It’s hard to find the excitement in throwing or attending a party when it’s snowing outside and the thermometer is bordering the minus digits. But, all of that negativity falls away when it comes to Christmas parties. Traditionally, these end-of-year blow outs are easily known as the highlight of the year, which puts a lot of pressure on organisers to impress every year. There are a few things to consider when choosing your Christmas party venue, it’s easy to choose a stellar venue to really wow your guests upon arrival, but it’s actually the smaller details that can make or break an event.
If you’re expecting 100 people at your Christmas party don’t select a venue that caters for 500+, rather opt for a space like Glaziers Hall. With a maximum seated capacity of 240 people, it’s ample room for guests, without looking bare. In fact, wide open spaces can be quite intimidating, as well as an extra cost to fit with furniture or decorative space-fillers. The layout also needs to make sense in terms of guests moving around easily.
Whether it’s an office function or simply a private Christmas themed gathering, keeping within your budget is key. So, rather select an impressive venue that doesn’t require a lot or any decorating. The Pavilion at the Tower of London offers ambient lighting, regal and historic inspired interior and majestic views of the iconic tower itself, what more could you need from décor?
Dealing with a multitude of outside services can get confusing when it comes to coordinating, receiving and paying invoices, delivery times on the day, and of course, the possibility of forgetting something. Several venues are as glamourous in aesthetics as well as in-house offerings. Consider a space like One London Wall, with in-house catering, ambient lighting and a PA system, your event is already good to go.
More than likely your guests will be utilising public transport, so you want to ensure that your venue is within walking distance of bus or train services. For instance, the Artillery Garden at the HAC is situated in the heart of London, in close proximity from Liverpool Street, Old Street and Moorgate stations. There are also several accommodation options in this area, meaning that guests that travel from afar can book themselves a room, a short distance from the event.
Having a venue manager can not only ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day, but can also be imperative in the planning aspect of things. As they live and breathe the venue, they know what does and doesn’t work and can help turn your vision for your event into a reality. Austin Friars venue in London offers full, on-site event management before, during and after the event.