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Tips and Ideas for Last Minute Party Celebrations

Posted on April 28th 2011

Street Parties began after World War I as ‘peace teas’ and since then they have occurred for all types of events – Anniversaries, National Wedding days, New Years Eve etc the list is endless. It is estimated that 1 million people will enjoy them over the Royal Wedding Weekend which matches the last Wedding in 1981. Are you one of these people who will be celebrating like this? If so have a look ar our handy 10 tips below.

1) Use whatever Space is available i.e parking areas, gardens, local pub if you do not have permission from the council to close the road.

2) Keep it simple and get everyone in the party mood with a cheesy music play list. Remember to cover all genres though.

3)  Invite people via Facebook as well as traditional invites. You could always get any younger members of the family on board to create posters or invites which then can then distribute around the area.

4)  Have a rough itenary outlined for the day so that you know what should be happening where and when. Consider the timing of your party as some people may want to watch the wedding as a family.

5)  Decorations needn’t be expensive – you can make bunting, paper chains and popcorn chains and is a good way to get everybody involved. Ask everyone to bring garden furniture especially umbrellas / parasols as you never know what may happen to the british weather!!!

6) Buffet food and BBQ works best. You may require permission for a BBQ as they are usually not allowed on a highway so just bear this in mind. Give food and drink a twist – Earl Grey Martinis, Champagne jelly shots, Cheese and Bacon Scones, Red white and blue cupcakes the list is endless.

7) Encourage people to dress in colours of the union jack or why not nominate a couple to be the royal couple for the day.

8.  Play Games which could have a Royal Twist – Musical Thrones, Prince and Princess Competition and a wedding cake decorating competition are just a few. Or even a typical quiz could be done but name the teams after famous Royal palaces instead.

9)  Have lots of water on hand. You don’t want the party to be over before its started.

10) The most important one of all. Have fun and enjoy yourself. Wedding occasions like this don’t come around that often so make the most of it

Ideas for incentive trips – Barcelona

Posted on April 18th 2011

Following on from our previous blog on ideas for incentive trips, here’s another destination you might like to consider: Barcelona.

Sun-kissed and lapped by the Mediterranean, Barcelona has boomed since the early 1990s, when preparations for the Olympic Games wrenched it into modernity. Today it remains well ahead of other Spanish cities in terms of prosperity, stability and cultural activity. It’s a confident, progressive city with its bustling central boulevards and stylish modern streets.

A magnet for architecture buffs, foodies and night owls, Barcelona would make for a truly cultural incentive trip.

In the neighbourhood of l’Eixample you can see Antoni Gaudí’s hallucinatory spectacles Casa Batlló and La Pedrera

Gaudi

Gaudi

Then there are many famous museums to see, paying homage to various artists who’ve left their imprint on the city, such as Museu Picasso, Fundació Joan Miró and Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

 

 

 

Where to stay
In terms of where to stay, the Gran Hotel La Florida is the perfect choice as it’s situated 500 metres above the city away from the crowds but close enough to visit the sites. What with outdoor terraces, a world-class spa to relax in and an average temperature of 25C, it’s enough to make anyone drift away….

Gran Hotel La Florida

Gran Hotel La Florida

Gran Hotel La Florida pool

Gran Hotel La Florida pool

We also checked out the iconic W Hotel, Barcelona which will take you from the bustling boardwalks of the beachfront to the captivating colours of the Catalonian sky within a reflecting facade of silvered glass. As you can see from the picture below it’s a pretty unique structure!

W Hotel

W Hotel

W Hotel pool

W Hotel pool

So what can you do to fill your days in Barcelona?
Being in the heart of the Rioja and Cava regions there are numerous vineyards to choose from for wine tasting tours, allowing your guests to indulge in traditional wine tastings.

Cava tasting
Cava tasting tour
Mountain biking

Mountain biking

 

If your group are feeling a bit more adventurous there is a mountain bike trip from the top of Tibidabo Mountain down to the beach or you can always try tree top rope trekking. Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground – a day of fun with colleagues!

If it’s more site seeing you want, the city Segway tour is perfect. If your group want to see the city sites in a different and fun way, a Segway tour is a great alternative to walking around. There is also the city and Gaudi tour, which can incorporate as much or as little of the work of Gaudi and the city as your guests would prefer.

Barcelona Segway Tour

Barcelona Segway Tour

Gaudi cathedral

Gaudi cathedral

So in our opinion, this wonderful city has everything! Sunshine, hotels, bars, clubs, beautiful architecture and art. There’s plenty to do and see which is why we at Esc believe Barcelona would make a truly cultural incentive trip. Muy bien!