Nov 11.15

Christmas Party Planning Tips - Start with a Shower!

DIY >> LUSH Life

People tell me that I plan good parties.

That compliment really gets me because when I set out to plan a party, I’m planning it for people I love. When they’re happy, I feel immense happiness. I suppose that’s why I love planning little shin-digs – I just love making people happy. (It’s quite selfish, actually.)

My party planning talents have been directly passed down to me from my mother, who is a party magician in her own right. Her best party trick involved a plastic bowl, a tea towel and some wacky magic words. The plastic bowl would magically fill with some candy, and my sister and I (her captive audience) would marvel at our magical mother’s powers.

Christmas parties can be that simple – working with a simple plan to surprise, delight and make some “magic” happen is all you need for an incredible party. Here are a few of my go-to tips and tricks:

1. What’s the theme?
Figuring out your theme makes the rest of the party planning easy. Food, décor and music are so much easier to choose once you know what direction you want to go in. I don’t know about you, but I get my best ideas in the shower and after a particularly sudsy scrub with my favorite LUSH shower gel, Snow Fairy, I was inspired by the shimmery glow left on my skin. So, this year my party theme is going to be “simply sparkly.”

2. Next, I like to think about cocktails.
The star of the show usually has the most spirit, if you get my drift, so I like to plan out a signature cocktail that matches my theme. My holiday cocktail of choice is a crème de cassis and cava beauty inspired by my favorite LUSH bubble bar, The Comforter. Cassis absolute has relaxing properties and is a great partner for the sparkling, energetic cava. It tastes subtly sweet with a black currant flavor and the bubbles from the cava are quite refreshing. I garnished my drink with a frozen, organic raspberry for a tart finish.

Here’s my recipe:
-1oz. Crème de Cassis (I like Chambord Royale)
-5oz. Cava or any sparkling wine (I like Freixenet)
-1 organic, frozen raspberry

 3. On to the main event – the food!
When it comes to grub, I never want to make something that is A) black belt difficult to make so I’m beat by the time my guests arrive, or B) keeps me away from my guests because I have to babysit a pot. I like good food and I like simple food, and I really like food that allows the hostess to enjoy the party too. Being present at your own party makes it so much better – these people showed up for you. Okay – and the cocktails and the food, but mostly for you. These homemade pistachio and rose water macaroons are reminiscent of our Rose Jam Bubbleroon – and they’re delicious and easy to make ahead of time!

4. Now for the ambience.
It’s all about the mood, dude. My first go-to is to turn up the tunes. When people walk in, I want there to be a good vibe and music is a great way to get the good vibrations going. I have a pretty eclectic taste in music so my Christmas playlist is all over the place. Check it out! (Note: I am about to reveal my soul to you. Merry Christmas.) 

-“Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
-“Winter Wonderland” by The Andrew Sisters
-“Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
-“Baby it’s Cold Outside” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan
-“Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney
-“Feliz Navidad” by Boney M.
-“All I want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
-“Last Christmas” by Wham!
-“Do They Know it’s Christmas?” by Band Aid

 And that’s it my friends – that is how I do it. I work with a simple plan, observe the awesome things happening in my daily life to get ideas, hang with the people I love and think about ways to make them feel special. Parties don’t have to be major, they just have to be thoughtful and the magic will happen.

 

Meet Ali
Ali is the Web Marketing Coordinator for LUSH and is
the self-proclaimed office party planning queen. When
she is not doing web stuff for LUSH.com she enjoys
knitting, baking and trying to answer Jeopardy questions
faster than contestants on the TV. She has dreams of
speaking fluent French and web code someday.

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