What else would you need but good food and company? Well, other than the obvious, I have come up with a few of my very own ideas on how to make that dinner party have just a little more Christmas spirit. So, grab a mince pie and jot down some notes on my top Christmas Dinner Party Must Haves.
Silence is for sitting down with a book or when drifting off to sleep, not at a Christmas party. Get the tunes going and add a bit of cheer. Old classics are a must and make the event undeniably Christmassy.
Imagine heading up to a Christmas party with your elf hat and snowman earrings to find that the host has put no effort into the décor of their house. You may start to panic, is this the right house? Will I have to sing carols to get out of this awkward situation? To eliminate all of this, as the host, I think that it is your duty to decorate in some Christmassy way. Add a wreath to your door and a few lights as a start, but don’t be afraid to just go all out Christmas crazy.
Dress the Table
I don’t know about you, but when we have Christmas dinner we always dress the table (usually a little better than ourselves – dinner in your pyjamas? Yes please!). A Christmas table runner, centre piece, crackers, formal cutlery setting and glitter sequins will all be added. Lovely.
Canapés and cocktails
Cut down on the amount of work that you have to do by preparing some canapés and cocktails in advance. That way when your guests arrive, you don’t have to be worrying that your starter will be ruined because Sally is caught up in traffic again and you’ve already tried and tested the drinks so everyone will be very merry.
Games and Gifts
Christmas is the time of year when games are acceptable among friends. Whether it is something as simple as charades or a very long game of monopoly, they always seem to appear at this time of year. If everyone is up for it, suggest a game and give the winner a Christmas surprise.
Don’t forget that this is a party for your friends. If your cake has sunk, or the meat is dry, don’t worry! Things like that make the night sometimes and if you’re not the best chef, focus on the entertainment. If you have a good time, your guests will have a good time. Enjoy it!