How to host a memorable Christmas party in 2019: Tips for throwing an awesome year-end fete

How to host a memorable Christmas party in 2019: Tips for throwing an awesome year-end fete

Ring it in

Text: Amelia Chia

It's the end of 2019, hosting has now become honourable, and your party highlights are very likely to go on multiple Instagram Stories. If that's cause for stress, this guide is right up your alley. We spoke to Jacqueline Ye, co-founder of Delegate, an online event booking service that is a one-stop shop for all your party planning needs. Below, this hostess with the mostest shares their hottest tips on throwing a dreamy soiree this festive season. Psst... this is gold.

Be a skilful planner, or at least be smart enough to rely on an online platform to assist you.

It's the 21st century, so one-stop online destination connecting event vendors is the way to go. Delegate allows users to browse event inspirations, compare vendors, and book services in the shortest time possible — without the need to source everything separately. Every vendor has been verified by Delegate's capable team, so you can plan your party with utmost ease. With a library of over 50,000 hand-picked ideas, you can create boards around events you're planning and get that party happening in no time. Let Delegate be the Robin to your Batman prowess this Christmas.

A Christmas event by Delegate

Who says we don't care for our furry friends? Pet catering is much appreciated and sought after.

After doing several user surveys, Delegate has also found that event vendors catering to pets are a well-liked initiative. Wholesome Paws and Ola's Favourites are kind souls that don't wish for your cats and dogs to have your leftovers; instead, they're all about whipping up delectable festive treats for your furry friends. Treats include greenlipped mussels, fish pawffles, signature meatzza, furrykake floss, and pupcakes.

Not every feast needs to be about plump turkey and beautifully-glazed ham — healthy eating is still a trend over the festive season.

According to Delegate, there has been increasing interest in healthier food options. No judgment there, because not everyone wants to look like Santa after festivities are over. Grain bowls by Grain and YOLO are popular options, as are DIY acai bowls, cold-pressed juices, and coconut ice cream. This comes as no surprise, but millennials are also enquiring more about displays fit for their social media accounts, such as Kiss My Pans' beautiful platters.

Grain bowls from Fireless Kitchen

Making an exception to healthy eating for Christmas? Well, the local food trend is on the rise.

#ProudtobeSingaporean. Redefine Christmas and make it all about our own moreish cuisine. Weaving a local theme into your parties will prove a winner with your crew, as Delegate's statistics have shown. From kueh catering to novelty display stations like roti prata to the Singaporean ice cream vehicles, the options are endless. Best of all, it's often mouthwateringly delicious and our culture gets to live on.

Lastly, don't forget that all-important playlist. Make one if you've got some DJ talent; otherwise, Spotify has many good ones.

There's no throwing a memorable party without a stellar playlist to go along with it. These days, a gathering without music is like a body without its soul. Delegate has its own profile on Spotify which curates a playlist for every occasion, from Christmas Tunes to The Great Gatsby to Support Local. Thank you for never leaving us in the lurch with unprecedented awkward silences.