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Be Best Host of the Year With These Christmas Party Essentials

How to Host the Perfect Party | Christmas party ideas, Christmas playlist, Christmas party themes, Christmas party games, Christmas dinner menu
[Post updated for 2017]

Do you remember the last Christmas party you attended? Maybe you won the tackiest sweater award or left with a Santa-sized belly after a Christmas cookie exchange. Christmas parties are meant for memories like these (and for a free pass on calorie-counting.)

As the host of any Christmas party, you want to create a fun and festive environment where your guests feel at home. Whether you’re hosting a holiday cocktails party or a white elephant gift exchange, keep reading to discover 20 essentials for throwing a magical Christmas party. And make sure you check out our entire collection of seasonal tips and ideas on our HM Holiday page!

Stock the Bar

Get your home bar ready for guests by stocking the shelves and draping on some buffalo snow or festive garland. Then, pull up plenty of bar stools so your guests can enjoy their Christmas cocktails. You can even set out holiday garnish, like crushed peppermint or cranberries, for your guests to create a truly festive drink.

Set the Scene

Nothing sets the mood like holiday tunes. Rock around the Christmas tree with Spotify’s Christmas Pop playlist. Or, ask each of your guests for their favorite Christmas songs beforehand and create a personalized playlist of all your friends’ favorite holiday music.

You can’t listen to Christmas music without a surrounding of festive decor. We have plenty of chic Christmas decorations to choose from on our showroom floor. With everything from seasonal home accents to holiday-scented candles, you’re sure to find the perfect mood-setting pieces for your home.

Serve it Up

After you’re done prepping all the visual elements for your Christmas party—including a festive, DIY table centerpiece—it’s time to plan out the food. Create your menu at least a week in advance, giving yourself plenty of time to prepare the whole spread. It’s totally acceptable to ask each guest to bring an appetizer or side dish, taking some work off your plate (no pun intended.) Make sure you’re also cognizant of any food allergies when planning.

Stay a While

After the foodies are full, cozy up by the fireplace to enjoy your favorite Christmas movie, whether it’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “Home Alone.” Make sure your space includes plenty of seating and other hosting furniture essentials for guests to relax and enjoy the evening. If you’re looking for a more upbeat activity, throw an ugly sweater competition or break out some Christmas party games. The most important thing is that all your guests have fun! Scroll down to see all of our Christmas party ideas and tips. Happy hosting!

Christmas Party Essentials


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