Who can resist a good old festive knees up? Not us, that’s for sure. But when it comes to the office Christmas party, I think we all agree that some traditions are best left back in 1993 (cheese and pineapple, anyone?). This year, raise your festive game and give guests an experience to remember with our 5 alternative Christmas party ideas.
1. Embrace the darker side of Christmas
Most of us associate the festive season with glitter, tinsel and cheesy tunes. But while swirls of festive sparkle are always uplifting, let’s face it; the darker side of Christmas can be an awful lot more fun. Murder mystery evenings, ghost tours and alternative, creepy venues ensure your festive celebration is truly memorable by steering clear of those overdone yuletide clichés.
2. Hire in unique entertainment
Christmas party entertainment can be a game-changer. Get it right, and your guests will have an evening they’ll never forget. This year, forget the cringe-worthy compère and book up an entertainer that will dazzle and wow your guests. From illusionists to jazz bands and trapeze artists to beat-boxers, there’s a whole world of possibilities to explore.
3. Choose an off-the-wall venue
By default, most Christmas party planners will book up a bar or restaurant for this year’s celebrations. But peeking beyond the usual tried-and-tested venues, there’s a mind-blowing range of options on offer. Can you imagine partying at an aquarium, in a dungeon, or at the museum? There’s an alternative event space out there for parties of all shapes and sizes, whether you’re planning a champagne reception, sit-down meal or cocktails and dancing.
4. Forget the turkey
We all love to indulge in a lavish Christmas dinner, but by the time the festive season comes to a close, most of us are happy to see the back of the turkey, stuffing and pigs in blankets. It turns out you really can have too much of a good thing. This year, forget the traditional Christmas spread and opt for a lighter alternative at your festive event. From delicate seafood to innovative canapés, there are plenty of options beyond the usual lashings of gravy.
5. Themes with a difference
Themes are a brilliant way to pique excitement about your events – whether that’s inviting your guests to dress up or decorating the venue around a particular style or subject. Some themes are decidedly overdone (ugly Christmas jumper, we’re looking at you), so think outside of the box this year. We love the idea of a summery festive do, inspired by Aussie barbecues. Shall we put another shrimp on the barbie?
What next for Christmas?
This year is all about Christmas with a difference, giving your guests an experience to remember for many festive seasons to come. For a slice of serious inspiration, take a look at our iconic London venues for hire this yuletide. Christmas parties have never been so exciting!