Top five Christmas party ideas with a twist

Make Family memories this Christmas Eve and dine in luxury at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on the Gold Coast

In this day and age, Christmas parties aren’t quite what they used to be. Gone are the days of the stock-standard event with the same old uninspiring catering and flat atmosphere; instead, these Christmas parties have been replaced with fun, interactive events with wow-factor. With more and more companies and small businesses looking for creative and memorable Christmas parties, we thought we would draw together five sure-to-impress ideas that put a little twist on tradition.

Gourmet beach barbecue

The barbecue has become a bit of an Aussie Christmas staple, considering we’re in the height of summer at that time of year. The hot, hearty roast has been replaced with market-fresh barbecued seafood and colourful, refreshing salads. To host the ultimate soiree, why not look into a beach-side barbecue by the newly renovated blue lagoon. Think bare feet and toes in the sand, sizzling prawns on the stove top and festooned lighting for when daylight transforms into dusk.

Christmas High Coffee

The Fireplace’s High Coffee experience is a highly favoured and loved part of Sanctuary Cove Resort’s dining scene and could be taken to new heights for a Christmas party with a twist. Perfect for a daytime event with a more intimate group, High Coffee is served in elegant surrounds and boasts a menu rich with flavours and aromas sure to cure your sweet cravings in the most memorable way. Guests enjoy tiers of gourmet sandwiches, warm savouries, scones and incredible sweets, including a signature Éclair and yuzu cheesecake, paired with Vittoria Single Origin Blend coffees.

Interactive cocktail party

For large groups, the cocktail party is still a go-to favourite for Christmas party festivities and the Resort has an array of ideal venues to suit all capacities and budgets; however, when we say ‘interactive’ we mean taking the cocktail party to a whole new level with your catering. A few ideas we love to suggest is to set up an interactive chefs table, where the kitchen team prepares your food right before your eyes. Or, even an interactive dessert station, where the pasty gurus are on hand to curb your sweet tooth.  

Leisurely long lunch

A leisurely long lunch is something of a treat for Christmas parties, where the food is fine, the wine flows and the day seems to last forever. With a host of venues to choose from, the Resort is an ideal spot to organise a long lunch for your Christmas party. Venues such as The Fireplace, dishing up award-winning wood-fire cuisine, or the visually stunning Grange, which features a private dining room and large bar area for the ultimate in entertaining space, are the ideal spaces to bring your indulgent long lunch to life.  

Going green

Perhaps you are part of the health and wellness industries and you’re looking for a destination that reflects your values and ethos. Here, it’s all about finding a destination that can deliver quality health-inspired catering, wellness activities (group yoga?) and mindfulness all in one location. For this Christmas party with a twist, think a nutrient-dense breakfast, followed by a group fitness session and finished off with outdoor meditation and mindfulness. 

If you like the sounds of these Christmas party ideas, our friendly events team would love to hear from you!

T:  07 5636 6757

E: sales.sanctuarycove@ihg.com

August 2, 2018