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Valentines Day 2019: How to plan the perfect party just for two

Going out on Valentine’s Day doesn’t always work out as you’d imagined. Everywhere is far too busy and your favourite restaurant may even be fully booked, plus it’s always much more expensive on 14th February. So, why not enjoy a night in together this year?

Planning a cosy, candlelit evening in for just the two of you can be the perfect way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year. Avoid the crowds, avoid everyone! You can stay in, enjoy all of your favourite things in the comfort of your own home.

Staying in on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that you can’t have the most memorable evening. Here’s how to pack your special Valentine’s party for two full of romance, surprise and lovely things…

The atmosphere

First things first – tidy up. You can’t create a romantic ambience in an untidy, cluttered room. Once everything is neat and tidy, it’s time to think about décor. Make sure you have plenty of comfortable soft furnishings around, along with romantic red decorations including fresh flowers.

Absolutely crucial to setting the scene is lighting. There’s nothing like candles to create an intimate, cosy atmosphere, along with dimmed lamps with warm-coloured light bulbs. The finishing touch is music, choose his or her favourite band and turn it down to a background level so you can still talk.

The food

If you’re a terrible cook, it’s probably best to stay out of the kitchen. The last thing you want is for the evening to be spoiled by a disappointing meal, or smoke pouring out of the kitchen! Pick up a ready-made feast and simply pop it in the oven. It’s up to you whether you pass it off as your own or confess all. Just don’t forget the dessert, as Valentine’s Day is nothing without some indulgent chocolate or something sweet.

The fizz

An easy way to turn an ordinary night in into a really special evening is to pop a little fizz. Splash out on something a bit fancier than usual and make sure you have some elegant flute glasses ready. You can even make prosecco or Champagne cocktails, such as a fruity Bellini with peach puree.

Films and fun

You could spend your evening eating, drinking and talking, but you may also want to cuddle up on the sofa with a film. Make sure you have a few different options in various genres ready, depending on what you both feel like watching. If you want to inject some more fun into the evening, you could even play a board game – just make sure it isn’t too competitive or you could fall out!

The gift

You may be busy planning your Valentine’s Day night in, but don’t forget to put some thought into the gift. Finding the perfect present and springing it at the right moment is the ideal way to add some surprise and mystery to your evening.

You’ll find all of your Valentine’s Day party supplies here at The Event Experts, from decorations and candles to gifts.

Bonfire Night countdown! 10 party essentials to get sorted now

Throwing a Bonfire Night bash this year? It’s a fantastic way to catch up with friends and family, as well as enjoying all those things we love about this time of year – from the crisp autumn weather to spiced wine and warming food.

There’s not long to go until the big day, so start planning your party prep right away! Here are 10 things to do now, then you’ll be super organised for the big day.

  1. Pick a spot for the bonfire and get hold of materials for burning. You should choose a spot that is comfortably away from the house and any trees or shrubs, as well as from fireworks if you’re having them. Make a firepit, using a ring of stones or a dug out circle of turf to contain the fire. Then all you need is wood to burn (wooden pallets are a great idea) and someone who knows what they’re doing to build and manage the bonfire.
  2. Get your Guy made. You’ve got to have a Guy to burn on your bonfire, it’s tradition. Commission the kids to make him or her, but start doing it now as it takes time to put one together.
  3. Plan a fireworks display. Not every bonfire night party needs fireworks, as the sky will be full of them on 5th November, but it can be nice to set some fireworks off to add a little extra excitement to the evening. Choose and buy your fireworks now, even if it’s only sparklers. Then remember to keep them somewhere secure, safe and dry.
  4. Choose some delicious autumnal recipes and get ready to cook up a storm. There are hundreds of recipes to be found online that are perfect for Bonfire Night, from spicy pumpkin samosas to ginger cake, as well as hot dogs, toffee apples, treacle toffee and many other delicious treats. Start making your shopping list now!
  5. Order your party supplies. This is another way to be organised and get ahead, by ordering your paper plates, napkins, cutlery, tablecloths and other party supplies from The Event Experts in advance.
  6. Brush up on Bonfire Night safety. This may not be as fun as browsing Bonfire Night recipes or making a Guy, but it really is essential. You’re in charge of proceedings, so you need to make sure the bonfire and fireworks are 100% safe for your guests.
  7. Buy lots of candles and outdoor lights. Flickering candles and atmospheric garden lights help to set the perfect tone for a Bonfire Night party.
  8. Cosy up your home. This means putting out extra blankets, cushions and throws to make your home extra cosy and welcoming ready for the big night, when it may very well be a chilly one.
  9. Plan some games. This is particularly important if you’ll be entertaining younger guests, and you can even make a kids corner where they can enjoy toys, games and colouring in while the grown-ups enjoy a few drinks.
  10. Practice your hot drinks. A spiced cider or mulled wine is a great choice for Bonfire Night, as is hot chocolate with all the trimmings. It’s important to get these things just right though, so you may have to do some practice batches to test beforehand – but we’re sure you won’t mind!

No last-minute preparations for you this year! How to get 100% ready for Halloween 2018 now

Do you often feel that Halloween sneaks up on you? How ever much you love this spookiest of holidays, it’s easy for life and work to get in the way. Before you know it, it’s 30th October and you have no costume and are rushing about trying to throw a last-minute party together.

Here are some tips to help you avoid the last-minute panic and throw an epic, super-organised Halloween for you and the kids in 2018:

  • Start thinking about it now. It may be early, but early planning is essential with a day like Halloween which involves costumes. It can take some time to decide on your costume, not to mention the prep you’ll need to do if the kids are going trick or treating. Start by having a chat with the kids, or your friends, about costume ideas. It can take some time to find the perfect one!
  • Get online and do your research. No idea what to dress up as this year? Get on the internet and start doing your research to find some inspiration. Pinterest is a great place to start, there are literally millions of images of imaginative and creepy costumes for Halloween on there.
  • Send out a group message or create a Facebook event for your party. If you’re planning to throw a Halloween party, you’ll need to let everyone know before they make other plans. This is a huge advantage of starting your planning super early, as you can get in there before those other invites start flooding in. The result? Lots of guests and a brilliant Halloween party!
  • Do some family crafting. With lots of your time at your disposal, there’s no need to panic about your costume and rush out to secure the last (and worst) one in the hire shop. Why not make your costume instead? Even if you aren’t the craftiest, you can at least create a cool mask with your own fair hands. Making Halloween costumes is also a brilliant way to get the kids involved in and excited about Halloween, and it’s a lovely way to spend time together and have fun!
  • Make your party shopping list now. Another problem with last-minute party planning is the dash to the supermarket to throw party supplies in your shopping basket, usually including a wrestle with another shopper over the last Halloween pumpkin. Avoid all that stress by making your shopping list now and heading to the party supplies shop at The Event Experts to place your order.
  • Decorate early! Some people like to put their Christmas decorations up weeks or even months before the big day, so why not do the same with Halloween? If you’re Halloween-mad, why not get into the spirit nice and early? As long as you’re not leaving for work with cobwebs in your hair, you can make the spooky season last just a little longer by getting your decorations up early.

How to throw the perfect dad-friendly Father’s Day bash

Some dads are party animals, while others prefer a quieter time spent with family. It can be tricky to find the right balance when planning a big Father’s Day party, but here are some tips and ideas to help you (pleasantly) surprise dads of all types…

A BBQ is nearly always a winner

Father’s Day is always in June, which means that there is a good chance that the weather will be good enough to fire up the barbecue. With very few exceptions, pretty much all dads love a BBQ. You and the rest of the family can handle the cooking while Dad enjoys a cool beer and tells you everything you’re doing wrong, unless you think he’d enjoy picking up the BBQ tongs himself of course.

Make him his favourite food

It’s Dad’s special day, so why not cook his favourite meal? Served up with the tipple of his choosing, this is the perfect way to show him how much he’s appreciated. Your dad may need to eat more greens or watch his cholesterol, but Father’s Day is very much not the time. Just for one day, let him have a real treat and the diet can start tomorrow.

Keep it relaxed

Not all dads enjoy a big fuss and the chaos of a massive party, so you might want to consider taking a more relaxed approach to Father’s Day party planning. Keep invites to a few close friends and family, the plans simple and don’t make dad have to wear a suit or his uncomfortable formal shoes. Aim for a low-key ‘we just threw this together’ vibe.

Skip the fancy decorations

Most dads simply won’t notice your intricate table settings or hand-sewn bunting, so you could perhaps skip these in your preparations. Remember, you’re not planning a fancy wedding or a baby shower.  It’s best to focus your attention on things that he will notice, like balloons and balloon banners, and practical things like colourful table covers.

Plan dad-friendly entertainment

Not all Father’s Day party plans revolve around food, so it’s time to think about entertainment. This one should be quite easy if you consider your dad’s interests and hobbies – hopefully he has at least one! Popular options include:

  • Arranging the party around a sporting fixture, such as a World Cup match, and displaying it on a big screen TV with plenty of beer and snacks
  • Investing in a great sound system to blast out Dad’s favourite bands and songs, no matter how cheesy they are!
  • Planning some family-friendly party games (perhaps letting Dad win at least once).

Spend some quality time together

Ultimately, this is what every dad wants on Father’s Day. By all means plan an amazing party to celebrate the occasion, but don’t forget to actually hang out with your dad on the day!

In need of party supplies ahead of Father’s Day? You’ll find everything you need for a bash to remember here at The Event Experts, from decorations and luxury foods right through to great gift ideas.  

Spring has sprung! 6 outdoor party ideas for the May Day Bank Holiday

After a cold, wet and windy winter, it’s finally here – spring! Even better for the desk-bound workers of the UK, there’s a bank holiday coming up. The May Day Bank Holiday falls on Monday 7th May, giving you a lovely, long three-day weekend to enjoy what will hopefully be warm and sunny weather.

Here are 6 of our favourite outdoor party ideas to help you celebrate the Early May Bank Holiday weekend with friends and family:

  1. A fun day for the kids. If you have the space, turn your back garden into an adventure playground for the kids. Hire a small bouncy castle, play some music and let the little ones roam free while the grown-ups enjoy a cocktail or two.
  1. Throw a cocktail party. For something a little more grown-up, why not invite some friends round for a rather sophisticated drinks party. Choose a handful of concoctions (mojitos are a great bet for nice weather) and get everyone involved in making them. If the evening is warm, head outside to carry on the party in the balmy spring air.
  1. May Day fireworks. Celebrate in real style this May Day Bank Holiday with your own fireworks display! If there’s nothing organised in your local area, why not plan your own pyrotechnics extravaganza? As long as you follow local authority and safety guidelines, you can have a light show in your own back garden.
  1. Put up a maypole. This is the traditional way to celebrate May Day, and kids still absolutely love it. A maypole is really simple to make too, as all you need is a sturdy pole or tree and some colourful ribbons. Nowadays, maypole dancing isn’t very common so it’ll be a really memorable and fun experience for your guests. You can even add in other elements of traditional celebrations, such as sweet stalls and cotton candy.
  1. Plan a picnic. Held either in your garden or a local park or green space, a picnic is a great way to bring friends and family together – especially if the weather is lovely! Arrange for everyone to bring an item (either homemade or shop-bought, and coordinate to avoid too many of the same foods and drinks) and don’t forget balls and games for the kids.
  1. Choose a flower theme. Flowers are traditionally associated with May Day, and using them to decorate your party venue is a wonderful way to welcome in spring and summer. You can even use flowers as part of craft activities for children, as well as creating beautiful flower garlands for your guests and using flower shapes, petals and flavours to decorate cupcakes. Use flowers alongside balloons and bunting in bright, warm spring colours to really set the mood for your party – and open the windows to let plenty of light and fresh air in!

For all of your May Day party supplies, as well as ideas and inspiration, head straight to the Event Experts.

 

7 tips for an unforgettable family Easter party


Want to make Easter 2018 the best ever? It’s not too late to start planning your celebrations, to make this Easter Sunday the biggest and best family party you’ve ever had.

To help you get organised before Sunday 1st April rolls around, here are 7 tips for your Easter party planning:

  1. Keep the kids occupied with an Easter egg hunt. Provided you can contain the chaos to a space outside of your food prep and party planning area, an egg hunt is a great way to keep the little ones out of the way while you get everything ready. The kids can hare around in the garden looking for eggs while the grown-ups enjoy some Easter fizz. Tip: make sure you have some eggs in reserve to make sure that everyone gets one at the end of the hunt – it’ll save a lot of tears!
  1. Get everyone involved in egg decorating. Egg decorating isn’t just for the kids, and you’ll be surprised just how competitive the adults get if you offer a prize for the best egg! Provide some hard-boiled or fake eggs and some craft materials (and a protective tablecloth, newspaper or mat) and let everyone’s creativity run wild.
  1. Decorate with spring flowers. Daffodils and tulips are the perfect way to set the tone for an Easter 2018 party. These seasonal flowers will really freshen up the room and get everyone feeling excited for the start of spring.
  1. Choose the right colour scheme. Just like with the flowers, which simply scream spring, your party decorations should evoke the freshness of spring and the fun of Easter. Bright pastels, including pinks, purples and light blues, are a great choice – but you could also push the envelope and go for something bolder and more unusual. You don’t need to decorate the house from top-to-toe, but some balloons, napkins and perhaps some bunting will all add a splash of much-needed colour and flair to the party.
  1. Plan the food plenty in advance. The last thing you want is a last-minute dash to the supermarket on Easter Sunday to fight another family for that last leg of lamb. Plan the menu in advance, try to keep it simple so as to avoid making extra work for yourself, and buy all of your ingredients in plenty of time.
  1. Make sure there’s plenty of chocolate! It sounds obvious, but the kids (and adults) will be disappointed if your party doesn’t feature at least a few Easter eggs or special chocolatey Easter puds.
  1. Send your guests away with personalised party favours. This a real crowd-pleaser, especially if you have lots of younger guests and family members coming to your house on Easter Sunday. Personalised mini Easter eggs, lollipops and other treats will go down a storm, and you’re sure to be asked to plan next year’s Easter party – if you’ve got any energy left!

To help make your party easy as well as special, shop our range of Easter party supplies here at The Event Experts.

5 fabulous St David’s Day party traditions you may not know about

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! This is what you’ll be hearing on 1st March 2018 if you have any Welsh friends, as St David’s Day is nearly upon us.

Fancy celebrating this festival of Wales’ patron saint with an event of your own? Even if you have no Welsh heritage yourself, it’s a fantastic excuse for a knees-up. What’s more, there are lots of fun, unusual and downright delicious St David’s Day party traditions that most of us have never heard of – so now is the perfect time to give them a try…

  1. Make (and eat!) some Bara Brith. This tea loaf, along with Welsh cakes, cawl (soup), roast lamb and Welsh rarebit, are staples of any Welsh celebration. This ‘speckled bread’ is bursting with fruit and flavour, and is absolutely delicious. It’s readily available on St David’s Day if you know where to shop, but it’s much more fun to make it yourself.
  1. Give your guests a lovespoon. Party planners who are really embracing the theme may want to purchase or make a small gift for their guests – and nothing says Happy St David’s Day more than a traditional lovespoon! Dating back to the 17th century, this is a symbolic gift consisting of a carved wooden spoon, often featuring hearts, horseshoes and other charm symbols.
  1. Get a dragon costume or a Welsh chimney hat! It wouldn’t be a St David’s Day party without a dragon being involved somewhere. This is a fantastic fancy dress theme, or you can decorate a cake with a fire-breather of your own creation. The tall Welsh ‘chimney’ hat may be a little trickier to find, but along with a red shawl – it is what schoolchildren in Wales typically wear on St David’s Day.
  1. Do some daffodil crafts. If you’re having a laid-back or even a family-friendly bash, why not try your hand at some relaxing and colourful crafts? Welsh people all over the world often celebrate St David’s Day by making and decorating their parties with daffodil bunting, fabric flowers and badges. It’s cheap, fun, great for kids and can really brighten the place up.
  1. Have a dram of Welsh whisky. Strictly one for the adults, this is the perfect way to inject your party with some real Welsh spirit. Wales has some excellent whiskies to try, particularly those from the Welsh Whisky Company and its Penderyn distillery.

Planning a St David’s Day party? We can help!

There’s not much time left before the big day, so gather together your Welsh flags, daffodil bunting and stock up on baking ingredients for all those Welsh cakes and Bara Brith you’ll be making.

The Event Experts can also help with a full range of party supplies from tableware and balloons to fireworks, and we’ve got plenty of red, white and green items to fit the theme! Alternatively, you can take advantage of our custom party planning service if you really want to push the boat out this St David’s Day.

It’s nearly Chinese New Year – time to start party planning

In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on Friday 16th February, and will be celebrated worldwide with parades, dances, communal meals and other festivities. But as well as public celebrations, many people throw an annual Chinese New Year part for all of their friends and family.

Whether you normally celebrate this huge event in the Chinese calendar – also known as the Spring Festival – or you simply love an excuse for any kind of New Year party, there isn’t long left to make your preparations. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect Chinese New Year party in a hurry:

Fireworks are a must

What are Chinese New Year celebrations most associated with? For most people, it just has to be fireworks. Just like at New Year at midnight on 31st December, there really is no bigger, better or suitably spectacular way to welcome the new year than a sparkling, explosive pyrotechnic display. Just make sure you stick to your local authority guidelines about the times you are allowed to hold your display, and remember to follow all essential safety instructions.

Go red and gold with your décor

Choosing a theme for the décor for your party is easy, as the cheerful colours of the Chinese national flag lend themselves perfectly to celebrations of all kinds. Vibrant red and glimmering gold are the colours to plump for, in everything from tablecloths and balloons to lanterns and candles. You really can’t use too much red and gold!

Crafts for kids

Chinese New Year is also a great excuse for some cheeky crafting, and you can get the kids involved too. For example, you could buy Chinese lanterns with which decorate your party, or you can make some yourself! There are lots of instructions and printable templates available online, many of which are nice and easy for the younger members of your party to keep up with.

Have fun with dumplings

This event is all about celebrating the best of Chinese culture, and not many countries do dumplings better than China. You can order them in, make some yourself or have a therapeutic and fun dumpling folding session with your guests – just make sure you have some Jiaozi, Dim Sum pot stickers or even steamed Bāozi buns at your shindig!

And remember – it’s the Year of the Dog

For dog lovers, it’s great news that 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. This means you can bring pooches into your party plans – finally, an excuse! Invite your guests to bring their four-legged friends along to the party, and you can even stipulate a red and gold dress code for humans and pets alike.

Need help with party planning? If you need an easy way to find party supplies all in one convenient place, or you need expert assistance with a private or corporate party, you know where to turn. Get in touch with The Event Experts, for memorable events made easier.

Your guide to planning an incredible Valentine’s Day surprise

If you do the same old thing every Valentine’s Day and you’d love to make a truly romantic gesture this year, The Event Experts can help. With our guide, you can spring the ultimate Valentine’s Day surprise for your partner. Take a look…

Play it cool

What’s the key to springing the perfect surprise? Playing it cool, so that your partner never suspects for a minute what you have planned. So, before you start planning all the bells and whistles to knock your loved one off their feet, practice your poker face. You could even pretend you haven’t planned anything, as long as it doesn’t make your partner too furious!

Fizz and fireworks

Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without something sparkling, so make sure you have a bottle of champagne – or prosecco if you prefer – on ice ready to toast the occasion. If you really want to push the boat out for a special surprise, why not hold a mini fireworks display? You can get a friend or even professional display organiser to run it all for you, so you can be by your partner’s side when the fireworks begin. Even if it’s just ice fountains as a table centrepiece, it’ll still be pretty spectacular.

Knockout décor tips

One of the best ways to set the scene for your big Valentine’s Day surprise is with incredible décor. Top ideas to bowl him or her over include:

  • Filling the room with flowers or balloons
  • Spelling his or her name out with beautiful twinkly alphabet letter light boxes (including Mr and Mrs LED lights perfect for married couples), or spelling out a romantic message instead.
  • Decorating the room with candles and rose petals – these may be something of a cliché, but they are a classic when it comes to creating romance.

Plan a party

Many people’s idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day is just the two of you, enjoying some quality time alone together. However, this doesn’t work for everyone. Some find the day a little too soppy, while others would prefer to spend the day celebrating with a wider circle of loved ones. If this sounds like you, why not plan a Valentine’s Day party? It’d be the ultimate surprise, includes your single friends and is a really fun way to celebrate. For party planning ideas, check out our party shop.

Popping the question?

If 14th February is the day you’ve picked to ask your partner to marry you, this can be the icing on the cake of an already super romantic evening. Candles, champagne and decor are all essentials for creating the perfect mood for your proposal, but the rest is down to finding the right moment. If you feel pretty confident of the answer, get that fireworks display organised now. Good luck!

For more help planning an incredible Valentine’s Day celebration, get in touch with The Event Experts – our friendly team of experienced party planners will be happy to help.

Dates to Celebrate 2016

Make sure you don’t miss those all important dates in 2016 with our Special High Days and Holidays Calendar. There certainly are plenty of reasons to celebrate this year!

 

January

1st           New Year’s Day
25th         Robert Burns’ Night
18-31st   Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne

February

8th           Chinese New Year (Year of the Monkey)
9th           Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)
14th         Valentine’s Day
17th         Random Acts of Kindness Day
18th         Ash Wednesday
29th         Leap Year Day

March

1st           St. David’s Day
6th           Mother’s Day UK
8th           International Women’s Day
9th           Commonwealth Day
17th         St. Patrick’s Day
20th         Spring Equinox
20th         Palm Sunday
25th         Good Friday
27th         Easter Sunday
27th         British Summertime Begins (clocks go forward)

April

1st           April Fool’s Day
7-10th     US Masters Golf, Augusta
9th           Grand National Horse Racing, Aintree
23rd        St. George’s Day
May

2nd          May Bank Holiday
21st         FA Cup Final, Wembley
22nd-Jun 5th French Open Tennis, Paris
30th         Spring Bank Holiday

June

6th           Ramadan Begins
10th–July 10th Euro 2016 Football
11th          Trooping the Colour
16-19th   US Open Golf, Oakmont
19th         Father’s Day UK
19th         National Kissing Day
20th        Summer Solstice (Longest Day)
27-July 10th Wimbledon Tennis

July

2-24th     Tour de France Cycling
5th           Ramadan Ends
6th           International Kissing Day
14-17th    British Open Golf, Troon
30th         International Day of Friendship

August

1st           Summer Bank Holiday
2nd          National Sister’s Day
5-21st     Summer Olympics, Rio de Janiero
29th        August Bank Holiday
29th-September 11th US Open Tennis, New Year

September

7-18th     Paralympic Games, Rio de Janiero
22nd        Autumn Equinox
30th-2nd October Ryder Cup, USA

October

2nd          Grandparents’ Day
2-4th       Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
5th           National Teachers’ Day
11-12th    Yom Kippur
25th         Mother-in-Law Day
30th         Diwali
30th         British Summertime Ends (clocks go back)
31st          Halloween

November

1st           All Saints Day
5th           Bonfire Night
11th         Armistice Day
13th         Kindness Day UK
13th         Remembrance Sunday
25th         Thanksgiving (USA)
30th         St. Andrew’s Day

December

21st         Winter Solstice
24th         Christmas Eve
24th         Hanukkah Begins
25th         Christmas Day
26th         Boxing Day
31st         New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay

Have we forgotten anything? Do let us know what days you celebrate!