Despite the recent bout of cold weather, we are hot on the heels of the party season, and that’s something to get excited about! Very soon the festive invitations will be whisked back and forth, and if you’re in charge of organising your team’s Christmas party, or have taken it upon yourself to throw a lavish dinner then our guess is that you probably have your work cut out for you.
There is no need to panic just yet though because here at Riah Events we know what it takes to hold an opulent affair. We want your event to sparkle, so far from the tacky costumes and lacklustre Christmas crackers, we have the top tips for adding glitz and glam to your winter party.
Deck the halls
Wow your guests from the moment they walk into your event by selecting a plush venue. A beautiful function room already decked out in garlands and fairy lights will not only save you from having to think about the decorations yourself but will also set the tone for an extravagant affair. Boutique hotels, and stately homes usually provide the perfect backdrop for a classy evening.
Get dressed to the nines
The days of turning up to a party in a Santa’s hat or reindeer ears are so behind us. At Riah Events we prefer elegance, so ask your guests to come fitted out in suits and bow ties, or cocktail dresses. Cascading gowns, dripping diamonds and a touch of red lippy are all acceptable attire at your fabulous festive party.
Eat your heart out
Christmas is about the only time of year people are happy to indulge in good food without counting the calories. Serve your guests with the spiciest traditional mulled wine and do not scrimp on the food. Remember that the deserts are where the indulgence really lies, so the deepest mince pies, the silkiest ice cream and richest chocolates should all be on the menu, and like all classy events, sit down meals always are better than open buffets!
Please don’t stop the music
Your guests have polished off their plates, and they have had the glasses refilled a few times now. What’s next? Of course, it’s time to cut shapes on the dance floor! However, rather than having the same Christmas tracks from the nineties in rotation, why not switch things up a notch and hire a live band to get your guests’ feet moving?
The festive season has a great way of bringing out the generosity in others, so maximise the spirit of benevolence at your winter party or Christmas ball. A raffle draw or charity auction in exchange for a hotel stay or a bottle of perfume (donated by sponsors of course!) will mark out your event as something truly special. Select a cause that is close to your heart and donate the winnings.
Give them something to remember
Your attendees have dug deep into their pockets for others, and now it’s time to give them something back. Aside from quality Christmas crackers sporting items such as compact mirrors and keyrings, you could also bless your guests with a goodie bag each to take home. From mini wine bottles to boxes of chocolates and trolley coins, give your guests gifts that will make memories of your event linger until the next party!
Hopefully we’ve given you enough inspiration to throw the exuberant affair you and your guests deserve. At Riah Events, we love nothing more than to make every occasion special, and we have everything needed to put the bells and whistles on your winter party. Contact us, today and tell us how we can help you make it an occasion to remember.