It’s the season of Christmas parties and whether they are work, friend or family related, No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place can be adapted to suit your festive needs. In this series of three blog posts, we’re going to take you through some of the key areas to pay attention to before, during, and after hosting a corporate Christmas event with us in our elegant Georgian home.
Part one of our checklist will give you some useful tips to follow in the run-up to your event with us. We hope that you find it interesting and that it helps with your Christmas party planning.
Before your Christmas Event
Have you seen No. 25 dressed up in its festive finery? Are you happy to use our decorations or are there specific decorations that you’ll need to bring with you? Some clients are happy to use the décor provided by us, some like to bring their own and put their own stamp on No. 25. We’re more than happy to adapt the venue to your needs so don’t be afraid to ask if there’s something in particular that you’d like.
Access to No. 25
If you’re bringing decorations to No. 25, talk to us in advance so that we can arrange the best times to arrive and dress the venue. In some cases, we can give access the day before, which gives you one less task on your event day.
Christmas parties are a fantastic time to take your team members out and thank them for their work over the past year. Which brings us to our next point, will you be making speeches at your event? If so, you’ll have the option to avail of our in-house AV systems. If you have specific requests, please have a chat with us in advance of your event so that we can put your mind at rest and make sure that all of your thanks will be heard.
Christmas is a time of giving and lots of corporate clients like to have gifts for the guests at their parties. If you are giving gifts to your guests, talk to us in advance to see if you can deliver these to No. 25 ahead of time. We have limited storage but we aim to accommodate when we can, especially as it’s in the spirit of Christmas giving.
We’re no strangers to singers and musicians gracing our halls and are happy to work with you in making sure that all entertainment goes smoothly on your night. Remember that any entertainers will need to have access to No. 25 ahead of your party so they can get set up and be ready to start when your guests arrive. It’s important to arrange what time will they need to arrive at No. 25 in advance.
If any of your guests have special dietary requirements, food allergies, intolerances or simply preferences, be sure to talk to us in advance to make sure that all of your guests can enjoy a meal with us. One of our standout areas is the range and flexibility you’ll find in our menus so when you are planning your festive event here you’ll have a number of options to choose from. You can take a look at our Christmas menus here.
Christmas is the perfect time to take photographs, everything is beautifully lit up and people are dressed to the nines. If your event is having a photographer you’ll need to think about whether they’ll need early access to No. 25 and how long you want them to take photographs for. If your chosen photographer hasn’t been here before they can check out our 360 Tours to get an idea of what No. 25 looks like.
Have a Plan
Having an itinerary for your party can keep you on track in the run-up to your event, it’s also an excellent way to make sure your celebration goes off without a hitch. Remember to share it with your venue planner so that everyone is working to the same schedule and you’ll have a far higher likelihood of everything going according to plan.
Consider what time you’ll need to arrive at No. 25 in order to do a final run through before guests arrive on the day of your party. It’s always worth building in some contingency time for last minute tasks too; event days can be busy but an extra half an hour can be a lifesaver if something has slipped through the cracks.
There you have it, lots of communication and a little forward thinking will make sure that you have a stress-free time planning any corporate event here at No. 25. We hope that you’ve found our top tips useful so far. In Part Two, we’ll look at some of the things that you can do during your event to make sure everything runs seamlessly.
At No.25 Fitzwilliam Place, we understand that event planning can be stressful and our 5-star team aims to make the experience as seamless as possible for our guests.
What are your most important requirements when planning a function? Leave us a reply in the comment section below, or let us know at @25fitzwilliampl.