With Christmas only a few sleeps away and the New Year fast approaching, parties and various festivities are cropping up left, right, and centre. You can definitely see why they call it the silly season! Parties, in particular house parties, can be quite intimidating to host, as there are a range of internal and external factors that can quickly sour the event.

However, we've compiled some handy tips to help you navigate these issues, and make sure that your party runs smoothly and goes down as a night to be remembered.

1 - Plan Well In Advance

The key to most things is to plan well ahead of time, and house parties are no exception. By doing a lot of the preparation early on, you will be able to thoroughly think through most aspects of the party and ensure that all your bases are covered. These include the theme (if any), the guest list (plus ones), catering, decorations, etc. Fleshing these things out in  advance will allow you to come up with a game plan for how you want the night to unfold.

2 - Choose An Appropriate Time & Date

The time and date of your house party can make or break its success. It is important to understand that this time of the year is rife with events and people's availabilities may be more scarce. Try and set a time and that is most convenient for those you have invited. This will help to ensure that the turnout is good.

3 - Hire Help

Depending on the number of guests that will be attending and the nature of the party, it may be necessary to hire some temp workers, so you can delegate tasks and spread out the responsibilities. For example, you can hire people to cater your party and/or distribute the food amongst the guests. This will allow you to focus on the more important tasks, as well as give you the breathing room you need to enjoy your own party and the company of your guests.

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4 - Relax!

Take a deep breath and relax. It is inevitable that something is bound to go awry, so when something minor goes off script don't freak out. Just take it in your stride, move on and remember that you are there to have fun as well.