How ‘Mr Christmas’ spends Christmas

Interview: Tim Stevens, managing director of Best Parties Ever (part of Eventist Group), spends most of the year planning for the festive season. Here, he takes a moment out his busy schedule to talk to us about his plans for 2017

Tim Stevens spends most of the year preparing for Christmas. This December, the managing director of Best Parties Ever will oversee the company host 190,000 guests at 23 locations across the UK. Throughout 2017, his team has been planning this year’s extravaganzas, which will see attendees enjoying  magical mixology, a sit-down dinner, world-class performances, and a mega club-style disco.  But when Christmas Day is every day, how does Tim Stevens wind down and get his own festive fix? Here, he explains what he’ll be doing this Christmas…

WHERE WILL YOU BE FOUND ON CHRISTMAS MORNING? 

Christmas day starts with a leisurely Champagne breakfast, and after that I will be sprawled by the fire relaxing. With very little sleep throughout December, it means it’s time to catch up with the family, rest and watch all the TV shows that I have missed!    

WHAT WILL YOU BE EATING? 

My family is pretty traditional and we will be having a large roast, followed by Christmas pudding and mince pies. There is usually quite a crowd, but it’s not quite like the meals we’ve already served 190,000 times with Best Parties Ever, as delicious as they are.   

WHERE WILL YOU GO FOR A CHEEKY TIPPLE?  

I’ll be heading to some of my favourite, local Surrey venues, such as William IV in Little London and The Percy Arms in Chilworth.     

WILL YOU BE DOING ANY CAROL SINGING THIS YEAR?   

Of course! My pub visits often end with an impromptu singing session. What is Christmas without a group rendition of Jingle Bells?

WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST GIFT THAT SOMEONE COULD GIVE YOU FOR CHRISTMAS?   

The best present I could receive would be a holiday – perhaps a Caribbean escape, where I can sit on the beach for a week or two and recuperate from the busy festive period. The worst would be a cook book because I spend much of the year menu planning for events. I love to eat but for the next few weeks I will be handing over my place as planner to my brilliant family.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2018?   

A great deal, but especially New Year’s Eve. I revel in the party spirit and think that I have the best job in the world. Best Parties Ever has already started planning for 2018’s Christmas – for us, Christmas is a 365-day business.

WILL YOU BE MAKING ANY NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS?   

I never stick to a resolution if my heart’s not in it. For example, you would never find me trying to cut out caffeine because I run on the stuff. I always strive to experience new things and get out of my comfort zone, so perhaps I’ll climb a mountain, do a bungee jump or dive with sharks. Or maybe I’ll just take a long, relaxing holiday….

Eventist Group is a privately owned dynamic hospitality company made up of six businesses which each play a role in making long-lasting live experiences for individuals or brands. The group includes Best Parties Ever, Tapenade, Tobacco Dock Food, Arribar!, iELive and Food by Dish 

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