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Want to be the hostess with the mostest this holiday season? Maybe you’re already planning your holiday soiree, or maybe you’re thinking, “slow down, it’s August!” But we are already halfway to Christmas, which means all the festivities will be here before you know it. That’s why we’ve put together a guide so you can plan an epic holiday party this year.

Holiday party

Here are our 6 DOs and two DON’TS to make sure your holiday party is a success

DO PLAN AHEAD

Holiday party planA perfect party means plenty of planning. Start envisioning your party now. The guest list, the venue, the delectable bites you will serve, the drinks people will sip, and the music everyone will be dancing to. Start a vision board on Pinterest to get your creative  juices flowing and then you can start to bring ideas to life.

DO THINK ABOUT YOUR GUEST LIST AND INVITE THEM EARLY

Holiday party guestsYour guests can make or break your party. People’s calendars get pretty packed in the Fall and Winter so give them plenty of notice. Invite a mixture of couples and singles to mix it up. No one wants to be the lone ranger single gal at a party, plus it’s always fun for people to mingle with a variety of individuals. Once you have your list solidified send out invites so guests can mark their calendar and RSVP stat.

DO PLAN FESTIVE BITES

Holiday party foodHere’s where your Pinterest board can come to life. Finger foods like crostini and mini skewers work well so guests can continue to socialize and dance. These puff pastry Christmas trees look so yummy and dancing guests who want to refuel will inhale these festive pigs in a blanket.

DO HAVE SOME GO-TO DRINKS

Holiday party drinkSet up a self-serve bar where guests can help themselves to water, wine and DIY cocktails and mocktails. Help guests curate their own mixed drinks by displaying menus with ingredients and how-tos for drinks like this Candy Cane Cooler and this Orange and Pomegranate Prosecco.

DO MAKE A PLAYLIST

Holiday party playlistYour music can set the whole tone of the party and keep guests dancing all night or dropping off like flies. So make sure you spend plenty of time picking out songs and organizing them. Add some Christmas favorites as well as modern or classic tunes that will fit your party’s mood.

DO SET UP A DANCE FLOOR

Holiday party danceClear some space and give guests a place to get down. You don’t need a ton of space, just enough room for guests to move about. Consider rearranging furniture and making sure the dance floor is easily accessible for quick entry and exit.

DON’T RUN OUT OF FOOD OR DRINK

Holiday party don't 1Happy guests are well-fed and well-hydrated. Check on the food and bar area periodically and refill as necessary. It’s always better to have leftover food and drink then to run out completely.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT AMBIANCE

Holiday party ambianceThink about the scene you want to set for your party. Dim lights, comfortable temperature, enough seating, and music that's volume is just right. All these little details will really add to your guest’s experience and make it all the more enjoyable.

 

You’re all set to plan and throw your party! Go the extra step and get a few guests together for dance lessons beforehand. This will build camaraderie and be a fun add to the party when they bust out their moves on the floor. Happy party planning!

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Sarah has been with Arthur Murray Dance Studios since 2001. She started as a Certified Professional Instructor and went through the Arthur Murray ranks winning many performance awards throughout the years. She eventually opened her own studio with her husband in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Since then, she and her husband have added 5 more studios to their family, the Denville NJ, Roxbury NJ, Chatham NJ, and Morristown NJ and Bucharest Romania locations. She loves being a part of Arthur Murray and transforming people’s lives through the process of learning to dance!