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How to plan the ultimate Christmas party

De Vere’s events team reveals its top tips on how to plan a Christmas party


Arranging a Christmas party can be fun and enjoyable, but with the festive season being so busy, you may not have as much time as you would like to arrange the ultimate celebration for your team.

The events team at De Vere, a collection of historic mansion house estates, has shared its top tips to help you arrange the ultimate Christmas party.


Where and when?

According to Christmas Connections, employers have seen a 31% rise in efficiency from their employees when they have an event to look forward to.

Research by Keele University also shows that there is long-term value in arranging a Christmas party for your employees, because whether your budget is big or small, it is an opportunity to motivate your team and reward them for their input throughout the year.

When choosing your venue, book it with a dedicated Christmas party coordinator who should be able to solve all of your Christmas party worries. Also choose a suitable sized venue which fits your budget and has plenty of transport links for attendees to get to and from the venue.


Picking a theme

Adding a theme to your party can make the event more memorable, especially if its integrated throughout every aspect of the night, from dress code to drinks menu.

Laura Ellaby-Howard, sales executive, De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, says: “Consider your lighting carefully as it is a cost-effective way to transform a room and create a real atmosphere without the need for heavy decorations.”


A festive feast

The food is an integral part of any party, and especially at Christmas time. De Vere offers a variety of Christmas menus for all to enjoy, from classic Christmas canapés of pigs in blankets and salmon and cream cheese blinis, to a festive sit-down meal.

Jon-Paul, group food & beverage director, De Vere, said: “When it comes to drinks, if you want to go for something more on-trend compared to the obvious mulled wine or Prosecco, offer guests a winter gin cocktail such as a simple winter G&T with spiced syrup, or a mulled gin cocktail made with sloe gin.”


Creating an ambience

Creating the perfect ambience is important when throwing a magical Christmas party. Keep it simple by adding festive flower arrangements and well-placed candles around the room.

Don’t forget the music to get your guests into the festive spirit. Hire a DJ, musician or live band, or create a Christmas playlist of all your favourite songs.


Join a joiner party

If throwing your own party isn’t right for you, a joiner party could be the perfect middle ground.

Sophie Mercer, host, De Vere Cotswold Water Park, says: “We believe that the fun of a joiner party is the atmosphere that other people bring to the party. End the evening on the dancefloor with everyone and sing along to your favourite Christmas tunes.”

So, avoid the stress this Christmas. Arrange a night for everyone to let their hair down, and with De Vere’s dedicated events team on hand to share the planning process with you, throwing a festive party can be easy.