ATM’s Christmas Party Survival Guide

There are just over 11 weeks left until Christmas and you will probably be starting to think about your work celebrations, if you haven’t already. This is the time to let your hair down after a year of hard work but you should also remember that these people are still your colleagues. We’ve put together a survival guide, to help you prepare for your Christmas party!

Plan your meals


One of the things that most people forget to think about is what they will eat during the day before the party. If you aren’t eating with your colleagues until mid-late evening, you will need to make sure that you have something substantial to eat at lunch time. This is especially important if you plan on having alcoholic drinks before the meal as it will line your stomach and prevent you from getting drunk too quickly. If the party is on a weekday and you don’t have time to go home before, pack some snacks, like crackers, biscuits or cereal bars, to keep you going until the evening meal is served.

Pace yourself with drinks


Many of us will have been in a situation where we drink too much in a short space of time and have ended up regretting it. When you are surrounded by your colleagues and managers, you definitely don’t want to make this mistake again! If you can, try to drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink which will help to keep you hydrated. The main aim of the party is for you to have a good time but you want to remember it, so be sure to pace yourself!

Sort out travel and accommodation in advance

The last thing you want is to be stranded after the party has finished. You should organise your travel well in advance so that you can get home safely at the end of the night. If you don’t live nearby, you will probably need to arrange accommodation. This could be a co-worker’s home, a local B&B or hotel. Many hotels, like Holiday Inn, Travelodge and Premier Inn, have discounts when booking in advance. If you want to save money on your room, you should shop around for the best deal now!

Dress appropriately

Although Christmas parties don’t have an official dress code, you will be expected to dress in smart attire. This could be a shirt and trouser for men or a dress with heels for women. If you aren’t sure what to wear, ask around to see what everyone else plans on wearing. At this party, you will be spending time with your colleagues and employers, so don’t show too much skin or wear something that may offend others. Also, try to keep in mind that December is expected to be very cold, so you will need to bring a coat or jacket to wear when you are travelling to and from the venue.

Enjoy it!

The main reason for having a Christmas party is to celebrate the employee’s hard work. It’s not often that you get to see your colleagues outside of the workplace, so you should make the most of spending the evening with them. If there are members of the team that you haven’t really spoken to before, try to make a special effort to chat to them. The most important thing is for you to have fun, so be sure to enjoy the food, entertainment and most of all, company.

ATM can organise the very best for Christmas party for your business. We can arrange every aspect, including the venue, catering, entertainment and even transport if necessary. Please get in touch with the team today by calling 01274 726 280 or email

ATM’s Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party

There is just over a month to go until Halloween and we’re starting to get excited! If you haven’t started to think about your spooky party yet, now’s the time. ATM can help you to organise the perfect October 31st celebrations, whether you want to throw a party for your kids, friends or family. Here are some tips for planning the perfect Halloween party.

Choose frightening décor for your venue


If you want to give your guests a real fright, you will need to choose décor to fit the theme. Pumpkins, lanterns, cobwebs and skeletons would be perfect for your Halloween event and are relatively easy to find on the high street. You could also opt for Dracula, Frankenstein and other scary silhouettes to complete the look. Lighting will play an important role at your party and you will to make it dark in the venue if you want it to appear tense and eerie. Remember, the scarier you make the décor the better, although you will have to tone it down slightly if there are children attending.

Dress to impress


A Halloween party isn’t complete without fancy dress. You should try to encourage all of your guests to wear a costume as this means no one will feel left out or uncomfortable. There are plenty of fancy dress options that are suitable for Halloween, such as witches, ghosts, zombies and vampires. These costumes are easy to make yourself if you have time to do this. Alternatively, you could buy one from stores like Amazon or Ebay, or your local fancy dress shop. If you want to go the extra mile with your costume, you could dress up as your favourite horror character. Scream, Hannibal Lecter and Freddy Krueger would all make great costumes and are guaranteed to scare your fellow guests.

Don’t forget themed food!

One of the most important elements of your party is catering. You will need to have a selection of food and drink available throughout the evening if you want to keep your guests happy. The type of dining that you choose for your event will depend on how long you will be there for and the experience that you want to give your guests. Sit down meals are better suited to formal events, whereas buffets are ideal for relaxed social parties. To fit in with the theme, you could make spider cupcakes, pumpkin pie, breadstick broomsticks and tombstone tacos with dip. When it comes to drink, you might want to make your own cocktails and give them spooky names. If you feel that you don’t have time to do this, it might be a good idea to hire a caterer to make your tasty Halloween treats!

ATM have many years of experience in the events industry and are able to plan the perfect party for all clients. If you want to take the hassle out of organising your event, then we can help! Please contact us to find out more information.

Back to the 80’s; How to Plan Your Themed Event

If you were around in the 80’s, you will know just how unique this era was. This decade became renowned for its quirky fashion trends, talented musicians and unbeatable atmosphere. If you weren’t lucky enough to experience this era then don’t worry. You can travel back in time and throw your very own 80’s party. Here are some tips to help you organise the event!

Pick the right venue


One of the most important things when it comes to planning your event is choosing the right venue. You will need to take into account how many people will be attending and the types of events that are going to take place before booking so that you can be sure everyone will fit comfortably in the venue. Places like hotels, sports clubs, restaurants and pubs are a good choice as the majority have function rooms which are specially designed for these types of events. If you would prefer to host your event outdoors, be sure to check the weather in the run up to the party and try to opt for a venue with indoor facilities in case it rains. ATM offers a free venue finding service with all of their events packages, which takes some of the stress out of organising your event.

Decorate your venue to fit in with the theme


After you have booked your venue, you can start to think about the décor you want to use. Neon lights, popstar silhouettes and retro Rubik’s cubes are essential for your 80’s themed party. You could also opt for a flashing dancefloor which will give your guests somewhere to boogie later on the evening! Try to remember that your décor will make the theme obvious to your guests, so try to capture as much of the era as you can!

Organise 80’s entertainment


If you want to keep your guest entertained, you will need to have a number of activities lined up for the evening. This could include a DJ playing all of the very best 80’s music, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach.” If you want to go the extra mile, you could arrange for classic 80’s arcade games like Pac-Man, Super Mario and Tetris, to be available to play at your party. Another idea for entertainment is to host an 80’s quiz, which will not only test your guest’s knowledge of the decade but is also a great way to get everyone chatting and socialising. As long as you have a several things planned to keep guests entertained, they are guaranteed to have a great time!

Dress up!


No themed event is complete without guests turning up in fancy dress. There are plenty of costumes that will fit in with the 80’s theme, so it shouldn’t be too hard for people to put together. During this era, neon clothing, tutus, shell suits and crimped hair were particularly popular, so you could incorporate these into your fancy dress. If you want to dress up as an 80’s character, you could choose from films like Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters or Top Gun. For those looking to dress like an iconic popstar of the decade, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Cher and Dolly Parton would be perfect.


ATM Events can organise all aspects of your party, including the venue, catering and entertainment. We can even arrange accommodation and transport if necessary! If you would like to speak to us about your event, please contact us directly.