May 3rd 2019

Five ideas for a football inspired party

Five ideas for a football inspired party

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.

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3. FIFA champions

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.

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 Apr 17th 2019

Destination Guide: Enjoy Luxury in Leeds

Destination Guide: Enjoy Luxury in Leeds

This month our MD, Liz Taylor is speaking on the ‘Future of Event Design’ at the 10th anniversary Conference and Hospitality Show, Leeds First Direct Arena (30 April). If you’re going along, check out some of our favourite spots in this vibrant northern city, and enjoy luxury in Leeds. Here’s our suggestions:

Best hotel: The Queens Hotel

If you’re looking for luxury in Leeds, look no further than the regally named The Queens Hotel in City Square. Built in 1937 this stunning Grade II listed Art Deco venue has an unrivalled position for access to the city. It offers direct access to Leeds train station via a private entrance from the station concourse. If you are travelling by car, the hotel also provides valet parking for a fee. Now part of Q Hotels, there is a dedicated floor for suites where guests can enjoy an exclusive QClub level experience. This includes a private lounge and rooftop terrace.

Best venue for a corporate event: First Direct Arena

First Direct Arena is equipped to host all level of events. From comedy clubs to music mega stars like Cher and Rita Ora; sporting events such as Europe’s Strongest Man to major conferences such as the Conference and Hospitality Show. And let’s face it, if you’re going to invite the event planner industry in for a conference you’ve got to be good, because you’re sure to hear about it if you’re not.

The stand-out feature for large conferences is the venue’s unique ‘super theatre’. This holds 12,000 people with all seats facing the stage. Depending on the size of event, the Arena also offers more intimate spaces for numbers as small as 10. Choose from classroom style facilities, boardrooms and exhibition space.

Best rooftop bar: Angelica

Spring is here. As the weather warms up there is no better way to experience a new city than rising above it to get a full panoramic view. Angelica is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy luxury in Leeds. Located on the sixth floor of the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, the rooftop bar has a wraparound planted terrace for unrivalled city views. Every Saturday night the roof bounces the vibes of resident DJ club night Razamataz. The restaurant and terrace are also available for exclusive hire and can host between 20 and 160 guests.

Best lunch spot to wow a client: Arnolds

At Arnold’s the Yorkshire experience is central. This independent restaurant, on Wade Lane in Leeds Arena Quarter, prides itself on serving locally sourced, seasonal produce, showcasing the very best of Yorkshire and British ingredients.

The restaurant is available for full exclusive hire. There is also private dining available for up to 26 guests, with business facilities such as high-speed internet, hidden digital screen and full audio-visual equipment.

Destination Guide: Enjoy Luxury in Leeds

We also couldn’t leave out one of our favourite dining spots; The Ivy Victoria Quarter.  

We love their casual menus with unique interior and impeccable service. Popular with celebrities and social movers, The Ivy never fails to impress.

A ‘hidden gem’: Leventhorpe Vineyard

You don’t have to journey far from Leeds to feel as if you are a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Leventhorpe Vineyard in Woodlesford is accessible by car, bus or train. Plus it is open most days for sales. Founded by George and Janet Bowden in 1985 the vineyard was the first to re-introduce commercial wine growing back into Yorkshire. The couple, who are members of the English Wine Producers, produce a range of award-winning wines. White, red and sparkling, both white and pink. All of which are made from grapes grown on site within their five-acre vineyard and produced in their purpose-built winery.

If our destination guide has helped, you should check out our Ten UK Cities Popular With Event Organisers

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 Apr 4th 2019

Tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch

Tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch

Hip hop hurray! Spring is here and what better way to enjoy the warmer weather than with a picnic party. And with Easter providing us with a long bank holiday weekend, it is the ideal time to gather friends and family for a picnic party. Here’s our tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch to get you started:

Decorating the outdoors

Don’t be fooled, planning the perfect picnic party needs as much attention to detail as an indoor brunch. Picnic blankets are fine for little-ones or spontaneous outings. But if you’re inviting guests for an Easter brunch, you need to clean up the garden furniture and make sure you have somewhere comfortable for them to sit. Brightly coloured bean-bags on a large picnic blanket make for a more relaxed seating area, perfect for kids.

When choosing accessories, pastel shades such as pink, baby blue, mint or pale green and lemon are a good choice. They combine well to create a fresh colour scheme for Spring and have a range of floral options to suit. For inexpensive decor, you can also use these colours in Easter bunting and balloons to give the event a festive party feel.

Table’s set

Nothing looks more appealing than a crisp table cloth and fresh flowers on a bright spring morning. It is here where you can really add some personality to your brunch. Try bunny napkin folding for a family or children’s occasion.  For a more adult celebration, add a splash of style with a series of small vases of colourful tulips lining the table.  In between, use pretty holders (such a vintage cake stands) filled with colourful porcelain Easter eggs. 

Or go for one long , low trough to run down the centre of the table.  This can be rustic wood or metal. or made of contemporary Perspex. Create a magical garden inside with a base of turf, then adding flowers to dress.  Of simply fill the trough with a mixture of spring flowers or a display of planted daffodils.  Eclectic tastes? Mix potted daffodils and tulips planted in tea pots, with pretty egg cups filled with painted wooden eggs. The different heights, shapes and textures work well to achieve a ‘no fuss’ look.


Tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch

For chocolate lovers, place a miniature basket of chocolate eggs on each place as a gift. Add a tag, and it does double duty as a name card.  Or use an iced Easter bunny shaped biscuit as the place marker.

Tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch

Plastic and paper plates are fine. But for me, when it comes to cutlery, you should go with the real thing.  Lovely silverware on each place is timeless and elegant.  Add some coloured glassware to reflect your colour theme, and the table will be simple but stylish – the perfect combination for a brunch.

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Drinks are served

The Easter brunch is so anticipated because it gives us a taste of what’s to come in summer. Nothing says this more than home-made lemonade. For little-ones this is a fantastic opportunity to get them involved, not only in making the thirst-quenching juice, but also in serving it. A lemonade or soft-drink stall also provides an additional space to decorate with your party theme and colours.

For younger children juice cartons decorated as Easter bunnies are sure to bring a smile. While for grown-ups, cucumber water or elderflower gin make good choices for their fresh, delicate flavours.  Just remember to be creative in presentation.  The lemonade can be served in jam jars with a straw. Put the gin in tin cups for a vintage vibe.  Think outside the glass!

Tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch

Al fresco dining:

A picnic isn’t a picnic without the food, so what to serve must be top of the planning list. A successful picnic feels casual and relaxed, but to create that atmosphere takes time and planning so hot food needs to stay hot and cold food keeps cold. Sounds straight forward, but if you don’t plan how you are going to serve your food, things can easily go wrong and the last thing you want is for any guest to go down with food poisoning.

Ham is a brilliant picnic staple because it can be sliced hot or cold and works well with potato and bean salads for a tasty mid-morning brunch. For non-meat eaters Jamie Oliver’s Vegan mushroom, chestnut and cranberry tart makes an excellent alternative. For those who are looking for finger food only, home-made sausage rolls are a favourite filler, and again Jamie Oliver has a good choice alternative in his Vegan Mushroom rolls.  

A brunch is not a brunch without pancakes!  Topped with the kids favourite chocolate and banana, or add smoked bacon and maple syrup for a north American twist.  Fruits and berries with a blob of crème fraiche is also a classic. I love to serve smoked haddock kedgeree and smoked salmon with bagles. Something for everyone.

One other option….try miniature picnic baskets for two!  Filled with chilled goodies to share and a bottle of fizz. Perfect.

Sweet treats:

Our tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch wouldn’t be complete without including the sweeter side of the catering. This is where the real fun starts. Sticking with theme of the season small character cut-outs of rabbits and chicks can be used on fruits such as melon and pineapple to create cute, healthy bite-sized treats for little ones. For grown-ups, berry cups with a mixture of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry, look both colourful and sophisticated. An Easter cake is a must but save the chocolate and colourful sweet treats for the Easter Egg hunt, so children can delight in coming back with a picnic-basket full of goodies. And for a stylish treat, opt for coloured macaroons. Best served with a chilled glass of Champagne.

Fun and games

An Easter Egg hunt is still the main event for little-ones, and there are lots of ways to make this fun and decorative. But you may also want to expand the theme with a craft table for egg painting and making Easter baskets. If you want to hire an entertainer, balloonists are a great choice for outdoor Easter fun. And there are plenty of ways to turn the Easter theme onto popular traditional games, such as pin the tail on the Easter Bunny, having an Easter Egg balloon piñata, and a colourful competition for all ages to guess how many jelly beans are in the sweetie jar.

For a more adult occasion, I love music outdoors.  Anything goes. A one man band to a contemporary violin quartet.  Jazz works well alongside acoustic guitarists. Choose what you love and something relaxing – it will suit the brunch setting and outdoor vibe.

Tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch

Follow our tips for planning an Easter picnic brunch for all the family, and your party is sure to be a huge success

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