Planning your summer party later in the year

Summer is upon us and with everyone being stuck indoors now is the perfect time to be planning your summer celebration! As we continue to monitor Government advice we are all hoping that we will finally get a summer, even if it is a later one!

Celebrate your valued employees and clients with a night to remember, it’s time to tackle the mid-year slump and re-energise your employees for the year ahead – it is definitely needed after this tough start to 2020!

Here are our top tips to help you plan a fantastic summer party!

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Location: When choosing your location, think about what style you are going for; do you want somewhere ultra-modern, with rooftop city views or a party in a beautiful courtyard, surrounded by blooming flowers?

Consider somewhere that offers outdoor space to make the most of the glorious sunshine and longer evenings, however, ensure your venue has an equally charming indoor space to continue the party indoors once the sun has set – it is England after all!

Also, think about how your guests are going to travel to and from your party, choosing somewhere central and within walking distance to a tube, bus or rail station is always a good idea!

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Catering: If your guests are going to remember one thing from a party it will be the food, we consider it to be the main attraction so it’s wise to focus a lot of attention on this!

Sit down dinners are a no-go for summer so why not allow your venue to rustle up something exciting. A big trend we are seeing this year is street food stations; guests have the chance to interact with chefs as they cook a range of delightful cuisines from around the world – all served from stations with theatrical theming to really wow your guests!

Don’t forget the drinks!

Consider a cocktail, craft beer, gin bar or something sparkling as a welcome surprise to get the party started. Most venues offer packages for additional drinks throughout the evening – you might want to organise an office poll to determine the favourite wines, spirits & beers amongst your guests to request at your party.

Entertainment: We all love a DJ & Dancefloor, but entertainment can also come in the form of magicians, giant garden games, magic mirrors and Jazz duos. You can really add an element of personalisation to your party to keep the surprises coming, so ask your venue for recommendations, chances are they know some great suppliers to fit within your budget!

Enjoy the celebration: Even though you have been tasked with planning your companies summer party this year, you need to take a step back from being the ‘Planner’ on the night and enjoy the celebration as much as your guests.

Make sure you communicate with your Event Planner, book site visits to familiarise yourself with the venue and listen to any tips and recommendations your venue has. To put your mind at rest handover your guest list and details of any suppliers you have booked, so that your venue can take control of this on the night – they are here to help you!

All that will be left, is for you to enjoy the delicious food & drinks with your colleagues whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings of the venue you have booked!

Contact BMA House to find out about our ‘Summer Oasis’ party package on offer for 2020!

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Written by Sasha Dearden

Contact us on 020 7874 7020 or email events@bma.org.uk

BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

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