How to Throw a Last-Minute Holiday Party

How did this happen? Your quiet holiday get-together has somehow suddenly grown into a huge event. It’s already the middle of December, so you have very little time to throw together a big, festive party. You need to find beautiful decorations, delicious food, and fun favors in a matter of days. Resources and ideas seem incredibly scarce.

Don’t give up just yet! With a little innovation, you can still put together a fabulous holiday bash. Here are some ideas for planning a stress-free, last minute event that’s both merry and bright.

Since time is running out, the invitations need to be sent immediately. It’s unlikely that you’ll have time for a personalized design, but if you’re confident that your invites can reach your guests quickly by mail, you can go shopping for some beautiful pre-made cards. Your best bet, though, will be sending out your invites online. Search the web for a creative ecard or just spend some time putting together a well-detailed Facebook event page.

It’s amazing how much natural garland can spruce up (pun intended) a room. Continue the organic theme by creating simple centerpieces out of the garland, oranges, fresh white flowers, and votive candles. If that’s not the style you have in mind, there are countless DIY holiday decor tutorials online.

You can search for easy recipes and enlist the help of friends who are well versed in the culinary arts, but the best option would be to find a caterer. They will be able to create a delicious customized menu that suits your needs, giving you one less thing to worry about. The less stress you have, the better your party will go.

You can put together something simple and homemade, like a cocoa kit. Buy cocoa, marshmallows, candy canes, and a mug and package them together for each of your guests. If you rather not deal with assembling favors, consider giving your guests your favorite book of the year.