Planning a holiday party with friends? Don't forget about these elements!

One of the greatest parts of the holidays is the time you get to spend with your family and friends. It can be a hectic time trying to get everyone together and plan a party. Make an easy time of it by getting a few friends together to play hostess together to spread out the responsibility. The more the merrier!

Here are a few tips on what to split up as you plan your holiday party:

1. A signature party drink or set drink menu.

A signature drink is one of the sweetest details at any event. You could go for eggnog or opt for a festive peppermint cocktail. Why not both?

Set out your alcohol and mixers on a bar cart or bar table, display the recipes, and let guests enjoy!

2. Holiday decor.

Once you’ve decided where to host your party (probably the house with the most space), you can focus on the decor you’ll need. Luckily because it’s already the holidays, some of the decorations are already built in.

Grab everything else you need, maybe some garland or tinsel, and add it in around the room.

Splitting the expenses for your holiday party!

3. A dedicated photo booth.

Make your party extra special by creating a DIY photo booth! It’s surprisingly easy to do. Just check out Pinterest for background inspiration.

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Party guests can use their own phones to take photos. As the hosts, pick a hashtag guests can use to tag their pictures on social media.

4. Cooking decorating or gingerbread house making.

Both of these are fun activities for guests to do during the soirée. Cookies are easier (and cheaper) if you have less guests. Pre-make the cookies before the party, and whip up the icing so guests can decorate their cookies together.

If you have less than 15 people attending, make gingerbread houses! Turn it into a competition for extra fun. Pick up a few gingerbread house kits and set some rules — may the best team win!

5. Holiday tunes.

Put someone in charge of the holiday playlist or pick a station on Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora to keep the mood throughout the party.

6. Food.

Food and drinks can be pricey, but there are ways to cut costs. Instead of hosting a meal, just have hors d’oeuvres. Again, Pinterest will be your best friend when it comes to deciding on your menu!


The final thing to consider is how to split expenses. Checks and cash can be inconvenient for many these days, especially for twenty-somethings who prefer cards and cashless transactions. If you’ve never heard of it before, the Square Cash app is the perfect solution.

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It allows you to transfer money between friends easily and for free. Just sign up with your phone number, attach your bank account, and voila! It’s simple to pay and request money.

Go to brunch with your part hostesses (use Square Cash to split the bill), and start party planning! Set your budgets, assign responsibilities, and get shopping!

Have brunch to plan your holiday party!

Have everyone download Square Cash at brunch to make things easy. You can find the website here, download it from Google Play here, and from iTunes here.

The holidays truly are more fun with friends. Are you planning a party this year? I’d love to know what your plans are!