Foodie festival tips

Important Considerations Before Any Type of Wedding Equipment Hire

When planning a wedding at a venue that may not provide all the tables and chairs and other equipment you need, you’re sure to find it all at a wedding equipment rental store. Today you can rent not just tables and chairs but buffet stands, deejay equipment, dance floors, and even fun food-making machines. Before you do rent any of these items, note a few questions to ask of the rental agency and the venue itself as well and other considerations to keep in mind. 1. First note if you’re allowed the use of particular items If you’ve chosen any facility other than your own backyard for your wedding reception, be sure you ask someone at the venue if you’re allowed to rent particular items. You may not be allowed to set up chairs in certain public parks or add a tent to an outdoor space. You may also not be allowed to bring in a generator to provide the electricity you need. Always ask about any restrictions first before you choose any type of rental for your wedding or reception. 2. Ask if certain chairs and tables are better for certain surfaces The legs of certain chairs and tables may more easily sink into sand or soft soil, whereas some types might be made specifically for outdoor use. Chairs and tables with wider legs more easily disperse weight so they’re less likely to sink into the ground. If your venue is outside and you’re not having a wood floor or other solid surface put up for the event, ask if there is a particular type of table or...

Party Personalities: The 4 Types Of People You Need to Become to Host a Great Party

Throwing a house party is much easier when you’re a teen. When you’re an adult, things become a little more complex. When it comes to hosting your very own party, you’ll need to adopt four separate specific personalities in order for things to run as smoothly as possible. 1. The Cryptic Timekeeper Lying to friends isn’t something that anyone should ordinarily do. However, when it comes to hosting a party, telling different people that the celebrations begin at different times can actually contribute to a terrific atmosphere and stress-free evening. Everyone has buddies who’re astonishingly punctual, and everyone has friends who are dependably late for everything. Take your friends’ personalities into account when you invite them to your party – tell the more punctual people to arrive a little later and the less organized friends to turn up slightly earlier. This way, guests will arrive roughly within the same two-hour period and create a nice flow of people entering the home at regular intervals. 2. The Consummate Chef When a party you’re hosting finishes and there are still mountains of sandwiches left piled up on plates, the natural reaction is to think that you’ve made too much food. Rest assured, you can never prepare too much food. Guests aren’t going to complain if there’s too much to eat, but they certainly will if there isn’t enough. When it comes to food, this is an aspect of party hosting where it’s worth going completely overboard. Pile pizzas high, stretch quiches as far as the eye can see, and put out a wide selection of sandwiches. Always remember to serve up a diverse...

Hiring a marquee for your outdoor church services

Utilising the outdoor environment can be a great way to invigorate your church services. The fresh air can liven people up, and the outdoor vista can be a good way to appreciate all that God has created around us. Here are some ways to make sure that your marquee helps you to have the outdoor service you are eager to have: Marquee hire Estimate the normal size of your church attendance, then add a margin of 20% so that any extra attendees can be seated without anyone feeling unwelcome. Consider getting the marquee hire company to install the marquee so that it looks great and is as secure as possible – while you may have plenty of volunteers installing a marquee is much more challenging than a standard camping tent! Make sure to hire a marquee with curtain/walls that can be unfurled if the weather turns out to be cooler than expected. That way you can use space heaters and keep out particularly chilly winds if the weather takes an unexpected turn people can still sit comfortably through the service. Clear curtains still allow a visible sense of connection to nature and can be rolled back up if the weather clears up. Chairs Equally, while many revival style services can have people on their feet for large portions of the service, having enough chairs can be useful so that the elderly, the pregnant and anyone feel unwell can sit as needed. Chairs can often be hired from the same places that hire out marquees and other event equipment. If you have people with mobility limitations that will be staying...

Having an Outdoor Event? Learn About 3 Different Styles of Marquees

So you’re planning an outdoor event and need to hire a marquee. There are several different types that suit diverse environments and activities. Here’s a glimpse at three of your options. Rope & Pole Marquees This style has remained in fashion for many years. Centre or king poles support a high peaked roof canopy; tensioned sidelines pegged or staked into the ground hold the centre poles in place. Supporting wall poles provide the canopy with its classic shape.  The swooping lines of pole marquees create a traditional feel reminiscent of an English garden party. While centre poles do obstruct the interior, they are often decorated with ribbons and flowers adding to the romantic atmosphere. The roof of these marquees is first laid flat on the ground before being erected, so an even, open space is required. While side clearance is needed for the ropes and pegs, modern technology has kept this to a minimum. The exact clearance needed depends on the marquee. Frame Marquees This style of marquee is structured by an aluminium skeleton frame, which allows for a free unobstructed interior space—perfect for speeches. Because there are no tensioned sidelines holding it in position, frame marquees are ideally suited to small spaces, and can even be erected in courtyards and on rooftops. Another advantage is that they can be constructed on any surface, including hard surfaces like concrete or gravel, as weights, as well as pegs, can be used to stabilise the structure. You will be able to truly personalise your event using frame marquees. As the wall coverings are removable, several marquees can be joined to create...

Ladies Night Out: 4 Memorable Boating Ideas for a Fabulous Hens Party

Throwing a hens party on a cruise boat is as memorable as they come. Women rollicking the afternoon or night away on a cruise boat just before the bride says ‘I do’ are truly unforgettable experiences. Several hens party boat charters are available for afternoon high tea or thumping dance parties. If you’ve been tasked with the job of planning an awesome night for the bride, here are some memorable hens party boating ideas she’ll never forget. Cocktail Boat Party Set up a fabulous cocktail boat party, complete with a range of innovative and delicious cocktails and waiters at your disposal. Make sure the guests are served platters of delicious finger foods through the night for an incredibly wild night for the ladies. Many hens party boat ideas will be happy to supply you with the bartenders and waiters you desire for the night, so talk to them to discuss your options. Nightclub Boat Party Step on board a chartered boat for a hens night that resembles the look of a nightclub, complete with a DJ, loud music and disco lights. Fun, laughter, dancing and drinks will complete the night as the captain and crew keep the bride and the ladies entertained and ecstatic throughout. Many hens party boat charters offer a variety of catering options and BYO facilities. They also offer group packages, depending on what you’re looking for, so be sure to check all the options before making a choice for the beautiful bride-to-be. Male Strip Show Boat Party The quintessential bachelor party includes female strippers, so there’s absolutely no reason why women can’t enjoy a little...

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As a gourmet, niche food artist I need to put effort into creating a market for my food as much as marketing to existing clients. I started up a food festival to get people interested in what we are producing and to form some relationships between us and local food users and producers. When I can get restaurants using my products, I know that that grows my market by getting people talking about our produce, sharing photos online and searching for it in retail outlets and other food outlets. If you want to know about how to run a cool festival that gets people talking, then keep reading. I have learnt much about creating an awesome festival as well as the nuts and bolts of the event planning process.