It’s that time of year again when we’re all starting to make plans for the festive season, including those tasked with arranging their annual corporate Christmas party. If you’ve booked the venue already, your thoughts may be turning to the finer details, coming up with ideas for how to ensure your office Christmas party is remembered for the right reasons. If you want to organise an event that incorporates an atmosphere of theatre and fun, here are some tips to follow.
Ditching the Sit-Down Meal
While many still love to organise a traditional sit-down meal for their colleagues, are you looking for something a little different? Luxury street foods which you sometimes see on a festival menu are helping to add some excitement to parties in the build-up to Christmas. These dishes create a buzz throughout a venue as well as a discussion point for those attending. This is the ideal choice for those looking to create a more informal atmosphere, encouraging interaction between guests. However, don’t worry if a sit-down meal is still the preferred option, there are plenty of ways to add some theatre to your day.
Smoke & Fire
Some choose to book separate entertainment packages to keep Christmas party attendees enthralled, but one of the easiest ways to add some theatre to your evening is by opting for an event caterer who cooks in front of you. Not only does this create a memorable talking point, but gets everyone in the mood for the food that awaits them. Imagine succulent meats being cooked over a real fire, whole lambs roasted over wood or a delicious hog roast to get everyone into the festive spirit.
Sea of Colours
You can add theatre to your Christmas party by creating a visual feast with the use of gorgeous, vibrant colours. Incorporate reds, greens, silvers, golds and purple hues throughout your venue from the table decorations to the Christmas crackers. Think about this when choosing your food options too. Think honey roasted carrots, colourful veggie skewers, paprika and garlic grilled prawns or even wood fired pizzas with fresh tomatoes on top. Adding colour to your event is a great way to add a touch of excitement.
Many of us are sick of the sight of Turkey by the time January comes along, so it’s popular to ditch the traditional Christmas dinner when it comes to choosing the right food for your guests. That doesn’t mean you can’t inject some Christmas flavours and aromas into your evening. Why not start with mulled wine or festive themed cocktails? Winter spices such as cinnamon and ginger are great for incorporating into food menus and can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes to add subtle hints of festive goodness. Speak to your caterer about ingredients that are in-season, popular Winter flavours and their recommendations for your Christmas party menu.
Need help organising a corporate Christmas party?
Here at With Fire, we specialise in event catering, using smoke and fire to cook an array of exciting options at your office party in Hampshire, Surrey, London or surrounding areas. Contact our team on 07825 533440 to discuss your ideas.