What is it about a holiday party that transforms it from a generic get-together into an unforgettable evening?

Is it the cocktail menu? The painstaking detail invested in the decor? Or is it something more?

The secret lies in the details. Set your next holiday shindig up for success with our easy guide to holiday party planning.

HOW TO THROW THE HOLIDAY PARTY OF THE CENTURY

As you plan your Christmas or holiday-themed party, make a point to cover all of your bases. This includes your food and drink menu as well as what kind of atmosphere you hope to create.

Below are 5 tips to help you organize all of the details.

1. SET THE THEME WITH ACCENTUATING DECOR

What is the theme of your holiday party? Don't just say "Christmas"--get creative! Think about your favorite holiday movies or traditions and then plan your decor around it.

For example, a Whovian-theme based on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas can create a whimsical atmosphere that promotes goodhearted fun. If you want something more classic, replicate Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Remember quality always trumps quantity. Instead of going overboard, accentuate the environment with well-placed decorations. Choose a colour scheme and echo it throughout your flatware, table covers, and floral arrangements.

2. DEFINE YOUR EXPECTATIONS IN THE INVITATION

Next, think about what your guests need to know in order to embrace the party's atmosphere. Is it a formal event? Should they dress up as characters from a holiday-themed movie or book?

Set the expectation in the invitation. Just make sure it's easy to fulfill! Your party should be fun for your guests, not work!

3. CREATE A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

There is something undeniably festive about themed cocktails. Thankfully, making them doesn't have to be a chore! There are several simple Christmas cocktail recipes you can find online that look as great as they taste!

This seemingly small detail can become the talk of the party.

4. DRESS THE TABLE WITH STUNNING HORS D'OEUVRES

Instead of slaving over a fancy spread, aim to keep guests grazing with an attractive spread of hors d'oeuvres. You can hire a caterer for this or make them from scratch if you have the time and talent.

The key is to serve attractive finger foods people can enjoy while mingling with others. You can make these items ahead of time, allowing you to enjoy the party instead of slaving away in the kitchen.

5. SAY GOODBYE WITH A MEMORABLE PARTY FAVOR

Party favors can remind your guests of your party long after its over. However, you want to avoid cliche trinkets and select favors your guests will use and enjoy. This can be anything from themed cookies and hot chocolate to individually wrapped cigars.

Whatever you decide on, try to align your party favor with the theme.

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