Event professionals said they were ‘bowled over’ by the fantastic surroundings of the newly refurbished Emerald Headingley Stadium. Home of Yorkshire Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos, this was the perfect venue for the CHS Summer BBQ on Thursday 8th August 2019. At the event, TLC’s MD, Liz Taylor, shared her outdoor event planning advice.
In a change of pace, the team behind the Conference & Hospitality Show hosted a laid-back, summertime networking event. This brought together 32 hotels and venues from across the UK with event and conference organisers, PAs, EAs and conference agents.
Guests were greeted with sizzling summer food and drink on the terrace overlooking the world famous Headingley cricket pitch. Before mingling with exhibitors and adding to their little black books with the latest “tap” technology. All courtesy of Blendology interactive events solutions.
Liz Taylor, Managing Director of Taylor Lynn Corporate (TLC), was guest speaker for the day. Liz shared outdoor event planning advice and insights of pushing the boundaries of design, technology and presentation. All gained over a 30-year career at the forefront of the events industry.
‘CHS events provide a unique platform for independent and branded venues and buyers to connect.
I was thrilled to be invited to speak at this summer’s event. After 30 years of planning some of the county’s leading events, I was delighted to share my advice on planning an outdoor event to remember….whatever the weather!’
Exhibitors and buyers alike thoroughly enjoyed the event. Yorebridge House wowed the room with details of their Laurent Perrier cellar. This is perfect for private dining. And, the news they will soon be launching the world’s first Laurent Perrier bedroom. This offers stunning views over the Yorkshire Dales and a private outdoor hydro pool.
Jan Denning of NHS Digital said;
‘I have been a key supporter of CHS for several years and enjoy the professionalism of their events. I feel it is important to constantly develop oneself professionally and personally and enjoy being in a room full of likeminded individuals. I gain much more than just contacts at these gatherings and have established many strong working relationships ‘
The summer BBQ was the first of a number of new events planned by the CHS Group as they begin a period of growth. Emma Cartmell, CEO of CHS said:
“We’ve had a fantastic year so far as we celebrated our 10th anniversary of the Conference & Hospitality Show and our 5th CHS Awards in 2019.
“We’ve got some really exciting plans ahead for the remainder of this year and are well into our 2020 plans and beyond. We’ll be announcing details soon, so watch this space.”
How to put the wow factor into an event – Confex North
How to put the wow factor into an event – Confex North
TLC’s founder and MD, Liz Taylor, was delighted to be asked to host a fabulous cocktail reception and presentation at Confex North. Transforming the Luxury Pavilion at Victoria Warehouse into a presentation looking at ‘how to put the wow factor into an event’. Followed by drinks – with a little added TLC style! Here’s a snapshot of Liz’s presentation, and a few secret ingredients to adding those crucial elements that takes your event from average, to stunning.
It’s that million-dollar question. And sometimes quite literally. How to put the wow factor into an event? With the ever-growing necessity to invest in recognition and motivation, with clients accepting the value of why events are the advertising of today it is essential that your event is bespoke – it has the wow factor to stand alone. Everyone has their own perception of the wow factor …. Today I would like to share mine. It may not be gospel and you may not agree, but it has served TLC well over the last twenty-five years!
So, how to put the wow factor into an event. There are three vital ingredients that contribute, and here they are:
It is never how much you spend but how you spend it. Its allowing someone to think out of the box and take a concept and create magic. So, when I was asked some years back to create a circus theme for a twenty first birthday, I ditched the predictable red and yellow and designed a revolving vintage carousel. With a skilled design team, I poured over Victorian carousel images, and in a modern touch we built the turntable into the floor of a marquee. Guests slowly circled around the carousel picking up their goldfish in a plastic bag filled with vodka and tonic, and a popcorn cocktail served in a popcorn carton.
Individual interpretation … The clients favourite show was ‘Wicked’, so we were tasked with bringing it to life off the stage. My most inspiring moments are honestly on my treadmill every morning … with my desert island discs on full blast music takes me into a most creative corner where I find the impossible. A 10-foot witch greeted guests – and I mean greeted them. A custom-built animated statue guided them into a Wicked inspired set – and then at the appropriate time, the entire wall dropped and there was the yellow brick road. The detail in the room and on the tables was insane with Perspex tables resting on large red shoes. The entertainment … Diana Ross. Now that’s wow.
The moment least expected
Is the greatest wow factor of the event. A wall drops on a drum roll. Pyrotechnics burst into the room to announce employee of the year. A ceiling drops hundreds of hidden petals when they say I do. The key to this is to choreograph the visual feast accordingly. So, you will know where the guests will be looking, and it’s the perfect time to capture the moment. There’s no point in a surprise where they can’t absorb the magic!
Some moments just happen. They evolve and I’d like to take all the credit, but by having an experienced producer throughout the event last minute decisions can change the entire direction of the night. When a CEO makes an impromptu announcement and you jump on an appropriate piece of music. When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is escorted into an MUFC Christmas party as the new manager with one moment’s notice, the band strikes up the glories. I often have certain tables at events reinforced, so that artists can jump on the tables and perform during dinner – a lesson learned when I hadn’t had them reinforced and they jumped on them anyway!
Imagination, individuality and least expected …..
Key messages to consider in every event. Whether you are the producer or whether you work with an events team – two heads are always better than one.
All well and good you might say. These sound like unlimited budgets … but my mantra .. It’s never how much you spend but how you spend it. You have £500 to throw into a reception – don’t invest it in an inexperienced and underrated musical act. Invest it in a ten foot vase filled with an abundance of flower heads that takes the breath away. Or a bar full of cocktails, served in a milk bottle that oozes dry ice and sustainable branded straws!
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How do we at TLC deliver the imaginative, individual, least expected moments ……..
The infrastructure at TLC is simple. We are a team of 5 and we are surrounded by a loyal band of suppliers who have supported my journey for thirty years. This enables the team to play on individual strengths. My bag is the wow … my background is creative. From the age of four years I studied music and played the piano to grade 8 and GCSE level at 16. Then after A levels, I pursued a career in fashion retail until the age of 29. It was then that I fell into the industry. Creating the wow is my strength. I have the most ridiculously bonkers Pisces inspired ideas, that I can make happen. I believe that this sets TLC apart from the competition.
If you went to invest in something special, you would look for advice from an expert – someone who could support you in your vision. Whether it be a product or something intangible, perhaps for your home. I have endeavoured over the years to provide that support to a discerning corporate and private client portfolio – pushing the boundaries and delivering the impossible. And that’s what makes it and us wow ……
So, to summarise …. how to put the wow factor into an event. Imaginative. Individual. The moment least expected … they are the three to remember!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
As we look back to the 10th Anniversary of the CHS Show in Leeds, our MD Liz Taylor wanted to share the highlights of her presentation, The Future of Event Design, delivered to a packed audience in the Leeds First Direct Arena.
Focussing around the Future of Event Design, Liz shared stories, anecdotes and advice to newly appointed event planners, and the more established event professionals who attended the event.
Entertaining. Inspiring. Motivational. The three essential ingredients to any successful event.
The transformation of Victoria Warehouse into a wedding overflowing with canopies of floral fabulousness and a sea of candle lit warmth. Credit: www.thelastword.tv
As you can see from the video clip, TLC work at a breakneck pace with a team of trusted suppliers to deliver productions that fulfil these three key elements…… and more. Creating the biggest showcases for a company brand or private individual , the TLC team work tirelessly to design and produce the very best. From large to small, the input of ideas and passion are the same. And the devil is very much in the detail. Let me explain…..
As MD of the Taylor Lynn Corporation I have been planning and producing corporate and private events for over 30 years – during which time the industry has obviously changed significantly! In the next 10 minutes I will give you the whistle stop tour of where I feel we have seen the biggest developments, and what to expect for the future of event design.
The TLC approach to event design is, in a word, holistic. When it comes to design plans, we look at the whole event and how individual aspects can work in synergy together. We see every individual element as an opportunity to reflect our uniquely creative design touch. Every detail, no matter how small, is thoughtfully crafted to reflect the theme and goal of the party. Venue to entertainment. Catering to décor. Each element being an integral part of the guest’s journey into our imagination. This combined with theatrical production and a keen eye for detail. From brand launch, to private celebration, a well curated design can reflect a business or personal message in a unique and, more importantly, eclectic way. Its what we do. And with an 85% repeat business rate and an order book stretching into 2025, I feel we do well.
But this is my time to share some of that experience and knowledge, which I hope you will find helpful in planning your events. For the sake of time today, let’s break this down a little and focus on just three of the key elements in designing an event; theming, entertainment and catering. And look at how this has evolved and what the future holds…….
Raise the Curtain
30 years ago, party décor was more literal. We took our inspiration and made incredible designs completely reflective of the idea. It was more, obvious, in its interpretation perhaps. Now, it’s is subtler and more styled. We focus less on themes and more on creating a stylish ‘journey’ for guests. Immersing them in the experience of the event; whether it be influenced by a corporate brand or lifestyle. And this is set to continue.
Let me Entertain You
From the DJ of the 70s, tribute acts of the 80s, Pop Idol contestants of the 90s to party bands of the 00s, the future certainly holds a more diverse range of entertainment. Artists immersed within the audience. Surprise elements that place the spotlight on talented artists of all kinds. Bespoke bands that blend international artists and musicians; for one night only.
Tempting the Taste Buds
The trend for less formal catering forges ahead. Catering is merging with theatre. Over the next few years, planners will be finding new ways to make food and drink more than just aspect of the design for your event – it delivers a creative message with drama and WOW factor. An example is:
There is one underpinning factor for all these elements, and indeed the future of event design; delivering a feeling of excited anticipation. If you take one thing home from my message today, remember this…. the future of event design will very much be focussed on delivering the unexpected.
Tales of the Unexpected
As an event planner, when you hear those gasps of excitement and mumblings of ‘wow – look at that’…. you know you have achieved something special. This is about generating a sense of engagement with the attendees from the beginning, to curtain call. Creating an eagerness to attend. And an excited anticipation of what is to come. Fulfilling their expectations on the night…. yet, leaving them contently wanting more.
Bespoke invitations that give a hint to the event design is akin to the opening chapter of a book. Room dressing. Lighting, Catering. Drinks. Entertainment. All elements to delivering a unique experience. And at the end of the event, a branded paper bag with carb filled savouries, fish and chips or kebab vans in situ in the car park to soak up the night.
Catering, entertainment and décor will certainly embrace the next 20 years and all it offers, but it is in this sense of anticipation that I can see the biggest development. Planners will be turning the cogs to develop bigger and bolder ideas to whet the appetite of delegates and revellers. As for TLC, well we are already working with the latest technology to look at holographic walls that separate reception and party – ready to explode as the band strikes up – yes, it’s not just in Star Trek!
After 30 years I get up event morning, decide what diet I am on that day, and then embrace the madness. I love it. And if you are in any doubt, the party is most definitely not over
For more TLC event inspiration, take a look at this ‘high octane’ idea!
Whether you are heading to Wembley on 18 May or watching on TV, the Emirates FA Cup final is always a good excuse for a party. This year Manchester City and Watford will battle it out to bring home the iconic silverware. To get you in the mood, here are our favourite five ideas for a football inspired party.
1. Play with your hero
For true fans, if you can’t see your team win the FA Cup the next best thing is playing on a pitch side-by-side with your sporting heroes. During May and June many Premiership stadiums offers access to their pitches for people looking for an extra special birthday or corporate football inspired party. Play with a Legend. It offers three-hour party packages that include playing time and socialising with the footballing icon after the match. The birthday party package includes full kit hire, a qualified referee, and a footballing legend to play in your game of 7 or 11 a-side. They will also join you for post-match drinks in the bar to share stories from their career. Footballers available for hire include Ian Rush, Emile Heskey and Teddy Sheringham.
2. Soccer Superstars
For the little football lovers in your life there are lots of indoor and outdoor pitches you can hire by the hour and set up your own mini-tournament. Some sessions are run by professional coaches and can include a wide variety of football inspired party games. Think keepie-up competitions and shoot-outs. For youngsters, a winner’s trophy is a nice touch to have, and medals for every competitor to take away as party favours. After all that activity, the young sportsmen and women and their parents will no doubt have worked-up an appetite. Find a pitch that offers an adjacent party room for hire. Decorate it with a football pitch dancefloor. Tables suspended on giant floral footballs. Linens in the colours of your favourite teams. A cascade of flowers blooming for football boots as creative table displays. Ideas are endless.
Third on our list of five ideas for a football inspired party, set up your own championship experience. Use technology such as X Box FIFA 19 for a football inspired game party. Unlike individual video game play, a party experience heightens the drama as players compete against each other in the same space. You can choose whatever the prize will be – even having knock-out rounds to take home your own party silverware. The best bit is that players can choose their own team, so no matter who you support there is a chance of seeing your colours in the final.
4. Penalty Shoot-Out
Nothing beats the drama of a final penalty shoot-out. And you can recreate the excitement by hiring an inflatable penalty shoot-out for your football inspired party. There are inflatable goals with either Velcro target areas or a series of holes to shoot through with a backdrop to collect the balls. They work well for outdoor parties or in a large indoor space and appeal to both young and old footie fans alike. Simple but fun for a smaller venue….add a Sabbuteo football table and watch grown men battle it out on the pitch! Let the tournament begin!
5. Hear from the best
Last on our collection of five ideas for a football inspired party is for a larger celebration. If you’re planning a more formal football inspired party such as a sportsman’s dinner, as well as football themed décor and entertainment, nothing beats the authenticity of hearing from one of the sport’s well-known greats. Combine with a dinner of match day foods – posh pie and peas, bottled beers chilled to arctic temperatures, piping hot cones of fish and chips and maybe a decadent Mars Bar (the staple of the terraces) inspired dessert. Footballing after dinner speakers for hire include Andy Cole, Ron Atkinson, Michael Owen, Kevin Keegan, John Barnes and Bryan Robson.
Five top tips for a high-octane motorsports inspired party
Five top tips for a high-octane motorsports inspired party
With the countdown on to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco at the end of May, it’s time to bring the glamour and thrill of the racetrack to your party plans. Always a winning design, motorsports décor works equally well for a birthday celebration or corporate event. Here is a selection of ideas to get your plans motoring, with our five top tips for a high-octane motorsports inspired party:
1. The wow-factor arrival
For the ultimate wow-factor at a motor-racing themed party you can’t beat having a championship race car parked in the driveway. It’s the ultimate selfie magnet and Instagram winner. Some companies hire out Formula 1 show cars that they will fully customise with your chosen branding. Other companies rent out actual championship cars such as the BENETTON FORD B190B driven by three times F1 world champion Nelson Piquet.
2. A racetrack entrance
Switching the red carpet for a black and white chequered or race-track runner is a great way to set the scene. Add to the atmosphere by playing the new Formula 1 super-hero style theme-tune as a background soundtrack and everyone will be revving-up to get the party started.
Once inside, stick with the chequered theme with flashes of red for the décor. And mix the theme up using tyres for plant arrangements, a chequered dance floor and large trophies as wine coolers.
3. The thrill of the race
It’s every motor-racing fan’s dream to hit the track in a Formula 1 car. And dreams can come true at your party if you hire a racing car simulator. There are different styles and sizes, some coming as huge outdoor structures with attached awning. Based on real-life Formula 1 race circuits, your guests will get to sit in a race-car seat and take part in simulated race challenges with other guests. Some racing simulators allow for up to 8 guests to race at once. It is a fantastic choice of entertainment for large events and can be used by anyone aged 7 and upwards.
Fourth on our list of five top tips for a high-octane motorsports inspired party, is an entertainment gem. Hiring a Scalextric race track and cars is a great way to get guests interacting. With a wide range of cars to choose you can go for the Formula 1 racers or the old British Rally classics. Depending on your event there are also options to add bespoke branding to both the track and cars. Up to 8 cars can run simultaneously. In addition, if you want to up the racing stakes, why not add a fun prize and hire a winners’ podium with chequered backdrop. Outside the racing, this can also be used as a selfie opportunity. And to add to the fun, provide guests with a choice of motor-racing hero card-masks as part of a selfie-prop kit, to liven-up the pics. Social media gold!
5. Refuelling station
The wonderful thing about a Grand Prix theme is there are so many brilliant opportunities to build the idea into all aspects of the party to make for a high-octane wheelie good night. So, your buffet tables or food stations become pit stops and refuelling stations. Drinks can be served from petrol-pump style dispensers. Dishes served from racing helmet shaped food stations. Guests handed steering-wheel designed plates. For quirky food choices we love oil-change, cola jellies and traffic-light fruit skewers. And for the full Formula 1 effect, don’t forget the champagne!
Raising £250, 000 for Red Sea Pedestrians and Derian House
TLC was proud to have been involved in planning a very special fundraising event for our friends at the Red Sea Pedestrians .
They dined. They danced. They raised £250, 000……..
“Generous supporters raised more than £250,000 for charity at a glittering fundraising extravaganza this weekend.
People from across the North West turned out in force to attend the prestigious Red Sea Pedestrians’ 11th annual Spring Ball, this year in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice.
A packed and exciting evening took place with entertainment provided by TLC as well as an auction, containing a whole host of prizes including incredible donations made by local artist Jai Sol, a new Fiat 500 plus three elephants painted by local artists especially for the ball.
Highlights of the night included the “stand for a grand” section of the auction, in which generous donors stood up to pledge an amazing total of £61,000 for “Tallulah”, a 6ft elephant sculpture decorated by the children at Derian House. Tallulah will now be donated back to Derian where she will take pride of place in the hospice building.
The black tie event hoped to raise enough money to pay for a holiday lodge that the charity would use to give its families a free week’s holiday at Ribby Hall Holiday Village in Wrea Green. The grand total, coming in at more than twice its target, will now also go towards a full cutting-edge refurbishment of the hospice building.
“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the attendees once again,” said Antony Wagman, chair of trustees at Red Sea Pedestrians.
“Each year, we look to support a different charity at our ball, when it was discussed about Derian House, I honestly couldn’t think of a more worthy cause.
“The charity serves children and young people of the North West providing vital care whilst creating unforgettable memories. It’s a tremendous charity and one I am proud we could assist.””
The city of romance, fine Champagnes, unique venues and a thriving, eclectic party scene! As you can imagine, Paris is a destination that draws the world’s best events and of course, their planners. TLC is no exception. Having planned business events at Le Louvre, 21st birthday lunches at the Eifel Tower and incentive weekends across this magnificent city, we a loving everything Paris offers. Which is why TLC’s event planner Jess Randall shares her best business traveller tips, and a hidden gem or two, for the French capital. Here’s her exclusive TLC Guide to Paris:
Getting to Paris for a business meeting from Manchester, where TLC is based, is so easy. There are several direct flights daily from Manchester International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle, taking approximately 1.30 hours. For that reason, and the convenience of its Business Flex tickets which allow you to take an earlier of later flight than planned if there is room on the plane, I opt for Air France. This cuts out the usual stress of getting caught up in city traffic. Plus it allows you to stay cool if an important meeting looks like it could over-run. In addition, the frequency of the flights also makes it possible to get there and back in a day. Although, when the business trip is to Paris, who wouldn’t opt for an overnight stay?
If you want to experience all the luxury, heritage and elegance Paris has to offer in a convenient, technically sophisticated space, you can’t beat this stunning 1928 art-deco hotel. Its in a prime location, just off the Champs-Elysees with some suites overlooking the Eiffel Tower. The hotel is the perfect spot for getting around the city. And after a busy day of meetings it is a treat to know you can come back and unwind in the hotel’s spa with it’s huge 17-metre (56-foot) pool. It’s fine dining restaurant, Le Cinq by Christian Le Squer, boasts three Michelin stars and is a must for those looking to enjoy sophisticated French cuisine.
A short distance from the traditional splendour of the Four Seasons Hotel is the striking modern architecture of the Palais des Congrès. Its quirky steel exterior and vibrantly coloured interior reminds me of the Salford’s Lowry Theatre. Inside it has everything you might want for any kind of corporate event with a total area of 32,000 m², including 19,000m² of exhibition surface area, four amphitheatres, 20 break-out rooms and 85 meeting rooms. Another huge plus of this venue is its central location, making it easy for guests to access by public transport.
Was always going to appear in the TLC Guide to Paris – it’s a favourite! Located in the trendy St-Germain district of Paris, Le Rooftop of hotel Montana is one of my favourite spots to entertain clients at any time of day, but particularly at night when the views of Notre Dame from the comfort of the heated terrace are breath-taking. The hotel describes the bar as an ‘exclusive cocoon’ and when sinking into one of its black leather armchairs it certainly feels that way. For that reason – this is top of my visit list.
Almost everything about a trip to Le Gabriel has the wow factor. From the grand entrance with its prestigious Napoleon III style interior design created by Jacques Garcia, o its beautifully crafted cuisine. Chef Jérôme Banctel’s passion for his work comes through in the dishes, which are served like a work of art. To give you an idea of how his cooking has created a talking point even within Paris’s competitive gourmet culture, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars after just one year in operation.
Any restaurant that has been around since 1899 has got to have something going for it. The central location, at the corner of avenue George V and the Champs-Elysées, is a huge winner. But it is its strong heritage as a haunt for the rich and famous, gives it a vibrant atmosphere that keeps people coming back. The brasserie was fully renovated in 2017 and on Thursday evenings hosts a popular after work party from 7pm.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you don’t need to look too far. Importnantly, this boutique hotel in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, left bank, is only a heartbeat away from the action but once you’re inside the grounds you could be a world away. Formerly a 16th-century private mansion, it has the feel of a grand, sophisticated home. And behind the house is the real treat – a private flowered garden and paved courtyard.
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It’s quite likely you’ll come across a film crew while in Paris. There are on average 10 film shoots on the street every day. As well as being an amazing location another attraction for film makers is that it is free to film on the streets. If your film crew involves more that 10 people then authorization is needed, but this is free too. The only exceptions are where filming takes place in a garden, a stadium, a pool, a market or a museum that depends on the mayor of Paris. In these instances the production pays a fee to the city.
Jess Randall is one of TLC’s team of corporate and private event planners, organising over a hundred events a year. If you have enjoyed our TLC Guide to Paris, check out our destination guide to enjoying the finest palace hotels in India.
There is a festive dilemma. Increasingly, we receive calls from companies (both large and small) who are wrestling with the pros and cons around one important question – is holding your company Christmas party in January a good idea?
There are indeed huge benefits to this plan. Here are just some of the reasons why it can work; and work well. Holding your company Christmas party in January doesn’t need to feel like an afterthought. This is why:
What better way to start the New Year than a team event? It’s a fantastic opportunity to motivate your team and look ahead to the targets and challenges of the year ahead. You could also use it as a team-building exercise to help your team bond and work more efficiently together. Just make sure that it retains all the elements of a great party!
Between Christmas and New Year, and the months of January and February are typically quieter in hospitality. That means you can often negotiate a better deal for your party. It could just be a cost saving, although many businesses see it as an opportunity to invest the savings into upgrading their venue, offering a complimentary bar, or hire a incredible party band to entertain all night!
Easier to schedule
Everyone’s busy at Christmas; people and venues. It can be a huge challenge to find an evening in December when all the team can attend an event. Many weekend nights are booked-up in September! In January, there’s generally less going on and more chance that everyone can make it. Also, venues are much quieter and so you should have your pick of dates, times and places.
January is often cited as the most depressing month of the year. Post festive celebrations, that return to work is a challenge – Blue Monday springs to mind. The opportunity to break the daily grind with a party is one that appeals. A chance to brighten up the month – now who wouldn’t enjoy that?
Your January party doesn’t have to carry a Christmas style. In fact, it shouldn’t. Pretending it is still Christmas just doesn’t work; tasteless comes to mind. For one client we designed a gorgeous ski lodge backdrop for their event. Apt for the season and with all of the warmth that you expect at Christmas. Just not a bauble or strand of tinsel in sight!
As veganism becomes an increasingly popular lifestyle choice and we head into November’s National Vegan Month, event organisers need to think about making their choice of food and drink vegan friendly. Yes – for a vegan friendly event you need to think about the drinks you are serving too. It’s not just those including dairy products, such as milk and cream. Importantly, many alcoholic drinks may seem vegan friendly on the face of it, they may not be because of the way in which they are produced. For some alcoholic drinks animal products are used in the filtering process to help remove impurities. At TLC – every guests needs is important. Our selection of four fabulous vegan-friendly party drinks should help to make vegan guests feel included.
As a general rule, clear spirits, such as vodka and white rum, are vegan friendly, but it is always best to check with the manufacturer to be 100% sure. Website Barnivore is a good place to check and some drinks are labelled with the Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.
It may take a little more thought and preparation, but there is no excuse for you to leave your vegan guests with a bland second-best beverage. Here are four of our favourites for inspiration.
Winter Bourbon Smash
At its heart, a smash is a mix of ice, spirit and seasonal fruit. This makes it a flexible drink that can be created to fit any season. For a winter warmer Minimalist Baker suggests smashing together raspberry jam, oranges, bourbon, triple sec, orange juice and soda water. When poured into sturdy tumblers the combination has a thick texture and deep-pink colour. When garnished with orange wedges looks and tastes fantastic. It’s also a speedy choice, taking just 10 minutes to prepare and serve. See Minimalist Baker for this and other inspired vegan choices.
Baileys Irish Cream is a popular liqueur choice at any time of year, and particularly during the cold winter months. A vegan lifestyle may mean you can’t enjoy the taste straight out of a bottle. Angela at Oh She Glows has come up with a homemade vegan-friendly version that combines both creamy texture and whisky kick.
Angela’s recipe uses Jameson Irish Whiskey as a base. Other ingredients include coconut mile, brown sugar, expresso coffee and a pinch of salt. It takes 20 minutes to prepare and cook. See website for details.
When catering for vegan guests you need to think about your soft drink choices because some may include colouring derived from gelatin or cochineal. Also, in the same way alcoholic drinks can be filtered through animal products, concentrated juices may have gone through the same processes.
This refreshing watermelon-based soft-drink is a wonderful choice that looks incredible when served from the scooped-out, watermelon bowl.
You can also add a dash of Amaretto to create an alcoholic version – and the mix of flavours is delicious. It takes 10 minutes to prepare. See elephantastic vegan for details.
This is another refreshing fruity choice that has tasty versions with or without alcohol. Although traditionally thought of as a summer drink, the rich orange colour of the mango, combined with the crisp green of fresh mint give it a festive look among rustic autumn-inspired party décor. The combination of mango, mint, lime and soda water is also a real thirst quencher that is welcome at any time of year.
It takes 15 minutes to prepare and if you fancy it with different fruits it’s easy to switch the mango for another fruit puree. Before your event try out a few different choices and see what works for you. For an alcoholic version add a dash of rum. Visit Vegan Richa for full recipe details.
Now that is four fabulous vegan-friendly party drinks to choose from!