Five im­por­tant tips to make your Christ­mas Party per­fect

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

USU­ALLY the best Christ­mas par­ties are those that skil­fully merge a num­ber of key fun­da­men­tals that range from good at­mos­phere, food, mu­sic and deco­rum. Get­ting this mix right will en­sure ev­ery­one has a great time and the evening passes off in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. Here’s a short (if slightly churl­ish) guide to the five most im­por­tant tips when it comes to stag­ing your party.

1. At­mos­phere: If it’s one thing a Christ­mas party needs more than any­thing else, it’s to know that it’s ac­tu­ally Christ­mas time. This might sound pretty straight for­ward but get­ting the at­mos­phere right can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween a proper Christ­mas party and a reg­u­lar Satur­day night down the pub. Most es­tab­lish­ments that cater for Christ­mas par­ties are now putting up the tin­sel ear­lier each year to help make par­ties more spe­cial. So why not check out in ad­vance the best dec­o­rated es­tab­lish­ments in your town, vil­lage or city? Get­ting the at­mos­phere spot on is es­sen­tial for any Christ­mas party and you want your cho­sen lo­ca­tion to make an ef­fort.

2. Food: Whether it is chips, sausage rolls or a five star gala din­ner, know­ing what kind of food is on of­fer be­fore­hand can re­ally help. Hav­ing a meal will naturally slow the pace of the evening’s drink­ing down (or at least it should!) and can have many pos­i­tive ben­e­fits as the night pro­gresses. Whereas fin­ger food, or a lighter as­sort­ment of food, is usu­ally in­suf­fi­cient in terms of bol­ster­ing your re­serves ahead of a night’s drink­ing. Be mind­ful of the range of food avail­able at your party and drink ac­cord­ingly. Fact.

3. Mu­sic: It re­ally doesn’t mat­ter how much you love Christ­mas, hear­ing Cliff Richard’s ‘Mistle­toe and Wine’ for the 87 th time on a night out just isn’t rec­om­mended. Don’t get me wrong, Christ­mas songs make an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to any Christ­mas party but just be mind­ful of the lethargy that usu­ally sets in around 12am when the songs of Christ­mas past con­tinue to play again and again and again. Why not make mu­sic part of your pre-party plan and ar­range for some­thing dif­fer­ent to be played af­ter a cer­tain hour? Who knows, you might even no­tice.

4. Diplo­macy: Okay, so it’s only a Christ­mas party you say? Well, Christ­mas par­ties some­times re­quire a level of strate­gic diplo­macy that would leave the UN in awe. Let’s face it, head­ing back to work in early Jan­uary af­ter a lux­u­ri­ous Christ­mas spent feast­ing and re­lax­ing is dif­fi­cult enough be­sides hav­ing to as­sess (and re-as­sess) the hap­pen­ings of a Christ­mas party that hap­pened twoweeks ago over and over in your head. So no mat­ter how tempt­ing it might be to get those work place ten­sions off your chest; keep in mind that seven glasses of wine while wait­ing for a taxi at 2am in the freez­ing cold is no place to com­mence con­ver­sa­tion on the finer points of the work place and the col­leagues you share it with. Pass on this in­for­ma­tion to all col­leagues be­fore­hand.

5. Self­ies: This is a pretty new prob­lem that has started to in­vade ev­ery as­pect of life in re­cent years and will usu­ally cause much ire for peo­ple at Christ­mas par­ties. The age of the ‘Selfie’ has well and truly ar­rived and has man­aged to banish spon­tane­ity for­ever. But that’s no rea­son why you still shouldn’t be able to en­joy a Christ­mas party in rel­a­tive ob­scu­rity with col­leagues and friends. Christ­mas par­ties are ar­riv­ing ear­lier each year and whether or not you think it’s a good idea to have a photo of you sport­ing a Christ­mas hat, eat­ing tur­key and sipping mulled wine (all in one go) do­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia on De­cem­ber 2nd is en­tirely up to you. Or is it? Selfie cul­prits, for the most part, are well in­ten­tioned folk but snap­ping a zil­lion pho­tos of a Christ­mas party with folks in all man­ner of un­com­pro­mis­ing states of ap­pear­ance is, per­haps, I guess, okay. But post­ing them im­me­di­ately on­line cer­tainly is not. I mean let’s face it, do you re­ally want the peo­ple sit­ting at home to find out you’ve just fin­ished your seafood chow­der and that David has al­ready gone home tipsy be­fore you do? So go easy with the I-Phone dur­ing this year’s party. You wouldn’t know who was watch­ing.

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