Shared Party Night Ideas Trending for Christmas 2021
Just like you, I am bursting with excitement about the next few months as we prepare to resume live events. Cue: fanfare 🎉 excited dance 💃 air-five 🖐. That said, it is an apprehensive time for many. Understandably, given the ups and downs we’ve all experienced throughout lockdown. The priority, for now, is to smooth the venue finding process, provide trusted advice and give booking confidence to event planners.
I know you are an uber-organised bunch, and ordinarily, you would have your Christmas parties booked by now, leaving you only to think about what to wear! But alas, 2021 isn’t a typical year. So, let’s not mope, instead let’s celebrate the lack of normality, forget tradition and consider some new and fun festive ideas to get everyone together safely.
So, with this in mind, I am looking at shared parties, which in my opinion are a fabulous and cost-effective way to experience a big party atmosphere for smaller groups. Shared parties have come a long way since the stuffy dinner/dance options of the 1970s. These days, the choices are endless, with mind-blowing themes and party options.
Here’s why I love a shared party night…
On a practical note, shared party night options are perfect for budgeting as they are quoted on a price per head basis, often including all food, drink and entertainment. Therefore, no nasty surprises when presented with the dreaded bar bill at the end of the night. I would definitely suggest you book soon; venues are filling up fast, quicker than I have seen for many years. Nobody wants to miss out on a party, especially after the awful party draught that we’ve all been through!
💜 Book with confidence
The government’s Step 4 of the ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ means we can feel optimistic about the 2021 Christmas Party season. However, I’d be remiss in my event manager duties if I didn’t urge you to have a contingency plan and consider your options if all doesn’t go quite to plan. I would undoubtedly suggest prioritising venues with flexible terms and conditions to give you peace of mind. Also, look out for venues with a solid commitment to safety and those awarded Covid Secure Accreditations.
💜 Smaller and easier to manage groups
Christmas is often the one time of year to gather your whole company together for inter-team banter, multi-location mingling and corporate catch-ups. But this year, many companies are deciding to put the ‘one big party’ model on hold, favouring more petite and manageable departmental parties. With party options for as little as eight guests through to 500+ small doesn’t mean less fun.
💜 Buy-out options
That said, maybe your company numbers warrant buying out the whole night for exclusive hire. Meaning you get all the benefits of an all-inclusive party night without having to share it with anyone else. Some Christmas party venues can be hired exclusively and are blank canvas spaces to be themed and dressed as you wish.
💜 Big savings
Event and venue booking agencies broker exclusive deals with shared party venues, often with agency only rates and availability. Also, they do all the legwork and hours of research into dates, options and costs for you. All for free. It’s a win-win scenario!
Here are my top three picks for shared party nights here in London...
Experience the magical atmosphere and an unforgettable Christmas party with various themes and venues to pick from:
An ice-cool après ski party in the heart of Battersea Park. Breath-taking scenery, sumptuous food, and mesmerising entertainment: the magic ingredients will make Après an unforgettable experience. Twenty-foot Christmas trees and fabulous copper chandeliers tower overhead as blizzards of snow cascade down upon our luxurious alpine scene. High-energy entertainment surrounds the room as you soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy delicious canapés and ice-cold drinks.
Party beneath the gleaming copper-clad hull of a world-famous ship for Christmas 2021.
This iconic venue, located in a unique heritage setting, boasts spectacular riverside views and a sweeping outlook across the Thames to the city beyond. Walk up the quayside and see the iconic silhouette of the clipper lit up before you before climbing aboard the Cutty Sark, where you’ll be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine.
Delicious canapés will be served as you mingle until dinner is called. Take your places at tables underneath the spectacular hull for a delicious three-course dinner by Moving Venue. Maritime-themed entertainers will perform between courses, and after, head to the dance floor or try your hand at the onboard casino.
Roll up, roll up, for a night to remember at London’s hottest new venue. Magazine London will play host to a festive season with a difference, as Smart Christmas Parties deliver an electric ‘Urban Circus’.
A night of explosive entertainment awaits, with the crack of a whip, a festive feast awaits, and the fierce burlesque ringmaster welcomes you to the circus stage, where dinner and a magnetic, enthralling show will simply take your breath away. Then, to finish off your night in style, the most talented DJs will play a mix of hits guaranteed to delight the crowd.
💜 Reasons to love
- Tobacco Dock is their top London pick, and they also have lots of party options across the rest of the UK
- Great entertainment – not just about dancefloor action
- Excellent covid safety policies
- Highly affordable packages with great all-inclusive options
This Christmas, iconic London venue Tobacco Dock will be transformed into a super stylish Roaring Twenties gala bonanza.
Choose the glitz of the Laurent Perrier Bar for Champagne and delicious canapes, or visit the stylish cocktail lounge for a French 75. Relax with the laid-back soundtrack – the vibe here is exclusive and exuding glamour…
Alternatively, head to the hot and lively, jumpin’ jazz bar, where the atmosphere is charged and the music is pumping. Grab a beer and enjoy substantial canapes whilst the Molls and Flappers entertain.
Take your seats as the award-winning caterers serve three courses of delicious fine dining. Each dish is interspersed with dramatic bursts of entertainment from the spectacular cast. Show off your music knowledge and win your table a round of shots to get the party started and standby for the return of the world-class performers for a dazzling finale of daring feats and mesmerising skill.
Jump back to the cocktail lounge and enjoy an Espresso Martini amongst the roulette tables or head back to the Champagne bar for a Kir Royale and a hand or two of Blackjack.
💜 Reasons to love
- Buzzing themes
- Fab entertainment to keep your guests entertained all night
- Great locations; my favourites include Bloomsbury Big Top and Fountain Room
Awesome Christmas is a leading provider of shared Christmas parties in London. With a fantastic range of parties in beautiful locations across London, their parties include a sparkling reception, three-course seated dinner and superb entertainment. Drink pre-orders are available as an add on. 2021 options
Cirque Shanghai at Bloomsbury Big Top
This Christmas, China Town comes to Bloomsbury for a night of incredible acrobats, dazzling dragons and oriental wonderment. On arrival, marvel at the awesome oriental stilt walkers and follow the hanging lanterns to a sparkling reception. When the gong sounds, the dining room is revealed with a breath-taking canopy of sparkling lights as you take your seats for a feast fit for an emperor.
Viva Vegas Christmas Party at Park Plaza Riverbank
It’s time to dazzle in your best Christmas finery as you arrive at the River Bank, where the stunning Vegas showgirls are waiting to welcome you to a night of glamour and sophistication as you enter the sparkling star-lit venue.
Diamonds are Forever at Fountain Room
This festive season, step into a world of sophisticated glamour for the party of the year. Enter the starlit venue and grab a glass of fizz, ready on hand for you to enjoy. Guests can take in the sophisticated décor as they re-fill their drink at the reception bar. Mingle as the fabulous lounge singer serenades you to begin your evening of elegance.
Phew! I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot wait for Christmas 2021. Venues have pulled out all of the stops to create unforgettable party nights full of fun, glitz and glamour to give us something wonderfully exciting to look towards.