'Tis the Season
Popular Dallas event experts offer vital holiday party planning advice
The holidays are synonymous with parties, and chances are good that you're going to be playing host as well as guest.
Take the stress out of organizing a soiree with these indispensable tips from the team at Sixty Five Hundred, one of Dallas' most popular event venues.
Select a unique holiday theme
Winter wonderland, ski lodge, traditional Christmas, "Who-ville" — all the best parties start with a strong theme. Choosing a unifying idea will also make it easier to plan all the smaller details, as you'll have parameters to help whittle down the seemingly endless choices.
Find the perfect blank canvas
Your venue is where your holiday vision can come to life, and it's much easier to start with an empty white room than to work around architectural styles and idiosyncrasies. Sixty Five Hundred can be — and has been — turned into practically every kind of vision, transforming itself so completely that guests truly believe they've stepped into another world.
Fill the space with specialty lighting
It's not the holidays without lots of lights, right? Don't feel afraid of atmospheric lighting, and remember that more is better when it comes to smaller light sources. Hang twinkle lights from the ceiling, drape them on Christmas trees, and string them above the bar, and add a few colored uplighting options for extra pizazz.
Coincide catering with the season
This is another way you'll want to stay on theme. For a holiday party, think festive cocktails like hot toddies and build-your-own hot cocoa and apple cider stations. Turn traditional dishes on their head by serving them in innovative ways, like a mashed potato bar or display of mini pies.
Enjoy interactive entertainment
Think outside the box when it comes to how you can entertain your guests. Consider hiring a ballerina to dance inside a snow globe or put in-theme characters on oversize tricycles and have them pour Champagne. And you can never go wrong with a photo opportunity with Santa Claus himself.
Opt for non-traditional centerpieces
Incorporate tree branches, ornaments, twinkle lights, wrapped presents, or snow, and give your guests something to admire that's more than just flowers.
It's all about the music
What’s a holiday party without the sounds of the season? Whether using a DJ or live musicians, after guests have a few specialty cocktails, they will want to dance the night away.