Make sure your Holiday Party doesn't end up all egg and no nogg!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or another winter occasion, there’s no denying that this is a special time of year. Holiday season is filled with parties and gatherings that bring family and friends closer together around beloved traditions.

Here’s a holiday checklist to help you host an amazing party and spend more time with the people you love.


H2: Holiday Party Planning Checklist

1.    Decide on Your Guest List

2.    Delegate Responsibilities

3.    Do Some Decorating

4.    Plan Some Activities


Decide on Your Guest List

There are many different ways to throw a holiday party depending on whether you want to invite family members, friends, co-workers, or kids. You might throw one big holiday party and invite everyone you know, or you could host a more intimate gathering with just one part of your social circle. It’s totally up to you and how much space your venue has!

The theme you choose may also depend on who’s coming to the party. Be mindful of your guests’ religious and cultural affiliations while creating the perfect party atmosphere and ensuring that everyone feels welcome and included.


Holiday Party Hack #1: Get your holiday party invitations out at least a month in advance so your guests can plan around other events and travel.

Delegate Responsibilities

Holiday planning can take a lot of hard work, but don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself!

With Potluck, it’s easy to divide up responsibilities for food, drinks, decorations, music, and carpooling. No one has to download anything to use our app and keep all the planning conversations in one convenient place. You can specify what you’d like everyone to bring or choose just a couple collaborators to handle all the details with you.


Holiday Party Hack #2: Guests love to gather around food, so create a couple different appetizer stations to encourage them to mingle rather than clogging up the kitchen when you’re cooking. 

Do Some Decorating

One of the best parts about holiday parties is the decorations, so don’t disappoint your guests with a boring party scene!

From wreaths to candles, colorful lights, and inflatable characters in the yard, the sky’s the limit with how creative you can be with decorations. Plan to get decorations put up at least a few days before your party so you’re not rushing around at the last minute. Alternatively, you can make holiday decorating part of your party by setting up a craft table or laying out items to decorate a holiday tree together as a group.


Plan Some Activities

Holiday parties often revolve around the food, but you can keep your guests entertained and having fun by planning some holiday games or activities. While holiday party planning, you might make time for a gift exchange, ugly sweater contest, or a few board games. Other ideas are to set up a photo booth with some wearable props, create a hot cocoa bar with different topping options, and playing a nostalgic movie in the background of your party.


Holiday Party Hack #3: It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement but remember to take photos! Holiday parties are a great opportunity to capture memories of everyone dressed up and looking their best. Potluck offers a secure and collaborative place for everyone to upload their party pics!

The festive season is right around the corner, and it’s never too early for holiday planning. Potluck is the ultimate party planning tool you need to get started!