A holiday party or open house can be the perfect way to enjoy the company of coworkers, friends, neighbors and family during the season. With personal and professional obligations, many families are busy, especially during December, so an open house permits guests to come and go as their schedule allows, without feeling guilty for needing to arrive late or leave early. Be sure to send out your holiday open house invitations several weeks in advance to give visitors plenty of time to pencil in your event.
Any successful gathering needs to include food and fun. Whether you are serving just cocktails or a full meal, be sure to include those details on your invitation so guests know what to expect and how to dress for the occasion. Appetizers and small finger foods are always popular and allow guests to mingle while snacking and enjoying a more informal atmosphere. If you will be including children at your event, consider stocking a low table with foods they will like, making it easier on both kids and their parents. White elephant gift exchanges as well as collections for charity are both ways to get your guests involved during the party.
Many businesses are busy during the holiday season and most look for a way to thank their loyal clients during this special time. An open house can work well as a customer-appreciation event or to drum up more business if work is slow during the holiday months. Be sure to order extra invitations for those last-minute needs.
Completing your shopping, parties and holiday cards early in the season can help reduce stress and clear your schedule to enjoy more time with your family and friends. Be sure to stock up on thank you cards for yourself and for the kids so you will have plenty on hand to send to generous grandparents, bosses and neighbors.
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