Attending a holiday party is a blast, planning one can whip the calmest person into a frenzy. Don’t fret! Event-planning genius, Julie Freed, has a few simple tips to help you throw the perfect holiday soiree!

Keep It Cozy

This time of year, it’s cold out, gets dark early, and your guests are likely burning the candle on both ends! Allow them to relax fireside, with a nice glass of wine, and simply catch up and share stories.

Everyone Loves a Cheeseboard

Don’t feel the need to spend the night in the kitchen. Set out a variety of cheeses, spreads, crisps, and fruits that you and your guests can nibble at all night long!

A Few Personalized Details Go A Long Way

Include a few special touches, like these stamped ice cubes! The stamps are very affordable and can be made with any design of your choice.

Have Some Fun!

Include a game or activity to get guests engaged, like this present exchange. Guests were each given a box to open at the same time with a variety of small trinkets and one with a mega prize!

Gratitude Wall

People love to come together for light and fun celebrations. Add some alcohol, good food, and music and everyone will enjoy themselves!

Julie W. Freed is Principal of Freed Events, a high-touch event agency – helping clients to strategize, visualize and realize their event goals. She produces a range of events, varying in size and scope, in the wedding, social, corporate and non-profit markets. Julie has been in the events industry since 2004 working for some of the leading events companies, including Rafanelli Events where she was the Event Director, producing the largest and most complex events for the firm’s top clientele. She left Rafanelli to launch The Conception Group as an extension of London-based events, marketing, and creative agency, emc3, where she remains as an Account Director and collaborator. Julie is known for her efficiency, authentic nature, love for logistics and most importantly, for building long-term, trusting relationships with her clients and event partners.



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