You've sent out the Facebook invitation. You've come up with a theme. Now you have to actually host the holiday party. Eek! Hold on, though. You can boil any party down to three manageable ingredients. Broken down like this, good party architecture is nowhere near as overwhelming as when taken as a whole. Just scale each component according to the size, length, and vibe you're going for.
To illustrate our premise, we created an elegant, modern holiday in black-and-white. It works for Christmas or New Year's, and it shows you don't have to go crazy with a theme to make the party work. (In fact, the holiday themes are prepackaged already, so a back-seat motif is the perfect type for the occasion.)
We love the black-and-white scheme because it matches almost any existing decor. It doesn't take a lot of extra supplies to execute nor does it ever become too overpowering. If you watch out for one thing, though, don't go too stark. Our safeguard against that was to accent in red and gold. We never got on a first-name basis with our party store staff, but rather found a few little flourishes to bring in some festive pop — a few branches of red berry spray and some gold on the tree.
The nice thing about a Christmas party is the playlist is more or less predetermined. But Bing Crosby is a totally different vibe from Justin Bieber. We like wireless music speakers like the Bose SoundTouch 10 that allow for live DJ-ing without being tied down to a console. To use it, you plug it in, connect to your Wi-Fi, and then control it either with the remote or the app, or use one of the preset buttons. The speakers themselves are so small that you can put them anywhere while the sound is rich and full.
We kept black-and-white consistent across both savories and sweets. From sushi and bruschetta to cupcakes and cookies, we offered a mix of store-bought and homemade snacks on the theme. The trick is to place them around the party space as bait. People follow the food. Scattering the plates in different areas will encourage people to move around and, in the process, mingle more. And that's why we host parties in the first place, right?
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