How to Throw the Perfect Holiday Bash
December 13, 2013 | BY Hong Kong Tatler
We give you the insider tips for putting together a fabulous party to entertain all your family and friends
Party season has begun and with this comes the responsibility of organising your very own fabulous bash. From photographs to canapés, decoration to costumes, we’ve got it all right here for you to piece together your perfect party full of entertainment, drama and culinary delights.Here are some great vendors to help you on your way to throwing the perfect holiday bash.
Venue, Couture Costumes and Event Planning
To begin planning your perfect party, you need to find a venue. What better way to enchant your guests than with a party thrown in the eclectic and cool House of Siren. Located in the Mid Levels and tucked away in a basement, the extravagant space can be transformed by the in-house event planners.
The venues that make up the newly revamped House of Siren include the Reception Room, a 600 square foot space perfect for drinks and canapés, as well as the Salon Rouge, a 1,200 square foot party space decked out in extravagant red hues and with a capacity of 120 people standing and 50 people seated. Each space is perfect for a festive holiday party to host many of your nearest and dearest.
As well as the venue for hire, House of Siren offers over 700 costumes skillfully handmade by the late master costumer Gregory Derham and his team. The costumes are heavenly couture and provide that extra punch to any party you may host or attend.
House of Siren, LG/F, 64 Robinson Road, Mid Levels; +852 2530 2371
Food and Drinks
Food seems to be one of the most important elements for those putting together a party in Hong Kong, so look no further than ordering heaps of delectable food and canapés from one of the many hotels in the city. Some definite Hong Kong favourites include the Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula. Make sure you order several days in advance, but the hotels can cater to your every need.
Items on the many menus include extravagant turkeys with complementary stuffing, large legs of gammon ham (which always proves to be good for leftovers), as well as mince pies, gingerbread houses, pecan pies and even customised canapé platters. And don't you dare forget the drinks or you'll have some pretty livid party guests.
There’s something for everyone when ordering from any of the city’s favoured hotels and with the hectic lifestyles we lead, the convenience is top-notch.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
The key, like most party decorating, is to choose a theme and work around it. Anything works from The Nutcracker to Jolly Holly, gold, and silver to merry purple and blue. Don’t buy into the mind-set that only green and red are festive, any colour can be with a little sparkle.
This year, Eezy Peezy Parties has stunning pompoms that can be hung from the ceiling in groups or placed in big glass bowls or vases for a great effect. Another essential party element is no-fire candelabras that are perfect for the nooks around the house or scattered on the dining room table. Another element to add dimension or the room or for your guests to have some fun with photo opportunities are photo booth props. They come in all shapes and sizes and provide the party with a little pizzazz.
For all of your party decoration needs, from hanging décor to cutlery and tableware, Eeezy Peezy Parties makes this holiday season just a little bit more festive.
Music is such an important element to any party and something that many spend tons of time agonising over. Not to fear, here is a solution that will not only provide your party with tunes, but will also get your guests moving and shaking to the sounds of their own voices. Sing Along Hong Kong is a mobile karaoke service that offers a full delivery and pick-up service of sing along equipment, as well as a database of over 3,000 songs.
With songs in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Thai, and many other languages, there’s sure to be something for everyone. The cost of renting the setup is $500 per hour with a minimum of three hours. Alternatively, you can sing all through the night and have them pick the machine up in the morning for $2,700.
To ensure that people don’t hog that microphone, we recommend setting up a sign-up sheet nearby, and with you being the host, you should be the first up to the singing podium.
If there’s anything that people really love when at parties, it’s creating memories that last a lifetime. What better way to do that than with a super luxe photo booth? SillyShots is Hong Kong’s newest premium photo booth provider for events entertainment. The photo booth can be catered to any party and for any need in order to make sure every party is fun and unforgettable.
This holiday season, why not hire a photo booth for your fabulous Christmas party with friends or to ring in the New Year with loved ones? With over hundreds of props to choose from, guests will let loose, get dressed up and enjoy posing for the camera. SillyShots photo booths are equipped with an automated touch screen, live view monitor and a printer that prints in a mere seven seconds. Don’t forget to link SillyShots to all of your social media accounts as well for maximum entertainment.
With such fun and entertainment allowing your guests to create memories for an eternity, your party will be set apart from the rest.
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