Easy Holiday Party Planning with Checklists

holiday-party-invitationsAre you overwhelmed at the thought of organizing a holiday party this year? There is plenty of time before the holiday party invitations go out, so we’ve dug up a few helpful checklists to help make the thought of party planning more palatable.

Our Checklist Treasure Trove

  • A-Z Planner Get started with this clear, clean and simple plan-ahead checklist from Real Simple magazine. True to their style, it makes party planning a cinch. We especially love their take on:
    • A stress free menu! This means stuff you can prepare ahead of time, leaving only the tasks of warming, assembling and arranging for party day.
    • Outsourcing! This could be rentalware (such as barware and linens) or hired help like a bartender or kitchen help (and it doesn’t have to be professional–think responsible neighborhood teen)
  • Meal Planner Whether you cook yourself, hire a caterer, or have friends and neighbors bring dishes, here’s a terrific printable holiday meal planner for organizing your meal. The best part about this planner is you can use it for any party meal, not just holiday!
  • Beverage Planner Conquer your biggest expense with this cocktail party checklist from Marie Claire magazine. The professional party planners behind this checklist provide specifics tips for stocking a successful holiday bar, including:
      • Types of alcohol and proportions for different kinds of guests (beer, wine, hard alcohol)
      • Mixers and bitters
      • Quantities driven by guest count estimates (25 – 100)
      • Barware tools
      • Money saving tips (such as pre-prepared cocktails, disguising inexpensive brands)

The best thing about these checklists is they’ll work for any kind of holiday party, from a neighborhood potluck open house to a formal dinner party.

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