The Ultimate Holiday Party Planning Guide

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Hats off to the holidays, y’all! Between the cookie exchanges and end-of-year office events, the party season is officially in full swing. If you’re planning a festive fête of your own, you’ve got to be prepared!

To give you a helping hand, we asked a few of our favorite bloggers—all from Target Inner Circle—to share expert party planning tips, décor ideas, what to wear, recipes, playlists and more. Check out their ideas below!

If you’re overwhelmed by party plans… You should check out Jen’s party-planning checklist from I Heart Organizing to help get the party started.

If you’re looking for a cute way to invite guests… Find seven tips and tricks for creating an awesome invitation by Ashley of 7th House on the Left.

If the most important part of the party is your outfit…
Alyson shares three looks in The Average Girl’s Guide to add some sparkle to your holiday style. Daniela from Nany’s Klozet has holiday outfit ideas for every woman, whether your style is feminine, timeless, edgy, office-ready or boho chic.

If kids are invited…
Amy from Teach Mama has the secrets to success for a holiday party with kids’ activities that really rock. Kara from Simple Kids helps you set the scene for their activities with colorful kids’ decorating ideas.  And if kids aren’t joining the party, Katie from Practical Parenting shares a babysitter checklist so your kids stay safe and still have fun while you’re out.

If you’ve been searching for a custom Christmas cocktail…
Inspired by Charm has a sweet and simple recipe for cherry vodka sparklers. Cheers to that, Michael! Meanwhile, Patrice—also known as Afrobella—offers her own delicious spin on Trinidad’s version of eggnog, Ponche De Crème.

If you’re planning the music playlist…
Take a note (pun intended) from Adrian of Dad or Alive and review a party playlist that may bring back memories.

If you want to treat the hostess with the mostess… 
More like “guest with the best”—these eco-friendly hostess gifts from My Sweet Green’s Jennie will make sure you’re invited again next year.

If you’re trying to avoid those pesky holiday pounds…
Try a guilt-free appetizer courtesy of Gina from Skinnytaste. Her calorie-conscious salmon cakes recipe is a party pleaser, and guests won’t hesitate asking for seconds!

If you’re just trying to satisfy your sweet tooth…
You can’t miss these ultimate dessert recipes from Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife. From gluten-free cookies to homemade candy gifts, there’s a recipe to please every party guest.

We’d love to hear your party planning tips: your favorite recipes and cocktails, most loved songs, or how you dress in holiday style in the comments below.

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