Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Party Planning


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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

Over the past few days we’ve been talking about hosting a holiday get together at your house.  There are always lots of things to do when you host a party.  There’s the cleaning and trying to remember the other housekeeping jobs (like ironing the napkins, polishing the silverware, etc) — and let’s not forget about the meal itself!

Needless to say, it can get out of control very quickly.  But only if you let it!

Today we’re going to focus on the initial planning phase of your holiday get together.  Maybe it’s something you’ve hosted annually for the past 30 years or maybe this is the first year you’re considering hosting a party.  Either way, I hope this post will help you plan and organize your special day.

In the printable (which you can find at the end of this post) there is a Party Planner document.  I hope it will be useful to you — but of course you don’t have to print it out.  You can just as easily use a notebook or whatever else suits you.  Just make sure it ends up in your CCJ! 🙂

First, you need to plan when you will host your party.  What time frame are you looking at?  Some people have their get together at lunch time while others prefer a supper celebration.  My Thanksgiving meal is planned for early afternoon.  My family all live at least an hour away so we don’t want to make them travel at night.  So we’ll usually start eating around 1 p.m., although everyone arrives anywhere between 10 a.m. and noon.

Who will you invite?  Do you send invitations?  Do you call, mail invitations, or send an email invite?  Even though it’s an annual thing around here, I still send snail mail invitations to my family.  My brother rolls his eyes, but I like doing things like that.

How far in advance should you send invitations?  I looked up Emily Post for the etiquette on this.  I tend to send mine out around the first of November.  I would probably send them out mid October if they didn’t already know about it.

Another thing to bear in mind:  Many people have food, pet or other allergies these days so if you are hosting an event (and especially if you’re cooking the whole meal) be sure and ask your guests if they have any allergies so you can plan accordingly.  {You could write these in the Special Notes column of the printable.}

Some people hold potlucks — this can be especially helpful if a large number of people are attending or there are several food allergies.  {You could also write in the Special Notes column what dish each family member plans to bring to ensure two people don’t make the same thing.}  At our get together I cook the main meal and one of my sisters brings dessert (she’s the baker of the family).  The other sister arrives early and helps me in the kitchen.  My brother?  He’s usually out in the woods hunting until meal time.  🙂

It’s not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving or Christmas party!  Taking a bit of time now can save you a lot of stress in the long run.

{But don’t get too far ahead — tomorrow we’ll tackle the party meal planning.}

And now, the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  We’ve had it easy for the past few days but today is the day to get serious (if you’re planning a celebration).  Start planning your party, using the printable below and the ones in recent posts if they suit you.

Today’s Printable:  CCJ party planner.  I’ve also attached the three most recent printables in case you need them:  CCJ cleaning to dosCCJ cleaning calendar and CCJ housekeeping to dos.


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