If you are thinking about doing something special now that Christmas is over, then one of the best things to do is gather all of your nearest and dearest family and friends and host a banquet party. Depending on where you live, this probably won’t be possible right now because of COVID-19 restrictions. However, once they’re lifted and the pandemic is a distant memory, one thing we will all want to do is spend time with the people we love.

Parties, such as discos, are obviously great fun, but if you want to catch up with everyone over the coming months and spend some quality time together then a banquet is surely the best option to go for.

There are heaps and heaps of banqueting venues for you to choose from. Meaning that you can rest assured that you are bound to find a good deal and, therefore, a venue hire which fits into your budget. Picking the right venue is of course crucial to the success of any occasion, and a banquet is no different.

Nevertheless, banqueting venues tend to be quite plain. This is because they are designed to cater to as many occasions as possible and so they can be slightly dull or uninspiring. Therefore, it is important to remember to buy decorations and do up the place as much as possible.

You may see decorating as an extra hassle but really it provides a great opportunity to display your creative flair and personality. It is a fantastic way to make your banquet unique and individual to you. You can add some warmth to the area and make sure that all guests feel welcomed when they arrive.

If you are planning on hosting a banquet late in the evening and aim to have drinks afterwards then it is a good idea to opt for a banqueting venue which has overnight accommodation nearby, such as a hotel or a B&B. This ensures that your guests can let down their hair as much as they want because they will have the option of staying somewhere afterwards. 

Of course, the food is the most important part when it comes to hosting an event like this. Hopefully, the venue you have chosen will have this covered. However, if you’re purely renting a hall, you will need to take care of everything from sourcing the caterers to the wine glasses, plates, and such like.

You also need to consider whether you’re going to require any sort of entertainment. You may simply want to have some music playing in the background. Alternatively, you may want to look into some fun and unique entertainment options, like hiring a magician. This is one industry that has suffered badly due to the pandemic, so it is always nice to go down this route if your budget will allow it.

So there you have it; there is simply nothing better than gathering your friends and family and enjoying a lavish banquet together. It is one of the best ways to catch up with the ones we love once this pandemic is over.

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Claire Kirby

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