Oh, Christmas time is just around the corner. With an amazing festive season only a stone’s throw away, there is no better time to catch up with family and friends than on the 25th of December this year.
But alas, here comes the challenge – organising the Christmas gathering for a successful event.
Before burying your head in your hands in dismay, here is your ultimate guide to organising a successful Christmas catching up event that will surely amaze.
Did someone say park?
Who said that Christmas events had to come with a big price tag?
Should weather permit, a park is a great place to host a Christmas gathering. There are several benefits to hosting a get together at a park. Here are some to name a few:
It’s free of charge to use, so you can save your money for the good stuff like lots of drinks and food
The facilities are great, with many public electric barbecue pits to help fire up a fantastic feast, you can easily impress guests with some good food. Plus, there’s nothing that shouts Aussie Christmas than some grilled snags, prawns and cherries too. There’s also public bathroom facilities so people won’t have to worry about having to wait for a restroom.
Vast amount of space to cater for a good number of people, and the kids can make use of the space to run around and have fun.
Minimal cleanup. You won’t have to worry about cleaning up your home or a rented space when hosting a Christmas do at the park. Simply keep things to a minimal, such as paper cups and plates and easily chuck them away once finished.
A great park to host your Christmas gathering in Mount Isa is the Mount Isa Family Fun Park, especially if there are kids around. There is a water park and plenty of activities, slides, and other entertaining rides to keep the kids entertained. And as the kids are running around having a great time, the adults can sit back, relax, sip some good fine wine and enjoy a bite.
Another decent park that springs to mind is the Playway Park which also has a kids play area. With recent budgets providing for new play equipment early this year, there is a lot more activities and fun to be had. Here, you won’t need to scour for shade as there are sails around the park where you can take cover and host your Christmas catch up.
Because parks are located outdoors, you will be susceptible to Mother Nature. Having an indoor backup plan just in case the rain starts to pour on your Christmas get together, can be a great idea to keep the party going.
An artificial lake perched on the Leichhardt River, Lake Moondarra is only 16 kilometres from Mount Isa. It’s a great option to have a Christmas gathering where friends and family can meet and enjoy the scenery.
Promising magnificent views that will take your breath away, bask in the beautiful setting that surrounds you as you enjoy your day with your favourite people.
Again, you won’t need a big budget to host a Christmas catch up event at Lake Moondarra as all facilities here are free to the public. It’s a great way to put the extra savings into things that matter most, such as excellent food and drink, Christmas presents for everyone, and so on.
There is plenty of green, open space for the kids to run around. Bring a ball or a frisbee to heighten the fun. Board games and other activities are also good to bring along. To take your Christmas party to a whole new level, you can even prepare some Christmas games for everyone to enjoy, such as a game of tug of war.
Those who enjoy fishing can always bring on their fishing game with the wide variety of fish to be caught, from barramundi to archerfish to saratoga and cod. Wildlife lovers would be fascinated with the birds around from peacocks, pelicans, galahs to cormorants. Wander among the many walking trails along rocky surrounds that loop around the lake.
End the Christmas get together with a sunset view of the lake as the sky turns a striking red, yellow and orange.
For a good time, make sure you come prepared. Having a checklist of things to bring to the lake can help you avoid any mishaps. Sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, mosquito repellent, extra change of clothes, towels, and plenty of water, are among the many things that should be on your list.
Host your Christmas party at the Redearth Hotel
If there’s one way to impress your guests, it’s to celebrate your Christmas get together in one of Mount Isa’s premium venues – the Redearth Hotel.
At the Redearth Hotel, you are spoilt with choices on the perfect venue for your function. From cheerful Christmas catch ups over cocktails at the cocktail lounge with chandeliers, private booths and a cocktail bar to more decadent dining sessions with Christmas trimmings at the fancy ballroom, the mood and setting is yours to make. For a more casual Christmas do, go for the Alfresco Deck venue which provides a scenic view that combines both an outdoor and shaded element to your event.
When it comes to Christmas dining, the Christmas menus provided by the Redearth Hotel will amaze. Entrees include chestnut stuffed turkey roulade with caramelised apple, or smoked duck breast carpaccio with orange and onion marmalade. For mains, spoil yourself with roasted turkey with sautéed asparagus and parmesan mash, or herb crusted lamb rack with truffle oil with grilled polenta. Dessert promises a sweet ending with your classic Christmas pudding or a mixed berry trifle instead.
You don’t need a large crowd to have a good time, and a hosting at the Redearth Hotel can be as little as ten people up to 250 guests. Thanks to the exceptional customer service, the Redearth Hotel will go over and beyond to meet your requirements and accommodate your guests based on their specific needs.