Organising a Christmas party can be a logistical #mare. You need to find a suitable venue, book some decent entertainment, and decide on the all-important drinks and food menu. Whether you're planning on behalf of your entire company, or trying to plan a party that will entertain and impress your mates, there are a lot of options to navigate. And you want don’t want to repeat or copy last year’s event. These are the top Christmas party trends that Venuemob customers are loving for 2017.
Venues with a view
One of the most common requests we receive for Christmas parties is "we want somewhere with an amazing view.”
The thing about venues with a view is that they can't be boring. The worst you could possibly have is, "That was alright." A space with a nice view, be it of an ocean, harbour, city skyline, or park, will instantly captivate your guests.
Guests love exploring a venue. You could create a sense of curiosity through the use of decor, semi-hidden sections, or creating passages. A popular request we receive at Venuemob is for spaces with an outdoor area. It's not just for smokers, or vapers. Outdoor spaces are great for having more intimate conversations, away from the thumping speakers, or to just hang out and get some fresh air.
A space that encompasses the above common requests for Christmas parties, are rooftops. Rooftop spaces offer a heightened level of sophistication and romance. And being in the Southern Hemisphere, it's the perfect way to make the most of the late sun and warm breeze. And fortunately, there are a huge number of rooftop spaces to choose from in the major capital cities, and they’re often hidden in the most amazing places – all you need to do is hunt for them. Rooftops also offer a (semi) uninterrupted 360-degree view of anything from a city skyline, to the ocean.
THE FOOD & DRINK
Too often, you'll attend a party or event, and think, "Where's the food?" A super popular food option, one that solves the hunger equation, is grazing stations. You can theme them – think American BBQ, Italian, or the ever-popular taco stand. Guests are free to help themselves, saving you the peril of hangry guests.
While 'substantial canapés' may sound like an oxymoron, we can assure you, they're not. Normal canapés are bite-sized morsels. Substantial canapés are often shrunken versions of proper meals. Did you know you can have slow cooked beef cheek, or risotto as a canapé? They’re both filling and fun.
Tequila sunrises are great, but nothing beats a bespoke cocktail, tailored to your event or theme. And fret less, they’re actually more affordable than you may think; many venues can tailor a cocktail for your event. Remember, venues want to win your business.
If you’re bringing in the catering and bar yourself, there are catering companies that specialise in cocktails at events. They also allow you to get super creative. Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ like a modernised version of an eggnog cocktail.
Live music performance
We’re not talking about your regular band hire. A live musician or musical performance is something that customers are really loving. What about a live electric violinist playing some of your favourite hits? Or, a saxophonist who doubles as a DJ? These solo musicians really own the spotlight and captivate your audience.
Photo booths, with a difference
People love having a keepsake after the party is over. Photo booths have had a real resurgence over the past decade. The hot-ticket item at the moment are photo booths that take it to the next level. You can even organise for the images to be branded to your company’s logo- genius!
If you have a budget that will allow it, a really novel and popular addition to the events circuit is the use of virtual reality. Via headsets, you can set up VR experiences such as being under the ocean, riding a hot air balloon, or walking with dinosaurs. Another popular option are VR games. Who doesn’t love a spot of virtual cricket?
This was a guest post by Pip Skillington from Venuemob.
Pip is a content producer at Venuemob. She likes words...a little too much. How much? Watching Letters and Numbers on her phone on the train-much. Yep.