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How To Warm Up Your Winter Meeting

It can be difficult to get into the Christmas spirit if you have a meeting scheduled in the lead up to the big day. All of the Colchester meetings held in one of our 18 event spaces promise to be productive, fun and most of all festive. All you need to do is follow our tips below…

Meeting or Event?

Whether you are joining us for your annual Christmas do or need to conduct some business before a well-deserved break, we have some useful tips for how to keep your team engaged whatever is on the agenda. If you have pressing issues to address, why not schedule your meeting before a more relaxed gathering? This way, the entire team will feel rewarded. Everyone looks forward to a Christmas party!


Festive flowers are a sure way to add a touch of beauty and seasonal delight to any event. Poinsettia is a holiday classic and can be sourced in either red or white. Classic hues of green and gold are perfect at this time of year and making your décor more festive can be as simple as dressing your meeting space to impress clients (or if it is an all-out bash you can up the ante with more foliage and lights!) From warm and ambient lighting, to light shows and themed colours you can use string lights in a muted way to enhance a desk, table top or ceiling. It’s a nice touch and easy way to acknowledge the season.

A Tipple or two

Christmastime wouldn’t be complete without eggnog or mulled wine – so it’s a given that you should serve these at the end of your meeting or throughout your business gathering. If you’re still firmly in business mode, why not start the day with hot chocolate and end with an Irish cream coffee or liqueur-based dessert? Once-a-year indulgences such as gingerbread, Christmas pudding and shortcake are sure to put a smile on your team’s faces. Don’t forget seasonal sandwiches such as turkey and cranberry, chicken and stuffing or nutroast loaf. Our kitchen team would be happy to cater to your event – do enquire about our themed breaks.

Gifts and Outfits

This time of year, it is more important than ever to feel appreciated. Whether you are hosting a meeting or a celebratory gathering, a token gift can be a lovely gesture and thoughtful way to say thank you to your team or client. We recommended practical gifts such as chargers, wires or vouchers – handwritten notes of thanks are always lovely and can be included in the annual Christmas card. To make your meeting or event feel even more relaxed and festive-ready, why not change the dress code? By having attendees wear Santa hats or festive jumpers, the atmosphere of the space can be enhanced instantly – and it makes for an easy transition to the party afterwards.

Remember, winter extends beyond December so if you are looking for meeting rooms, Colchester is an excellent choice thanks to our convenient location and adaptable spaces.

Looking to visit Colchester? Meetings held in one of our many event spaces are always set to impress. Contact us today for more information.