Another year gone and we’re another year wiser – when it comes to Christmas parties anyway. We hosted some fantastic festive fiestas last year and wanted to share our top tips for planning the perfect Christmas party.

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Whether big or small, it is important to set a budget and stick to it. Creating a realistic budget can take some serious planning but it’s worth taking your time at this stage to avoid issues further down the line. Things that you need to consider include the cost of transport, venue, and food. Although you should aim to stick to your budget, don’t be afraid to be flexible within these financial parameters. Prioritise the areas of the party that you think are paramount and allocate more of the budget to these. Expend with less vital aspects if you have to.

Prepare Early

The importance of making arrangements early should not be overlooked when it comes to planning the perfect Christmas party. As a venue, we have far more capacity earlier in the year so people booking with us at this time have a full choice of dates available to them. Additionally, booking your venue early will give your guests plenty of notice so that they can make room in their diary. Contact us on our events page to check availability at Lakeside.

Food (Consider More Than Just Taste)

Food is often the aspect of a Christmas party that is most remembered. To ensure that the meal at your get together sits fondly in guests’ minds it is very important to provide them with delicious provisions. In addition to taste, it is also vital to consider how the food at your party will be served. Try to imagine what would suit your guests. For instance, would they appreciate a seated meal or something more informal that would allow them to mix, such as a buffet? At Lakeside we offer a variety of catering options and prepare all our food onsite.


While you want your venue to be pleasing on the eye, looks are not everything. Cost is also a key consideration, but don’t just look at the overall total – also think about the value that our venue can add to your event. For instance, we have a lot of experience in hosting parties and can provide you with some very beneficial tips, which could save you a lot of time, effort and money. We are also able to provide extras – at Lakeside, we can offer a range of entertainment options, including music, magicians, caricature artists, a snow machine and a fun photo booth and much more!

If you’re looking for a Christmas party venue please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

Call: 01733 233218.


Visit our events page for more information.


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