2020 has definitely been the strangest year of my life as I’m sure it has been for you all as well. COVID-19 has turned our worlds upside down and this holiday season is unfortunately, no exception. Gone are the days of large holiday parties with all your family, friends, and acquaintences invited. This year we are limited to much smaller gatherings with only our closest family and friends, but this gives us an opportunity to get closer to our dearest loved ones, so we really shouldn’t be sad. I’m here to offer some tips on how to still have a fun but safe and intimate holiday party, so read on below!
- Take the party outside whenever possible – If you have a great back deck, balcony, or patio at your home, take advantage of it! Decorate it with lights and garland to bring the area into the holiday season and then have as much of the party outside as possible in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I realize this option may not be ideal for those in colder climates, but down here in Georgia it’s plenty warm enough for this. Also, you’d be surprised at how well an outdoor heater can warm things right on up. They are much cheaper now than they once were and you can find some great deals on them.
- Hire help for an outdoor bar – If you are having your party outside, that can create an inconvenience when drinks are needed unless you already have an outdoor bar. People have to go inside to refill their drinks and doing so runs the risk of people gathering indoors. Companies like Tippy Tap Co. have come up with a great solution for this problem by offering an Atlanta mobile bar service. Their mobile bar can be parked outdoors in your event area (such as your backyard) to keep the drinks flowing without the need for you guests to go inside for the bar.
- Keep your drinks and snacks individual – Steer clear of shared snack plates and shared drink areas such as punch bowls. Try to buy individually packaged snacks (time to go to Costco!) and if you must have your own bar, stick to drink dispensers with a spout to prevent the spread of germs. Make sure to continually clean the spout so that germs do not spread if guests go to the spout for a refill because the guest will have already drank from the cup. Alternatively, you can encourage guests to use a new cup for every drink as well.
- Make sure to have hand sanitizer and disposable masks readily available for guests that may need them. Make sure to put hand sanitizer in areas where there is heavy touching such as in the kitchen or near door handles to spaces being used.
- Ensure proper space for guests – Even if the party is outdoors, make sure there is ample room for guests to spread out. If the party must be indoors, allow your guests to spread out into multiple rooms to avoid crowding all together in one room. The more rooms you have available to your guests, the better. This gives you an excuse to decorate more rooms with holiday decorations!
- Ensure proper ventilation – If your party must be indoors, make sure to ventilate the area as well. Air purifiers have also come down in price and are a great way to keep the air in the room clean. Make sure to look for air purifiers that have a HEPA filter if you are looking to buy one. Also, opening windows and turning on fans in the house further allows for airflow and ventilation. You want to avoid stale air in a room as much as possible, so keeping the air moving and flowing is key.
Despite this year’s circumstances, there are still safe ways to celebrate the holidays in smaller groups if the advice above is followed. I wish each and every one of you a safe and fun holiday season! I’ve got some great posts coming up this season that I can’t wait to share with you. Be on the lookout later this week for my Black Friday sales post!
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This post has been sponsored by Tippy Tap Co., but all opinions are my own.