October 20, 2015
Corporate events have recently proven as the second most effective means of promoting your brand or product, your company’s website is the first. The recent digital age probably means you have a lot of business connections, but you rarely see them, whereas face-to-face opportunities are still more powerful than ever, and extremely important for networking. The average guest at your Christmas party is likely to have 150 connections to show your event off to, for example uploading a picture on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or posting an update about what a great time they are having. Make it memorable!
As a business owner, CEO or MD a Christmas party is a fantastic way to make your team feel valued, appreciated and let them put their hair down for a night – an enthusiastic team also makes a more productive one, and what would your business be without them? Christmas is a great time of year to treat them. So, the Christmas party is officially back in the diary, what are you doing for yours?
There are a lot of options out there, from sharing a venue with other companies to decorating the office and dancing on the desks, but why not try an alternative? A marquee makes a great space, whether it is attached to your building as an extension, placed in the grounds of your office or at a separate venue, it is a blank canvas that offers flexibility over space and design.
The Christmas themes that are trending this year:
Art deco glitz and glamour is great for a corporate, if your staff want to dress up in flapper girl dresses and dapper suits while drinking champagne and dancing then this is the theme for you. Decorate the marquee with luxury pleated linings and have a black & white dancefloor for busting some moves, make the marquee contemporary with some illuminated seating blocks for when it all gets too much.
This theme can be interpreted in so many ways, from fake snow to Santa it is a great way to get everyone together. Christmas trees make for great décor, add in bursts of red and green with lots of fairy lights and festive canapés before a three course roast for an early Christmas treat. Organise a secret Santa a couple of months in advance so presents can be given at the party, team games can also help bond staff. For something slightly more low-key have a chill out area where cocktails can be served and everyone can chat, a dance floor isn’t a must here, but definitely an optional extra.
This is great if you want to be entertained; jugglers, stilts, acrobats and dancers make for a magnificent event. The décor can be bright and garish but oh so beautiful, get the team involved with picking the colours and entertainment so that they feel a part of the process, the food served can be fun and experimental. A big area will be required for the performers, but as with the rest of the decoration it can be unusual and colourful. This is great if you want to have a laugh and let all your worries subside, even if for just one night.
Be inspired by Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol with an ivory lined marquee filled with market stalls and delicate décor. Fill the different stalls with a selection of food, from roasted chestnuts to popcorn, jacket potatoes and sandwiches, this can replicate a street food market and be a fairly relaxed affair with casual dining and minimal decoration. This is great for a more low-key day event, with staff who don’t necessarily want to party, but just have a day out.
If you still aren’t feeling inspired enough, head over to our Pinterest for more décor ideas and a lot of quirky foodie treats!
There is a common misconception that a marquee in winter is not suitable due to the unpredictable British weather, however this is not true as the materials we use are robust enough to withstand up to 80mph winds, and are of course completely water proof. Read about our guide to winter marquees or contact us if you would like more information.