If you are planning your company Christmas event this year and want to offer your team a private event, rather than the standard ‘joiner nights’ available, to show how much you value your people and to show you’re prepared to mirror the effort they put in day to day by producing a fun, immersive themed Christmas party experience…….then here’s some tips to help you on your way.

Tip no.1 –       Select a theme first, before anything else as the theme you select will determine the style of venue to look for as first choice…So many people make the mistake of getting a venue first then having to change the theme as the venue is so way off the style you needed.

Tip no.2 –         Check ceiling height in all areas you are proposing to use. For a themed event to be immersive the props and backdrops need to be larger than life, with low ceilings this can prevent the impact of such large props being used and your event looking a bit lacklustre. This rule also comes into play if you are planning to have any exciting live entertainment such as aerial acts, acrobats, circus or anything that needs a high clearance to perform. I recommend a minimum height of 3 metres to be ideal for a themed event.

Tip no.3 –         Props and backdrops will arrive by van no doubt, so ensure that the venue has safe parking as close to an entrance to the hotel as possible.

Tip no.4 –         Ensure that there is clear access from the van to the room. Access to the room on the same floor as where the van is parked is always best, but should the hotel have the ideal area on an upper or lower level floor, make sure you check the Service Lift available and the routes available if using this lift. To be of any use this lift would ideally be large enough for a car to fit in, not a passenger lift. Please be aware that if a lift is involved this can double the loading / unloading time at the setup and strip out stages. I have seen so many times where the lift service has not been checked or the client has just hoped it will be sufficient and the event has suffered as a consequence.

Tip no.5 –         Theming done well takes time, so ensure you have allocated at least 4 hours plus for a setup period. This of course will be dependent on how much there is to set up, but so many times have I found out before the event that there is no access to the room till 6.00pm and the event needs to be ready for 7.00pm. Hotels will sell the days if they can so you’ll need to be prepared to book the room for the daytime too.

Tip no.6 –         Removing the theme at the end of the event takes less time, but certainly, allow a minimum of 2 hours. This mainly affects venues that have to pay for extra security to stay such as football clubs and museums.

Organising your company’s Christmas event can indeed be a daunting task, but these tips should help you on your way, however, should you feel you do not have the time or expertise to organise such an event and would prefer for a professional Event Theming Team to work with you, feel free to contact our friendly team at Chordiem on 01793 887 632 or send an email request to info@chordiem.com.


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