Delivering on trend Themed Events & Christmas Parties

Delivering on trend themed events & Christmas parties - via TheVenueShop.com - real venue comparisons, real advice, really FREE!

You’ve survived another EOFY & now it’s time to finalise your team’s end of year events… How to recognise or reward staff & set the tone for the coming year, or perhaps arrange a celebration with your clients as a thankyou for their support. We appreciate it’s no easy task to create impact year-on-year & make the right impression on your guests.

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EA’s & PA’s - help is on the way!

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conferences Brisbane Client Event on September 15 2016, co-hosted with Stamford Plaza Brisbane, The Styled Group and Be ChallengedAt the EAN Sydney Congress held at Luna Park last month, some of the team were excited to speak to you about how we can assist you when booking conferences, events and functions. We heard a number of times over the two days that the staff Christmas or EOY function is on your minds and the thought of having to research/contact venues can be a rather frustrating and time-consuming process.

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How to engage the body and mind for unforgettable events

How to engage the body and mind for unforgettable events - TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conferences and Events Blog PostScientists at Yale University say 'deliberately engaging all five senses at events has the ability to grasp attention, increase recall, and inspire conversation thus creating a truly memorable experience.' Here are some ways smart event planners are tapping into sensory experiences to deliver effective events.

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How to create an effective media wall

Ultimate Conferences | TheVenueShop.com blog post - how to create an effective media wallFrom glamorous 'red carpet' photo opportunities to bold, eye-catching backdrops, media walls are an essential element of any sponsored event. When well designed, they are a great marketing tool: allowing for event branding, enhancing event themeing, encouraging photo opportunities & most importantly, promoting sponsors with ease. All this without detracting from the event & guests. Sounds simple right? hmmm... wrong! 

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"Next level" events with dynamic digital signage

Take your event to the next level with dynamic digital signage - blog post by TheVenueShop.comSignage has been a show essential since Day 1. Attendees would be lost, confused & frustrated without it, but luckily, digital signage is the way of the future: a versatile system to support multiple media types & rapidly distributing information throughout your chosen venue. Choose to have key messages displayed, with strategically curated messaging. Signs now have the ability to illustrate so much more than simple directions...

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5 tips for keeping your attendees engaged

We’ve booked thousands of conferences, meetings and events over the years, and there’s nothing worse than watching attendees check out early as a result of utter boredom. These 5 tips will help ensure your next conference, meeting or event is an engaging and memorable experience for all your attendees.

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The new seating style of 2016: The Lounge Zone

New seating style for event planners - TheVenueShop BlogShake things up in 2016! Conferences, gala dinners & sales incentives of yesteryear typically seated guests in a formal style. Banquet rounds, cabaret, theatre, U-shape... usually only one seating type for the event duration. To encourage networking & a refreshed vibe, planners have a new arrangement in the mix: introducing the "Lounge Zone'

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How stage design can transform your next event

1300TheVenueShop - Stage DesignThe difference between an ordinary event and an extraordinary event always comes down to the details. That’s what a Staging Connections event is all about. For a memorable event experience, they believe a great stage design is essential and is key in inspiring the people who attend. Staging Connections has years of experience and have come to know the right formula for a great stage design. Read on for the elements they are always thinking about...

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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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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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Event Styling for Colour Events & Intimate Dinners

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Event Styling Profile: Carnivale & Mad Hatters Tea Party Themes


As 2014 ended, our friends at Staging Connections saw the installation and execution of two very colourful events - a Carnivale themed corporate function at The Westin Sydney and a Mad Hatters Tea Party themed Christmas Party in the Sun Room of Ivy

The brief for the Mad Hatters Tea Party was for a fun-filled room with props and teapots to create a Mad Hatter environment. As the guests were going to be dressed in theme, it allowed the Staging Connections styling team to get really creative with the quirky side of the Alice in Wonderland story. The client also expanded the brief, allowing them to style further into the space than what was originally planned, really allowing them to immerse every area of this quaint venue. 

Take a closer look into this week's Event Styling Profile brought to you by Event Stylist, Felicity Webb...

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HINTS & TIPS: Choosing the Best Seating Style for your Conference/Event Audience

So you have found the perfect venue for your next event, now you need to start to think about the room layout and in particular the seating style for your audience.

You have invited your audience to communicate a message, so it’s important that your audience is seated in the best way to achieve the maximum impact for your message!

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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!