For those times when a tribute act and tired turkey dinner just won’t cut it…
You can’t deny the hype.
Although there are rarely ever actual chestnuts roasting on an actual open fire, and you’ll be hard pushed to see a white and snowy 25th December this side of the Atlantic any time soon, with its abundance of jingling bells and festive foodie favourites, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year.
From outlandish jumpers and reindeer ears aplenty to that relative who always seems to get just a tad too tipsy, Christmas parties are our favourite (if you nail the theme and get the music right, that is).
Having provided Christmas party entertainment for a fair few years now, we’ve seen our fair share of festive gatherings, picking up plenty of dos and don’ts along the way, so if you’re looking for ways to add a little more magic and sparkle than usual to your Christmas party this year, we’ve put together 5 themes that are certain to impress those guests…
The Roaring 20s
There’s nothing quite so decadent as adorning yourself in sequins and feathers and reclining on a chaise longue with a gin cocktail in hand – even if you’re only nestled in the back room of a public house in Hackney as opposed to a Manhattan speakeasy.
The perfect way to spruce up an intimate festive gathering without the tacky novelty factor is to achieve a 1920s Christmas look complete with crushed velvets, plush sofas and dark wood furniture to decorate; cocktails in teacups and an authentic jazz band playing Christmas classics from the likes of Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong to help get guests into the swing of things. A party fit for Gatsby himself, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Think lavish ice sculptures, faux fur draped over sofas and chandeliers galore for a more decadent festive fancy. Serve up ice cold drinks in heavy, detailed glassware, adorn the place in fairy lights and hire some jazzy Christmas party entertainment to play your favourite jingles well into the evening. Narnia ain’t got nothin’ on you.
A Cosy Cabin
If you’re hosting a much more intimate affair made up of your closest friends and family, then something a little cosier might just do the trick – but that isn’t to say you need to cut back on the decoration, though. Transform your small space into a cabin fit for apres ski, complete with carols around the piano (or alongside a live jazz trio!), pine trees indoors, open fires, and of course, outlandish Christmas jumpers aplenty. A nostalgic crimbo fit for the slopes – don’t forget to provide the faux snow!
Playing host to a guest list longer than your arm? Then go hard or go home this Christmas and opt for a panto-inspired yuletide ball that is certain to impress. Think less novelty factor and more elaborate west end stage set complete with chandeliers, festive hits played by your Christmas party entertainment and a dancefloor fit for a king. Request that guests dress up as their favourite panto character, or get them to don elusive eyewear for a more sophisticated masquerade affair.
Christmas in Hollywood
Who doesn’t love a yuletide movie classic? Bring your guests’ favourite Christmas films to life with a Hollywood themed festive shindig. Play silent films on a projector screen, deck the halls with movie posters and provide popcorn canapes and old school cocktails, while guests enjoy renditions of their favourite Christmas tracks from the movies performed by a live jazz band. From Bing Crosby’s, White Christmas to Judy Garland’s, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, this cinema-inspired theme is certain to get toes a-tappin’!
If you’re looking for a Christmas party entertainment to play at your event, or an act to complete your nostalgic Christmas party theme, then the Decatur Street Trio might be the perfect professional jazz band for your event.