Most work places slow down the pace in summer, with everyone jetting off to their favourite holiday destinations. However, there is no rest for the wicked here at Ninth Events, the show must go on! Summer is extremely busy for us here, as its the most popular time for weddings and many corporate companies hold summer balls! Its all in a days work for the Ninth Events staff and while we can’t bring the sun to you (we’re working on it), I’m sure everyone will agree that were pretty good at pulling out all the stops needed to nail the summer theme!
Take a look at some of our favourite summer events here:
When throwing a large scale party, your reputation is potentially on the line, so it is really important that you pull out all of the stops! Here at ninth events, we’ve composed a quick list of things which you may not think about in the hustle and bustle of event planning! We hope it helps!
1. A table plan
Although it is nice to allow people to sit wherever they please, in large scale events a table plan can just make things that little more simple. Chances are, when wine is flowing the plan will go out of the window anyway, but it will make things much easier for when people initially arrive and eliminate the awkwardness of people not knowing where to sit, especially if you’re having food.
Even if youre not planning on having a sit down meal, you should never forget the importance of having some form of food. Whether it be a buffet or just some nibbles on the tables, rest assured it will be much appreciated by your guests!
A nice touch is to add pre planned transportation to help guests get to and from your event. Be sure to make special arrangements for people with mobility issues. This ensures that people can enjoy a drink without having to worry about how they’re getting home and it also means that people wont be waiting around for taxis once the party is over. If arranging transportation stretches the budget a little too much, you could call into your local taxi rank and pick up some business cards, so people aren’t asking around for taxi numbers.
Now we’ve gotten past some of the more boring things on our list, here are some which are a little more fun. A photobooth being the perfect example! They’re always welcomed with open arms at parties, need we say more?
Fireworks are cool and can act as entertainment for your event. Creating your own firework show can also end up cheaper than hiring another form of entertainment, but theyre sure to go down like a storm and will certainly make it a night to remember.
6. Dancing area
This may seem obvious, but not every venue has a dance floor. The importance of this will likely depend on the type and formality of the event you’re running. But either way we’d still say it’s a pretty big deal!
With the environment becoming a larger issue, traditional paper invites are soon to be a thing of the past. So how are your guests going to know about your celebrations?! Don’t fret, here at Ninth events we have formulated a small list with alternative ideas on!
These cool cards come in a variety of designs for a whole range of different events. Its even better that you can then send your invite via Email, Twitter, Facebook and even text!
The advantage of this platform is that it allows you to see who has opened their invitation and who has sent back an RSVP, perfect for large scale events! This is really beneficial as it allows you to keep track of numbers, enabling you to better organise your event.
Envytations allows you to design invitations online by customising our invitation templates and send to guests for Weddings, Birthdays and Baby Showers.
Any option you choose, you’re saving on paper and impacting on the environment!
Now we all know parties are fun, its in the description. So what could be better than an ordinary party? A themed party of course! Not only are themed parties fun to attend, they’re also very fun to plan! Take a look at some of the themed events we have planned, we specialise in corporate events so tell us your ideas and let us do the rest!
First up, is an Alice and Wonderland themed party we threw for an 18th birthday. We had Queen of hearts tarts and little Cheshire cats that would peer at you while you ate them!
Next is masquerade theme. This theme is incredibly popular and we have thrown many masquerade events. The great thing about this theme is, the guests act as the decorations too! When fancy dress is too much, masquerade is the perfect solution. Guests don’t need to go out and spend a fortune, and they can take their masks off later on in the night!
This brilliant Harry Potter themed event was truly magical. We had themed tables, which signified each of the different houses. We even a falconer who came with birds of prey, meaning Hedwig made an appearance at the party!
Here is a USA themed party. Every thing was red, white and blue and we certainly weren’t short of flags. All we needed was for Obama to show up!
This one was a beautiful middle eastern themed party, held at Carden park. We had lots of entertainment such as belly dancers and live singers. With magic lamps and beautiful lanterns on set on the tables, it looked just like a scene from Aladdin!
If you’re anything like us, you won’t need an excuse to throw a party. But incase you do, here is a list of perfect reasons to host your very own corporate event!
1. Seasonal events- Christmas or summertime are often favourite times to throw parties. Everyone may be worn out after a hectic year so an end of year party is perfect or why not break the year up by throwing a mid season do?
2. Anniversaries – So your company’s ten-year anniversary is coming up, why not celebrate all of your achievements with the people who made your dreams become reality?
3. Allow your employees to bond- When pressures and tensions are running high what better way to let off some steam? Get your team together and show a huge party? Allow ninth events to organise it for you? Sounds good to us!
4. Give back to employees- everyone likes to know they’re appreciated, a works party can help to keep up the morale. It’s a great way to say thank you and give back to your staff allowing them to have a laugh and spend some time together out of the work place, allowing them to get to know each other on a more personal level.
5. ALL OF THE ABOVE!- Throwing a one off party? We understand not all companies have the funds to throw huge Christmas parties annually, so why not combine all of the above and host a super huge bash. Of course you’ll need help organising it, but what’re we here for?
Glow up letters! Whats not to like? We have contacts over at Words to Glow, the leading supplier of light up letters in the North West and they’re often in high demand at our events. They have letters as well as numbers and can do an array of words, phrases and initials. Here’s a collaboration of photos we’ve taken at our events so you can get an idea of exactly what they’re about and why we (and everyone else) love them so much!
Why not visit their website and found out a little more here.. http://www.wordstoglow.co.uk/about-us/
With bonfire night coming up, lets talk fireworks. Although often forgotten, fireworks aren’t just for the 5th of November. They’re beautiful and fun, and can be a lovely, unique addition to any event! So why not watch sparks fly (literally) and entertain your guests with them?! They’re sure to make your party the hottest around and leave your guests feeling dazzled! Remember, remember fireworks aren’t just for the 5th of November!
If you are looking for a little inspiration when it comes to where to hold your event then this is the post for you! We’ve put together a collaboration of some of our favourite venues to help you decide. Whether it be a wedding, birthday party or something bigger such as a corporate or crowd funding event, in no particular order, here are a few ideas for you.
This huge Georgian mansion in Shropshire is the perfect setting for all kinds of celebrations. With lots of land surrounding it, it would be especially good for summer time parties so you could take advantage of the gorgeous gardens!
Situated in lovely Cheshire, this grade one listed building is perfect for weddings. With beautiful high ceilings and stained glass light fittings it looks like a scene straight from Harry Potter. This airy, noble looking setting certainly deserves a place on our list.
This hotel built right next door to Liverpool’s princess dock, boasts beautiful views and even more beautiful surroundings. Superby elegant and extravagant, this venue is suited to any kind of large party, rather than just weddings.
This 17th century country house located in North Wales is set on over 200 acres of parkland. This hotel was voted one of the UK’s best spa hotels, so why not pamper and party?!
5. Abbeywood estate
Abbeywood estate has a beautiful glasshouse, which is a year round function space, suitable for all types of ceremonies. There is also other unction spaces such as the garden café or the orangery. Each area caters for a different number of people, so don’t be put off if you have a smaller guest number.
Denplan, the UK’s leading dental payment plan specialists certainly know how to look after their clients! Every year Ninth events host large scale corporate events on behalf of Denplan, these range from client events, to the bi-annual National Conference, which is spread over two days. Denplan first chose us as their event planners back in 2011 and have never looked back! Since then, Denplan have thrown a multitude of themed parties, from venetian to superhero. Summer is drawing to a close meaning we have the Denplan Christmas parties to look forward to, but for now, here are our top 5 Denplan events.
Park Plaza in London was the venue for our number 5, with beautiful view of the Thames, the 2012 Christmas party certainly did not disappoint! The lovely turquoise and silver theme made the Park plaza feel like a winter wonderland.
July 2015 called for the Denplan Summer Ball, held at the BMA house in London. The floral theme teamed with warm colours gave the party a true summer vibe, the lovely weather on the day helped too! Needless to say everyone was impressed with the outcome!
What could be cooler than a party on a boat? A Venetian, Masquerade themed party on a boat! The Dixie Queen, famous as being one of the largest corporate party boats in the UK was the perfect venue and all the guests enjoyed a lovely cruise down the Thames.
Although it’s a very close call, our runner up is the Superheroes vs Villains themed party held in 2015 at London’s Syon Park. Unlike the other events shown, this event was held for the Denplan clients to attend with their children. With lifesize superhero models and themed tables, we don’t know who had more fun – the adults or the kids!
The Bi-annual National Conference is one of Denplan’s largest, most exciting events and 2015 was no exception! The room looked like it was straight out of a James Bond film and the guests at this black tie event scrubbed up well too!
The world of event planning is a busy one. Being one of Manchesters top event planners takes versatility, perseverance and organisation. If you’re thinking of planning your own event, take some tips from the professionals. Here are our top 5 helpful hints for planning events.
5. BE PATIENT
Not everything is going to go right first time and it’s a given that some things will test your patience! A lot goes into planning an event but have faith that everything will run like clockwork. If all else fails get someone to do the job for you (hint, hint).
4. WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN
This may seem obvious but its importance must not be underestimated! Forgetting things happens to the best of us, especially when there is a lot going on. Jotting things down is really helpful, not only does it aid in remembering, it also helps you visualise what’s going on. It will only take a few extra minutes and could potentially save you a lot of time, after all there is nothing worse than convincing yourself you will not forget something as its so important and then not being able to remember it when the time comes. Just make sure you don’t forget where you put your jotter!
3. DON’T TURN DOWN HELP
When there is a lot lying on an event going perfectly, you can be reluctant to accept help from people in the fear that they may interfere with your plans. However, it is important that you don’t try to do everything on your own. With smaller events it may be possible to do everything yourself but it will be much more fun if you recruit a friend or family member to help you out.
2. GIVE YOURSELF SUFFICIENT TIME
Remember the phrase ‘time is of the essence’? Well, when you’re planning an event, it really is! The worst thing you could possibly do is leave everything till last minute! Giving yourself as much time as possible will reduce stress in the long run for everybody involved.
1. CONTACT NINTH EVENTS
Now this is the most important one, contact us! Save yourself the stress and contact us, we organise everything from general to corporate to crowdfunding. Rest assured, we know what were doing.