It is once again that time when companies or groups of people gather in celebration of Christmas and a productive and fruitful year. Parties are going to be set and booked in offices, restaurants, or function areas. As many attend a number of parties this month, they are going to look forward to a great and memorable experience and to simply have fun beyond the usual ways.

One of the important aspects of a Christmas party is the theme. While one may go with a simple celebration, which is nonetheless fine, coming up with a theme for the party can spice up the celebrations and can even make it more exciting for prospect attendees. With a theme to center the party on, it could be something people will look forward to and prepare for.

Fresh ideas have been pitched by several sites, suggesting different ways to hold parties this Christmas season.

Although the season is being celebrated in often cooler weather, a Yuletide summer concept relives the summer vibe with a luau or tropical party. A slumber party, on the other hand, can be fitting party theme for the breezy season, more so with people likely to yearn for a much-needed sleep this Christmas.

Parties are also good times for singing, especially that Filipinos are fond of it. A ‘Christmas Carol-oke’ concept is a fun way to stage a Christmas party as officemates group together to perform some Yuletide carols, while others serve as judges. Add to this some concert hall-like design, plus a display that shows karaoke-style scores and lyrics.

A lot of people must have been spending spare time watching series or movies on Netflix these past months. Having a “The Best of Netflix” party can bring people together to enjoy and talk over the shows they have become fans of. Party organizers could also draw from one of the platform’s originals as the theme for their event.

In relation to TV series, a concept centered on a classic or well-known show is good to go, with the food, decorations, set designs, and other details intricately referenced to the characters, plot, and settings of the series. One can have a throwback to the much-loved 90’s situational comedy Friends, or a fresh “Upside Down” take on the well-known science fiction horror series Stranger Things.

2019 has a fair share of viral videos and memes, and out of these a party full of laughs and fun can be formed. With a ‘Viral Videos and Memes’ concept, officemates can make skits out of trending videos or memes, or play games that copy and guess these materials.

An “Ugly Sweater” party could still be tried, with participants donning their most outrageous Christmas gear and just having fun out of seeing each other’s outfits. If something away from wearing costumes is preferred, an “Assorted Pins” party can be considered. Attendees will be decked with felt or custom lapel pins or Velcro patches, in which the games and giving of prizes will be based on.

Aside from what theme the party will have, where the party will be held is also a very important part of holding a successful, hassle-free, and enjoyable party. Aside from hotels and other functional areas that can definitely accommodate parties, especially corporate ones, there are also different venues around Metro Manila that could house Christmas parties, depending on the size and preferred package.

In Filinvest in Alabang, Muntinlupa, for instance, Neil’s Kitchen has three function rooms, the largest of which can accommodate 120 people.

Within Makati City, venues such as Bondi & Bourke at Legazpi Village, Azuthai at San Lorenzo, Milky Way Cafe at Arnaiz Avenue, and Filling Station Bar and Cafe at Poblacion are fine places to consider with accommodation of as few as 16 and as many as 80 people.

In Taguig, there is much to choose from. At SM Aura, there is Todd English Food Hall, with a Balcony Area accommodating as many as 29 people; and Lugang Cafe, with a Lanai Room that can cover 50 pax. In Bonifacio Global City, Thefunctionrooms has seven rentable rooms that can accommodate up to 160 guests together with multi-cuisine buffet packages; while Sagana provides a cozy vibe for parties of up to 50 people.

Quezon City, meanwhile, has a lot of venues to offer, especially around Tomas Morato Avenue. The Frazzled Cook has three rooms fitting 10-18 people. Limbaga 77 provides 2 function rooms at its top floor. Lazat, meanwhile, has 6 dining areas, with the largest set for 120 guests. Oriental Palace has a function room for large special events, while Centerstage’s room can fit 40 people. There is also Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge in Loyola Heights for small parties of up to 15 people.

At Kapitolyo in Pasig City, Cafe Juanita highlights its eclectic interiors and classic Filipino dishes and could accommodate as much as 110 people. Adrian Paul B. Conoza