Time always seems to go by faster during the holidays. With all of the errands we have to run and festivities to partake it, Christmas dawns on us sooner and sooner each year! Planning a party doesn’t have to be very time consuming as long as you’re efficient. So if you’re thinking of having a holiday bash, here is a simple two-week timeline and checklist of the party planning process that will hopefully make the process a little bit smoother.

Now lets keep in mind that I am a procrastinator and many of you would want to get this done sooner. With finals and working, it is inevitable that things get left to the last minute for me. But I think two weeks is more than enough time to get everything done!

2 Weeks Before:

Make a list of guests. Decide how big or small you want your affair to be so that you can prepare accordingly! You’ll want a rough estimate of how much food and drink you will need before you shop.

Invite guests. Two weeks notice may seem too last minute for some, but it generally will be enough time for your friends. Ask for an RSVP so you’re not stressing on party day! You may want to remind them of the event a few days before.

Decide on a theme (if wanted.) Since it is Christmas time, the theme is already present but you could always pick a certain color of decorations or maybe a fun Christmas movie theme. Decide ahead of time so your guests can have time to prepare and you can get all of the stuff you need!

Buy a hot dress. Unless you already have one, you’ll want to give yourself time to hunt for the dress. You might need to try a few different stores to find “the one” and you don’t want to deal with this last minute when you should be worried about other things!

Day Before:

Shop for food and drinks. You want everything to be fresh so don’t buy it too early. By this point you’ll know most likely how many people you are expecting and therefore you’ll know how much to buy. You don’t want to spend more money than you have to nor do you want to not have enough for your guests!

Make a playlist. Spotify or Pandora could take care of the music but the commercials can get a bit obnoxious. A playlist guarantees there won’t be any awkward pauses! Add enough songs to last the entire party and maybe a few extra just so that you don’t have to worry about the music.

Have decorations. Whether you slowly buy them over the course of the two weeks or the day before, make sure that you have them all before the day of the party. The last thing you want is to be running around town buying some more streamers (been there, done that!) Have it all ready to decorate the next day.

Day Of:

Decorate. Seeing everything decorated and ready will make you more excited for the event and ease some of the stress you may be feeling. Get your friends involved in this because it will not only get done faster, but it will be more fun!

Make snacks and drinks. Choosing to serve several different types of appetizers is your best bet because they’re small and easy to eat. Get those ready as close to party time as possible so that they will be fresh and delicious! Ensure drinks are chilled and that you have all juices and other add-ons ready to be used.

Have cleaning supplies on hand. Before your guests arrive, know where you have towels and napkins so in case there is a spill you can take care of it ASAP.

HAVE FUN! Planning can be stressful but remember, this party is for you too not just your friends. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and make some fun holiday memories.

Lovelies, do you like party planning or does it just stress you out?

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