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Top tips for planning for the perfect festive party of the year!

Whether you are organising an office Christmas party or planning the annual family get-together, there’s a lot of pressure on trying to get the event just right for everyone. With so much to consider, from deciding the venue, dates, and all the other little details; it can be quite stressful to get everything done in time.

So, we’ve listed some of our top tips and tricks to help make your life a lot easier when it comes to planning events!

Plan ahead

With any event you are planning, the rule of thumb is to plan way in advance. This gives you enough time to make bookings at your favourite venues, as the most popular ones do tend to get booked earlier on during the year.

Depending on the size of the event, it may be a good idea to create a spreadsheet that you can easily access via your phone. You can use this to store all the important information such as the guest list, things to buy, venue options, costs etc. It’s always handy when you are out and about and need to compare the costs.

Food glorious food!

Although the food may not be the most important part of having fun in an event, it is often the most remembered, especially if your guests didn’t enjoy their meal. If you are booking a seasonal event, then it’s always a good idea to speak with the venue manager and find out if they are offering a Christmas menu. At Abbots Oak, our delicious Christmas menu runs right until the 23rd December, so if you are interested then now is the time to get booking!

Location, location, location

Picking the right venue can be the hardest part of planning an event. You will have to consider the location and if it is located where everyone can easily access to, with suitable public transport links. In some occasions, the location can impact the attendance number, so make sure you select a venue that will be the best option for the majority.

Any excuse to dress up!

If Christmas is the theme you are going for then you’re in luck, as it should be very easy to find all the festive décor you need during this time of the year.

Here are some theme ideas to get those creative juices flowing!

Winter Wonderland


Masquerade ball

Christmas jumper party

Get the party started!

No party is complete with some form of entertainment! Whether you decide to share secret Santa gifts over the table or organise a full cabaret entertainment with a DJ for the night, it’s always a nice touch to leave your guests with fun memories for the night. The best tip is to book early to avoid disappointment, as Christmas is a busy period for performers and the best ones always get snapped up fast!

Call our team today to book your table for Christmas and don’t forget to take a look at our festive menu here