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How to throw the best Christmas event ever

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 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.

3. Dining
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 canapes, 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.

4. Entertainment
Great decor and food is often enough in a domestic setting, but in larger venues with guests who may not all know eachother (or even enjoy eachother'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.

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The biggest event themes of 2020

What a whirlwind of a year 2020 has turned out to be. Events which were scheduled for Spring and Summer are now on hold, and clients are crossing fingers for warm outdoor events in September, and a party explosion this Christmas. But what are the biggest event themes of 2020?

1. The Great Gatsby

'A Little Party Never Killed Nobody', and with it being 100 years since the original Great Gatsby, 2020 is the perfect excuse to dress fancy, book a Speakeasy band, perfect your Charleston dancing and hire a giant martini glass prop. It's a really inclusive theme that appeals to all age groups and genders. Some favourite entertainment solutions for this are a Lindy Hopping hula hooper, our Gatsby aerial hoop show, Charleston dancers, Speakeasy foot juggler, and 1920's acro juggling duo.

2. The Greatest Showman

This continues to be hugely popular across both adult and children's events. Contact us today for your Greatest Showman entertainment brochure, which includes everything from animatronic elephants to bearded lady singers, acrobats, snake handlers, ringmasters and of course a myriad of circus acts.

3. Disco

We've noticed a real spike in demand for anything 70's, 80's, Boogie Wonderland and Disco, with a fresh demand for mirrorballs (which of course we love, because our logo is a glitterball), mirror characters, mirror aerial and contortiondance across the eras, lookalikes such as our awesome Austin Powers, tribute bands and fitness freaks.

4. Nature/Garden of Eden/Enchanted Garden

We're all striving to be more eco-conscious and environmentally friendly, and with this has come a resurgence in anything woodland, natural, plant or garden themed. Lots of clients want to host parties in their gardens at home, so this theme doesn't even require a huge amount of decor to look authentic. And we have some simply stunning acts to suit: ivy aerial hoop, floral aerial hoop, flower people, themed crafts and face painting and stilt walking trees.

5. Festival

It's unlikely to be a festival-filled summer, so our hot prediction is that party hosts will want to create their own festivals later on in the year, complete with glitter-application, hair braiding, DJ's, robots, food stands, saxophonists, bongo players, stilt walkers and stage dancers. We are in touch with some fabulous marquee and decor companies too, so get in touch if you'd like us to connect you.

Do you think we've missed out any strong contenders for event theme of the year? We'd love to hear your comments.

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Your circus themed party - top tips for event planning and entertainment

Back in 2018 we were tasked with producing an entertainment extravaganza for a Cirque le Soir inspired New Years Eve party. Cirque le Soir is a chain of nightclubs which are renowned for their circus style entertainment with a risque twist - they feature all the weird and wonderful from creepy clowns to freakshow acts, sexy Burlesque shows, fetish performers and anything downright strange that will get tongues wagging. It's like the Greatest Showman on acid, and this was exactly the 'vibe' our client was looking for.

So what's the secret recipe to planning a circus themed party that will have guests talking about it for years to come? Here are our top tips...

1. Plan it yourself? Or hire an event planner?

An experienced event planner has insider knowledge and connections that you may not, and they can anticipate problems before they arise. It's a skill that's often undervalued, but we really couldn't recommend it enough. If you do decide to plan your own bash, make sure you spend lots of time researching the various pitfalls, checking out reviews of suppliers, reading forums with comments from other amateur party planners, and familiarising yourself with the 'problem' parts of the event e.g. allowing a contingency for late arrivals or poor weather, making sure there are enough toilet facilities, catering for guests with intolerances, and so on.

2. Venue and decor

In this case, the client's mansion made for the perfect venue. But if you don't have an entertainment wing with a 3-lane bowling alley then fear not! A blank canvas will allow you to decorate it entirely to suit the theme - just make sure that you allocate plenty of budget for circus tent style drapes, illuminated letters, props, tables, seating areas, staging for performers/band/DJ, bar area and so on. Otherwise local venues may be decorated and equipped so that you only need to add a few small details to theme it, which will save you time and money.

3. Food and drink

Will you be catering for guests with finger food, or a sit down meal? Or maybe they just need a well-equipped bar! Hire professionals as they will think of all the things you won't, such as how much ice to bring, what glasses to serve drinks in, rubbish disposal, allergies and intolerances, waitress service, and preparation space. 

4. Music and entertainment

It's difficult to put a price on an 'experience', but that intangible enjoyment of an experience is ultimately what guests remember. They will talk for weeks and months about how good the music was, or how weird that particularly performer was. These are the 'instagrammable' parts of the event that partygoers share with their peers to show off how much fun they're having. So when you're hunting for entertainment, ask for videos of the actual product you're going to get - don't just book the cheapest act in a fancy dress costume.

5. Capture the experience

Don't forget to book a photographer! You wouldn't believe the amount of parties we've performed at, where they've spent £10,000 or more, and yet didn't book a photographer. D'oh! Pictures paint a thousand words, and videographers even more. At the very least create a selfie photo area so that guests can have a picture memento of the occasion.

We work with some fabulous party planners, venues, decor suppliers, caterers, bar hire companies, photographers, videographers and of course entertainers, so if you'd like to chat through any event ideas, feel free to drop us a no-obligation email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photos courtesy of James White Photography

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