Get organised – Plan your Summer party


With Christmas decorations only just coming down, and daily routines starting to get back to normal after the manic festive period, it’s no wonder that the thought of planning a summer party in January seems a little premature. Although there’s still a frosty chill in the air, it’s not too early to start planning your summer party to make sure you’re organised for the new year, and that you and your company have a great party to look forward to when the warmer weather rolls around.

Summer parties are great for team morale- not only do they offer a welcome addition or alternative to the usual Christmas parties, they also encourage staff to get outside and make the most of the (hopefully) warmer weather!

Here’s what we suggest you consider when organising your summer party.

Choose a date that works for most of your colleagues


People around a table during summer party at the Brewery


It goes without saying that unfortunately, it’s unlikely that every member of your team will be able to attend your party, regardless of the date you set. However, it’s best to take some time to work on a date that works for most- ideally before the schools break up, or the peak of summer when many members of the team will be planning their summer holidays.  Take a look at your corporate calendar for any events or meetings that could tie in nicely- more employees will be able to attend if they’ve already made space in their busy diary for a work meeting or event.

Once you’ve set your date, send your invitations no later than the spring months- this will give you plenty of time to assess the number of attendees and organise the catering and activities for the right amount of people.

Get the venue right


Summer party decoration at the Brewery


A great summer party is all in the venue. Unlike a Christmas party, careful consideration has to be paid to the venue to make sure there are options for all weather conditions. It’s nice to take advantage of the weather with some outside space, but it’s equally as important to choose a venue that can offer an alternative if the weather takes a turn!

Location is also key. Ask yourself some questions before booking- is the venue easily accessible, with good connections to public transport? It’s unlikely that people will plan to drive to the party, so easy access to train stations is a must.

An opportunity to reward your staff, the summer party should be memorable and enjoyable. A themed party can bring out the best in your colleagues, so consider a venue which can either adapt to your theme with decorations and catering, or even better, throw their own themed parties, which will undoubtedly create an immersive and memorable experience.

Give your team the whole package


Waiters at the brewery during a Summer Party


Not only will providing an all-inclusive ‘party package’ for your guests mean they can relax in the knowledge that they are in for an evening of great food and drink, but it will make things a lot simpler for the party organiser, too!

Get your party guests in the holiday mood with typically ‘summery’ food- BBQs are always popular- and make sure that your caterer is able to provide vegetarian and vegan options if necessary. Your staff should feel that their party has been planned with them in mind, so tailor it to their needs to make sure they feel valued.

This summer, the courtyard of The Brewery will be transported into a traditional garden, right in the heart of London. Perfect for bright summer days and gloomier days alike, the raised clear roof lets the sunshine in, as well as keeping the rain out! With a delicious BBQ and unlimited drinks included until 9pm, The Brewery is the perfect summer party venue for gatherings of all sizes. If you’d like to get ahead of the game and secure your space for our summer party, get in touch with us today.


5 tips for giving wedding favours that your guests actually want


Not only do wedding favours give you the chance to thank your guests for joining you for your big day, they’re also great for getting creative and dressing your tables.  These days, couples are getting more inventive with their wedding favours, but how do you ensure your efforts aren’t wasted and the gifts aren’t left on the tables, or thrown in the bin the next day? Here are our tips on how to choose wedding favours your guests actually want.

1.      Resist the urge to personalise


A weeding tag with the name Paul written on it


Although it may be tempting, personalising your favours with your initials or the date of your wedding is likely to put your guests off keeping and using them after your big day. Although the sentiment is important to you, it may be less relevant to your guests, and a fridge magnet emblazoned with your names may not be at the top of their wish list! If you want to make your favours a little more personal, add your initials or wedding date to the packaging, such as on the ribbons, boxes and bags.

2.      Think practically


Wedding table


These days, with platforms such as the likes of Pinterest, there is no end of imaginative ideas out there when it comes to wedding favours. However wild and wonderful, there is simply no point in spending your money on favours that may look great, but won’t be used by your guests, or even be taken home. Before you press the ‘buy now’ button, sit back and consider whether this is something that you would like to receive yourself. Some of our favourite (and useful) wedding favours have included bottle openers, wine glasses and candles.

If you want to make sure your guests take the favours away with them, edible gifts are always popular. From pots of honey or jam, chocolate truffles, gourmet marshmallows, macarons or individually boxed donuts, edible treats rarely last until the end of the day!

3.      Stick to your theme


Wedding table


Coordinating everything at your wedding so that it looks beautiful can be time-consuming, so make sure that you don’t slip up when it comes to the favours. Stick to a similar colour palette and although they don’t have to match exactly, make sure they at least complement the scheme. Tailor your favours to your venue and give your guests something they may need and use on the day. Ornate fans would be a beautiful addition to a beach wedding, while blankets and hot chocolate kits will be appreciated in the colder months.

4.      Express yourself


Wedding flowers


Your wedding guests are attending your wedding because you mean something to them, so expressing your personalities through your favours is sure to go down well. Personal gifts show your guests that you’ve put some thought into the favours, and means they are more likely to take them hope and really appreciate them. There are so many options here- share local produce from your home town, give something associated with your favourite hobbies, or donate to a charity close to your heart on their behalf.

5.      It’s all in the timing


Woman holding a flask with a tag


Once you have chosen your favours, arrange for them to be given out at the best time. Traditionally, they’re given out end the end of the reception, but if you think that some guests are likely to have left by this point, give the favours out when you think most of them will be around.

Whatever wedding favours you choose, make sure they reflect you as a couple. Here at The Brewery, we think that all weddings are different, and should be completely unique. If you’re looking for a wedding venue that can be tailored just for you, our wedding planner is here to help organise the day from the very initial enquiry, right to the last dance.

Want to find out more about hiring The Brewery for your special day? Contact us today, and we’ll be delighted to help.