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Your FREE Guide to Holiday Party Planning

It’s the middle of fall. While everyone, you know is sitting around drinking pumpkin spice lattes, it’s time for you to start getting serious about sleigh bells! You have chosen to plan and host a holiday party and, as such, you know that now is not the time for pumpkin patches and fall photoshoots, this is prime, party planning season. 

From casual holiday gatherings to more formal affairs, even the most novice hosts and hostesses can perfect the menu, decor, table, and more — even manage to skip the cleanup! I’d like to share a few tips and to-do’s that can take a little weight off your shoulders and help you plan and host a gathering your family and friends will be talking about well into the new year. 

Deciding the basics 

The easiest way to knock out the basics? Check, check, check! Checklists allow you to stay organized and keep your thoughts in order. Our Ruckify Party Planning Checklist (FREE to print) will make sure you don’t miss a beat!

Where you can save money 

When it comes to the party atmosphere, setup, and decor — putting money back in your pocket is easy if you think rentals. Renting party essentials is not just for big venue events anymore. Not only are you giving the gift of helping the environment by using the sharing economy, renting within your community is a great way to give back and spread a little cheer. Even if you’re hosting a soirée at home, consider Ruckifying things like linens, tables, chairs, and even dishware. Bonus? You save time on the cleanup! Party rental RuckifyStores often offer pickup and cleanup services, this means you just load the dirty dishes, utensils, and linens back into the crates they came in and the rental company will take care of the rest. 

Take your rental budget beyond just the basics. The holiday decor is one of those things we all spend way too much money on, to have it out for a night, maybe a few weeks, just to have it take up space and collect dust in storage. Renting decor is an inexpensive way to fill the house with grade A holiday cheer — without the commitment of doing the same theme or color scheme the following year! 

Rustic holiday party table setting with wood finishings and white rent table linens.

Add a personal touch to your decor!

With tons of great DIY Christmas decoration ideas on the web, it’s mind-boggling just picking one to start on. The best part about DIY decorations is: it not only saves you money but will also go a great way to create memorable items that can be passed down to the next generation.

Drinks

It’s a simple truth that after politely greeting the host, guests tend to make a beeline for the bar. Make their choice easy with a streamlined bar. Offer a single pre-made specialty cocktail, wine, bubbles, and beer. Mix up a large batch of the house drink beforehand and serve in pitchers or a large glass beverage dispenser with spigot. Remember to set out a little sign to let guests know what they’re drinking.

Friends toast with champagne glasses at a holiday party at home

Menu

Sure, you could make an impressive (and expensive) full-course meal and worry about seating arrangements, but why? Instead, opt to serve finger foods and let your guests merrily munch and mingle their way through the party. Plus, there’s less cleanup, and you can offer more variety! 

Choose a few easy recipes you can make ahead and pop in the oven if necessary right before the party. Not the cooking kind? Pick up your favorite takeout or prepared artisanal foods from local businesses and arrange them on your dishes.

If you have your mindset on a sit-down meal, consider the ever-so-popular potluck! A potluck dinner is where everyone attending brings a “covered dish” or other menu items to the party. Because of everyone chips in on the cooking, it’s a low-cost way to cater to a large meal for everyone celebrating. The dishes are set on a table and everyone serves themselves, buffet style.

Don’t break the bank on your next holiday party! Get happy planning your holiday event. Cheers!

Two young girls at a holiday party they planned. Cheers!

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