Take the Stress Out of Holiday Parties

Nov 21 2017

Does the thought of having friends and family over for the holidays stress you out? Don’t worry…  Make your Christmas dinner, New Year's Eve party, or other festive fête a success with these handy party planning tips and resources available at Eagle Creek Village.

Be sure to make a to-do list well in advance of the party date to ensure that you don’t forget anything.  Make sure your list covers the following items: Budget, guests, invitations, food, music, décor, activities.  You can find handy checklists on popular party-planning sites like evite. 

Save time and money related to mailing traditional party invitations and send e-vites instead.  Use the built-in Facebook Event platform through your page or online apps like evite or Punchbowl to help you manage your event’s guest list. 

Don’t leave your shopping to the last minute.  Several weeks in advance of the event, pick-up table accessories like colour-coordinated charger plates, vases, ornaments, and candles from Dollar Tree and beautiful holiday linens like tablecloths, placements, and napkins from A Step Above at Quality Foods to make your table festive.   You can even do an early grocery shop for frozen or non-perishable items several weeks in advance of the event. 

Instead of fiddling with music on the night of the event, compile your favourite holiday music tracks well in advance of the party with handy apps like iTunes and AirDroid.

Don’t wait until the big day… thoroughly clean your house a week before the party and do a last minute vacuum, dusting, and sweeping the morning of the big day.  A week before, also move coats and shoes out of your closet to make room for your guests' overcoats, polish your silverware, and spot check your glassware and china. Also, set your dinner table a few days in advance to avoid last-minute headaches.

Offering a simple party menu allows you to spend more time enjoying the party and less time cooking!

For quick and easy appetizers, pick up a delicious pre-assembled deli platter from Quality Foods featuring an assortment of fresh cut vegetables, meat, seafood, or cheeses.   Another simple appie option is to purchase a tasty thin-crust pizza from Villages Pizza, cut it up into small bite-size pieces, and assemble on a beautiful platter. 

For your main dishes, offer a self-serve buffet featuring a pre-stuffed boneless seasoned turkey roll with from Quality Foods. You’ll save hours of prep and cooking time with this convenient option.  Add cranberry sauce, an assortment of fresh veggies and packaged salads from Quality Foods, and sourdough rolls from COBS Bread, and you are set!

A self-serve holiday punch is an easy way to provide beverages to your party-goers. Try a delicious cranberry rum punch using gingerale, cranberry juice, sugar, lemons, and a fine rum like Appleton Estate from Cascadia Liquor Store.  Be sure to have an assortment of Starbucks and Tim Hortons coffees and teas on hand at the party as well. 

For dessert, offer an assortment of delicious pumpkin and butter tarts from COBS Bread. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you have a delicious treat that all your guests will love. 

Hire a professional cleaner to help you clean up after the event. The extra funds expended will save you the headache of looking at the post-party mess the next day!