Important Tips on How to Throw a Successful Holiday Party

successful holiday partyHosting a successful holiday party is one of the most satisfying accomplishments for those who enjoy entertaining. Alas, they can also be one of the most stressful and aggravating experiences of one's life if the host isn't prepared and 100% ready when the first guest rings the bell. Hiring a butler can help alleviate the stress and ensure your holiday party is as enjoyable for you as it is for your guests. Here are a few other important tips.

Don't Underestimate the Importance of Planning

Not only do you need to plan your holiday party carefully and well in advance, you need to plan your planning. Knowing when to create lists, send out invitations, what to include in the invitations, how to match your menu to your guest list and so on is more than half the battle. We recommend reviewing this Dinner Party Checklist to keep yourself on task, or just let the butler do it.

Never Introduce First-Time Dishes on the Menu

In an effort to impress, the most experienced host may find herself tempted to try a palate-whetting dish featured in Bon Appétit. This is never a good idea. One little mishap (or typo) leaves you without an entree. Instead, stick to tried-and-true favorites you're confident about, preferably menu items that can be prepared in advance so you aren't running back-and-forth from the kitchen to the table.

Think of Some Impressive Little Extras

It's amazing what can be made by hand ahead of time to add that extra flair that will impress your guests. Examples include things like homemade chocolate truffles to garnish a dessert or easy-to-make Parmesan biscuits you can serve alongside a simple seasonal soup course.

Create the Perfect Playlist

What would our favorite movie scenes be without the soundtrack? Create a dinner party playlist that contributes to the mood and ambiance you're going for.

Rely on Domestic Staffing

Using a professional domestic staffing company, like MyButler, can make all the difference in the world. You can use domestic staffing professionals to plan, organize and prepare your event, allowing you more leisure time. Or, if planning holiday dinners and parties is your favorite part, a professional butler can be hired for the days preceding the event, assisting you with last minute preparations and providing seamless, five-star table service so you can enjoy your guests.

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