Sep 24th 2019

Five of the UK’s Spookiest Venues

Five of the UK’s Spookiest Venues

With Halloween on the horizon it’s time to start party planning. And what does every good Halloween party need? A creepy, haunted venue of course. The brave souls at TLC HQ have scoured the country for the most spine-chilling places to host your scary soiree; five of the UK’s spookiest venues. You might even find yourself with a few extra guests (of the supernatural variety).

Five of the UK's Spookiest Venues

Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
https://chillingham-castle.com/

First in our collection that brings together five of the UK’s spookiest venues is chilling by name and nature. This Northumbrian castle is a medieval military stronghold in fabled for battles and bloodshed. It’s inhabited by military spirits, floating orbs and an infamous ‘white pantry ghost’. Yet many guests describe the apparitions as unfrightening, even friendly. The perfect place to throw a Halloween party! From private functions to grand balls, there is scope for parties of all shapes and sizes, with many options for accommodation.

Five of the UK’s Spookiest Venues

Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

www.woodchestermansion.org.uk

An imposing Victorian Gothic building complete with grotesque gargoyles. This venue has an alarming reputation for paranormal activity. Woodchester Mansion is available to hire for private and corporate functions with rooms that can comfortably cater for 180 guests. That’s if they dare to attend! Visitors have reported floating heads and being attacked by ghosts. Some guests have even collapsed in fear. Inside some of the rooms and entire floors are missing or unfinished which only adds to the unnerving atmosphere.

Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/whitby-abbey/

We couldn’t put together a list of five of the UK’s spookiest venues without mentioning the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Whitby Abbey is a seventh century Christian monastery that dominate the skyline of the seaside town in North Yorkshire. Legend has it that if your heart is pure when you look into the Abbey’s well at midnight St Hilda will appear.  If not, the devil will take you. From the Raithwaite Estate to Sanders Yard Bistro there are plenty of venues in Whitby where you can party in the shadows of the ruins.

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Renvyle House Hotel and Resort, Galway
https://www.renvyle.com/

Don’t let the idyllic scenery fool you. If it’s a relaxing break and a good night’s sleep you’re after, Renvyle House may not be the place for you. Guests have frequently reported thudding footsteps, an eerie presence in their bedrooms, as well as bedsheets being tugged off in the middle of the night. There’s only one answer then. Throw a huge Halloween party in one of the hotel’s gorgeous function rooms and dance the night away instead.

Elvey Farm, Pluckley, Kent
http://elveyfarm.co.uk/

Lastly, five of the UK’s spookiest venues wouldn’t be complete without this venue. The ghostly goings on in the small village of Pluckley in Kent have made it infamous as an epicentre for supernatural activity. In fact, it was even given the accolade of Britain’s Most Haunted Village in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989. A hanged schoolmaster and a screaming man are just some of the apparitions you may encounter during your stay in the town. Enjoy a haunted hike en-route to the party. Drop into the Black Horse public house where mischievous spectres are said to tease drinkers by moving their belongings around the pub. With a brand-new event space at your disposal, Grade II listed Elvey Farm is the perfect final venue for a Halloween shindig.

Five of the UK's Spookiest Venues

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 Sep 13th 2019

Venues + Events Live – Creating a dedicated destination for the northern events community

Venues + Events Live – Creating a dedicated destination for the northern events community

Following the success of its London exhibition, Venues and Events Live will introduce its inaugural Manchester event on 24th September at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Over 1500 industry professionals are expected to attend the free-to-register event which is set to host over 120 industry exhibitors including hotels, venues, bars, restaurants and event suppliers.

Ahead of Venues + Events Live Manchester, Kane Thomas, Group Show Manager discusses the reason behind launching the Show.

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Why did you decide to launch Venues + Events Live Manchester?

After speaking to the industry it was evident that there was a need for a show that was dedicated to the northern events community. Over 67% of our visitors to the 2018 London Show, reported they organise events outside London. Therefore when Ocean Media acquired the show last year, we made the decision to bring the Venues + Events Live brand to the North. We’re delighted to be supporting the industry and promoting a destination of the North.

 

What types of suppliers will be exhibiting at Venues + Events Live Manchester?

You’ll find a mix of suppliers at the Show this year, everything from hotels such as The Lowry Hotel, Malmaison, King Street Townhouse and the Titanic Hotel. Venues include Manchester United FC, Yorkshire Event Centre and Emirates Old Trafford. Then there’s bars and restaurants such as Be At One, 20 Stories, Cloud 23 and The Alchemist. Not forgetting our event suppliers Hawthorn, Wow Grass and Thorns. We’ve had a great response from the industry so far and over 100 brands are booked in for the Show. So, if you’re looking to reach an events audience outside of London then please get in touch and join us in September.

 

Who will attend the Show?

In short, anyone who plans events! Venues + Events Live typically attracts a loyal audience of corporate event bookers and other event professionals including managers, directors, agents, partners, consultants, executives, PA’s/EA’s and many others working in the field.

 

What is the Hosted Buyer programme and what are the benefits?

Our hosted buyer programme is for those who organise more than 10 events a year and have a budget of over £100,000. We aim to decrease the weeks they spend on research, online planning and phone calls by providing you with key, innovative information. Hosted buyers will have access to our exclusive networking lounge, a VIP lunch and complimentary accommodation or travel to the Show.

 

Can you tell us a bit more about what visitors can learn at the Show?

Aside from saving the time on sourcing new suppliers, our visitors will leave with new tips and tricks to take back to the office! We fully understand that taking a day out to come to the Show can be tricky, if you’re busy event planner or PA, so we’ve tried to ensure visitors make the most of their time at the show by putting on an educational seminar programme and hands-on masterclasses.

Our sessions give you important face time with key industry experts to get top tips on how to improve efficiency when venue hunting and planning events. We’ve got some great names this year such as Liz Taylor from TLC and Mike Blake-Crawford, Social Chain.

Our masterclasses cover a range of topics, from what cocktails and wine to use at your events, to how to hack stress levels and confidence issues at work.

 

In a snapshot..

Venues + Events Live lets you explore a world filled with unlimited creativity and ideas for planning your next event so if you’re an event planner or organise any kind of event then Venues + Events Live is not to be missed.

Register now for your free ticket to Venues + Events Live, 24 September at Manchester Central: https://ve-manchester-2019.reg.buzz/liz-taylor 

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 Sep 10th 2019

Destination Guide to London

Destination Guide to London

The best event venues, stellar eateries, a vibrant nightlife and a luxury hotel opening almost weekly, it’s no wonder event planners from across the globe flock to London. TLC has overseen many  events in the big smoke, both large scale and more intimate in nature. Here Lauren Worsley, Business Development Manager at TLC, uncovers the best of what the capital has to offer with her destination guide to London.

Best airline: British Airways

First of all, it’s hard to beat British Airways for a premium airline with a proven track record. Customer service is impeccable and there’s a huge route network and good frequent flyer reward programme.

Also once you (and your event attendees) arrive in London, it’s likely you’ll use a variety of means of transport to get around. It’s worth exploring whether a visitor Oyster card or travelcard is the best way to cover off your travel expense, opt for a black cab or book a private car to whisk you across the Capital.  However, worth remembering that London’s landmarks are sometimes deceptively close to one another. If it’s a pleasant day – a stroll to your venue could be a fabulous opportunity for guests to take in some of the historic sights of our capital city.

Best hotel: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Thirdly on my destination guide to London, it luxury, luxury, luxury. The rich diversity and sheer scale of London’s luxury hotel scene throws up an almost impossible quandary when selecting London’s best hotel. Consequenlty, for nostalgia and theatrical grandeur, it has to be The Ritz. Where the unique heritage of London’s ‘first hotel’ – Browns of Mayfair – is a must for those who want to follow in the footsteps of historical figures like Rudyard Kipling, Alexander Graham Bell and Agatha Christie.

Yet it’s the Edwardian architecture and un-tempered luxury of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge that makes it our hotel of choice. Lovingly restored under the keen direction of Joyce Wang, the refurbished hotel feels fresh and welcoming. Exemplary service, a Michelin star restaurant with Heston Blumenthal at the helm and central location are huge selling points, with views over Hyde Park the cherry on the cake. Queen Elizabeth II learnt to dance in the ballroom, which has now been transformed into a breath-taking event space.

https://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/hyde-park/luxury-hotel/presentation

Best venue for a corporate event: Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is an imposing Grade II listed building within easy access of Waterloo. Consequently its certain to add to the wow factor to your next event. All types and sizes of event can be catered for within the building’s numerous event spaces. The entire venue can be hired exclusively, holding up to 1250 guests and with access to exhibits available at an extra charge. In addition, the roof terrace is truly spectacular, suspended from the barrel-vaulted glass roof with views over the galleries below.

Destination Guide to London

https://www.tagvenue.com/rooms/london/1869/iwm-london-imperial-war-museum/whole-venue

Best rooftop bar: The Roof Terrace at Vintry and Mercer

When it comes to rooftop bars London has plenty to choose from, each providing its own unique vantagepoint of the city’s landmarks. The Rooftop at St. James overlooking Trafalgar Square is probably one of the best; with an eye line view of Admiral Nelson it’s a magnet for selfie-lovers. Yet, it’s a new kid on the block that gets our vote for the best roof top bar. The roof terrace at Vintry and Mercer offers dinner with a view in a stylish and civilised setting.

https://www.vintryandmercer.com/dining-in-the-city/mercer-roof-terrace/

https://www.timeout.com/london/bars-and-pubs/the-rooftop-st-james

Best lunch spot to wow a client: Sketch, Mayfair

Sketch is possibly the most beautiful restaurant we’ve ever stepped foot in. For that reason, it’s an Instagrammers dream,. Every inch of space is exquisite. Dine in The Gallery, The Lecture Room, The Parlour or The Glade – each more elaborate and theatrical than the last. Oh, and the food isn’t so bad either. Proven by the two Michelin stars.

Best restaurant for a business dinner: Chiltern Firehouse

It wasn’t so long ago that getting a table in the Chiltern Firehouse was a mission impossible. Celebrities and people of notoriety flocked to the venue when it first opened. However, where the initial mania has subsided, the food and impeccable service levels have not. After a sublime dinner in lovely surroundings, you can impress your client with a trip up the watchtower to take in the view – the perfect way to seal a business deal.

Destination Guide to London

https://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/londons-best-restaurants-for-business-lunches

A ‘hidden gem’: The Barbican Conservatory

You will have heard of the Barbican of course, but did you know that nestled between the theatre, dance, film and exhibitions is London’s second largest conservatory? Home to over 1500 tropical plants, it’s also a stunning event space for conferences, weddings and corporate events.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/conservatory

What interesting fact could you tell a client?

Finally, London’s black cabs are world-renowned, but becoming a driver of the iconic London taxi isn’t easy. Potential cabbies must pass a rigorous test known as ‘The Knowledge’, where they learn every street in London by heart. With 60,000 streets and over 100,000 places of note that’s some revision!

Destination Guide to London

If you have enjoyed Lauren’s destination guide to London, check-out Frankie Lyon’s Guide to Liverpool

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 Aug 20th 2019

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Home of the Beatles, arguably the most successful footballing city in the UK (although I am not sure this Manchester girl can agree on that!), a unique maritime heritage and stunning period architecture. Liverpool has a lot to offer. And it seems that every week there is a new bar, restaurant or hotel opening in this vibrant city. Luckily, TLC’s Frankie Lyons has the lowdown on the best places to visit and shares them here in her Destination Guide to Liverpool.

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Having worked as PA to TLC’s founder and managing director Liz Taylor for over fifteen years, I have supported the team on many events and been fortunate enough to travel to some amazing destinations.

There is one northern UK city that I love for its unique energy and scouse humour. In my Destination Guide to Liverpool, I am bringing together some of the places that I love to visit for both business and pleasure – enjoy!”

Best airline: Private Jet

Ryan Air and Easy Jet are the main airlines operating from Liverpool airport, so it’s an easy and affordable place to fly from destinations all over Europe. For those who prefer a little more privacy and luxury, the XLR Executive jet centre at Liverpool is a discreet and efficient service for VIP passengers and private aircraft owners. For that reason, it would definitely be my choice of how to travel in style.

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Best hotel: Titanic

https://www.titanichotelliverpool.com/meetings-events-spaces-liverpool

First of all, although it’s situated a little out of town, the Grade II listed former warehouse that’s now known as the Titanic Hotel is worth a taxi ride. It boasts 153 extremely spacious and distinctive rooms. Many come with impressive vaulted ceilings and all of them have supremely tasteful décor. It’s completed by an amazing subterranean spa. And within the boundaries of this cavernous hotel are two unique and inspiring event spaces. Also ideal for corporate events and weddings alike. The beautifully renovated 1950s Rum Warehouse hosts up to 500 guests, where characterful West Bay, with its steel pillars and stone floors, can hold 180.

Best venue for a corporate event: Royal Liver Building

As Liverpool event venues go, they don’t come more iconic than the Royal Liver Building. Famed for the mythical creatures that roost on its rooftop and with panoramic views of the river Mersey. This venue embodies the spirit of Liverpool. Two contemporary gallery style rooms are available for events, complete with a private Royal Balcony overlooking the waterfront. Each has tasteful, neutral décor that’s a blank canvas for corporate messaging or wedding décor. For that reason – you can let your imagination run wild.

https://royalliverbuildingvenue.co.uk/

Best rooftop bar: Goodness Gracious at Oh Me Oh My

My Destination Guide to Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without this. A beautiful hidden venue in the heart of downtown Liverpool, Oh Me Oh My is described as ‘a casual and creative space’. By day it operates as a café and tea house with a laid-back Parisian vibe. By night, it transforms into a unique event space available for private hire. It also frequently opens its doors to the public for evening ‘secret sessions’. The jewel in the crown of this enigmatic venue is Goodness Gracious. The rooftop terrace with a bird’s eye view of Liverpool’s Three Graces. It’s open whenever the sun shines from March to October.

Best lunch spot to wow a client: Panoramic 34

Breath-taking views and fine dining within easy reach of Liverpool’s central business district. What more could you ask for? As the name suggests you can enjoy 360° views of the city along with menus inspired by the seasons that evolve daily.

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Best restaurant for a business dinner: The Art School

In the unlikely setting of a former home for destitute children (which later became an art school), celebrity Chef Paul Askew’s 50 cover restaurant is certain to impress clients. In fact, it’s Liverpool’s first ‘Michelin star contender’ according to a recent review from Cheshire Life magazine. Therfore, a perfect choice for TLC clients.

https://theartschoolrestaurant.co.uk/

A ‘hidden gem’: Dirty Little Secret

Hidden in every sense of the word. Consequently, you have to be very committed to visit this place. But oh, is it worth it! Dirty Little Secret is an intimate and atmospheric speakeasy bar that’s well concealed from partygoers. It’s located by ‘finding the key on Wood Street’. And once inside it’s renowned for even more surprises. Customers have been treated to random ‘free bar’ nights on more than one occasion.

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Finally, Liverpool has doubled for Paris, London, Dublin and Moscow in numerous feature films and TV shows. A thriving film industry ensures its continued popularity amongst film crews. With Sherlock Homes, Creed, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Tolkien, Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows, Captain American and The Fast and The Furious just some of the films that have been shot in the city.

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 Aug 19th 2019

Summer Into Autumn Wedding Flowers

Summer into Autumn Wedding Flowers

In terms of floral wedding décor, the transition from summer to autumn is one of the most noticeable seasonal changes. Out go the peonies, fuchsia and gerbera and in come red roses and luxurious lilies. The bright, high energy colourways and pretty pastels make way for a richer tonal palette too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have show-stopping flowers at an Autumn wedding. In our trends to watch out for with Summer into Autumn Wedding Flowers, we show how to update some of our most sought after summer wedding looks with an autumnal twist.

#Look 1. Summer Fruits

One of our favourite designs for Summer into Autumn Wedding Flowers is combing tables featuring a long Perspex trough running the full length. In this, we float tea lights and seasonal fruits and blooms. This look can be transformed for autumn with ruby red apples and by weaving in rustic bark and foliage. Use scents of the season as a finishing touch to make your room smell as good as it looks. Muskier scents like sandalwood and aromatic spices often take to the fore at this time of year.

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#Look 2. Gold Leaf

We’re often asked to replace traditional floral plinths with a summery avenue of trees to line the aisle. In Autumn the colours of the leaves will be even more enchanting as they turn with the change of season. Trees can also be extremely effective in wedding décor, adding both height and drama to table centres. And what better way to dine than under a canopy of crimson and amber foliage. “

#Look 3. Floral Canopy

One of the best flowers to achieve this abundant look is wisteria, which blooms from May – June, so there’s a small window for using the real deal. A way to extend a floral canopy’s life way beyond a couple of months would be to use faux flowers – and there are some brilliant imitations around. Alternatively, focus on greenery for the trailing elements of the canopy, ivy works particularly well, then weave in some seasonal blooms to match your colour palette. Rich, warming orange tones are offset beautifully with coloured table linens.

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Look 4. Pressed Flowers

Fourth on our tips for Summer into Autumn Wedding Flowers, is a design that sees beautiful cut flowers and leaves pressed between a sheet of Perspex and a glass or Perspex table top. Sitting underneath the table settings, this expertly shows how using seasonal flowers creatively can be affordable and still achieve stunning effects. It would be really easy to replace these pretty pastel blooms with seasonal colours and berries. Perhaps even weaving in some fragrant herbs like rosemary and thyme to bring in all of the senses.

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 Aug 14th 2019

Liz Shares Outdoor Event Planning Advice

Outdoor Event Planning Advice

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.

The Event

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!’

Outdoor Event Planning Advice

The Feedback

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.”

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 Jul 11th 2019

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!

How to put the WOIW factor into an event

So, how to put the wow factor into an event. There are three vital ingredients that contribute, and here they are:

Imagination

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.

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Individuality

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!

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 Jul 5th 2019

Europe’s fabulous five Christmas party venues

Europe’s fabulous five Christmas party venues

Are you searching for unique and memorable destinations for this year’s Christmas celebrations? TLC scours the globe for unique and inspirational venues.  Hidden gems where we gain exclusive access. Or traditional venues that bring more than a touch of glamour to the festivities. So be inspired by our round up of Europe’s fabulous five Christmas party venues:

The Cutty Sark, Greenwich – London

Firstly, enjoy a truly exceptional dining experience under the copper clad hull of the world’s only surviving 19th Century tea clipper, the magnificent Cutty Sark. Reception drinks are held on the main deck allowing guests to take in the breath-taking sights of London before heading below to The Dock. This is a unique event space with capacity for 250 seated guests. For those who want a more private affair, up to 10 guests can be accommodated in the Mahoney-panelled Master’s Saloon.

City Hall, Vienna – Austria

Second on our collection of Europe’s fabulous five Christmas party venues, is the picture-perfect backdrop to one of Europe’s most popular Christmas markets. Vienna’s magnificent City Hall is probably the very epitome of all a Christmas part venue should be. Each year, a spectacular black-tie takes place on New Year’s Eve. Guests enjoy fine dining, Viennese operetta, midnight waltz and fireworks. All set in the neo-gothic architectural splendour of The Grand Ballroom. As a result, an unforgettable Christmas party is enjoyed.

Snowland Restaurant, Rovaniemi – Finland

A Christmas party venue list wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the official terrestrial hometown of Santa Claus. Situated on the edge of the arctic circle, Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland. Furthermore, sightseers can visit Santa Claus village, reindeer and husky farms and view the spectacular Northern Lights from glass-roofed igloos. And our party venue choice? A restaurant made of snow of course! Aptly named Snowland, it has capacity for 270 guests to enjoy authentic Finnish cuisine within the snow-walled dining space, followed by dancing the night away at the ice disco.

RELATED TOPIC: Creating Winter Wonderland Parties

The Phoenicia Hotel, Malta

If it’s winter sun you’re craving, there’s no need to travel long haul. Europe has plenty of places to top up the vitamin D levels as you celebrate the festive season. The Canary Islands, Cyprus and Sicily all enjoy year-round sunshine. But, Europe’s hottest destination (in more ways than one) is Malta. Steeped in history and with magnificent décor, our event venue of choice is a five-star retreat located in Malta’s capital city. The Phoenicia Hotel has a mix of event rooms ranging from the extravagant Grand Ballroom to The Knights Room for more intimate celebrations. Above all, guests can make the most of the trip, partying by night and relaxing by the pool during the day.

Musèe de Arts Forains, Paris – France

Finally, Europe’s fabulous five Christmas party venues wouldn’t be complete without this city. Paris is certainly packed full of architectural gems, history, heritage and culture. There’s certainly no shortage of party venues to choose from. But for quirky eccentricity and a truly unforgettable experience, look no further than the Pavillions de Bercy – Musèe des Arts Forains (Museum of Fairground Arts). You can hire four theatrical event spaced together or separately. Each showcasing unique historical décor and interactive experiences. With centuries old fairground rides, mechanical musical instruments, an original 1920s organ, ballroom, brewery, a host of performing artists and a carousel to entertain and amaze guests. For that reason, its hard to imagine a more spectacular event venue.

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 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!

Unwrapping the Secret to Christmas Event Planning

Tips for planning a successful event. The secret to keeping ideas fresh. What trends we can expect to see in 2019 and beyond.

“And just why did HRH The Duke of Cambridge sing”?

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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