Holidays & Entertaining

Tips for throwing a successful holiday soirée

Throwing a successful party is something many of us aspire to do when this time of year rolls around. While some may be party planners by nature, most of us may find this a daunting task. Here are a few tips to make you feel like the host(ess) with the most(est).

Three things to consider when planning the perfect holiday soirée:

Décor/theme – Decide on a theme for your décor and run with it. It can be traditional red and green colours or perhaps your favourite colour –let’s say purple – with festive silver accents. Incorporate your theme’s colours into the lighting, holiday decorations, and even your party outfit – whatever you decide on, it’s the details that really make for effective party décor.

Music – Having the right mood music can really set the tone for your party. Whether its holiday music, easy listening, classic rock, hip hop or Top 40, you’ll never suffer from awkward silences with tunes playing in the background. For example, satellite radio offers access to more than 120 channels and more than 65 of them are dedicated to commercial-free music. Great sports, talk, news, entertainment and comedy are also available so you can keep guests dancing, informed and entertained, all from one device. More information is available online at

Food – Decide whether you want to lay out a full spread for a sit-down dinner or simply have hors d’oeuvres and finger foods for your friends to snack on, cocktail party style. Food plays a big part in throwing a successful party at any time of the year, and the way in which you choose to present it can sometimes define the party. A formal, intimate dinner, or a bigger party that allows people to mingle and not have food be the focal point – the choice is yours to make when deciding how you want your party to flow.

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