Spring has sprung, and that means we’ll start to see more and more sunny, warm and longer days. Gone are the cosy nights in front of the log fire, moved aside for the exciting events of springtime. From long bank holiday weekends, Easter festivities, and the ever popular spring wedding, your calendar will no doubt be filling up as you read this. Read the rest of this entry »
Are you planning or organising a party or event? Sometimes you want something a little different; something to make your event stand out from the rest. You can do that with your decoration, your entertainment, or simply, your food.
The food you choose to cater your party with can make a real difference to your guests’ experience. Good food will always be appreciated, but good food with an edge will stand out in their memories for a lifetime. Here are some interesting ideas for event catering that you might be interested in…
Organising a party for children can get a little stressful, particularly the food shopping, but it needn’t be. No matter how many you’re catering for, whether it’s a party of ten, twenty or thirty kids, you just need a bit of organisation to help you along the way.
Sorting out the menu for a children’s party is nothing compared to an adult dinner party. There is no need for fancy appetisers and a three-course menu. Think about how much a child can normally eat; realistically, they will only need a sandwich, some crisps, a few pieces of fruit and a piece of cake – or an equivalent.
So, before you start filling that shopping trolley up with an unnecessary amount of food, read through some of our top tips on how to cater for a children’s party.
Throwing an unforgettable party can involve a lot of planning and preparation, so it’s easy to get lost in the details. However, all your hard work will be worth it in the end and choosing innovative party ideas and themes can help you stay organized and keep things simple. Deciding on a theme is the first step to planning a lovely event that your guests will remember fondly for years to come, and it can help you choose everything from the food and the drinks to the party decorations and music that will work best for you.
Whether it’s a children’s party, the celebration of an engagement, or a fun get-together with friends, planning ahead and making the right preparations will make it easier for you to put together and enjoy your special event. If you’re still undecided about what you want to do for your next celebration, we’ve put together a few of the best party ideas we could find to help inspire you. Just browse through the suggestions and incorporate the elements, themes and tips that you like into your next event.
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Whatever party you’re having – whether a wedding, a birthday or any other celebration – there’s no doubt that you want to impress your guests, right? And what better way to your guests’ hearts than through food.
Food is certainly an easy way to impress your guests, but you want to do something a little bit different if you’re looking to make your party stand out from the rest. Check out these cool ways to present your food… and no, that doesn’t include plates or trays!
Summer is a popular time for two things: weddings and barbeques – so why not combine the two? Make your summer wedding extra special by going for a good old BBQ for your menu. Here are the reasons you should get on this sizzling wedding trend…
Embrace the season
What better way to enjoy the summertime than with an outdoor wedding? Even with the unpredictable British weather – rain or shine – there’s no doubt that we always commit to those precious BBQ moments. Think about having a marquee for your big day where your guests can crowd under with their burgers and hotdogs. If you’re really worried about the weather, get some heaters in!
Have fun with it
That said, a fab way to match with your British BBQ idea would be to give each of your guests some checked blankets for extra warmth. You can be creative with the seating, too – take the countryside chic trend of the moment to the next level by laying out picnic mats for your guests, or even hay bales!
Pick and mix
There’s always going to be something that guests like on a BBQ, so you can have a lot of fun with it. It’s a good time to think outside the box to make your wedding food a real talking point of the day. Don’t stick to just burgers, sausages, kebabs and buns – go all out! How about saving on the wedding cake and get your guests making smores? Make sure to still include any dietary requirements on your wedding invitations so that you can get an idea of numbers when it comes to vegetarians, vegans, those guests that are gluten-free and so on.
One less thing to think about
Cross one thing off your, seemingly never-ending, to-do list and go for a BBQ hire service. At Four Candles, we provide the BBQ itself as well as the serving cutlery and gazebos to shelter your guests and your yummy cooked food.
BBQs are great for getting people together – they always create a very fun, sociable atmosphere because everybody wants to get involved and help out. Get some of your trusted guests to take turns in adopting the role of Head Chef, and watch your family and friends get together and bond over burgers. Just you wait!
Opting for a BBQ for your wedding food is a very relaxed idea that your guests will enjoy. It’s something that’s a little bit different compared to the traditional three-course wedding breakfast, and will most definitely get your family and friends talking. Make it a day to remember!
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding or a more laidback affair, we’ve got some fantastic ideas for your wedding food that you might just want to pinch…
This sizzling trend from 2015 is hitting 2016, too, and we’re not surprised! It’s a super easy way to feed your guests, in a way that they got what they want and probably are okay to get seconds. BBQs will be a winner with your guests for sure!
Another easy peasy way to fill your guests’ rumbling tummies – a hog roast! A super summertime treat for each of your family and friends that they can all enjoy in the garden whilst socialising with the rest of the party. Get creative with the salads you serve to go with the meaty bap, and of course, always remember the vegetarian option!
Ice cream van
Having an ice cream van at your wedding reception is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and a perfect way to distract your guests whilst you’re off having photos. Ice cream is an ideal accompaniment to any summer party and going the whole hog with a vintage ice cream van will really impress your guests, it will make for a fantastic photo opportunity too. Hello, Instagram!
Line tables up around the sides of the marquee and fill them with all of your favourite foods. You can place some seating areas outside the tent to encourage your guests to sit outside whilst enjoying their full plates, and get them talking to each other. Another idea we can’t let you pass on is a dessert table – that’s right, a whole table assigned to cakes, tarts, puddings and all things sweet. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? If you’re looking on ways to save money, you could even request your guests to cook up a speciality of theirs to bring to your big day.
Another way of getting your guests socialising and embracing the outdoors is running with a picnic idea for your wedding feast. Of course, this can again involve tables and tables of your favourite foods, your mum’s sausage rolls and your aunt’s lemon drizzle cake. Scatter some checked blankets for your guests to sit on, and why not fill up some picnic baskets with sweets for the children to enjoy? And probably your older guests too…
Picking the evening entertainment for your wedding marquee is just as important as every other detail of your special day. A DJ is a popular choice for many happy couples; it’s a fun way to fill a dance floor. How do you choose a wedding DJ though so you know you have ticked every single box?
The cost of wedding DJs differs, you’ll find some amateur disc jockeys that work for beer money and other professional entertainers that like to provide you with a lights and sound spectacular. Cheap isn’t always best but you don’t have to overspend in this area either. Get a few quotes for DJ’s; listen to personal recommendations and compare prices before you make a final choice.
Some DJs seem to be stuck in a time warp; they think it’s fine to play a set list of songs for every wedding function they attend. This is fine if you’re happy to let them choose your music, it’s not so good if you have set ideas about the style of music you want playing. Experienced DJs will have a wide selection of music and they’ll be happy for you to sit down with them and go through the set list of songs. They’ll be clever in the way they mix the music so it caters for people of all ages and music tastes.
Are you happy for your DJ to turn up with a CD player and one solitary speaker? Of course you’re not! Whoever you give the honour of playing music at your wedding to, they should have all the tools of the trade. Professional decks, lights and sound systems have to be provided, the equipment should be reliable and safe to use, having had all necessary electrical safety checks.
Avoid cheesy wedding DJ’s that sound like relics from the 1970s. Look for a good blend of humour, enthusiasm and passion about music, you’ll know you’ve got it right when see your guest’s reaction to the person behind the decks. Good DJ’s are great with people, they’re full of confidence and you can’t help but like their style.
Having a marquee at your wedding reception can add a beautiful feel. The natural, outdoor setting will make your wedding photos that little bit more special. Whether you are thinking about tying the knot in the autumn/winter, or you’re not quite convinced about that time of the year yet, we’ve come up with a few ideas on ways to bring that autumnal feel to your special day…
Rustic & Woodsy Feel
Like all the seasons, autumn has a special feel about it. With the leaves turning burnt colours and falling from the trees, you might like to create a woodland feel to your marquee. To truly bring to life the spirit of autumn, try hanging lanterns or fairy lights, or arranging more traditional wooden furniture for your guests.
The rustic, woodsy feel should bring warmth to your marquee. A lovely idea to create an added cosy feel is providing blankets or rugs, and cushions for your guests. Bring a bit of your home outdoors and create a truly welcoming and comforting atmosphere.
Seasonal Decor and Food
Keep your wedding simple by opting for seasonal decorations and food. Think pumpkins and apples! You could serve your guests a warming pumpkin soup with nutty bread as a starter, or a roasted pumpkin curry for the main. Pressed apple juice or cider might add a nice touch. Or how about warm cocoa after a dark chocolate dessert or berry pie?
The decorations of your wedding can be just as important as the dress itself and marquees allow a lot of flexibility to truly make your wedding your own. Pine cone and acorn decorations will help channel the natural feel of your marquee reception and can be as simplistic, authentic or stylised as you like. Search online for autumnal inspiration and decorations.
Sashes and Pashminas
If the chill of autumn is worrying you, plan ahead for your wedding party and guests. Introduce pashminas for you and your bridesmaids to keep the cold at bay. These could correspond to the wedding’s colour scheme; you might choose a burnt orange, maroon or coffee colour to fit with the changing of the seasons. Sashes too could provide a block of autumn colour if you are thinking of having a paler tone for your bridesmaids’ dresses.
It is always nice to personalise your wedding day and add a few special touches. With so many creative wedding concepts to inspire you, have a look at our top five alternative wedding reception guest book ideas…
Having a photobooth is becoming a popular trend at a lot of modern weddings. Fun for guests and great for creating memories, providing a Polaroid camera for your guests to snap pictures of themselves is a simple idea. It will give you something to look back on that is less formal than traditional professional photographs. Get your guests to sign their photograph or leave a message alongside it so that you can assemble them into a guest book.
This may seem quite childish but having a fingerprint painting can be a fun and creative memory of your wedding. Design your guestbook as a work of art for your wall by getting guests to leave a thumbprint to create leaves on a tree silhouette. Guests can then sign their name on or around their fingerprint. Depending on the season you get married you might choose certain colours of paint. Just have plenty of wipes handy for your guests to clean themselves up afterwards!
Wishing Tree Tags
Another tree-themed idea, wishing trees as guestbooks originate from Dutch culture as a wedding tradition. Associated throughout history and various cultures with good luck and future prosperity, wishing trees are something you can keep hold of and look after forever. Place your tree at the entrance as your guests walk in so that they can leave messages on parcel tags and tie them to the tree branches.
To bring a vintage-inspired element to your wedding leave a typewriter on a table for guests to type their own personalised messages. This will differ from the traditional handwritten messages given in guestbooks. The novelty of a typewriter is fun for all guests and will create a lovely looking memory.
A simple and cost friendly idea, purchasing a large chalkboard for your guests to leave doodles and messages will guarantee an alternative to a guestbook. If you are worried about where you’ll keep the chalkboard after the wedding consider having a number of small boards and a camera so that your guests can take a picture of themselves with their sign.