It’s Day 20 and, seeing as it’s a Saturday and the weekend before Christmas, this can only mean one thing: party time!

Now you’ve made lots of new friends during your trip to the Christmas market, at your new club and while delivering your Christmas cards, you can invite them all over for some music, food and mingling! And even if you haven’t had the chance to do those things, invite some old chums round anyway – there’s no excuse not to party at this time of year!

Our foolproof party guide

Follow our step-by-step guide to plan your party. You could even fundraise for our social isolation appeal at the same time:

Step 1: Decide what time you want your party to begin and whether you’d like a theme. We suggest you get everyone to bring a Christmas hat and take a #XmasHatSnap!

Step 2: Ring round your friends and family and invite them over. Tell them what time to come and if they need to bring anything. You could ask them to each bring a dish or beverage to help you out.

Step 3: Time to decorate! You’ve probably already got your decorations up so this shouldn’t take long, but you might want to lay the table with confetti or create some food labels.

Step 4: Decide what food you are going to put out. Do you have some left over from baking on the 18th or any mince pies from the 12th?

Step 5: About 30 minutes before people start to arrive, lay the food and drink out on your table and write out the food labels. If the food needs to stay in the fridge you may want to leave this until just before people arrive. Put some collection tins on the table and let people know that any donations they would like to make will go to support United Response’s life-changing work.

Step 6: Put on some Christmas music and wait for the guests to arrive!

A time for friends and family

There are many people who find themselves alone, especially during the Christmas period, which is why it’s important to appreciate those around you and always make time to say hello to people you meet.

Natalie Millbank, community and event fundraiser.