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How to survive the festive season

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 09:45

Christmas party season is in full swing in the Unique Venues of London. Whilst the magic of Christmas makes for some fantastic events, it is also a time of year when stress levels are running high. This week, we have collected some of the best tips from our venues on how to survive the busy period ahead...

Sarah McQueen - Venues and Hospitality Manager at Museum of London

Prep, prep, prep – It goes without saying, but the more you can get done in advance the better. Remember your contingency plans and try to anticipate any unforeseen circumstances. This will not only mean you’re ready for any eventuality, but thinking about your guests and what they might need through the event will minimise any last minute interventions.

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself – It can be all too easy to get wrapped up in the planning and execution of your event, but be sure to make time to mingle with guests and enjoy some of the fabulous offering you have worked so hard to put together!

Take some post season ‘me time’ – After a busy festive season, it’s important to take a little time for yourself to recharge and relax. Whether it be a spa weekend, a country getaway or just a few days cosied up at home, make sure you give yourself some time to unwind because come January 1st, it starts all over again!

Philippa King-Williams - Event Manager at Somerset House

Delegate responsibility to each member of the team in the run up to the event so that everyone has a role to play. Teamwork makes Christmas run smoothly! Keep team spirits high and stay motivated throughout the season!

Make a list and check it once... twice.. three times! Forward planning will take the load off on event day and help to avoid any unexpected situations.

Enjoy the festive season, it's also a chance to relax and take stock for the coming year, as well as having some good fun with the rest of your colleagues.

Venue Hire Team at Hampton Court Palace

Make sure you find time to pamper yourself amidst the chaos looking after everyone else. It’s tricky to find a balance in the festive season – and we’re not just talking about a glass in each hand – however, make sure you allocate some time to eat well and get some rest.

Plan, plan and plan again! Try and minimize stress this festive season by ensuring you are well prepared for your events. Focus on your must do tasks and everything else will run seamlessly.

Enjoy your Christmas events, after all they only come around once a year! The festive season brings a whole new range of clients, entertainment and decorations as well as that all important food.

Venue Hire Team at Natural History Museum

The key to a successful event is a happy team! Ensure that all staff are completely aware of their roles and responsibilities. Knowing that your team are on board will ease the stress.

Stay calm on the night. Relax knowing that guests are having an enjoyable time - let the venue worry about regulations such as noise, health and safety and curfew times.

Take time to reflect on the event. Celebrate the successes of your team and all of your hard work, but also encourage the team to share aspects of the event that you could perhaps improve to make guest experience better and make future events run even more smoothly.