When planning a Christmas party, you want to ensure it hits the mark, and sticks in the minds of your guests for the right reasons. The formula for a successful Christmas party is fairly simple. By following these steps, your Christmas party will be a hit.

Find the right space...and quickly!

It may seem obvious, but it’s obvious for a reason. Choosing the right space to suit your party’s theme, budget and audience is the most crucial element of planning a successful Christmas party. Go for something a bit different, something beyond ‘Function Room A’ at your local event centre. At Arts Centre Melbourne, they’re spoiled for choice when it comes to uniquely individual spaces to host events. The largest, The Pavilion, is the crowning jewel of the complex. Its curved shape, balconies with city views and customisable fitout make it ideal for larger Christmas parties. Once you’ve found your spot, lock it in. The longer you leave it, the less likely you are to find your perfect space, on your preferred date. Most mid- to large-size companies start the planning process in February or March. So, organisation is key.

Think outside of the box

Events that are held in unique spaces that genuinely surprise guests are always guaranteed to garner rave reviews. The Amcor Lounge at Arts Centre Melbourne is the perfect example. With a kaleidoscopic feature wall hosting 464,000 marbles and 2,300 individual objects of memorabilia, the space in itself is a topic for conversation. Or, to really set your event apart, you could consider hosting a Christmas in July-themed event on the stage of the State Theatre. Available 18th-23rd of July, you could invite guests to a Christmas in July dinner, set on the State Theatre stage with the most incredible backdrop imaginable.

Customise your space

Through decorations, lighting, even the furniture, you can create a backdrop for your Christmas party that is a true reflection of your company, or the theme of your event. By booking a space that allows for a bit of customised flexibility, you can ensure your event is one of a kind. Arts Centre Melbourne encourage event planners to work with both their expert in-house AV and events team to create a vision for your event. Through customised lighting, decorative details, and working with a long list of bespoke external suppliers, the events team at Arts Centre Melbourne can ensure your vision materialises into the perfect Christmas party.

Food, glorious food

After any wedding, conference, event, anything – one of the primary things people talk about when prompted was the food. You could have hosted the most elaborate Christmas party, but if the food was bland, flabby or sparse – your guest will remember. Serving a carefully considered, interesting and delicious menu for your event is so important. The in-house culinary team at Arts Centre Melbourne know this better than anyone. They know that the quality has to be there, but also, that it has to be a bit special, a bit different. Which is why they’ve created themed menus to complement a number of performances gracing the stage at Arts Centre Melbourne. There’s the Alice in Wonderland-style menu, with is quirky elements that come together to tell a beautiful story. And the moreish, nostalgic offerings as part of the Nutcracker ballet season, designed to satisfy holiday cravings with flair. And it doesn’t matter if you’re planning a standing cocktail event in The Pavilion space, or an intimate lunch for executives in the exclusive Members’ Dining Room, the food will be plentiful, and consistent, as it should be.

Keep them entertained

The last equation in the formula for a successful Christmas party is booking the right entertainment. That can be as simple as an in-house band, or DJ, or can extend to character actors, roving performers or games. You need to pick the right entertainment to suit your crowd. Being a house of theatre and performance, naturally the events team at Arts Centre Melbourne know how to keep guests entertained. They can help you to decide on the right entertainment to suit your space, budget and brief, utilising their long list of external performers. It all depends on your brief and your vision for your event.

Want to lock down one of Arts Centre Melbourne’s beautifully unique event spaces for your 2019 Christmas party? Book your Christmas party with the Conferences, Meetings and Events team by March 31st to lock in 2018 prices!

To book your next event with us or to enquire about our venues please call (03) 9281 8350 or email us at events@artscentremelbourne.com.au

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