood merry and bright. To plan the most welcoming Christmas party ever, follow these six tips.
  1. Plan a seasonal spread. The holidays give many people the excuse to indulge before their New Year's resolutions begin. Don't be afraid to cook a special meal with all the trimmings. Turkey or duck are usually good choices for large groups of people. Snacks are also very important, especially if alcohol is served. A cheese plate with a number of favorites like extra sharp cheddar and brie is a great idea and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. If you're up to the challenge, prepare some seasonal cocktails or pair wine with your dinner selections.
  2. Decorate, decorate, then decorate some more. This is your chance to turn your home or apartment into a winter wonderland. Don't skimp out on lights, tablecloths, and a well-lit tree. Break out your best dinnerware to display your festive spread and make your guests feel especially welcomed.
  3. Plan activities. While it's almost sure that your guests will enjoy food, drink, and conversation, it wouldn't hurt to plan some party games or activities. A secret Santa or other gift exchange is seasonal and appropriate as long as you have a spending limit.
  4. Play a game of holiday-themed pictionary or charades. Don't forget to have your camera on hand. You'll be sure to want to save these moments as memories for years to come.
  5. Keep the Scrooges off the guest list. There is no need for them at your party. Don't feel bad about excluding friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors if you know that they will sour the mood. You want the party to be exclaiming with cheer. There is no room for "bah humbugs."
  6. Write vintage invitations. Use scroll invitation paper instead of sending everyone a Facebook message. Scroll invitation paper is much more personal. If you handwrite the invitation using a feather quill pen, your invitation will seem even more authentic.
Better yet, seal the envelope shut with sealing wax sticks and a custom wax seal. Light the stick and hold it at a 45 degree angle to allow the wax to drip before sealing. At Nostalgic Impressions, we have a number of festive seals and vintage writing materials to make your holiday invitations stand out from the rest.

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