Set the Date Now: Holiday Party Planning

091012-calendar.jpg We're already halfway through September and you know what that means, right? In moments visions of sugar plums will be on our doorsteps and with a single deep breath the holidays will have come and gone. The holidays! Sarah, the kids just went back to school! True, but it's still time to save the date! We all lead busy lives and our schedules fill up quick. Each year it seems that it happens sooner and sooner and we're left saying no to more and more things with time being so short. There's nothing wrong with that mind you, but if you're looking to entertain this year, you don't want to be the one chiming in at the last minute and having your offer declined.

In the next month or so, what about sending out pre-party invites that let people save the date for a big event. That doesn't mean you have to be throwing the party of the century, it just means you're thinking far enough in advance to help your friends schedule in what's important — you!

Send them an email, snail mail or even something silly to hang on the refrigerator to help them remember the date you're claiming on the calendar. Check local school schedules for plays or holiday events and other big social city gatherings. And remember: we're not advising you plan your holiday party like a full-on wedding — just that it never hurts to think ahead! Happy party planning!

How far in advance do you schedule your soirees? Are we crazy to suggest looking at the calendar now?

Related: 5 Things To Start Now For Holiday Party Planning

(Image: Flickr member photosteve101 licensed for use by Creative Commons and Sarah Rae Trover)

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