Jun 30th 2014

New images as 1500 people party!

Brand new images online from the BGL ‘1920s’ inspired Awards Dinner, where 1500 people partied the night away at Burghley House.  Here’s just a few to tempt you!

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 Jun 19th 2014

Bespoke is King to set your event apart

Want to set your event apart?

Bespoke is king right now. For corporate events, awards or indeed private parties & weddings, people are looking for key elements to set them apart.

TLC has found a real growth in bespoke elements (something we at Party HQ have been doing for a while now). Everything from bespoke sweaters with guest & event names printed on (we tie these on the back of chairs to do double duty an alternative to a place card & gift),bespoke mugs for coffee breaks, to personalised editions of celebrity mags & funky bespoke thermos flasks for those ‘Bo Ho’ inspired parties!

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 Jun 18th 2014

Stunning new wedding images online now!

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Some gorgeous new wedding day images online now. Bright, colourful and filled with fun detailing.

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 Jun 17th 2014

A Trip on the Famous Cobbles of Corrie

Liz took a quick trip to the cobbles of Coronation Street this week – and whilst she was there, was ever the helpful event planner!  It’s all in the detail, so she wanted those bins put away neatly!

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 Jun 13th 2014

Stay on the ball during the World Cup

Advice from the guys at Meeting & Incentive Travel. Click: WORLD CUP

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 Jun 11th 2014

Russell Watson to sing at ceremony honouring brave Kirsty Howard on her 19th birthday

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 Jun 7th 2014

‘Kimye’ Inspires Resurgance in Innovative Floral Decor

So they really did it, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are now officially ‘Kimye’!

The wedding certainly looked like a lavish affair, with Kim’s bespoke Valentino wedding dress and the fairy tale setting of Forte Di Belvedere in Florence but for me the most stunning image of their day was the one of them kissing infront of a magnificent wall of white flowers.  Floral decoration is such a traditional part of a wedding and it was great to see that they totally embraced that with their stunning backdrop.If you’re planning a wedding, here are some more innovative floral ideas that may inspire you…..

– Don’t be bound by the notion that all flowers have to be bunched in vases or squeezed into little arrangements on every table at your reception, there are lots of different ways that you can utilise them.  Have you ever considered floral chandeliers?  Suspending flowers above your wedding tables creates a definite sense of grandeur and looks fabulous. White roses, gypsophila and vivid green leaves work perfectly for a dramatic effect which can be enhanced with the addition of miniature white lights that will twinkle long into the night.

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– Remember to keep your table decorations at a level where people can either see over them or through them.  At Sally Lindsey’s winter wedding, we decided to lift the flowers with tall, elegant cut-glass vases which meant that we could go wild with the flowers, creating huge richly coloured displays that drew the eye upwards.  This works perfectly in a room with high ceilings.

– If your tables are quite small, a simple but stunning effect can be created with the use of Perspex table tops.  By layering pale roses and peonies beneath the Perspex, you can create the most delicate and subtle table decoration, perfect for a summer wedding.  A bonus with this design idea, is that you can dispense of any table linens but I do suggest that you choose napkins in a suitably contrasting colour and opt for stylishly elegant tableware to complete the look.

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– If you are planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, white floral pom-pom balls suspended from ornate metalwork poles can create a delightful effect.  These are very versatile as you can place them along the aisle at your ceremony and then later re-hang them at varying heights in your reception area, enabling your evening guests to share the experience!  The theme can even be carried through to your table decorations by suspending smaller floral pom-poms from thin white or glittered branches or even attached inside delicate, iron bird cages.

– Think about your table lighting.  Most people choose to incorporate candles into their table displays but try thinking outside the box and rather than choosing candlesticks or candelabra intersperse large white tea lights and single rose blooms onto a wide, mirrored strip.  This effect looks particularly stunning when placed along the centre of a long ‘top’ table.  If candles aren’t your thing, then small opaque light cubes in colours to compliment your flowers, provide a more contemporary look and will give a soft, warm glow.

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 Jun 6th 2014

Are Event Management Degrees a Waste?

Good debate in Conference & Incentive Travel Magazine.  My view, based on nearly 30 years in the industry is clear. Event Management degrees are not a waste, but they are only a platform from which to develop your career.


Good academic experience, knowledge of the industry & a bit of practical experience is just the starting point. Once in a job, you learn the realities and the ‘life’ experience of event planning begins.  All the paper planning in the world cannot substitute for that on the job learning – dealing with a crisis, overcoming challenges, creating the impossible, working with suppliers, negotiating with venues, understanding your customers.  These vital elements are about people skills, experience, relationships, listening….all skills developed on the job.

At an interview also look for attitude above academia.  So if you come to me with a great attitude, strong attention to detail, great ability to time manage, and overall the right approach – I am thinking…I can teach the skills.  If you have a degree and the wrong attitude, it’s going no where.

Should you bother with a degree then?

A personal choice I think. It is a great base of knowledge and a toe in the door for a job perhaps, but don’t expect the degree means you get the top job.  Just expect that it gives you a place to start from and then, work very hard!


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 Jun 5th 2014

Russell Watson to Headline at Variety, the children’s charity Awards Dinner

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Russell Watson to Headline at Variety, the children’s charity Awards Dinner

‘The Voice’ Russell Watson has lent his support to Variety, the children’s charity, for their September 20, 2014 event at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel in Manchester, which will honour 19 year old Kirsty Howard with a Variety, the Children’s Charity Outstanding Achievement Award.

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Russell will be headlining the star studded performances on this special night and has been a supporter of Kirsty’s fundraising work since 2002, when he released the single Nothing Sacred – A Song for Kirsty to raise money for Kirsty’s five million pound appeal for Francis House.  The song reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart, and Russell and Kirsty have been firm friends ever since.

The prestigious dinner, organised with the support of event management company the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), will recognise Kirsty’s dedication to helping children with life limiting conditions, and for her outstanding achievement in raising eight million pounds for Francis House Children’s Hospice in Didsbury, Manchester.  

There is not one single person that I can think of that I know who deserves this award as much as Kirsty’ says Russell Watson

‘It’s impossible to put into words exactly how much of an inspiration she is to me,  but the one thing that I would say is, that I have never seen a greater spirit in any other human being that I have known.’

The  event promises a showbiz  filled line-up, with Russell’s involvement the first announcement in a series over then coming months, and will be attended by many of Kirsty’s VIP guests.  Tickets for this event are very limited and range from £75 to £125 per person to include a three course dinner and special entertainment.  Contact Lyn or Judi at the offices of Variety, the Children’s Charity on 0161 236 0500 to book, or visit www.variety.org.uk or the Taylor Lynn Corpration at www.tlc-ltd.co.uk  for details.

‘I am absolutely thrilled that my favourite singer and friend Russell Watson has accepted the invitation to sing at the forthcoming Variety, the Children’s Charity Outstanding Achievement Award event.  It will be a exciting night and is  great honour, that is made extra special by Russell’s involvement and the fact that Variety, the children’s charity chose for it to be held on my 19th birthday!’ says Kirsty

Lyn Staunton, development director at Variety, the children’s charity in the North West says: ‘I am thrilled that Russell has agreed to perform on the night.  His support of Kirsty over the years has been amazing and we are just so  grateful to Russell for helping Variety honour Kirsty in the best way possible.

‘We are delighted to have the support of  Liz Taylor at TLC, who has been responsible for some of the UK’s most high profile and spectacular fundraisers, so I know that we have an unforgettable event in the making and one that is a fitting tribute to Kirsty Howard’s wonderful achievements.’


For further details contact:

For further information about Variety, the Children’s Charity, please contact – Lyn Staunton, Development Director, T:0161 236 0500, E: northwest@variety.org.uk

For further information about the event and TLC, please contact Sarah Lewis – M: 0781 792 8132, E: slewiscomms@msn.com


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 Jun 5th 2014

Chat with Radio 4 on Influence of Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian on Weddings

With weddings for the likes of Eamonn Holmes, Corrie’s Alan Halsall, rugby star Nick Robinson and football pundit Gary Neville under her belt, Liz Taylor knows a thing or two about how star-studded weddings influence the country’s brides.

Hear Liz’s chat with Radio 4 about the influence of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian on weddings (44mins in) CLICK: https://www.tlc-ltd.co.uk/press-room/







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