Holiday Party Planning Tips

The holidays are a time of feasting, generally, in the company of family, friends and loved ones. How many times have you heard someone say they “love the holidays”, simply for all the parties that exist? Holiday party planning is not only important to many, but one of the busiest and most exciting planning events, as well.

Of course, the holidays that fall in wintertime are not the only times for planning a holiday party. There is Fourth of July in the United States, and comparable holidays in other countries. In any case, sometimes a holiday party is thrown just because the planner loves holiday party planning so much. It can be quite fun for the person who has a love for parties and for planning them.

There is, of course, not a lot of difference in planning for a holiday parties and the planning of other types of parties. Just the reason has changed. The needs of the planner to plan the perfect event is still intact. Holidays party planning involves calculating a guest list, menu and decor, just like any other party.

However, more people do holidays party a lot more than any other party types, or, at least, it seems that way. When too many people are trying to organize holiday parties at the same time, catering and party supply rental companies find themselves overwhelmed. So the wise planner starts party planning for holiday months in advance.

And, of course, the big holiday parties, Christmas party, is the most hectic one. Along with the party itself, one has to work in the present shopping, holiday decorating and all the other various and sundry activities that happen at that time of year. Often times, the smart host/ess will opt to hire a party planner to do the holidays party planning for them, and avoid one bit of holiday stress.

Still, there are those die-hard holiday party planning fanatics who want to do it all themselves. Be especially kind to these people at those times of the year, for they are giving their all to make your holidays memorable. Planning a holiday parties is not easy, especially when there are many other things to do at that time, as well.

Holiday party planning has only one easy part-the choice of theme. Obviously, one is not going to throw a costume party for Christmas or Hanukkah, although it could be done for New Year’s. In any case, the theme is generally already clearly defined for most holiday party planning. The tough part is doing something different from year to year. That’s where rabid holiday party planners love to shine, by trying to top themselves each year. Or sometimes, the holiday party planning competition is not with themselves, but with a rival. Is it any wonder the holidays are particularly stressful for some people?

Very often, people use the excuse of holiday parties to let off some mid-winter stream, and the organizer of holiday party planning knows this. It’s a time of festivities and fantasy that people love to dive into for a little escape and lots of fun. This is often the reason why a planner feels the need to top themselves each year. When the party-goers go home, the planner wants to know that they are looking back and saying, “That was the party of the year!” Great holiday party planning depends on the planner’s success in that area.

Spend Your Holidays In India And Get Fascinated With Its Unlimited Temptations

India is considered as one of the most popular holiday destinations of world. There are several picturesque locations in India to spend holidays in unique way. Indian holiday destinations provide you a difference and pleasant experience from other destinations of the world. During your holidays in India you will have an excellent opportunity to visit beautiful tourist locations and attractions of India. Places of tourist attractions in India always have attracted tourists from all over the world. India is a land of versatility and diversity. When you will be on India holiday tours, you can observe diversity in all realms whether it is its geography, culture & tradition, people or languages. These diversities attract tourists from all over the world for traveling in India.

We are discussing about spending holidays in India. Let’s, at first, we discuss about why tourists prefer to spend their holidays. One of the main reason behind this is there are perhaps all types destinations fulfilling all desires of every types of tourists. Snow covered mountain peaks, blazing deserts, lush greens landscapes, picturesque locations, magnificent forts & palaces, lovely lakes, rich culture & heritage, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, adventure & sports spots, beautiful hill stations and many more what not India tourism has? In fact, it presents a wide range of destination for spending holidays. No any where in the world one can find these attractions and such a wide range of in a single country.

Some of most popular travel destinations of India where tourists from all around come to spend there holidays are Rajasthan – the land of kings, Kashmir – the paradise on the earth, Ladakh – little Tibet, Kerala – God’s own country, Goa – the land of Sun, Sand & Sea, Himachal Pradesh – known for breathtaking hill stations, Delhi, Mumbai, Banaglore, Mysore, etc. Ayurveda and wildlife of India also attract a large gathering of travellers to the country.

Spending India holidays can be more joyful and pleasant if you embark on India tours by themes and choose right tour and travel package. For traveling in India in more and more appropriate way, you may go with travel agents or tour operators of India who offer attractive holiday packages in India based on theme, such heritage holiday, Ayurveda and spa holidays, cultural holidays, adventure holidays, beach holidays, shopping holiday, luxury holiday, etc. If you too want to enjoy India holiday tours, choose your theme and contact any experienced travel agent or tour operator and inform them about your interest so that they can customize India tours according to your needs and requisites. You can also choose tailor-made India travel package for your tours and travels.

Ho-Ho-Holistic Holidays: Survival Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

Some people simply love the holidays. Others utterly despise them. The rest of us fall somewhere in between. Food, family and festivities are all part of the holiday season and contribute to our own personal reasons for loving, hating or love-hating the holidays. This article will provide you with some simple, natural strategies for surviving the holidays; body, mind, spirit and planet.

Body: Our bodies take a huge hit during the holidays. We definitely eat foods that we don’t typically eat and we often eat more food and more often than usual. In addition, due to the chaos of holiday shopping, holiday parties, holiday cards, holiday cooking and holiday decorating, we often sacrifice our exercise routine to make time for these events. While we’re on the run, taking steps to complete the tasks just mentioned, we may not take the time to prepare healthy meals. We may find ourselves eating at the drive-through or the food court.

Body Tips: Pack a brown bag of easy to eat, healthy foods to eat while you’re on the run. Assorted, raw nuts are a great, healthy snack that will give you energy, protein, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants to help combat the effects of stress. Throw a couple of apples or pears in there too. Baby carrots, whole grain crackers and a container of hummus also make for a quick and healthy snack. Be sure to drink plenty of water (half your body weight in ounces) to support your health and immunity – especially during times of stress. When it comes to the holiday table, as crazy as it sounds, use smaller plates and serving utensils to reduce portion size. Even using a smaller fork will help you to consume less food. The mistake many people make is they take a portion equal to what they would eat at a normal meal. The problem is there is usually about 3-5 times as much food as usual so you end up taking insane amounts of food. Using a teaspoon or tablespoon instead of a serving spoon will allow you to taste everything without over-doing it.

Mind: The mind probably takes the biggest hit during the holidays. With so many things to remember and do, we get overwhelmed very easily. Combine this with the shorter daylight hours, and you have a recipe for holiday depression. Many of us are so busy making sure that everyone else enjoys the holidays that we over-extend and over-schedule ourselves to the brink of insanity.

Mind Tips: Sit down and make a list of everything that you usually do or try to do for the holidays. Prioritize those items as: “Do”, “Drop”, or “Delegate”. Then take the “Do” items and prioritize them as “Must Do” and “Nice to Do”. Focus on the “Must-Do” items first. On the “Delegate” list, make a list of who you will delegate the task to, write the date that you delegated it, and the date they agreed to get it done by. Follow up on that date or simply trust them to get it done. This is a great time of year to edit your external influences. Stop watching or reading the news. Listen to some classical or spa-type music in the car or while cooking, cleaning or wrapping. Holiday music is fine too, as long as it puts you in a good mood. Understand that others are stressed out too and, even if they rub you the wrong way, wish them “Happy Holidays” and move on.

Spirit: It’s funny when people talk about the holiday spirit because from what I can tell, it’s not the Spirit of Christmas Past, Present of Future; it’s the Spirit of Christmas Insanity. Let me start by saying that if it doesn’t enrich your holiday experience either don’t do it at all or, if you feel obligated, do it to the minimal level possible to protect yourself from negative influences.

Spirit Tips: If you hate your work’s holiday party, don’t go. If you can’t afford gifts, write a note detailing a fond memory you have of that person. Thank them for being in your life. If your family drives you crazy, come late and leave early to the holiday festivities. No one will give you a hard time if you skip out to visit a nursing home, hospital, or homeless shelter. I guarantee that you will have a lot more holiday spirit by putting a smile on a sick child’s face versus trading scratch-tickets and bottles of booze at the Yankee Swap.

Planet: During the holidays, we create a lot of waste that will end up in landfills. We use a lot of extra fuel running around from mall to mall and having presents shipped across the country. Try to keep the planet in mind as make your holiday plans.

Planet Tips: Buy food from local farms or as local as you can get. If you live in Connecticut, buy potatoes from Maine. If you live in Colorado, buy potatoes from Idaho. Don’t buy tinsel; decorate pine cones instead. String popcorn and cranberries instead of using foil garland. Send gift cards instead of heavy boxes. Grab a friend and carpool to the mall. You will have more luck finding one parking space than two and you can divide and conquer. One of you takes a list to the toy store, one of you takes a list to the department store and you rendezvous in the lobby at a certain time. If there are questions, there are cell phones.

The holidays are supposed to be a time for cheer. Take a step back and evaluate your holiday schedule and ask yourself which parts enrich your life, and which parts impair your life. Make choices that will enhance your holiday experience; body, mind, spirit and planet.