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How to Organise the Best Summer Party

Looking to host an amazing summer party? We’ve got some top tips and hard facts to help your summer celebration go with a swing. High on the agenda are three essentials: your party should be well attended, inclusive, and fun. There are many factors to consider, such as the venue, the theme, the menu, the decorations, the activities, and, most importantly, the guests. Here are some ideas that we hope will help you get it right. Start Planning Your Summer Party NowYipee! Summer is finally here. Or is it? In fact, unless you’re planning a year ahead, let’s hope you’re reading this on a cold, dark afternoon in winter, or perhaps one of those beautiful, crisp, frosty mornings, it doesn’t matter, the point it that summer is short, party venues get booked up, and your guest’s calendars will be filled in no time, so get started long in advance. People want the best from their summer, book early and give them what they want. Send a save-the-date as soon as you can, then secure the perfect venue and exciting activities before they’re taken. Give Your Summer Party the Perfect Personality?The secret sauce for a sizzling summer party that is talked about for years is the vibe. Create an atmosphere that matches what you want to achieve by choosing the right venue and party style. Want to bond the team and boost morale? You could try a thrilling outdoor corporate activity day at a county showground, or in the grounds of a country house hotel. Looking to boost team energy before a major sales campaign? Try go-kart racing or attending a live track event. Perhaps you just want to party with friends and family, or reward the team with a fun and relaxing evening out—where better than a rooftop bar with views across the city? Know Your Summer Party GuestsWhatever the party style you choose, it can be enhanced or harmed by your theme. For this, you have to think about your guests and the purpose. Say you chose a summer party with a tropical beach theme, and encourage your guests to come wearing Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts, and ready to punch volley balls. Nice. It’s going to awaken the Blue-Hawaii period Elvis in a lot of folks. But not all. For some, it’ll have all the appeal of an ice cream dropped in the sand. This can be true of many themes and event styles; all we’re saying is think of your guests. What’s going to work for them? Cater for Everyone: Being Inclusive at Your Summer PartyWhile we’re thinking about different types of guests, let’s talk food and drink. It’s almost without doubt that there will be dietary preferences and restrictions within your guest list or team. Make sure everyone feels they have been catered for and included by creating a food and beverage option that offers all the common dietary choices and requirements—vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low salt, low fat—and any others you may come across. Top tip: the vegetarians will thank you for remembering they’re not all vegans (they love a bit of cheese). And remember, inclusivity goes beyond F&B, try and ensure that all guests can participate in all experiences; you’ll have a greater time, if you can all do it together. It’s Summer Party time! Celebrate, Relax and Have Fun with Your TeamMost of all, your summer party should be enjoyable. So, whether you choose an indoors or outdoors venue, whether it’s an elegant garden party or a raucous street carnival, go out and have a great time with your friends, family members, or colleagues. You’ll find some fantastic ideas and options for the best summer party venues, themes, activities and more at chooseyourvenue.com.

How to Organise the Best Summer Party

Looking to host an amazing summer party? We’ve got some top tips and hard facts to help your summer celebration go with a swing. High on the agenda are three essentials: your party should be well attended, inclusive, and fun. There are many factors to consider, such as the venue, the theme, the menu, the decorations, the activities, and, most importantly, the guests. Here are some ideas that we hope will help you get it right.

Start Planning Your Summer Party Now

Yipee! Summer is finally here. Or is it? In fact, unless you’re planning a year ahead, let’s hope you’re reading this on a cold, dark afternoon in winter, or perhaps one of those beautiful, crisp, frosty mornings, it doesn’t matter, the point it that summer is short, party venues get booked up, and your guest’s calendars will be filled in no time, so get started long in advance. People want the best from their summer, book early and give them what they want. Send a save-the-date as soon as you can, then secure the perfect venue and exciting activities before they’re taken.

Give Your Summer Party the Perfect Personality?

The secret sauce for a sizzling summer party that is talked about for years is the vibe. Create an atmosphere that matches what you want to achieve by choosing the right venue and party style. Want to bond the team and boost morale? You could try a thrilling outdoor corporate activity day at a county showground, or in the grounds of a country house hotel. Looking to boost team energy before a major sales campaign? Try go-kart racing or attending a live track event. Perhaps you just want to party with friends and family, or reward the team with a fun and relaxing evening out—where better than a rooftop bar with views across the city?

Know Your Summer Party Guests

Whatever the party style you choose, it can be enhanced or harmed by your theme. For this, you have to think about your guests and the purpose. Say you chose a summer party with a tropical beach theme, and encourage your guests to come wearing Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts, and ready to punch volley balls. Nice. It’s going to awaken the Blue-Hawaii period Elvis in a lot of folks. But not all. For some, it’ll have all the appeal of an ice cream dropped in the sand. This can be true of many themes and event styles; all we’re saying is think of your guests. What’s going to work for them?

Cater for Everyone: Being Inclusive at Your Summer Party

While we’re thinking about different types of guests, let’s talk food and drink. It’s almost without doubt that there will be dietary preferences and restrictions within your guest list or team. Make sure everyone feels they have been catered for and included by creating a food and beverage option that offers all the common dietary choices and requirements—vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low salt, low fat—and any others you may come across. Top tip: the vegetarians will thank you for remembering they’re not all vegans (they love a bit of cheese). And remember, inclusivity goes beyond F&B, try and ensure that all guests can participate in all experiences; you’ll have a greater time, if you can all do it together.

It’s Summer Party time! Celebrate, Relax and Have Fun with Your Team

Most of all, your summer party should be enjoyable. So, whether you choose an indoors or outdoors venue, whether it’s an elegant garden party or a raucous street carnival, go out and have a great time with your friends, family members, or colleagues.

You’ll find some fantastic ideas and options for the best summer party venues, themes, activities and more at chooseyourvenue.com.

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Looking to host an amazing summer party? We’ve got some top tips and hard facts to help your summer celebration go with a swing. High on the agenda are three essentials: your party should be well attended, inclusive, and fun. There are many factors to consider, such as the venue, the theme, the menu, the decorations, the activities, and, most importantly, the guests. Here are some ideas that we hope will help you get it right. Start Planning Your Summer Party NowYipee! Summer is finally here. Or is it? In fact, unless you’re planning a year ahead, let’s hope you’re reading this on a cold, dark afternoon in winter, or perhaps one of those beautiful, crisp, frosty mornings, it doesn’t matter, the point it that summer is short, party venues get booked up, and your guest’s calendars will be filled in no time, so get started long in advance. People want the best from their summer, book early and give them what they want. Send a save-the-date as soon as you can, then secure the perfect venue and exciting activities before they’re taken. Give Your Summer Party the Perfect Personality?The secret sauce for a sizzling summer party that is talked about for years is the vibe. Create an atmosphere that matches what you want to achieve by choosing the right venue and party style. Want to bond the team and boost morale? You could try a thrilling outdoor corporate activity day at a county showground, or in the grounds of a country house hotel. Looking to boost team energy before a major sales campaign? Try go-kart racing or attending a live track event. Perhaps you just want to party with friends and family, or reward the team with a fun and relaxing evening out—where better than a rooftop bar with views across the city? Know Your Summer Party GuestsWhatever the party style you choose, it can be enhanced or harmed by your theme. For this, you have to think about your guests and the purpose. Say you chose a summer party with a tropical beach theme, and encourage your guests to come wearing Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts, and ready to punch volley balls. Nice. It’s going to awaken the Blue-Hawaii period Elvis in a lot of folks. But not all. For some, it’ll have all the appeal of an ice cream dropped in the sand. This can be true of many themes and event styles; all we’re saying is think of your guests. What’s going to work for them? Cater for Everyone: Being Inclusive at Your Summer PartyWhile we’re thinking about different types of guests, let’s talk food and drink. It’s almost without doubt that there will be dietary preferences and restrictions within your guest list or team. Make sure everyone feels they have been catered for and included by creating a food and beverage option that offers all the common dietary choices and requirements—vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low salt, low fat—and any others you may come across. Top tip: the vegetarians will thank you for remembering they’re not all vegans (they love a bit of cheese). And remember, inclusivity goes beyond F&B, try and ensure that all guests can participate in all experiences; you’ll have a greater time, if you can all do it together. It’s Summer Party time! Celebrate, Relax and Have Fun with Your TeamMost of all, your summer party should be enjoyable. So, whether you choose an indoors or outdoors venue, whether it’s an elegant garden party or a raucous street carnival, go out and have a great time with your friends, family members, or colleagues. You’ll find some fantastic ideas and options for the best summer party venues, themes, activities and more at chooseyourvenue.com.

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Looking to host an amazing summer party? We’ve got some top tips and hard facts to help your summer celebration go with a swing. High on the agenda are three essentials: your party should be well attended, inclusive, and fun. There are many factors to consider, such as the venue, the theme, the menu, the decorations, the activities, and, most importantly, the guests. Here are some ideas that we hope will help you get it right. Start Planning Your Summer Party NowYipee! Summer is finally here. Or is it? In fact, unless you’re planning a year ahead, let’s hope you’re reading this on a cold, dark afternoon in winter, or perhaps one of those beautiful, crisp, frosty mornings, it doesn’t matter, the point it that summer is short, party venues get booked up, and your guest’s calendars will be filled in no time, so get started long in advance. People want the best from their summer, book early and give them what they want. Send a save-the-date as soon as you can, then secure the perfect venue and exciting activities before they’re taken. Give Your Summer Party the Perfect Personality?The secret sauce for a sizzling summer party that is talked about for years is the vibe. Create an atmosphere that matches what you want to achieve by choosing the right venue and party style. Want to bond the team and boost morale? You could try a thrilling outdoor corporate activity day at a county showground, or in the grounds of a country house hotel. Looking to boost team energy before a major sales campaign? Try go-kart racing or attending a live track event. Perhaps you just want to party with friends and family, or reward the team with a fun and relaxing evening out—where better than a rooftop bar with views across the city? Know Your Summer Party GuestsWhatever the party style you choose, it can be enhanced or harmed by your theme. For this, you have to think about your guests and the purpose. Say you chose a summer party with a tropical beach theme, and encourage your guests to come wearing Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts, and ready to punch volley balls. Nice. It’s going to awaken the Blue-Hawaii period Elvis in a lot of folks. But not all. For some, it’ll have all the appeal of an ice cream dropped in the sand. This can be true of many themes and event styles; all we’re saying is think of your guests. What’s going to work for them? Cater for Everyone: Being Inclusive at Your Summer PartyWhile we’re thinking about different types of guests, let’s talk food and drink. It’s almost without doubt that there will be dietary preferences and restrictions within your guest list or team. Make sure everyone feels they have been catered for and included by creating a food and beverage option that offers all the common dietary choices and requirements—vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low salt, low fat—and any others you may come across. Top tip: the vegetarians will thank you for remembering they’re not all vegans (they love a bit of cheese). And remember, inclusivity goes beyond F&B, try and ensure that all guests can participate in all experiences; you’ll have a greater time, if you can all do it together. It’s Summer Party time! Celebrate, Relax and Have Fun with Your TeamMost of all, your summer party should be enjoyable. So, whether you choose an indoors or outdoors venue, whether it’s an elegant garden party or a raucous street carnival, go out and have a great time with your friends, family members, or colleagues. You’ll find some fantastic ideas and options for the best summer party venues, themes, activities and more at chooseyourvenue.com.

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ROUNDHOUSE REPORTS ON 11% INCREASE IN BOOKINGS ’23 – ‘24
19/02/24 ROUNDHOUSE REPORTS ON 11% INCREASE IN BOOKINGS ’23 – ‘24

The north London Camden venue is proving that there is a steady growth of confidence in the industry with an increase in a wide variety of event contracts from 2022/23 – 2024. Bookings are such that availability for popular dates from September this year are proving hard to find.

Head of events Rhiân Pressley said “we have definitely turned a corner and organisers are now reverting to longer lead times. We’re advising anyone with a specific date in mind to book at least 12 months in advance as we’re looking at a 42% increase next year in confirmed contracts as it is. However, there is good news for organisers, we aren’t at capacity and have availability in Spring this year and next.”

This is partly due to an ever-increasing roster of returning clients and major events such as the London Football Awards on 29th February, the Attitude Awards in October and the Just Giving Awards in September. Major organisations including Women in Rail, The British Council, The British Film Institute, ASOS and Team GB all have gala events booked. Plus, Fuerza Bruta returns with the show ‘Aven’ from 9th July – 31st August, and a smattering of private parties and weddings are also diarised. The live music schedule has also expanded and there will be more than 100 gigs staged throughout the year.

Pressley continued “With a high calibre of returning clients, it shows that the team and venue consistently deliver well-produced events. Roundhouse is recognised as a venue that is respected and trusted by major institutions from a wide range of industries.”

Last year saw a number of firsts with the inaugural Rolling Stone UK Awards which returns for a second year in November. The BBC hosted a performance by Rick Astley, HBO threw a wrap party and the first comedy festival saw two weeks of stand-up with comic greats including Dylan Moran, Katherine Ryan and Fern Brady.

Pressley finalised by saying “this is such a positive outlook for the industry, other venues are also experiencing the same regarding confirmed bookings and lead times. Long may it continue.”

  • 15/02/24 The Meetings Show calls for experts for 2024 education

    The Meetings Show, the UK’s leading event that brings together the world’s meetings and events community, is seeking submissions for its 2024 content programme.?

    Industry experts and thought leaders, who can passionately share insight and talk engagingly about current trends, are invited to put forward proposals for this year’s sessions.

    Submissions are also welcomed from professionals outside the MICE sector whose expertise can inspire event professionals and add value to their working lives.

    Returning to ExCeL London on 19 and 20 June 2024, the knowledge programme will be split across four key themes – Inform, Inspire, Innovate and Impact.

    Each session will ensure visitors leave the show feeling enriched with knowledge they didn’t know they needed, empowered to think, connect, plan and live differently alongside innovation to do and be better and connections with relevant industry colleagues.

    Curated in partnership with The Attendee Experience Company (atex), this year’s programme will include 28 sessions over the two days and submissions are welcome for either the allotted 30- or 45-minute sessions.  

    Jack Marczewski, portfolio event director, Northstar Meetings Group, said: “The Meetings Show’s content sessions consistently receive positive feedback and are always extremely popular as they provide value and learning to all who attend.

    “To maintain the quality and integrity of our programme, once again we’ll be particularly looking for fresh and custom sessions that haven’t been delivered anywhere else before. In addition to the content, we’ll also be prioritising those sessions that demonstrate innovation in their delivery and outcome.

    “So, if you’re an event industry expert with an exciting content idea or a successful case study to showcase in a unique way, we’d love to hear from you!”??

    Those looking to participate in this year’s programme should provide a proposed title and, in a brief, clear and concise paragraph, offer a brief synopsis of what delegates will discover. Consideration should also be given to the format and presentation and whether the power of storytelling, discussion and input might be more impactful for attendees.

    To submit a proposal, please complete the online application form by 17:30 on 1 March 2024.

  • 13/02/24 ICE Confirms Partnership with Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre

    ICE, the global community for in-house corporate event planners, are delighted to announce Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre as a New Partner Member.

    ICE (In-House Corporate Event) community is thrilled to welcome the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre as its latest partner member, highlighting a shared vision for excellence in the corporate event planning sector. This collaboration celebrates the Centre’s support for the "Logistical Challenge of the Year" award at the ICEAWARDS & Conference UK & USA, showcasing their commitment to recognising outstanding achievements for corporate events.

    A champion of innovation, Farnborough International is the go-to destination and organisation for the pioneers of today and tomorrow. A state-of-the-art exhibition and conference centre covering 20,000 sqm of event space, the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre offers a multi-functional venue with flexible spaces and has been purpose-built for the hosting of large-scale events. Joining the ICE community represents their unwavering dedication to meeting the sophisticated needs of in-house corporate event creators and setting new benchmarks in event experience delivery.

    With sustainability at its core, the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is also preparing to announce ground-breaking plans to achieve net zero in the near future. This initiative is set to position them as a leader in sustainable event management, further enhancing their reputation as a responsible and forward-thinking venue.

    "The ICE community is excited to announce the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre as a new partner. Their support for the ICE community and commitment to sustainability perfectly aligns with our values and goals," said Anita Howard, Founder at ICE. "We look forward to a fruitful partnership that will continue to elevate the standards of corporate event planning and execution."

    This partnership and the Centre's forthcoming sustainability strategies demonstrate a joint commitment to advancing the event industry and fostering a sustainable future.

    Emily Simmons-Wright, Head of Venue Sales, Farnborough International, said: "We are incredibly excited to join ICE as a partner member. At Farnborough International, we pride ourselves on offering unrivalled support to our corporate event clients, working as an extension to their team to ensure their ideas come to life within our doors. Partnering with ICE, we are thrilled to be able to connect with like-minded organisers and share support to this growing sector of professionals.”

  • 12/02/24 CHS Leeds Launches Educational Programme for 2024

    CHS Leeds have announced speakers and content for its award-winning educational seminars which will take place at The Royal Armouries, 23rd April. The programme will be one of the most comprehensive guides to organising modern events, with an A-Z, available to delegates, produced by the speakers live at the event.

    Beginning with ‘Event Organising 101’, presented by Neil Thompson, The Delegate Wranglers, Louisa O’Connor, SEEN Presents and Justine Bruce, QHotels Collection, and finishing with a challenging session on Accessibility from Orla Pearson, MyClearText Ltd and Acessloop, the sessions will summarise key take away points and add them to a working compendium that will be shared with all delegates at the end of the day.

    Also adding their expertise to the day will be Sam Stimpson from sls360, who will be speaking on Resilience, while Felicia Asiedu from Cvent will be sharing insight into AI, the Changing Face of Event Tech and how this is affecting modern events. There then follows a highly entertaining and interactive session with Alison Griffin, Telford International Centre, who will talk about how modern marketing is now hitting all the senses, from ASMR to taste and smell, and how event planners can tap into these innovations to upscale their own event marketing.

    “We’re really proud of our educational programme this year. Since we closed the doors at CHS Birmingham our visitors have been asking us for what we have in stall for them and asking us to look at new themes and structures,” commented Julie Phillips, Operations Director, CHS Leeds. “In essence, they want to go back to basic event organising, but through the lens of a massively evolving event world here in 2024. I really think we’re going to deliver, and what’s more, we’re giving them something to take away with them. So, if they do miss a session, they can still have the key take outs in our A-Z.”

    CHS Leeds will also continue to follow its values of looking after event organiser’s personal and professional growth with each speaker asked to ensure their sessions are as empathetic and practical as possible. The A-Z will be written throughout the day and then available to download via QR code at the end of the day.