Hire Space have shared with us their top tips on how to organise the perfect Christmas event, whatever the size…
Organising a Christmas party can be a daunting prospect, with so many people to please and the pressure to impress can be overwhelming. Never fear, we’re here to help with some hints and tips, alongside our favourite festive venues.
Forming a Christmas party committee can be a wise idea. You can share the responsibility of the task ahead and bounce ideas off each other. Pull in members of different departments so everybody feels as if they’re represented and don’t be afraid to delegate to your party elves.
Nail down a budget for your event early on, as this will dictate the sort of party you can offer. Set a maximum spend per person and make sure you’re familiar with exactly what costs a Christmas party should incur. Food, drink, entertainment, transport – there’s a lot to think about. It’s a good idea to take note of what has and hasn’t worked in the past. The good bits will stand out, as will the parts that definitely didn’t work. Learn from past mistakes, like a wise, festive events guru.
You’ll want to start looking for the right venue nice and early while the more unique ones are still available. The type of event you intend to put on will really help shape your venue options – for example, is it a daytime or night time event and will you be drinking, dancing or wining and dining? You don’t have to stick with classic Christmas dinner either, but do bear in mind whether or not guests will be disappointed if traditional turkey’s a no-show.
And don’t forget the drinks… An arrival tipple is always a nice touch – try spiced cider or mulled wine instead of fizz for a seasonal flavour and don’t forget to provide non-alcoholic versions too.
A theme can make all the difference when it comes to taking the stuffiness out of a corporate do. Think a masquerade ball, a retro disco, a Hollywood theme, a black tie event, or the classic compulsory Christmas jumper look. Often venues will have chosen a theme for the year that you’ll be able to put a personal twist on. Make sure guests are fully aware of any dress code restrictions far in advance – and dress your venue accordingly, too.
So, onto the venues without further ado, here are five of our festive favourites…
Battersea Evolution is known for its knockout immersive sharing Christmas parties and this year’s theme is no exception.
Travel around the world in 80 days from ancient Egypt, via the souks of Marrakech and ornate temples of Japan, to the snowy hills of Kathmandu. The 2000 (seated) capacity space will be transformed with hanging lamps, giant pharaohs, and even colourful floating hot air balloons floating above your head as you dine.
The sharing concept means you can experience fantastic food and production even with smaller numbers…and you might even make some friends along the way.
With breathtaking acrobatic acts, a gourmet three-course dinner, DJs and state-of-the-art lighting on offer, it’s a given that you’re going to have an incredible experience – but that’s just the start.
Each year Montague on the Gardens is transformed into an alpine ski lodge of dreams. The space is bedecked with with pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks, piste maps and strings of fairy lights and lanterns. The centrepiece is a bar serving a selection of festive beverages to keep you warm.
Guests can enjoy delicious candied pecans, mulled wine, hot spiced cider, mugs of steaming hot chocolate cocktails and big woolly rugs, which will all help to keep you lovely and snug during the long winter nights. Or head to the Log Cabin – an atmospheric space to enjoy a drink in front of a decorative fire, Christmas tree and cosy armchairs and sofas complete with blankets.
Sno by Flavourology at Noho Studios
For up to 80 guests, this edible adventure is perfect for foodie groups in search of an alternative to the turkey and tinsel this silly season. We aim to satisfy a traditional palette and excite the discerning diner, while engaging everyone in the active creation and presentation of five exceptional gastronomic experiences.
Exclusive hire of the venue for up to 80 guests for a four hour experience is £7,900 for a lunch booking, or £9,600 for dinner. This includes welcome cocktail, five courses of interactive dining and wine/drink matching, little gifts to take away and access to an exclusive and intimate central London setting.
This winter guests can experience an unforgettable night while they eat, drink and make merry under the stars in the Barbican’s stunning glass-roofed tropical conservatory. On-site chefs from catering partner Searcys will prepare a festive feast with a jungle twist as dishes are served from street-food stalls on bamboo.
The Conservatory, Terrace and Garden Room provide the perfect venue suited to groups of 150-600 people. This year’s package includes cocktails on arrival, 3 hours of unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks, a DJ and more. Mesmerising stilt walkers and flaring mixologists are just some of the extras available to add, to create a tailored celebration for guests.
Winterville is the ultimate Christmas pop-up taking up residence on Clapham Common from 15th November.
Featuring our biggest line-up of street food traders and bars, plus epic indoor and outdoor entertainment including Plonk Golf, a Roller Disco, a Backyard Cinema, a Spiegeltent with cabaret performances, a fairground, an ice-skating rink and LOADS more.
You can book your own private event tent from 50 people up to a large scale hire for more than 4,000, which includes private food traders, activities and more.
Thank you Hire Space.