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Church House Westminster’s guide to Christmas party planning

28 Jul 20213m read

This year, for many reasons, organising a corporate Christmas party will be a chance to bring teams together IRL, to connect again after a year of meeting behind screens.

First things first, finalise your budget. Take a look at previous Christmas parties and compare what you offered in the past and what you’d like to offer this year. Be realistic, prioritise your wish list and ask the venue what kind of extras they can offer for the evening.

Find a venue with a convenient central location near major tube and overland stations, making it easy for guests to access the venue and plan safe journeys to head back home after the party.

Confirm the date and timings. Some guests may need to leave earlier, so ensure that they don’t miss the big entertainment acts.

Make a night of it and offer guests a preferential corporate rate at a nearby hotel for overnight stays. Ask us about the local hotels we have partnered with for multi-day conferences, awards dinners, and evening parties.

Theme

Decide on a theme that features in your invitations and throughout your pre-event communications. Here are a few of our favourite corporate Christmas party themes that work a treat here at Church House Westminster:

  • A Gatsby Christmas:  welcome to a decadent speakeasy featuring a jazz band to celebrate the Roaring Twenties with a cheeky Charleston or two.
  • Christmas through the decades: from Nina Simone to Nicky Minaj, an evening taking guests all the way through the 60s to now
  • Christmas Luau: Aloha from Hawaii, a holiday theme featuring grass skirts, tropical fruits, and beach vibes
  • A Christmas Masquerade Ball: a different kind of mask (thank goodness!), be it with a Mardi Gras or Venetian twist.

Carefully choose menus and drinks to match. An informal reception party might be a preferred option depending on your guests, compared to an elaborate sit-down dinner. Arrange a complimentary menu tasting with our team.

Confirm the entertainment. Guided by your theme, we’d be delighted to recommend a range of creative options for you to consider.

Add a hybrid event element to ensure those who are not able to attend in person, can join online. Ask our team about creating online experiences for virtual guests.

Finally, relax as our venue team makes sure that your festive party goes like clockwork as your guests enjoy an immersive party experience.

To explore a range of Christmas party venues visit our page HERE

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