Be Best Host of the Year With These Christmas Party Essentials

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[Post updated 12/7/2016]

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. To accomplish that, you must use all the small details to support your overall vision. 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 avoid any dangerous decor situations with these holiday safety tips.

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 intolerances or allergies when planning. Here are a few of our favorite Christmas dinner recipes to get you started!

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 living room furniture includes plenty of seating for guests to relax and enjoy the show.

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


Not Hosting? Be a Gracious Guest

If you’re not hosting a party but planning to attend one, check out our ultimate guest guide for tips on getting invited again next year, and gather Christmas gift ideas to impress your host. Be sure to check out our special holiday store hours before stopping by.

Do you have any tips for hosting (or attending) a Christmas party? Share in a comment below or tweet us at @ShopHomemakers.

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