Venue interview with an events professional: Emma Levick from Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

This week, we interviewed the lovely Emma Levick from Holiday Inn, Brighton Seafront where we found out more about her role as Sales Office Manager and some of the many exciting events that this venue has played host to.

Having worked with The Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront for many years to promote their Christmas Parties, we were only too keen to find out more about their events and what sets their venue apart from the rest!

  1. Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at your venue

Hello! My name is Emma and I am the Sales Office Manager at the Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront. I look after all meeting space at the hotel, handling a wide range of bookings from large corporate conferences to weddings, birthday parties and private gala dinners.

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  1. What do you love about your role?

I love how varied every day is. We have 9 separate function rooms at the hotel with our largest hosting up to 450 delegates and so every booking is different. In a typical week, we could host a hen party life drawing class, a wedding, a pharmaceutical conference and a trade-show style exhibition! I get to meet and work with so many different types of people each day, it is very rewarding.

  1. What would you say that the most challenging aspect of your role is?

Tailor-making an event to suit a client’s very specific requirements can be challenging at times. As we are such a versatile venue, there are a lot of different options, but over-coming this just makes my role even more satisfying.

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  1. What’s the most exciting event your venue has ever hosted?

We hosted a ‘Strictly Come Brighton’ FAM trip event for 150 corporates based all around the UK to showcase our venue to a new audience. We prepared a five course Brighton themed gala dinner, followed by a professional ballroom and Latin inspired dance class for all FAM Trip guests, complete with a celebrity judging panel. We also organised a treasure hunt around Brighton, a trip on the i360 and an after dinner Strictly themed disco – there were plenty of photo opportunities with multiple themed props!

  1. Why do you think that it’s important for employers to plan events such as Christmas and summer parties for their employees?

It is a fantastic way to celebrate all that has been achieved throughout the year. I do also feel it is important to encourage teams to socialise and enjoy themselves – it really does help to build a strong, motivated team. It also creates a talking point for the rest of the year, building excitement towards the next company event. After all, who doesn’t love letting their hair down every once in a while!

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  1. What sets your venue apart from the rest?

We have recently completed a £4 million internal refurbishment, however original chandeliers from the 70’s still remain giving our function rooms a classic, formal feel, whilst still being modern with a Brighton theme throughout.

We pride ourselves on our very strong team, who are always eager to exceed each guest’s expectations. We all have a strong knowledge of the hotel as well as our local surroundings which enables us to create memorable moments.

Have you seen our rooftop artwork? Local artists Art + Believe have created their Sky Gallery on top of our 17 story building, it truly is a masterpiece worth checking out: http://www.artandbelieve.com/

7. Christmas party season is over at present, but when do you start planning your Christmas parties and brochures for 2018?

Planning Christmas 2018 has already started for us. We have already begun discussing what our potential 2018 Christmas offerings could be in order to ensure a memorable night is had by all. Promotion will probably start around April time, once we receive our brochures, so watch this space…

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  1. What kind of bespoke elements could you incorporate in and personalise a client’s exclusive party?

We are very lucky to have such flexible function spaces and a trusted list of local suppliers which means we can usually make most visions come true. From venue theming, to tailor-made menus and drink packages we pride ourselves on bringing ideas to life.

  1. Do you offer corporate summer parties? If so, what kind of themes do you offer?

We certainly do! We usually tailor-make unique offerings for exclusive parties, however we will be looking into an all-inclusive offering this year as our all-inclusive Christmas parties have been so popular!

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  1. Finally, what’s your favourite cocktail to enjoy at a party?

To be honest, I love a good prosecco cocktail – Kir Royale is probably my favourite, however I couldn’t stay away from the Baileys cocktails over Christmas!

Prep your way beautiful for the office Christmas party!

With the majority of UK office Christmas parties taking place on Friday 15th December this year, there’s never been a better time to indulge in some serious pampering in the lead up to the most anticipated social event on the work calendar! With just six days to go until the big night, here at Eventa, we’ve compiled our best tips which will have you looking and feeling fabulous!

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Six Days Before – Detox

Now’s the perfect time to detox your body! Ensure that you’re drinking plenty of water and cut down on the caffeine. Avoid sugar and fatty, greasy foods which could cause your skin to break out. Also incorporate plenty of fresh fruit, veg and lean meats into your diet.

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Five Days Before – Hairdressers

If you’re looking to treat yourself to some new tresses, then five days before the party is the perfect time to book your hair appointment. This will ensure that there’s time for any dark colour to tone down slightly. It also means that if unfortunately, you’re not happy with your new style, then there’s still time to rectify it.

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Four Days Before – Eyebrows

Want striking and super sleek brows for the big night? If so, then book yourself in for a brow overhaul four days before the party, to give your skin time to recover from the waxing and plucking and to avoid unsightly rashes!

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Three Days Before – Lips

Eliminate dry lips with this easy sugar scrub made using coconut oil, honey, sugar and a little water. Mix together in a bowl and apply to lips, using your finger to rub in circular motions. The result? Gorgeous super soft lips that are perfect for applying a vibrant festive lippy!

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Two Days Before – Nails

Whether you’re doing your nails yourself or getting them done professionally, make sure you get them sorted a couple of days before the party. Just ensure you have no plans for the rest of the evening so you can let them dry properly to avoid pesky smudges and dents!

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One Day Before

Exfoliate your body to remove dead skin cells in the shower and apply a rich, nourishing moisturiser to leave your skin feeling super soft. Also, washing your hair the night before and keeping it free of styling products is recommended for best results on the party night.

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On the Day

Today’s the day! Puffy eyes? Use ice cubes to cool and sooth under the eyes (on clean skin) before applying make up for the evening. If your hair is looking a little flat, spray some dry shampoo to create volume and give your hair a boost.

Five Top Tips To Avoiding Christmas Related Stress

We love Christmas here at Eventa. Not only do we love sourcing some of the best Christmas parties for you and your friends to enjoy,  but we also love helping people with our hints and tips for making the whole Christmas period fun!

Christmas can be a stressful time as you rush around planning, partying and trying to get everything ready for the big day. Too much stress can mean you wake up Boxing Day exhausted, wondering where on earth the month went. Christmas is a special time of the year, and we want you to have as much fun as possible this holiday season with as little stress as possible. Bearing that in mind, we’ve put together some hints and tips to help you stay as cool as cucumber this Christmas.

 

1. Get a pen and paper… and plan

A little preparation can go a long way at Christmas time and half an hour with a notepad can save you a lot of stress later on. Make some time to have a cup of tea, sit down and plan the month ahead. Get a calendar for all your Christmas parties, and don’t forget to plan when you’re going to fit in that important Christmas shopping and tree buying.

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2. Work out a Christmas budget

It’s so easy to get caught up in the festive feeling and overspend at Christmas, you see something you know your aunty would love, and you forget that you’ve already bought her the Russian dolls and a Terry’s chocolate orange.

Before you know it, there are a pile of receipts building up and you can feel overwhelmed at your spending. It’s worth figuring out a budget for all the things you’ll have to be buying at Christmas, and then trying to stick to it. Keeping a little notebook of everything you’ve spent will also help remind you if you’re on budget or not.

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3. Don’t wait till the last minute for your Christmas shopping

Considering it’s a time for giving, one of the most stressful experiences can be Christmas shopping, usually because it’s been left too late and you find yourself racing round the shops on Christmas eve in a panic. Make sure you get your shopping done early, make it even easier and shop online for your gifts. It will give you more time to get out there and enjoy the party season!

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4. Get ready for your family…

Christmas is often a time when families come together, which is lovely, until your mum starts asking about your love life and your dad just asks you what you’re going to do with your life. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for these little things and remember that Christmas is about peace and goodwill to everyone, which includes your little brother… unfortunately.

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5. Make some time for you…

Don’t forget to take some time out of the hustle and bustle of Christmas parties and festive preparations to have a little “me” time. With so much going on it can feel like you’re being pulled in all directions so make sure you find some time to relax, remember that the happier you are, the better company you’ll be to others!

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Discover this top Hyde Park venue this Christmas that’s shrouded in history and opulence

When it comes to central London, only exclusivity and sophistication will do. This fantastic venue in the heart of the city boasts plenty of that and has history dripping off every edge. Located in upscale Westbourne Terrace this road has been the home of John Constable and the wedding site of Oscar Wilde. A Christmas party here will be in esteemed company.

Even from the outside, you’ll be impressed. Built in 1842, the building is Grade II listed and is situated in a stunning location. Hyde Park is just around the corner, with all its serenity in the middle of the metropolis of London, where all the most exclusive postcodes surround you.

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The beauty is not just on the outside however, because the interiors of the venue is decked out in antiques, which have been handpicked to suit every room. The walls are covered in breath-taking paintings and portraits which adds to the opulence of this stunning venue. The interiors and atmosphere of this place really sets the tone for a luxurious evening, and in these plush surroundings you and your colleagues will be sure to feel like royalty.

This year, the venue is offering exclusive hire for groups to celebrate the festive season. That’s right, you’ll find no strangers here. Just your work colleagues and the excellent staff, who will provide you with a Christmas to remember, where you’ll enjoy some well-earned respite from all the demanding work that you have done over the past year. A workforce will always want to feel appreciated, which in turn will produce better results, and if you choose this venue, your team will instantly know how grateful you are for their hard work.

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The night will start off just right with a festive glass of mulled wine to warm you from the cold outside, and to whet your appetite for the delectable meal to come. The decadent three course meal will be a treat for your taste buds and you’ll wish you could have this level of food on Christmas day itself.

There is the classic roast Norfolk turkey or a tender leg of lamb to choose for the main, which will keep everyone satisfied and happy. There are also delicious vegetarian options available too, so no one will have to miss out! Finish off the dining experience with some home baked mince pies. These are so good, just don’t tell your family designated mince pie maker how good – we don’t want them to be jealous!

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Like any good Christmas party, it all has to end in a song and dance. Even if this is a sophisticated affair, there’s plenty of time to get unsophisticated on the dancefloor after the meal. Let your hair down and have fun dancing the night away to your favourite tunes and festive hits. This is where the best memories are made and you’ll be talking about colleague’s dance styles for many months after!

This venue offers a party in decadent surroundings on the historic streets of London. People have enjoyed partying in this part of London for centuries and you’ll be another group who gets to enjoy its luxury and sophistication with a Christmas party that’s a cut above the rest.

Available for private parties of 10 to 36 guests on an exclusive use basis only, with dates available throughout December and January – Book your private festive celebration today!

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Discover The Winter House and celebrate your Christmas party in this unique former chapel!

With so many venues to choose from in the UK’s buzzing capital, it can be hard to know where to host your Christmas party this year. But if you’re looking for somewhere that’s unique and boasts plenty of character, then we’ve uncovered just the place in the bustling West End.

This previously undiscovered venue was a former chapel and retains many of its original 19th century features, which includes stunning arched windows and a striking umbrella dome ceiling. Opening as a limited-edition venue this festive season – The Winter House offers a dedicated team to provide a night of celebration like no other.

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The property has been transformed by an outstanding events brand in London, who are known as ‘The Party Lords’. Famed for curating truly beautiful hospitality spaces and unique and entertaining events, The Winter House will be no exception!

The venue will be beautifully styled with unusual textures and modern shades with lavish furnishings and rich fabrics to create a sophisticated and a glamorous feel that oozes luxury. This spectacular event space is split across three different levels which will be transformed into a magnificent banqueting hall, intimate alcoves where guests can enjoy delicious canapes and refreshing cocktails on the balcony. In addition, the basement boasts a secret dancing den where guests can party into the early hours.

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Offering both shared party nights and exclusive celebrations, this magnificent venue is perfect for groups of all sizes and promises a totally unforgettable evening. The shared events can accommodate groups with a minimum of 10 people and for private hire a minimum group size of 220 is required, with a maximum capacity of 500 guests.

Drinks will lead with celebrated signature cocktails perfected over the last decade by some of the city’s most accomplished mixologists. Alongside award winning classics, there are seasonal choices too such as the ‘Three Wise Men’; a triple malt Scotch whiskey with vermouth and Campari stirred with prune liquor or a ‘The Seasonal Brandy Fizz’ blending sparkles and seasoned brandy with honey and citrus.

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The food promises a fresh, exquisite take on festive fare – classic British with a fantastic twist. Head Chef Anthony Horn will be creating seasonal dishes over three menus that are on trend, making the food part of the conversation on the night. Seated three course banquets, innovative hot and cold canapes or more casual bowl food boasting a medley of flavourful recipes including meat, fish and vegetarian options for the evening’s feasting.

As the night continues, make your way down to the crypt and dance the night away with the resident DJ perfecting the atmosphere leaving you wanting more. Creating a memorable atmosphere comes naturally, and the soundtrack, ambience and tempo will be carefully orchestrated night by night.

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Bespoke, additional entertainment is offered to those wishing to upgrade their exclusive Christmas celebration. Choose from the talents of a live band, casino tables, photo booths and special theming that can be discussed with your bespoke event manager.

For a shared or exclusive party night at this magnificent venue that truly packs the wow-factor, then make sure you enquire today!

 

Five reasons to book a Christmas celebration at this Reading townhouse venue

For an unforgettable Christmas party in Reading this year, then you’ll not want to look any further than this gorgeous townhouse which is offering a choice of either a shared party evening or an exclusive celebration. We’ve rounded up five reasons why you absolutely must organise your festive evening at this top venue to enjoy a totally unmissable night that your team will be talking about for months.

1.      Conveniently located

Situated in Reading city centre, the venue is easily accessible for all guests, so there won’t be any minibuses required to drive you back from a venue located in rural area! It’s also located just a short five-minute walk from the train station, whilst there are various bus stops dotted around that are in close proximity. Car parking facilities are available onsite, for any non-drinking guests who are considering driving on the night.

2.      Beautifully stylish

Having been described as the UK’s sexiest townhouse, you can expect plenty of stylish and contemporary interiors this stunning venue. Oozing decadence and opulence, guests will be in awe at the striking décor; from the 86,000 Italian glass beads in the chandelier running the height of the building in the old lift shaft to the luxurious fabrics and wallpapers and the gorgeous furnishings – you’ll feel like royalty in this beautiful art-filled venue!

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3.      Incredible three-course festive meal

Indulge your senses in an absolutely delicious three-course meal from the fabulous Christmas menu on offer. With mouth-watering meat, fish and vegetarian options, there will be something on offer here that all guests will love. Each dish has been expertly created onsite by the outstanding catering team using high quality ingredients to ensure that each guest experiences full and rich flavours with every bite. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be served shortly after dessert to round off the dining experience.

4.      Choice of shared or exclusive evening

Whether you’re after a shared party or something a bit more private, there’s something for everyone at this sophisticated town house. The shared party options accommodate up to 120 guests with a minimum of six guests per group and includes a stunning room, fabulous three-course meal followed by hot beverages and traditional mince pies and a DJ and disco.

The exclusive party offering gives guests the opportunity to enjoy all the elements of the shared party, but with their own private suite for their group. Exclusive parties will accommodate up to 120 guests.

If you’d rather celebrate by day, then you’ll love the festive shared lunch parties available!

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5.      Accommodation available

Why not make a night of it? With an excellent choice of plush rooms available, then save the journey home and unwind in one of these well-appointed bedrooms that feature Bang and Olufsen TV’s, coffee making facilities, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, complimentary Wi-Fi, in addition to en-suite bathroom with walk in showers and heated floors.

With prices starting from £33.33 excluding VAT, these affordable Christmas celebrations will be sure to give you and your team a party to remember. Send an enquiry through for your preferred party to this great venue today!

 

Discover the Roaring Twenties in Birmingham this Christmas

This Christmas, an indulgent evening of decadence and glamour awaits with this incredible ‘Roaring Twenties’ themed party at a top venue in Birmingham, where you’ll discover the vibrant world of the speakeasy and experience all kinds of forbidden delights!

Whether you’re after an exclusive party or whether you’d like to join other like-minded small to medium sized groups celebrate the festive season with a shared party night, then this excellent venue will have everything you’ll need for an unforgettable evening. For one night, you’ll be able to step back in time to 1920’s Chicago, when prohibition was in full swing and gangsters rules the streets and round off the working year in serious style.

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On the night of the event, come dressed to impress, as this is a grand event where you’ll want to ensure you’re looking your absolute best to party with the flappers and dappers! As you approach the venue, ensure you’ve checked that the coast is clear to ensure that the beady eyes of the law aren’t watching you. Once you’re good to go, whisper the password to gain access to this quirky hideaway, where secret drinking pleasures await.

Suddenly, you’ll be greeted by the amazing sounds and sights of this secret speakeasy, where the night is yours to enjoy. Admire the striking scenery as you listen to the sounds of the live jumping jazz band to welcome guests, whilst helping yourself to some of the hot and cold canapés served by the friendly hospitality team – choose from the likes of the pea and mint espresso, or will it be the smoked salmon, cream cheese and cracked black pepper on a citrus blini?

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Look up and catch sight of the talented aerial acrobats who will be twirling and tumbling beneath a stunning starlit ceiling, before everyone is called to take their seats for an exquisite four-course meal which will be sure to delight and satisfy with every bite. With plenty of choices on offer including meat, fish and vegetarian options, there will be something here that everyone will love!

As you dine, you’ll be spoiled with divine entertainment from the dazzling flapper dancers and the foot tappin’ jazz acrobats who will wow with their daring performance. The entertainment draws to a close, with a magnificent full cast finale which will have you on the edge of your seats! Round off your fantastic feast with a hot beverage from the tea and coffee selection, before deciding where to head next; will you ride the fairground dodgems or try your luck at the illicit gambling den?

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Of course, no party is complete without throwing some shapes on the dance floor, so make sure you’re ready to show off your finest moves to the crowds and dance the night away to both Christmas and party tunes. If you’re still feeling peckish, make sure you grab yourselves a delicious bacon brioche bap or a vegetarian sausage brioche bap to fuel you for the journey home!

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Give your team an incredible Christmas party this year which they’ll never forget; send an enquiry through today!

Explore the magic of Rio this festive season in Nottingham

Experience a vibrant burst of incredible sounds and colour this Christmas in Nottingham with a fantastic Rio Carnival festive celebration, where you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported away from the icy cold British weather to the sunnier climates of Brazil!

With a shared or exclusive Rio party night, you’ll discover the most energetic and exhilarating party in the city, with beautiful tropical décor, exotic carnival dancers and an electrifying atmosphere where you’ll let your hair down for a night of indulgence and fun!

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As you enter this stunning world, you’ll be mesmerised by the meet and greet fire performers who will be sure to kick-start the beginning of this incredible evening, before heading to one of the bustling Brazillian bars to purchase a chilled drink to quench your thirst. The attentive hospitality staff will be making their way around the venue with a selection of delicious hot and cold canapés.

Soon, it will be time to settle down to a fabulous four-course feast that’s bursting with flavour. There’s a delicious selection available on tempting menu, with plenty of exciting and innovative dishes that will wow your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

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Be entertained as you dine, by the amazing feat of talented performers who will take your breath away with their daring acts! You’ll be mesmerised with the Rio dancers as they perform high energy routines in their fantastically vibrant costumes before watching the spectacular aerial acts as they twist and tumble beneath the starlit ceiling. The entertainment will reach a climax with a magnificent full cast finale which will leave you speechless!

After the entertainment, enjoy a fourth-course that comes in a choice of British and continental cheeses from the ongoing station, before enjoying a tea or coffee for a caffeine kick to keep your energy levels up for the rest of the night.

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As the night continues, why not have a go on the authentic fairground dodgems or try your luck in the casino, before dancing the night away on the state of the art dance floor? If you can make it into the early hours, then treat yourself to a delicious survivors’ breakfast of either a bacon roll or vegetarian sausage brioche bap.

If you’re looking to experience all the fun of the Rio Carnival without even having to board a plane, then this is the Christmas party for you! With a choice of either exclusive evenings or shared evenings to choose from, there will be something on off that all groups will enjoy!

Send an enquiry through today and make it a night to remember this festive season with a spectacular Rio Carnival themed party!

Themed party ideas for your Christmas celebration in London

We know. It feels weird already thinking about Christmas 2017, especially when it comes to thinking about organising the festive work do – it seems so far away doesn’t it? But if you’re looking to organise your perfect party for your team, then things are best not left to last minute. Booking as early as possible ensures that you’re able to arrange for your ideal venue in your ideal location which will remove any element of stress-related party planning.

If you’re looking to enjoy a party in London, but want something a little different from dinner and disco, then why not venture down the route of experiencing a themed party? We’ve offering plenty of shared and exclusive themed nights in this buzzing city in 2017 which will be sure to provide you and your guests with an electric atmosphere – why not take a look at some of our fabulous options available below and get your party booked today?

Winter Wonderland

One of our more classic Christmas themes this year, you and your guests will be transported to a stunning Winter Wonderland – an enchanted evening that’s filled with gorgeous decoration and theming and will be sure to amaze and delight all guests. Situated at a fantastic venue in central London that’s just a short walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station, guests will be well located for arriving and departing the party.

Included in this exclusive package is an arrival glass of prosecco, a mouth-watering three-course meal, hot beverages and mince pies, full theming, festive crackers and of course a DJ and disco. Capture all the magic of the festive season with this beautiful winter wonderland and experience an unforgettable night!

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Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery

For those that love unravelling a mystery then this Sherlock Holmes themed shared party is the one for you! Featuring a cast of brilliant actors, you’ll be informed of a murder just as your tucking into your three-course dinner. It’s up to you to keep your eyes peeled for clues so that you can work out who’s been committing the crime. There will be prizes for the best detectives, so this is one where you’ll have to keep your wits about you!

Once the murder mystery has been solved, the DJ will take the reins and provide the soundtrack to your night with a brilliant disco. Also included is a glass of welcome prosecco on arrival, mineral water and crackers and novelties. Send an enquiry through about this shared party today!

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The Gatsby Club Exclusive

Head back in time to the roaring twenties and experience the thrill of prohibition with a spectacular exclusive evening at The Gatsby Club. Based in Covent Garden, this incredible venue really packs the wow-factor and is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. The venue will be fully themed a decorated with Gatsby inspired decorations and there will be incredible performance from a Gatsby trio.

Indulge in a sparkling wine reception on arrival, before enjoying a delicious three-course meal or bowl food as well as unlimited drinks. The dress code for the party night is smart / casual, but if you’d like to really get into the spirit of things then why not come dressed for the occasion? A DJ will also be included in this exclusive package, so get ready to get loosey-goosey and dance the night away at this incredible speakeasy and prepare to party like they did back in the day!

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Après Ski Shared

It’s time to hang up your snow boots and ski’s and immerse yourselves in a stunning Après Ski themed evening to celebrate the festive season! You’ll be welcomed by a dazzling and electrifying atmosphere on arrival as you take in the spectacular theming. Indulge in mouth-watering canapes before enjoying a three-course meal by an award-winning hospitality team.

Relish in all the wonders of Christmas as you enter an alpine lodge that features a huge roaring fire, incredible Christmas trees and spectacular blizzards of snow pouring from up above!

During the evening, guests will be spoiled with extravagant performances from outstanding dancers and mesmerising acrobatic acts, who will be sure to amaze and delight every guest with their outstanding skills. There’s also a fairground and a state of the art dance floor and DJ lined up for your evening, so make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes with you!

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Masquerade Evening Exclusive

Make your way to this excellent venue in Chelsea and discover all the magic and mystery of a fabulous Masquerade ball. Perfect for larger companies, this exclusive party evening will provide everything you and your team could want for a festive celebration.

Admire the beautiful decorations and stunning theming of the venue which will truly capture the intrigue of this lavish theme. Enjoy a one hour unlimited cocktail drinks reception to start the evening in style, in addition to delicious bowl food and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks for two hours. Finish the night up on the dance floor and you show off your finest moves to the DJ’s top collection of classic and current hits! Just make sure you don’t forget your mask for this one!

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How to make this year’s Christmas party better than last year’s

With a corporate Christmas party, we just want to give our team the best night out of the year, but if you had a great time at your office event last year, then how do you top it? The best way to find out what you can do to improve things this year is to ask your team for some valuable feedback by running some questionnaires and circulating them around the office.

This way, you’ll be able to discover what people liked, loved and what they didn’t enjoy so much. In this week’s blog article, we’ve included some areas to include in your questionnaire in order to make it the best Christmas party yet!

Work out how many people you want to send your questionnaire out to

Firstly, it’s probably a good idea to work out who to send your questionnaire to. If you’re a smallish company, then it would make sense to let everyone have their say. If you’re a much larger company, then an easier solution would be to give a questionnaire to the head of each department who will do all the research with the team. This method saves trawling through hundreds of questionnaires and extracting the data!

Shared or Exclusive

Did you have a shared party last year but this year you’re thinking of trying out something more private and intimate for you team? If so, then how about an exclusive Christmas celebration? Generally these types of celebrations are for medium sized to larger companies, however there are plenty of restaurant venues on offer for those smaller companies looking for something more private.

If you’re a small team who wants the full effects of a large-scale celebration that doesn’t compromise on an amazing atmosphere, then take advantage of our shared options and party the night away with other companies and have a laugh!

Feedback on the food

How did the food go down last year? Was there a good selection of choice for everyone? If you enjoyed a three-course sit down meal, then -perhaps you’d like to enjoy something a bit different this year such as canapes and bowl food or vice versa.

Party Date Preference

It’s definitely worthwhile adding in a selection of party dates and seeing which date is the most popular with your team. Do remember that prices tend to increase the nearer you get towards Christmas and that these kind of dates are the most popular and are likely to sell out quickly.

Entertainment options

Generally most Christmas parties come with a DJ and Disco, however maybe this year you’d like to enjoy the talents of a live band or some dancers in between your dinner and disco?

Was the Location a hit?

How did everyone find the location of the venue last year? Was it easy to access via transport or was it more of a rural location that made it that bit trickier for everyone to access. It’s worth listing a selection of potential venues and seeing what works out the best for the majority. If it’s rural, then an idea would be to organise for a coach to run everyone back to civilization at the end of the night

What did your employees think of the theme (if applicable)?

Did your Christmas celebration incorporate a theme last year? If so what did everyone think? Would you like to repeat the theme again or would you prefer to try something new? Or maybe you’d like to keep it traditional and just stick with some classic festive decorations. A good idea is to think of various themes that are available at your favoured locations and see which is the most popular amongst your team.

Whatever it is you’re after, you can count on Eventa to provide you with a great selection of venues for your Christmas party, so what are you waiting for? Send through an enquiry today!

Experience a Summer Party to Remember in Manchester

If you’re looking to plan a corporate party in Manchester, then the good news is that you won’t have to wait until Christmas; how does a summer party sound? It’s the perfect way to take advantage of the warm weather, the fresh air and it’s a valid excuse to just get away from that stuffy office and let your hair down.

You’ll want to choose a venue that’s unique and truly inspirational to make your event unforgettable, and we’ve got the perfect place for you and your team to enjoy a summer celebration in the city. This fantastic museum venue is filled with character and situated in the heart of Manchester in the Castlefield area, making it easy for everyone to reach with its close proximity to a variety of excellent transport links. There is also off-site car parking facilities for those looking to drive on the day of the event.

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Featuring a dedicated event and conference space on the second floor of the venue’s grade two listed building, there’s also a fantastic balcony area that’s suitable for registration and serving refreshments. You can rest assured that these purpose-built facilities will be sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a memorable event.

With this excellent summer package, everyone in your party will be treated to an ice-cold glass of refreshing Pimms on arrival to the Upper Courtyard to get the party started, where you’ll feel those summer vibes in full swing!

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As for the food, make sure that you and your guests are hungry, because the outstanding hospitality team have cooked up an absolute summer feast that comes in the form of a delicious BBQ buffet. With something for all tastes, these sumptuous items will be sure to get everyone’s mouths watering – how about indulging in a selection of charred meats, colourful summer inspired salads and mini sliders?

For dessert, there’s some incredible sweet treats that everyone will love such as fruity Vimto jelly, luscious fruit kebabs and an irresistible Eton mess that comes with plump, fresh strawberries. If you can’t decide what you want to go for, then why not treat yourself to a couple of desserts?

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Your summer corporate party won’t finish once the food has been devoured, because the venue’s professional DJ will take you and guests through the rest of the night with their top playlist which will see everyone throwing moves of all manners! If you’ve got a favourite track, then why not speak to the DJ and put in a request?

Included in this summer party package is event management and security for your peace of mind, as well as a digital welcome screen, a photo chandelier and occasion tables and chairs. A PA system, which includes a microphone and lectern will also be provided for your event.

There really is no better way to let your hair down and boost team morale with a summer celebration, so why not get planning your corporate summer party now to ensure availability for your preferred dates?