The holidays are fast approaching, and we are all geared up to go on vacation and spend some time with our families. One way to spend the holidays is to gather every family member for one special occasion where we can create memories.
Hosting a party for a large group of people can be stressful for party organizers. From preparing the guest list to making sure you have not forgotten anyone, to creating the menu and planning some entertainment to ensure everybody enjoys the party – it’s one tough job.
So how do we throw the best party for a big family? Do we have to invite a famous band or hire the best chefs to prepare extravagant dishes? Here are some of the things you might want to include in your checklist:
Grab a Helping Hand
One way to throw the best party for a family of multiples is to have family members jump in and help us organize it. Yes, getting a party organizer would be convenient. They can assist you in ordering food or getting entertainers. However, the conceptualization and the overseeing of the party is best done with a family member when you want to save money. Also, family members can provide information on what everyone digs from food to music and wine.
Check that You Have the Resources
Parties will never happen without us having to spend a dollar. Families of multiples know this very well. It’s a good idea to check on what you can afford to spend before spending it. Hosting the party means we are shouldering most of the expenses. As mentioned, having family help with the planning saves having to hire a planner. They can also contribute by baking goodies for the kids or providing some of the food and decorations.
Pick the Best Date
The first assignment your party planning “team” should do is to pick the date of the party. The date should be the most convenient for most of the guests. This would mean communicating with our relatives to ask them whether they could make it or not or what their available time is. Make sure that the date will give you enough time to prepare.
Pick a theme
Party themes make it easier to think about how we decorate the venue. Themes are best guided by the purpose of why we are throwing a party whether it’s a milestone birthday or a festive occasion such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Prepare the Guest List
A guest list will give us an idea of how much we need to spend, the party venue, and the amount of food we have to prepare. It will also give us an idea whether we have to adjust the date of our gathering to make time for the preparation of those traveling a long distance. It will easily narrow things down.
Create a Great Invitation
Whether we decide to print out and mail our invitations or send them via email or a messaging application, creating a good invitation will formalize the event. It is also a way to make sure that our family members have them calendared in their phone or diaries. Inviting our family members formally should be done whether it is a simple occasion or a formal gathering.
Know how to Limit Drinking
Serving alcohol during family gatherings is not all bad. However, whether we are serving wine, a fruit punch, or beer, it is always best to limit it to avoid abuse symptoms. A family gathering is always a venue where a relative who normally gets drunk will get drunk. These incidents could make things go out of control, so before anything bad happens, it’s best to avoid alcohol abuse by limiting the alcoholic drinks you are going to serve. Besides, we would want to teach our kids that enjoying time with our families is best done when we are sober.
Prepare Party Games
Party games are not just for the kids, so make sure that people will enjoy the party with fun and simple games for everyone. Whether it’s a contest of the best karaoke singer or a competition of the fastest person who can bring their grandfather’s voter’s ID, family gatherings will surely be fun with games for the young and old alike.
Preparing for gatherings of families with multiples may make us nervous, but it will not stress us out as long as we know how to manage it well. Family parties are always something we should look forward to where new memories are created. Happy Holidays!
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Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them. Follow Patrick on Twitter or check out his website.