6 Conference Trends You Need To Know

1300TheVenueShop - Staging Connections 6 conferences trends you need to knowIf you haven’t been to a conference in a few years, then you are in for a big surprise. These once stiff, white-collared, corporate events are changing, and have seriously raised the bar on everything from styling to attendee engagement.

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The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley commences striking refurbishment

1300TheVenueShop - The Sebel Kirkton Hunter Valley The historic Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley is undergoing an extensive refurbishment which will see all of its rooms completely transform from ‘quaint country manor’ to 21st Century chic under the command of internationally renowned interior designer, Greg Natale.

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6 insider tips for making sure your Christmas party is on trend

1300TheVenueShop - Staging Connections 6 tips for making sure your Christmas party is on trendThe job of planning the company Christmas party can often feel very overwhelming. To add to the stress levels, there are often time and budget constraints, despite expectations for it to be bigger and better than last year. Below are 6 insider tips every Christmas party planner needs to know!

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Top 10 conference food trends for 2015

Top 10 food trends at conferencesEveryone knows food can make or break an event, so it’s essential to nail the brief.

The International Association of Conference Centres has released its report into food trends for 2015 that are influencing meeting planners when it comes to catering for conferences across the globe.

IACC’s CEO Mark Cooper said it’s no longer enough just to provide the basics.

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LIFE TIP: Make the decision to do it tonight!

1300TheVenueShop - MMA Blog - Exercise in the morningAnyone can exercise when you feel like it, its when you don’t feel like it and you do you achieve the greatest results.

There are many advantages to exercise in general, however here are 4 advantages of morning exercise.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 4: Northern Lights

1300TheVeneuShop - Northern Lights Event ThemeThe final part of the Staging Connections four-part blog series on this year's event theme trends for end of years parties, this week it is all about embracing sleek and sophisticated Scandinavian design.

As you would have read from the previous weeks' predictions, this year, immersive events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and importantly, to end the year with a bang! Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture.

This year though, Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair. Immersive events are all about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that will transform your venue. We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and what the top tips are for really bringing your theme to life!

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 3: Hollywood Awards

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Welcome to part three of the four blog series from Staging Connections.

This year, immersive themed events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and, more importantly, end the year with a bang!

Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture. This year Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair. Immersive events are about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that completely transform your chosen venue.

We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and our top tips for really bringing your theme to life.

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4-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cookies

1300TheVenueShop - Flourless Chocolate CookiesThis week's #FoodieFriday recipe from Further Food looks simply delicious! So simple to make with only 4 ingredients and are so rich! You only need to eat one to fulfill even your most serious chocolate craving!

These cookies also make for a delightful low FODMAP treat that you will not regret!

Sit back & relax over the weekend with a cup of your favourite tea or coffee, grab the newspaper or a good book... & ENJOY!

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5 Ways to Ruin your Christmas Function

1300TheVenueShop - Office Christmas PartyAs the Christmas season is fast approaching, it's time to start organising, planning, and most of all remembering what NOT to do.

Two team members, Jaime and Sarah, from Showtime Events Centre and Cargo Hall,  share their insights...

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5 Tips to the Best Cocktail Party EVER

1300TheVenueShop - 5 tips to the best cocktail party everHave you witnessed or attended the perfect cocktail party? These shindigs are our favorite kind of gathering.

This international events consultant, premier party planner & A-list specialist is often asked, how to throw or organise these collections of “people, passion & place”. Here he shares some of his tips for the ultimate party success.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 2: 12 Days of Christmas

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Welcome to part two of the four blog series from Staging Connections.

This year, immersive themed events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and, more importantly, end the year with a bang! 

Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture. This year Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair.  Immersive events are about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that completely transform your chosen venue.

We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and our top tips for really bringing your theme to life.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 1: Vintage Circus & Carnival

Welcome to part one of the four blog series from Staging Connections. Providing you with a sneak peek into what event themes you can expect on the festive circuit. This year, immersive themed events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and, more importantly, end the year with a bang! 

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LIFE TIP: A sticky situation

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A man who’d been left by his wife was speeding. Foolishly, he tried to outrun a pursuing police car but was eventually hauled in and pulled over.

The policeman surprised the speeder when he said, “you were going way too fast, but I collect excuses and if you can offer me one that I haven’t heard before, I’ll let you off with a warning.”

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Like to WIN an ArtSeries accommodation package?

REVIEW & win with Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop

Attended or organised a conference or event recently?

If so, check out this VenueShop exclusive opportunity. You could WIN an accommodation package+ with ArtSeries Hotels just for sharing your feedback!! 

One entry per review* on any function venue, hotel, resort... right around Australia/New Zealand

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Flourless Orange And Poppyseed Cake

This week's #FoodieFriday guest contributor to our recipe 'collection' is the fabulous, fun & friendly team at CNK Food Design! 

Not only simple to prepare, delicious to eat, but it's gluten-free too so you can savour every mouthful guilt-free too... well almost!

Sit back & relax over the weekend with a cup of your favourite tea or coffee, grab the newspaper or a good book... & ENJOY!

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LIFE TIP: Educate others by not always answering

Have you ever stood in front of your microwave, thinking, "c’mon, c’mon - I haven’t got all minute!"

Do you actually have more time now than before you had a mobile phone?

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What's NEW & going "social" @Ultimate & TheVenueShop

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We are about to commence a new financial year, but instead of focussing on tax time, the flurry of activity here has been in preparation for a little facelift at
Ultimate Conferences + TheVenueShop

We added a new team member this quarte(welcome Erin!)  in the role of Marketing, Digital Communication, Client Events

...& Erin's been a busy-bee! Take a peek as we share some benefits to you 

#IwannaMEET in ...??? "Share" for your chance to WIN 

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The John Batman Apple Martini – serve, relax and enjoy!

The Grand Hotel Signature Drink - John Batman Apple Martini


If relaxing & enjoying a couple of drinks with friends over a weekend is just your thing, check out this week’s guest contributor to our recipe ‘collection’ from The Grand Hotel Melbourne

Our very own Sara & Erin tested this out at a recent Accor Victoria showcase event - they liked it so much that we just had to share it! 

Here is the recipe for this “delicious” cocktail 

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LIFE TIP: Plant something and enjoy watching it grow.

It’s exciting to watch any child grow, and a unique life experience to watch your own children grow...

So don’t miss it!

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RECIPE: "Foolproof" Coconut Roughs, by guest contributor Urban St Leonards

This week, we welcome a guest contribution from our friends at the fabulous Urban St Leonards… a favourite sweet treat from their Conference menu!

Conferencing at Urban St Leonards offers you a modern & stylish place to do business. Offering three function spaces - Yin, Yang & their Chat Room - all are set up accordingly to the principles of Feng Shui, creating harmony & balance through design & layout

Whilst meeting, you are also treated to their tailored Clean Eats menu, including this Coconut Rough recipe!  Satisfying your need for sustenance as you work, in addition to ticking all the boxes for a healthy, delicious & nutritious snack - we think these are the perfect Winter combination!

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Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury Thankyou for making our Planning Day a huge success. The team loved the venue and the lunch was amazing!! A very enjoyable day. I will definitely be recommending your venue to all my colleagues - the experience was fantastic!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley

We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley "Wanted to say thank you so much for the great service and your patience with all our changes throughout. We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect! (Well maybe the coffee machine struggled to keep up with us, but overall, everything was great). The venue set up and lunch was great - the buffet really enjoyable, especially the variety of catering offered.

Fudge by Rich

Absolutely delicious, beautifully packaged...

Fudge by Rich As always, absolutely delicious with amazing feedback from all who tried the product! Beautifully packaged up for us, delivery process fast and reliable, and Nicole couldn't have been more helpful in turning around such a large order on such short notice ensuring we had everything needed for the trade show... Think I have a new favourite flavour too, the Rocky Road is to die for!!

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

What a professional events team...

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach "The events team at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach are truly professionals at what they do. The organisation in particular of the banquets team - always so helpful and ensure that our seminars run smoothly. The only minor suggestion that I would make is more labels to indicate the types salads and sandwiches that are on offer on lunch buffets."

Rydges Bankstown

Suited our brief perfectly... staff could not do enough for us!

Rydges Bankstown "Rydges Bankstown suited our brief perfectly: close to our sites, an abundance of parking and a great function room with natural lighting. The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us, I am sure we will use this venue again."

VictorsFood

An absolute blast - can't wait to try another amazing VictorsFood experience!

VictorsFood “VictorsFood made our event a truly memorable one. Every one of our team members had an absolute blast making pizzas together with the fun and enthusiastic chefs… We can’t wait to try another one of VictorsFoods' amazing experiences!”

Mantra Bell City

I really appreciated the attention to detail & communication...

Mantra Bell City "Whilst I do not attend these meetings to see the room in person, I certainly had no complaints from any of my management team (no news good news!) The communication from the event co-ordinator in particular was excellent prior to our meeting. It was organised at short notice and she showed such high attention to detail which I really appreciated."

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

Really good quality & great value... best external meeting venue in a while!

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne "The room was appropriately presented, with everything we had requested already in place. Morning tea and lunch were more than ample, and was 'yummy'! Really good quality and great value for money. One of the managers even said it’s been the best external meeting venue he’s been to in a while."

Dockside

The venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none!

Dockside "We held our Staff Christmas party at Dockside this year - the venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none. From the moment I booked the venue, the service was fantastic. The event organiser kept in contact throughout the year, reminding when things needed to be done. Everything went smoothly on the night of the party, the food was amazing, the staff were excellent & the event manager on the night bent over backwards to help with...

Yarra Valley Estate

Excellent food, fantastic spaces to relax & network, country hospitality - we'll definitely be back again!

Yarra Valley Estate Our team really enjoyed the time spent at Yarra Valley Conference Centre. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent and the spaces for the group to relax and network after a hard day's conferencing were fantastic and very well utilised!