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Christmas party ideas 2017 – the food, outfit, games and playlist to make your bash unmissable

WHETHER it’s your office bash or a house party with mates, throwing a Christmas party can be stressful.

These are our top tips for throwing a night to remember whatever your budget, from the food to your outfit and the entertainment…

 From your outfit to the food and the entertainment, this is our ultimate Christmas party guideGetty – Contributor From your outfit to the food and the entertainment, this is our ultimate Christmas party guide

Where can I buy Christmas party food?

Now that winter’s here, most of Britain’s supermarkets will be stocking their shelves with canapes.

If you’re on a budget, Iceland does a range of party food with prices starting at £1 for 10 duck spring rolls, 16 vegetable spring rolls, 30 cocktail sausages, 12 mozzarella sticks or 16 chicken goujons.

You can even pick up an 100-piece Indian platter for a fiver.

While Tesco is selling a 24-person platter for a tenner, and a 36-person platter for £16.

 Waitrose is the king of the canapes, but you have to order your platters five to six days in advanceWaitrose Waitrose is the king of the canapes, but you have to order your platters five to six days in advance

When it comes to canapes, Waitrose is the king of the crop – but they’re more expensive, with prices starting at £8 for a pizza sharer.

Their range of platters include breaded king prawns, vol-au-vents, filo tartlets, oriental selections, smoked salmon blinis and lobster thermidor.

Or pick up mini versions of pork and chorizo burgers, toad in the hole and Yorkshire puddings.

Most of their platters have to be ordered five to six days in advance. Shop the range here.

 While Tesco's is offering canape platters for £10 or £16Tesco While Tesco’s is offering canape platters for £10 or £16

How can I jazz up my Christmas outfit?

When it comes to your Christmas party outfit – sparkly dresses, floaty skirts and green velvet dresses are all trending on Pinterest’s Christmas party wishlist.

If you don’t want to go full glitter, why not pair a gold sparkly top with a black jacket, nude heels and trousers?

Or accessorize with statement earrings and a glitter clutch bag.

If you’re after an outfit, Asos, M&S, Missguided and Boohoo all have huge Christmas party ranges.

What are the best Christmas party games?

When it comes to the party entertainment, why not hire a karaoke machine or photo booth?

Both options are on the pricier side – but you can do a DIY photo booth by buying props, and letting people snap pics on their phones.

Amazon sells a whole range of photo booth props, with prices starting at £2.12.

If you’re throwing a bash at home, charades is a Christmas classic.

While Pictionary, Articulate and scavenger hunts for the family are all firm favourites.

If it’s a smaller event, Christmas movie drinking games are always a good laugh.

What songs should I have on my Christmas party playlist?

These 10 Christmas hits are all classics…

  1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin
  2. Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
  3. Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  4. Last Christmas – Wham!
  5. Merry Christmas Everybody
  6. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  7. 8 Days Of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
  8. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  9. Let It Snow  – Dean Martin
  10. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

 When it comes to your Christmas outfit, sparkly dresses, floaty skirts and green velvet dresses are all trending on PinterestGetty – Contributor When it comes to your Christmas outfit, sparkly dresses, floaty skirts and green velvet dresses are all trending on Pinterest

If you’re worried about putting your own playlist together – Justin Bieber, Michael Buble and Mariah Carey all have their own Christmas albums.

Or search for a ready-made festive selection on Spotify.

Just remember to sign up for Premium (30-day free trial available), so your night isn’t constantly being interrupted by annoying adverts.

Get more advice on your Christmas party playlist here.

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