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Amazing 90th birthday gift

When a beloved client of ours approached us about entertainment for her mother's 90th birthday dinner, we pulled all the stops out to secure her a birthday experience with a difference.

Violet was welcomed by our magician Stephen who entertained with sleight of hand and mentalism. All the while our painter Aaron was seated at an easel in the corner of the room, painting live as the guests dined and celebrated. He took care to feature the stunning Isle of Wight sea scene in the background, and details which set each guest apart. And at 1am he finally wrapped up and headed home, leaving the canvas to dry.

In the morning, family gathered for a birthday breakfast, and Violet was presented with the finished illustration. She was almost moved to tears, exclaiming, 'I bet nobody else in the world has a birthday present like this'. They certainly don't.

Take a look at Violet's touching reaction here.

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Merry Jinxmas in events world

 

 We thought we'd got away with a Covid-free run of Christmas events, and we SO NEARLY made it!  Our fire merman got the rona, Santa had the flu and I got struck down with gastroenteritis (zero stars - would not recommend) but otherwise we had a pretty good run in spite of all the challenges this festive season. Merry Jinxmas!

New Years Eve events are currently scheduled to go ahead as planned, and we're looking forward to some amazing themed bashes at hotels, restaurants and nightlife venues. Cross all the fingers and toes!

But let's take a moment to reflect on what has been an absolutely phenomenal 6 months since the great reopening in the summer; we've done a whole year's turnover in 6 months so THANK YOU to all our amazing customers who have supported us, and been ever so patient with us as we tackled going from 0-100 overnight.  We're so grateful that our loyal party planners and venues were able to survive the downtime caused by the pandemic, and that our performers kept on training ready for the upturn.  Events industry creatives should be hugely proud of the way we've collectively handled the pace change, goalposts constantly moving, rules changing, and health guidance becoming murkier and murkier (yes, Boris, we're talking about you). 

Special thank you's to:

- all the Undersea Odyssey team who performed immersive restaurant shows throughout November and December

- our Santas who tweaked their usual grotto appearances to be roaming and 'present', Miracle on 34th Street style.

- Alberto Baucis and the thirty5studio team for all their videography and promo help this year

- the PR guru that is Maxwell Communications for readying us for our summer reopening

- our seamstress/all round superhero Jacky at Sew Unique

- our fellow agents who've entrusted us with their TV, YouTube, corporate, holiday park, nightlife and private party clients this year. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Here's to ending 2021 on a high, and welcoming 2022 with good health and a well-earned rest! Cheers.

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How to throw the best Christmas event ever

I know, I know, it's not even Halloween yet and I've mentioned the C word. No, not that C word, I'm talking about CHRISTMAS. Believe it or not we're already up to our eyeballs in Christmas preparation (and it's only September) and since it's only going to get crazier we thought we best get in there now with a quick 'how to' on planning Christmas events.

1. Set a date EARLY
Christmas is a busy time for everyone, so our number 1 top tip is to send your Save a Date as soon as possible.

2.Venue and decor
Whether it's a church hall, a fancy hotel, a home or a nightclub, you need to consider a few important things; weather in December can be cold and wet so everyone will bring a coat (and need to hang it somewhere); the foyer area will need to be spacious enough for guests to get in and shelter quickly without having to queue outside; think about heating - you don't want your guests to be cold; will there be parking or public transport access, especially at night and in high season; the venue will need to accommodate your dining needs, whether that's a buffet or a sit down (we'll talk more about this below); and you will need to consider decor costs for some of the more DIY venues - many hotels will already be decorated in a festive fashion, so the hard work will be done for you.

3. Dining
Never underestimate the value of a good caterer. There are so many independent cooks and caterers who will do everything from fancy grazing boards to canapes, hog roasts, mulled wine stands, full a la carte dining experiences and more. Check out their social media pages and reviews - the last thing you want is to be let down on the night with poor service or poor quality food.

4. Entertainment
Great decor and food is often enough in a domestic setting, but in larger venues with guests who may not all know eachother (or even enjoy eachother's company - but that's another conversation altogether), there's huge value in booking entertainers to break the ice and bridge any gaps between food. Our Nutcracker ballerina is a great icebreaker as she invites guests to turn her LED key and make her dance. Bands and musicians, themed performers, aerial and circus acts, table entertainment and dancers are all excellent choices for a Christmas bash. We love Christmas events.

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