Holding your wedding during party season? Here's how to make it an event to remember...
Stuck for ideas on how to make your Christmas party the most spectacular of the season? Event planners, Collection 26, are amongst the top event and wedding planners in Europe, combining creative flair with meticulous planning to produce visually spectacular events across the globe.
Here, the creative masterminds at Collection 26 share their advice and wisdom on how to create a truly fabulous festive affair!
The magic starts from the moment you invite your guests, so make sure your invitations are a representation of the style for the event, and full of excitement to get everyone eagerly anticipating the party. We love techniques such as foiling, which create a clean, contemporary finish or printing onto metallic papers to capture the sparkle of Christmas, and make sure you send them out early enough so that guests can put the date in their diary – December tends to be a busy month!
Food for thought
Leave the catering to the professionals and ask them to come up with some exciting new ideas to impress your guests. Think mince pie canapés sprinkled with gold leaf and orange infused sugar, peppermint cream macaroons dusted with shimmering edible glitter and clementine chocolate coated ice-cream pops served on a tray of snowy, dry ice. For a centrepiece food table, display a traditional Christmas feast with all the trimmings – no one can resist a giant golden turkey, or a succulent honey-glazed ham!
Make an impact
At Christmas the big impact pieces like a dramatic, oversized tree, often take centre stage – but we always emphasise the importance of the little details as these are often the things that will be everlasting in the memory of your guests. If you are having a sit down dinner get creative with the place cards. Take inspiration from a traditional Christmas market and have names individually piped onto mini gingerbread hearts, or for a more formal aesthetic, buy personalised snow globes, displaying guest’s names amidst a flurry of glitter.
For cocktail parties have your bartender create some custom cocktails around your favourite Christmas tales. If you love The Night Before Christmas, you could create a sugar plum sidecar with warming brandy, plum liquor and a spiced sugar embellished glass, and for fans of The Snowman, serve alcoholic snow cones for a grown up touch of nostalgia. Or for something to keep everyone nice and toasty, serve a hot, spiced cider in a jam jar jug with a red and white stripy straw to add a touch of Christmas spirit.
Then finally finish the night with a little gift to your guests. Edible treats are always a hit, and are often cost effective to – whether it’s a box of festive orange chocolate truffles, or a black and white striped sweetie bag filled with humbugs, and sealed with ‘bah humbug’ sticker, its sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
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