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Tuesday Tips - 10 Ways to Make Your Christmas Party Rock!

Bex and Bex love a Christmas Party!

Bex and Bex love a Christmas Party!

The mince pies are well and truly established on the shelves of shops up and down the country so we thought now is an acceptable time to mention the C-word. If you've been tasked with organising your company Christmas Party or a seasonal gathering for friends and family, read on for our top tips to make it go with a bang!

1. Get Organised Early

get organised for Christmas

Now is the perfect time to ramp up your organisation - there's still two months to go and there will be good availability for venues and suppliers. Leave it til December and you may miss out on your first choices.

2. Throw in a Trip

Ice Skating in London at Christmas

If it's an office Christmas Party, why not add in a pre-party treat? A group outing is a great way to get the party started going and show your staff your appreciation for their work over the year. If you've got the budget, a trip to the theatre, an outdoor ice rink, wine tasting or a comedy club would all be festive and fun. If not, there are budget options too: a trip to the Christmas lights, a treasure hunt round your local area or a wander round a Christmas Market maybe.

3. Make your Guests Dress Up!

Christmas Party free

Of course, fancy dress is great if you think your guests will be up for it and you have a theme that works. But if not, just encourage everyone to wear their glad rags - it will make the evening feel that bit more special and exciting.

4. Book a Great Venue  

The Roundhouse, London

The Roundhouse, London

Get out of the office! Time Out and Square Meal have some great ideas for venues for your Christmas Party in London and beyond. There are lots of great shared Christmas Parties in big venues which are a good option if you want a big atmosphere for a smaller team.

Of course, if it's a party for chums, your house may well be the best venue in town, complete with twinkly lights and a gorgeous tree!

5. Make the Food Fab

Christmas Party Food Ideas

Whether it's a catered affair or your best home cooking, food is always a talking point at parties - make sure it's for the right reasons! Here's some culinary inspiration from BBC Good Food, M&S and our personal favourite Jamie Oliver.

6. Go Glam with your Decorations

amazing Christmas party decorations

Cranberries in jars, fairy lights, pinecones in bowls, a great big tree and candles. Lots of candles.

7. Have a Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

Yes, that's right, a hot chocolate bar. No party should be without one.

8. ...Or a Festive Cocktail Bar

Christmas Cocktail

There are so many great red, green and gold cocktails and having a full cocktail bar to decorate can only be a good thing. Don't panic, you can still have the hot chocolate bar too...

9. Book Some Great Live Music

Soul Sauce playing at a Christmas Party for Ernst and Young 

Soul Sauce playing at a Christmas Party for Ernst and Young 

Well, we wouldn't be doing our job properly if we didn't suggest this one! We have acts for all sorts of Christmas parties. Soul SauceBombshell and Picked Up are great choices for a big office party, sure to get everyone on the dance floor and always happy to add some Christmas songs to their normal set lists! If you're planning a more intimate party, Fly Note, Bex Bennett or Bex Reichwald would add a touch of glamour to the evening with their sets of background music, complete with a sprinkle of seasonal favourites.

10. Change the Date

Christmas Tree

If all else fails and it's just too much, why not move your Christmas Party to January? Venues are cheaper, the sales are on and people have more free time. It could certainly cheer up a bleak month!

For more great Christmas Party ideas, be sure to follow our Christmas Inspiration Board on Pinterest.

Now, we'll leave you to get on with Halloween!!

b&b x