BBQ Etiquette: Rules and tips for hosts and guests

The weather’s getting warmer and it’s approaching the bank holiday weekend which can only mean one thing; it’s time to gather up your friends and family and enjoy a summer party; more specifically, a barbecue! Here at Eventa HQ, we’ve compiled a list of rules and tips so you can enjoy your barbecue to the max. Whether you’re hosting or attending, there’s etiquette for both parties to follow, so don’t despair! Just follow our rules and you’ll be fine. Let the smell of paraffin and burnt sausages commence!

For The Host

Invite who you want

There’s no strict rules stating that you must invite your neighbours and the whole of your street. Obviously if you like your neighbours then add them to the guest list, but if not, just keep it close friends and family. No hard feelings eh?

Work out final numbers

Find out exactly how many people will be attending. This will give you an approximate idea of how much food and drink to buy in for your summer bash!

Research and see if any attending guests are vegetarians

There’s nothing worse than a vegetarian attending a barbecue and there’s nothing suitable for them to munch on apart from salad. Purchase a few packets of vegetarian products such as Quorn sausages or Linda McCartney burgers.

Also consider cooking the vegetarian options away from the meat or even better, pop them in the oven so there’s no risk of contaminating them with meat juice! A selection of tasty dips such as hummus or tzatziki with warm ciabatta sticks or carrots will be greatly appreciated too!

Don’t do things last minute

Get everything set up before your guests arrive, including tables and chairs, cutlery etc. Get the barbecue fired up too and have drinks ready on the side for your guests – you don’t want to be a host that appears unorganised!

Wear suitable attire

Obviously, no one’s going to expect you to be super smart. It is summer and you will be cooking up a feast using the BBQ, so casual attire is perfectly fine. A humorous apron is optional, but will always be well received!

Make sure the food is properly cooked

Make sure all the prep work to the food is done before everyone arrives, such as popping the meat and vegetables on skewers and keeping chilled in the fridge beforehand. Before serving, do make sure everything is properly cooked and piping hot. Maintain good hygiene whilst handling raw meat and avoid cross-contamination. No one wants to endure food poisoning!

Have non-alcoholic drinks available too

There will be guests driving to your barbecue, so make sure there’s alternatives to alcohol available for these people. Mix it up by having a variety of fizzy drinks, naturally flavoured still drinks or even just simple squash.

If the weather’s shoddy, have a back-up plan

Grey skies and torrential rain? Uh-oh! You can either re-arrange your barbecue for another day that will hopefully be brighter and sunnier or you can create a plan B and host the party inside and get the food cooked up in the oven. Sure, this doesn’t quite have the same appeal as the smell of delicious burgers wafting through the air and feeling the heat of the sun on your skin, but it’s still a party. Nothing left for it but to get those drinks flowing!

For the Guest

Ask if there’s anything you can bring

Sure, most hosts will say something along the lines of ‘don’t worry, just bring yourself’ but it’s always polite to bring something with you to the barbecue, even if it’s just a bottle of wine or some sides. Bringing something is always a kind gesture and you can’t go wrong with drinks!

Don’t rock up late

Make sure you arrive to the barbecue on time (and sober!). It’s just good manners if someone’s putting on a nice event for you to enjoy.

Offer your help

Ask if there’s anything you can do to help before or after the barbecue. Your host may be super grateful for your assistance with the cooking or your help clearing everything up afterwards, loading the dishwasher or washing and drying the dishes.

Bring sun protection

Make the most of the sun, but do make sure you’re protected from the sun’s harmful rays! Ensure you apply sun cream with a decent SPF on those areas of your body that are exposed and wear sunglasses or a hat.

Escape the heat and celebrate summer in the city of London!

Although it doesn’t seem it today with the grey skies, cloud and heavy downpours of rain, summer is on its way! With that in mind, there’s never been a more appropriate time to think about planning your summer party so that you’ve got something to look forward to.

There’s plenty on offer in vibrant London with some great exclusive parties to choose from, so check out our top selection of options with this afternoon’s blog. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to take some time out, unwind from work, let your hair down and have some fun this summer!

Beach paradise in the city

Don’t have the time to nip over to a tropical island for a holiday this year? No problem! This relaxing paradise is available at a top four-star venue in London and is the ideal way to unwind with your whole team. This summer beach bar party features a tropical style bar with a thatched roof and is surrounded by real sand and palm trees to get you in the mood!

On arrival, everyone will be treated to a refreshing cocktail and after that, you’ll be able to enjoy unlimited wine, bottled beer and soft drinks for three hours. If you’re hungry then there’s a seriously good BBQ finger buffet available with options that everyone will love. If that’s not enough, the venue will run a selfie competition for one lucky guest to win a fantastic two night stay for two people, so get ready to pose!

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Experience summer on the Thames

Fancy a summer celebration that’s not on dry land? If so, you’ll love this brilliant floating party down the Thames. With a choice of two great themes of either a Garden Party or Festival, you’ll feel suitably summery once you’ve boarded and you’re greeted with a chilled glass of Prosecco. Once everyone’s arrived, you’ll set sail and embark on a tour of London’s most famous landmarks, all whilst enjoying some mouth-watering food from a tasty BBQ menu.

Also included is a DJ and disco, so you’ll be able to throw a few shapes whilst on board, a cash bar to keep your drink supply flowing and there will also be oversized novelty games so you can compete against your friends – who’s for a round of giant Connect Four?

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Garden party in Chelsea

This summer party at an iconic venue in Chelsea will provide everything you and your colleagues need to escape the office and relax for an evening. You’ll enjoy semi-exclusive hire of the stylish summer garden and exclusive use of the fabulous Marco grill.

Lounge around on the deckchairs, watch the sports on the large TV’s or just soak up the sun! No summer celebration is complete without some ice cold drinks, so how about enjoying unlimited jugs of fruity Pimm’s, beer, wine and soft drinks which will keep that merriment flowing all evening! You’ll also enjoy a selection of canapes from the grill and tubs of ice cream. What’s not to love?

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Enjoy awe-inspiring views on the South Bank

Celebrate your summer in style with a party on this dazzling terrace which offers some incredible panoramic views of the city along with sumptuous food and drink. Start the night right with a glass of Pimm’s or Prosecco before tucking into the delicious BBQ menu. Enjoy tasty meat, fish and vegetarian options along with salads and a blissful choice of desserts.

Unlimited drinks are available for five hours and guests will also be able to take part in fun novelty games and dance the night away to the DJ’s top playlist which will create the perfect party atmosphere.

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Italian meal with alfresco dining in Covent Garden

Make your way to buzzing Covent Garden and relax with your colleagues and enjoy some delicious options from the fantastic summer menu at this top restaurant. This particular restaurant is owned by one of the most popular TV chefs in the country, so you know that you’ll be in for a sumptuous dining experience.

This venue offers plenty of alfresco dining space where you’ll be able to tuck in and watch the world go by – why not order some tasty cocktails to accompany your meal and enjoy the true taste of summer?

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We have plenty of other summer parties available in London, so make sure you check them out here for more variety and get your summer event organised today!

A Festive Menu To Delight The Senses At This Character Property in Reading

One of the best things about Christmas is of course the food, and what better way to celebrate the festive season coupled with the end of the working year than with your team at a unique and extraordinary venue where you’ll indulge in a delicious Christmas lunch or dinner?

This decadent property in Reading is the only place to go for a memorable dining experience and having previously been described by The Evening Standard as the ‘UK’s Sexiest Townhouse’, you know that your celebration here will take your guests’ breath away! The opulent chandelier made from 86,000 Italian glass beads simply oozes luxury and the striking and stunning interiors consistent throughout the venue airs a wealth of royalty.

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The venue’s dining areas can accommodate from six guests up to 120, so whether you’re a small to larger company, then this venue will be able to assist. Relax in the comfortable surroundings and enjoy attentive service from the outstanding hospitality team as you sit back and tuck into a sensational meal.

The festive lunch menu available this year, mirrors the grandeur and elegance of the striking architecture and design of the venue and you’ll be treated to a distinctive array of mouth-watering dishes that are filled with flavour and are true to their taste. The venue offers a great selection of dishes suitable for everyone and all dietary requirements are carefully catered for.

To start off with, there’s a choice of wild mushroom soup with thyme foam, smoked salmon and cream cheese with shaved fennel and onion bread, in addition to rabbit and bacon terrine with curried cauliflower and raisins and an artichoke, butternut and goats cheese tart with a side serving of rocket for vegetarians.

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As for the main, you’ll be spoiled for choice; keep things traditional with succulent roast Norfolk turkey that comes with potato fondant, parsnip and cranberry jus. If you’d prefer to switch the turkey for beef, then you won’t be disappointed with a serving of braised beef shoulder, creamed potato, spinach and cranberry jus.

The vegetarian option consists of delicious charred leek and courgette gnocchi that’s topped off with flavoursome parmesan shavings, whist the oven cooked sea bass is perfect for fish lovers and is accompanied by potato fondant, beetroot and citrus cream.

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The desserts served here are just heavenly, so you’re going to have a tough choice deciding what to go for. Those with a sweet tooth will love the dark chocolate tart with Christmas pudding ice cream and candied pecans or the sticky toffee pudding that’s oozing spiced caramel sauce and comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Those looking for something subtler will enjoy the clementine délice or the cheese selection for anyone wanting to finish off with a savoury dish. The dining experience will be rounded off with freshly brewed coffee and tea with mince pies.

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So If you’re looking to experience some delectable food with your team for your company celebration this year, ensure that you organise your festive lunch today. This dazzling venue also offers shared and exclusive events in the evening too if you’d prefer to make a night of it and enjoy a disco after dinner!

The different characters you’ll meet at your company Christmas party

We all love a festive knees up with our team at the end of a long working year and there’s no better way to let your hair down and have some fun than with an epic party night. But wherever you are in the world, we’re certain that you’ll meet these certain types of characters at every company celebration you go to. Do you identify with any of these characters or recognise them within your team?

The One That Peaks Too Soon

This person is always up for a brilliant night and is adamant that they’ll be the first and last one on the dance floor. However, after a few drinks before dinner, they’ll drunkenly munch through their food and engage in slurred chit-chat at their table whilst proceeding to drink more alcohol. It won’t be long until this person is encouraged to drink water

The Company Flirt

Of course, every party has a company flirt. But if you’re single, watch out if they’ve got their eye on you. They’ll probably start the night by offering to buy you a drink, hanging around with you and following you around like a lost puppy. Company flirts can be easily spotted; they’ll stand or sit uncomfortably close to the object of their affection until they realise their efforts are not working and will move onto another person.

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The Talker

Think you’re enjoying a quick catch up with a chatty colleague at the bar? Then you may want to think again. The talker will literally talk your socks off and you won’t be able to get a word in edgeways. Normally, the topic of conversation will most likely be about themselves, their family or any problems that they’re having.

Once you’ve got your drink from the bar, you’ll probably be asked if you want to sit down to continue to conversation. If you’re happy to chat then say yes and go for it, but if you’re looking for an escape, make your way over to your other friends to make your get-away.

The Dark Horse

The dark horse is normally one of the more quieter members of the company. They’re polite and friendly and will just get on with their work each day. On the night of the Christmas party, they’ll be a completely different person with the help of a few drinks. They’ll lose their inhibitions, chat to everyone and be the first on the dance floor much to everyone’s surprise! They may even do something outrageous which will be sure to have them feeling totally embarrassed at work the next day!

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The Crazy Dancer

Usually great for comedy value, the crazy dancer has one job – and that’s to dance. They don’t care if there’s no one else on the dance floor. They’ll take the plunge and head there themselves. They’re not even worried if everyone’s watching them. In fact, that gives them more encouragement to do some silly dancing!

Gossiper

One for drama, the gossiper will be sure to spill any juicy gossip about their colleagues to whoever is up for a listen. They’re not afraid to poke their nose into others business and add their own twist on the situation.

The gossiper will normally love being watched and listened to by an audience and will usually spend the duration of the night spreading salacious news before heading onto the dance floor for a boogie before the end of the night.

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The Wallflower

The wallflower is particularly shy and can be seen hanging out with usually just one particular person. They can be found sitting to the side of all the action of the party and lack confidence. If you’ve got a wallflower at your party, then why not head on over, say hello and initiate chat. You never know, you may just make a new friend in the process!

The Shot Pusher

It’s half way through the night. Everyone’s enjoyed dinner and guests are flocking to the dance floor. On a trip to replenish your drink at the bar, you encounter the shot pusher. The shot pusher is overly enthusiastic about buying everyone at the bar at that moment some kind of hideous shot and simply won’t take no for an answer.

As generous as the shot pusher is, a good way to get rid of said shot is to make an excuse and offer it to someone else or accidentally spill it on the floor – just make sure you walk away before they can buy you another one!

If you’ve not yet organised your company’s festive knee’s up, then make sure you visit our Office Christmas party page and get planning your perfect celebration!

Four venue ideas for your festive celebration in Manchester

Christmas is simply just the most wonderful time of the year and we believe there’s no better way to celebrate with your team and enjoy a completely unforgettable experience. If you’re unsure of where to celebrate in Manchester, then why not take a look at some of these great party ideas that are available to enjoy in this buzzing city? There’s something for everyone here, so get ready for some serious festive inspiration!

Exclusive Museum Christmas Party

If you’re looking for a unique venue this festive season, then you’ve found it with this brilliant exclusive museum party! Including everything you need to enjoy a memorable evening, guests will start off by enjoying an elegant drinks reception underneath an impressive Harrier Jump Jet, before tucking into a delectable four-course dinner which are comprised of delicious, rich flavours that will be sure to delight.

The venue’s 360 cinematic experience is without a doubt one of the most striking elements of this event space. You’ll be able to choose from one of the animated HD wallpapers such as Alice in Wonderland, Santa’s workshop or Winter Wonderland.

If you’re looking to create your own bespoke theme, then the venue are more than happy to work with you to create some special of your own. After dinner, the party continues with the likes of a professional DJ and disco where guests are invited to dance the night away!

Dancing Through The Decades Exclusive Party

Are you looking for an evening where you’ll be able to experience a variety of music from the different decades? If so, look no further than this private party night situated in the heart of Manchester city centre. The theme for this year is ‘Dancing Through The Decades’, so make sure you bring your dancing shoes along with you for the occasion!

Guests will be treated to a welcome drink before settling down to a seriously tasty three-course feast from the fantastic festive menu, where there will be something scrumptious to cater for everyone’s taste buds!

After your dining experience a talented dance act will perform and will have you mesmerised by their outstanding skills. Afterwards, the dance floor will be open for business, so make your way over and transport yourselves back in time and dance through to the present day with music from the 60’s, 70’s. 80’s, 90’s, 00’s!

Winter Wonderland in Manchester Shared Party

Immerse yourself into a stunning Winter Wonderland this festive season in Manchester and enjoy a shared party experience that you and your team won’t forget! Admire the beautifully decorated event space on arrival to the party and get the evening kick-started by treating yourself to an ice-cold drink from the cash bar.

Dinner will be an extravagant experience and each table has been kitted out with stunning, glittering centrepieces to create a festive atmosphere that everyone will love. It won’t be long until the venue’s talented hospitality team will be serving up a truly divine three-course festive dinner for everyone to enjoy. You’ll be able to enjoy a succulent turkey dinner with all the trimmings or choose from the other tempting options available.

Finish off the evening and get dancing into the early hours with the venue’s brilliant resident DJ who will be playing a top array of party tunes which will promise to get everyone moving! Make this shared party your celebration of choice if you’re looking for a stunning themed evening!

Christmas Party Extravaganza Shared Party

This Christmas, you’re invited to this fantastic venue that’s situated near to Salford Quays for a festive shared celebration that you and your team won’t be forgetting! Make your way to the library on arrival where everyone will be able to enjoy a sophisticated drinks reception which will be sure to get the merriment kicked off with a bang!

Indulge in some incredible gastronomic delights for dinner and prepare to be wowed with three wonderful dishes which will ignite the senses and satisfy your hunger pangs. There’s a great choice from the wonderful Christmas menu with a range of options including sumptuous vegetarian choices too. Finish the evening by letting your hair down and partying the night away to the professional DJ and disco who has all the latest and greatest music!

For more Christmas party inspiration, then check out our venue offerings right here and get your festive celebration organised today!

Dance your way through the decades at this top location in Manchester

Transport yourself back in time and dance your way through the decades for one night only with this fantastic Christmas party night at a top location in Manchester which will be sure to delight your entire team.

With this excellent festive package, you’ll be able to enjoy a delectable three-course meal from the sumptuous festive menu. Expect full and rich flavours from the tasty starters, succulent and traditional mains and blissful desserts with something that will suit everyone’s tastes! Also included is a fantastic dance act in addition to entertainment from the venue’s professional DJ.

Being situated in the heart of Manchester, the venue is extremely easy to reach and is in close proximity to a variety of public transport options. The nearest train stations are Piccadilly and Oxford Road and for those who are intending on driving to the event, then they’ll be able to park in a car park located opposite the venue.

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On the night of the event, make sure you dress to impress, because this is one evening where you’ll want to shine and stand out from the crowd! Smart party wear is advised, so make sure there’s no sign of jeans or trainers!

The friendly and attentive team will be on hand to greet each and every guest on arrival to the venue, before showing them in the direction of the exclusive party room where they’ll be spending the evening celebrating the festivities. The room will be decorated in a beautiful festive manner which will really get everyone in the mood for the best time of the year.

A welcome drink will be provided for everyone on entrance to the party which is the perfect way to mark the start of the night. Admire the lovely Christmas décor whilst sipping upon your drink and enjoy a catch up with your friends away from the office environment.

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Make sure you’re feeling hungry, because the outstanding hospitality team have cooked up an incredible festive feast that’s comprised of three glorious dishes. There’s a plentiful selection on offer from the pre-set menu, which guests will be able to order in advance.

After dinner, the entertainment will begin, and first up is a talented dance act who will take your breath away with their impressive choreography. After that, it’s time make yourself acquainted with the dancefloor, where you’ll be able to experience all the best music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s 00’s.

Make sure you’ve come prepared wearing your dancing shoes for this evening, because you can bet that you’ll be letting your hair down and dancing all night long with the great choice of music on offer – if there’s a certain track you’re after, then why not request it from the venue’s friendly resident DJ?

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This exclusive festive package is the ideal way to finish up the end of a busy year with all of your friends and colleagues, so make sure you send an enquiry through to the venue today to ensure availability for your preferred dates?

How to make this year’s Christmas party better than last year’s

With a corporate Christmas party, we just want to give our team the best night out of the year, but if you had a great time at your office event last year, then how do you top it? The best way to find out what you can do to improve things this year is to ask your team for some valuable feedback by running some questionnaires and circulating them around the office.

This way, you’ll be able to discover what people liked, loved and what they didn’t enjoy so much. In this week’s blog article, we’ve included some areas to include in your questionnaire in order to make it the best Christmas party yet!

Work out how many people you want to send your questionnaire out to

Firstly, it’s probably a good idea to work out who to send your questionnaire to. If you’re a smallish company, then it would make sense to let everyone have their say. If you’re a much larger company, then an easier solution would be to give a questionnaire to the head of each department who will do all the research with the team. This method saves trawling through hundreds of questionnaires and extracting the data!

Shared or Exclusive

Did you have a shared party last year but this year you’re thinking of trying out something more private and intimate for you team? If so, then how about an exclusive Christmas celebration? Generally these types of celebrations are for medium sized to larger companies, however there are plenty of restaurant venues on offer for those smaller companies looking for something more private.

If you’re a small team who wants the full effects of a large-scale celebration that doesn’t compromise on an amazing atmosphere, then take advantage of our shared options and party the night away with other companies and have a laugh!

Feedback on the food

How did the food go down last year? Was there a good selection of choice for everyone? If you enjoyed a three-course sit down meal, then -perhaps you’d like to enjoy something a bit different this year such as canapes and bowl food or vice versa.

Party Date Preference

It’s definitely worthwhile adding in a selection of party dates and seeing which date is the most popular with your team. Do remember that prices tend to increase the nearer you get towards Christmas and that these kind of dates are the most popular and are likely to sell out quickly.

Entertainment options

Generally most Christmas parties come with a DJ and Disco, however maybe this year you’d like to enjoy the talents of a live band or some dancers in between your dinner and disco?

Was the Location a hit?

How did everyone find the location of the venue last year? Was it easy to access via transport or was it more of a rural location that made it that bit trickier for everyone to access. It’s worth listing a selection of potential venues and seeing what works out the best for the majority. If it’s rural, then an idea would be to organise for a coach to run everyone back to civilization at the end of the night

What did your employees think of the theme (if applicable)?

Did your Christmas celebration incorporate a theme last year? If so what did everyone think? Would you like to repeat the theme again or would you prefer to try something new? Or maybe you’d like to keep it traditional and just stick with some classic festive decorations. A good idea is to think of various themes that are available at your favoured locations and see which is the most popular amongst your team.

Whatever it is you’re after, you can count on Eventa to provide you with a great selection of venues for your Christmas party, so what are you waiting for? Send through an enquiry today!

Our Favourite Office Escapes For Summer 2017

It can be all too easy to lose motivation in the office, but having something to look forward to can actually help us focus more on the task in hand – especially a holiday. There’s nothing better than having the excitement of a holiday on its way, but if you’ve not yet got anything booked or set in stone, then perhaps it’s time to get something organised – you owe it to yourself!

It’s time to jet off, relax, rejuvenate and step back into the office feeling focused and ready to tackle the next batch of projects and tasks. Here’s our favourite office escapes for summer 2017 just in case you needed a little bit of inspiration to help you plan your next trip!

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Riviera Maya, Mexico

With lively tourist attractions and picturesque scenery that looks like it’s straight off the front of a postcard, you can bet that a holiday to Riviera Maya in Mexico certainly won’t disappoint!

Situated on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, this resort is ideal for those who are looking to top up their tans, party the night away or discover about the country’s culture and historic sights.

The crystal-clear waters are a hot-spot for scuba divers and snorkelling enthusiasts and is home to the world’s second biggest coral reef, whilst the pure white sands of the gorgeous beaches lined by palm trees are the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by. There’s also plenty of other natural beauty to absorb, including wildlife, jungles and large eco-parks.

Whilst you’re in this part of the world, you simply cannot miss an opportunity to discover the intriguing Mayan ruins on offer and explore the fantastically preserved city at Tulum. There’s a massive array of buildings to spot, including the Temple of the Descending God! If you’re looking for the ultimate in tropical paradise relaxation, then we think you’ve found it with a holiday to Riviera Maya!

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Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini was the result of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world which shaped the rugged landscape that it is today. The breath-taking volcanic clifftops which overlook the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, teamed with the cloudless blue skies and iconic white-washed buildings clustered on the edges of the cliffs above an underwater caldera makes Santorini a destination where romantic getaways are guaranteed.

Although it’s not typically famous for its beach scene, there are many to visit. The beaches here are of course unique and beautiful, however most of them are composed of dark volcanic sand rather than the golden sands that you’ll spot on other Greek islands.

As for activities, there’s plenty to get involved with – take the Fira Trail, one of the most talked about hikes in Santorini. You’ll discover beautiful and historic sights, so don’t forget to bring your camera along with you! Other activities include cliff jumping (if you’re brave enough!) the incredible hot springs and experiencing dinner with a view whilst watching the incredible sunset.

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Venice, Italy

Situated in the Northeast of Italy, the enchanting city of Venice makes for a seriously romantic holiday with its beautiful turquoise canals, grand architecture and world famous Gondola cruises.

The city is formed of more than 100 islands, which are grouped together to make 16 districts. It’s easy to get from A to B via the intelligent and intricate canal system, which will allow you to make your way around Venice in serious style as you sit back, relax and take in the stunning scenery.

Lose yourself in the incredible history of this city with a visit to Piazza San Marco, where you’ll be able to gaze at Venice’s tallest building, the Campanile di San Marco. If you’ve got a head for heights, then make your way to the top of this attraction and enjoy spectacular views across the city and the Lido.

Afterwards, explore the character filled streets and engross yourselves in the beautiful architecture, before heading to The Gallerie dell’Accademia and discovering pre-19th century works of art at this popular museum located on the South Bank of the Grand Canal.

There really is nowhere else like it on the planet, so make sure you add this incredible floating city and World Heritage Site to your bucket list – Venice will be sure to amaze you with its artistic flair and amazing scenery!

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most popular destinations to visit for a holiday, and it isn’t hard to see why with its idyllic coastlines, breath-taking scenery and its stunningly vibrant collection of cities.

Situated in Southern Croatia and fronting the Adriatic Sea, the city of Dubrovnik is perhaps most famous for the beauty of its stunning Old Town. However, its shimmering marbled streets, striking baroque buildings and excellent historic sights have sent tourists in their droves to check out what this amazing city has to offer.

Hop on the cable car and take a walk around the city’s walls and forts to admire the excellent views. Although the city has reinvented itself and bounced back after the horrifying shelling in 1991, the effects of the damage are very much still evident today – you simply just have to catch a glimpse of the brightly coloured terracotta rooftops to see the extent of the damage caused.

Whilst in Dubrovnik, make sure you take a trip to Lokrum; a stunning forested island that’s filled with holm oaks, black ash and olive trees. It’s the ideal way to escape from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik for a day! It’s just a 10-minute ferry ride from Dubronik’s Old Harbour so it won’t take long at all!

Visiting the beaches whilst you’re here are also a must – there’s many to choose from such as the more quiet and secluded areas to those lined by restaurants and cafés which are popular with tourists.

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Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

If you’re looking for an island in the Caribbean which is packed full of history, beautiful, exotic beaches and of course delicious rum, then you’ve found the right destination with a holiday to Cuba!

There’s many great places to visit, but if you’re after total relaxation, then we couldn’t recommend Cayo Santa Maria more! Part of Jardines del Rey archipelago and situated just 100 miles off the North of Cuba, this stunning island retreat features gorgeous sugar-white beaches, sparkling crystal blue waters and some fantastic spots to snorkel!

You really will feel as though you’re a million miles away with the magnificent array of lush vegetation and calming surroundings, however you won’t be too far from the thick of it all, thanks to the manmade causeway which links this area to the rest of Cuba.

Do make some time to visit Havana, Cuba’s huge metropolis that’s home to millions! Havana is filled with character, warm locals and is rich in culture – it’s the perfect way to experience the authentic Cuban way of life! Whilst you’re here, spot the incredible colonial architecture, sample the local food and sip on sumptuous cocktails made from delicious Cuban Rum! This is one Caribbean holiday that you won’t be forgetting!

If you’ve already enjoyed an escape from the office this year but still want to make the most of summer, then why not organise a summer party for your team at one of our great venues? Check out our summer party options right here and get organising your summer knee’s up now!

What you need to know to plan your ultimate Christmas party

Here at Eventa, we say that it’s never too early to start thinking about planning your ultimate Christmas party for 2017. By deciding all the important bits such as preferred location and venue now, you stand a higher chance of experiencing your dream Christmas party this festive season! We’ve rounded up some important points to consider when planning your company party so that you’re able to enjoy a totally memorable evening that you and your guests won’t forget!

Which month do you want to celebrate?

Depending on your business or company, it may be easier to hold your party in November if December is likely to be an extremely busy month at your place of work. Generally, parties outside of December are cheaper, but having it in December is a vital element for many companies. There are on occasion some venues available which offer party dates in January if a later celebration is preferred. Whatever month you decide to celebrate, it’s worth enquiring now to ensure you receive your preferred months and dates.

How big is your party size?

Getting a rough estimate of numbers for your Christmas celebration is necessary so you can decide whether you want a shared or exclusive party night. Shared party nights are ideal for those smaller companies with around 50 employees or under who will join with other companies to enjoy the experience of a larger party night that doesn’t compromise on the extravagance!

For larger groups of 50+ who want to enjoy their own private party, then we would recommend an exclusive party – you’ll have you own space, usually in a suite or function room where you’ll be able to indulge in a festive knees up with all of your friends and colleagues. If you have a smaller group, but you’d prefer something more intimate, then there are plenty of excellent restaurant venues who offer exclusive space.

Where do you want to hold the party?

Location, location location. Seriously though, knowing where you want to hold your party is a pretty important thing to know as soon as possible. Are you close to a few cities? If so, have a think about where would be the most convenient one for your team. Is it close to nearby transport options, does it offer onsite parking? Once you find your ideal venue in your desired location, we suggest sending an enquiry through on the Eventa site to give you a good chance of getting your dream venue!

How much do you want to spend?

Taking into account everything you’d like your party to include, make a sensible budget and use our handy search filter on the Eventa website. This enables you to search for potential venues by entering a minimum and maximum amount in your preferred area. From here, you’ll be presented with a page of results within your budget.

Once you’ve found a Christmas party that you like the look of, simply send a enquiry through and you’ll be contact by the venue who will send you out a proposal and get you on the way to planning your dream Christmas party!

Money Saving Hacks For Christmas 2017

We’re aware that it’s the start of Spring and that the thought of Christmas just seems ridiculous right now. But in all honesty, there’s never been a more appropriate time to start saving for Christmas 2017. We’ve compiled a list of some rather handy money saving hacks which will help spread the cost of the festive season throughout your year, so that everything isn’t such a humungous shock to your bank balance when it gets to December!

Enjoy in-store promotions throughout the year

Make sure you grab deals when you see them throughout the year and end up saving money – whether it’s Father’s Day offers, deals in Summer and Autumn or just sale items that you think are fitting as gifts for Christmas for your friends and family, just buy them and pop them away until December!

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Coupons and promo codes

Coupons and promo codes – what’s not to love? If you’re shopping for something online, then have a quick google before you proceed to the checkout for a cheeky promo code. Even if it’s just 10% off or free delivery, then it’s definitely worthwhile!

Keeping an eye out for coupons are also a great idea. Or if you’re particularly passionate about a certain product or brand, then why not write up to head office and declare your love for their product/brand. You never know, they may just send you some money off coupons in the post just for being a dedicated customer!

Take Advantage of Early Bird Christmas Party Offers

We know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would anyone be thinking about booking their company Christmas party right now? Well if we told you that many businesses and companies have already booked their festive shindigs, you may just be surprised.

But really, this is a pretty sensible thing to do. Not only is the planning all out of the way saving stress later in the year, but many venues offer special early bird rates for those who look to book earlier, meaning that there’s a pretty penny to be saved. In addition, it’s also a good idea to book early to ensure that your preferred locations and dates are available.

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Cashback Websites

If you’re a big online shopper, then make sure you sign up to a reputable cashback website such as Quidco or Topcashback, where you’ll be rewarded with a percentage of your purchase simply for shopping online! It’s a great way to earn money for what you’d be buying anyway and is ideal for using towards Christmas!

Creative Gift Ideas

There’s nothing more personal than making gifts for friends and family, so why not give some crafts a go throughout the year? How about making your own marmalade or preserves or perhaps you’ve always wanted to create your own scented candles or jewellery? You’ll then be able to tuck these away for the festive season!

Creative gifts are a great idea as plenty of time and effort along with thought has been put into their making. Plus, it means there’s lots of opportunities for you to try your hand at a few craft activities in 2017!

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Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a great way to save money on presents for adult friends or family. Simply set a budget and secretly draw names from a hat. Alternatively, Elfster is a great website to draw names for free. Just head to the site and list the email addresses of everyone taking part and the site will email everyone individually to inform them of their secret Santa! Typically, work secret Santa’s are meant to be jokey, but with family or friends, we always think it’s nice to put a bit of effort in and treat them to something that they’ll actually like!

 

Indulge in a Luxurious Christmas Party Night in Reading this Festive Season

The annual Christmas celebration is one of the most anticipated events on the work social calendar, so make sure you give your team an evening that they won’t forget with this fantastic shared party night at one of Reading’s finest venues. An exclusive event is also available for those companies seeking a private occasion.

Situated in the heart of Reading, this elegant grade two listed townhouse simply oozes luxury with its opulent décor and magnificent features and will be guaranteed to wow your guests with its lavish style and atmosphere. The venue has been described by the Evening Standard as the ‘UK’s sexiest Townhouse’ thanks to its striking design which will really get everyone talking.

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On the night of the event, throw on your best attire because this Christmas celebration is all about looking your best and standing out amongst the crowd! The party night will kick off at 7:00pm, where on arrival, everyone will be provided with a warm welcome from the dedicated staff who will be on hand to direct each guest to the party room where they’ll spend the evening.

Once inside, why not treat yourselves to a drink from the bar and enjoy having a catch up with your friends and colleagues away from the office before being seated for dinner at your beautifully decorated Christmas table.

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It won’t be long until each guest is served a delicious feast that’s comprised of three tasty courses. Each dish is created using the freshest ingredients around by the venue’s outstanding hospitality team who will be sure to cook up an incredible fusion of flavour. The food and drink served will reflect the grand ambience and architecture at this decadent property, all of which will be true to their identity and taste.

After your three-course meal, savour the freshly baked mince pies along with a refreshing cup of coffee or tea to cleanse the palate which will really get you into the Christmas spirit.

The rest of the evening awaits on the dancefloor, where the venue’s professional DJ will be setting scene with their excellent selection of party tracks which will be sure to have everyone loosening up and letting their hair down! Expect all those classic hits from the past, right through to the latest and greatest from the present day. If you’re not quite ready for the dancefloor yet, then why not head to bar and purchase a couple more of your favourite drinks to get you in the mood for a spot of dancing!

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If you’d prefer a festive meal by day, then this excellent venue also offers a shared Christmas lunch event. Each guest will be treated to three sumptuous courses which will be served on your very own beautifully decorated table. Freshly brewed tea and coffee will be served alongside traditional mince pies shortly after your dessert to complete the dining experience.

Whether you’re interested in this venue’s shared Christmas party or festive lunch, make sure you book your places now to avoid any disappointment and enjoy a fantastic celebration with all your colleagues!