Masquerade Ball At Willow's Farm, St Albans
Our customised, purpose-built party structure nestled within the beautiful surrounds of Willows Farm Village provides the perfect romantic backdrop for a magical party. This year, it will be transformed into an extravagant Masquerade ball where you will be caught up in a whirl of decadence, danger and delight.
At Willow's Farm, we hold various mixed party nights which are the perfect evening for groups or companies that are smaller and want to mingle with others. Our Christmas marquee is also available for exclusive hire for parties from 400 up to 1,200 guests for a seated dinner or up to 2,500 for a reception. To learn more about Willows Farm visit www.willowsfarmvillage.com
Exclusively yours or mingle with others...
- Exclusive events: 400 to 1200 guests for seated dinner events and up to 2000 for standing parties.
- Mixed nights available: minimum booking of 8 guests.
Welcome to Masquerade, let us set the scene
Street lights and gondolas, rich gold drapes and chandeliers dripping in crystals set the scene, as Nymphs and Nereids dance the night away under the giant hands of time. Under the columns and street lights of the Piazza San Marco you will be welcomed with the sounds and smells of the Venice Carnival; a Christmas tree twinkles and sends a soft glow over the milling guests, whilst a mask seller walks around offering anonymity to merchants and aristocracy alike.
Feast all your senses on our dazzling recreation of classical Venice and then let Harlequin and Pierrot draw you into the world of the Commedia dell’Arte, twisted with the finest banquets and Baroque ballrooms of the opulent height of European aristocracy.
A stunning Venetian room complete with two metre high glittering masks greets you, enjoy a Bellini at ‘Harrys bar’ at the base of a sweeping staircase where cool and sophisticated masked entertainers perform.
Enjoy a beautiful canapé as you stare with wondrous awe at the flown gondolas, tumbling with crimson roses as they are lit by the night sky.
Cloakroom on arrival
Once the mask is on, you can deposit your coats and bags with ease in our complimentary cloakroom.
We have developed a selection of drinks packages to treat your guests and make your night extra special. Take a look further down the page at the wine and drinks list.
Canapes are served throughout the drinks reception. Tickle your tastebuds before the festive feast is served.
Prepare to be dazzled
As you take in the sounds and smells of the Venuce Carnivale, prepare to be dazzled as dancers leave you spellbound.
The Palazzo Ballroom
With a dramatic flourish, a set of impressive drapes open to reveal the Palazzo Ballroom. You are invited to take your seats for dinner under majestic chandeliers and acres of beautiful flowing fabrics. Here, under an enchanted starlit sky, a lavish feast is served. Candlelit table centres flicker softly.
We serve a delicious dinner menu using the best locally sourced ingredients. Take a look at the exquisite food we have served before at other Christmas parties.
Our delicious four course dinner menu uses the very best locally sourced ingredients and is freshly prepared on site every day by our award-winning sister company, Smart Hospitality.
Take a look at the exquisite food we have served before at other Christmas parties.
Menu's are confirmed with our guests 8 weeks before the party. Our friendly sales team will be on hand to discuss any dietary requirements for you guests.
We provide vegitarian options for both starter and main course, you can see the menu further down the page.
Piece after piece of stunning entertainment punctuate each course of dinner and build to the exquisite finale.
The real party awaits
As dinner comes to an end, the real party lies in wait; the DJ beckons party-goers on to the dance floor for a night of non-stop dancing.
The fun of the fairground
What better after-dinner entertainment than an exhilirating fairground ride to bring your group together.
Dabble in the casino
If you're feeling lucky, head over to the casino for a little excitement.
How does a mixed party work?
If you are a smaller company or group, mixed parties ensure you get the full atmosphere of an exciting and entertaining Christmas party.
A minimum number of 8 people is required and our capacity at Willow's Farm is 1200 people, so even if you are a company of 400 people you can still book into a mixed party night.
The great news is prices start from just £54 per person + VAT.
A specially reserved area for your guests to enjoy the drinks and canapé reception. This package includes 1.5 glasses of sparkling wine per person, a selection of bar snacks, dedicated member of security and bespoke party signage.
Minimum of 50 people required, £12.50 per person inclusive of VAT.
Please note: the VIP areas do not contain a private bar for drinks service.
* = 1 glass of sparkling wine on arrival and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks are included on these dates
Our parties offer exceptional value:
- Party with us from 18:45-00:30
- Use of your table(s) for the duration of the night - make it your party base
- Delicious hot and cold canapés during the reception
- Stunning Masquerade theming throughout the venue
- Exceptional three course sit down meal from Smart Hospitality
- Unlimited House Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks (on the 27th November only)
- Exhilarating entertainment, with dancers, acrobats, violinists and adagio artists
- State-of-the-art dance floor and professional DJ
- Adrenaline-pumping fairground ride*
- Professional Photographer
- Event Security
- Free on-site car parking
- Free cloakroom facilities
*A small charge applies with profits donated to charity
Menu served by Smart Hospitality
Our delicious four course dinner menu uses the very best locally sourced ingredients and is freshly prepare on site every day by our award-winning sister company Smart Hospitality.
Tomato basil and mozzarella bruschetta with black olive tapenade (v)
Mini cheese burger with sesame seed bun and red onion jam
Thai fish cakes with sweet chilli dipping sauce
Beetroot blini with chive sour cream topped with delicate caviar
Cheese sable with cheddar and truffle filling (v)
Mini Hotdogs with frenchies mustard served in a soft brioche roll
Chargrilled Italian vegetable salad with torn basil, buffalo Mozzarella and a rosemary and aged balsamic dressing (v)
Lemon and thyme roast Breast of Chicken, Wilted Kale, Oregano roast potatoes and red wine sauce
Pumpkin filled gnocchi with Barkham Blue velouté, walnut and spinach pesto, watercress (v)
Dark Chocolate and cream cheese delice topped with dark chocolate shavings with black forest cherries, cherry gel and pistachio tuille
Coffee & Teas
Fair-trade coffee and tea selection with homemade truffles. Served after dinner from stations around the room.
Cheese & Biscuits
A selection of English cheese with artisan biscuits and homemade ale chutney. Available for an additional £45 per table (inc VAT)
For dietary requirements please speak to the sales team.
Wine List & Drinks Packages
We understand that your Christmas Party is THE event in your social calendar: perhaps it is your opportunity to thank employees for a year's hard work, to antertain valued clients or simply to let your hair down with family and friends. So we have developed a selection of packages to treat your guests and make your night extra special.
Please note all prices are inclusive of VAT. Prices may be subject to change if tax or excise duties are adjusted.
Table Drinks Package - £85.00 per table
Avoid queuing at the bar and have our recommended selection of wines waiting
for you on your table. This package includes 4 bottles of house wine (2 x red, 2 x white), and 3 bottles of water (2 x still, 1 x sparkling).
Unlimited Drinks Wristband - £43.00 per person
If you would like to provide drinks for your guests throughout the party, the ultimate package entitles each guest to unlimited bottled beer, house wine and so‑ drinks for the duration of the evening. Please note: Wristbands must be purchased for every member of your group.
Please note wristbands must be purchased for every member of your group.
Spirits Add On Voucher - £14.00 per person
Treat your guests to the all-inclusive party experience: our spirits add-on voucher is used in conjunction with the Unlimited Drinks Wristband and entitles the bearer to 5 single shots of spirits in addition to the wristband package.
After Dinner Drinks Chest - £96.00 per table
Kick off your after-dinner celebrations in style with a bottle of house spirit of your choice accompanied by two mixers, crushed ice, lemons and limes, all delivered to your table with 10 glasses.
Beer Bucket - £42.00 per bucket
Cater for all tastes with 10 cold bottled beers delivered to your table.
Cider Bucket - £43.00 per bucket
Cater for all tastes with 10 cold bottled ciders delivered to your table.
Drinks Voucher - £4.90 per voucher
Let your guests have a drink on you. Each drinks voucher is exchanged for either a bottle of beer, glass of house wine, a single shot of spirit and mixer or two soft drinks. The Spinnaker White
Still Mineral Water, 75cl - £4.00 per bottle
Sparkling Mineral Water, 75cl - £4.00 per bottle
1. Lodestone, South Africa - £22.50
A delicious blend of Chenin Blanc and Colombard made in South Africa’s Western Cape. A refreshingly juicy white wine with delicious stone fruit flavours.
2. Angelo Rocca Trebbiano, Puglia, Italy - £26.50
A lovely perfumed aroma with ripe citrus and lemon sherbet flavours and a dry and refreshing finish.
3. Goleta Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile - £29.50
Zippy acidity, fresh, ripe citrus flavours and a delectably moreish green apple finish.
4. War Horse Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa - £31.00
South Africa's speciality, a fantastically refreshing Chenin Blanc with sun kissed appley fruit flavours.
5. Mâcon La Roche Vineuse, Château de la Greffiere, Burgundy, France - £35.00
Golden straw yellow in colour with aromas of ripe citrus fruits, complemented by delicious minerality and mouth-watering grapefruit flavour.
6. Wooly Sheep Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand - £40.00
Intense aromas of passion fruit, zesty lemon and elderflower, followed by flavours of gooseberry and melon.
7. The Spinnaker Red, South Africa - £22.50
The Spinnaker is a smooth, rich and round red wine made in South Africa's Western Cape.
8. Rocca Sangiovese, Puglia, Italy - £26.50
A chief grape of the Chianti wines of Tuscany. Youthful soft aromas followed by notes of cherries, soft tannins and well-balanced acidity on the palate.
9. Goloeta Merlot, Central Valley, Chile - £28.50
Juicy plums flavours, succulent blackcurrants and soft tannins.
10. Malbec, Valcheta, Mendoza, Argentina - £33.00
Youthful and ripe blackcurrant aromas with slight hints of dark chocolate, fantastic balance and a pleasing spicy finish.
11. Tronido Rioja Crianza, Spain - £34.00
Spicy red cherries and a beautiful sweet vanilla note on the nose.. The wine has soft well-structured tannins and a fantastic finish.
12. Château La Verrière, Bordeaux Supérieur, France - £41.00
Aromas of red cherries and blackberry, and toasted notes from barrel ageing. This wine has excellent structure, silky tannins and a long, impressive finish.
13. Maison Sabadie Reserve Rose, Vin de France
A delicate rosé from the south of France with a pretty pink hue and a ripe watermelon and strawberry fruit character followed by a crisp, fresh finish
14. Montefresco, Rosato di Veneto, Italy - £21.50
A light, delicate and fragrant Rose with fantastic red fruit flavours.
Champagne & Sparkling Wine
15. Philippe Dublanc Blanc de Blancs Brut NV, France - £28.50
Fruity aromas with pretty notes of sponge cake and cream on the nose, this Blanc de Blancs is a perfect treat for festive occasions and aperitifs!
16. Champagne Gaston Dericbourg, Cuvée de Réserve NV - £46.00
A fabulously traditional style Champagne with gentle biscuit notes complemented by deliciously refined, grapey fruit flavours.
17. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV - £63.00
The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.
18. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV - £69.50
A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this cuvée bears the famous 'Clicquot Yellow' label, a symbol of excellence recognized throughout the world.
19. Laurent Perrier Brut Rose NV - £81.00
This rosé champagne is memorable for its exceptional freshness and unique aromas of fresh-picked red berries.
20. Dom Perignon 2002 - £135.00
Initial notes of fresh almonds and grapefruit gradually leading into cashew nuts and spices.
21. Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV Magnum, France - £118.00
Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse.
22. Warres Ruby Port, Portugal - £30.00
Timings on the evening
|6.45||Doors open and Canapes Served|
|7.45||Dinner is served|
|10.00||Disco and funfair begins|
How to get to Willow's Farm
Willows Farm provides a setting that is both serene and easily accessible from the M25:
The Christmas Structure
Willows Farm Village
Ask for Willows Farm Village, St Albans
From the M25 West towards Heathrow, exit the M25 at Junction 22. At the end of the slip road take the third exit off the roundabout. This will take you over the M25. At the next roundabout take the fourth exit onto Coursers Road. Willows Farm Village is located 300m along here on the left hand side.
With extensive space in front of the venue, it is possible park coaches to the rear of the venue.
Got a question about our parties? These handy tips are designed to give you the answers and all the information you’ll need to prepare for your party:
What is the dress code?
Our guests love getting dressed up and it really adds to that extra special feeling to the night, so get those glad rags out and smarten up! Fancy dress is permitted if tasteful and in keeping with the theme. Absolutely no jeans, trainers or sportswear will be allowed but black tie is more than welcome.
How does the booking process work?
You can provisionally book tickets for 10 days during which a deposit of £15 pp inc VAT. is required to confirm the booking. If we haven’t received the deposit within 10 days, your tickets will be released. The remaining balance needs to be paid no later than 8 weeks prior to the event.
What is the minimum booking?
All groups must be for a minimum of 8 people.
Can we add people onto our booking?
You can add people onto your booking up to two days before your Christmas party, provided that we have space available on the evening. You can do so by logging into ‘MyParty’ or giving us a call on 0207 836 1033.
What happens if we cancel a ticket? Is the ticket refundable?
Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Cancellations can only be made by the party organiser and must be made in writing to the head office. Any refunds due are based on the date of cancellation. We regret no refunds are due if you cancel less than 14 days before your event date. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information on our cancellation policy.
How do i receive confirmation of payments and booking from you?
All of our correspondence is via email so you receive everything from us in the most efficient way possible.
Are under 18’s allowed to come?
Guests aged 16 and 17 are welcome provided they are accompanied by an adult who is responsible for them. We operate a strict policy regarding underage drinking, which is not permitted under any circumstance.
Do I need to order my canapés?
No, canapés are served during the reception.
Can I have pick my own menu?
While we aim to cater for different dietary requirements, I’m afraid due to the number of guests we host each night, we cannot offer more options than those shown on the menu page.
A member of my party has a food allergy, what options are available for them?
No problem! We aim to cater for all allergies so simply let us know the specifics a minimum of 4 weeks prior to your party date and we’ll get in touch to discuss.
Can we pre-order drinks? What do the wristbands/ vouchers include?
Yes. The drinks options we have listed in our Party Extras provide a hassle-free option for ordering drinks and we highly recommend pre-orders are made prior to the event in order to ensure your evening runs smoothly. Some packages are unavailable to purchase on the night and all pre-orders must be made four weeks prior to the event. We do have a bar on the evening that accepts cash, credit and debit card, plus it is possible to set up a tab on the night.
How are the tables arranged?
Our tables seat between 8-12 people. Larger groups are accommodated over more than one table although you will only ever be seated with people in your party, we do not mix groups. We have a limited number of tables to seat groups of 14 which are allocated on request.
Can we do a table plan for our party?
Yes of course. You are welcome to add your own name places to the table on the night. If you have more than one table we advise you allocate a lettering system to the tables, as table numbers are already allocated by the venue. Your table numbers will be allocated the day before your event.
When will I receive my tickets?
Your tickets will be sent out around 2 weeks before your event, assuming we have received your final balance payment.
Is there car parking?
We have ample, free car parking adjacent to the venue.
Exclusive Parties at Willow's Farm
Our size and experience means we can cater in sumptuous style for large groups looking for private hire. Our capacities range from 400 to 1200 guests for seated dinner events and up to 2000 for standing parties.
Ernst & Young, Renault and Tesco are amongst the many satisfied clients who have hosted their exclusive parties with us.
Here are just some of the benefits of booking an Exclusive Smart Christmas Party:
- Build your own schedule for the night
- Create multiple areas within the venue such a pre-party seminar rooms, bars or VIP areas
- Choose a bespoke menu to match your tastes and themes
- Tailor the professional theming with your internal and external branding
- Enhance the production with your own combination of lighting and effects
- Select your table settings and decorations
- Order party enhancements for your group like drinks packages and fairground vouchers
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