Of course, the focus of a Christmas party should be on the fun not on education; though let’s face it, this year of all years no-one is going to be able to stop the MD from making a speech. We love the idea of super quick workshops that last for no more than 30 minutes – something like a Laughter Therapy session that guarantees everyone has a good time by incorporating elements of playfulness, elation, brain training and other laughter inducing activities.
Or how about an exciting alternative to a photo booth; provide guests with lightsabers, torches and more to create a unique work of art as guests play with the tools to make colourful creations. Will they have created a rainbow of light, written their name in the air or opted to conjure up shapes from their surroundings? Each image can be printed if requested and stored digitally and sent along at a later date.
Christmas party trends 2021: plenty of entertainment
The Christmas party might be the first time all staff have mingled together for a looooong time, so help break down any awkward moments and get them in the mood by welcoming them to the party by hiring Meet & Greet characters to give them a taste of the excitement to follow.
Look for Christmas parties that include plenty of plenty of entertainment options. At Kent House Knightsbridge we’re offering nearly 50 different entertainment choices for our luxurious Bond inspired Christmas party. We like wandering entertainers that impress guests with their skills such as Silhouette artists or illustrators that also create mementos to take home as well as providing those Instagrammable moments that everyone loves at an event.
Surprise and delight
Entertainment acts that surprise and delight, such as spoken word performers, silhouette artists, caricaturists, strongmen or fortune tellers, could be discovered throughout both floors. Some performers would be interactive walkabout acts whilst others could be ‘hidden’ in different spaces for guests to discover, along with mini quick-fire creative workshops.
If you want a really fun interactive element for your event, then we recommend including an incredible food installation; from liquid nitrogen to ice cream to zero calorie edible mists, bacon sandwich aftershave, 60mph candyfloss whirlwinds, everlasting chocolate taps, exploding caramel popcorn machines and logo printed lollipops made right in front of your eyes. There’s even an option to have the machines personalised with your branding. Fun, experimental and delicious.
Christmas party trends 2021: excursions
Let’s face it, hardly any of us have been able to get away for the last couple of years so how about hosting your Christmas party at a venue you’ve never explored. From historic venues, museums, iconic buildings, warehouses to underground vaults, London is bursting with unique venues. If you’re team is working remotely then you might want to think about a central location to make it easy to travel to and from the venue. We love the grandeur of 8 Northumberland Avenue who always host one of the most creative Christmas party packages. And of course you can always hire a blank canvas venue and then transform it to anywhere in the world with creative styling. After all who could resist the lure of a tropical Christmas party?
Christmas party trends 2021: nostalgia and tradition
After tough times, many of us feel nostalgic to what we perceive to be ‘better times’ so we expect to see traditional Christmas parties proving popular this year. 11 Carlton House is a great venue if you fancy going back to Christmas basics and focusing on all things traditional. Think silver and gold, red and green, candles and crackers and spectacular Christmas trees. Put down those deconstructed cranberry tartlets; homemade mince pies are back on the menu. It’s the most wonderful time of year after all, and if it isn’t broken? Don’t fix it!
Christmas party trends 2021: glamour
To make up for having to hold back these last 18 months, we can see more being the buzzword for organisers this Christmas. Many hosts will be out to impress with exclusive events leading the way. The feeling of being at an event, getting dressed up and the anticipation of the evening ahead is one that we can’t underestimate so expect many companies to want to go all out with their decorations and feasting with those starved of social interaction and celebrating giving vent to a pent-up desire to “go for it” with some wonderfully large scale and spectacular celebrations with plenty of upgrades to provide extra sparkle. Think of it as Christmas with all the trimmings.