If you have a holiday party to plan, it’s never too early to start. In fact, many companies use the old catch phrase “Christmas in July” as a mantra to stay ahead of the planning before the hustle and bustle of the holidays get too hectic. This is also a great call to action for anyone who is charged with planning their family and friends holiday party.
The earlier you start, the more enjoyable the planning can be. Choosing the location is key. Holiday parties tend to be more personal, so often times the host offers up their home for the event. What many people find is that, while your home may be beautiful and perfect for you and your family to live in, it was never designed to be an event venue. Parking, space and restrooms are often not ideal for hosting 50+ people. It’s also important to keep in mind the preparation process such as decorating, food and beverage. This is why many individuals are taking a page out of the corporate planner’s playbook and hosting their personal holiday party at an actual event venue. While this can cost more, it does allow you to focus on being a guest at your own event. It also takes the stress out of having to prepare the food yourself, or worrying if you will run out of eggnog, or worse yet, toilet paper.
I’m not saying now is the time to put up the tree and send your Holiday cards, but if you enjoy the planning process and want to reduce stress, it couldn’t hurt get started a little early. You might even find yourself humming a few bars of Jingle Bells.