For those tasked with organising the end of year Christmas party for your workplace, it can be hard to arrive at an idea that will appeal to everyone involved! In our opinion, themed events or those organised around a ‘foodie’ experience are your best options. A theme will generate excitement and make an event memorable, while a ‘foodie’ experience will appeal to the masses. Your company deserves an incredible Christmas party. Below we outline 12 ideas for Christmas in our most popular Christmas party venues!
For a formal affair, a Christmas masquerade makes for a popular theme. An evening of elegance and intrigue filled with live music, entertainment and a sense of fantasy. The black and gold interiors of Hyde Park Ballroom provide the perfect setting, with grand stone fireplaces and crystal chandeliers. Get guests engaging with your theme by hiring roving entertainment such as mimes or jesters, aerial circus acts or magicians. Lighting and theming will also add an extra element of grandeur that will make your Christmas party memorable and enhance the immersive experience.
As far as universal Christmas traditions go, getting together with friends and family and ‘pigging out’ on festive food is a common custom. Bring your team together for a Christmas party founded on a universal love for food with a whole porchetta banquet in SoHo on Sydney Harbour. Pronounced “por-ketta”, Porchetta is an Italian slow-roasted suckling pig, stuffed with garlic, herbs and seasonings and slow roasted until the flesh is tender and the crackling golden. Enjoy your festive feast in Sydney’s most stylish Sydney Harbour venue, SoHo at Jones Bay Wharf.
A traditional black and white party is an elegant theme to make your Christmas party memorable! Invite your guests to dress up in black and white formal wear and follow the theme through every detail. Black and white invites, table décor, balloons, desserts, and a checkerboard dance floor. To take this theme to the next level, consider incorporating glow furniture or blue lights to really bring it to life. The contemporary finishes of Darling Island make the ideal setting for a black and white theme, with an ‘icy’ glass façade and newly renovated white wall moldings. The characteristic white ceiling structure is also perfect for hanging decorations and lighting.
An ideal experience for an intimate affair, laugh and learn with private Italian cooking classes at Signorelli Gastronomia. Preparing a meal together is a fun way to bring your team together around a communal Christmas table and toast to your achievements. Get hands on and have fun while sharpening your skills in Pizza, Pasta, Mozzarella or Salami making. Enjoy this unique culinary experience in the beautifully appointed interactive theatre kitchen at Signorelli Gastronomia. Venue styling by House of Doltone can be included in your package to really add some excitement to the occasion.
Treat your tribe to the ultimate Christmas dinner – a 7-course degustation. A sure fire way to get your team into the spirit of Christmas, with full bellies and flowing drinks. Bring your team together over a universal love for food, and indulge in the ultimate foodie experience prepared by our award-winning catering team. Add a cocktail on arrival, stylish decorations and some live entertainment for guaranteed fun. This setting presents a great opportunity to recognise staff achievements with an awards presentation, adding in some humorous categories to keep it light hearted.
We all know cheese and wine were made for each other. And there is no better reason to overindulge in wine and cheese than Christmas! Now, you’re wrong if you think you need to travel to the Hunter or Yarra Valley to do this well. Loft at Jones Bay Wharf offers an inspiring Sydney Harbour setting for an exclusive wine and cheese pairing night. Mingle on the waters edge and strike a pose with the Harbour Bridge before educating your crew on a beautiful selection of Australian cheese and wine and filling bellies with self serve grazing stations. Then dance the night away under the sparkling pendant lights with DJ entertainment and private bar access.
Take Christmas under water with an Under The Sea themed Christmas party at Jones Bay Wharf on Sydney Harbour. Transform the unique heritage architecture of this building into the hull of a boat and invite your guests to dress up as their favourite sea inspired character for a memorable affair. Live entertainment, underwater props and sea inspired venue styling will create a fun atmosphere where your team can relax and dance the night away.
Transport your team to the Upper East Side and celebrate Christmas in Manhattan. Invest in styling based on a striking colour theme and toast to your achievements in Sydney’s most elegant function room in the heart of the CBD. Invite guests to don their most glitzy getups and get the party started with a photo booth and DJ music. Add a freestanding bar to drum up the cocktail affair and design your own Manhattan cocktail to tie in with your theme! Guests will enjoy the convenient CBD location and nearby after party options.
Throw a Christmas party in Santa’s Workshop at Australian Technology Park! Ask your guests to dress as elves and bring a charitable gift to be donated to a local not-for-profit organisation. Dress up the industrial setting with as much Xmas décor as you can source, and create an authentic North Pole atmosphere with carollers and fake snow. For a more formal affair, treat your elves to a Christmas degustation and finish the night off with live music and dancing.
It may be summer in Sydney however you can still create the ultimate Winter Wonderland Christmas party by decorating your venue with a white and silver colour theme. Monte Cristo at Sylvania Waters offers the perfect setting, recently upgraded with a modern colour palette of black white and grey. Dress up the space with blue lighting and strong elements of winter repeated throughout the décor. Snowflakes, candlelight and mirrored surfaces are just some ideas you could apply.
Hosting a professional staff awards night is a great way to celebrate your companies successes and recognise the staff that have consistently achieved. Liven up the occasion with some funny award categories and prizes for ‘Employees of the Year’. Host your awards presentation in the professional Theatre at Australian Technology Park and follow it up with a dinner in the adjoining Dining Room. Ask your crew to dress up in their best red carpet looks and dress up the party with Hollywood themed styling and a professional media wall.
We’ve shared some fun ideas for thematic Christmas parties, but we understand that these kinds of parties aren’t for everyone. Nailing your end of year office party doesn’t always require lavish theming or styling, it can be as simple as hosting a delicious long lunch. Set on long communal banquet tables or oval tables, the key to a successful long lunch is quality catering and an inspiring setting. Parkview, the most recently renovated venue in the Doltone House collection delivers on both fronts.
House of Doltone is a bepoke styling and theming solution offered exclusively to Doltone House clients. We have a talented team of stylists who cover everything from lighting, props, centrepieces and all the finer details. We are pleased to offer our clients exclusive access to our growing collection of hire furniture and props, whilst also utilising our network of industry contacts to ensure you get the best possible price. From concept to creation, our service is designed to ensure a seamless, stress-free and breathtaking event.