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Delegating Tasks When Planning A Party

It’s the month of parties, y’all! That means you’re either hosting a party, being delegated to a task for a party, or attending as a guest (the best one). But hey, there’s really no need to be afraid of throwing Christmas party bashes because your friends and family can help you to a successful hosting of parties. That’s right! Treat this holiday season as an excuse to spend more time with your close friends and family (not that we need an excuse for that but you get the drift). Also, this is a special season where we can bond over gifts, food, and party planning.

But hosting a party means being the leader of the pack, being the one to delegate the tasks to your friends and relatives. How do you do that without offending some sensibilities and making sure they are equipped to handle the tasks handed to them? How can you make sure that everything will flow smoothly without sounding like a bossy boss?

Ask them if they are willing to help

Don’t assume that everyone is willing to help you plan the party. Some just want to attend it and not be part of the planning process. Always ask your friends and family if they want to lend a hand in planning the party and executing it to perfection. Don’t feel bad if some of them don’t have the time or the inclination to help. In any relationship, whether familial, romantic or platonic, honesty will go a long way.

Know their strengths and weaknesses

Once you know who are those willing to help, get to know their strengths and their weaknesses. Are they good with accounting and finances? Are they good in haggling with suppliers? Are they good with crafts and other paper materials? How about a friend who’s into arranging flowers? Or someone who’s into calligraphy? Put their hobbies and skills into good use by delegating the tasks that they are skillful in. You may also ask them to take on the tasks that they feel they’ll do great. Allow them that flexibility and freedom.

Open the communication lines

Once the planning has taken place, make sure that all communication lines are open. Whether it’s through calls or text messages or online chat, always be available for questions and suggestions. Learn to listen to your friends and families regarding the tasks assigned to them. Remember, this isn’t a formal and paid party where you have to be strict with deadlines and such. Treat the planning and executing stages as moments that can bond you better.

Be open to criticisms

If someone had the courage to tell you that there’s something off with what you’re planning, listen with an open heart. These are your friends and family. They want nothing but to have fun during the party, too, and every suggestion matters. Don’t be such a boss because this is an activity that should bring your loved ones together. It shouldn’t be something stressful or awkward.


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Should You Host A Christmas Party In Your Office?


It’s that season again… the wind is chilly and the Christmas trees are all up. Businesses all around the world are trying to capitalize from this season. But there’s another question business owners need to be considering: should we hold a Christmas party for the employees?

For many, parties are a waste of time and resources. The money we pour into parties can go somewhere else, preferably into our pockets or into more investments. There’s nothing like a Christmas party for employees to set you back a few hundreds of dollars. Even thousands, in some estimates. And yet, offices everywhere are planning, executing, and looking forward to the idea of a grand or even simple celebration with co-workers and friends.

Strengthening Interpersonal Relationships

There’s one reason why you should definitely invest in throwing a party for your workers: parties build camaraderie and friendships. Don’t you want to be friends with your workers? Or at least, don’t want your employees to stop bickering and instead be friends with each other? Not tolerant of each other, but actual friends who want the best for the team and ergo, the company.

While we do team building activities all-year-round and we pay for seminars and conferences to build the rapport of the whole team, there’s nothing like Christmas gift giving, dancing, singing, eating, and general merriment to create a bond that will last beyond the walls of your office space.

Even the preparation for the party gives everyone an excuse to talk to each other and mend ties that might have been broken over the year because of work-related stress and issues. Can you imagine what one whole year of working can do to us physically, mentally, and emotionally? Most of us give in to the pressure of handling our personal and professional lives and at some point, we’ll probably snap at an innocent co-worker who simply wants to get things done. Of course, this creates office tension, one that even bosses are sometimes not allowed to interfere into.

Christmas parties are a great chance to mend fences and to reevaluate our relationships with our co-workers. We know that the pressure of the job is the only thing that makes us grumpy and we’re not actually horrible people but still, it would be nice to have a kind of end-of-the-year party where we can relax and bridge the gap brought about by office-related tensions.

So if you own a business, whether large or small, Christmas is a good place to start building a relationship with your new hires, mending fences that have been broken because of work-related problems, and strengthening the camaraderie of the whole team.

Is It Worth It?

Yes, maybe the current economy and the slow return of investment are reasons not to spend a dime on a single party where your workers are going to be too drunk to be functional the next day. Maybe it’s not exactly wise to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on food, music, and other forms of entertainment. But have you read studies on employee behavior? Employees are more productive when they are happy in their workplaces and they are happy in their workplaces when their bosses respect them and give them confidence.

For many, parties are a waste of time and resources. The money we pour into parties can go somewhere else, preferably into our pockets or into more investments. There’s nothing like a Christmas party for employees to set you back a few hundreds of dollars. Even thousands, in some estimates. And yet, offices everywhere are planning, executing, and looking forward to the idea of a grand or even simple celebration with co-workers and friends.

There’s one reason why you should definitely invest in throwing a party for your workers: parties build camaraderie and friendships. Don’t you want to be friends with your workers? Or at least, don’t want your employees to stop bickering and instead be friends with each other? Not tolerant of each other, but actual friends who want the best for the team and ergo, the company.

While we do team building activities all-year-round and we pay for seminars and conferences to build the rapport of the whole team, there’s nothing like Christmas gift giving, dancing, singing, eating, and general merriment to create a bond that will last beyond the walls of your office space.

Even the preparation for the party gives everyone an excuse to talk to each other and mend ties that might have been broken over the year because of work-related stress and issues. Can you imagine what one whole year of working can do to us physically, mentally, and emotionally? Most of us give in to the pressure of handling our personal and professional lives and at some point, we’ll probably snap at an innocent co-worker who simply wants to get things done. Of course, this creates office tension, one that even bosses are sometimes not allowed to interfere into.

Christmas parties are a great chance to mend fences and to reevaluate our relationships with our co-workers. We know that the pressure of the job is the only thing that makes us grumpy and we’re not actually horrible people but still, it would be nice to have a kind of end-of-the-year party where we can relax and bridge the gap brought about by office-related tensions.

So if you own a business, whether large or small, Christmas is a good place to start building a relationship with your new hires, mending fences that have been broken because of work-related problems, and strengthening the camaraderie of the whole team.

Yes, maybe the current economy and the slow return of investment are reasons not to spend a dime on a single party where your workers are going to be too drunk to be functional the next day. Maybe it’s not exactly wise to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on food, music, and other forms of entertainment. But have you read studies on employee behavior? Employees are more productive when they are happy in their workplaces and they are happy in their workplaces when their bosses respect them and give them confidence.

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The Importance of Tablescape In Thanksgiving Dinner

A stunning tablescape could be the centerpiece of everyone’s attention during a dinner party or in a matter of a few days, during the Thanksgiving dinner. Gone are the days when we simply “set the table.”

Now, it’s up to the host or the event stylist or caterer to “design the table,” too. These two concepts are extremely different with the former being more functional and the latter focusing on the artistic quality of every table and party.

The fundamentals behind a great tablescape are simple to understand for they are all focused on making the guests feel more relaxed and creating stunning table centerpieces while they’re at it. A great-looking tablescape can transform a simple dinner into an event. It can make the guests feel more relaxed. It can make them feel more welcome. It can create a festive mood.

What you need to understand about tablescapes is that its principles and fundamental apply on any scale and on any size. They apply from the grandest arenas down to the end tables of a very simple home meal. This includes your holiday dining table.

There are many benefits to including a stunning centerpiece on your dining table. Creating beautiful tablescapes will set the stage for the most memorable evening ever.

Gives Guests Something to Talk About

How do you feel about tablescapes in general? When you attended a wedding and the tablescapes are eye-droppingly gorgeous, don’t they make you want to take loads of photos for the ‘gram?

These tablescapes will give your guests something to talk about—whether the centerpieces are artfully designed or whether the colors are of the exact shade with the rest of the motif or theme. During parties, the hardest thing to do is to entertain guests. But if there’s a gorgeous accent such as the tablescape in your venue that they can talk about, then that’s a great opening topic for everyone.

Remember that when hosting a party, you’re not only being judged for the food you serve but also for how your party looks.

Creates a Festive Atmosphere

There are a lot of things you can do with your tablescape. If you’re imagining the loaded tablescapes we see on Instagram these days, that’s not what you’re aiming for if you want to decorate your house for the Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes, less is more and that is true with tablescapes.

Depending on the season, you can design your tablescapes with what you already have in your pantry. For Thanksgiving, for example, you can create gorgeous flower arrangements made of orange and red flowers (the color of autumn). Besides these arrangements, you can put up mini pumpkins and strands of hay. We don’t think there’s anything more festive than that. Finish this look with the right candelabra and candles and you’re off to a great night.

Remember that choosing candles for your tablescapes should depend also on the theme of your party. Just a simple candle arrangement can change the whole look of the party. All of these elements will work together to create a festive and celebratory mood for everyone to enjoy.

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5 Tips For Hosting An Amazing Thanksgiving Party

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means hoards of people will be gathering together to celebrate the bounty of the season.

To ensure that your Thanksgiving party will be a fabulous one, here are some tips that you can follow:

1. Invite Friends and Family Who Will Get Along Well

It’s ambitious to hope that friends and family who have been quarreling for years will get along and will mend fences during this season, but that is not always possible. The truth is, those who have not spoken to each other for years will not feel obligated to talk again just because of Thanksgiving.

Don’t add stress to your get-together. Invite only those who want to see and mingle with each other.

2. Ask Your Guests About Their Allergies, Sensitivities, and Diet Restrictions

Most of us have friends and family who for ethical reasons and religious backgrounds may be averse to certain foods. They may also have food restrictions because of cultures and faiths. Whatever the reason is, it is best to avoid adding that food to your meal plan. The last thing any host or hostess wants to do is kill someone over their cooking.

As soon as you receive confirmation that the guests will be attending, ask them about any food that may be forbidden. The same goes if kids are attending the party. Make sure that there is food there that’s ideal for kids.

If some of your guests are vegans or vegetarians, simply prepare a number of dishes that will fit everyone.

3. Don’t Try to Do It All Alone

Even if you’re the one hosting the dinner, that doesn’t mean that you have to do everything by yourself. Many hosts end up frustrated because they try to handle every aspect of the celebration.

Ask help from your family and friends by delegating certain tasks to them. They’ll be surely happy to lend a hand and you can even bond as a family or group of friends over the dinner preparation. This way, everything will get done and you won’t finish the night sitting on your kitchen floor and drinking a glass of wine.

4. Keep the Children Occupied

If children are attending, make sure that they have something interesting to do. They’ll easily get bored out of their wits when the adult conversations begin.

What you can do is to create a playroom in a corner where the kids can gather and play. Make sure that the small area is packed with child-friendly activities such as color pens and coloring book, building blocks, puzzles, and many more.

5. Give the Leftovers Away

Ask your guests to bring plastic containers with them so you can give away the leftovers after the dinner unless you want to be burdened with all the food in the fridge and no time to finish them all. Most of the time, these foods just get stale and get thrown away a few days after Thanksgiving. Instead of doing that, divide the leftovers among your guests.

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3 Important Things To Remember During Night Parties

There’s nothing wrong about wanting to party and have a little bit of fun before facing another week of either grueling schoolwork or stressful paperwork. In fact, it is highly recommended that we do activities outside of our daily norms that would help recharge us. However, our world isn’t as safe and secure as it used to be. Evil in many forms lurks in shadows and dark alleyways. They can even reach our homes, at times.

If you ever plan to spend some time out to have fun and dance your worries away, take to heart these three essential reminders during night parties:

1. Keep your phone with you at all times.

Keep your phones with you and not just to take hundreds of selfies and group photos. Keep your phones close so you can ask for help in the event that you will need one. When in a club or a bar or a festival, anything can happen and you will need your phone with you always to either ask for help or call family members and friends to let them know you are safe.

If you suddenly want to go home because the crowd is getting too rowdy or a stranger is getting too close, you know you can call a cab too when you have your phone with you. It’s easier to ask for help when you have the primary mode of communication right inside your pocket or your bag.

2. Never drink and drive.

The statistics are staggering. You only need to search for it on Google and you know that a lot of people have already died because of drinking and driving. Even if you only had one glass of beer or a shot of tequila, you still shouldn’t drink and drive. Even if you think you can manage to react in a flash even with the alcohol in your system, you still shouldn’t try to do it.

There’s nothing wrong with asking a friend or a family member to pick you up after you’ve gone partying. There’s nothing wrong about calling a cab when you have to go home already.

Pay the bill. Ask for favor. But never ever try to drive when you consumed alcoholic beverages.

3. Do not leave your drinks unattended.

Aside from the road, be vigilant when you’re in the bar or the club as well. These people are not your friends (they can be your friends but not for now). These are strangers who may only be thinking about themselves and may have bad intentions when they begin to talk to you.

No matter how charming that guy is or how decent-looking he is, never trust a stranger with your drink. If you have to go to the ladies’ room, bring your drink with you or finish it up before you go, but never leave it and drink it when you go back.

When you’re out there, don’t merely focus on having fun. Focus on getting home safe and in one piece.

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How To Host A Memorable Birthday Party

When throwing a party, the first thing you have to ask yourself is how much are you willing to shell out? Do you have the funds for a Pinterest-worthy birthday party?

If we’re going to follow all the birthday party ideas from Pinterest and Instagram, we’re going to have to spend a serious amount of money on decorations alone. So the best thing to do before you begin preparing for the party is to ask yourself whether you can afford to go all out or if you prefer to have a simple one at home.

Remember that once you started planning the party, it’s hard to stop yourself from wanting it to look better or from inviting more people. But if you know what mind of budget you are working with, you will likely make the best decisions accordingly.

1. Do you want a big party?

How many guests are you planning to invite? How many of your friends are willing to spend time with you? It matters how big or small your party is going to be because of the venue, the food, and even the whole program. You can opt to serve a homecooked dinner at home and have a small party with your closest friends and family. On the other hand, if you have the money for it, you can opt to throw a big bash where you can invite even your acquaintances and your workmates. But with a big party, remember that you will have to rent a big venue, too, because your house may not exactly be able to accommodate everyone.

2. Should you do it in your home?

If you have a big house that can accommodate your planned number of guests then, by all means, do it. However, if you plan to throw a big birthday bash but your house would not be able to accommodate everyone, you should look for a venue that you can rent and where everyone will be comfortable. Also, it is beneficial to hold a party somewhere else. You can rent a nice restaurant so you don’t have to worry about cleaning the place or washing the dishes.

3. Can you DIY the decorations?

Hiring an event stylist will bring your event to life. Whatever theme you are thinking of right now, an event stylist can bring that idea into fruition. But like everything else with organizing a party, hiring an event stylist will cost a lot. If you are not ready to shell out money for this, you have to ask friends who can make decorations. There are a lot of places such as Party City and Michaels that sell decorations. Simply go to these stores and purchase the decor you need.

4. Will you provide all the drinks and decorations?

Are you going to spend on all the food, drinks, and decorations? Or is the party a potluck where guests will have to bring their own share of food and drinks? No matter what you decide on, make sure that the dishes and the drinks all match and that you consider the allergies and preferences of your guests.

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4 Things To Avoid When Organizing A Surprise Party


Planning a surprise party for a loved one? Think you’re doing a good job at it? Think again. A large number of surprises turn out not to be surprises at all because of several things: the organizer is too obvious, someone had a slip of the tongue, and the celebrant found out through credit card bills and “secret” organizers. When a surprise party gets ruined, it’s really annoying both for the organizer and the celebrant. The organizer, of course, spent a lot of time planning the party while the celebrant, even after finding out about the surprise, would have wanted to be surprised in the first place.

If you want to make sure that your surprise party is successful, you need to be extra careful in terms of planning the party, inviting the guests, paying the bills, reserving the place, and even dropping hints to get an idea of what the celebrant wants. Here are four things we should avoid when planning a surprise party for a loved one:

1. Telling Everyone About Your Plans

Be careful who you tell your plans to. Even if you think that a person is ultra-secretive and can keep this away from the guest of honor, try not to tell him anything unless it is absolutely necessary. The more people know about the plans, the bigger the possibility of the surprise getting ruined. If you need help from friends, make sure to keep the group small and intimate. Don’t get into the habit of telling everyone what you’re planning and expecting them to keep that a secret.

2. Asking the Celebrant a Lot of Questions

You may be wondering what the celebrant wants for the party. In turn, you may be asking the person questions that could give hints about what you are planning. Some obvious examples are: “What are your plans for your birthday?,” “Do you like surprises?,” and “Which do you prefer: to celebrate at home or in a restaurant?” These questions are too obvious and will lead the celebrant to think you have something up your sleeve. This will easily ruin the surprise both for you and the celebrant.

3. Leaving Your Bills Where the Celebrant Can See Them

If you are living with the celebrant, the intended recipient of the surprise, chances are your things will mix in with that person. Don’t go leaving your receipts and your bills in the common areas of the house. Leave the receipts in your work desk or make sure that they are kept where the celebrant doesn’t usually go poking around. Once the celebrant finds it, he/she would instantly get an idea of what you’re keeping from him/her. Or worse, he/she will jump to the wrong conclusions and you would be forced to explain what’s up thus, ruining the entire plan.

4. Posting Hints on Social Media

You may be getting too excited and decide to post on social media that something is up. Even if you try to camouflage it with “it’s work-related,” a smart celebrant will think twice about what’s keeping you busy and excited the past days. If you truly can’t keep the secret to yourself anymore, choose someone you can trust who you can share this excitement with but never post it on social media.

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5 Tips To Prevent A Disaster During A Child’s First Birthday Party

Your little one’s first birthday party is fast approaching and you are at the planning stage for the best first birthday party ever. Although you may want to follow every Pinterest post for an elaborate birthday party, you may want to take it easy on yourself and just keep your party simple, unique, and close-knit.

Most of all, you might want to make sure that your little one will enjoy his or her first birthday. Your child will unlikely remember it, but make sure to take as many photos as you can.

1. Limit the Guest List

You have to choose between an elaborate and grand first birthday party or a simple one with close family and friends. You may want to keep it small for a first birthday because remember, your baby won’t remember it. This is particularly important if your child isn’t accustomed to big and noisy crowds. The baby may end up being cranky all night.

2. Plan Around Your Baby’s Naptime

A first birthday party will have to happen during the day or the afternoon. It definitely cannot be an evening event since your baby is tired and sleepy by that time. You, of all people, should know your baby’s naptime schedule. Work around it and plan the party after the child’s nap. That way, your kid won’t cranky and will have enough energy to entertain your guests. In addition, remember that the party should only last about two to three hours. Anything more than that will be too tiring for your baby and your little one will not enjoy it.

3. Do Not Schedule It After the Child’s Vaccines

You may want to throw the party before your child’s 12-month doctor’s visit for the one-year inoculations. Most babies are extra cranky and out of sorts for a few days after receiving their vaccinations. Wait for a week after the kid turns one year old before throwing the party. This will make sure that your baby is in the best mood.

4. Accommodate Kids of All Ages

It’s easy to prepare food for the adults. You know what they want. They can have pasta, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and veggies. You’ll be all good. Kids are different. Every child has a different preference than the next kid, so you have to think what all of them will like. Think pizza, chicken, ice cream, and spaghetti. Maybe you’ll be safe with those. You may also want to include snacks that kids particularly like such as those fruit-and-veggie squeeze pouches. You may need to babyproof your house or make sure that the event place will have a facility for changing diapers too.

5. Take Pictures Before the Party

Once the decorations are all set and before the chaos begins, take lots of photos of your baby. When the guests start arriving, you will be busy hosting and mingling with the adults. Furthermore, your baby might be overwhelmed by all the commotion, and the kid may end up being cranky when the pictures are about to get taken. Surely, you don’t want your child’s first birthday photos to be taken while he or she is crying or throwing a tantrum.

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Successfully Throwing A Memorable Bridal Shower Party For Your Friend

A bridal shower is a fun and celebratory party for someone who’s going to tie the knot soon. It is usually thrown by the bride’s maid of honor, though it is also customary these days for the bride’s family to host the party. This is also a practical opportunity for guests and the bride’s friends and families to shower her with attention, pamper her, and give her presents.

Are you a maid of honor planning a bridal shower for your sister, cousin, friend, or relative? Before planning a party in honor of the bride, you must first ask the bride if she wants to have one. Some brides are uncomfortable about having a party thrown in their honor because they feel greedy asking their friends to buy gifts for them or shell out money for the party. Some also don’t like the attention because they feel smothered.

If the bride says yes and she wants to have a bridal shower, then, by all means, go and throw a party for her before she leaves the single life. You can either surprise her with a bridal shower or you can let her know that you’re throwing a party. Either way, you’re going to have to spend a little more money than a simple dinner would require from you.

Choose the Guests

Who should you invite for the party? You need to know from the bride who she wants to see during her bridal shower. If it’s not a surprise party, then she will be willing to disclose the information to you.

However, the problem is if it’s a surprise party. How would you know who she likes to see there? Well, this is where the groom must come in. Since the bride is spending her time with him for the wedding preparations, he has the perfect opportunity to ask the bride about her “dream bridal shower.” He can share this information with you and you will have to directly contact each individual.

Decide Who Pays for the Party

Normally, it is the maid of honor who pays for the whole party. That is if it’s a casual party and only appetizers and some drinks will be served. But if it’s a more formal and lavish party, the maid of honor can ask the rest of the guests to pay for their own food and drinks. The guests can even be asked to bring a present from the bride, either from the registry created by the bride or something they think the bride will like.

Pick the Time and Place

If there are plenty of out-of-town guests, then the bridal shower must be held closer to the wedding date when everyone is in town already. But remember not to hold it too close to the actual date because that will add more stress for the bride.

She must be relaxing and having a massage days before the wedding date. Holding the bridal shower six to eight weeks before the wedding date is usually a good rule of thumb. It adds anticipation but it does not stress the bride.

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Things To Consider During Food Tasting For A Party

What’s a party without stacks and stacks of food for your guests to devour? The best parties are always those with great food and drinks. Think about any parties you have attended. What stands out the most about them? What will remind you about a wedding party, for example? Aside from the overall look of the venue, the food will always be the measurement of how successful a party has become. If the guests can remember the food because it floored them then trust us, you have just hosted one hell of a party.

Before you can begin imagining serving your guests with tasty food, all will have to start with choosing the right caterer for your party. One of the things you have to do before agreeing to enter into a contract with a caterer is a food tasting. You have to know which dishes to serve and if they taste good at all.

The Presentation

How do you want to serve your food? Is it going to be a sit-down dinner or is it going to be buffet style? A sit-down dinner would be more expensive because the caterer has to deploy a lot more servers. On the other hand, a buffet-style party is more informal but less expensive because there will be a minimal need for servers. This will all depend on your party and how formal or informal it is. Formal events would always choose a sit-down dinner while less formal events would go for the buffet-style dinner since their guests can come back for serving after serving.

But even if it’s going to be a buffet-style party, it’s important that the food will be presented beautifully on the plate. Remember that we are visual people and before anything else, we will eat with our eyes. We will first devour the details of the dish with our eyes. That was the first step. Once this hurdle has been solved, the only thing you would have to worry about is marketing your business on social media.

Speaking of social media, the reason why you need to plate and present the food well is because people like taking photos of the food they eat. They then upload those photos on social media where they will likely be seen by the same people who could be in your target market.

The Taste

Of course, the taste of the food is the most critical aspect of preparing and organizing a party. Your guests will be talking about the food, possibly for days, if it’s extremely bad or extremely good. What you don’t want is to fall on the extremely bad and mediocre. You need to focus on providing your guests the best hors d’oeuvres they can possibly imagine. You need to wow them the first moment they take a bite of that salmon toast.

Hands down, the best thing you could offer your guests during a party is to serve them great food. They will leave your party full and satisfied with what they had. And knowing that will give you a sense of confidence in your ability to organize an event.