When you think of the festive season there can be no more resounding an image than that of the almighty ringleader, Santa Claus, all dressed up in his red garments, plus the brilliant green glow of the Christmas tree. This combination of colours has traditionally been thought to have originated from the Victorian times, a period when the celebration process surrounding Christmas as we know it today, such as giving cards and dining on turkey, was really brought to life.
However, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found reason to believe that the colour coding of Christmas originated from centuries before and that the Victorians were merely modernising an age old celebratory concept, an interesting revelation ahead of Cambridge Christmas parties season. The artwork on rood screens used to separate church navels from the chancel in the 14th and 15th centuries were often painted in red and green, as a way of expressing a particular feeling. This, the researchers say, is where the festive colours were first conceived before the public eye.
Christmas in Cambridge this year is all about tradition. It was always an objective of ours in 2011 to ensure that each of our Christmas party locations promoted events that reflected an element of that place’s vibe. For example, our Manchester parties are all about music and Cambridge sees Santa’s Rudolph, Dasher and Comet immortalised over the course of three exciting events in December. Reindeers may not have much in common with Cambridge, you may be thinking, yet the traditions of Cambridge’s University and architecture tied in nicely to the concept of Santa and his reindeers.
As far as Christmas party ideas go, our Cambridge events are looking rather bold this time around. The Rudolph chapter sees an exquisite four course menu lining up alongside picturesque festive decorations and a rocking disco running through to the early hours. We suggest a red tie and green hat pulled from your crackers for these Christmas parties!
Teenage pop superstar Justin Bieber is to release a Christmas-flavoured album entitled ‘Under The Mistletoe’ next month, a sure fire sign that the Christmas party season is being seriously looked forward to now in the very highest echelons of the celebrity world. We haven’t been able to ascertain exactly why the album is being released in November and not a little closer to the big day; maybe it is a cunning marketing ploy to capitalise on shops launching their Christmas ranges earlier than ever before (see our earlier blog on Harrods) or perhaps the 17-year old heart-throb just can’t wait for the festive season to begin. Either way, our joy that someone was clearly getting as excited about Christmas as we are has been magnified since it was announced that Mariah Carey is rumoured to be appearing on the album.
It got us thinking about one of our newest Christmas parties Birmingham style, Moonlight & Mistletoe. Held just outside the city, these superb parties pack in more festive punch than a drink’s reception at Santa Claus’ Lapland cabin. Heading up a lengthy roll call of Birmingham Christmas party entertainment is not one but two live bands! Firstly the five-piece Latin, jazz and swing group will be shaking things up, before the party band bring you all of the modern-day rock and pop classics you could hope for. There’ll be a choice of three different menus (Chinese, Indian and English), casino tables, belly dancers, magicians and even Santa himself! This is one of those Birmingham Christmas parties that most certainly doesn’t do things by halves!
The UK’s second city is most certainly paving the way for live entertainment this Christmas and the trend continues over at Dance Fever on Broad Street. Guests will have the dance-tastic West End Performers to look forward to, plus Champagne and cocktail bars to complement the wonderful food on offer. Christmas parties 2011 are shaping up rather nicely and we expect Justin Bieber’s ‘Under The Mistletoe’ to soundtrack a few dances throughout the course of party season!
It would appear that things have been cranked up a notch in the Christmas party stakes. We announced details of one of our favourite Luton Christmas parties of all time, Lost In Music, quite a while ago, yet now the anticipation for this particular festive event has reached fever pitch. O-Games, the video games producers based not so far up the road in Wellingborough, have announced that they intend to release their new title Get Up And Dance in November, specifically in time for the Christmas party season. Essentially it’s a game that anybody can play, regardless of ability, and this is most certainly the philosophy that we hold when it comes to getting involved on the dance floor at one of our Christmas parties!
Consumers purchasing Get Up And Dance will be in the perfect frame of mind for Lost In Music, kicking off its run at Luton Hoo’s beautiful walled garden a month later. Held in a wonderfully illuminated marquee, this is one Christmas party that will swing to the heated tempo of celebration and good times. Not only are we laying on a live band after an exquisite dinner, but our lovely hosts for these magical evenings have informed us that they plan to include complimentary blackjack , roulette and even craps tables!
The Get Up And Dance game reportedly includes all genres of music from chart hits to rock and pop anthems from across the years and you can be sure that these Luton Christmas parties of ours will too. It’ll almost be like a life-sized, full-colour, live version of the game, transported from your living room into this wonderful Christmas party venue in the most vivid and engrossing way imaginable. We suggest that all you groups across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and even into North West London retreat to the Walled Garden and get Lost In Music this Christmas time!
There can be no more British a summertime scene than rows of deckchairs perched atop pebbled beaches populated by old couples wearing shorts, socks, sandals and knotted handkerchiefs whilst enjoying a 99 flake. It is an image synonymous with the seaside town of Bournemouth, a picturesque promenade dotted with colourful beach huts and the sound of children playing in the sun. You’d be forgiven for thinking that such a summertime resort couldn’t possibly be home to such a wealth of venues and suppliers offering some of the region’s finest Christmas party nights but Bournemouth is exactly that and more.
There can be no denying that the town has a windswept and weather beaten feel about it during the winter but once Christmas party season swings into action the warmth and intimacy of the summer months returns in an instant. Turning the heat up in the Bournemouth Christmas parties stakes in 2011 are the Fire Party Nights held within a stone’s throw of the English Channel. As well as feasting on a sumptuous four course Christmas party meal guests will enjoy a red carpet arrival and complementary welcome drink to kick off the evening, red-themed party room to complement it and prize draw to hopefully make it a successful night out.
If you’re a cool customer then you can take the heat down a notch over at the Ice Party Nights events. A cool blue colour scheme is the order of the day this time round, with a wonderful meal topped off with Turkish Delight, the White Witch of Narnia’s favourite! The heat will be well and truly raised again on the dance floor as the DJ brings this particular Bournemouth Christmas party night to a rocking conclusion.
With a huge range of hotels hugging the coastline, we recommend that you extend your stay in town and, weather permitting, take an early evening stroll along the beach. Wrap up warm though, this is no time of year for those socks and sandals! So there you have it: Bournemouth Christmas parties 2011. Perfectly out of the ordinary!