Chris Harold is Head of Events Operations at The Ned, which means he oversees hundreds of functions, ensuring every single one goes without a hitch. He also likes nothing more than having friends to dinner and applies the same attention to detail to a mid-week supper as to a banquet for 140 at The Ned. There's no-one better to ask for advice on making sure your own festive event runs smoothly.
'I love to throw a party! I thoroughly enjoy it when a plan comes together and a seamless event is executed. It’s one of the reasons I adore my job. Months and in some cases years of planning go into most events before the day itself. I think that taking each one personally is what sets us apart from our competition and every event we deliver is bespoke. At this level there is no grey area. It has to be perfect!'
'Whether it’s a sit down banquet for 140 guests or three close friends visiting my home for a Christmas catch up, there are some essential steps that I take to help execute a great event. I love when the word ‘seamless’ is used in hospitality and when a Ned guest uses it to describe one of our events it’s high-five’s all round. Yes an event takes effort, but my number one rule is that your guest should never know it.'
'I throw a lot of dinner parties for friends and I love to catch up over great food and wine. I believe that nothing is more precious than time so I like to pull out all the stops for my guests and go a little over the top. When you think about it, your guests are choosing to spend their evening with you when they could attend countless other events so it’s important to treat them like royalty. I like to use linen tablecloths and sometimes spend up to an hour at home ironing every crease out but it’s worth it. I enjoy using silver and crystal to really dress the dining room table and love using items like my grandmother’s silver.'