t’s sunny and hot so it may seem more appropriate to be planning your summer jaunt as opposed to thinking ahead to your Christmas party, though we all know how quickly the festive period can creep up on us! As soon as the barbecue gets cleaned out it seems as though its straight back in the shed with the tinsel out and cold winter weather that makes the not so distant memory of summer seem tropical. It’s a time when your company shows how much they appreciate you and you can pretty much be assured someone will have one too many brandies before hitting the dance floor. It’s during this period that some of the best Christmas party venues will be getting booked up so now is the time to get moving and get something booked before it’s too late. To help flavour your appetite we’ve listed the following ideas that we hope provide you with some inspiration even though the thought of mistletoe maybe a great distance away.
From swanky hotels, marquee settings to cool bars and clubs, the venue is the first and foremost important part of any Christmas party! It’s that all important first impression and sets the tone for the evenings experience. There are endless options available to choose from but making sure you pick a destination with good travel links and after party opportunities are a guaranteed winner! You could go the extra mile and use a marquee to host the party, just take a look at some we’ve put on in the past – themed marquee events. They are warm, open to theme ideas and add a unique touch to the festive season.
So will you host a black tie event or fancy dress Xmas party? A black tie event tends to be an altogether more sophisticated soiree but there are still plenty of themes to choose from, think the Oscars complete with Red carpet and Paparazzi entrance, Bond with Martinis shaken not stirred and opulent Masquerade’s to add a hint of intrigue. Fancy dress on the other hand is a whole different kettle of fish; it’s an opportunity to get work colleagues working in teams to conjure up the most creative of fancy dress concoctions and to add instant comedy value and entertainment to the evening’s event. The aftermath of either of these events will add a sense of togetherness in the office that could have a positive impact for weeks’ maybe months afterwards too.
The entertainment really depends on the theme you choose whether it’s a big band ensemble a comedian or even caricaturist. An increasingly popular choice is an official event photographer to capture the evening’s amusements but preferably at the beginning of the night rather than at the end!
Motivational speeches and awards are common place at Christmas party events and can be a great way to generate high moral and excite everyone for a new year of fresh prospects. Whatever entertainment you choose try and make it unique, adding a personal touch is always a great way to make the evening a memorable event for everybody.