I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween yet and I’ve mentioned the C word. No, not that C word, I’m talking about CHRISTMAS. Believe it or not, we’re already up to our eyeballs in Christmas preparation (and it’s only September) and since it’s only going to get crazier we thought we best get in there now with a quick ‘how to’ on planning the best Christmas events.
1. Set a date EARLY
Christmas is a busy time for everyone, so our number 1 top tip is to send your Save a Date as soon as possible.
2. Venue and decor
Whether it’s a church hall, a fancy hotel, a home, or a nightclub, you need to consider a few important things; weather in December can be cold and wet so everyone will bring a coat (and need to hang it somewhere); the foyer area will need to be spacious enough for guests to get in and shelter quickly without having to queue outside; think about heating – you don’t want your guests to be cold; will there be parking or public transport access, especially at night and in high season; the venue will need to accommodate your dining needs, whether that’s a buffet or a sit down (we’ll talk more about this below); and you will need to consider decor costs for some of the more DIY venues – many hotels will already be decorated in a festive fashion, so the hard work will be done for you.
Never underestimate the value of a good caterer. There are so many independent cooks and caterers who will do everything from fancy grazing boards to canapés, hog roasts, mulled wine stands, full a la carte dining experiences, and more. Check out their social media pages and reviews – the last thing you want is to be let down on the night with poor service or poor quality food.
Great decor and food are often enough in a domestic setting, but in larger venues with guests who may not all know each other (or even enjoy each other’s company – but that’s another conversation altogether), there’s huge value in booking entertainers to break the ice and bridge any gaps between food. Our Nutcracker ballerina is a great icebreaker as she invites guests to turn her LED key and make her dance. Bands and musicians, themed performers, aerial and circus acts, table entertainment and dancers are all excellent choices for a Christmas bash. We love Christmas events.