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Five Simple Appetizers for Your Holiday Party

New Years Eve is coming up quickly. But any time you have a party, the most important thing is recipe ideas that are easy, quick and may be made ahead. Another criterion for me is that no utensils be required to eat the appetizers. This saves on cleanup time later, but also keeps from having to be concerned if there are enough forks or spoons to go around.

1. Pistachio and Almond Paste Filled Apricots.

These can be made days ahead and kept refrigerated in a tightly sealed container. You will need a bag or more of dried apricots, a can of Almond Paste and a bag of shelled pistachios. These are best made with fresh, soft apricots. Open up the pocket in the apricot and pinch off a small piece of the almond paste. Roll it into a small oval and stuff it into the apricot. Press one or two pistachios into the almond paste and done. Repeat with as many as needed. One can of almond paste will fill about 30 or more apricots.

2. Prosciutto and Pear

These will need to be made the day of the party. You will need a container of the very thinly sliced prosciutto slices and pears. Open the prosciutto and cut the whole slab in half. Separate the thin slices. Slice and core the pears, then cut into thin wedges. Dip the pear wedges into a bowl of water with the juice of one lemon. This will prevent the pear wedges from turning brown. Wrap a piece of the prosciutto around the pear wedge and arrange artfully on a plate.

3. Smokies in Puff Pastry

These may be made a day ahead and reheated briefly. Little Smokies are seen wrapped in premade crescent roll dough, but I find these far too salty. Use puff pastry sheets instead. Allow the pastry to thaw thoroughly. Flour a surface and place one of the unfolded sheets down and sprinkle more flour over top. Roll out the dough as evenly square as possible, to about 14 x 14 inches or so. With a knife or pastry cutter slice strips about 1 1/2 inch wide and 3 to 4 inches long. Open a pack of little smokies and place one on a pastry strip. Roll up the strip, wetting the end of the dough so it will stick together. Continue until all the smokies are used. Place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until puffed and golden. If made ahead, reheat for about 7 – 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

4. Pepper Cheese Swirls

These may be made ahead and kept in a tightly sealed container. You will need puff pastry sheets for this appetizer, plus some very good cracked pepper, melted butter for brushing, a container of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, some good quality coarse sea salt and pine nuts, optional. Roll out a thawed sheet of puff pastry dough as above. Brush the dough with the melted butter. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese, grind on the cracked pepper to taste. If you love pepper, use quite a bit and it gives wonderful spiciness. Sprinkle on just a little of the coarse sea salt. If using pine nuts, strew over as desired. Roll up the pastry into a long log. Slice into 1/4 inch slices and lay onto a baking sheet at least an inch apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes, until golden.

5. Caprese Bites

These can be made a day ahead. You will need little cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, basil and toothpicks. Cut one tomato in half across. Push a toothpick into the domed top of one half. Thread on one mozzarella pearl, then the other half of the tomato, making a little sandwich of the mozzarella. Arrange these on a plate. Make a stack of the basil leaves, and then roll them together tightly. Slice across very finely to chiffonade and sprinkle the little basil shreds over the Caprese Bites. These may be served sprinkled with Balsamic vinegar, or the balsamic may be served on the side. Another option is to boil the balsamic vinegar to reduce by half, and serve this balsamic syrup alongside the Caprese bites.

Enjoy your holiday party, stress free.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I hope it was informative and helped you along your own culinary journey. You will find many more recipes and helpful tips on my web site. I am on Facebook at A Harmony of Flavors and share a recipe or tip each day to the fans that have liked my site. I hope to see you there soon.

My name is Chris Rawstern, I have been on a cooking and baking journey for 42 years. Many people have asked what A Harmony of Flavors means. Have you ever had a meal where the visual presentation was stunning, the smells were incredible the taste was so remarkable that you ate slowly savoring every bite, wishing the experience would never end? Then you have experienced what a truly harmonious meal can be like.
I began my cooking career in Guatemala, in 1970. I moved there as a naive 20-year-old, and set out to learned about cooking in a foreign land. I will pass along special recipes that I have been making for 42 years, and new ones. I will also pass on tips or notes with things to watch for and what just plain works better. I have amassed huge quantities of recipes over the years, and recently have begun giving classes.
My passion is to teach people how to create a Harmony of Flavors with their cooking, and help pass along my love and joy of food simple and exotic, plain or fancy. I continue my journey in ethnic and domestic cuisines, trying new things. I would love to hear from you, to help me continue my journey to explore diverse culinary experiences and hopefully to start you on a journey of your own.
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How Party Planning Information Helps Your Preparation

Most people at some point in their lives throw some sort of party. It was easier when you were younger; your parents went out of town, you’d invite a bunch of friends over, everyone would bring their own drinks. Boom, it’s a party. If you had really nice friends throwing the party, maybe they would supply chips. If not, you’d send out for pizza.

Being a responsible adult makes things a little more complicated when it comes to throwing a party. Now, there is a right and a wrong way of doing things and the level of expectations of your party guests goes up. But, this is not a problem because you can find out all there is to know about throwing a party right here.

The very first step you need to take is to decide what type of party it is that you want to throw. Are you looking at throwing a holiday party, a birthday party, or possibly a graduation party? There are a number of clear reasons for this and some you may have already realized. Some areas that may need to be clarified include determining the main age group of the guests and the number of people you will invite. This will help in determining the number of decisions you will make for the party.

Another highly important question to ask will deal with the number of people that you will be inviting to the party. The volume of people that you invite will certainly play a major role in several of the decisions that you make regarding the guest list. The amount of party supplies that you purchase will be based very heavily on the number of guests that you invite to the party.

The most common way people will invite guests will be through traditional party invitations. There can be a multitude of different invitations procured. There will also be cards that you can mail out or even hand to predetermined guests. Word of mouth is still viable. You could spread the news to many of your selected guests just by telling them. Emails and online invitations are helpful as well. You should also keep track of the RSVP list and who is actually coming along with the numbers of those that have opted to decline the invitation.

The exact location where you will be holding the party is something else that needs to be taken into consideration. Will you hold you party outside? If so, will there be adequate shade or shelter to deal with the weather conditions? And where will you be holding the party if it is indoors? Will you hold it in your house or will you rent a venue? When you hold the event at your own home you will need to take a number of things into consideration. Namely, you will need to clean the venue and have it set up properly for the guests. You will need to do a lot of host work during the actual party since various guest needs will have to be attended to. And after the party is over, you will have a lot of clean up duties to attend to as well. Yes, there is an enormous amount of work involved with hosting a party! A rented venue does come with a number of costs, but it also comes with a great deal of freedom due to the lesser amount of responsibilities placed on the host.

Investing time trying to figure out how much food you will need is probably among the most difficult aspects associated with throwing a party. You need to know what kind of food you should serve or whether to hold a sit down dinner or one that is a buffet. Will you make everything yourself or will you hire a caterer? You need to smartly clarify all of these questions because people do want to dine well at a party. Often, the serving of food is the only thing they remember about the party!

There are many different aspects and facets to planning a party and only a small fraction of the basics have been covered here. There may be a lot for you to learn before you can claim any expertise on the subject, but the information provided herein can certainly help you on the path to being an expert!

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5 Foolproof Ways for Hen Party Planning

If you’ve been tasked to arrange a hen party, you might be thinking where on earth do you start. Read about 5 ways to ensure the hen party you plan will be an event to remember rather than a disaster. There’s nothing worse than being tasked with arranging so big and not knowing where to begin. Party planning can be fun. If you haven’t arranged one before it doesn’t matter. Anyone can do it. All it involves is a little organisation and planning ahead.

Send an Exploratory Email
Start by sending an email to all the girls invited to the hen party; some you may know, others you may not but just ask for suggestions. Simple as this may sound you may think you know your friend really well after all, you’re the best friend, right? Wrong. Those friends who may be on the periphery of your friend’s party circle may come up with some suggestions which you may not have thought of before. Once you’ve gathered your suggestions, compile a list and discuss it with the hen.

Plan in Advance
Planning at least three months in advance is the key. This is particularly important if you have a large group and need to arrange logistics like the girls travelling from different areas, cities or countries.

Lavish or Budget Hen Party?
Some ideas will meet high approval. For instance, organising a Bollywood hen party in the total spirit of Bollywood, glamour, fun, entertainment and food is affordable and combines having a good time with colour, excitement and entertainment. Other ideas like having a hen party abroad can be equally fun but you have to work out whether you’re getting good value for being abroad and paying the extra travel costs.

Communicate with the party and work out a general budget. If the hen does decide to splash out and go abroad, email all the group and find out who wants to fork out for a trip abroad and outline the expense at an early stage. You may find the 20 strong group who initially wanted to party with the hen may go down as not everyone will afford a trip abroad and you may end up with a smaller group. Plan your party abroad like you would plan your own holiday; this means finding deals well in advance and asking for monies to be transferred to your account in advance or into a kitty account which is only for the party. This way you won’t end up forking out and if people drop out you’re covered.

Keep the Party Updated
Send weekly updates on how the party planning is going and if anyone has any suggestions for cutting costs because this will be a major factor for many people in the current economic climate. If anyone has relatives who work for any of the major airlines or leisure companies you can ask if it may be feasible to get a discount. Always keep what the hen wants in mind.
If she’s not a wild girl do not attempt to do anything too risky otherwise you could lose a friend.

The point is to do something which is fun and entertaining and most of all enjoyable but it shouldn’t be a mission to get the hen to do something completely out of her comfort zone. Everyone is unique. You may have friends who love burlesque dancing or want to try pole dancing. Work out what your hen wants for her party and if she’s asked to keep it a surprise, honour that request as well. After all it’s her big day with the girls and it should be about quality not competition.

Try out Online Entertainment Companies
There are many entertainment organisers online who will take the stress out of organising your party if you really feel snowed under. You will still need to communicate with the group but if you have a busy life with job, kids and family this is probably the best option. Bollywood Hens is one such company which prides itself on arranging bespoke hen parties but in fun Bollywood style.

Planning a party is a huge task. If you are stuck for ideas on organising your best friend’s hen party or any other party, Sudha Kaviraj gives great advice on planning your party in fun Bollywood style and you can sign up for a free monthly newsletter by going here http://www.bollywoodhens.co.uk.

Party Planning This Fall Made Easy With This Apple Harvest Party

Autumn, to me is the most glorious season of the year. I am charmed by the hint of crispness that I feel in the evening air, not quite cold but not sticky hot either, and best of all this is when the apples come rolling in at my local farmers market.

To me, apples are the best and possibly the most versatile fruits on the planet. And, I love that they have a varied and sordid history — from Eden to Snow White (they’ve been through a lot!) So naturally I channel all this apple-love into a fun apple harvest dinner party.

I want to have fun at the party and not be exhausted from cooking and prepping all day so my plan is to keep everything simple. I’d like to have dinner on the deck, so I decide to keep the party to 8 guests total including my husband and me. Next, I make sure that my party space is ready for guests. I make a list of the things that need to refreshed after my summer dinner parties like: buy more citronella fuel for my torches, get a few more votives for the table, sweep the deck and give the cushions a fluff.

I want to include apples in my table décor, of course, but I want it to be simple and fresh. I choose the theme of “fresh from the orchard” and I decide to create centerpieces using paper lunch sacks filled with apples. I roll the sides of the bags to various heights and tie ribbon belts around the sacks for a punch of color. I add tags with sayings including “tasty” & “juicy” to the ribbon for a little fun. These centerpieces will also be great take-home gifts for my friends. I’ll be sure to slip my favorite apple pie recipe into the bags before they leave so they’ll have inspiration for using their apples at home.

Because I’m obsessed with decorative papers, I create apple-themed place cards and menus for my party. These cute little cards are available on my website if you’d like to use them for your party too. Decor tip: slipping the place cards into the tongs of the fork at each place setting adds a little extra dimension to the tablescape and is a great way to display them.

Now for the good stuff – the food! I always have drinks and tasty bites ready to go 10 – 15 minutes before party time. These little lifesavers are great for those early bird arrivals and keep us all happy until the last guests arrive. I decide to make little apple, ham & brie stacks. These remind me of little croque monsieurs – without the bread. Yum! They are great because they can be prepared in advance and then served at room temperature. I think I’ll slide mine on to little skewers to make them even easier to munch. Perfect little no-fuss bites. I think sparkling apple cider and apple martinis are just right with these. Cocktail tip: I recommend using a cocktail mixer when making apple martinis – these shortcuts make “tending the bar” a snap!

For dinner, I want to start with a small salad of mixed greens combined with sliced apples and topped with candied walnuts (which I buy pre-candied in the nut aisle at my local grocery store) and a shaving or two of Parmesan cheese. Bleu cheese crumbles would be a delicious alternative to the parm, if you prefer. Drizzle just a touch of olive oil and apple cider vinegar and voila! Salad is served.

For the entrée, I am craving ham slowly roasted in apple cider with an apple-honey-mustard glaze. Now remember, I said I don’t want to cook all day, so I’m going to rely on my slow-cooker (also known as a crock-pot). This is my favorite entertaining secret weapon. I get all the benefits of a slow cooked meal without having to hover over the stove for hours. To accompany the ham, I’ll make cheesy cheddar grits and apple-cabbage slaw. These will be easy to prepare shortly before guests arrive.

But, how to end this meal, that’s the hardest decision. I love apple pie and I’m sorely tempted to go that route but the siren call of apple-cider donuts is too much for me to resist – plus I can set up stations so that all of us can participate in making them which will be a lot of fun for all of us and create some great memories. What more could an apple-crazed gal like me ask for?

Here are a few of the recipes to try:

Rustic Ham with Apple-Honey-Mustard Glaze

Ham:
1 fully cooked ham, 3 – 5 pounds, be sure it will fit in your slow cooker
4 cups apple cider, or enough to cover (apple juice may be used if cider isn’t available)
12 whole cloves

Glaze:
2 cups apple cider
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ cup honey
½ teaspoon or a pinch of ground cloves

1 – Roughly score ham with a knife and randomly stud with whole cloves.

2 – Place ham in slow cooker and pour apple cider over ham to cover.

3 – Cook on low for 8 hours.

4 – During last 20 minutes of cooking preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare glaze. In a small bowl, combine cider, mustard, honey and ground cloves.

5 – Place ham into a roasting pan and brush glaze over top of ham.

6 – Bake for 30 minutes or until ham is browned. Remove from oven and allow to rest on cutting board for 30 minutes. Note: Leaving the ham in the pan will encourage more cooking and not help the ham cool down.

7 – Slice and serve!

Apple Cider Donuts:

2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 ½ cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup apple cider
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Bisquick
canola oil
1. In a bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add in 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, combine well. Next, add apple cider, buttermilk, egg, egg yolk and vanilla, mix thoroughly, scraping sides of bowl to be sure batter is well blended. Finally, stir in bisquick.

2. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine 1 cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg. Set this aside to coat hot donuts after frying.

3. Flour your hands and your countertop and lightly roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Try not to work the dough too much – you don’t want it to become tough. Use either a 2-1/2-inch doughnut cutter or 2 graduated sizes of glasses. Dip cutter or glasses into flour between cuts to keep cutting easy. Reshape dough and cut again. Roll remaining dough into small donut “holes.”

4. Fill a large frying pan ¾ of the way full with oil. Heat over medium heat. Place donuts into hot oil – be careful not to crowd the pan. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until golden brown. Gently flip the donut and cook another 2 – 3 minutes. Remove donuts from oil with a slotted spoon or tongs. Drain on paper towels.

5. Immediately dip hot donuts into sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg mix.

6. Repeat with remaining donuts and “holes.”

7. If not eating immediately, allow donuts and holes to cool on cooling rack. Store in sealed Ziploc bag in refrigerator. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Looking for more festive holiday party ideas this holiday season, stop by Jennifer’s blog or her website Jennifer Carroll Designs today.

Jennifer Carroll is a southern wedding, party and lifestyle expert and has been featured on NBC and in The Knot and Weddings Unveiled magazines. Her company Jennifer Carroll Events, LLC www.jennifercarrollevents.com designs events all over the U.S. She is currently writing a book on entertaining at home and has launched a line of stylish note card sets for baby, Christmas and everyday under her brand, Jennifer Carroll Designs. Article is free to be reprinted as long as bio remains.

Holiday Party In Houston–Decoration Has A Great Role To Play

With the winter season coming close, you must have started to make preparation to beat the chills. Though the winter season is quite harsh at different places, you cannot ignore the fact that winter season also brings a mood of festivity. With the approach of winter, most of you start making different plans for celebrating the holiday season. You must also have some plan for this season. If you are interested to throw a party during the holiday season, especially during the Christmas, it is better for you to start the planning in advance.

The first and foremost thing that you need to note in this context is the Christmas Party hall in Houston TX. There are several halls in the city, where you can get the party planned for the occasion. However, all the venues are not equally great. Therefore, if you want to get praises for your choice, you need to shortlist a few of them and then make the selection. You should make the selection based on the area they offer, facilities or services that they can provide. There is no doubt about the fact that the charges of the hall play a great role. Yet, you should not consider it to be the prime important factor while making the decision. Factors like the hall features and services provided should get the major importance.

It is always better to plan your Holiday Party Venue in Houston TX, where you can get a ballroom or a banquet hall. This will offer you ample of space to accommodate your guests. Not just that, you will also get the scopes of decorating the place according to your own wish. Never take the decoration of the hall lightly, as it is one of the most important factors to determine the success of the occasion. When it comes to Christmas party, it is quite obvious that you will have to get Christmas tree, bells and stars to decorate the place. However, that is not all that you need to do. You need to use other decorative such as lights, flowers etc to make the place appear attractive.

When it comes to the decoration of your holiday party, you just cannot restrict yourself to the hall or the entrance. You will also have to be careful about the decoration of the dining area, chairs, tables etc. The food counters should also be well decorated and need to represent the same theme or else it will ruin the entire mood of the occasion. As most of the people find it difficult to decorate the hall on their own, many venues offer the decoration service in the rental package. You can also opt for them and get the job done in a hassle free way.

Decoration is important but that is not the only thing to be noted. You also need to give importance to the food that would be served. It should be in sync with the mood of the occasion and should also be of high quality. You can search for Christmas party venues in Houston TX that can serve quality foods to make the occasion even more special.

Mary Diaz has a great interest on Holiday Party Venue in Houston TX. She has collected several information on Christmas party venues in Houston TX and has written this article to guide people on Christmas Party hall in Houston TX.

10 Holiday Party – Celebrate the Season with a Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays with a fun party. This is the time of the year when the streets are alive with holiday lights and music. The people are joyful and in the best mood to celebrate and be merry. Get the opportunity to be in touch with family and relatives. Gather your some friends who you have not talked to in a long time. Start the holidays right with a party where everyone can be together and have a great time.

To avoid the holiday rush, plan for the party before the season starts. If it is going to be held at your home, decorate a few key areas of the house to make them cheerful and festive enough. You can have a theme to create a personal and unique celebration. Go according to your taste and personality, making it easier and more fun to decorate. If you choose another venue, see if it is available on your chosen date and reserve as early as possible. Find out how many tables and seats is needed to accommodate your guests. Take note that the food and drinks should be appropriate for all guests, both kids and adults alike. It is important that everyone feels welcome and is able to enjoy the party.

You can have activities for your guests to take part in at the party. Plan a secret Santa or other holiday games, where guests can exchange gifts and interact more with each other. You can even have someone dress up as Santa Claus and give out toys and gifts to the kids. You and the guests can spend some time singing Christmas carols or dance to some holiday tunes. Do not forget to allow guests to mingle and get in touch with one another during the party.

Holiday parties can be a gathering of close friends or a reunion with family and relatives. You can also invite people you work with or a few friends from the office. It is up to you if you want a big or more intimate celebration. This will determine how you are going to proceed with your party planning. Send out the invites as soon as you have finished the plans to allow guests more time to prepare and fix their schedule. Decide if you want to give out souvenirs at the end of the party. Such details should be included in your preparations.

Parties are supposed to be fun and festive, especially if held during the holidays. They do not have to be necessarily loud and outrageous. It could be a simple dinner, a family gathering, or a celebration at your home. Add special touches to make it memorable, where everybody can enjoy and cherish. Prepare early so that you will not be caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. You do not want to be too stressed out and have no energy left to enjoy your party.
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Holiday Party Planning Made Easy

Holiday parties are always fun and exciting; however being the host of this event is sometimes a little disarming. Typically the host is worried about the guests more than having a good time themselves. There are tips and suggestions to throw an excellent bash while still having a great time. An individual may become overwhelmed with the issues regarding food, the guest list, entertainment and refreshments. There are simple solutions to throwing a fabulous party without the anxiety and frustration. It does not matter what type of holiday party an individual is hosting, Christmas, Easter, Halloween or anything else imaginable. There are methods to ensure everyone will have a great time, even the host.

The location is the first major key to any party. Depending on the time of year and weather this could be simple. An individual could throw their party in their own house or backyard. This tip will save money for more exciting ventures like food and entertainment. If the room is unsuitable an individual could rent a park for a private affair instead of paying outlandish costs for a banquet hall. However, if the weather is unbefitting for outdoor entertainment, an individual could rent an inexpensive hall. It is vital to remember that a person gets what they pay for. Some cleanup may be required before and/or after the party.

Decorations are important for a well-planned party. With everything the host needs to consider this may be a little overwhelming to complete. An individual could enlist the assistance of close friends or family to lend a hand in this matter. Sprucing up the location is a key step in the enjoyment of everyone invited to the party. Theme ornaments for each holiday could be purchased or made by hand. There are various arts and crafts tips that an individual could explore throughout the internet.

Food and drinks are a vital part of the party spirit. This part of the party makes or breaks a gathering. An individual could enlist the assistance of a professional cater; again it is vital to remember an individual receives what they pay for. Another suggestion is to create a simple menu without much expense or effort. This could be pizza, chips and soda. Anything easy would be an excellent way to keep the guests happy and full.

An additional idea is to make the party a potluck dinner. Everyone brings something for everyone to snack and consume. This is a great method for food and drink with a variety of items. A potluck is an excellent idea. It brings together the party members with their special dishes and deserts. Just remember that it may be a good idea to organize what everyone is to bring so there are various styles of food instead of 30 deserts.

There are various methods designed to create a simple party without the host going crazy. The individual that is hosting the party needs to decide how they are going to accomplish this feat way before the date. They need to give the guests ample time to prepare to come to the gathering.

Invitations need to be sent out at least 4 weeks before the day of the event. These need to include the date, time, if costumes are involved and if it is a potluck supper. It is vital to arrange this many weeks before the actual date to receive the best turnout as possible.

Jane Saeman has a Chocolate Fountain catering business.
She goes to lots of parties and comes back with lots of ideas.
Read about them onher blog at my website which is at http://www.ChocolateFountainDecadenceSite.com

Christmas Party Planning Eases Stress

The Christmas holiday season is a magical time of the year. It is easy to encounter happy strangers, as well as friends and loved ones, who greet one another with the joy and goodwill that abounds. All of these feelings of fun, festivity and fellowship create the perfect backdrop for the annual Christmas party.

In general there are two broad categories of Christmas parties. One is the traditional office one which is usually held sometime in December. There has been a rather recent trend for office parties to be held early in the month of December, rather than very close to Christmas Day.

In this way, the many social events of the season are spread throughout the month. Some companies, especially those that are involved in retail, choose to have their company parties after the New Year. Because it is such a hectic time for retailers, it is sometimes difficult to gather all of the employees together at the same time.

Of course, those in the category of a personal party, which involves friends and family, is more often held on the weekend preceding Christmas or on Christmas Eve. This type of holiday party is a wonderful opportunity for families to get together and socialize and catch up with the happenings of the year. Often family parties on this special day feature a time to exchange gifts, enjoy some entertainment, partake in delicious favorite foods that people bring to share and sing around the Christmas tree.

When embarking on the planning of a Christmas party, do keep in mind that during the holiday season people are at their busiest. To ensure that your event is attended by all invited, it should be scheduled as far in advance as possible so that your guests can juggle their other commitments.

Some of the things to keep in mind for organizing a great party are: choosing the date and creating the guest list, sending out the invitations (either by snail-mail or by email), planning the menu and asking others to bring certain food items or extra silverware, setting a budget that you can commit to, decorating the house and making sure there will be adequate seating. When such an event is well planned out and organized properly, it greatly reduces the stress of hosting a party and will make it a much more enjoyable experience for everyone involved, you included.

Probably one of the biggest aspects of planning such a party is creating the menu. There are so many wonderful foods that are part of the traditional feast.

Including family favorites can really help to make the event more special and memorable for everyone. This is a great time of year to ask your guests to bring their most-liked foods to share as this can be an opportunity to share favorite memories or traditions that might be based around that food.

The main thing to remember about any Christmas party is to focus on the sharing and giving spirit of Christmas with people that you care about. This is more important than any one food, decoration or activity that might be planned and will lend to creating memorable gatherings.

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Holiday Party Planning – December and Beyond

Planning a holiday party could be a fun and exciting event for everyone that is involved. The creativity and designs shine through the party guest. There are various styles of parties a person could host and arrange to suit the holiday spirit. The style of party depends of course on the day itself. Various resources online could assist a person in maintaining and throwing the best holiday bash imaginable. Everything must be creative and extraordinary. Invitations must draw the guests to the event. The food is vital to keep every person happy and full. Entertainment is an important step in keeping every individual amused. The refreshments are essential for the style and elegance of the party. It is vital to invite individuals weeks in advance so they could be prepared to come.

Decorations for each party are important because it is usually the first thing the invited guests view and enjoy. The decorations need to be well thought out and designed for the special occasion. Party stores have seasonal and year-round decorations for each style imaginable. Different celebrations must have a unique touch designed accordingly. Enlist the help of family or good friends to assist in the decoration and invitation process. It is always a great idea to take in suggestions on how to complete the decorations perfectly.

Food and drink is what keeps an individual at a party. They want to be happy, merry and full. Alcoholic beverages are almost a must at every gathering. As the host, it is vital to be aware of who is consuming too much of the good stuff and ask them if they have a driver or cut them off.

Offer free cab rides for individual who are enjoying the festivities a bit too much, if the local taxi company does not offer these amenities. The food should reflect the holiday that is being celebrated as well as the drinks that are being served. Seasonal recipes and others may be found around the internet. It is vital to have enough snacks and food for each guest to consume.

The entertainment aspect of a party is an important step as well. This method could make or break the party. Dancing, music and games could be a wonderful way to keep each partygoer entertained and amused. Seasonal, board, card and drinking games could all be an entertaining option. Music, dancing and conversation are another excellent source. IF it is a major holiday celebration, the ball game of the day could be playing in the background.

An individual could accomplish a well defined party in simple and straightforward techniques. It is always an excellent idea to enlist certain friends and family to help in ideas and setting up decorations. A person could throw a fantastic holiday party with trouble-free thoughts and creative ideas. It is a fabulous way to enjoy the festivities with friends and family. Every one should host at least one holiday party each year. They are a fantastic way to come together and have a great time.

Jane Saeman has a Chocolate Fountain catering business.
She goes to lots of parties and comes back with lots of ideas.
Read about them onher blog at my website which is at http://www.ChocolateFountainDecadenceSite.com

Looking For DJ Services When Planning a Corporate Holiday Party

Entertainment is a major factor in any corporate event. Therefore, when looking for a Master of Ceremony (MC) for the event, the MC must have certain qualities and characteristics. The success of any event depends on the MC having the ability to keep the crowd vibrant and energetic throughout the entire session. Most companies in Toronto, nowadays, tend to look for a DJ that can double up as the MC when they are planning their corporate holiday parties. A DJ that livens up a crowd is one that has the ability to judge the mood of a crowd. A good DJ can spot people leaning on the wall and maybe play something that he or she thinks they conform to and most of the time it usually works.

Most companies have therefore seen the value of giving their employees, customers, clients and shareholders a good time to have fun and make sure that they enjoy it. With DJ houses keeping this in mind, they have developed their programs and upgraded their services to suit the needs of their clients. For a great and memorable corporate holiday party in Toronto, one should search out a professional DJ that has a complete entertainment system, well established and can be easily accessed for an event. A company should not limit itself when it comes to planning of its holiday parties. Whether it is a big company or a small one, this should not limit one to have a good time because of finances. If the budget is small, hire a good and professional solo DJ, while considering his or her abilities to keep the party alive and fun. For bigger companies, an agency or a band with a DJ that may be based in the background or takes over when the band takes a rest is a good choice. Most DJ agencies in Toronto have all the equipment a good party needs concerning entertainment. Some even offer catering services. This is good if one does not want to keep searching for different elements for the party. It also may save costs as well as time.

Most corporate events may happen once or twice in a year, particularly at the end of the year or in the middle of the year. If a company is planning one at the end of the year, this is when DJ’s are very busy. It is advisable to book a DJ early to avoid last minute rushes. Companies in Toronto have developed a tendency to hold end year parties to coincide with yearly events like Christmas or New Years. With early booking, most agencies can even offer discounted packages, which attract many companies that are looking to hold these corporate events. Most agencies will also book for companies a suitable venue, for the price they are able to afford. So if one is looking to plan a good entertaining corporate holiday party in Toronto, they should look for a good and established DJ or DJ agency. Excellent ones have set up web sites, where their clients can access them easily.

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