If you're inviting a crowd, remember that this is also a busy time of year for friends and family, so remember to send out Christmas party invitations early.
Buy invitations at your favorite party store, or print them up yourself using Christmas clipart with headlines announcing "It's that time of year! Please join us for some Christmas cheer..." or about about "All we want for Christmas is YOU!" and don't forget to include date, time, location, and RSVP details.
Whether it's a casual affair or a formal Christmas dinner party, remember that holiday entertaining begins with great ideas and party themes for all age groups including kids and adults. Host a few Christmas games and activities where everyone can join in, or break the ice with a Christmas sing-along or holiday trivia game. Serve festive cocktails, but also include non-alcoholic drinks for kids and non-drinkers.
And, whenever possible, serve crowd-pleasing make-ahead meals so you have time to enjoy the party, too!
When the holiday party is over, send guests home with holiday party favor bags filled with goodies such as candy canes, small Christmas ornaments, holiday chocolate kisses, or a batch of fresh-baked Christmas cookies.