It’s the magical month of December! Amid Christmas cheers and a rush to fulfil those half-forgotten New Year resolutions (not to mention the last dash for the KPIs), there’s always a great party to look forward to! Are you having a gathering with family, friends or neighbours? Here’s your cheat sheet to host a fun holiday party at home! Party ideas and home dining solutions included!
The idea of a cosy home party during the festive season sounds like a wonderful idea until you think of all the effort required to make it a blast; good food, fun games, decor ideas, etc. and cleaning up after all that fun. Well, it can actually be done easily, and the cost can be equivalent or lesser than if you eat out.
1. Choose a theme and start with a checklist
Would you be hosting a gathering in the comfort of your home for your extended family or an intimate dinner gathering with close friends? If you are able to book for a poolside BBQ or function room at your condo, you are likely to have more space, which can give you greater room for creativity. It will be easier to come up with a fun theme and checklist after finalising the estimated number of attendees and your home party location. Some themes to explore include a chocolate factory party, scavenger’s hunt party, or even a cosy movie night with loved ones! The theme of your home party shall then determine the following important party components:
- Type of cuisine / food
- Decorations and music!
2. Outsource and delegate responsibilities
The best part about being the organiser (in our humble opinion) is to be able to ‘outsource’ and delegate duties. For example, you may wish to organise a potluck party or consider food delivery or catering services instead of spending hours at the stove, and cleaning up after the party. From Christmas feasts to our favourite hotpot and local fares, there are various options such as Lush Platters, Shiok Kitchen Catering, and even Beauty in the Pot!
You can also engage your household members to help with decorating the party space. Be it to blow balloons, snow spray the mirrors and windows or simply tidying the home, this can be a fun family bonding session! If you are running out of time to get festive decor items from popular ecommerce sites, check out party supplies retail shops like SKP or The Party Stuff.
3. D.I.Y. something!
Outsourcing is great, but you can add a cherry on top of your home party with something homemade. Be it to bake a cake, make popsicles (just squash watermelon, lime and mint leaves into ice cream moulds!) or create personalised dinner placards, your little effort will go a long way!
Fairy lights are the rage these days, but you can put a twist to traditional decor by making your own scented candles, which you can use for Christmas, New Year, and even Valentine’s Day! Candle-making supplies are available at Spotlight, or you can easily buy a starter kit online.
#TiqOurWord While lighted candles can create a warm ambience that adds on to the party mood, do be mindful of fire safety. Keep flammable materials away and never leave a burning candle unattended. You may also like to check that you have a comprehensive that can provide you immediate assistance in the event of a home emergency.
4. Play it smart!
What’s a party without music and games? No sweat if you or your guests do not play any musical instruments. Even if you do not have a Google home device or Alexis, you can still play music from Spotify or YouTube on your mobile device and connect it to a speaker for the best effect! Not sure what games to keep your guests engaged? Forget about Nintendo Switch or Wii! All you need is your smartphone! Check out free mobile party games like Pysch!, Heads Up!, or Bam Fu that are available for download on iOS and Android.
5. Always have a back-up plan
As Murphy’s Law goes, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. You should always have a back-up plan to ensure that your home party proceeds without a hitch! For example, what happens if your favourite rice cooker breaks down just a day ahead of the festive feast? We hope you have purchased Tiq Home Insurance add-on Multi-Appliances Home Protector that covers repairs of your home appliances up to 2 times per year, $700 per callout*!
It may be the last month of the year, but the parties are just starting, and a New Year of fun gatherings ahead! We hope the above smart ways to host a home party can help you to pull off the party of the year. Rejoice, and party on!
Information is accurate as at 21 Dec 2018. This content is for reference only.