The perfect festive list for a creative and interactive Christmas party
Christmas is a time to celebrate and spend time with family and friends, relax and enjoy festive celebrations. The festive food offering usually plays a big part of any event, whether it is a five course sit down meal, mouth watering finger foods, light and healthy bowl foods or a selection of delicious canapes with bubbles on arrival. But if you’re looking for something a little bit different food stations may be the right choice for your party.
Food stations work perfectly for a more relaxed style of dining, providing a larger choice of menu options and giving guests the freedom to move around the room, mingle and enjoy the rest of the event without missing out on courses.
With so many types of cuisines to choose from food stations work perfectly for themed parties with our bespoke menus and aesthetic decor to match. alternatively put a spin on Christmas this year and say goodbye to the turkey, stuffing and brussels sprouts and say hello to one of our package food station menus including Asian street food, Best of British, Tex Mex, American food stations or even our popular sushi stations.
Finish the night with a dessert stand like our cheese station with paired wines by our in-house sommelier or our sweet treats station with stroopwaffles, doughnuts, sweet buttermilk pancakes with syrups, creams and fun sweet toppings
Using music and warm aromas during your party can really help to build a strong festive atmosphere or theme for any style of festive celebration.
We love how these cinnamon sticks have been easily styled into the table setting introducing a well-loved festive smell and dressy element to these linen napkins.
Texture and layering on the dining table is a must and this can be done in lots of different ways to compliment a theme or add interest. Adding foliage in a simple free-form style across the middle of the table is one of the easiest ways to add texture. But don't forget classic floral centrepiece arrangements can add drama and height to the table whilst personalised plate and napkin dressing always adds an extra special element.
The use of different fabrics can help tie colour schemes together, adding a pop of colour to a neutral setting can also lift the overall look and add depth. Classic Christmas colours that are usually seen on most festive tables in December range from berry reds, vibrant greens, bright golds and cool silvers. But why not mix it up and add cool greys for a scandi Christmas feel? Alternatively using rich jewel tones such as bright winter blues and warm oranges and accompanied by lit candles to accentuate the colours, could create an exciting and modern visual dining scene for your dinners.
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Achieving a festive mood can be credited to lots of different elements throughout a party, however, Christmas music plays a huge part from classic carol choirs to live jazz bands! DJs are another fantastic way to celebrate and get everyone in the festive mood however it’s not always about the swinging party and hitting the dance floor. Live music on reception and live background music during dinner is also effective and helps set the tone throughout the event.
Gastronomic performance art or in other words Live table plating is another fantastic way to heighten guest’s experience through a showcase of passion, interaction and visual creativity. Usually seen in Japanese and Michelin starred restaurants this style of dining is a definite wow element that always leaves a lasting impression.