How to Prepare for the Holiday Party

Greetings, local Willmarians, and New Londonians. In our last article, How To Throw a Great Halloween Party, we gave you all the best tips for hosting an unbeatable themed gathering with help from your local business community.

The rest of the holiday season is just around the corner, and we know you’ll want all the dirt on how to make the holiday rounds with friends and family in style and comfort.

We have plenty of vibrant neighborhoods, main streets, and natural surroundings to be celebrated in our region, and they all shine brilliantly this time of year.

We love showcasing our local businesses and how! You’ll find everything you need to enjoy a festive and bright holiday party season right here at home.

Enjoy our holiday party prep tips and get out there and support your fave local businesses. Your community connection is the gift that keeps on giving.

First, set the mood

Even if you won’t be hosting a Christmas or New Year’s fete of your own this year, a decorated home puts you in the mood for celebrating. Plus, when you get a spontaneous drop-in of good cheer from a neighbor or friend, you’ll be prepared with a warm cup of something as you settle in for a convivial chin wag.

Spruce up your home with some new decor items from Mill Pond Mercantile in New London. Voted WCCO Viewers’ Choice for Best Gift Shop in Minnesota.  Some festive table linens, a few holiday ornaments, and some evergreen floral arrangements are just what you need to put you into the holiday spirit.

Keep your pantry stocked with teas, hot chocolate, apple cider, and Christmas cookies with our local grocers. Are you looking for a multicultural holiday experience? Visit Happy Family Asian Grocery, La Fiesta, and La Michoacana Mexican grocers, as well as Bihi’s Shop of African Food, to broaden your holiday horizons.

Woman in red shirt, white scarf and white fuzzy mittens holding up a present wrapped in white paper with a red bow in front of a white w/ evergreen frond background

Next, be a  gracious guest

When making the rounds to all your December Open Houses, never arrive empty-handed. A host or hostess gift goes further than a simple “thank you” for all the effort that goes into opening your doors to your friends and neighbors.

A bottle of wine, a set of tea towels, a floral bouquet, a collection of fancy tree ornaments, or a gift card for a well-deserved post-party pedicure are all great ideas for party gifts. Your party attendance will surely be remembered for years to come when you present a thoughtful gift upon arriving at the celebration.

Try Late Bloomers Floral and Gift in Willmar for a beautiful selection of floral and traditional gifts to add a little “wow” to your holiday party walk-in.

For a food gift or potluck, make it easy on yourself and let someone else do the work. Worry not about whether the guests will like your contribution.

Our local caterers like McKales will make you look like a gourmet chef with their custom cupcake trays and charcoal-grilled kebabs. Or, customize your dish to your favorite holiday comfort-foods like cookies and casseroles.

Make a statement at your potluck with the help of McKales in New London. They’ll deliver all over our local region, including Willmar to Sunburg and many communities in between.

Glam up your entrance

The holiday season is a perfect time to perfect your hair, makeup, and couture. In the Northland, we get pretty comfy in our layers of flannel and long johns as the weather plunges into the deep- freeze.

The holidays present an excellent excuse to put a little flare in your fleece. Mix cold-weather function with holiday dazzle as you make the rounds on the party scene this season with a few strategic wardrobe additions.

Try a new Pashmina scarf, some sparkly earrings, or a boxy and stylish “boyfriend” sweater over cozy leggings and tall statement boots. Or, try The Happy Sol for a comfy little sweater dress and new booties to keep you comfy cozy while sipping that eggnog.

Goodwill in Willmar likely has some retro Christmas apparel treasures at a bargain. Or, you can also flex your holiday “ugly sweater” cred by hitting several of our local boutiques. Grab an updated and insulated sport shirt or a new team jersey and show off your fandom.

Close-up side view of young bearded man getting beard haircut by hairdresser or barber at barbershop

Indulge in pre-party self-care

Once you’ve put together a few go-to celebration outfits, get the rest of your party game on at Mill Pond Salon.

A fresh cut and color help you put your best foot forward when you arrive at your next holiday party. Or schedule a Malibu Treatment to make sure your hair is looking its best throughout the holiday season.

From up-do’s for formal affairs to sassy styles for neighborhood gatherings, they have a look for every occasion. Further, their expertly trained staff are skilled in all the-ahem-cutting edge hair care techniques. So, you’ll be on-trend and on point for your grand entrance.

Top off your spa day with a lash lift, makeup application, or even a beard trim. They proudly offer all the big-city beauty services at your local convenience in New London and the surrounding areas.

Local Willmar and surrounding areas–everything you need for party perfection

We can’t wait for all those holiday events to start happening. Get out there and celebrate in style with community besties and new friends alike. Stock up on host gifts, create a new holiday look for your party rotation, and cater your contribution with the help of our regional merchants.


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