Winter’s on its way, and The Collection Events HQ is a hive of creativity and inspiration as we plan our most incredible Christmas parties yet. If you’re thinking about organising your own Christmas party we’ve got some great tips to help you on your way, from venue finding tricks to exciting entertainment. Here are five things you need to know about booking your Christmas party:

1. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VENUE

Choosing your venue and party location is one of the most important decisions you’ll face. Consider not just the look of the venue but its flexibility, its theming, the packages it offers and most importantly the location. The Collection Events team have hundreds of Christmas party venues including private dining rooms all over the UK.

2. PERSONAL TOUCHES COUNT

Think about the demographic of your guests. For smaller offices you could take over a bar such as the Foundation Bar in Covent Garden or Six Stories Soho and create an incredible party with bespoke theming, or if your office is larger think about venues such as The Postal Museum or the Roundhouse.

3. THERE’S MORE TO CHRISTMAS PARTIES THAN DINNER AND DANCING

From a seated menu to a more unusual event centred on a team building activity – or an event centred on entertainment – the possibilities are endless! And don’t forget to nail down a dress code.

4. THEMING CAN TRANSPORT GUESTS TO ANOTHER WORLD

Give guests a taste of what to expect by running your theme right from the invitation to the day after the party – it’s not just about the night itself. Bacon baps for breakfast anyone?

5. YOUR MENU MATTERS

You don’t have to stick to traditional Christmas menus, this is a great chance to have some fun! You could choose street food, canapés or even food which fits your chosen theme. Our personal favourite option is substantial canapés or bowl food for first course followed by a seated plated main course and a dessert and coffee station at the end of the meal which ensures everyone gets to mix and enjoy the night together rather than sat around a table.

The Collection Events https://thecollectionevents.com is a family of incredible venues and event spaces.They are the biggest collection of venues under the same banner within London and the UK and are very proud of their diversity. Their sister companies include Benugo, Clerkenwell Green, BaxterStorey, HIX,Mere and Holroyd Howe. Within their family they have a huge range of venues and get to work in exciting and unusual spaces, spaces that you’d never normally know about. From modern to traditional, iconic to secret spaces – they really do have something for every taste and type of event.

Adam is the co-founder and editor of www.eventindustrynews.com Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and the Event Technology Awards. Both events take place in November, London.