Five Reasons to Celebrate an Exclusive Party at This Excellent Hyde Park Venue

With Christmas on the horizon, the party season is drawing closer. But if you haven’t yet booked your exclusive celebration yet, then you’ll be please to know that it’s not too late! This sophisticated and luxurious boutique venue situated in the city’s Hyde Park area will be sure to provide an extravagant night of celebration for your entire group.

Whether you’re part of a company, a club, organisation or simply a group of friends looking for the perfect way to celebrate the festive season, then you’ll be able to rely on the experts at this fantastic location who will supply you with a truly unforgettable evening. But don’t just take it from us, read on and discover for yourself just why this is the ideal venue for your exclusive Christmas celebration in London this year!

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Location

This stunning boutique hotel is located just a short stroll from London’s iconic Hyde Park and offers beautiful views over the leafy Westbourne Terrace. Ideal for escaping the busy hustle and bustle of the city, this picturesque Grade 2 listed town house offers the perfect setting for a memorable festive celebration.

Paddington mainline, and tube stations are situated just a few streets away, so is great for any guests looking to arrive and depart the party night via public transport. Local bus stops are also available nearby. For those that would like to make a night of the event, then why not book one of the well-appointed bedrooms? With 48 luxurious bedrooms and suites spread across three mid-19th century Grade 2 townhouses, you’ll be sure to enjoy a comfortable nights’ sleep.

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History

This particular property is steeped in history, so if you’re after a venue that boasts glamorous interiors and features that you won’t find elsewhere, then this is the place for you. Within the venue, you’ll discover period furniture and original oil paintings – many of the antiques here were picked by antique expert, appraiser and presenter of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, Jonty Hearnden. The opulent auberge offers a stunning view of the street once described as the ‘finest in London’ and faces St James Church, where Oscar Wilde espoused.

Fantastic food and drink for all dietary requirements

The Christmas menu on offer this year is simply irresistible. Created by the fantastic team of chefs, you and your group will be able to indulge in three sumptuous courses, that’s followed by coffee, a selection of infusion teas and of course, some traditional mince pies.

On the menu, you’ll find a selection of the finest meat, fish and vegetarian dishes that will be sure to tantalise your taste buds. Please note that all dietary requirements can be catered for, so if you have any specific requests, do get in contact with a member of the venue once you’ve enquired to discuss this further.

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Ideal for smaller exclusive groups

When people think of an exclusive Christmas party night, they’ll probably think that they’ll need to be part of a group of 50+ guests. However, with this exclusive offering, you’ll be able to enjoy an evening of festive merriment from as little as ten guests! The venue can cater for up to 40 guests, so this option is ideal for those who are seeking something a little more private and unique this year.

Stylish Interiors and Christmas décor

This Victorian townhouse boasts opulent and breath-taking décor and interiors; from stunning Victorian furniture, original oil paintings and silk upholstery, this venue is the perfect example of timeless British charm!

For your exclusive celebration, your function room will be magnificently dressed in true Christmas fashion – expect stunning festive décor and table linen, place cards and table plan, in addition to you your very own party box! In addition to this, you and your group will experience an incredibly festive atmosphere, which will be sure to get everyone in the mood – even those Christmas Scrooges!

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If you like what you see, then why not send an enquiry through to this excellent venue situated in Hyde Park today?

The venue will be extremely happy to speak with you regarding planning for your last-minute exclusive Christmas party night – it’s not too late! With availability throughout November, December and into January 2019, with prices at just £35.79 per person excluding VAT, this is one occasion that you won’t want to miss out on!

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It’s begun. Christmas party songs are playing in your favourite retailers, the nights are drawing in, comfort food is a must and the next big event on everyone’s social calendar is Christmas. You know what that means…Christmas party season is almost upon us! The lead up to Christmas is a demanding time, with presents to buy, friends and family to spend much needed time with and of course, if the duty has been bestowed upon you; your works Christmas party to organise.

We’ve been working with this unique and brilliant venue year after year. We have a strong quality assessment process here at Eventa with all our venues and have excellent feedback with these guys. You’ll be taken care of by a qualified and highly skilled in-house events team, who will be able to cater to your every need. You can rest assured you are in safe hands here.

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This year’s theme is an enchanted fairy-tale and fantasy land, with twinkling fairy lights adorning the backdrop for you and your guests whilst you dine and dance the night away. With views of rolling Sussex hills, this creates the perfect atmosphere for you and your group and will be sure to impress even the most humbug of attendees.

A range of different party nights are available, from a fantastic live band party package to a night with the Sundaes or if you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to entertain all, then there are DJ party nights available throughout the festive period.

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No Christmas party would be complete without a delectable Christmas menu. Start with a mouth-watering goat’s cheese and red onion tart followed by a traditional turkey roast with a dauphinoise potato twist.

Or alternatively, indulge in a butternut squash, caramelised onion and sage wellington. For you chocoholic’s out there, treat yourselves to a decadent dark Belgian chocolate tart, covered in vanilla, cherries, honey and cream.  A range of dining options are available to suit all budgets from a finger buffet to a three course sit down meal. With these many options and a range of drinks promotions to help toast the occasion, what’s not to like?

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Whether you’re a group of 10 looking for a festive lunch or a large company of 400 looking for something spectacular, the team can happily cater for you.

All of this just starting from just £32.50 + VAT per person, what are you waiting for? Enquire here now for a party which includes other groups taking in the festive atmosphere. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a little exclusivity; enquire here.

Enjoy a Christmas celebration for everyone at this luxurious venue in Reading

This festive season, we’re delighted to invite you and your group to this breath-taking boutique hotel situated in Reading, where you’ll be able to escape the chilly weather and celebrate your Christmas party in true style!

If you’re in charge of organising the Christmas celebration this year for your company, club, organisation or simply just your group of friends, then you’ll be in for a treat as this venue doesn’t do things by halves! It’s the perfect way to kick-start the festive season with a bang and give your group a night of indulgence that they’ll never forget. With fabulous Christmas lunches, along with disco party nights for shared and exclusive groups, there’s bound to be something for everyone here!

Having previously been voted ‘The UK’s sexiest Townhouse’, you’ll understand why as soon as you step through the door of this Grade 2 listed property; this exquisite venue features magnificent décor that will be sure to impress. From the 86,000 Italian glass beads in the chandelier running the height of the building in the old lift shaft to the luxurious fabrics and wallpapers and the gorgeous furnishings – you’ll feel like royalty in this beautiful art-filled venue!

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Why not browse our fantastic selection of Christmas options in Reading below and send an enquiry through for your favourite party package of choice?

Three-Course Christmas Lunch Celebration

Ideal for those groups who are looking to indulge in a Christmas do by day, this fabulous and sumptuous Christmas lunch will be just perfect for you and your group. You’ll start the lunch with a delicious chilled glass of bubbly on arrival to get those festive vibes flowing nicely, before settling down to indulge in three delightful dishes!

Your lunch package will also include festive decorations, table linen, place cards and table plan, and coffee, tea and mince pies to round off your festive dining experience! On top of all this, you and your group will enjoy a fantastic Christmas atmosphere that’s laid back and friendly. You’ll enjoy your lunch on a private table with your group but will join others as they enjoy their lunch on separate tables.

Priced at just £27.46 per person excluding VAT, Christmas lunches are available throughout November and December 2018 and into January 2019. Enquire today!

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Christmas Dinner and Disco Night

For those that want to make a night of it, but don’t have a large group size, then a shared Christmas dinner and disco night at this stunning venue will be a hit amongst your group. With a minimum group size of eight guests required to attend, guests will be able to enjoy all the action and atmosphere of a larger scale party night, but without the cost!

The fun kicks off at 7.00pm – why not treat yourself to a delicious drink on arrival from the bar and enjoy catching up with your friends and colleagues? It won’t be long until you’re seated and getting stuck into a truly irresistible three-course meal that’s been expertly created onsite by the talented chef and their team. There’s something on this menu to cater for everyone’s tastes, including vegetarians. All dietary requirements can be catered for if you have any specific requests.

Dinner will be rounded off with coffee, tea and of course, mince pies, because Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without them! As the evening continues, the DJ and disco will keep you entertained until the early hours.

Festive decorations, table linen, place cards, table plan and party box are also included with this shared party night! With prices at just £27.46 per person excluding VAT, this is a great option for those smaller groups out there.

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Exclusive Christmas Party Night with Dinner and Disco

Alternatively, you may prefer to opt for something a little more private this festive season. If so, then this exclusive Christmas party package with dinner and a disco will be right up your street. You won’t be joined by other groups and will be free to bond with your group and be yourself in these grand surroundings, before partying the night away.

Enjoy all the incredible features of the shared Christmas dinner and disco party night, but with added exclusivity! Priced at just £27.46 per person excluding VAT, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable evening of fun with this private Christmas celebration.

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With last-minute availability on offer for all of the above celebrations, it’s not too late to send an enquiry through to get in touch with the venue today! Dates are available throughout November and December 2018 and up to January 12th 2019! Make your festive party night one that they’ll never forget with a stunning event at this opulent boutique hotel venue.

Celebrate Christmas at this Spectacular Venue in Reading

For a Christmas party this year that’s extra special, look no further than this stunning Grade Two Listed Townhouse that’s situated in the heart of beautiful Reading. This party package contains everything you and your team need to experience a sophisticated evening like no other, you can rely on the friendly and dedicated staff here to create an amazing party that’s filled with mouth-watering food, delicious drink and some fantastic entertainment.

Whether you’re a small to medium sized group looking to join other party goers for an incredible festive atmosphere, or whether you’re a much larger group of up to 100 guests who would like the intimacy of their very own exclusive event, then the venue has a party type that will accommodate everyone’s needs.

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The venue itself is simply unique: Having been described as the UK’s sexiest townhouse, you can expect plenty of stylish and contemporary interiors this stunning venue. Oozing decadence and opulence, guests will be in awe at the striking décor; from the 86,000 Italian glass beads in the chandelier running the height of the building in the old lift shaft to the luxurious fabrics and wallpapers and the gorgeous furnishings – you’ll feel like royalty in this beautiful art-filled venue!

With the shared Christmas party nights, you’ll indulge in a sumptuous three-course meal from the fabulous festive menu, coffee, tea and mince pies, table linen and decorations, your very own party box, place cards and table plan and a DJ and disco until the early hours. Of course, you’ll also experience an unforgettable festive atmosphere that you’ll share with all of your colleagues!

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The Christmas party menu is extensive, and there’s something here to cater for everyone’s tastes which includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Each dish has been expertly created onsite by the talented chef and their team, who use only the finest, seasonal ingredients to delight and amaze. After the meal, you’ll be served freshly brewed tea and coffee along with classic mince pies, because a Christmas celebration just wouldn’t be the same without then!

If an exclusive party night is more what you’re looking for, then why not arrange to host a private lunch or party night in one of the venue’s stunning suites? Suitable for up to 100 guests, you’ll have full flexibility over the party sizes and menus and the dedicated staff at the venue will ensure that everything about your evening runs smoothly and to plan.

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There’s a variety of beautiful spaces available that are ideal for private events and you can be sure that guests will leave the party night with memories that will last a lifetime.

The dress code for these festive events are smart/casual, so make sure you dress to impress and leave those jeans and trainers at home, because this is sure to be a night where you’ll want to stand out from the crowds! If you’d prefer to celebrate by day, then you’ll love the venue’s outstanding Christmas lunches, which will be sure to please the entire team!

With dates available from 23rd November, right through December and into January 2019, there’s a party date available for everyone at this fantastic venue – send an enquiry through today and make it a Christmas party night that you’ll never forget!

Experience an unforgettable night in Manchester this Christmas with an incredible line up of entertainment!  

We know that entertainment at your Christmas party is important, and if you’re struggling to decide where to go for your evening, then Eventa are more than happy to help, especially if you are looking at Manchester. In this blog we’ll go over one of our favourite venues in Manchester and what to expect from it in 2018. Hopefully, it’s just what you’re looking for!

For those looking for a large venue to match their lofty party ambition, then we have just the ticket. One of the biggest venues in Manchester is now opening its doors for Christmas parties. They are used to big sporting events, so crowds are no problem. Their three separate nights will also mean you get to choose which best suits you, each of which comes with some truly incredible entertainment which we’ll detail for you below.

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Work’s Finished for Christmas!

If you want to pull out all the stops then this is one of the best shared parties on our books. The festive atmosphere and decorations will certainly take your mind off work and remind you that the holidays are here! This ‘Work’s Finished For Christmas’ party comes with some top drawer live entertainment, three course meal and interactive festive games. No one can get bored here.

The live entertainment comes from award winning, international saxophonist May, who has played on chart topping single ‘Changing’ by Sigma and featuring Paloma Faith. If that wasn’t enough then DJ Viva Ems will create an epic show for the crowds. DJ Viva Ems has performed at festivals like Parklife, so you know that you’ll be in good hands for the evening!

If dancing isn’t your thing, then after the meal, you can try your hand at the interactive elements. A graffiti wall will see if you’re the next Banksy, while an adult face painting booth will create some great pictures. For an unforgettable night that’s filled with top quality entertainment and fun, then make this your first and only stop for a Christmas party night.

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A Christmas Extravaganza

If you are looking for something a little more traditional at the end of the year, then the Christmas Extravaganza has everything you need to celebrate the coming festivities and yuletide joy. The large venue is kitted out like a winter wonderland creating a snowy Lapland in the middle of Manchester.

When you arrive for this shared event you are treated to a glass of bubbly and some live acoustic music in a mezzanine bar. Your meal awaits after and provides a beautiful selection of dishes to go with the Christmas theme.

When you have finished the food, ‘Under the Covers’, a seven piece live band will have you dancing in no time and is one of the best acts on the circuit in the UK. The baton is then passed to resident DJ Paul Atkinson who will see you into the early hours.

To make your night even more special you can have a go at the selfie mirror, which has plenty of props to make your pictures fun and a roll a ball reindeer fairground game.

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Exclusive Private Party

While some people are happy with a shared night, others want a more bespoke party and this venue can provide you with an exclusive event tailored for you. Whether your group is 20 or 1200, they can accommodate.

A professional events team will work with you and guide you on the journey to your perfect Christmas do! You can decide on the theme, entertainment style and dietary requirements.

Decorate the big events rooms how you see fit, whether that is a traditional white Christmas or perhaps you want to get away from the cold with a beach party?Everything is customisable including the menu which you can work with the head chef to create something special that everyone at work will remember.

This is the choice for those who want to be in control of the party and have some creative ideas in how to make it the best night ever for their colleagues.

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If you’re looking to make a night of your party, then why not stay onsite at the venue’s Hilton Hotel, where you’ll enjoy well appointed, modern rooms that will provide you with everything you need for a comfortable nights sleep. Send an enquiry through on the party night of your choice and mention that you’re interested in a room to enjoy excellent rates!

Venue interview with an events professional: Emma Levick from Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

This week, we interviewed the lovely Emma Levick from Holiday Inn, Brighton Seafront where we found out more about her role as Sales Office Manager and some of the many exciting events that this venue has played host to.

Having worked with The Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront for many years to promote their Christmas Parties, we were only too keen to find out more about their events and what sets their venue apart from the rest!

  1. Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at your venue

Hello! My name is Emma and I am the Sales Office Manager at the Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront. I look after all meeting space at the hotel, handling a wide range of bookings from large corporate conferences to weddings, birthday parties and private gala dinners.

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  1. What do you love about your role?

I love how varied every day is. We have 9 separate function rooms at the hotel with our largest hosting up to 450 delegates and so every booking is different. In a typical week, we could host a hen party life drawing class, a wedding, a pharmaceutical conference and a trade-show style exhibition! I get to meet and work with so many different types of people each day, it is very rewarding.

  1. What would you say that the most challenging aspect of your role is?

Tailor-making an event to suit a client’s very specific requirements can be challenging at times. As we are such a versatile venue, there are a lot of different options, but over-coming this just makes my role even more satisfying.

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  1. What’s the most exciting event your venue has ever hosted?

We hosted a ‘Strictly Come Brighton’ FAM trip event for 150 corporates based all around the UK to showcase our venue to a new audience. We prepared a five course Brighton themed gala dinner, followed by a professional ballroom and Latin inspired dance class for all FAM Trip guests, complete with a celebrity judging panel. We also organised a treasure hunt around Brighton, a trip on the i360 and an after dinner Strictly themed disco – there were plenty of photo opportunities with multiple themed props!

  1. Why do you think that it’s important for employers to plan events such as Christmas and summer parties for their employees?

It is a fantastic way to celebrate all that has been achieved throughout the year. I do also feel it is important to encourage teams to socialise and enjoy themselves – it really does help to build a strong, motivated team. It also creates a talking point for the rest of the year, building excitement towards the next company event. After all, who doesn’t love letting their hair down every once in a while!

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  1. What sets your venue apart from the rest?

We have recently completed a £4 million internal refurbishment, however original chandeliers from the 70’s still remain giving our function rooms a classic, formal feel, whilst still being modern with a Brighton theme throughout.

We pride ourselves on our very strong team, who are always eager to exceed each guest’s expectations. We all have a strong knowledge of the hotel as well as our local surroundings which enables us to create memorable moments.

Have you seen our rooftop artwork? Local artists Art + Believe have created their Sky Gallery on top of our 17 story building, it truly is a masterpiece worth checking out: http://www.artandbelieve.com/

7. Christmas party season is over at present, but when do you start planning your Christmas parties and brochures for 2018?

Planning Christmas 2018 has already started for us. We have already begun discussing what our potential 2018 Christmas offerings could be in order to ensure a memorable night is had by all. Promotion will probably start around April time, once we receive our brochures, so watch this space…

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  1. What kind of bespoke elements could you incorporate in and personalise a client’s exclusive party?

We are very lucky to have such flexible function spaces and a trusted list of local suppliers which means we can usually make most visions come true. From venue theming, to tailor-made menus and drink packages we pride ourselves on bringing ideas to life.

  1. Do you offer corporate summer parties? If so, what kind of themes do you offer?

We certainly do! We usually tailor-make unique offerings for exclusive parties, however we will be looking into an all-inclusive offering this year as our all-inclusive Christmas parties have been so popular!

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  1. Finally, what’s your favourite cocktail to enjoy at a party?

To be honest, I love a good prosecco cocktail – Kir Royale is probably my favourite, however I couldn’t stay away from the Baileys cocktails over Christmas!

5 Quick Christmas Hacks

Christmas has to be one of the busiest times of the year in the house, so make sure you take note of Eventa’s 5 Quick Christmas Hacks which will help you enjoy a stress-free holiday! From beating the hangover to packing away the Christmas tree lights, these nifty little gems will make life that little bit easier!

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1.      Wrap your presents as you go

There’s nothing worse than leaving all the present wrapping till Christmas eve, so why not wrap as you go? It makes things much easier and then there’s no mad rush! If you can’t wrap as you go, then why not aim to wrap a few presents each day in the lead up to Christmas eve, leaving you with more time to chill on Christmas Eve and enjoy a festive glass of mulled wine?

2.      Chill the drinks in the freezer

Forgotten to chill the bottles of soft drinks? No ice? If so, no problem! Pop them in the freezer for 30 mins and enjoy speedy, cold drinks!

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3.      Beat the hangover!

Research has proved that the best way to tackle a hangover on boxing day is with a delicious Sprite. So make sure you stock up by purchasing a multipack to help ease those headaches!

4.      Retro wrapping

If you’ve run out of festive wrap, then there’s no need to panic – brown parcel paper will do just fine, and it’ll give your gifts a quirky retro look too. Just tie with strong once you’re done and voila! Cheap and easy wrapping paper at your disposal!

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5.      Packing away the Christmas lights

Make things easier for next Christmas when it comes to unravelling the festive lights by using an extremely, simple device. A coat hanger. Yep, it’s that straightforward! Just wrap the lights around the coat hanger for a stress-free experience the following year.

Prep your way beautiful for the office Christmas party!

With the majority of UK office Christmas parties taking place on Friday 15th December this year, there’s never been a better time to indulge in some serious pampering in the lead up to the most anticipated social event on the work calendar! With just six days to go until the big night, here at Eventa, we’ve compiled our best tips which will have you looking and feeling fabulous!

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Six Days Before – Detox

Now’s the perfect time to detox your body! Ensure that you’re drinking plenty of water and cut down on the caffeine. Avoid sugar and fatty, greasy foods which could cause your skin to break out. Also incorporate plenty of fresh fruit, veg and lean meats into your diet.

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Five Days Before – Hairdressers

If you’re looking to treat yourself to some new tresses, then five days before the party is the perfect time to book your hair appointment. This will ensure that there’s time for any dark colour to tone down slightly. It also means that if unfortunately, you’re not happy with your new style, then there’s still time to rectify it.

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Four Days Before – Eyebrows

Want striking and super sleek brows for the big night? If so, then book yourself in for a brow overhaul four days before the party, to give your skin time to recover from the waxing and plucking and to avoid unsightly rashes!

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Three Days Before – Lips

Eliminate dry lips with this easy sugar scrub made using coconut oil, honey, sugar and a little water. Mix together in a bowl and apply to lips, using your finger to rub in circular motions. The result? Gorgeous super soft lips that are perfect for applying a vibrant festive lippy!

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Two Days Before – Nails

Whether you’re doing your nails yourself or getting them done professionally, make sure you get them sorted a couple of days before the party. Just ensure you have no plans for the rest of the evening so you can let them dry properly to avoid pesky smudges and dents!

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One Day Before

Exfoliate your body to remove dead skin cells in the shower and apply a rich, nourishing moisturiser to leave your skin feeling super soft. Also, washing your hair the night before and keeping it free of styling products is recommended for best results on the party night.

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On the Day

Today’s the day! Puffy eyes? Use ice cubes to cool and sooth under the eyes (on clean skin) before applying make up for the evening. If your hair is looking a little flat, spray some dry shampoo to create volume and give your hair a boost.

Eventa’s Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide – 2017

It’s that time of year again, where we search the internet high and low for some of the best Christmas presents for your friends, family and colleagues with our ‘Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide’. With a variety of affordable options on offer in our guide, you certainly won’t be stuck for fun, unique and quirky gift ideas that everyone will be sure to love!

For Mum

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DECLÉOR Wake Up And Be Awesome Radiant Skin Set, Feel Unique £50

Give mum the treat she deserves this Christmas with one of Decleor’s most luxurious gift sets – ‘Wake up and be awesome radiant skin set’, which will give her everything she needs to enjoy a serious pamper session. Included is; Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil 15ml, Aroma Confort Gradual Tan Body Milk 50ml and the Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream 30ml, all of which will help your mum achieve a fresh, glowing appearance – perfect for busy bees!

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Gingle Bells Apron, Precious Little Plum £26

For the mum that loves nothing more than a cheeky G&T, this festive ‘Gingle Bells’ Apron is definitely one for her! Available from Precious Little Plum at Notonthehighstreet.com, these black aprons with luxurious gold lettering read ‘Gingle Bells, Gingle Bells, Gin Gin All The Way!’ and are perfect for adding a tough of glamour to the kitchen! These classic aprons feature a pocket, self-fabric neck strap and self-fabric ties.

Team this with a bottle of your mums favourite gin and you’ll have an award winning gift combination for Christmas 2017!

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Fortnum and Mason, Marc de Champagne Truffle Drum, £20 (250g)

Sophisticated, boozy and super delicious, these bestselling Marc de Champagne truffles by Fortnum and Mason make the perfect pressie for mum to celebrate the festive season! Gorgeously packaged in a teal and white drum with splashes of gold, these truffles are simply blissful and have been created in England using an exclusive recipe. Each chocolate truffle is covered in luxurious, creamy milk chocolate and covered with a dusting of icing sugar; bite into the centre and discover the intense taste of the Marc de Champagne and experience a little bit of heaven.

For Dad

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Beer Advent Calendar, Morrison’s £30 (Instore Only)

Possibly more of an early Christmas present than one for Christmas morning, however, this beer advent calendar available at Morrisons is a great idea to guide your dad through December with a delicious beer each day. Behind each window lies an ale from the likes of some of the UK’s biggest brewery and pub groups, such as Young’s, Bombadier and Greene King. The sizes of each ale ranges from 275ml to 330ml. All your dad needs to do is pop it in the fridge in the morning and look forward to enjoying a nice chilled drink after work!

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iEscape Gift Vouchers

For those dads that are hard to buy for (which let’s face it are most dads) then why not give him a gift that he’ll be able to look forward to with an iEscape voucher? IEscape.com offers a luxurious selection of handpicked places to stay, from boutique hotels in the city to affordable, chic B&Bs along with spa resorts, safari lodges and villa rentals. So whether he’s after a break at home or abroad, he’ll love the gift of travel this festive season. Gift vouchers are available from £25 – £5k.

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Durable Socks, SockShop from £9.99

Is Christmas even Christmas if you haven’t treated your dad to at least one pair of socks? If sock buying is a regular occurrence for your dad, then make sure you get a durable and long-lasting pair from Blue Guard and Storm Bloc from Sock shop that he’ll love! Both pairs of sock come with a lifetime guarantee, so in the unlikely event of your socks ever getting a hole, you’ll receive a pair of new ones!

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These Storm Bloc socks are made from a rich cotton and have reinforced toe seams and breathable panels, in addition to arch support and a cushioned foot, making them ideal for strenuous outdoor activities or keeping warm in the bitterly cold weather!

Blue Guard

The Blue Guard anti-abrasion socks have been designed to combine both comfort and durability and are perfect for those dads that love to get outside in the fresh air and are the perfect for wellington boots. The sophisticated technology has been scientifically tested ensure the durability, with the result being a pair of socks that break the mould, achieving market leader status with the best sock abrasion resistance rating possible of 925,000 revs compared to competitors, that is 30x more durable than standard sock brands.

Want to get mum to a pair of socks too this Christmas? Then why not treat her to the Blue Guard’s and Storm Bloc’s offering for women?

For Your Brother

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ASOS Cord Jacket With Borg Collar In Tan

Making a comeback for 2017 is the Harrington jacket and this Cord Jacket in tan from ASOS takes a twist on the classic, with its updated look that feature a warm and cosy Borg collar! There’s nothing better than receiving a new coat for the upcoming Winter season, and this Harrington style jacket from ASOS is an absolute steal at just £40!

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Chuck Taylor All Star Classic, Converse, £55

Recognised as one of the most iconic brands of shoes in the world, these classic black and white Chuck Taylor Converse All Star sneakers make an easy choice for your brother’s Christmas present and you can guarantee that he’ll love them! Featuring the star-centred ankle patch and quality rubber soles, these shoes are also available in a wide selection of styles and colours, so you’ll be able to choose an option that best describes your brothers style!

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Dinosaur Bottle Opener, Firebox £24.99

Why use a normal bottle opener when you can use the uncompromising jaws of a T-REX instead? No, we haven’t miraculously bought the T-REX back, but we have spotted this quirky dinosaur bottle opener over on Firebox, which makes opening a prize bottle of beer that bit more exciting. Combine with a selection of your brother’s favourite beers and you’ve got a pretty perfect Christmas pressie idea right here! Whilst you’re not using it to crack open drinks, this guy also works nicely as a door stop or a paper weight!

For Your Sister

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Fantasy Cakes Book, Lakeland, £16.99

For the sisters that like to bake – this incredible ‘Fantasy Cakes’ Book by Angela Romeo, available at Lakeland will see her creating some seriously good, show-stopping bakes that will be fully worthy of the prestigious ‘Hollywood Handshake’. Featuring a collection of over 60 magnificent sweet surprises, these creations are absolutely perfect for modern, special occasions.

Everything she’ll ever want to make is here, from majestic mermaid cakes and dazzling unicorns to striking and on-trend drip cakes and mirror glaze creations. With easy to follow, step by step instructions, your sister will be cooking up these spectacular bakes in no time! Don’t worry if she’s gluten-free or vegan as there’s some brilliant recipes included which don’t compromise on taste!

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Snow Fairy Christmas Gift Set, Lush £24.95

Perfect for the girl who loves Christmas and adores Lush products, then this fabulously festive ‘Snow Fairy’ gift set is the one for her! This bedazzling bundle includes four gorgeous items, which will have her relaxing and unwinding in no time (what Christmas is all about!).

The Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb will provide dazzling bubble-gum and candy floss coloured water in which to enjoy a soak, whilst the classic Snow Fairy Shower Cream boasts a deliciously sweet candy scent that’s sure to make showers way more fun. Make a wish with the reusable bubble bar Magic Wand, before sugar coating your skin with some sumptuous Snow Fairy Body Conditioner!

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Moments Silver Bangle with Pandora Rose Clasp, Pandora, £65

Stunning, sleek and stylish, this beautiful ‘Moments’ silver bangle with striking rose gold Pandora clasp is a beautiful gift for your sister this festive season and is the perfect addition for any outfit, whether it’s daytime or nighttime. Make it magical for her this year by surprising her with this gorgeous item of jewellery!

For Your Boyfriend/Husband

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Armani Stronger With You for Him Gift Set, The Perfume Shop, £50

This irresistible woody scent by Armani at The Perfume Shop is the perfect gift for your boyfriend or husband this Christmas. Masculine and dominant but not overpowering, the scent contains top notes of pink pepper essence, apple accord and violet leaves accord, with heart notes of lavender, sage, cardamom and cinnamon essence whilst the base notes include glazed chestnut accord, cedar tree essence, guaiac essence and amber wood.

Within this set, you’ll find the Eau de Toilette Spray (50ml), Eau de Toilette Travel Spray (15ml) and stubble care (50ml) – everything to have your man feeling great!

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Tommy Hilfiger Stretch 3 Pack Trunks in White/Red/Navy, ASOS £37

When all else fails, you really can’t go wrong with treating that special man to some designer boxer shorts, and we think that these Tommy Hilfiger ones from ASOS will make him feel a million dollars. A timeless classic, this pack of three boxer shorts made from stretch jersey come in white, red and navy and feature the iconic brand on the waistband.

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De’Longhi Scultura Espresso Coffee Machine – Black High Gloss, I Want One Of Those, £184.99

Treat the man in your life to the gift of Barista style coffee – every morning! This brilliant Scultura Espresso Coffee Machine by De’Longhi from Iwantoneofthose.com makes espressos, lattes and cappuccinos with ease. Featuring a 15-bar professional pump, a traditional milk frother that combines air, steam and milk, removable water tank, built in crèma device and cup warmer for four cups. This coffee machine has been crafted using durable stainless steel and has a stunning glossy, finish that will look amazing in the kitchen!

For Your Girlfriend/Wife

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Marc Jacobs Ladies’ Rose Gold Tone Strap Watch, Ernest Jones, £179

Stylish, elegant and sophisticated, this beautiful watch from Marc Jacobs at Ernest Jones makes a gorgeous present for a girlfriend or wife. The rose gold tone case and navy-blue leather strap blend together beautifully with the iconic Marc Jacobs branding, for an effortless and chic look that will be sure to complement any outfit.

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, £39.50

Get ready to turn up the heat this festive season and glow like never before, with Urban Decay’s most shade driven Naked palette yet! Featuring 12 brand spanking new amber hued neutrals, which include the likes of warm browns, burnt oranges and deep red eye shadows that blend together beautifully to create a sultry look by day and smoking hot look by night! Use the including crease brush for a precise application every time – Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette is the perfect gift for your girlfriend or wife!

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Pimp Your Prosecco Set, Popaball £17.49

If your significant other is a prosecco fan, then she’s going to absolutely adore this genius festive gift set by the good people at Popaball, which will allow her to pimp her drink in style. And no, we don’t mean by adding a splash of juice or a strawberry (although that’s pretty delicious too!). We’re talking sparkles, shimmers and a serious burst of flavour! But if you’re asking just how it works, then let us explain a little further.

Within this brilliant kit is everything you’ll need to create glam and glitzy drinks, you’ll receive; a box of raspberry flavour, rose gold shimmer powder with edible gold hearts (21g), a box of tasty bursting bubbles (125g), A chunky telescopic straw (included in the box of bubbles) and a bottle of fizz (20cl), liquor bottle of your choice (4cl/5cl).

To make your prosecco shimmer, simply fill up your glass three quarters full with prosecco, before adding a teaspoon of bursting bubbles and slowly sprinkling a third of the teaspoon. Your drink will then bubble up and clear to reveal a gorgeous rose gold shimmer. Finish it off with a little Crème De Cassis and voila! Also included is a Popaball gold foil gift bag to present it in for the lucky lady!

For The Kids

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Duffy’s Lucky Escape, £7.99

This beautifully illustrated Children’s book is based in a true story and delivers a powerful message to the younger generations about the importance of taking care of our planet. The story written by Ellie Jackson and illustrated by Liz Oldmeadow focuses on the devastating effects that turtles face in their natural habitat due to careless littering and rubbish disposal. Follow Duffy the Sea Turtle as she faces the challenges of polluted seas and her rescue, through to rehabilitation and her eventual release back into the ocean.

Ideal for Children aged 3-8, this book encourages children and adults alike to question their environment and make the world a better, cleaner place which everyone can enjoy!

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Bertie Metallic and Crackle Clips and Headbands, Willow and Ivy, £7.00

These gorgeous Metallic and Crackle Bertie bows by Willow and Ivy are the perfect accessory for your little ones this festive season. Lovingly handcrafted using high quality leather, there’s never been a better opportunity to sparkle! Ideal for stocking fillers, these lovely hair accessories are available as either a headband or a lined alligator clip in a range of striking colours. Choose from Gold Metallic, Silver Crackle, Platinum Metallic and Gold Halo options.

There are of course plenty of other pretty styles of bows and clips on offer, so why not take a peek? Discount codes are available for multiple purchases on the site, so get ready to indulge in these beautiful accessories and treat your little girl to a look she’ll love!

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Baby’s First Christmas Luxury Gift Hamper, Precious Little Plum £60

Give baby a first Christmas that you’ll never forget with this gorgeous luxury gift hamper by Precious Little Plum available at Notonthehighstreet.com. Included within this box is everything you’ll need to treat them this festive season; a personalised Rudy the Reindeer toyChristmas gift sack and a long-sleeved top.

The items within this set are ideal for capturing those precious moments and creating some stunning milestone photographs that you’ll be able to treasure! Check out precious little plum for plenty of other beautiful gifts for children, babies and the rest of the family!

For Foodies

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Gluten-Free Cranberry, Pistachio and Orange Stollen Cake, Elizabeth D Bakes, From £16.50

You just can’t have Christmas without a slice of Stollen Cake, and this cranberry, pistachio and orange Gluten-Free variety from Elizabeth D Bakes is simply glorious and the perfect treat for the festive season.

Available as a box of six individually packaged bars, or as a larger cake in a gift tin, these luxurious products will be loved by the whole family this festive season. This delicious product really does prove that you can have your cake and eat it (especially if you’re after something Gluten-Free!).

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Pistachio Spread, The Nut Kitchen, £5.95

Nuts about…well, nuts? If so, you’ll love The Nut Kitchen, where you’ll find a delicious assortment of artisan nut spreads and pastes – perfect for the foodies out there who love trying new products! The pastes are ideal for blending with water to make your own milk, cooking, baking or simply grab a spoon and enjoy as a nutrient rich snack!

The spreads are great for smearing on toast, baguettes or any other breads for that matter; we sampled the Pistachio Spread, which has been created using hand harvested and kiln-roasted Sicilian green pistachios which produce a sweet aroma and creamy texture. This tasted absolutely gorgeous (we sampled it on some Ryvita’s, which were lovely!) and is the perfect sweet treat if you need a little pick-me-up after lunch!

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Native Coffee 1kg, Logic Vending, £9.95

The ultimate gift for any coffee lover, this 1kg bag of Super Crema coffee beans from Logic Vending provides an intense and complex blend with notes of roasted nut, dark cocoa and tobacco, that’s complimented by a creamy mouthfeel and subtle woodiness. Team this with a coffee grinder and your loved one will be able to grind their own beans and create a delicious cup of coffee using a cafetiere or coffee machine. This range of luxurious gourmet beans is great value at just £10.99 and will keep the coffee enthusiast going for a long time!

For Clients

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Personalised Letterbox Cake, bakerdays £14.99

If you’re looking for a tasty gift for a corporate client, then why not send them a personalised letterbox cake by bakerdays this festive season? If you’re wondering what a letterbox cake is, then it’s exactly what it says on the tin! It’s a special little 5” cake that’s sealed for freshness and placed in its very own tin, before being packaged into a letterbox friendly parcel.

The cake can be fully personalised, (we got an Eventa cake obviously!) so why not add your client’s logo onto the cake and make a lasting impression? If you’d prefer something that’s already been pre-designed, then there’s plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’d like to order vanilla, chocolate, fruit, gluten and wheat free or dairy free cake, you can expect that each cake has been created to the highest standard and will be sure to put a smile on anyone’s face when they open this box of tasty cake. Next day delivery is also available for that last-minute rush!

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Hotel Chocolat, All I Want for Christmas Hamper, £35

Send this box of delicious, chocolately joy to your clients, and we’re talking some seriously happy bunnies. Afterall, what’s not to like about Hotel Chocolat’s incredible ‘All I want for Christmas Hamper‘ that’s filled with all kinds of tasty treats.

Inside this glorious ribbon-tide hamper lies the following; Penguin Snowed Under Slab, Classic Christmas H-box, Ho Ho Ho – Milk Chocolate, Reindeer Lick, Salted Caramel Snowflakes, Champagne Truffles Ribbon Bag and a Mississippi Mud Pie Slab! So all in all this hamper will be sure to make your clients very happy indeed (and us too, but we’re not hinting…or are we?).

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Smith and Sinclair Mixed Cocktail Jellies, £15.99

Treat your client to a box of these edible cocktail jellies by Smith and Sinclair this festive season and ensure you stay in their good books! This mixed box contains eight individually wrapped jellies, each of which contain 7% ABV per pastille. Enjoy a selection of Rhuby Mule, Long Island High Tea, Gin and Tonic, Elderflower Spritz, Berry Daiquiri, Spiced Rum, Whisky Sour and Godson

How to make a delicious vegan nut roast for Christmas in three simple steps!

The traditional Christmas turkey is always a classic choice for dinner, but if you’re a vegan, then you certainly won’t agree! There’s so many mouth-watering options out there for vegans for a festive main, but personally, we think that you can’t go wrong with a tasty nut roast with all the trimmings!

Follow these simple steps with our fail-safe vegan recipe, serve with a mushroom gravy and get ready to indulge in a slice of nut-roast heaven! This yummy recipe proves that you don’t have to compromise on taste at Christmas time if you’re a vegan, plus it’s super easy to make too!

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Ingredients

  • 150g red split lentils
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 50g sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 100g mushrooms finely chopped (feel free to mix several varieties, chestnut musgrooms/shiitake mushrooms etc)
  • 60g Cashews, finely chopped
  • 60g Peanuts, finely chopped
  • 50g mixed seeds
  • 1½ tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2-3 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegan friendly oil

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Method

Before you start creating this tasty dish, ensure that you preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/gas mark 5.

Step 1: Boil the red split lentils in water for around 15 to 20 minutes and drain once cooked.

Step 2: Whilst the lentils are cooking, fry the sun-dried tomatoes and onion in a large pan for six minutes, before adding all other ingredients (with the exception of the seasoning and the maple syrup for now). Give the ingredients a good stir before adding the seasoning, the cooked lentils and the maple syrup to bind the mixture together. Give it a final stir and you’re ready for the next stage

Step 3: Grab your loaf tin and make sure that it’s lined with some decent non-stick baking paper, before transferring your mixture into the tin. Add a selection of mixed seeds for the topping (we love pumpkin seeds!) for a crunchy topping and bake for around 45-50 minutes until solid. Once removed from the oven, leave to cook for a few minutes. Once it’s cooled down a little, remove from the loaf tin and cut yourself a nice, generous slab to serve with mushroom or vegetarian gravy and all the trimmings for a scrumptious festive lunch!

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Five Top Tips To Avoiding Christmas Related Stress

We love Christmas here at Eventa. Not only do we love sourcing some of the best Christmas parties for you and your friends to enjoy,  but we also love helping people with our hints and tips for making the whole Christmas period fun!

Christmas can be a stressful time as you rush around planning, partying and trying to get everything ready for the big day. Too much stress can mean you wake up Boxing Day exhausted, wondering where on earth the month went. Christmas is a special time of the year, and we want you to have as much fun as possible this holiday season with as little stress as possible. Bearing that in mind, we’ve put together some hints and tips to help you stay as cool as cucumber this Christmas.

 

1. Get a pen and paper… and plan

A little preparation can go a long way at Christmas time and half an hour with a notepad can save you a lot of stress later on. Make some time to have a cup of tea, sit down and plan the month ahead. Get a calendar for all your Christmas parties, and don’t forget to plan when you’re going to fit in that important Christmas shopping and tree buying.

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2. Work out a Christmas budget

It’s so easy to get caught up in the festive feeling and overspend at Christmas, you see something you know your aunty would love, and you forget that you’ve already bought her the Russian dolls and a Terry’s chocolate orange.

Before you know it, there are a pile of receipts building up and you can feel overwhelmed at your spending. It’s worth figuring out a budget for all the things you’ll have to be buying at Christmas, and then trying to stick to it. Keeping a little notebook of everything you’ve spent will also help remind you if you’re on budget or not.

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3. Don’t wait till the last minute for your Christmas shopping

Considering it’s a time for giving, one of the most stressful experiences can be Christmas shopping, usually because it’s been left too late and you find yourself racing round the shops on Christmas eve in a panic. Make sure you get your shopping done early, make it even easier and shop online for your gifts. It will give you more time to get out there and enjoy the party season!

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4. Get ready for your family…

Christmas is often a time when families come together, which is lovely, until your mum starts asking about your love life and your dad just asks you what you’re going to do with your life. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for these little things and remember that Christmas is about peace and goodwill to everyone, which includes your little brother… unfortunately.

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5. Make some time for you…

Don’t forget to take some time out of the hustle and bustle of Christmas parties and festive preparations to have a little “me” time. With so much going on it can feel like you’re being pulled in all directions so make sure you find some time to relax, remember that the happier you are, the better company you’ll be to others!

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