Nothing brings people together over the festive season like great music, food and drinks. While the season is known as the happiest time of the year, it can also be incredibly stressful. The pressure is on to pick the right festive treats and party music playlist to cater to all of your guests. But with a little bit of planning and preparation, your party can be the sensation of the season.
Cooking as much food as possible ahead of time and preparing simple courses like soup and stew will allow you to relax and actually enjoy your own festive party. Serving food "buffet-style" allows everyone to load up on the food they like and get seconds as well. But the season isn't just about the food. Festive drinks and music are just as important!
Here's how to choose which classic festive beverage goes with each of your favourite Christmas songs. Your party guests are sure to have a joy-filled night with these perfect pairings.
1. Hot Chocolate: Perfect Hot Beverage
Drink Pairing: "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé
Let's face it. There's nothing better than drinking hot chocolate and cuddling up with someone special when the weather outside is frightful. If your guests have to battle the cold weather and travel a long way to your party, then greet them with this delicious hot beverage and a chorus of "Baby It's Cold Outside". They will be sure to cheer up.
2. Eggnog: Festive Party Beverage
Song Pairing: "Winter Wonderland" by Elvis Presley
All of that hot chocolate and sitting in front of the fire might have warmed your guests a little too much. Hand them some chilled eggnog and blast this winter classic by the King of Rock and Roll himself. Your guests will be able to truly enjoy the beauty of winter at this point in the evening (when they haven't just waded up to their knees in the snow to get to your party).
3. Champagne: Festive Dinner Must-Have
Song Pairing: "I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams)" by Frank Sinatra
During dinner, champagne can be a great beverage to sip while reminiscing on Christmases past. Reflecting on these good memories will most likely motivate a few of your guests to toast to their families and good friends. This cherished song by Frank Sinatra pays tribute to what is really important during the festive season — spending time with your loved ones.
4. Hot Apple Cider: Refreshing Beverage
Song Pairing: "Silver Bells" by Neil Diamond
Serving some light apple cider after dinner can be a great way to restore everyone's palate. And when the clock strikes nine, you might just hear some silver bells. This little jingle is a beloved and energizing song that captures all of the excitement of the season. It can even help battle the sleepiness that sets in after a heavy festive meal.
5. Mulled Wine: Traditional Festive Drink
Song Pairing: "Can wassel (Wassail Song)" by Anonymous 4
This classic English song dates back to the 12th century and celebrates the coming of the New Year. It is especially appropriate to play this song while serving the last of your guests some mulled wine, since wassail means spiced or mulled wine in Old English. This drink and song combination is an excellent send-off for your party guests as the tradition says that it will bring them good health in the year to come.
Besides having the perfect Christmas music playlist, you also need high-quality audio equipment to make sure that your guests can hear and enjoy your favourite Christmas music. The HAP-S1/S High-Resolution Player and the SS-HA1/B Speakers offer the best sound for entertaining at home.
HAP-S1/S Music Player Top Features:
Great sound quality: Playback of DSD and the full range of high resolution file formats
Storage capacity: 500 GB of internal storage
Wired or wireless file transfer: The ability to transfer audio files from your computer via Ethernet or wireless connection
Software control: Download the dedicated HDD Audio Remote app to control your listening experience
SS-HA1/B Speaker System Top Features:
Sound-dedicated design: 13 cm woofer with dual layer design and front and top-mounted super tweeters
Great sound quality: High frequency dispersion and minimum diffraction
Looks sleek: Speakers housed in an aluminum cabinet
You now have everything you need to host a festive party that your friends will be talking about for years to come. With the right mix of food, drinks and audio equipment, you can fill your home with laughs, loved ones and High-Res Music.