The holidays are the most exciting time of year, and there is no shortage of parties to attend. But sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Your outside caterer may have an emergency, or a venue you had booked may suddenly be unavailable. So, what do you do in such a case?

Do you cancel the event?

It’s much easier to go with an event venue such as Villa Ragusa, which is still accepting last-minute bookings.

If you plan to host a holiday party, make sure that your party will be fun, exciting, and memorable. Here are some tips for hosting a successful last-minute holiday party:


Just because your first choice location was canceled doesn’t mean you can pick any venue. Two wrongs don’t make a right!

At a minimum, the location should be appropriate for your guests. There should be plenty of room for everyone to move around and have space to dance or mingle.

Food and More Food

Food is the spice of every party; without it, the event is just a tasteless gathering – we don’t want that, do we? While you may miss out on an event venue, nothing is worse than missing out on the food – and not just any food, but delicious bites.

Make sure food is available everywhere where people sit down to eat or drink during the party. This may mean rolling out some trays of finger foods or setting up drink stations throughout the venue or outdoors on the patio. People can enjoy their snacks while they talk with friends or family members.


Entertainment is the next best thing after food at a holiday party. Don’t let the last-minute rash for a venue skimp on it.

Provide entertainment during the party so people will want to stay long enough for songs and dancing as well as food and drink! Have someone play music on an iPod or portable speaker system so that everyone can listen

Wondering where to hold your holiday party at the last minute? Talk to us at Villa Ragusa. There are spots on the calendar still available at discounted rates.