• Mandy Marshall

BEWARE - 5 Things that Can Ruin Your Holiday Party

Updated: Dec 22, 2018

On the twenty-first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, gold glitter cups for the holiday party! It’s no secret that the holidays can be hectic, but before you find yourself being toppled over by an avalanche of gold glitter cups, tinsel, savory and sweet holiday treats, an abundance of holiday party accessories, and disgruntled party guests, take a deep breath and read on to learn how to prepare for your holiday party. Not only that, but we will include suggestions to help you avoid the things that might try to ruin your holiday gathering with our list of…

5 Things that Can Ruin Your Holiday Party

1. Toxic party guests. When it comes to the holidays, you might try your very best to be merry and bright, but it isn’t always easy, especially if you have one (or a few) toxic people in attendance at your holiday shindig. You know who I’m talking about, that one person/group of people that you dread seeing during the holidays, yet you still manage to plaster on an attempt of a friendly smile (even though you would literally rather be standing in the seemingly never-ending line at the DMV instead of having to encounter this person). Whether this toxic person is a friend, co-worker, or family member, you absolutely do not have to put up with their crap—during the holidays or otherwise.

Ways to Avoid It: Instead of taking a swig of haterade from your glitter tumbler, fill it with some holiday cheer and swear off toxic people from your holiday parties, and your life in general—if you can swing it. Sometimes dealing with toxic people is unavoidable; however, if you are hosting a holiday party you certainly don’t have to invite anyone who is toxic for you or your loved ones. In some cases, it’s easier to simply invite them anyway to avoid dealing with even more drama, but just because they are there does not mean you have to interact with them. Avoid the toxic guests at holiday parties by surrounding yourself with the friends and family members you actually enjoy spending time with. The holidays are a time for loved ones and cheer, not a time to be bogged down by negative people. Also, if those toxic folk do try to make a stink at your party you can always send that Scrooge or Grinch on their merry way out of your house/venue!

2. Breaking your budget. Spending too much money on your holiday party is a surefire way to make you less likely to enjoy that party. When you know you have an exorbitant amount of money invested in something, stress levels are bound to rise because you want the party to run as smoothly as possible since you have so much of your hard earned cash invested into it. Not only that, but the holidays can get insanely expensive, even when you aren’t hosting a holiday party! Between buying Christmas gifts for friends and family members and purchasing gift wrapping supplies (wrapping paper, tape, bows, gift tags, gift bags, tissue paper, etc.), decoration items to decorate your home for the holidays, holiday goodies, travel expenses if you travel during the holidays (flight costs, rental cars, gas, etc.), and making sure you have enough food to feed your friends and family if you’re hosting a party, many people spend far more than they can comfortably afford during the holidays. During a time meant to be spent in a holly jolly mood, breaking your budget and going in to debt due to holiday spending can very well tarnish your holiday and can have you crying “bah humbug” instead of spreading warm holiday wishes.

Ways to Avoid It: Set a budget early into holiday planning and before you start purchasing all of your holiday party supplies. If you know how much you can comfortably spend on your holiday party before you start buying things then you are less likely to over spend and over indulge. The key to being successful here is making sure you stick to your budget and are realistic about how much money you can comfortably spend on your holiday get together.

Another way to cut costs for your holiday party is to host a potluck! Have party guests bring a beloved dish or drinks to your shindig, or even make it a BYOB (bring your own beer/booze/beverage of choice) event. Not only will this cut costs on food and alcohol immensely, but this method also ensures that everyone will be eating and drinking something they truly enjoy.

3. No one comes to your party. There are few things worse than spending a significant amount of time, money, and effort on hosting a holiday party that no one shows up to. While your friends and family members would surely love to attend your event, you have to understand that the holidays are ridiculously hectic for most people. My fiancé and I alone have several holiday gatherings to attend each year, and many of those parties oftentimes fall on the same day. While it’s impossible to be two places at once, pressure to attend every friend, family, and work holiday party builds, yet attending all of the events that you’re invited to isn’t likely possible, especially if you plan to host a party, as well.

Ways to Avoid It: Talk to your anticipated party guests to get an idea of what their availability is like, then consider choosing a day that works best for you and as many of your guests as possible. The best way to make sure your holiday shindig takes precedence over other holiday events is to set a date early in advance, and to send out your invitations early, as well. The sooner you lock in your party date and send out your invitations, the more people who will be able to plan to attend. That way, if an invitation comes their way for an event on the same day or at the same time they know to decline it if they’ve already committed to attending your party.

4. You run out of food and/or drinks. The last thing you want to happen when you are hosting a holiday party is to run out of food or drinks! Nothing kills a party (or clears it out) faster than running out of the yummy stuff. After all, food and drinks are a great way to keep your guests happy, but also a quick way to disappoint them if there isn’t enough to go around.

Ways to Avoid It: As previously mentioned, throwing a potluck where everyone is requested to bring a dish can make for a wonderful holiday party! Not only does hosting a potluck save you money on the cost of food and beverages, but it also ensures that there will be an abundance of food that can be enjoyed by all of your guests. Another perk to hosting a potluck is that you and your guests will likely be exposed to fun, new dishes and treats that you may never have gotten to try otherwise! Throwing a BYOB event, as mentioned earlier, can also help you keep drinks on hand because most of your guests will be drinking the beverages they bring to your party instead of the ones you’re providing. To avoid running out of food or drinks to begin with, buy more than you think you will need. Yes, this can be a waste of money and food if it’s not all consumed, however, you can donate anything that’s leftover, eat the leftovers for the next few days, or encourage guests to take leftovers home with them. If you would rather not purchase too much extra, you could stock up on frozen pizzas or something similar. They’re quick and easy to pop into the oven in a pinch if food starts to run low at the party, and grocery stores usually have good sales on frozen pizzas and appetizers. If you don’t end up needing to cook the frozen goods, they’ll still be preserved for when you will use them at a later date.

5. Too much of the “good stuff.” Getting a nice buzz going at holiday parties can be a great time for you and your guests, but there is a difference between getting a little tipsy and getting absolutely blitzened. You want to have a good time, but you also don’t want your guests getting belligerent or have them trying to drive home while intoxicated. Alcohol is fine, but in moderation.

Ways to Avoid It: One way to avoid alcohol related issues at your holiday party is to refrain from inviting anyone who you know has a problem with alcohol or who simply acts like a jerk when they drink. As for avoiding car crashes and DUI’s, having Uber or Lyft installed on your phone to make arrangements for guests who had too much to drink isn’t a bad idea. If that’s not your thing, consider having the phone number of a taxi cab at the ready or perhaps have a designated driver in attendance who is trustworthy and willing to make sure anyone who needs a ride home will get there safely. If you would prefer to avoid any alcohol related incidents altogether, you could also consider having a booze-free shindig.

With the holidays right around the corner, prepping for your holiday party can make you a nervous wreck—but party planning doesn’t have to be so stressful! Just remember to breathe easy and refer back to these warnings and suggestions on how to avoid things that can ruin your holiday party. And, first and foremost, try to have a wonderful holiday!


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