Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ask a Planner... "Party Panic!"

Hello DreamGroup ~

This question is not wedding related, but I hope you can still help.  I am hosting a Christmas party in my home in a couple weeks and I wonder what etiquette says about who should be invited.  I was married last year and my husband and I don't have enough space in our townhouse to invite everyone we invited to our wedding (which was 180 people)!  Is it rude not to invite all the people that we invited to our wedding?  We can't afford to rent a hall and make this huge.  Our intention was just to have a nice intimate 50-60 person cocktail gathering at our home.  I had not even thought much about it, but then my mom asked if I was inviting my cousin and her husband and their kids...  all of a sudden I got scared!

Thanks for your advice,

Hi Lesel,

Thanks for your question.  Everyone is very busy at this time of year and have tons of things to do, people to see, and parties to attend.  I think your plan to invite those friends and family that are closest to you on a day to day basis is more than acceptable.  Not every party you host has to include everyone you know!  

Weddings are the exception where a greater list of people may be expecting an invitation, but even then many couples are choosing to keep their weddings intimate these days.

In my experience, the best parties (Christmas or otherwise) are best enjoyed when the numbers are intimate and the food, drinks, atmosphere, and entertainment are kept thoughtful and stylized.  Stick with your initial plan and have a fabulous party!  

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