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Garden Party Fun

Posted on June 27th 2013

Top tips for Garden Party Success

Here at Canvas we are trying to make the most of the brief sunny weather by throwing garden parties. If you’re looking for more than just your average British BBQ then read our top tips for Garden party success.


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Budget – Cap your spend and decide early on how big you want your party to be and how much it will cost you.

Pick a theme – As with almost all events, consistent theming makes for a memorable event. By choosing a theme all of your other decisions can gravitate around this one choice and your party will have natural synergy. Now go and tell your guests what the theme is; your guests need to know if it’s a sophisticated garden soirée or the mad hatter’s tea party.

Wet weather plan – It could be using a marquee or moving the whole thing indoors but you need to plan for bad weather. It does happen and no matter what the weather man says you can never have a 100% accurate forecast.



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Prepare the area – Garden parties depend on the location. If it’s in your garden then you need to put your green gloves on and get to work. Mow the lawn, weed, plant flowers and put away the washing line. Outdoor seating is a must so invest in a place for your guests to sit, if you don’t have enough chairs yourself: borrow some or look into renting them. Think too about flowers; a couple of small floral displays or some small pots of potted herbs will only enhance your garden space.

Decorate – It’s still a party so make it visually appealing! Colours are essential and outdoor decorations are everywhere this time of year. Make sure that they match your theme to create a consistent experience for your guests. Bunting is still a popular choice for outdoor parties and it won’t cost you a lot. Paper lanterns are also a pocket friendly outdoor decoration that can create a more fun and interesting setting.


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Food and Drink – if you really want to wow your guests then go for seasonal foods. Bring the Summer through to the food and drink too. Mojitos and pitchers of Pimms are a favourite for almost all so put out a few different choices and let your guests help themselves. Make sure you have a way to chill your beverages so that your drinks will offer cool refreshment for your guests.

Think about… Outdoor heaters? The weather can be unpredictable and your guests might get a bit chilly once the sun goes down. Fairy lights? A night time party can be easily illuminated with these and they look good too. Entertainment? You could simply mingle with your guests or provide them with an entertainment source. You could play music or hire a band or even another form of entertainment for your guests to enjoy. Tea lights? Purse friendly and yet so fitting for an outdoor party. They might be just what you’re looking for.

Have fun! – The weather won’t last forever so let’s make the most of it and get outdoors.

Introducing Weddings By Canvas

Posted on June 27th 2013

In March this year, Canvas launched itself as the newly-named creative arm of the ESC Events group – one of the UK’s leading events companies. This rebrand was designed to give greater prominence to our creative offering.

Canvas has adopted a fresh, contemporary look and feel for its branding. The predominantly white branding takes its lead from the company name ‘Canvas’, chosen based on its meaning as ‘the background against which events happen’, and a basis for creative work to take place.

Following in the footsteps of this, ESC Weddings (of the ESC Events Group) now falls under the Canvas umbrella as ‘Weddings by Canvas’.

Clare Wickens, Director of Weddings by Canvas says, “Whilst we are aware that many Brides still dream of a White Wedding, to maintain the view that Weddings are (and will continue to be) a traditional, classical affair in 2013 and onwards is just not true. Everywhere you look in the Wedding industry there are cutting edge, modern influences on almost every aspect of the day; whether that be a coloured bridal gown, exotic floral arrangements or the abundance of a traditional Top Table format.”
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Contemporary V Classic Wedding Flowers

“Weddings by Canvas will still maintain all the traditional values of ESC Weddings, but will carry with it the option of a contemporary twist for the more modern, cosmopolitan couples. No two couples planning for their big day will ever be the same, and our role is to deliver the perfect Wedding for each and every one of them that walk through our doors.”
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Contemporary V Classic Wedding Cakes

The Weddings by Canvas team will be headed up by Director, Clare Wickens and Wedding Planner, Eleanor Bradfield.

For more information about Canvas Weddings, please contact Eleanor Bradfield on 01252 797220 or via emailing eleanor@canvasevents.com .

Baby Showers

Posted on June 6th 2013

With the arrival of the Royal Baby imminent, we’ve got baby fever in the Canvas Office and we’ve been wondering exactly what a Royal Baby Shower would look like, perhaps something like this:

As usual, Allison Jackson has done an amazing job of creating an incredibly realistic portrayal of the Duchess of Cambridge’s Baby Shower, and we absolutely loved her video:


All of this got us thinking, what makes a great baby shower?
There are certainly a lot of elements to consider, so it might be handy to have a sister/best friend close to hand to help with all the details as, most likely, you will be beginning to get fed up by the time it comes around to your shower and your patience to deal with things like dietary requirements will have abandoned you a long time ago.
When should you have your Shower?
It isn’t un-common for women to work right up until the last couple of weeks before the bundle of joy arrives and whilst it is a nice idea to celebrate the beginning of your maternity leave with a party, you could potentially go in to labour at any point and there will still be so many things you want to do with your free time (enjoying long lazy baths, watching a film from start to finish and painting your nails to name a couple of the vitals).
With that in mind, around 35 weeks seems to be the optimum time to set your date. At this stage you shouldn’t feel totally uncomfortable and there is still plenty of time after the Shower to go out and buy the things that you need and didn’t receive as a gift.

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Who should you invite?
Try not to fall into the ‘Wedding Guest List’ trap. Trusts us, the woman acting as your maternity cover or your cousins new girlfriend will not be offended if they aren’t invited! Keep it to your closest family and friends who are going to be there for you when the baby is born so you can share your excitement with them. There is no reason you have to stick to the female only policy, but if you do decide to invite Dad-to-be and a couple of his family/friends then try to remember to have a few cold beers in the fridge to get them through the fluffy toys, tears and cupcakes that are unavoidable at a Baby Shower!
Remember, higher numbers of guests will affect the number and type of games you can play, and catering the event becomes more of a consideration once you invite more than 20 guests.
Pick a Theme

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It can be nice to tie in your chosen Nursery Theme: Pooh Bear, Animals, traditional blue or pink, Disney etc. This can then link in with elements such as table decorations/invitations/cake decorations and also makes it easy for your guests to choose your pressie.
However, that is if you want one at all. Themes require a lot of pre-planning many Showers are non-themed and are just as special.


Our best advice would be to keep it simple! If you aim for a time of around 3pm, you can easily get away with something as simple as cream tea and cakes. Lots of delicious scones, fresh cream, jam, cute cupcakes and Victoria sponge is more than enough to keep 20 or so friends and family happy for a couple of hours.

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If you are worried about people getting hungry, put a selection of sandwiches out. Remember everyone is there to see and celebrate with you, and are not expecting a gourmet meal.
Make a nice fruit punch for everyone to sip on, and perhaps put a bottle of vodka on the table for anyone who wants to ‘liven’ theirs up but remind them this is not a Saturday night in your local and it will be no fun for you to watch everyone get slowly drunk whilst you remain sober.
Games and Activities
Some people may think that games are a cliché, but they are a good way to get people interacting with each other and help everyone relax.
Hopefully your afore-mentioned best friend/sister has already organised something for you but there are a couple of ideas that we particularly like to keep you all entertained:
1) Name the Famous Baby: Print off pictures of celebrity babies, and the celebrities. Give each guest both batches and get them to match up as many as they can. If you prefer, put them into groups so it gets people chatting and laughing. The most matches wins! Simple!
2) Who’s that Baby?: Use the same principal as above, but this time with your guests as the babies! Ask each of your guests for a baby picture in advance of the Shower, and get each person/team to match the baby to the guest.
3) Set up a Mini Spa: Depending how close your Guests are to each other, this is a fun way to do something girly without the pressure of having to organise games. Set up a little station with nail varnishes/face packs/hair treatments and give each other mini treatments! Understandably this is something not everyone will feel comfortable doing so make sure you ask in advance instead of springing it on your guests as they arrive!
But Most Importantly
Your only job is to keep Mum and Baby happy and healthy! If the thought of organising a shower leaves you cold, send a text/Facebook message around your nearest and dearest with a time and date to meet at your favourite restaurant and just enjoy.