Finishing touches for your garden party

There’s nothing quite like gathering your friends and family together in the warmer weather and enjoying a garden party at home. Think succulent BBQ food, tasty and refreshing cocktails, hilarious games and of course, some all-round brilliant company and you’re guaranteed the perfect afternoon and evening. You’ve probably got all the essentials ready for the party, but how about adding some fun and vibrant accessories to your party for those finishing touches? We’ve listed our favourite accessory ideas that everyone will love, so get ready for some serious garden party inspiration!

Large Glass Dispenser

These large glass drink dispensers are brilliant for parties – create your own party punch, make large quantities of cocktails or how about creating your very own supply of Primm’s? We recommend purchasing a couple and having a non-alcoholic option in addition to an alcoholic offering so you’ve got something special for the non-drinkers too!

Fun Plates and Napkins

Who needs standard white paper plates and napkins when you can jazz things up with colourful patterned outdoor dining accessories? We love these quirky flaming plates and napkins which teamed together make a fun and striking party table. These bright designs feature tropical leaves and watercolour-look flamingo design making them ideal for a spring or summer garden party.

Plastic Cocktail Glasses and Cups

It’s always sensible to have non-breakable items of crockery for your garden party, but if you want something a bit more exciting than a standard and plain paper cup, then how about some reusable plastic cocktail glasses and cups? Your cocktails and drinks will feel that much tastier drinking out of something more stylish and you’ll be doing your bit to help the planet by not throwing them away!

Piñata

We love a piñata here at Eventa and so will you and all your party guests. A piñata is a great party game for outside, especially if there’s children present. Everyone will take it in turns to whack the piñata in the hope of it breaking open and spilling out its stash of sweet treats. It’s plenty of fun for both kids and adults!

Bunting

If you’re going for a shabby chic meets bake-off garden party theme, then you absolutely must have some colourful bunting hanging to give it that authentic feel. If you’ve got time, then you could have a go at creating your own on the sewing machine or alternately you could just buy them and save yourself the job. Whatever you choose to do, you know that they’ll look great and is the ideal decoration to finish off your party look!

Photo Booth Props

Obviously, there’s going to be plenty of photos taken during the evening and if you want to create some amusing memories, then make sure you purchase some photo booth props for your garden event. You don’t actually need to have a photo booth at your party, you can just use them to create plenty of ‘lol’ moments which you’ll be able to capture!

Outdoor Party Lighting

Outdoor lighting really does set the scene for continuing the party into the evening once the sun’s gone down. It’s a beautiful way to give your garden the sparkle it deserves and is an effective way of providing the ideal amount of light for your guests. The great news is that it doesn’t matter how big or small your outdoor area is – whether you’ve got a courtyard garden that’s on the smaller side of things or a bigger garden that features large and tall trees, there’s something out there for every garden.

If you’re looking to plan a corporate summer party, then look no further than our great selection and give your team a fantastic summer treat!

Enjoy a Corporate Summer Celebration on Manchester’s Fantastic Quayside

Boasting a beautiful quayside that offers excellent views of MediaCity UK and the Quays, this incredible museum venue makes for the perfect space to celebrate an exclusive corporate summer party which will include everything that you could possibly ask for!

This venue is completely unique and unlike any other venue in the UK with its spectacular 360-degree digital backdrop which is available for every party or event. If you’re looking to create your very own bespoke theme, then the venue is flexible and their dedicated technical experts will be on hand to work with you and help you create a personalised theme especially for your event.

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Alternatively, you could use one of the venue’s existing themes such as the captivating Manchester skyline, a stunning Art Deco era backdrop or why not go all out with the quirky Alice in Wonderland theme?

On the night of the event, everyone will arrive to a stylish alfresco drinks reception on the Quayside which will be sure to impress each and every guest. A choice of either a refreshing cocktail or a bubbly Prosecco reception is available to enjoy whilst admiring the stunning views and having a catch up with your colleagues away from the office.

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Make sure that you’re hungry, because the talented hospitality team have cooked up a sumptuous feast that’s filled with a plethora of gastronomic delights! A hot or cold summer buffet menu is available, however if you’d prefer the option to enjoy a three-course seated meal, then this is offered at a small additional cost per guest plus VAT.

With exclusive hire of the main exhibition area available until 1:00am, the fun doesn’t have to stop after you’ve all enjoyed your dining experience. Those summer vibes will continue to flow well into the night with entertainment from the venue’s professional DJ. Treat yourselves to some drinks before making your way onto that dancefloor where you’ll be spoiled with all the latest and greatest party anthems – there’s never been a more appropriate moment to let loose and have a laugh!

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Also included with this summer party is a surround sound digital PA system, lectern, microphone and staging, in addition to a stylish red carpet and LED uplighters at the Quayside entrance for the ultimate VIP experience.

The venue can arrange for coach transport from the city centre to the venue and back to make life that bit easier for your team. If anyone is looking to stay overnight, then the venue will be able to organise special rates at some nearby hotels that boast an excellent reputation.

This fantastic exclusive summer party package is available as an early bird offer for just £36.95 + VAT per guest, so ensure you make your party booking as soon as possible to ensure availability for your preferred dates and avoid any disappointment! This innovative and dynamic event space truly is one of a kind, so you can be sure that you and your party guests will experience a massively unforgettable evening!

Experience a Summer Party to Remember in Manchester

If you’re looking to plan a corporate party in Manchester, then the good news is that you won’t have to wait until Christmas; how does a summer party sound? It’s the perfect way to take advantage of the warm weather, the fresh air and it’s a valid excuse to just get away from that stuffy office and let your hair down.

You’ll want to choose a venue that’s unique and truly inspirational to make your event unforgettable, and we’ve got the perfect place for you and your team to enjoy a summer celebration in the city. This fantastic museum venue is filled with character and situated in the heart of Manchester in the Castlefield area, making it easy for everyone to reach with its close proximity to a variety of excellent transport links. There is also off-site car parking facilities for those looking to drive on the day of the event.

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Featuring a dedicated event and conference space on the second floor of the venue’s grade two listed building, there’s also a fantastic balcony area that’s suitable for registration and serving refreshments. You can rest assured that these purpose-built facilities will be sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a memorable event.

With this excellent summer package, everyone in your party will be treated to an ice-cold glass of refreshing Pimms on arrival to the Upper Courtyard to get the party started, where you’ll feel those summer vibes in full swing!

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As for the food, make sure that you and your guests are hungry, because the outstanding hospitality team have cooked up an absolute summer feast that comes in the form of a delicious BBQ buffet. With something for all tastes, these sumptuous items will be sure to get everyone’s mouths watering – how about indulging in a selection of charred meats, colourful summer inspired salads and mini sliders?

For dessert, there’s some incredible sweet treats that everyone will love such as fruity Vimto jelly, luscious fruit kebabs and an irresistible Eton mess that comes with plump, fresh strawberries. If you can’t decide what you want to go for, then why not treat yourself to a couple of desserts?

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Your summer corporate party won’t finish once the food has been devoured, because the venue’s professional DJ will take you and guests through the rest of the night with their top playlist which will see everyone throwing moves of all manners! If you’ve got a favourite track, then why not speak to the DJ and put in a request?

Included in this summer party package is event management and security for your peace of mind, as well as a digital welcome screen, a photo chandelier and occasion tables and chairs. A PA system, which includes a microphone and lectern will also be provided for your event.

There really is no better way to let your hair down and boost team morale with a summer celebration, so why not get planning your corporate summer party now to ensure availability for your preferred dates?

Refreshing Drink Ideas to Kick Start your Spring

The arrival of this beautiful Spring weather means that the sun is out and the air is fresh, so it’s the perfect excuse to get outside and relax. And we say that there’s no better way to enjoy the start of this new season than with a delicious and refreshing drink. So whether you’re planning an outdoor summer party and need some drinks inspiration or whether you’re just looking to have your friends and family around for a get together, then these mouth-watering cocktail and mocktail ideas will be sure to go down well with all of your guests!

Watermelon Pina Colada

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Ingredients

3 oz. Pineapple juice

2 oz. Malibu White Rum

1 oz. Coconut Milk

2–3 Cubes Watermelon (should be around 1-inch each)

1 cup of crushed ice

Watermelon slice to garnish

This tasty concoction takes a refreshing twist on the classic and much loved tropical cocktail, the Pina Colada. It’s super easy to make and all you need is a blender! Simply throw all the ingredients into the blender and blend for about a minute. Once finished, pour into Pina Colada glasses and garnish the side with a slice of watermelon. For maximum effect, add in a cocktail umbrella for that authentic holiday feel!

Passion fruit Mojito Recipe

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Ingredients

2 large, ripe passion fruit, halved

Large handful mint leaves, torn

2 tbsp light brown sugar

2 ½ oz. white rum

Soda water, to top up

Once again, we’ve taken a tasty twist on another favourite cocktail, the Mojito. This time around, we’ve added some passionfruit to it and made it come alive! It doesn’t take long to make and tastes fantastic. To begin, simply remove the pulp from the passion fruit and place into a jug along with the mint leaves, sugar and the white rum.

Then place your muddler to crush the ingredients and mix them well together. If you don’t have a muddler, then the end of a rolling pin will work perfectly too. Add in plenty of crushed ice to the jug, before pouring in soda water to fill up the jug. Serve in two hi-ball glasses and prepare your taste buds for a real taste sensation!

Summer Berry Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)

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Ingredients

Six Strawberries

10ml Elderflower Cordial

10ml Ginger Syrup

10ml Fresh Lemon Juice

60ml Cranberry Juice

60ml Apple Juice

Strawberry and lemon slice to garnish on the side

The Summer Berry Mocktail is a refreshing alternative to an alcoholic cocktail and makes for the ideal drink for the warmer weather. To make, add the strawberries into a cocktail shaker and muddle. Once the strawberries have been crushed well, add in the elderflower cordial, lemon, cranberry juice, ginger syrup and apple juices. Pop on the top and get shaking! Add ice to a tall glass and pour tall – just don’t forget to add your fruit to garnish. So there you have it – the perfect summer berry mocktail which be sure to be a hit with the whole crowd!

Overcoming the fear of presenting and public speaking

Let’s face it, there really aren’t many jobs out there that don’t involve an element of public speaking or having to present to others. Whether it’s presenting to your colleagues in the office, performing an end of year speech at the annual Christmas party or performing a presentation during a course, speaking in front of others can be a seriously nerve wracking experience.

For the odd few out there that love it, there’s many of us who get the chills just thinking about having to stand up and talk through a PowerPoint slideshow in front of our colleagues, but luckily there are some ways to help us try and tackle this very common fear.

Power Dress

There’s something about power dressing that gives us that extra bit of confidence – if you feel good on the outside then chances are that you’ll feel good on the inside too and will come across more confident. Remember that the colour red indicates power, so if you can incorporate this into your outfit on the day of your talk or presentation you’ll really be able to assert yourself confidently to the audience, even if you are feeling nervous!

Prepare

Remember that saying from school, failing to prepare is preparing to fail? Well, the same applies with giving a talk. If you’re not feeling confident with what you’ll be saying to the audience, then how will you be able to successfully engage with them? Practice performing your presentation at home; once you become more familiar with the what you’re saying, then you’ll appear more natural and relaxed in front of your audience.

Picture yourself succeeding

Don’t visualise yourself stuttering on your words or tripping up in front of your audience and everyone laughing at you. Envisage yourself really nailing the presentation and captivating your audience whilst you’re talking. Imagine the applause at the end and people coming up to you and congratulating you on such an informative talk. By having these kind of positive images in your mind, you’re setting yourself up to do well!

Learn to Breathe

Obviously you know how to breathe, but when we’re stressed or anxious, breathing in a different way can actually help us feel calmer and less tense. When we’re giving a speech or doing a talk, we actually require more oxygen so we’re able to effectively project our voices, and when we’re nervous, we tend to do shallow breathing, which isn’t useful.

Learning to breathe deeply is a great way of tackling those pre-presentation nerves and the ‘seven, eleven’ breathing technique is an excellent method to try. The ‘seven, eleven’ technique focuses on diaphragmatic breathing which allows the lungs to expand fully and helps produce a reservoir full of air. The way to do this is to inhale deeply for seven seconds and exhaling until you reach eleven seconds.

Be realistic

Do remember that being good at public speaking doesn’t just come naturally, it’s a skill that takes plenty of practice and it’s something that you’ll be able to become more confident at with time – practice does make perfect after all!

Speak to a professional

Some anxiety about public speaking is totally normal, but if it gets to the stage where it’s disrupting your life on a daily basis, then it is definitely worth considering speaking to a professional therapist who will be able to help you deal further with this particular fear.

Eight ways to relax after a stressful day at work

If you’re feeling particularly stressed at work, it can be difficult to relax once you get home in the evenings – you may even have trouble sleeping because you’re worried about your workload or perhaps you’ve got a big day ahead of you. If this sounds like you, then you need to discover the art of slowing down your mind and learning to unwind. With that in mind, we’ve outlined eight ways to help you relax after a stressful day at work and enjoy some much-needed you time.

1. Explore Mindfulness

Mindfulness has soared in popularity recently and there is great evidence for its stress and anxiety reducing benefits. But if you’ve not heard of it before, mindfulness can be described as the state of simply being, focusing on the present moment and being aware of what’s happening inside us and around us at that very moment. It allows us to reconnect with our bodies and awaken our senses to sounds, sights, tastes and feelings that are going on in the here and now. With practice, mindfulness is beneficial in helping us to simply observe our thought processes and stand back from our train of thought.

If you haven’t tried mindfulness before, then it’s certainly something that’s worthwhile in trying and there are plenty of excellent apps around which will start you on your mindfulness journey. Headspace is brilliant app where you’ll be able to learn the basics of meditation, which will help you learn how to train your brain for a happier and healthier life. Headspace offers 10 meditation sessions for free, so it’s the perfect introduction to mindfulness and won’t cost you a pretty penny!

2. Enjoy a soak in the bath

There’s nothing better than running yourself a nice hot bubble bath and enjoying a long soak. If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation, then how about adding some candles, turning the lights off and playing some soothing spa music?

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3. Switch off

Once work has finished, then it’s time to switch off from the day’s events both mentally and physically. If you normally respond to work emails on your commute home or do further work in your living room, then it’s time to stop. Switch off your work mobile and don’t be tempted to load up your laptop to check your inbox.

The evening is your time to relax and focus your energy into something of your choosing – you’ll never be able to unwind if you don’t allow yourself to detach from your working day. So break the habit and enjoy some ‘you’ time, you really do owe it to yourself!

4. Hit the gym

The gym is the perfect way to release everything that you’ve put into the day and if you’re feeling particularly stressed. It’s great for burning off that energy and releasing some endorphins after a long day which will help you feel happier. You don’t have to spend hours sweating away, but a 30-minute run on the treadmill is ideal for getting that endorphin buzz and will help you unwind after your day of work.

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5. Read a book

There’s no better way to escape the chaos of reality than getting stuck into a good book. It’s fantastic for slowing down your mind and discovering another world. Once you’ve had a hot bath or shower, slip into some cosy pajamas and get comfy – you could even enjoy a glass of wine whilst you’re at it!

6. Eat and drink well

Make sure you nurture your body with good, wholesome foods. Ditch the processed foods and cut down on refined sugars. Stick with foods that are rich in tryptophan such as turkey, cheese, eggs, fish and oats, as these will then be converted into serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel good! Also ensure that you drink six to eight glasses of water a day which will keep you hydrated and feeling good all day long!

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7. Get some sleep

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night to help aid with stress relief. When we’re sleep deprived, it can be hard to think straight and make decisions. Ensure that your bedroom is clean and clutter free so that you feel relaxed before bed. A messy room can make your mind feel chaotic, so a clean and tidy room can help with a stress-free mind!

8. Treat yourself to a massage

Enjoying a massage is the perfect treat for the mind, body and soul and is ideal for ridding yourself of pesky knots, tensions and stress. Massage has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and also encourages a restful sleep. In addition. it’s also been known to help ease headaches too. Get yourself booked in for a treatment at the end of a particularly stressful week or if money’s a bit tight for regular professional massages, then why not invest in a massage chair or a heat mat?

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If you’re looking to organise a summer or Christmas party in 2017, then don’t let yourself get stressed out searching for the perfect venue – visit Eventa where you’ll be provided with results based on your party requirements.  Once you spot a venue you like, simply send an enquiry through and from there, you’ll be contacted by the venue who will help you further!

The Best Places in Brighton for a Working Lunch

Brighton is the home to Eventa HQ and if you’re lucky enough to live or work here too, then you’ll know what a fantastic selection of restaurants and cafes we have on offer here. When we’re able to take a break from helping customers find their perfect Christmas party, we love nothing more than getting out the office for lunch and treating our taste buds to some seriously good food. But if you’re not sure where to go on your working lunch or where to take your clients for a bite to eat in this great city, then why not take some inspiration from some of our favourite places?

The Coal Shed

Nestled down Boyce Street, The Coal Shed is a sophisticated spot to enjoy a truly delectable lunch. The A La Carte menu offers a great selection of tasty steaks – choose from a fillet, rib eye, sirloin and surf and turf. Other mains include the likes of roast pheasant breast and whole fish of the day amongst many others. There’s also a great range of sides to enjoy which don’t disappoint. We say that this restaurant is one for the wow-factor and is definitely one to enjoy with a client!

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The Office Pub

The Office is a light and airy pub that’s tucked away in Sydney Street and just so happens so serve some of the best Thai food in Brighton. There’s plenty of great dishes to choose from for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Also, if you’re a fan of gin, then The Office is certainly the place to be with a huge selection of gin to choose from – there’s no harm in having one drink in your lunch break right?

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Tortilla

If you’re looking for a freshly made burrito, then look no further than Tortilla based down West Street in the heart of the city centre. You’ll fill your tortilla with a choice of rice, beans, peppers and onions or meat (decide between grilled chicken, grilled steak, barracoa or carnitas) salsa and cheese or sour cream. A vegetarian option is also available in addition to plenty of other options, such as a lower carb option of naked burritos, tres tacos and some seriously mouth-watering nachos!  Tortilla is the perfect way to spice up your lunch break in Brighton!

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Foodilic

Foodilic is the place to go if you’re after a tasty and healthy all you can eat buffet! Situated in North Street Brighton, you’ll find an irresistible selection of salads such as green beans and mange tout with walnuts and orange zest dressing in addition to a choice of meatier options such as beef and pork bourguignon, Coq au vin and chicken salad. There’s also delicious bread and butter available that can be enjoyed on the side. If you’re strapped for time, then why not grab a take away box for £5.00? We would definitely recommend the coconut milkshake at Foodilic as it’s just heavenly!

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Pompoku

Situated in the centre of Brighton, Pompoku is a Japanese restaurant and is famous round these parts for its delicious, low costing food that doesn’t compromise on quality! There’s plenty of choice on offer here, ranging from sumptuous Katsu Don and Teriyaki chicken to spring rolls and tempura prawns, there’s something for everyone here. A great advantage is that you won’t be waiting too long to enjoy your food as it’s served nice and quick here! If you’re looking to dine in, then we do suggest arriving early, as seating at Pompoku is limited.

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How to keep motivated in the office in January

Now that we’re officially into the second week of January, things can tend to feel a little dull and dreary after all the fun and sparkle of Christmas. The weather’s grey and rainy outside and the prospect of summer seems like a lifetime away. To top it all off, there’s plenty of work piling up in the office, which can be enough to make anyone feel slightly stressed!

There are of course plenty of ways to stay motivated in the office in January, which will help you work through any January blues that you may be experiencing, so read on and get ready to achieve great things this working year!

Keep Hydrated

Not only is water great for our skin and helps the body regulate temperature amongst other things, it also helps aid concentration and allows us to think clearer. So next time you go to reach for that can of Diet Coke or go to make a cup of coffee, think again and enjoy some water. You really will feel a lot better for it!

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Have something to look forward to

There’s nothing better than having something to look forward to; whether it’s a mini break, a holiday or just meeting up with a friend for a catch up. If you’re heading away, then why not download a holiday countdown app on your phone to give you some real motivation? It’s also good to ensure that you spend plenty of time with friends and family that you love, so do make sure that you make time to have a catch up with a friend or family member every week or so!

Do give yourself a lunch break

Honestly, there’s nothing worse than staring at a computer screen all day without a rest, so make sure that you do give yourself a lunch break. Even if you just go for a walk for twenty minutes or so, it’s good to have a break from your workload and just enjoy a bit of fresh air! You’ll return to the office feeling refreshed and ready to tackle those next few tasks on your list!

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Create easy and achievable goals

There’s no point staring at your entire workload and seeing it as one massive project. Instead, split it up into easy manageable tasks and set yourself a challenge each month. As you tick through each task on your list, you’ll feel a real sense of achievement!

Set your goals for the year ahead

If you’ve got a big working year ahead of you, then why not have a think about what you’d like to achieve. If there’s certain targets that you’d like to hit, then why keep a record of your monthly progress? It makes things easy to track so you know where you’re at!

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Enjoy an after work gym session

There’s nothing quite like releasing some endorphins with an after work gym session – it’ll leave you feeling good afterwards and through to the next day. It’s also extra good if you’ve had a particularly stressful day at work and need to let out some energy!

Last Minute Christmas Ideas For The Other Half

Okay, so although it seems like everyone else in your life just happens to be super super organised and has already purchased their ENTIRE list of Christmas shopping and you haven’t quite finished, it’s totally fine and doesn’t even matter that Christmas is five days away.

The internet is a beautiful, beautiful thing, as is ASOS’s next day delivery, Amazon Prime and all those other stores that offer glorious next day delivery. So really, there is definitely still time to grab a few items (if you get your life together and order your items in the next couple of days or so). Therefore, we thought we’d make this quick-fire list of last minute Christmas ideas for your other half.

For your Boyfriend…

 

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Calvin Klein 3 Pack Trunks Cotton Stretch, £36 from ASOS

Ah you can’t go wrong with some Calvin Klein undies for the guy in your life. Everyone loves them and so will your man. There’s plenty of colours and styles to choose from on good ol’ ASOS. But if in doubt, stick with these classic black options which feature a colourful branded waistband. Everyone’s a winner with these.

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The Meat Cookbook, £25 at Amazon

Possibly the most manliest cookbook there is out there, this one teaches you to conquer the art of cooking meat. Expert advice is provided at all times in The Meat Cookbook and will teach all the skills needed to create the best meat around. With over 300 recipes to choose from, there will be plenty here to keep your boyfriend happy.

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Sega Genesis Arcade Motion Deluxe Gaming Device, £39.99 from Argos

Go back in time to the glory days when game play ruled over graphics! This excellent Sega Genesis gaming device is great fun and features 20 classic built in games including the likes of Golden Axe, Sonic and Knuckles and The Revenge of Shinobi. It’s the ideal gift for those who want to relive their childhood!

For your Girlfriend…

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Tamara satin balconette bra, £30 at Boux Avenue (Available in sizes 32A-36F)

Oooh la la, why not treat the lady in your life to a stunning new set of lingerie for Christmas? We know the world of underwear can be a confusing minefield for any man not familiar with styles, so how about this gorgeous purple Tamara satin balconette bra? It’s both glamorous and delicate whilst boasting a modern edge. Pop it in a scented gift box – she really will love it! Just make sure you know what size you’re buying! Matching bottoms are available from £14.

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Gucci Guilty Pour Femme Eau de Toilette 30ml, £42 at The Perfume Shop

Nothing beats a fragrance for your girlfriend and this incredible Guilty scent by Gucci smells just amazing. Featuring top notes such as mandarin and pink pepper and heart notes of peach, lilac and geranium, this is a truly edgy scent for the woman in your life.

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Soap & Glory™ Soaper Spa™, £20 from Boots

No girl’s Christmas is complete without some form of Soap and Glory products, and this Soaper Spa gift set will certainly not disappoint! Comprised of all those essential bath lovelies, you’re bound to be in the good books when she unwraps this bumper beauty box of joy!

Six Things To Do During The Festive Limbo

The Festive Limbo. Otherwise known as that awkward period of time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you’re lucky enough to have the full week off work and you’re fed up of being slouched in front of that telly stuffing yourself silly with copious amounts of Quality Street, then it’s definitely time to get yourself out of the house. We’ve got a great list of ideas to do during this tricky in-between period, so why not take a leaf out of our book if you can’t think of anything to do and get inspired!

Go Ice-Skating

There’s nothing more festive than hitting the ice rink and if it’s outside – even better! It’s the perfect excuse to put on that new hat and glove set that you got for Christmas whilst you glide around on the ice (or hang onto the side, apologising to the many couples sharing romantic moments as you attempt to squeeze past) taking in the festive lights and having a laugh with your friends, family or your other half!

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Get Back To Nature

After spending a lot of time indoors over the festive period, it’s always a good idea to get out the house and go for a long walk in the country – you’ll be able to walk off some of the Christmas indulgences and get some much needed fresh air! Don’t forget to bring the dog!

Hit The Sales

If you’ve got the stamina, then why not hit those sales? There’s plenty of after Christmas bargains to be had with some brilliant reductions available. Think of it as a form of exercise. A form of exercise that rewards you with lots of nice gifts for yourself. After all, you’ve worked hard this year and budgeted for everyone’s Christmas presents, so why not treat yourself?

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Enjoy A Pub Lunch

Once you’ve exhausted the leftover Turkey with various turkey themed meals, you’re probably bored stiff of the stuff. So how about rounding up your mates and having a post-Christmas catch up away from the kitchen over some seriously tasty pub grub and a few drinks? We’ll go for the pie and chips with a vodka and Diet Coke. Thanks.

Head To An Art Gallery Or Museum

This one’s great if you’re getting short on money as these attractions are normally free (or at the very least ask for a suggested donation) and there’s plenty to visit if you live close to a major city! From The Tate Modern to The Victoria and Albert museum and The Science Museum to The Natural History Museum in London, you really will be spoiled for choice. Of course, that’s just London and there’s plenty more across the UK. There’s never been a better time to increase your knowledge; it could just come in handy at a pub quiz – you never know!

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Bowling And Laser quest

Bowling and laserquest isn’t just for kids under 12 having birthday parties, it can be great fun for adults too! So why not get a group together and throw on your laser gun and channel your inner soldier, before creeping around in the dark and firing at the opposing team. It’s perfect for an adrenaline surge and you can be sure that there will be plenty of laughter along the way! Finish things up with a round of bowling and see who will be able to bowl a turkey (three strikes consecutively bowled FYI).

What to carry in your party clutch this festive season

It’s December and what has to be simply the BEST time of the year for going out and celebrating the season of goodwill with your colleagues, friends and family with some great Christmas Parties. And to top it off, there’s really nothing better than treating yourself to a gorgeous sparkly clutch bag to take with you for your nights’ out on the town or to your office Christmas party, but there’s only one question; what cosmetics and products do you carry in your clutch? We spoke to the rather lovely ladies in the office at Eventa HQ who divulged the contents of their Christmas clutch this party season and here’s some of our favourites…

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MAC Lady Danger Metro Matt Lipstick, £15.50 from Mac Cosmetics

This bold bright matt lipstick by MAC really is one to make a statement this festive party season. This gorgeous Lady Danger lipstick is a vibrant of red will make you stand out from the crowd and will truly highlight your features. We think that this shade looks gorgeous worn with a black dress for a striking and eye-catching look.

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Dior Skin Flash Radiance Booster Pen, £26.10 at Escentual

This handy little item is perfect for slipping in your bag for your night out and what can we say – it’s amazing! It corrects and instantly erases dark shadows, signs of fatigue and sculpts and re-defines facial contours. It’s great if you’re getting ready straight from work as it transforms your look and brightens the complexion with a brushstroke. It’s safe to say that we love the Dior Skin Flash Radiance Booster Pen!

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Calvin Klein Euphoria, £38 from The Perfume Shop

Calvin Klein Euphoria has to be one of my all-time favourite fragrances and it smells just amazing for a night out. This oriental fragrance smells of exotic fruits, seductive florals with notes such as pomegranate, persimmon and lush green notes. If you’ve got a bigger clutch bag that’s big enough to fit a fragrance then great – if not, it’s definitely worth decanting into a smaller travel sized bottle for your evening out to re-spritz as desired!

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Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Mini, £5 at Boots

The classic Benefit mascara is the ideal companion for your festive night out if you’re looking for dark, thick and volumised lashes. Packing all the power of the full sized mascara but in a smaller more convenient size, this is the one mascara that you won’t want to be leaving at home ladies!

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Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil, £2.99 from Boots

If you fancy fuller eye brows, then this eye brow pencil from Rimmel will create bold and striking brows which will complete any look. Best of all, it’s only £2.99 which is an absolute steal!

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Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick, £19 at Smashbox

Perfect for the party season, this long lasting matte liquid lipstick by Smashbox is just utterly brilliant. It’s water resistant features advanced Polymer Technology, which means your colour will stay nicely in place up to eight hours later for that fresh look! The only thing is that you may have a pretty tough time deciding what colour to go for, as there’s many shades of gorgeousness. So choose wisely and get ready to pucker up under that mistletoe!

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Mobile phone cover with card holder, £15.99 from Amazon

Although this isn’t a cosmetic it’s definitely a good idea if your clutch is on the smaller side of things – the card holder is perfect for throwing in those all essential cards in addition to a few notes. Voila! There’s no need to bring a big purse along with you for your night out!