Five Halloween 2020 Ideas for Kids

With COVID restrictions tightening up again and considering the safety precautions we all need to be taking this year, it looks like Halloween will have to be celebrated a bit differently. Kids love getting dressed up to go around collecting sweets or going to Halloween parties with their friends but Halloween 2020 just won’t allow for this. A few ideas to help kids still get to have some fun and enjoy the holiday are:

1. Zoom Costume Contest- arrange for your children’s group of child’s friends to get together online and have a fancy-dress competition. You can even have different categories like most scary, funniest, most clever, most realistic and best make-up.

2. Have a socially-distanced ‘freeze dance’- if there is a large outdoor area near you, maybe have a ‘freeze dance’ where everyone can be spread out and have to freeze when the music stops, whoever moves is out. The last two standing can even have a free-style dance off.

3. Zoom Dance Party- your club or child’s classmates could do a zoom dance party so everyone can show off their costumes and have a great time.

4. Decorate your house- even though people may not go around collecting sweets in your area, some may still go for a stroll to enjoy the Halloween decorations.

5. Carve a pumpkin, or two- typically having a pumpkin combined with leaving an outdoor light on means you are handing out sweets, however this year people may just want to go for a ‘pumpkin walk’ to spot how many pumpkins they can find.

How to advertise your event on Facebook

Using social media to advertise your event is one of the best ways you can advertise your event, there are many benefits of using social media to advertise your event and you are likely to get a much bigger reach than traditional advertising and it can be a fairly inexpensive way to advertise.

The first thing you should do is start posting about your event to get the momentum going. Offer snippets of information on your business page or any groups that allow you too.

Once you have established all of your event details you should now set up your event on Facebook, you should do this by using the events feature on Facebook. Once you have created your event you should share with your current following on your business page, personal and groups that allow it.

Next, you will need to share your event wherever you can. Ask local advertising pages or local media pages such as newspapers or radio pages if you are allowed to share your event on their Facebook page. You should allow yourself enough time to share very frequently to allow more people to see your event.

New rules for weddings from 4th July

The strict lockdown restrictions are starting to ease from the 4th July, following months of cancelled weddings and parties we have been given the green light from our government that weddings can resume safely from the 4th of next month but there are still rules in place.

In a statement from gov UK the following has been stated;

“From 4 July, weddings and civil partnerships will be allowed to take place. You should only invite close friends and family, up to a maximum of 30 people. The wedding exception is for wedding ceremonies only. Large wedding receptions or parties should of course not be taking place. Wedding celebrations can only happen when people follow the guidance of six people outdoors, support bubbles, or two households indoors or outdoors. It is critical for these guidelines to be observed to keep you and your family and friends as safe as possible.”

So, although weddings will be able to go ahead very soon these must be kept to minimum people and friends and family only from your support bubble. We are hopeful that by August/September the restrictions may ease even more.

Top 3 lockdown party ideas

Due to the current covid-19 global pandemic there will millions of us who will be celebrating birthdays, wedding anniversaries and hitting life milestones whilst in lockdown. It seems that these special days are just another day but there are other ways to celebrate at home.

With the power of technology and a bit of creativity you are still able to throw a party whilst self-isolating. We’ve listed our top 3 favourite lockdown party ideas.

1. Cocktail masterclass – with all the bars closed you may be missing your favourite cocktail. Well what better time to give yourself a cocktail fix whilst learning a new skill. Professional mixologists have been sharing their techniques online, so choose a video and watch along together as you learn how to make your favourite cocktails.

2. Zoom dinner party – we have all been quick in finding online replacements for our usual social fix and zoom dinner parties are now ridiculously popular. Cook the same meal as your ‘guests’, get dolled up and arrange a time to eat it together.

3. Virtual day trip – hundreds of the world’s best zoos, museums and famous landmarks are offering free virtual tours while in lockdown. Is there a place you have always wanted to visit or a trip you’ve always wanted to take? Well now you can in the comfort of your own home.

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Bring staff together with summer barbecues

A summer barbecue is a fantastic way to help you bring your employees closer together.

With spring coming soon and then the even hotter months to follow, now is the perfect time to look ahead and start planning a summer barbecue early. Is there an area at your workplace where you can hold a barbecue for all staff members or will you need to hire a venue for the event? Either way, getting the location arranged first is the best place to start. You should then consider contacting local butchers who may be able to supply real quality meat that your employees and their families will love. The warmer months often feel happier here in the UK and that’s why it presents the perfect opportunity to reward your employees, whilst giving them some down time to get to know each other on a more personal level, which is great for team bonding.

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Dress Fitting: Make it a day out

A dress fitting is not just an event which ‘has to be done’ for brides and bridesmaids, it can also be looked at as a fun day out.

If you have a wedding coming up and you haven’t thought much about the dress fitting, why not make a plan of action for the day? You can start off with the fitting, and then perhaps head for some lunch or even to a spa. You can even hire a photographer for your fitting as this too is part of the overall wedding story, and there are memories that could be beautifully captured. It’s about time more women started thinking of the dress fitting as much more than a task on the ever-growing planning list. It’s a time with your friends and family, and it certainly presents the perfect opportunity to make a day of it, so be sure to start thinking outside the box when it comes to your dress fitting.

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Planning a corporate team building event

Teamwork is extremely important in the workplace as it helps improve workers’ confidence, helps them enjoy working with their co-workers and boosts the overall morale of the group.

There are ways that you can bring your team together outside of the office environment. A corporate fun day is an area pack full of fun activity stations for workers to go around and have a bit of fun, these event can include:

  • Giant Slides
  • Velcro penalty shootout
  • Climbing wall
  • Archery
  • Bungee runs
  • Lawn croquet
  • Giant outdoor games & puzzles

Other ways to bring a team closer together is with an activity day, creating a task or puzzle that requires teamwork to solve. This type of team building helps encourage workers to use their skills and support each other through their problem solving. Skills that can be developed through a problem solving activity day is time management, planning, motivation, organisation, decision making, communication, teamwork, leadership, relationship building and so much more.

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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.

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Hen Parties: Why more brides to be are going abroad

Back in the day, your typical hen party was a night out in your local town centre, or the pub around the corner from your house. Nowadays it is a completely different story. Girls flock to beach locations like Benidorm, Magaluf or Malia for big nights out, while some will choose a trendy city like Berlin, Prague or Paris. Cheaper flights and trains have led more girls to choose to head abroad for their hen parties, and you may be surprised at how cheap three nights out in a different country can be, especially when you’re staying in budget accommodation.

The big part of a hen party is, of course, the night out, so cheaper accommodation, such as in a 2-star hotel, can be fine for the job but of course, if you wanted something more peaceful and relaxing there are many luxury resorts to choose from across the globe.