The Ultimate Checklist to Help You Count Down to Your Holiday Party
We know it feels like you have all the time in the world before the holidays are in full swing, but in reality they’re almost here. If you’re considering throwing a holiday party this season, save yourself the stress and start planning well in advance. Making a game plan will allow you to have more fun while planning — and during the actual party too. Not sure where to begin? We’ve put together a cheat sheet, so you can get on to the more important tasks like, ahem, holiday cocktail testing. Grab a pen and paper and scroll through our ultimate party countdown.
5 Weeks Before
Set the date for your party. Pick a theme, if you’re having one. Make your guest list.
4 Weeks Before
Send invitations (via email is totally fine) and set an “RSVP by” date. Enlist help for the day of the party from friends or family members, and a babysitter if need be. Plan your menu, gather recipes, and make a detailed grocery and prep list to help you stay on track. Brainstorm how you want to decorate — and don’t forget to log some hours searching for inspo on Pinterest.
3 Weeks Before
Take inventory of your dishes and cutlery, serving dishes and utensils, linens, chairs, and general party supplies. Borrow or shop for anything additional that you need.
2 Weeks Before
Make your playlist. Wash and iron any linens you’ll be using. Order meat from butcher, if necessary. Visit your local wine or liquor store to purchase your booze. Decide how you’ll set up the party (where you’ll have drinks, place the serving station, put guests’ coats, etc.). Write down a detailed action plan for the day of the party and 2-3 days prior.
1 Week Before
Clean your house. Start clearing out your refrigerator to make room for groceries and drinks. Chase down any straggling RSVPs. Start your first round of grocery shopping and any possible food prep.
2-3 Days Before
Set your table (if feasible). Put out and label serving dishes so you know where food is going. Finish grocery shopping and continue food prep. Set up any decorations.
The Day Before
Do a once-over cleaning of the bathroom, kitchen, and social areas. Pick up fresh flowers. Finish any cooking that you can. Chill wine and beer.
Day of the Party
Buy ice if needed. Unload your dishwasher and empty the garbage. Set out food or appetizers. Finish cooking.
Light candles. Turn on lights and music. Pour yourself a glass of wine, greet your guests, and enjoy!
Want for more party planning ideas? Follow us on Pinterest for menu ideas, decorating DIYs, and seasonal recipes.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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