Last-Minute Tips for Making Your Christmas Event SuccessfulDoesn't it seem like it was just October a few days ago? And yet tomorrow's Christmas!

For some, that means eager anticipation of the upcoming events. But if you're the one planning those events and you still have things to do, you've got a different set of emotions.

These emotions include worry, exhaustion, and stress. Maybe even a bit of good, old-fashioned panic.

But you don't need to lose sleep tonight or agonize over things you can't change. Instead, focus on what you can do today that will make tomorrow less busy so you can relax along with your guests.

You want them to leave remembering the smile on your face, and also feeling like there was no place they'd have rather been on Christmas.

To make your event the most successful it can be, try following these last-minute Christmas party tips and you'll have a party that goes off without a hitch:

1. Write everything down.

If you're not a list person, you need to be. Make sure everything that needs to be done last-minute is all written down and placed somewhere conspicuous.

As an added bonus, organize everything on your list according to its priority for the next day's events.

The goal isn't to make you feel guilty when you look at that list; it's to help you remember exactly what needs to happen yet to make your party as stress-free as possible on the day of.

Besides, loads of research has shown that writing things down means you're less likely to forget anything, so you'll have more chance at a successful party by pulling out that notepad and jotting a few quick notes to yourself.

2. Enlist the help of family members.

Sometimes when you're feeling overwhelmed you dread doing certain tasks (or could forget them entirely). When you're not feeling up to dusting the night before, for example, get a friend or family member to help you out.

A few pairs of extra hands will do wonders to making that task list get smaller and smaller. You'll get more accomplished before the event than if you relied on yourself to do it all.

Remind your family members that the more they help, the less stressed you'll all be the next day. If that still doesn't work, don't hesitate to resort to bribing or rewards; you don't need the added stress of fighting on top of your event planning.

Enlist the help of family members.

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3. Do anything you can the night before.

You're probably thinking this is a "well, DUH" Christmas party tip, but you'd be surprised how many things you can finish up the night before the big event.

For example, set out all plates and silverware -- no one's going to mess with them if you're the first one up in the morning. Or prep any foods that won't lose their freshness overnight.

Thinking you can save one more chore for Christmas day just means you'll be rushing around even more. Take the time to look at your list the night before and finish up anything that will save you the trouble later.

4. Pull out entertainment options.

You may have already planned what music you'll be playing in the background, but did you get it prepped yet?

This goes back to what #3 was all about: get all your entertainment options prepared today so you're not scrambling to find them tomorrow.

If you're using Pandora, make sure your station has enough variety. If you're using CDs, set them right on top of the player. If you're going to watch a movie, put them right next to the TV. If games are in the future, dig them out of the closet.

All these steps will ensure a smoother event on Christmas day and that your attention's where it's supposed to be -- on your guests.

Pull out entertainment options

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5. Decide on a scent.

If you've done a lot of your preparations beforehand, including cooking, think about what guests will smell instead when they walk in the door.

Smell is one of the most powerful senses humans have, so putting out a warm, inviting scented candle or two will inevitably link that aroma to your guests' event experience. Make it a good scent! Popular holiday options include peppermint, cinnamon, gingerbread, pine, nutmeg, or vanilla.

Grab candles from storage (or go purchase some last-minute), and place them strategically around the locations where most people will be. Wait to light them until a few minutes before the party starts.

6. Throw up final decorations.

If you feel like you didn't have time to decorate as much as you wanted to, don't fret -- you have a few options left.

Grabbing decorations from nature is an eco-friendly Christmas party tip you can implement easily. Snip off a few branches from outside, or cut off any dying/lopsided branches from your Christmas tree, and place these in areas that need some character.

You can also pull out any crafting materials you own and set your family to work on making homemade decor that you can display in an area where guests will see it. Tying bows around items like doorknobs or drinking glasses will add a small but festive touch.

And don't forget the simple power of Christmas lights! Snake some around doorways or between the buffet table dishes to automatically give that extra bit of holiday cheer.

Throw up final decorations

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Your Turn...

Preparing for your event last-minute doesn't mean you have to stress out and end up hating your own festivities. That's the last thing you want happening during the holidays; you want to be having fun at your own event just like your guests will.

So if you keep in mind these last-minute Christmas party tips, you won't have to worry about anything other than what to wear the next day.

Actually, you should just pick that out today, too. Make things easier on yourself, right?

What's the one thing you plan to do today that will help your Christmas event be a success tomorrow?