A memorable Christmas party is the perfect way to wrap up a busy year, celebrate with colleagues, and toast to another amazing year ahead. And with Christmas now creeping up super quickly, it’s time to start planning a party to remember for your end-of-year celebration!
We’ve been lucky enough to work on some pretty special Christmas party events on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay over the years, with different brands and businesses wanting to create a fun-filled celebration for their team.
If you’ve been tasked with planning the perfect Christmas party for your workplace (or maybe you’re even planning a more intimate celebration for friends and family at home), keep reading for some styling ideas, furniture hire suggestions, and planning tips to get you started.
Finding the perfect venue
Throwing the perfect Christmas party event all begins with finding the perfect venue - because sometimes, the staffroom just isn’t going to cut it! Luckily, we’re pretty spoilt for choice with some amazing function venues in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Tweed Coast and Byron Bay.
From industrial warehouses to sleek restaurants and sprawling gardens, we have some great Christmas party locations to take advantage of for your end-of-year festivities.
Check out the following recommendations below for some unique function venues in the local area:
Sit down VS Cocktail Style
The style of your Christmas party will ultimately influence the overall ambience and experience for your guests, so next you’ll want to decide whether a sit-down or cocktail style event is going to be the best fit for your celebration.
Sit-down events are ideal for intimate settings, long lunches or gala-style dinners, with a focus on sharing food and conversation over the table. This can also be the perfect pick if you’ve arranged a stage for entertainment, performances or speeches throughout the night, allowing everyone to watch and experience comfortably.
When it comes to furniture and decor for a sit-down Christmas party, you’ll need to think about dining tables (feasting tables are your best bet for a share-style menu) and dining chairs, along with tableware like plates, cutlery, napkins, glassware and centrepieces.
Images via The Events Lounge + Roy Byrne
Images via Free People Australia
Alternatively, a cocktail style event could be better suited if you want a more informal feel, with guests roaming and mingling around the venue. Cocktail style events also suit relaxed menu options like canapes, grazing tables and food trucks, making them perfect for outdoor events (just make sure you have a wet weather backup organised like a marquee to prevent any last-minute stress).
For a cocktail-style Christmas party, you’ll want to consider comfortable furniture and decor options such as lounges, bar tables, stools, coffee tables, or even picnic rugs and cushions - aim for enough to seat 50-70% of guests at any one time. And don't forget those finer details like a statement bar and photo backdrop to help complete your setting. Why not customise them with your business name and branding for.a memorable photo opportunity?
Image 1: via Magic Millions / Image 2: via Dani R Photos
Christmas party styling and theming
When it comes to choosing a "theme" for your celebration, remember - Christmas party styling doesn’t have to mean tinsel garlands and fake snow machines! Think outside the box when it comes to theming your Christmas party, whether that’s fun and tropical, elegant and luxe, or something more rustic and relaxed.
We recommend taking cues from the existing aesthetic of your venue, and the overall "vibe" of your workplace and branding, too. What kind of colours, textures and materials best represent the vision you have in mind for your celebration? You might want to play with your branding colours and logo design, or be inspired by the surroundings of your chosen location.
Keep scrolling for some styling ideas and inspiration from recent events that we think would work perfectly for a Christmas party setting!
Images via The Events Lounge + Daniel Chafer Photography
Image 1: via Mrs Gibbons Flowers / Image 2: via Figtree Pictures
Once you’ve decided on your theme, the next step will be bringing the look to life with furniture, decor and styling details to suit your vision for the event. This is where we come in! Simply send us your style concept or some inspiration photos (Pinterest is a great place to start) and we’ll happily put together a mood board and furniture suggestions to suit your theme, venue, budget and guest capacity.
We’d love to help you out with Christmas party event hire using our range of furniture and decor. Get in touch for a copy of our latest catalogue, or to arrange a free consultation for your end-of-year festivities!