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
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
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!
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
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
Cranberries in jars, fairy lights, pinecones in bowls, a great big tree and candles. Lots of candles.
7. Have a Hot Chocolate Bar
Yes, that's right, a hot chocolate bar. No party should be without one.
8. ...Or a Festive Cocktail Bar
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
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 Sauce, Bombshell 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
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!
Now, we'll leave you to get on with Halloween!!