Make this Christmas the one that you put a smile on a stranger's face!

Christmas Wishing Tree - Stand 39 EAN Congress, Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop.com at Sofitel Melbourne 29-30 November 2017 - Make a Stranger Smile campaign for Wear For SuccessPlease join our Christmas Wish project in the lead up to year end, each contribution can change a life!

Our team will be exhibiting at the final EAN congress for 2017 in Melbourne. We're setting up a "wishing tree" donation drop-off point - on expo Stand 39 at Sofitel on Collins, 29-30 November, but are certainly happy to coordinate individual collections too...

#MakeADifference #ConfidenceBeliefSuccess #ExecutiveAssistantNetwork #EAN #GiveWhereYouLive

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So easy! Christmas Nutella Pie

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conference RECIPE - Nutella Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time for sharing... so after exchanging recipe ideas with recent visitors to TheVenueShop.com (Patrick & Veronica from Rydges Hotel Group), accompanied by 2 of the cutest "Nutella loving" elves yet to grace our office, the elves put this festive recipe we found for a Nutella Christmas tree to the test.

We think they did an absolutely fab job! What a wonderful activity with the kids or last minute inspiration for a showstopping festive dessert. Check out pics & full recipe in today's blog. What a scrummy, oh so simple recipe - just the way we like it at Christmas!

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How to stay calm this Festive Season!

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conferences blog - how to stay calm this festive seasonWhat a year 2016 has been! Christmas parties are upon us, Christmas Day is just around the croner and New Year’s Eve is fast approaching! Summer is now in full swing, so it’s easy to get caught up in the all the action. Here are a few simple tips to help you keep calm during this silly season.

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Time to recover


1300TheVenueSHop - MMA Life Tip - Time to Recover - TheVenueShop Blog - 17 December 2015We often remind our clients that stress is not the problem, the problem is lack of recovery. So, this Christmas break why not make recovery one of your key priorities.  

Here are 3 suggestions for you:

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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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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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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: Unsure what to do this festive break?

3 suggestions this festive break from Mischief, Motivation, AttitudeHere are 3 suggestions for a fabulous festive season from our friends at Mischief, Motivation, Attitude....

1.   Disconnect, even if only for a little while.  Go back in time and switch off your phone for a day, a half day or even an hour.  Enjoy the liberation of knowing you DEFINITELY wont get a call.

2.   Have a play day.  Learn from the innocence of children and just go play.  Play is it’s own reward.  You are not looking to get fitter, stronger or achieve a score or a better time, just go and have some fun…and do your absolute best not to feel guilty about it.

3.  Connect with friends.  Pick a friend you’ve lost touch with or haven’t spent enough time with in 2014.  Reach out to them and set up a get together.  Surrounding yourself with good people keeps us young…and one thing in life we can never have too many of is good friends!

Merry Christmas and safe travels... x

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Have you made your Christmas Cake yet?

Wishing you a super sweet Christmas

The festive season is all about great food!  


Courtesy of our friends at
Gastronomy catering, we would love to share with you their delicious Christmas Cake Bar recipe to enjoy this Christmas... it's even gluten free!! 

 

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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!