If you haven’t noticed it yet, take a closer look around you. Christmas is in the air. The autumn winds are hardly beginning, but everyone has already caught a whiff of cinnamon and shops have started to showcase their Yuletide décor.
For some of us, Christmas is one of the best times of the year. It’s the perfect excuse to meet up with friends, drink to our heart's content and sample delectable goodies without having to feel an ounce of guilt. Lavish gatherings are just around the corner, which brings us to the question: Have you found a Christmas party venue yet?
If you have been tasked with looking for the ideal Christmas party venue, there are some factors to keep in mind. Below are some important considerations when planning your annual holiday event:
Number of Guests
First of all, you need to consider how many guests are expected. If it’s a corporate event, all the employees and staff should be counted, as well as spouses and partners. Are you planning to invite suppliers, stockholders, business partners and the like? Making a list is the first thing you should do, because it will help determine everything else.
Will the party be starting in the early afternoon or will it be a strictly evening affair? Some Christmas parties are held during the week, while others are held on weekends. Weekend parties are a tad more expensive than weekday ones. The cost of the party also depends on how close the date is to Christmas itself. If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to set the schedule at the earlier part of December.
Christmas is a great time to splurge. But of course, one has to stick to a set budget. Most of the time, however, the budget depends on the number of guests to be invited – and how lavish the event will be. Determine your budget from the get-go, and make a note to stick to it.
Food and Drinks
Food glorious food. What party would be complete without the ubiquitous salmon pate canapé, or that intoxicating eggnog? You need to decide what sort of food to serve – whether it will be cocktails, a sit-down supper, or a buffet and who would dare forget the drinks? Most venues provide unlimited drinks with certain packages. To save yourself the hassle of being in charge of drinks and beverages, you can rely on the venue to provide the drinks.
Fortunately, there are many venues that take care of everything – from food and drinks to décor, sound system, and security. You can choose from standing receptions to three-course meals in a beautiful setting. Granted, there are many reception halls around London – but if you want your Christmas party venue to stand out, you can opt for HMS President, a ship moored on the North Bank of the River Thames with stunning views of the London Eye and the Royal Festival Hall.
At the end of the day, your decision on a Christmas party venue will make or break your event – but with careful planning, you can have the best Christmas party ever.