How to Create a Memorable Celebration with Hôtel des Arts Saigon

activities - Saigon/HCMC: Dec. 17, 2019

How to throw an unforgettable party.

Tips for both traditionalists and global modern guests.

Themes can make their mark.

The sparkle from garlands of fairy-lights encircling a Christmas tree adds an unforgettable holiday glow to the party, while the enticing aroma of something sweet - is that chocolate? - intrigues the appetites of guests. Honeyed voices of the jazz greats mellow the mood, as you whirl through the smiling crowd refilling champagne glasses and secretly congratulating yourself on throwing your first holiday celebration. But let’s rewind. How did a dinner party debutant learn how to throw the most memorable festive party ever? With tips from the experienced entertainment gurus at HCMC’s most luxurious 5-star boutique hotel - Hôtel des Arts Saigon, of course!

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Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s Tips for Making Memories 

The moment that you walk into Hôtel des Arts Saigon this festive season, you’ll notice the way that everything is designed to create an experience. From the signature scent to the opulent decor to the top-notch service, the hotel is set to take you on a magical voyage of the senses. No matter what holidays you celebrate there is always a bit of alchemy that happens during the month of December when the glamour comes out and everyone is in the mood to entertain or be entertained.

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Pull up a chair at Café des Beaux-arts on the ground floor for the Hôtel des Arts Paris-Saigon Festive Afternoon Tea. Sip from your glass of Barons de Rothschild champagne in honour of one of the most famous hostesses of all time - Marie-Helene de Rothschild (known for her surrealist balls and reign as Queen of Parisian socialites in the 1950s and 60s), and get ready to learn L’Art de Recevoir from the masters.

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Offer Options to Your Holiday Guests 

You know the people you’ve invited better than anyone else. While an afternoon party spent crafting ornaments out of glitter and glue over hot chocolate might be perfect for one circle of friends, another group might be looking at their watches and wishing that it was already cocktail hour. The first tip from the creative minds at Hôtel des Arts Saigon is to know your audience. And if you’re not sure - give options!

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This season at Hôtel des Arts Saigon, no fewer than 10 festive choices are on offer ranging from a low key traditional Christmas lunch at Saigon Kitchen Restaurant, complete with Santa Klaus and presents for the kiddos, to an all-out extravagant Moulin Rouge themed New Years Eve soiree. 

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The key is to think about what people will remember for years to come. This can be a small detail like homemade marshmallows, something luxurious like a caviar station, or the ultimate magic of transporting your guests to another world through themed decorations and a signature menu. Here are a few ideas for the best ways to make an extraordinary event no matter what your time or budget. 

Stick to Traditions but Don’t Be Afraid to Mix It up

Take it from the chefs at Saigon Kitchen Restaurant on the 2nd floor of Hôtel des Arts Saigon, the festive season is the perfect time to dig deep into tradition. Even in southern Vietnam where Christmas carolers might be seen making their rounds wearing sundresses or shorts, there is still an unexplainable longing for old-fashioned comfort and mama’s home cooking. 

Saigon Kitchen is serving up all the classics at their special lunches and dinners for Christmas and Christmas Eve with authentic Vietnamese delicacies and international traditional dishes. Follow in the chef’s at Saigon Kitchen’s footsteps if your guests hail from all over the world or if you just want to set a world-travelling mood for the occasion. Get creative and introduce something new to the menu. Perhaps, off-set a traditional western meal of pureed potatoes and roasted turkey with an Asian inspired appetizer and an exotic dessert

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Your guests will be sure to love the fact that you took the time to try something new or to learn about their culture. After all, what shows the holiday spirit more than sharing new experiences with the people you care about?

Take it From Hôtel des Arts Saigon - Break Out the Good Stuff 

There’s no time like the holidays to indulge. If your budget can handle it make room in the soiree for a special ingredient to truly impress your guests. The Victorian Christmas Evening at Social Club Restaurant on the 23rd floor of Hôtel des Arts Saigon showcases an exceptional menu of imported oysters, lobster, prime cuts of beef, foie gras and more. 

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If you’re a beginning entertainer don’t try to take on everything at once. Some easy ways to impress without needing to be a professional chef would be to choose a beautiful bottle of wine or champagne, add a bit of fresh truffle to a dish, splurge on a gorgeous cheese plate or order in an exceptional dessert from your favourite gourmet restaurant. Amateur mixologists can even create a signature cocktail to take the festive event from bland to wow.

Creative Themes for an Unforgettable Event

Hosts and hostesses through the ages have always known that the best way to create an enduring memory in the minds of their guests is to craft a trademark. 

Author Truman Capote’s New York Black and White Ball has gone down in the history books as one as the most elegant events ever because it is a simple but iconic theme. A party that crafts a story can take guests on a journey into an otherworldly evening. 

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Saigon Social Club gives two themed options for outright glitz and glamour to start off the New Year in style. Social Club Restaurant rings it in with a Moulin Rouge party, which is sure to be both opulent and gastronomic. Upstairs at Social Club Rooftop Bar revellers will greet midnight with a lavish Galaxy concept. Both include free-flow bubbly, which is quite a fitting drink for those who love the rooftop view. After all, as the inventor of champagne Dom Pierre Pérignon said upon the first sip of his creation - “Come quickly, I’m drinking the stars!” 

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Follow in the footsteps of the Hôtel des Arts and craft your own theme or do a bit of online research to find your fancy. Regardless, you’re sure to create a wonderful evening with a bit of creativity. 

What To Do If You Run Out of Time? 

Don’t stress! L’Art de Recevoir can take years to truly learn. Holiday parties are supposed to be fun and we all know how much easier ideas seem on paper than they are to accomplish in reality. If the fete of the century is not coming together don’t leave your guests with no bash to attend!

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We’ve laid out the entire festive season calendar at Hôtel des Arts Saigon below. So if time gets tight, the soufflés are falling flat, and your decor looks more like a bad prom night than a glamorous gala, gather your guests and head to a noteworthy celebration at Hôtel des Arts Saigon. 

Shared joy is, after all, the spirit of the season. 

Festive Season Information at Hôtel des Arts Saigon 

Tuesday, 24th December, 2019 

Saigon Kitchen Restaurant 6:30pm - 10:30pm VND 2,388,000++ 

Social Club Restaurant 7:30pm - 11:00pm VND 2,888,000++ 
Wednesday, 25th December, 2019 

Saigon Kitchen Restaurant 12:00pm - 2:00pm VND 1,288,000++ 

Social Club Restaurant 12:00pm - 3:00pm VND 2,288,000++ 

Saigon Kitchen Restaurant 6:30pm - 10:30pm VND 2,388,000++ 
Tuesday, 31st December, 2019 

Saigon Kitchen Restaurant 12:00pm - 2:00pm VND 1,288,000++ 

Saigon Kitchen Restaurant 6:30pm - 10:30pm VND 2,388,000++ 

Social Club Restaurant 7:30pm - Midnight VND 2,288,000++ 

Social Club Rooftop Bar 10:00pm - 2:00am VND 4,088,000++
Wednesday 1st January, 2020 

Social Club Restaurant 12:00pm - 3:00pm VND 4,888,000++

Hôtel des Arts Saigon Festive Event Celebrations! 

Host a Christmas party, end-of-year function or festive celebration to remember for years to come at Hôtel des Arts Saigon. From an elegant cocktail reception to a decadent dinner, allow our team of event planners and talented chefs to create a festive wonderland for your friends, family and colleagues as you wrap up the year in style. 

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Includes welcome drinks on arrival, tailor-made room set up and menu. Price is inclusive of soft drinks and water. Additional entertainment services available at a discounted rate. Complimentary room rental and complimentary backdrop included.

Terms and conditions: This promotion is applied for dinner booked between the period of November 1st, 2019 to January 31st, 2020 Applicable for parties from 30 persons and up 

To book a group dining experience or discover further event possibilities, please contact our sales team at (+84) 28 3989 8888 or 
All prices are subject to 10% VAT and 5% service charge

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