While the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, planning parties can be very stressful. Whether you’re throwing an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party or hosting a casual get together with friends, there’s no need to fret! These six party planning tips will ensure your party goes off without a hitch while you stay cool, calm and collected:

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Consider your space: Determine how many guests can fit comfortably in your home and if your guest list exceeds that, consider renting a space.  You don’t want to spend all night crammed inside, where your guests will have a hard time navigating throughout your party.

Get organized: Creating a timeline of events including when to send out invites, when to expect RSVPs and rental deadlines will help you know what to expect without any surprises.

Send festive invites: Sending festive (and free!) invites online is a great way to save some money and help keep track of who is going to be attending. There are so many websites that make creating invites fun and allow you to customize them to match the theme of your party.

Rent your decor: If you don’t want to spend time and money investing in decor for your event that you may not use again, try a rental company! Tables, serving dishes, and decorative accents can all be rented and the best part–you won’t have to find a place to store it after the party is over!

Prepare your menu: No matter the occasion, people will expect food. It’s perfectly fine for you to pick up a platter from the supermarket that has already been prepared or to have some items catered. Setting up your food in a buffet style will ensure that you have more time to spend time with your guests rather than staying in the kitchen all night.

Assemble ahead of time: One of the best tips we can give is to make sure to have everything assembled and prepped the night before. You will save yourself the headache of rushing around the day of your party and all you’ll have to do is pop the food in the oven as soon as your guests arrive! What could be easier?

Of course if you want to have the ultimate stress free party, turn to the Italian Center Banquets to take care of all of the details from start to finish. Our  three beautiful rooms can be setup to accommodate any theme or budget. To schedule your event with us, give us a call at 203-322-6950 or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.