Tips for Planning a Last Minute Holiday Party

Want to host a last minute holiday party? No problem! There’s still plenty of time to plan the perfect event. All you have to do is consider a few essentials. Get started by checking out these 5 quick tips to make your party come to life and don’t forget to check out all our holiday party supplies that ship next day—they’ll be at your door in no time!

Pick a theme or color scheme

Whether you want to host a holiday party inspired by one of your favorite Christmas movies, a color scheme, or Christmas in your favorite city, choosing a theme is immensely helpful for creating a menu, choosing decorations, and deciding on a dress code. The theme can be anything you like, so get creative! We recently hosted a cookie exchange party that was a huge success and featured a mint, red, and white color palette, twinkle lights, and of course lots of cookies.

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Simple Menu 

For last minute meal prepping, we say grab some appetizer essentials such as cheese, crackers, and salami as well as plenty of canned or bottled beverages. Another great idea is to deem the party “potluck style”. That way, you’ll get tons of help with food prep. In fact, you may only have to worry about an appetizer or two. Be sure to ask your guests what they plan on bringing so you can pick up any missing items. Don’t want to ask guests to cook? Head over to your local deli and/or bakery for some bite-sized goodies.

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When it comes to preparing your party space last minute, only worry about cleaning up the main rooms you know will be in use. (Typically, the entryway, kitchen, living room, and bathroom.)  When it comes to decorations, keep it simple! Some garland, ornaments, and stockings make for great decorations and we bet you already have some set up in your home. Even your Christmas tree with gifts underneath counts. Want more? Shop for decorations, festive supplies, and more that will ship next day and make it in time for your party.

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No need to dig out old records or CDs. When it comes to music,  just hook up your phone to a speaker! There are plenty of playlists or channels to choose from through Spotify and Pandora. Plus, your guests can take turns playing music of their own.

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Thank your guests

Favors never go unappreciated. Thank your guests for attending your last minute holiday party with festive favors such as spreaders, coasters, or bottle openers. Of course, you’ll need the favors to arrive quickly, so be sure to check out our ships next day items.

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Are you planning a last minute holiday party this season? What other tips would you like to share with us?