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What an “Eventful” Year

As my last week of work for the year comes to a close I thought appropriate for a bit of reflection. My personal life this year has been the best of my life, I got married to the best man in the world, I’ve been on so many holidays I can’t count and got the news that my little sister is also going to be married next year which is amazing!

 

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Work wise, I have done some amazing events and some not so amazing (boring) ones. I have been fortunate to travel for work to places people only dream of and I only cried once at work all year and even then I think it was more pms than the actual pressure.  I believe in ambition, I am not one for being settled and I am constantly thinking what I can do to make myself better and move higher.  I want to learn more, experience more, be challenged more, cry more! I take too much Vitamin B to sit still and as this event year draws to a close, I can’t wait for next year to see what happens but from now until 31 December, my end of year resolution is going to be to do everything within my power to make sure next year is the best work year yet.

I read a great article in The World of Psychology that talks about the appeal of a clean slate, the opportunity to start again that makes resolutions initially so appealing yet according to the piece most of the goals people set on 1 January are out the window by April. According to the article:

“The fact that people keep making resolutions even when they don’t always follow through ultimately means that they have hope and a certain level of belief in their ability to change and be more of who they really want to be”

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What’s your New Year Resolution? Do you make them?

11 creative food and drink stations your guests will love

Event Consult:

You have some amazing ideas here! love it all.

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The Juice Bar 
Refresh with a colourful and healthy juice bar.

The Pancake Station
Breakfast just got a whole lot more fun with this DIY pancake station. Let guests style up their own flapjacks for a fun take on a breakfast favourite.

The Donut Station
Mmmmm, donuts. Sugar-coated, sprinkled, glazed – you name it. The aroma alone will have guests coming back for seconds – and thirds.

Mmmmm, donuts. Sugar-coated, sprinkled, glazed - you name it. The aroma alone will have guests coming back for seconds - and thirds.

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The Burger Station
Make your BBQ interactive and twice the fun with this delightful burger station. Guests won’t even know they’re working when they step up to this food station.

Make your BBQ interactive and twice the fun with this delightful burger station. Guests won't even know they're working when they step up to this fun take on a food station.

Image credit: Jennifer Sbranti

The Cookie Station
What’s better than a plain old cookie? Fancying it up with a selection of toppings. From fruit to sprinkles to nuts – and everything in between. With peanut butter, cream…

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Dunboyne Castle – Ireland

Last weekend, I attended an educational trip to Dublin, Ireland with The Buyers Networking Club (or BNC for short)!  The BNC is a group for Corporate Event Managers and it’s aim is to provide a platform for event managers to share information, experiences and recommendations. If you want to find out more about the BNC click here. My trip was to stay in Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa in Co. Meath Dublin, and it was AMAZING!
On returning from my trip, the club asked me to answer a few questions for other members which I have answered below.
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Hand on heart, if you are considering Dublin as a destination for a meeting, incentive or away day I would definitely recommend it. I had a great time (I did have a lot of wine and got to bet at the horse races… ) but that aside – there was so much to see & do. I find Irish people and their hospitality just spot on, they are so welcoming and accommodating and of course the accent is lovely…

Describe in a few words the atmosphere and appeal of Dunboyne Castle and of Dublin as a destination

As a destination, Dublin has it all and Dunboyne Castle captures it all. If I had to say the first word that springs to mind about Dublin I would say tranquil and that’s exactly what Dunboyne Castle is. You just feel peaceful when your there. From the open event and dining spaces to the spa and ultimately the grounds, you just feel a sense of calm! It’s fabulous…

 

What do you feel is the venue’s biggest asset in terms of what it can offer corporate groups?

I think the venues biggest asset is its proximity to both the airport and the city centre. Corporate trips (whilst centred around the venue) need to also involve what’s on offer and the proximity of the hotel would allow groups an access to a wide range of activities in and around the city centre. Our group went to the race course which was only 15 minutes away and the cooking school of equal distance both which would suits groups.  You could do trips to the brewery as well!

What type of events do you think the venue is more suited towards?

Away days for small to medium sized groups would be great. I would also look at a gala ball in the ballroom which was so just so so lovely. I would also use the private dining area for Dublin based clients and the restaurant would suit any size event!

What did you think of the service?

Service was outstanding across the board. Nothing was too much trouble from finding me a phone charger to showing me the way out from the huge spa (the spa is amazing by the way).  The staff in the restaurant where beyond amazing – attention to detail was spot on!

What did you think of the fam’s organisation and of the excursions offered?

Hand on heart one of the best fam trips I have been on. There was just the right mix of showcasing not only the venue but of the activities as well. I managed a two hour nap and an hour of shopping which was fabulous and even a quick run.  Usually you are exhausted and don’t really have any free time – the itinerary was organised very very well.

 

If you could recommend Dunboyne Castle and Dublin what would you say about it?

You really just need to trust me and if you have any requirements in Dublin, book it!

What negative aspects of the venue/destination do you feel could be improved upon?

Nothing, and I am being honest. I loved every minute of both the hotel and Dublin. Even the weather was grand.

What was it like meeting other Club Members on a fam trip?

This is always a favourite part of mine of fam trips. You just meet people like you and I’ve always formed fast friendships where I always stay in touch with at least one person from my trip! It’s good to talk shop and to have a drink with your peers!

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne, Co. Meath. T: +353 1 801 3500 F: +353 1 436 6801 E: frontoffice@dunboynecastlehotel.com

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The Godfather at The Royal Albert Hall

When I first heard that my all time favorite movie was to be played at The Royal Albert Hall where the orchestra played the soundtrack live I thought I had found the best thing ever!! I went last night and it really was spectacular! (original press release) 

Tickets went on sale months ago and I got two for my husband and I. Now because I have a tendency to buy too many dresses from Asos, I could only spring for standard tickets at the time but if you’ve been before to The Hall you’ll know there are no bad seats.

Whilst there was only one performance (sorry) I wanted to write about it as it really was amazing and if they ever do it again… YOU NEED TO GET TICKETS! It would make a great corporate event if you could get a box.

 

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MONDAY MOTIVATION

“20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

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Event Managers who don’t drink?

Is there such a thing as an Event Manager that doesn’t drink?

I am going to probably get a bit of flack for writing this but I think I would find it difficult to do my job if I didn’t drink.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean drinking on the job I mean just generally partaking in a bit of wine or cocktail drinking.

 

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I hope I don’t get the sack when I say this but when I am estimating what I will need alcohol wise for an event I subscribe to the “what would my mates and I drink” theory.  In short, if I am doing a dinner and need to pre-order wine, I would say I would easily get through a bottle of wine for a sit down dinner that went on for 4 or 5 hours.  I know the standard is half a bottle of wine but seriously??? My method even  goes a little bit further in its analysing as I take my  “me and my mates would get through” estimation and then subtract 3 people (depending on the event) for non-drinkers… You know what, I am always spot on. If I didn’t drink, how could I estimate so well?

For those professionals whom want to do it the correct way, there are a variety of online calculators that help you work it out.  This calculator from Perfect Party Planning helps and even segments out the heavy and light drinkers.

Whilst there is no official standard, the following is some very helpful information from The Etiquette Scholar (website):

  • Multi-Course Meals. At a multi-course meal, normally one glass of white wine and two glasses of red wine are served. A minimum of three glasses of wine is poured per person for a total of 12 ounces per guest.
  • Simple Meals. At a simple meal, two glasses of wine are served per person, or a total of 8 ounces of wine per guest.
  • Luncheons. At luncheon, one and a half glasses of wine suffice, or 4 to 6 ounces per person.
  • Champagne with Meal. When champagne is served as a table wine, three glasses a person is generous.
  • Dessert Wine. Because dessert wine is served at the end of the meal, one glass is sufficient. Based on a 3-ounce serving, a bottle of dessert wine holds approximately eight glasses.
  • Champagne with Dessert. When champagne is served with dessert, one glass per guest is ample.
  • Liqueurs or Cordials. Following dessert and coffee, guests have little appetite or thirst, and a liqueur or cordial is offered in a small glass. Liqueur and cordial bottles hold approximately sixteen servings, a figure based on 1 ½ ounces per guest.
  • Brandy. The average serving of brandy consists of an ounce or two. Generally one drink is served, and the average bottle of brandy holds around twelve servings based on a 2-ounce drink.

 

How do you estimate your drink requirements for events?

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Stop Counting Followers: Here’s How to Measure Real Social Media Success

Event Consult:

great post!

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

If you talk about social media success the first metric the majority of people will look to is the number of followers a business has. The more followers you have, the more popular you are right?

That may be so, but there’s no point having followers if they don’t engage with you in some way. Whether it’s clicking on your links, sharing your messages with their followers or answering your questions there are more ways than follower numbers to measure success.

Take a look at this infographic from Salesforce which shows alternative ways in which you can measure social media success.

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