Tips for Party Planning

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Tips for Party Planning Getting ready for a holiday party should be fun but, with so many things to worry about, it’s not surprising that it can also be stressful. How much ice will you need? How many bottles of wine should you buy and what kinds? How about glassware, and napkins, oh and garbage bags? There are plenty of details to remember. Can it be any easier? Please!

Well, yes, it can. With a few simple guides you can set up a winning party in no time at all. For more information about setting up a bar, head to The Set the Bar for the Party Season, and tips on making sure you have all the food under control, check out How to Plan for the Perfect Party.

For getting your wines all lined up in row, read on for our party planning trips.

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  • Snooth User: Sybarite
    248668 3

    Maybe my friends don't drink as much. But the formula I use is 1/2 bottle per person which has always been more than enough-- some drink more, some drink less. And people do usually slow down toward the end of the party and shift over to water and coffee/tea. So for my party with 24 people-- a case will do. That's not to say I don't have a few bottles in reserve....

    Dec 24, 2010 at 1:54 PM

  • Snooth User: Edsonbarbosa
    Hand of Snooth
    440603 17

    Well, I live in Brazil and was just thinking that we drink much less than you. My formula is 1 bottle for 3.

    Dec 24, 2010 at 4:28 PM

  • Snooth User: Nickxox
    345718 1

    Wow, I live in Malaysia, we normally do 1.5 bottle per person - just nice, 2 bottle slightly over, 3 - really really happy...

    Dec 25, 2010 at 3:16 AM

  • First tip for a stress-free holiday party - start planning it before Christmas Eve!! (when this piece was posted...)

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:21 AM

  • Snooth User: Sybarite
    248668 3

    Second tip for a stress-free holiday party-- do it in Malaysia! ;-))

    3 bots per person! Are these 750 ml bottles, Nickxox?

    Dec 30, 2010 at 12:55 PM

  • Snooth User: All You Need Is Wine
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    600816 22

    Great party idea - a blind wine tasting party game - All You Need Is Wine. Buy at or

    Jan 05, 2011 at 1:50 AM

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