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A Christmas Gift Guide For The Creative In You

 

As November turns into December, the organiser in you starts to get a little panicked due to the prospect that there are only 25 days and counting until Christmas Day – and your Christmas shopping is still not complete! Your diary is turning into a mash-up of family get-togethers and festive parties, and your days for browsing the shops wondering what to get everyone are limited. Finding something that is perfect and personal for each person you love is time-consuming, and with the clock ticking, there may not be enough time to do 30 rounds of M and S before deciding that there’s nothing suitable. Cut out the stress and the middleman by making something personal – and less expensive – for your loved ones.

 

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Create A Photo Collage

Whether you are giving to a friend or family member, photos are always a great way of giving a personal gift that doesn’t break the bank. Just buy a simple plain white canvas and tastefully display photos from your year together – maybe leave a few spaces for the receiver to put some Christmas snaps in – and it will be sure to be greeted with lots of smiles Christmas Day.

 

Make A Scarf Or Shawl… Or Even An Embossed Christmas Sack

If you’re really into fashion, and dream of making your own line one day – how about starting small and making a scarf or shawl for a family member. This can be as personal as you like – choose the exact fabric you know they’ll love, and that will match their entire wardrobe – and you can even add their initials for a personal touch. Looking for websites where you can buy bulk fabric and multiple designs will mean you have presents sorted for all your fashion-obsessed friends and family. Plus if you have some left over – you could use the excess fabric to make an embossed stylish Santa sack that can be used year after year. No need to waste money on Christmas gift bags year after year. Win.

 

Create An A-Z Activity Itinerary for 2018

This one is a little bit of a brain tester for you, and a little bit of challenge to complete for your loved ones next year! This is suitable for a friend, partner or family member – or you could even make it interesting by including the whole family! The idea is to come up with an activity for you to do that starts with each letter of the alphabet – and it is not as easy as it sounds – and you need to complete the alphabet by the end of 2018. From baking to kayaking, and hiking to zorbing finishing off this present could make your head hurt a little – but it will be worth it! Presenting the list in a shopping list format that can be displayed on a loved ones’ fridge means you can tick it off as you go, and keep track of your progress.  

 

Create A Photo Calendar

Another way to bring a smile to your loved one’s face is to create a calendar for 2018 that has a chosen-by-you picture for every month. They can be themed to the particular month you’re in – like a Halloween photo from this year’s party for October – or be a reminder of a happy memory from 2017.

 

Please comment if you have tried any of these ideas out, and have fun creating!  

 

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The responsibility of putting together a Christmas party for your friends or colleagues can be a huge one. You don’t want to mess it up and leave everyone who took the time out of their schedule to be there disappointed with the overall experience. Parties that actually get remembered are few and far between; you’re going to need to put in the hours if you want yours not to be forgotten in a hurry. Here’s how you can get it right.

 

Come Up With a Particular Dress Code or Experience

 

Festive parties can come in all shapes and sizes. Yours could be a murder mystery-themed party or it could be a more conventional club party. Whatever it is, you should choose a particular dress code that you ask attendees to adhere to and offer them some kind of experience that you think they’ll enjoy.

 

Include Some Games and Competitions

 

To add to the fun, you should be willing to add some games and competitions to the party. This will allow you to get people invested in what you’re offering and they’ll be more like to come along for the fun. Competitions are good because they give everyone a chance to get something for nothing, and that’s not to like about that?

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Keep the Drinks Flowing Throughout the Night

 

No party would be complete without a steady flow of drinks throughout the night. The last thing anyone wants is for the drinks to dry up because that’s when a party can fall completely flat. At no time of the year is this clearer than at Christmas when everyone just wants to let their hair down and have a good time together. There should be someone tapping a keg of beer and another person handing out shots throughout the night. That’s what these parties are all about.

 

Choose Some Form of Interesting and Fun Entertainment

 

Every festive party needs to have some kind of entertainment in place to keep everyone interested and engaged through the duration of the party. Polite conversation only goes so far in this context. One sure-fire hit is to hire a karaoke machine that everyone can have fun with as the drinks continue to flow. There are many other options too though, so choose the one that you feel will best suit your party.

 

Document the Party for Everyone

 

If you want people to actually remember the party and look back over it fondly, you’re probably going to need to document it in some way. You can do that by taking lots of photos and videos throughout the evening and then sharing them with everyone later on. That can either be done privately or via social media platforms depending on your preference. By documenting it, people will have a token to remember it by.

 

The Christmas party season is fast approaching so you need to move fast if you want your party to be one of the ones that people look back over with fondness once the hangover has cleared.

 

 

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Going out is so much fun but sometimes it can all get a bit samey. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a night at the bar drinking wine and having a laugh, but sometimes you and your friends will really crave something different – a night to remember.

 

Fortunately, with your party planning prowess and a few quick tips, your party will go down in history as one of the very best. This is because, you will know of a few quirky little ways your party can stand out and stand up to high expectations.

Every party comes with the same basic foundation: a great location, some good food, plenty of drinks all round and some music. So far so good, but is it really going to be unforgettable? Is there not something that would make the music a bit more… special?

Play That Funky Music

You know when you go into a club and you want to chat but the music’s too loud? Or, even worse, you want to dance but someone has put on something that barely qualifies as music? Yep. We’ve all been there but there is an answer: Silent Events.

 

Complete with lights and 3 DJs playing simultaneously, the silent disco is, perhaps, the greatest way to please a large group with a wide taste in music. Dance together, laugh together and listen to your own thing. And you won’t get noise complaints either

DIY Drinks

It’s not about how much you drink, it’s about how you drink and there are plenty of ways to make the bar more fun. Fruit cocktails and punch bowls are a party standard but what about taking things a step further and making a watermelon punch bowl? Just scoop out the fruit, blend it with your other ingredients and pour it back into the carved bowl. It’s so easy you could try pineapples and other fruits too!

 

Plus, if you manage to arrange it so that everyone contributes a different drink, you could get your bar tending game on and whip up some awesome cocktails to suit everyone. You don’t need fancy shakers or crazy moves, just use a jam jar, screw on the top and shake it off.

Prop-Filled Photo Booth

In an age where Instagram is the main reason for taking any photo, the photo booth has become an integral part of any cool party – how else will people know you were there? But the average photo booth comes with some pretty standard props and they can be quite expensive to hire.

 

All you need is a white sheet for the background and then go crazy with the props you provide. Inflatables are ideal and you can go round markets looking for cheap and cheerful things you could add to the prop box. Hats, glasses and false moustaches are popular but think outside the box and you will achieve some really awesome photos. Balloons, party poppers, feather boas – it all works.

 

Of course, you’ll know your own quirky mind and planning a party like this is really all about seeing the potential in making the normal feel that bit more special. So go ahead, put on your favourite animal costume, book a bouncy castle and go wild!

 

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