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Designing an event takes more than a beautiful venue and great location (admittedly, those do go a long way). You’ve got consider the decor and lighting, almost as much as you would have to spend time over the guest list. First impressions are important - especially if you are throwing an event for your company - and event design goes a long way when creating lasting memories. We’re sharing the best event design ideas that we have picked up during our time in the business.
If there’s one thing we know that can transform a venue, it’s the right lighting. There are so many event design ideas when it comes to lighting. Gobo lights, such as the ones available at Projected Image, are increasingly popular in 2018, casting brilliant designs or custom logos for your brand on any surface. You could even go so far as to project your business name on the ceiling or walls of your venue. We have also noticed a sharp rise in the use of paper lanterns at events. Filling the blank space that is the ceiling (and saving on electricity) - the benefits of hanging lanterns are exceptional. They also double up as a unique event design, meaning your guests are more likely to share images, perhaps even on their company’s social media platforms.
Similarly, photo backdrops provide a fantastic focal point for your event - encouraging guests to get interactive, one of the biggest event trends of 2018. For your photo backdrop, you could incorporate your brand’s products and colours, for example. Layer different shapes and textures to give your guests a reason to take a picture at the wall. For event design ideas on a budget, consider materials that are easily customisable: tissue paper and balloons etc.
Photo Booth Hire
Photo booth hire is the trend we don’t expect to die down - certainly not in the near future. Everyone loves a good photo from an event, particularly one that boasts good filters and plenty of exciting props for your guests to have fun with. Not only one of our top event entertainment ideas, as well as design, but they also break the ice between attendees that may not know each other. Nothing brings people together quite like a picture of them wearing a handlebar moustache. You can also go as fun and zany as you would like with photo booth hire, while still in keeping with your brand image.
Deck the Ceiling
Speaking of balloons, the ceiling is often left out of event design plans. It’s understandable, as you have other things to prioritise. However, hanging paper lanterns or blowing up balloons to cover the ceiling can be cost-effective and exciting. The aim of your event is to get people talking, and this unique event idea will do that and more.
Flowers are no longer on the ground in 2018. We’ve seen a massive boost in popularity for hanging florals from the ceiling and creating an almost enchanted fairytale effect. This event design idea also allows you to save money on table arrangements. Instead, making your guests look upwards and creating a sense of excitement. A simple garden, with some hanging lanterns, will help fill your venue.
Interactive events are the most significant trend of 2018. Long monologues to an audience in a plain function room have been and gone, and you’ve got to keep your prospects interested. That said, there’s nothing like retro arcade game hire or carnival funfair games to add to the decoration of your venue. Allowing your guests to get hands-on and relax at your event also pushes them to your primary aim: networking and promoting your business. They are likely to take much better memories away from an event such as this, incorporating innovative event entertainment, rather than being talked at for several hours.
If you would like to discuss event entertainment options, get in touch with one of our team today for expert advice and entertainment hire.
It’s time to start planning your 2018 events, and ensure they stand out. While there are several important factors to consider when hosting an event, you should never forget entertainment. We’re sharing our top trends and ideas for entertainment hire.
2018 is the year to get interactive with your guests. While inviting guests to your event for a sit-down meal and a speech may have got you somewhere 10 years ago, it will not cut it today. You need to give those attending the reason to buy your products and services and, hopefully, share images across their social media platforms. Interactive event entertainment are the buzzwords of this year. Give your guests the chance to get hands-on and relax, allowing you to (gently) push them towards your primary aim. By encouraging them to take part in your entertainment hire, you have the chance to introduce yourself informally and start a discussion regarding your products or services. They’ll take away much better memories from this type of party entertainment, effectively achieving everything you hoped. With the rise in digital technology and live streaming, interactive event entertainment keeps audiences coming.
Technology within the event entertainment industry is exploding. New and popular technology is a rich source for event ideas. We predict 2018 events are going to feature more videos and live streaming etc., so give your guests the reason to share. The likes of 3D Projection mapping at your event is massive, with planners utilising the tech for speciality shows and large-scale trade shows. Incorporating tech into your corporate entertainment will, likely, improve your social media impressions, thus converting into revenue.
We’re not ahead of our time in saying robots might soon be a feature of your events. They have long been popular corporate entertainment ideas, providing interactivity and the wow-factor. We are not expecting you to purchase a 10 foot robot for your next trade show, but it’s worth looking into what the market can offer to enhance your plans.
While tech is ever-increasing in 2018, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the ‘good old days’. Vintage event entertainment has certainly not had its day, with more planners turning to vintage theme hire this year. The likes of vintage accessories and games are looking to prove a huge trend, and we have party entertainment in Newcastle covered. Our carnival funfair games are the perfect choice for celebrating the bygone era. The joy of carnival funfair games are twofold (in fact, tenfold). Not only are they nostalgic, but also interactive. There’s no sitting around, as everyone can get involved and throw their weight behind the Test Your Strength machine.
If you would like to discuss options for vintage party entertainment Newcastle, get in touch today with one of our team and start planning your events for 2018.
If there’s one thing you can take away from this article, it’s to think outside of the box - particularly when it comes to catering. Food can be just as entertaining as games (although, we challenge any food to defeat our retro Pacman arcade machine). If you are opting for a sit-down dinner at your event, make it a show. You could produce creative food, or even have a band performing in the background to entertain your guests. This year, we’re already seeing a lot of ‘cirque buffets’. This trend refers to trapeze artists, and other circus acts performing while food is served. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching a circus act while tucking into your food and wine.
As providers of event entertainment, we know the importance of standing out from the crowd. Seen in 2017 and carrying through to 2018 with increasing popularity is the use of speciality entertainment to welcome and wow the guests. Think aerial artists throughout the venue, stilt walkers, pole artists and fire breathers greeting your guests as they arrive. The overall effect of speciality entertainment is unique, interactive and engaging. You can also expect most of your guests to share photos of a brilliant trapeze artist, maybe even produce a write-up of the event.
If you would like any more help discussing event entertainment or even party entertainment hire in Newcastle, give us a call today.
As we settle into 2018, we need to start the process of planning our events. The New Year brings plenty of exciting new trends, and we are sharing our top tips to throwing a fantastic event. Keep on reading for our best corporate event ideas of 2018...
Well Planned Idea
All good corporate events start with an excellent idea, one that represents the brand’s values and core strategy. It’s not enough to simply ‘throw a party’ but to entice the right guests, find the correct event entertainment and create an image that represents and understands the brand's objectives. For example, a carnival-inspired event isn’t a style that would suit a law firm. While you need to stand out and be considered exciting, you cannot stray too far from your brand values with corporate event ideas. Detailed prior planning also helps you gain insights into the budget, manage how much of it has been spent, alongside when and where.
One of our top corporate party ideas is to pick an event suited for guests. When hosting a trade show or product launch, for example, a central location is recommended. You need an area that is accessible for the majority of your guests, and in a sought-after location. It’s also worthwhile looking at large spaces, such as function rooms within popular bars when it comes to corporate event ideas. You need a position that is easy to get to and offers good public transport links and parking, as well as accessible entrances.
A hotel or conference centre will not cut it in 2018. This year is all about unique corporate event ideas and venues. The wow factor starts as soon as your guests turn up to the occasion. If you are hosting a product launch or event regarding a new business service, you want your guests to walk away needing your brand. To do so, you need to offer excitement and a reason to work with you. Make a statement by looking into the most popular bars and restaurants within the city, but always inquire as to whether they have enough space for your event and guests. If you opt to follow our corporate event ideas and choose a unique venue, you are likely to entice more guests, particularly those your company is looking to attract.
Industrial is a theme we are seeing a lot of already in 2018, and it’s one to look out for with office party ideas and corporate events. The industrial trend perfectly complements most brand values and, most importantly, looks good. While you want your guests to buy what you are selling or discussing, your event needs to look good. First impressions count in the business world, and you need to make a statement as soon as your guests arrive. Think copper structures, concrete and steel accessories to help decorate your venue, or your pop-up stalls etc.
Props are the next big trend in 2018. A DJ and a photo booth aren’t enough (although, the photo booth is always fun). However, it’s not just any props that are part of our unique corporate event ideas, but giant props. Think outside the box (literally) for your event. You could place huge social frames around your venue, as a fantastic way of engaging social media and encouraging your guests to share pictures of the party. Similarly, if you are throwing a product launch, you could incorporate the product into your props. A London cosmetic campaign event boasted the slogan ‘keep calm and cherry on’, and placed giant, photo-worthy cherries around the event. If it’s not a corporate event and you are just looking for office party ideas, you can still use the idea but perhaps use props more relevant to your industry.
Food no longer has the backseat at events. Catering expectations are high in 2018, especially as the foundation to all good corporate event ideas. This year, event planners are expected to push the bounds of creativity and produce food that is truly astounding (and social media worthy). You could create edible cocktails that feature your company’s colours, appetisers boasting your business logo and so on; the possibilities are endless. You could even follow the Pinterest trends and combine food with event entertainment, with DIY popcorn and cake stalls, for example.
As mentioned above, you cannot forget event entertainment. In this day and age, where guests expect to be entertained from the start to the finish, you must offer them some incentive to buy your product or work with your company. Corporate entertainment ideas have come a long way in the past decade, and you can hire almost any game. As event entertainment hire experts, we offer a range of services for your corporate party. Our most popular is casino theme hire, with roulette tables, poker and blackjack available. The casino theme is looking to hit huge heights in 2018. Likewise, summer events could incorporate the fun of the fair with carnival hire. Think ‘roll the ball’ and ‘basketball shootout’ for event entertainment.
If you would like to discuss corporate entertainment ideas, get in touch with one of our team today who will ensure your event is memorable.
2017 is almost over, and it’s time to look to 2018 and what that may bring. At Gray Events, we’ve been analysing the wedding trends, 2018 and beyond, to bring you tips on planning your wedding reception. We’re also sharing the greatest event entertainment ideas for the New Year, to ensure you throw the biggest, best and boldest wedding party possible.
The minimalist and natural wedding theme is returning in 2018, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. We’re huge fans of the natural wedding theme, and it is predicted to dominate the wedding trends 2018. The clean, simple and crisp look is hugely popular, and the key is to focus on the finer details to a very minimalist backdrop. Whether that be party entertainment hire, or even making a statement with your wedding reception accessories - this is one of the greatest 2018 wedding trends. It allows for a little freedom when it comes to your decor, and always looks good when it comes to the professional photos.
Retro wedding themes will always be universally loved. There’s something about looking at days gone by and reminiscing that gives you a warm feeling. It’s this reason it’s one of our top picks for 2018 wedding trends. You’ll be seeing plenty of this wedding theme on Pinterest also… While you can add retro accessories and decorations to your big day, you could even opt for vintage unusual party entertainment. For example, your guests will adore the chance to play on the retro Pacman arcade machine, and relive their childhood memories of playing the game. It’s not just the retro Pacman arcade machine hire either; we’ve got a whole load of event entertainment options for this 2018 wedding trend.
While it may not be considered retro, our racing simulator event entertainment ideas complement the theme perfectly. Your guests can race for top lap with this party entertainment hire, and compete for number one place. The fastest races will even win a prize with this unusual party entertainment.
We love an edgy wedding theme trends as much as the next person. The metallic and industrial style has been popular for the past couple of years, but is gaining momentum in 2018. We predict Pinterest next year to be a metallic lovers haven. You can incorporate this wedding trends, 2018 and onwards, into your accessories - such as brass light fixtures and quirky, metal candle holders. This wedding theme trend has even been spotted with catering. The ‘naked’ metallic cake is brilliantly beautiful, and the ultimate showstopper at your wedding reception.
The minimalist wedding theme may be enjoying its moment in the spotlight in 2018, but colourful weddings are still sought after. A pop of colour is a fantastic addition to your special day, whether that involves coloured flowers, or colourful lighting; the opportunities are endless. We recommend injecting a colour pop to your wedding with event entertainment; namely, the carnival. There’s nothing more colourful than a huge ‘welcome to the carnival entrance’, surrounded by a myriad of balloons. For even more unusual party entertainment, there’s a heap of games that fit this 2018 wedding trend.
Roll a ball is a spectacular example of party entertainment hire, and allows guests of all ages a chance to play. Likewise, you could let your guests test their strength High Striker, or test their ball skills with Basketball Shootout. There’s a range of event entertainment options for the colour wedding theme.
If you would like to discuss any of the party entertainment hire with one of our team, get in touch today and we’ll help transform your wedding reception.
We may still be in the midst of 2017 parties and, perhaps, even hosting our own, but it’s never too early to look at next year. 2018 is going to be even bigger and better than 2017, with a whole range of exciting entertainment ideas for events. As party aficionados, we’re sharing our greatest ideas and 2018 event trends.
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If there’s one thing we learnt from providing event entertainment to hundreds of venues this year, it’s that a unique venue is one of the biggest event trends of 2018. It’s not enough to host a party in a function room in 2018, as it has to stand out from the crowd. One of the top entertainment ideas for events is to opt for a unique venue, such as a tipi - which are seeing great popularity at Christmas - or even pop-up stalls. Demand for non-traditional spaces is increasing year upon year. While booking a unique venue may be outside of your brand’s comfort zone, it is well worth the effort. Take advantage of these types of venues, which are often more versatile and boast more space for people, as part of your corporate event ideas for 2018.
You can find a whole range of unique venues on this website, with places dotted all around the country. Remember, with an event comes event entertainment. Keep your guests happy with plenty of activities to occupy them throughout your celebration.
As one of our top event ideas, we recommend gathering a whole heap of activities for your guests. However, don’t just stop at just one activity as part of your event entertainment ideas, but add multi-activities to your party. There’s no need to offer one option for your guests. You want to ensure your party is memorable and unrivalled, which is where various corporate event entertainment ideas come in. We have a whole host of options, including casino hire, carnival funfair games and even a racing simulator. You don’t have to keep them separate, but incorporate each one into your event. It’s guaranteed to keep your guests busy and, subsequently, talking about your party.
Make it Unconventional
If there’s one recommendation we can give you when it comes to entertainment ideas for events, it’s to stand out. 2018 is not the year to sit quietly and hope to throw a fantastic party, but the time to step out from the ‘corporate box’. Whether that involves using exciting lighting methods, hosting your event in a unique venue, or throwing caution to the winds with your event decor - follow these huge event trends. There’s a wealth of inspiration available on the likes of Pinterest. Stand out from the crowd and watch your event transform.
Food is as big a part of event trends as the venue. 2017 has been the year of the foodie, and 2018 shows no sign of it slowing down. Cater for your guests (literally) by adding food vans, or pop-up food stalls to transform your venue, and inject a little something different to your event entertainment and event ideas. We’d go so far as to say that food is one of the most important aspects of your party, so you have to get it right.
As event entertainment experts, we couldn’t have rounded off this post with any other category. In 2018, you have to prioritise event entertainment to ensure you are ahead of your competitors. A DJ and a small activity are not enough for 2018 event entertainment ideas, especially with next year taking a unique turn.
We offer a range of unique event entertainment, and none more so than crazy golf hire. Our crazy golf hire involves nine portable golf courses, each featuring obstacles to attempt to overcome. Likewise, we have carnival funfair games available, including ‘roll a ball’ and ‘basketball shootout’. There are so many options when it comes to corporate event entertainment ideas, you have no excuse for hiding in the shade. 2018 is dedicated to standing out from the crowd.
Christmas is around the corner, and you need to start planning for the inevitable Christmas party. How to plan a Christmas party is a complex process, one that we’ll walk you through to ensure your event is unforgettable. We’ve got event entertainment that will keep your guests busy until the New Year. In fact, we’ve got Christmas party ideas that will top all others, so prepare to throw the greatest celebration your office has ever seen.
It goes without saying, but you can’t leave the plan for a Christmas party to the last minute. The best venues are booked early, and the greatest event entertainment is already appearing at other parties; you can’t afford to hang around. Start as early as possible to ensure everyone can make the date. If you have a large office, it’s likely that someone will be unable to do the date, but if you try and plan a Christmas party as early as possible, there’s more chance everyone can make it.
Pick an Outside Venue
We understand it’s easy to host a Christmas party in the office, but is it really a good idea. The office is where your employees, or colleagues, come to work for eight hours a day, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year, so there’s a reason they may not want to celebrate in the same office they do that. If you plan a Christmas party in advance, and pull together all of those excellent Christmas party ideas, you can get a great venue even on a budget. Make sure your venue is easy to get to and, if possible, there’s a nearby taxi rank. You can look to the likes of Design my Night for venues in your local area.
If you have to host the work Christmas party in the office, utilise our Christmas event ideas for work. By that, we mean make it as festive as possible, and host the party away from the normal working area.
Christmas Party Theme
No Christmas party is complete without a Christmas party theme. In fact, it’s almost unheard of for unique Christmas party ideas without a theme. You could even go down the casino route (our personal favourite), with our hugely popular casino theme hire - including roulette wheel hire, blackjack and even poker.
If you are looking to host a winter wonderland party, there is a vast number of options to ensure you throw the perfect party. Christmas is the chance to get creative and have a blast; you can still choose a Christmas theme reflecting your company’s serious market, but you can have a little fun.
Healthy Dose of Competition
There’s nothing like injecting a healthy dose of competition to your event entertainment. It’s a top tip when it comes to great work Christmas party ideas, as you can be sure a competition will break the ice at an office party. We have a whole range of Christmas party games ideas you can gain inspiration from, or you could even go so simple as to include a ‘best Christmas jumper competition’ to your party.
Food and Drink
Food and drink should be high on the list of your Christmas event ideas for work. Remember that whatever you do, you need to cater for the whole office for the duration of the party; whether that means day and night. Drinks will be flowing, and no one wants to see a Christmas party run out of food and drink early.
Find out your budget early to plan for the menu, and include something for everyone in the group. For larger offices, your Christmas party ideas for food should feature a buffet. It’s ideal as most people can eat when they are ready and are not forced to wait for a sit-down dinner that would, most likely, cost more.
If you do happen to host an event with a sit-down dinner, arrange a seating plan before the party. To ensure everyone is happy, mix the teams up a little to ensure colleagues are sat with people they may not normally speak to, along with those they do. You could provide the guests with event entertainment during the dinner, by placing games and jokes in the centre of the table.
You’ve got the basics sorted for how to plan a Christmas party; now you’re onto the fun stuff. Event entertainment is a big part of the holidays, especially corporate Christmas party ideas. Music is all-important to the party. Think of the Christmas classics and add them to the playlist; you know what classics we are talking about. While everyone loves Christmas music, create a playlist that also includes chart-toppers to get everyone up on the dance floor. You could even go so far as to hire a karaoke machine. In fact, you should do that - it’s our top Christmas party idea.
Now you’ve got the music sorted; you can consider other ways to keep your guests occupied. Event entertainment games are a fantastic option for earlier on in the evening, before everyone has had enough food and drink to keep them on the dance floor until the early hours. We have a load of options that complement any corporate Christmas party ideas. From casino theme hire to carnival funfair games, retro arcade machine hire to even crazy golf course hire - there’s so much to choose from.
If you’ve gone to this much trouble of looking into how to plan a Christmas party, don’t forget to take a whole heap of photos; if only to embarrass your colleagues the week after. You could also include the photos in a company newsletter, if you happen to have one, or make a short timelapse video for social media - guaranteed to improve your reach and gain followers.
Alternatively, you could look into photo booth hire. Photo booths are popular for Christmas event ideas as they get rid of the hassle of hiring a professional photographer. All you have to do is let your guests take their own pictures, and they’re printed off there and then. Photo booth hire also eliminates any need for party favours, as your guests will be taking the pictures home with them.
If you would like to discuss how to plan a Christmas party with our event entertainment options, with one of our team, get in touch today.
In the run-up to Christmas, we are sharing plenty of ideas to keep you on top of the holidays. With all of the planning of the office celebration, Christmas party games ideas often get forgotten. But, you can’t have a party without games… We’re sharing our best Christmas party game ideas (for adults, of course), including games that you could even do yourself for Christmas parties on a budget. Either way, gather your pen and paper and prepare to throw a winter wonderland party.
Retro Arcade Machine Hire
All good Christmas party ideas start with nostalgia. There’s no better time to take people back to their childhood than during the holidays. You can do this with retro arcade machine hire - rolling back the days to the 80s and 90s. Our retro arcade machine hire has been making numerous appearances over the past month and is perfect for Christmas party games, corporate and otherwise. You can play the Pac Man arcade machine (our personal favourite) or even travel to the 90s with The Turtles, The Simpsons and Street Fighter. If you want to inject a healthy dose of competition into your Christmas party ideas, consider our retro arcade machine hire.
The classic Christmas game that can be used for the smaller work Christmas parties. If you have a little office, and a group of colleagues Pictionary is safe to play with… we can’t recommend this game enough. To add a festive helping to the Christmas party games ideas, get the guests racing to draw popular Christmas carols (or even characters from films). To get the points, they then have to sing the carol or act out a scene from the film. Not only is this Christmas party idea a huge ice breaker, you can also film the game and share across social media.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Everyone loves a scavenger hunt. Your guests will love a scavenger hunt even more with prizes at the end (and a few glasses of champers to help them on their way). Christmas is a time when most people are, relatively, generous and merry; the perfect time to have some fun and fool your guests. One of our greatest work Christmas party ideas will see your guests split into groups, on the hunt for whatever you have hidden. Pro tip: hide your ornaments (Christmas inspired, of course) in a different room/s to your main venue, to avoid any of your Christmas party decorations being moved. Make sure to time the groups and start the Christmas party game early, to avoid any guests struggling after spending some time at the bar.
Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of the funniest work Christmas party ideas, and often a game that many haven’t heard of. This is excellent for offices with staff over 30, and ready to put their acting skills to the test. Group everyone into twelve teams (this is important), and give each group a lyric from the popular Christmas carol, Twelve Days of Christmas. As part of one of the funniest Christmas party games ideas, each team is responsible for that one lyric and must sing, and act out, the verse. It’s hilarious to witness each group’s representations of the carol; be sure to assign someone to filming duty.
Christmas Party Games Coporate
There is also a range of corporate Christmas party games for the huge businesses, looking into event entertainment hire. As specialists in event entertainment (we don’t mean to brag), we offer a range of theme hire to suit any work Christmas party ideas. Casino theme hire is our greatest, with roulette table hire, Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and more available. In fact, casino theme hire is such a best-seller, our casino tables are making an appearance each weekend in December. There are also carnival funfair games options; the carnival isn’t just for summer. You can indulge in some top even entertainment for your business, and place carnival funfair games around the main venue to keep your guests busy throughout the night.
If you have a venue with an outdoor area or large amounts of space, you could also opt for our brand-new event entertainment hire. The crazy golf course hire involves nine mini golf courses (all portable), boasting obstacles to conquer - especially after that aforementioned glass of champers. Get in touch with one of our team today to discuss your event entertainment options within the North East.
For even more Christmas party games ideas, check out this excellent 33 Christmas Party Games Just for the Adults on The Balance. They’ll keep you busy until the New Year.
It’s been a busy past month at Gray Events, especially in the run-up to Christmas. The amount of North East events we have attended has been staggering (we could do with a cup of tea just thinking about it), but there’s no rest for the wicked. We have a huge schedule booked for December, with our event entertainment games part of a vast selection of Christmas party ideas. If you’d like any of our event entertainment - such as casino theme hire, which is proving hugely popular this festive season - get in touch as soon as possible. Otherwise, rest with a cuppa and read up on our best North East events over the past month.
Starting on the first day of the month, we held a fantastic corporate casino theme hire event at the stunning Ramside Hall. Of course, our roulette wheel hire had an outing and stole the show. As part of a ‘Texas Hoe Down’ (our favourite kind of party and one of the greatest alternative Christmas party ideas), we also hosted a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker session, with our expert croupiers on hand for both games. Ramside Hall is one of the best venues in the North East, and we always love travelling to one of the finest luxury hotels in the region. Not least because it is surrounded by a premier golf course…
Belle Bridal Wedding Fayre - Stadium of Light
We love a good wedding fair as much as the next person, in particular, the North East events. We have a whole host of wedding reception ideas, so we attended the Belle Bridal Wedding Wondershow to showcase our casino theme hire event entertainment - taking our beloved roulette table. We also had a chance to give visitors a sneak peek at our carnival funfair games that take you straight back to your childhood (trust us; they do every time). We had a ball at the event, meeting plenty of new faces. The Belle Bridal is always an exciting staple in our event entertainment calendar, and we can’t wait for the next one. We hope to see you there. You can find out even more about our day, with our Gray Events at Belle Bridal Wedding Fayre blog.
Assembly Rooms Casino
The Assembly Rooms is one of the greatest venues in Newcastle, host to the brilliant Bonbar. We were offered the chance to demonstrate our casino theme hire event entertainment - including our Blackjack table hire and roulette table hire - so we jumped at the chance. The event was a huge success, set in the busy Bonbar. We took along our finest croupiers and three casino tables for the North East event, and we hope to be going back within the new year.
Racing and Roulette Hire
Our trip to the Jersey Farm Hotel for a beautiful wedding saw our event entertainment take a huge leap. Our racing simulator hire had an outing, where guests attempt to top the leaderboard and compete for the fastest lap. We also had our casino theme hire along for the ride, as well as retro arcade game hire. We offer the best of the 80s, and 90s retro games for guests - including the nostalgic Pac Man arcade machine hire. We had an absolute blast at the hotel, and we’re happy to say we have even more weddings lined up in December.
Carnival Funfair Games
Wedding reception ideas don’t get much better than the carnival funfair games. In fact, you could also use our carnival funfair game hire as part of your Christmas party ideas; the carnival is not just for summer. The Walworth Castle Hotel, set in an 18th-century castle, is exceptional for wedding party ideas, with a vast amount of rooms and scenery as a backdrop for your professional photos. We brought all the fun of the fair with our event entertainment; Tin Can Alley and Test Your Strength. Not only that, but we also had our retro arcade machine hire to keep the guests busy throughout the party.
The fun of the fair continued with our next North East event, held at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth. We worked with the lovely folks at Balloon Bedlam to ensure our event entertainment transformed the venue, taking the guests on a journey throughout their childhood. Our most popular and exciting carnival funfair games made an appearance, and the guests had the opportunity to choose from Tin Can Alley, Blackjack Darts, Basketball Shootout and even Test Your Strength.
Casino Themed Wedding
Our casino theme hire has continued to prove popular with wedding reception ideas. We travelled all the way to As You Like It; a beautiful restaurant and bar, spread over multiple floors. Our casino theme hire tables sat perfectly as the backdrop to the seriously glamorous wedding, with roulette wheel hire and our Blackjack table to keep everyone busy before they started dancing. There was even a live saxophonist to keep everyone on their feet as they played with our event entertainment.
Luxury Casino Hire
Our brand new roulette wheel hire had its first outing at Whitworth Hall Hotel in County Durham. The luxury casino hire package was part of a gorgeous wedding, complete with room lighting hire as well. The casino theme hire is one of the best wedding reception ideas, and the Bride and Groom had plenty of fun competing with each other for the title of ‘top casino player’. Along with the roulette wheel, our Blackjack table also took centre stage (behind the newlyweds, of course).
Las Vegas in the North East
Las Vegas arrived at the Best Western Hotel in Hartlepool for a fun, American-inspired wedding reception. Our Las Vegas Grand Entrance, with the addition of a swanky red carpet, led the way to the party inside. We had a roulette wheel and Blackjack table waiting for the guests, and we certainly had plenty of players throughout the night. Our event entertainment can hold multiple players at a time, so they injected a healthy dose of competition to the wedding reception.
If you would like to speak with one of our team regarding event entertainment, get in touch as soon as possible as our December calendar is filling up fast.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year (it’s in song, so it must be true). With the holidays comes the Christmas parties. If you don’t have your event planned already, we’re sharing our best Christmas party ideas to get you ahead of the game.
Casino Theme Hire
We can’t stress it enough that we are huge fans of casino theme hire at Gray Events. Casino theme hire at your Christmas party completely transforms your event, taking it from standard to sophisticated. There’s a reason James Bond spends so much time at the casino… Our casino theme hire includes roulette hire (one of our favourites), alongside classics such as blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. However, roulette hire is experiencing a serious surge of popularity, with the addition of croupiers to ensure your guests are kept in check. Roulette table hire, along with most of our other casino theme hire games, are also available for multiple players at a time. They are the perfect work Christmas party ideas.
Carnival Funfair Games
The carnival is not just for summer. Your winter wonderland party deserves a healthy dose of fun and competition, and there’s nothing that screams excitement more than carnival funfair games. Our carnival funfair games are massive, and we offer a range to get your guests in the festive spirit. Think Tin Can Alley, Basketball Shootout and Roll a Ball and you’re on the right lines. Our carnival funfair games also arrive at your Christmas party with carnival bunting, scorecards to keep track of your progress on the carnival funfair games and a bottle of bubbly for the highest scoring guests.
Photo Booth Hire
What’s a Christmas party idea without photo booth hire? A photo booth is an essential part of all good work Christmas party ideas. There’s nothing funnier than waking up the next day to a picture of you and your boss wearing funny hats and moustaches… You can decorate the booth when you opt for photo booth hire, and cover it in snowflakes, glitter, fake snow; you name it. The opportunities are endless.
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Christmas party ideas start and end with food. We all love food, and there’s nothing that excites people more than a full-to-the-brim sweet stall at your Christmas party. Forget your typical work Christmas party ideas, especially, and add a touch of childhood nostalgia for your guests with their favourite, all-time sweets. You could include pick-a-mix and the sweets they used to save up for with their pocket money.
In our years as event hire North East experts, we can guarantee one thing; guests love freebies. To ensure your Christmas party is unrivalled, provide your guests with small gifts to take away. The excitement will leave them with lasting memories, and may even encourage them to share their goodies on social media, thus promoting your services and products; two birds with one stone. You could offer something as little as a slice of cake for Christmas parties on a budget; just leave them with a little something to remember.
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Lighting and Christmas party ideas go hand in hand. You can’t rely on your venues lighting when it comes to your Winter Wonderland party. There is a huge number of options when it comes to Christmas lighting; gobo lights, fairy lights, candles, candelabras. The list goes on when it comes to lighting for your event. Take your party from 10 to 100, while even providing a beautiful backdrop to your event photos.
A bar is going to be the most popular attraction at your event. If you happen to be throwing an office party, a bar is the best place to start. In fact, there are no greater work Christmas party ideas than a glamorous bar. Christmas party nights, Newcastle or anywhere else, are always better with the addition of a bar, and you can decorate them as you please. String bunting from the counter, line the bar with twinkling lights and delicious food, and you’ve got yourself a successful festive party.
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Bonfire night doesn’t have to spell the end of fireworks - certainly not in our eyes. As part of your entertainment at your event, along with our game hire, of course, you could let off fireworks to truly cement your event as the greatest Christmas party. There are not many people who don’t enjoy fireworks and, for Christmas parties on a budget; they are a cost-effective option.
Your party starts as soon as your guests arrive, so prepare a beautiful entrance. Your guests will, most likely, be in their finery, and they need to showcase their outfits with a magical entrance. Providing them with this also encourages them to share a little more on social media, helping to promote your party. There are many options you could take with an entrance, but if you are throwing a Winter Wonderland party; consider fake snow and fairy lights.
Balloons complement all Christmas party theme ideas, and they’re good fun. Everyone loves a balloon - especially the intricate, helium-filled balloons - and we guarantee they will go down a storm at your party. One of the oldest Christmas party ideas in the book is still one of the most popular, and another way to save money on your event decorations. If you happen to have tables at your party, you could also place the festive balloons in the centre. This way, you no longer have to worry about the centrepiece.
Get in touch with one of our team today if you would like to discuss our game hire for your Christmas party.
Gray Events are leading suppliers for casino games, racing arcades, carnival products and even crazy golf hire, for any event or wedding in the country.