Jun 21st 2019

Unwrapping Christmas Party Secrets

Unwrapping Christmas Party Secrets

‘Can you share some planning secrets’ came the call.  After thirty years of creating fabulous festive events, I certainly have one or two secrets up my sleeve!  So when the opportunity came to head over to south Yorkshire – historic Whirlowbrook Hall to be precise – and talk about what makes a Christmas event so special, I jumped at the chance.  ‘Unwrapping Christmas Party Secrets’ will be my opportunity to discuss the key to planning a successful Christmas event….and some of those TLC tips that will make the event extra-special!

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To find out more, you will need to join me at lovely Whirlowbrook Hall on 26th September.  Better still, this is a free event in association with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Vine Hotels so I expect places will book up quickly.  Book now!

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If you cant wait, here’s a flavour of what’s to come in: Unwrapping Christmas Party Secrets:

Venue with a difference

Railway arches, disused warehouses and amazing urban spaces are the choice of the party elite. The key to styling an architecturally rich venue – let the building shine. Lighting is key. A wash of coloured light over stone walls. Candles and spotlights highlighting niches. Statues, artwork and building features all form part of the lighting design. High ceilings? Lovely, but they can drain atmosphere from an event, so using lighting at different levels to create a more intimate feel.  Combine tea-lights with oversized hanging floral chandeliers. Chunky scented candles on top of exquisitely dressed pedestals are complimented by a digital lighting extravaganza over your dance-floor.  Lighting adds drama, energy and warmth to your venue – it is an essential ingredient in any event.

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Casual Catering

Food and drink is always an important element to the party. If the company is paying, we always suggest they offer a free bar for wines, beers and soft drinks. Many employees are reluctant to pay for their own. As for the food – menus should be about more simple recipes presented in a cutting-edge way. Tradition always influences the choice of festive dishes, but creative presentation sets it apart. Hearty soups served in teapots and tea cups, duo dishes of festive pies with individual jugs of hot gravy, and a lazy Susan on each table – laden with chocolate and fruit puddings to tempt the strongest willpower!

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For a cocktail party – international foods can be delivered in a stylish and innovative way and late night buffets can reflect the ethnic magic of the occasion. From food stalls to bespoke buffets tables, lavished with an eclectic mix of fabrics, props and theatrical design! Think kebabs to pizza vans, celebrity chefs cooking live in a reception to Asian inspired nuts & noodles, sushi & sea bass, to a selection of burgers that offer bite sized tastes of mouth-watering fun. Taste the difference! Presentation is of course key and from the canape to the cutlery – guests will eat with their eyes!

Bubbles are Back

Prosecco is a firm favourite and sometimes preferable to Champagne as the perfect base with which to blend fresh pureed strawberries or a selection of fruit syrups – a great alternative if you are looking to keep costs on track. But make drinks entertaining! Popcorn cartons filled with a secret cocktail recipe and topped with fresh popcorn is almost as exciting as the plastic zip-up bags – complete with a plastic goldfish inside and a straw – filled with vodka, lime and soda – all on offer at the rotating fairground carousel bar. A watermelon and lychee martini delivered in ornate bird cages. Vintage inspired ingredients poured from a tea pot. They all contribute to the most exciting cocktail experience. Not forgetting those behind the wheel, these can all be converted to a delectable non-alcoholic choice that is just as exciting.

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Dramatic Moments

Impact – from the moment guests arrive to the minute they leave, cameos of drama should be reflected in the floral décor, entertainment and exclusive little details – all of which contribute to the drama of the occasion. A table plan created from a Christmas tree and baubles. Place cards of ices chocolate bars or gingerbread reindeer. Table magicians. Singing waiters. Faux walls crashing to the floor to reveal the party dance floor. Individual details that combine to create a dramatic, theatrical production.

As you depart Liz says “Why not think about leaving guests with a last memory of the party. Fish and Chip Van in the car park, a firework display in the car park, or brown paper party bags with carbs, calories and branded water bottles…or a miniature brandy for your night-cap!”

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See you at Whirlowbrook Hall for ‘Unwrapping Christmas Party Secrets’!

-Liz Taylor

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 Jun 19th 2019

Tips to Beat Summer Allergies at Outdoor Parties

Tips to Beat Summer Allergies at Outdoor Parties

Warmer weather is the season for enjoying TLC’s open-air celebrations and stylish outdoor parties. But when your guests have seasonal allergies such as hayfever, the thought of spending time outside can bring visions of sneezing and wheezing rather than having fun! If you’re hosting an outdoor party this summer, our Tips to Beat Summer Allergies at Outdoor Parties can help to ensure a good time is had by everyone, even those with summer allergies:

Timing is Everything

Pollen counts are highest in the morning (5am-10am), so plan your party for later in the day or evening. Or go a step further and try to hold your celebration on a day that should have a low pollen count. Most summer weather forecasts detail this, but to plan further ahead, check out the Met Office forecast.

Knowledge is Wisdom

Allergy medications are more effective when you take them before you have symptoms, Telling your guests in advance that your party is outdoors gives them the opportunity to take their allergy medication before they arrive. It also serves as a reminder for them to bring any emergency medication with them.

Location, Location

Sea breezes blow pollen inland, so choosing a more coastal location for your party can help hayfever and summer allergy sufferers. Beach front venues, or the beach itself, can provide an inspiration backdrop and enhances the ‘endless summer’ vibe of any outdoor party.

Super Shady

Third on our list of top Tips to Beat Summer Allergies at Outdoor Parties is both practical and stylish. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce, but not totally prevent, pollen from getting into your eyes and making them water and itch. Embrace this with bespoke sunglasses for your event. These can be given as a gift or used as a place marker on tables – a little tag attached does the trick.

Trim and Tidy

Remove weeds and prune borders, where triggers can lurk, well ahead of the party. Mow a day or two before, and not the day of. And use any garden blowers well before the party, as can stir up dust and mouldy leaves. Think about the placement of the event too. Are their surrounding fields with high allergens such as rape seed plants?

Tips to Beat Summer Allergies at Outdoor Parties

Inside Out

Choose a high-quality marquee, Yurts or gazebo structure (preferably air-conditioned) to provide shade from the sun, but also offer an indoor space where guests bothered by pollen can go. Going indoors will be important for anyone who develops an allergy attack despite their, and your, best efforts. Once an attack has begun, an air-conditioned environment is best, as this filters out any pollen; so have an indoor chill-out space at the ready.

Tips to Beat Summer Allergies at Outdoor Parties

Floral Fabulousness

When choosing the floral design for your party, opt for flowers that produce little to no pollen. Daffodils, lilies, pansies, petunias, roses, snapdragons, and tulips for example are all less likely to aggravate allergies. Beware of summer standbys like sunflowers, daisies and chrysanthemums that are in the ragweed family and can trigger pollen allergies.

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Foodie Fun

People with seasonal allergies can experience a tingling of the mouth or itchy throat from oral allergy syndrome. There is evidence that this happens after eating certain fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts. As a party host, it will be important to know what the guest’s specific allergy is, and ensure a meal is prepared that minimises any reactions. Not forgetting other allergies and intolerances, such as dairy, wheat and gluten. All of which, with TLC’s team of creative chefs, need not be a problem. Modern catering allows for an innovative menu to suit all guests – it just needs careful planning and some theatrical presentation. Allergy UK have some excellent advice on their website.

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Last, but not Least

So regardless of your summer allergies, there is no reason for you to miss out on the summer fun. A great host will have soft tissues to hand (branded for a wedding or special party of course), large sun hats and a ‘standby’ box with anti-allergy creams and something to soothe stings. It is also though that a splash of water on the face will dislodge any pollen, so offer facial spritz as a table gift. Ladies may be reluctant at first – make up considered – but we love this Vichy Thermal Mineralising Spa Water…and your guest will too. Always be prepared!

 

I hope our Tips to Beat Summer Allergies at Outdoor Parties has helped with your planning!

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