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‘Sweet 16’ birthdays in the UK

You’ve probably heard of the term ‘sweet 16’ but it’s not often mentioned in the UK unless you’re watching an American high school movie! That said, a teen’s 16th birthday is a big deal, and there are lots of ways to celebrate it in style. Most 16-year-olds opt for a disco or party and hire out a venue such as a bar or a club on a weekend. Others choose to have a meal with their friends, whilst there are some 16-year-olds who head to music gigs specifically aimed at under-18s. All of these are good options but parents should have caution with all of them. There are temptations to drink alcohol even at that age, and while the bar workers will not serve it to minors, perhaps a friend of a friend who is of age, is willing to buy it from a shop, so you do need to keep your wits about you as a parent. And don’t believe the term ‘sweet 16’.

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How important is music to an end of year work party?

With the cold weather now creeping up on us, we’re well beyond the halfway point of 2017 and more companies are looking to their winter parties. Planning starts now, and one of the most important aspects in our eyes is the music. Without music that your employees can relate to, you can have an evening that leaves people twitching in their chairs rather than enjoying themselves on the dance floor. If you take the time to ask for their song requests, you can create a list that your employees love.

Karaoke is another great option which can get people involved, but this will, of course, depend on the type of people who work for you. That said, you should always spend time planning the music, as it’s certainly one of the most important aspects to a fun work do. Why not hand out a sheet asking for their song requests now, and you can then tick this box for your Christmas work part already.