Little River Blog

2018 Holiday Party Planning Guide

Labor Day has come and gone, the kids are back in school, and the first day of autumn has arrived. That means one thing: it’s time to kick your holiday party planning into high gear.

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Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. New Years. It’s all about to happen.

 

Whether you’re in charge of planning a family get-together, a reunion of good friends, or an office party, there are steps you can take to give your guests a grand time (and make things easy on yourself!)

Create a guest list

Once you know who (and how many) you’re inviting, the rest will fall into place. Is this a family gathering? An office party? A reunion of friends? Or something else entirely. Sit down with a pen and paper (and a trusted friend) to make sure you don’t overlook anyone.

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Build a budget

Holiday parties are a big deal, but no reason to break the bank. Decide what you want to spend, and whether or not yours is the kind of party to which guests or sponsors should contribute. Identify your resources and expenses: then decide on a budget.

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The warmth and uniqueness of a log cabin await you.

Decide on your location

Once you know how many people you’ll have you’ll want to think about all the things you need to make them comfortable. Will you need a kitchen space? Wheelchair access? Space for dancing? how many tables and chairs? What about parking?

Hosting your party in your home is a possibility, but space may be an issue. And you may not want a big cleaning project waiting for you when it’s over. Think about other options: you’ll want enough space for everyone to mingle, eat, and unwind. And you want your venue to provide for all your guests’ needs.

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Plan your atmosphere and theme

This is the fun stuff! Is there a particular theme, beyond the holiday? How do you want to decorate? How will you provide ambiance? What about lighting and music? It’s up to you to decide what will make your party pop! and give your guests an experience that they’ll remember.

 

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Focus on food

Food is the centerpiece of a great party, and there are many ways to provide a great dining experience for your guests. It could be a potluck, fully catered, or a little bit of both. Keep in mind holiday themes, and think about what’s going to be easiest for you and your guests. Consider hosting a potluck in which you provide the main course, and let guests add their own touch by bringing sides and desserts. Bonus tip: Don’t forget to pick up a bunch of take out containers so your guests can enjoy leftovers the next day.

Party Beverages 

Food is one thing, but party drinks are something else entirely. Will you provide canned sodas, beer or wine, or homemade punch? Do you need ice? To make it easier on you, allow guests to serve themselves. Self-serve, holiday-themed punches are a great way to deliver the goods, without having to lift a finger.

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Send the invitations

There are lots of ways to handle invitations these days. For holiday parties, many still prefer mailed invitations–after all, who doesn’t just love receiving a real, bona fide, fancy invitation in the mail? But emailed invitations are increasingly popular, fun, and more cost effective. Bonus tip: The first step to a perfect party is making sure that everyone there feels special enough to be invited.

Enjoy your party!

You’ve worked hard for this, and there’s no reward quite like seeing your guests have a good time. Besides, you’ll get a reputation for being the person people will call when they need help planning their party.

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Cleanup

OK, this is no one’s favorite part of the night, but it’s necessary. Keep your own house clean by hosting your party in an event space.

Next Steps

Little River Venue is the perfect place to host your holiday party. Large enough to accommodate even the biggest groups, but intimate, warm, and inviting. Book your reservation today, and get your party started.

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Planning a Unique Wedding: Our Story

Your wedding should reflect who you are: your love, your dreams, and your personalities. No one understands that better than we do. After all, the owners of Little River Venue were married right here in DeKalb County in a unique ceremony that celebrated love, family, land, and new beginnings. Here is our story.

In Love, Out of State

Howard grew up here in DeKalb County, and in 1976 bought a piece of land on Lookout Mountain where he built his own home. By 1980, a promising job prospect led him to relocate to Louisiana. So he rented out his home and headed to New Orleans. That’s where he met Terri.

By 1982, the two of them had decided to get hitched. But Howard’s family and property were back in Alabama, and Terri’s family and friends were in Louisiana. So the questions they had to answer were: where would they hold their wedding? And more importantly, where would they raise their children?

Putting Down Roots

Although they both enjoyed living in the New Orleans, the choice was clear to them. Returning to Alabama would mean starting their careers over, but it would also be a better place to raise their children and put down roots in a community. It would also mean returning to the land and home for which Howard had worked so hard.

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After the wedding, at home in front of the fireplace that Howard built. The fireplace is still part of their home.

Faith, Family, and Home

So with a fully-loaded U-Haul, Howard and Terri (and their two children from previous marriages) headed back to the Mentone area to start life together in the same house Howard had built a few years earlier. Now it was time to think about the wedding.

For Howard and Terri, two things were clear. First, they needed a preacher. Second, they wanted to get married on their land. So on a beautiful autumn day on top of Lookout Mountain, a local minister officiated a small ceremony for the two of them and some friends and family. (Actually, this turned out to be a double wedding, but that’s a whole different story!)

Full Circle

Many years, another child, and two grandchildren later, Howard and Terri still live in the same house on the same land as the day they were married.

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Still living in the same house and on the same land where they were married.

So that’s our wedding story!

We love to hear about other weddings, so please feel free to share in the comments. And if you’re looking for a place to hold your reception, please learn more about Little River Venue. Whether your looking for a space to hold your shower, reception, or anniversary party, we’re here to help. Find out more about availability and pricing. 

Rustic. Elegant. Charming. Perfect.

That’s how people describe this one-of-a-kind event venue near Mentone, AL. Whether you’re planning a wedding reception, shower, or family gathering, Little River Venue offers log cabin charm, modern comfort, and affordability.

If you’re looking for a event hall or space that combines the warmth and intimacy of a log cabin, the modern amenities of a full kitchen and central air and heat, and plenty of space for your family or group to gather and unwind, then you’ve come to the right place. And with rentals starting at $300, we can accommodate almost any budget.

Little River Venue is a versatile event space that can accommodate any casual or formal celebration. And with catering options available, you can take another item off your list of things to do.

Our event space is perfect for wedding receptions, birthday parties, baby showers, family reunions, holiday parties, graduation celebrations, or business meetings.

So take a look around. Tell us about your ideas. And let’s make it happen.