Keziah Brown, Heaps + Stacks
Keziah Brown, Founder of creative events agency Heaps + Stacks gives her top tips on creating the most share-able Christmas event. The 6 weeks in the run up to Christmas are rife with competition. All of London is at it with events, trying to score last sales, final press coverage or just arrange a good old-fashioned blow out for the team. These events need to live up to the hype and this means looking amazing in real life and even better on Instagram (to make sure those who didn’t come know all about it). Below we have noted down our tips for creating the most Instagrammable Christmas event:
1. The Table
The table is the main event for Christmas dinners. We normally create layered place settings with charger plates as a base, then dinner plates which are topped with transparent cloches filled with baubles, mini trees or even napkins folded to look like a mini tree.
We have gone gingerbread mad this year! We work with the brilliant gingerbread artist Maid of Gingerbread who can basically create anything you wish out of the biscuits. This might be as simple as a small place-card made from gingerbread, or as wild as a gingerbread helter-skelter centrepiece which has gob stoppers that roll down the slide and across the table!
Booze is key! Low- and- No alcoholic options can wait until 2019! For Christmas we normally roll in our vintage brass bar trolley and create a seasonal menu of drinks using festive flavours and garnished with miniature mince pies, or pigs in blankets!
4. Rudolph Life Drawing
A very special and highly Instagrammable session we like to run is the Ruldolph life drawing class where ’Rudolph’, a live deer, will visit the group and our life drawing teacher will be on hand to teach guest top tips on how to draw the beautiful animal.
There’s lots of fun that can be had with these table explosives. For dapper dinners, we would suggest large fabric bows on the crackers which can be embroidered with that person’s initials as a monogram. The inside of the cracker can also be personalised with a gift of the host’s choice or a brand’s product. This Christmas we have been experimenting with giant crackers which each contain a mini tree, a mini string of lights and mini baubles inside for the guest to decorate at the table as they wish.