FESTIVE SEASON: While your party should include plenty of fun, try to ensure sure people don't overindulge.
FESTIVE SEASON: While your party should include plenty of fun, try to ensure sure people don't overindulge.

How to plan the perfect party

IF YOU have been tasked with organising the Christmas party, here are a few steps you can follow to ensure your party is a big hit.

1. Start early

If there is one thing sure to cause problems, it's a rush job. October is the time to start planning your Christmas party to ensure you can book the venue of your choice. Set yourself a timeline and check list so that when the party arrives you are completely organised.

2. Set a budget

The budget will largely determine the rest of the decisions you make so work this out early. If it is an office party, your employer will probably be footing the bill so make sure you do your best to get value for money. If it is a party where all the guests are chipping in, make sure everyone has a say in what they would like included. And remember, you don't need to spend big to have big fun - some of the best parties are simple barbecues in a park.

3. Choose a venue

The earlier you book, the better, as venues do book out at that time of year. On this page you will see a selection of fantastic Coffs venues, with something to suit every type of party. Be sure to plan a party, and choose a venue that suits your guests. If your crowd is more relaxed, don't go for something too formal.

When choosing your venue, make sure you do a site visit and ask all the relevant questions about what is provided and what isn't.

4. Food, glorious food

This is one of the most important elements of any party. When there are big numbers involved, it is difficult to make everyone happy. Ensure you ask about any guests with special dietary requirements and ensure you cater to those, as well as vegetarian, gluten-free and healthy options.

One of the most common complaints people have after a party is that there wasn't enough food, so do not under-cater. Many party organisers make the mistake of overspending on things like decorations, then cutting corners and costs on food. Do not make this mistake.

It is also helpful to have some back-up food such as frozen quiche or even chips and dips. These can be stored away and pulled out in the event that the food runs out.

5. Don't forget the fun

Whether it is entertainment, games or music, make sure you have the fun built in. Especially at office parties, it is important to have an element of organised fun. At first you may find people are reluctant to join in, but you can get around this by organising in advance for a few people to get things started. Choose people who have some influence in the office and make sure they are ready to get the fun started. Once they do, others will follow.

6. Drink in moderation

Most parties will have an alcohol component, but ensure the drinks flow in moderation. Particularly at office parties or family functions, too much alcohol can lead to all sorts of problems.

Ensure that there are plenty of other options available such as soda water and mocktails. Organise in advance the person or persons who will be responsible for dealing with anyone who may have had too much to drink. Ensure there are plenty of transport options and never let anyone drive who you suspect may be over the limit.

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