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 best entertainment for carnival themed events

 

Here's our quick-fire guide to planning the best carnival themed bash, whatever the weather.

Never has summer looked more diverse and colourful than in 2018, when we've been challenged with producing event entertainment for numerous world carnival theme bashes, from Rio parades to masked Venetian, Dia de los Muertos, New Orleans Mardi Gras and London's infamous Notting Hill Parade.

1. Plan for rain or shine
When choosing your venue consider that you may not get the Brazilian sunshine you hope for - a marquee or covered area will be put to good use whether it's sunny or not. And any good decor company will make sure it fits your theme perfectly. We work with some gooduns!

2. Make an impression
Impressive meet and greet entertainment will set the tone of the event, and encourage your guests to get stuck into the theme. This could be steel pan bands a la Trinidad & Tobago Carnival, costumed Day of the Day stilt walkers for Mexican fiestas, or human statues for Venice Carnival.

3. Cater it right
Nobody expects a costly sit-down meal at a carnival themed bash - it's all about the street food. And don't forget to cater for your veggie and vegan clientele. Many events we work now are entirely meat-free.

4. Put on a show
From authentic Samba dancers to Mariachi bands, African drummers, limbo shows and everything in between, your theme is all about colour and energy and fun, so get your guests involved for that authentic carnival experience.

5. Document the memories
We can supply photographers and videographers, but if you're after something a little more unique why not consider a photo booth, a selfie stand, or one of our amazing LED photo frames hosted by our costumed performers - the rainforest tiger goes down particularly well at these bashes.

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