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What to wear this Christmas Party season!

Your office Christmas Party is the time to let your hair down and celebrate the end of a busy year with your friends and colleagues. But, what do you wear for such an occasion?

Here at The Riv, we leave it up to you to decide your theme for the night. Whether you  are out to dress to impress, have a little fun with some costumes or just fancy a smart-casual affair – we welcome you all to our Party nights.

If you’re anything like us, deciding upon what to wear can be a tough decision. You’ll try on several outfits and then, no doubt, revert back to the original one that you tried on some hours prior. We’ve put together some of our favourite items from around the internet to help you decide upon your outfit choice for your big party night.

Dress to impress

‘Tis the season to get your glam on! If, like these lovely ladies, you are out to impress this Party Season, why not check out some of our top choices for Christmas Party wear?

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Picking the perfect outfit can be hard! You want to look smart, stylish and confident. Stand out from the crowd with this brightly coloured Bardot dress from ASOS. We love the asymmetry and bold stripes of the skirt combined with the scuba style top. You’ll look pretty as a picture in pinks!

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The LBD is the perfect fail-safe option for a simple and elegant look. This beautiful semi-sheer number from Zara will produce the perfect A-Line silhouette. Team with a sequined handbag or some sparkly shoes, and you’ve got yourself a winning ensemble!

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How about going all-out with the glamour and trying a sequinned number like this one from Boohoo? We love the glitzy pattern and, with a wrap style, you are sure to dazzle in this flattering LBD.

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We haven’t forgotten about the gentlemen! You’ll be the talk of the town in this checked 3-piece suit from Moss Bros.

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Smart-casual is the perfect way to showcase your true style. Mix together your favourite pieces and show-off your personality with a balance of formal and relaxed pieces.

Love cats? Check out this blouse from H&M. Wear with your favourite skinny jeans and a pair of killer heels for the perfect outfit for when your feline festive (see what we did there?!)

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Make a statement and add a touch of sparkle to any outfit with this gorgeous metallic throw-on jacket from SimplyBe. Wear with jeans, black trousers or, if you really want to sparkle, check out the matching trouser too!

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And for the gents, why not add a touch of old-Hollywood glamour to your outfit with this Tailored Blazer from Next. Teamed with jeans and a pair of Derbys, you’ll have the perfect blend of smart and casual!

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Fancy dress

Every year, some groups will decide between them to have a fancy-dress theme. We’ve had festive themes (check out these elves!), superheroes, fairies, togas and the roaring 20s amongst others.

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If you are feeling like putting a bit more fun into your night, get together with your colleagues and choose a theme for you all to stick to.

Fancy going for the festive look? We love these piggy-back costumes from Hollywood Fancy Dress!

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Or how about bringing along your very own Rudolf with this reindeer costume from Peeks?

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Perhaps Heroes and Villains are more your caper! Hollywood Fancy Dress have a whole section dedicated to the crime fighting (and committing!) brigade. And if you still need inspiration, check out these iconic characters who made an appearance at one of our parties last year!

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And Finally…

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the odd Festive Jumper! Here’s our Amy modelling her favourite “Cool Santa” sweater… You may recognise the fella in red by her side too…

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If you too are looking to express your love for all things festive through your choice in jumpers, we found some of the best on the market for you to take a look at!

Go geek-chic with these his-and-hers Star Wars jumpers from Geek Core.

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Or how about this cute little number from George @ Asda?

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And for those of you who love to get political throughout the festive period… IWOOT has this perfectly patterned piece…

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And don’t forget, Friday 14th December is Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day! Gather your friends, family and colleagues together for a fun-filled day and help make a difference to children in the UK and beyond.

Where ever you are off to for your Christmas Party and whatever you choose to wear, we here at the Riv wish you a very merry time and we are sure you will all look fab-u-lous!

PS If you still haven’t booked your Christmas Party, it’s not too late! We still have a few dates left so call Amy today on 01202 763653 or pop an email across to amy@rivierabournemouth.co.uk



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Our Christmas & New Year Review 2017

We hope you have all had a good start to 2018!

As the hotel is currently closed for a little titivating, there is no time like the present to take
a look back at the festive holiday season and all the events and parties that took place at the Riv throughout December 2017.

Starting from Friday 24th November we welcomed a whole host of different groups: families, friends and companies for their Christmas parties, Christmas Lunches and Afternoon Teas. Our team served and
entertained over a whopping 4000 guests throughout the festive month.  With all the Christmas decorations
put up by our lovely staff and the function rooms transformed and ready for the month’s events, we opened
our doors and welcomed you all:

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We witnessed an array of different Christmas party attire from those dressed to
impress in glamorous dresses and black tie to those in some spectacular fancy dress. Many even took advantage
of our photo booth experience to capture some hilarious selfies with friends, family or work colleagues.

Here is a selection of our favourite captured moments of Christmas parties in 2017:

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Our popular Santa Sunday lunch was once again a great hit with the kids. Everyone
enjoyed their visit from Father Christmas… even the hotel staff:

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We received some wonderful feedback on Facebook from one of the Santa Sunday lunch guests:

It’s always great to read such wonderful feedback 🙂

After the Christmas festivities, we saw the ringing in of the New Year with a disco and
bagpipes galore! We welcomed over 200 guests for a five course meal followed by an evening of entertainment and
a glass of bubbly at midnight. All seemed to go down a treat and the night was a huge success!

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After a very busy festive period it was only fair that the hotel staff also got
to let their hair down and ring in the new year with fellow work colleagues, and that we did!!!

So from all of us here at the Riviera,  thank you to everyone
who came to see us and celebrate with us, we hope you all had a wonderful time
and look forward to welcoming you back to the Riviera in 2018.


PS – We’re not done yet! We still have some January Christmas Parties to go! If you’re joining us for a party this month, we hope you have a fantastic time!

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Happy New Year!

It’s certainly been a busy Christmas Season with over 4000 people walk through the doors to celebrate their Christmas parties this year!
We wanted to give you a look into what has been happening over at the hotel last month over the Christmas and New Year!

We had parties spread across the Cunarder Restaurant, the Mauretania and our Icy themed Britannic Suite all through December.
All the staff got into the Christmas spirit, dancing merrily in the kitchens and taking over the photo booth before all the guests arrived.
Even the night porter joined in and was caught rocking out behind reception at the beginning of his shift!
Our reception manager Charlotte and our lovely Amy got to meet Santa during our Santa’s Sunday Lunch which was a huge hit
and will certainly be back next year!! Also, check out the fantastic Riviera gingerbread house that
Amy created to amaze all of our Christmas residents.

We had a brilliant time with the Aster Group for their Christmas Party here at The Riviera.
They took part in an excellent #manequinchallenge in true Gatsby style! Take a look below:

We wish you a very Happy New Year!