Too early for Christmas? Never! Top Tips for Planning the Best Christmas Party Ever
You might be wondering why we are thinking about Christmas party ideas given that we aren’t even halfway through August. However, if you have ever organised one yourself, you will know that it is never too early to start planning your party. With this in mind, we have decided to pull together some Christmas party ideas and helpful top tips to help plan the perfect seasonal soiree.
Choosing the Venue
Everyone knows that the best Christmas party venues (the ones with great dancefloors, heated outdoor areas and perfect seating arrangements) get booked up well in advance. So, do your research and if you see something you like, book it! Making a decision will save you the stress of hunting at the last minute and prevent you from being lumbered with somewhere less than perfect for your celebration…
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Setting a Date
Christmas is a busy time and no matter how important you think your party might be, there are plenty of festive frolics to fill people’s calendars. Let your guests know the date well in advance (with a paperless invitation, perhaps) so that they can pencil you in. Being able to provide a date to the venue caterers and entertainment will help with the planning process.
We haven’t wanted to see tinsel since 1982 and we are pretty sure you haven’t either. Make sure you enquire about seasonal décor and whether you can bring decorations of your own as their festive favourites might not match yours.
Christmas is a season for the senses and people will be expecting a delicious spread, so have in mind what you would like to feed your guests. Ask whether your venue provides in-house catering or, if you prefer, whether they will let you bring in your own caterers, and remember: there will always be guests with special dietary requirements and those who will require non-alcoholic beverages at drinks receptions, so be sure to cater to their needs too.
No Christmas party is complete without the dulcet tones of Slade ringing in your ears in the taxi ride home, but make sure you hire a good DJ who has plenty more to offer than festive melodies and overplayed chart toppers. Also, think outside the box with your entertainment; magicians, burlesque dancers or fire eaters are always great options to help capture the imaginations of your guests.
Carriages & Rooms
As the celebrations get under way and the mulled wine flows, it is easy to forget how your guests will get home. Make sure you know where the local taxi rank is and include it on the invitation. If people are coming from afar, it might be worth choosing a hotel as your venue of choice, giving guests the choice to stay the night.
When it comes to planning the perfect Christmas party, it really is the smaller finishing touches that make all the difference. From scented candles in the bathroom to goody bags and Secret Santa fun, be sure to make your party stands out from the Christmas party crowd – for all the right reasons, of course.
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