Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Make It a Christmas to Remember} {Plan Your Christmas Party Now}

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Make It a Christmas to Remember} {Plan Your Christmas Party Now}

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Byline: KATHY SUNDSTROM

CHRISTMAS is only a little more than a week away and the time to plan for the big Christmas party is running out.

If you've been putting it off for fear it will blow the budget, there is good news.

It is still possible to throw a red-hot shindig, that will be remembered well into the New Year without breaking the bank.

Living on the Sunshine Coast means you are blessed with the perfect venue to host a party: your backyard.

And gone are the days when you needed to travel to Brisbane to shop at factory outlets for bargains. Everything you could possibly need is available on your doorstep at a reasonable price.

Begin with the invites.

Christmas cards are a dollar a dozen and apart from giving the opportunity to pass on season's greetings, they can also double-up as invites to your party.

Alternatively, design your own on your computer and email them.

This guarantees a quick response.

Now is also the time to arrange the Christmas party decorations.

Maroochydore's Party Planet has many great items in stock to turn even the most drab home into a festive venue.

Loren Wilson said the hot item this season was helium do-it-yourself balloon kits.

"These allow you to decorate yourself and they brighten up the room," Loren said.

For as little as $80 for 50 balloons, you can hire out the helium cylinder for up to five days.

Party Planet also stocks many decorative items including low-cost "theme setters".

"We stock cut-outs that you can put around the room - like a picture of Santa Claus," Loren said.

Retailing between $9 and $20, these are great low-cost items.

It is also a good idea to put in a drinks order early.

Working out exactly how much to order used to be tricky.

Not anymore - Dan Murphy's has an online "event planner" where you simply type in the number of guests and what they like to drink and it will give you a good idea of the quantity needed to order. …

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