It's t-minus 11 days to operation Christmas party, and I thought I'd share some of my advance preparations.
I have to lead off by saying I'm much less nervous, having successfully pulled off a Christmas party for about 40 guests last year. Plus, my preparations for this year began immediately after last year's party. That said, we could potentially have 10-15 additional guests for Christmas Party 2012.
Here's a quick rundown of steps we've already taken:
- Purchased paper products. (After-Christmas sales netted 24 ct. packs of plates and napkins for just 35 cents each).
- Purchased additional decorations and serving items. (Luminaries to light the walkway for just .19 per 6 pack, disposable platters for 10 cents, found days after Christmas in the clearance bin.)
- Pulled out menu plan from 2011 (with notes I scribbled detailing popularity of each dish and quantity adjustment recommendations).
- Gathered recipes into one folder, including a few new ones to keep the menu fresh.
- Wrote a detailed grocery list and began shopping. (Most of my staples were purchased on sale with coupons during the baking sales leading up to Thanksgiving.)
- Put everything into one bin, including grocery items I didn't want to be used by mistake.
Last year we set up tables in the garage for the kids to do craft projects. The parents really appreciated having their kids entertained so they could socialize. Crafts are on this week's "to do" list.
If you have any good ideas for small projects suitable for pre-school and elementary age kids please share!