Ingredients for a spectacular Christmas party!

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Organising a Christmas party can come with its pressures. Whether you’re hosting colleagues, partying with friends or even celebrating with family, putting together a night filled with festivity and ensuring everyone has a good time can be quite the task.

We decided to catch up with our Local Sales Manager Sam, to discuss his expertise in delivering a spectacular Christmas party. With Sam’s experience and witnessing many Christmas parties over the years, here’s his ingredients for what makes a great Christmas party…

“Some of the best parties I’ve ever seen have had a great theme. It should always lend its self to people dressing up for the occasion. Dressing fancy not fancy dress! For me, it’s all about being simple but effective and if I had to pick out some of my favourites, they would have be Casino, James Bond and The Great Gatsby”.

Activities –  there are many of us who aren’t quite ready to hit the dance floor until the Dutch courage kicks in, therefore I think it’s important to consider some ‘non dancefloor based entertainment’. Casino tables are always great, carnival games don’t take up a lot of space. Think engaging but ultimately fun!”

“Have three course sit down meals been overdone? I’ll always encourage people to consider a buffet – the world of events food is always looking for new innovative ways for people to enjoy food. Personally I love a more informal evening. Food stations allow your guests to interact and mingle with one another. Our Christmas market theme is incredibly popular, with several bookings repeating this style again for 2018. This also avoids any stress of food pre-orders, dietary requirements or seating plans…win, win!”

“Regardless of your choice for entertainment you need to make sure they know your audience in advance. Explain your age demographic, think about what might have worked in the past, perhaps put in some time to do some research on trends. If you have the budget, I’d really recommend getting both a DJ and a Band to get a good mix of music and to keep the dance floor full all night long”.

“Early on in the night, it’s likely that the majority of your attendees will be camera-shy, so avoid the awkwardness and set up a photo booth. I think it’s also important to hire friendly and welcoming photographer who will know how to put people at ease and capture the highlights and candid moments”.

We’d like to thank Sam for his Christmas party insight and if you still feel as if you need an extra helping hand? Be sure to check out our Christmas party options here. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our experienced team who will be more than happy to help.

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