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Planning your Christmas party? Hold it in a marquee!

July 26, 2016

Hold your Christmas party in a marquee, it’s not the most obvious thought to have, perhaps. After all, December is generally cold, quite possibly wet, it could be blowing a gale, there may even be snow on the ground. It’s really just much more sensible to hire a venue – one with walls, floors, central heating and maybe a roaring fire. But is it really?

Alpine lodge marqueeVenue hire can be incredibly expensive. They often come with a list of what you can and cannot do, some will insist on using only their approved suppliers. And an available venue may not even suit the theme of your Christmas party – a traditional party with Christmas garlands, wreaths and baubles will work beautifully in an elegant Georgian property, but what if you’re planning something a little more alternative or original? Trying to recreate an Alpine chalet in that same setting will result in a distinct clash of styles and the impact you want to achieve will most likely fall far short.

Blank canvas
Marquee banqueting hallA marquee is altogether different. At Inside Outside we talk a lot about marquees as a blank canvas, but it’s something that we can’t emphasise enough. A marquee gives you the freedom to do whatever you want in terms of creating the environment and atmosphere you are after. Hire a venue stylist and they’ll have a field day! A marquee can be transformed into just about anything. That Alpine chalet is easy to create. Want to create an ice grotto (minus the chill, obviously)? No problem! Planning a Dickensian-themed Christmas party? The interior of the marquee can be dressed and decorated so that your guests will feel as if they’re stepping back in time as soon as they enter the space.

And now back to the weather!
Christmas marqueeAn Inside Outside marquee means that the weather is never a problem. Our marquees are designed and built to withstand high wind and heavy rain. There could be a winter storm and temperatures could plummet over the course of the evening, but your guests will have no idea of what’s going on outside the party. With boarded and carpeted flooring, discreet heating systems and lined walls, our marquees are just like being inside – so you don’t have to worry that your guests may need to wear thermal vests beneath their party finery.

And depending on where your marquee is to be located we can ensure your guests don’t need wellies to get to it. We’ll even build a walkway if need be – add some atmospheric lighting and it’s a feature that becomes an extra little trick for creating anticipation and excitement.

Even better news, marquees can be far less expensive than a formal venue, where you’re often paying for the privilege of that venue’s reputation and prestige. So why not consider transforming your office car park or grounds into a party venue! You can then pick and choose which companies you want to provide the catering, styling and entertainment, giving you plenty of control over budgetary spend.

Christmas at Wisley Gardens?
If you want something extra special at a stunning venue then call us to find out more about our Alpine themed Christmas Party Marquee at Wisley Gardens – available for exclusive hire for groups of 150 to 250 between 19th November and 23rd December.

Give your staff a Christmas party to remember – call Inside Outside on 01372 459485 or email and let’s start planning!


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