How to Plan a Christmas Party

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Advise # 2 @ 69 days before christmas – How to Plan a Christmas Party.

Christmas is one of the most festive season of the year. Parties here and there and planning can be a daunting task to be honest but if executed well, it’s nothing short of fulfilling. If you find yourself tasked to host or plan a christmas party, here are a few planning tips, based on my own experience.

  1. Determine the budget.
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    It all start’s with a budget, it defines you the scope of your party, whether you can afford to have it on a lavish venue or whether you should keep it simple – it’s a question of how much the budget should be.
  2. Form a committee – although some might say that they can do it alone, I’d say the more help you will have, the better it can get. Having a committee saves you a lot of time and effort because you can delegate some areas to other people, such as who will be in charge of the budget, the venue, the program, etc.
  3. Think of a theme. This is optional but it would be nice if you have a specific theme for the party because it will help in formulating ideas for the program and games. Here are some ideas: Moulin Rouge, Red and Black, Korean inspired fashion, hollywood inspired, or anything – be creative.
  4. Scout for a venue, as early as 2 to 3 months before, yes – that early! If you scout for a venue weeks before the party, you will have a hard time booking the place that you’d exactly love. To help you save time, here are some of the places we have considered a few years back. Piece of advise – look for a venue that comes with a packaged or consumable set meals.
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    Venue Budget / Rates Comments Contact Number
    Wack   wack golf and country club 18,000 Php for 25 pax with   consumable food. Their accredited caterer is Via Mare Place and Food is great. They   have function rooms as large as it can accommodate 150pax and as small as 25   pax  (632) 723-0665 locals 303-304
    MannHann,   Little Baguio San Juan 15,000 Php for 25 pax with   consumable food This branch has a function room   on its 2nd floor that can accommodate up to 50 pax (02) 723-2917 to 18
    #7   Scout Dr. Lazcano Street, QC 15,000 Php for the venue rental.   Doesn’t include food This is a big house being rented   for parties and events, it’s 400sqm property. Very ideal for large crowds   parties on a budget 0917-8403357
  5. Raffle Prizes! the selling point of your party. No party is complete without raffle prizes. Categorize your raffle prizes to major and minor. Here are some ideas for raffle prizes.
    • Digital Gadgets – mobile phones, tablets, itouch, USB, external HD, Digital Cameras, PSP. We often buy digital gadgets from Gilmore Ave. QC, Cyberzone Megamall, and lazada.com.
    • Starbucks Planner
    • Sleepcare Pillows
    • Appliances – griller, blender, flat screen TV,
    • Groceries
    • Wines
    • Vouchers – SM Vouchers, Rustan’s Vouchers, Vouchers from ensogo.com or dealgrocer.com
    • Branded Bags – Lacoste, coach, ninewest
  6. Organize, Organize, Organize! – keep a budget tracker, set a target date for each tasks that you need to accomplish.
  7. Organize your program.

For planning a family reunion this Christmas you may refer to this post.

I hope these suggestions will help you on organize your Christmas party this holiday season. Cheerio!

 

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Where to Spend Your Christmas Family Reunion

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All year round, we spend our busy lives working, taking care of our business, taking care of our kids, going to school, travelling. Each of us has his/her own day to day routine.

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Christmas is our time-out from the monotonous lives most of us have, and this is a great opportunity to spend our most meaningful time of the year with our family. Planning a family reunion is a must for this season. I, personally, enjoy big family reunions because it is the only time of the year that I get to talk with my relatives and re-connect with them again. Some of us will prefer to be adventurous, some will prefer to be intimate, some will want to relax. While there may be different preferences, there’s only one reason why we do it – we mend the gap caused by dealing with our own lives. We make it count!

As early as now, plan your reunion and here are my recommended places, locally, where you can spend your holidays with the most special people in your lives.

Tali Beach Batangas

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Tali Beach is a private residential community located in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines. It is a 2 to 3 hour drive from Manila. It has several beaches perfect for water sports and other outdoor activities. This place is truly refreshing, you will enjoy the cool breeze of the christmas season. There is even a beautiful fireworks display every New Year’s eve hosted by Fidel Ramos’ family which happens to be a resident owner on the place. The best house that you can rent in the place is the house I featured on this post. It is the only house with the biggest swimming pool. Perfect for mid to big families as it can accomodate up to 30 persons. You can see the rental details on this page.

Acuatico Resort

Acuatico Resort in Batangas is one of my favorites as well. First class accomodation.

http://www.acuaticoresort.com.ph/

Punta De Fabian

If you are talking about a BIG reunion,where you can rent a whole resort, punta de fabian is a perfect fit. Located in Baras, Rizal. See details on their website:

http://www.puntadefabian.com/

Balai Isabel

Balai Isabel is a secluded resort in the province of Cavite. If bed and breakfast is your drama for this holiday season, Balai Isabel is the place. Website below:

http://indangbeauty.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/balay-indang/

For more ideas on places you may visit some of the travel sites:

In planning a reunion, the venue always comes first, that is why you need to plan ahead. check the bookings on the vacation homes/ resorts I recommended. Make your holidays worthwhile.

Enjoy your happy christmas planning! And stay tuned for more advise.

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