10 Ways to Announce You’re Engaged

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10 Ways to Announce You’re Engaged

So you’ve decided to make it official. Congratulations! What a tremendously exciting time of your lives. The only thing left to do is to decide how you’re going to shout it from the rooftops for the whole world to hear. However, we all know that in this day and age a phone call to mum and dad just isn’t going to cut it. So if you’re looking for a fun ways to announce your engagement, then look no further, because we’ve been crawling through Pinterest and have got 10 great ideas to make your engagement announcement officially awesome.

Engagement pets

Say it with pets

This isn’t just puppy love, this is the real deal. So when it comes to finding a unique and fun way to announce your engagement nothing quite compares to letting your favourite four legged friends do the talking. Whether it’s popping a cute, hand written sign around Fido’s neck or teaching your parrot to sing it out loud (and hope that he forgets the dirty words your little cousin Bobby taught him in the process), sometimes it’s perfectly ok to let your engagement announcement go to the dogs.

Letterpress engagement ideas


If you’ve been struggling with coming up with an idea for how to announce your engagement on social media, then maybe it’s time to ditch the modern route and go for a more classic approach. Take a tip from Little Peach Letterpress and impress your family and friends with a beautiful custom announcement card.

Letterpress engagement

You’ve decided to make your love official, so why should your engagement announcement be any different?

Engagement Announcement Sand

Draw it in the sand

Sometimes the most clever engagement announcement ideas are the simplest and nothing could be more simple (and hey, who are we kidding cheap is a bonus) than writing your announcement in the sand. Take a trip to a romantic beach that’s special to you, whack on a dreamy Instagram filter and hey presto! You’ve got yourself a social media savvy announcement without having to hurt your hip pocket.

Ways to Announce your engagement

Throw a cocktail party

If you’re going to celebrate something as important as your upcoming nuptials you may as well do it with a drink in your hand. So if you’re still ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ about how to announce your engagement to your family and friends, why not throw an intimate cocktail party at The Pineapple Hotel? With a great range of functions spaces and packages to choose from, we’ll take care of the details so you can focus on the important things, like keeping crazy Aunty Rita away from your future in laws – oh god, she’s bringing out the photos from her latest holiday to Thailand, EVERYONE RUN! 

Skywriting Engagement

Write it in the sky 

Ok say maybe it’s a little bit extravagant but when it comes to fun ways to announce your engagement you just can’t beat some good old fashioned sky writing. But be warned, try to avoid any pet names or nick names, otherwise you might find yourself having to explain whether you really love Richard, or just his…never mind.

Ideas to announce Engagement

Scrabble Letters

Want to score some serious points with your word loving partner? There’s nothing quite like a romantic, candlelit engagement around a scrabble board. Take this rare opportunity to really spell out your love for the whole world to see and turn your next game of ‘words with friends’ into ‘words with fiancée.’ Talk about a triple letter worthy engagement announcement.

Love coffee mugs

A Hot Cup of Love

It’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning – no, not your fiancée, we’re talking about coffee – so why not give your engagement announcement a serious caffeine boost thanks to some cute custom painted mugs. Cosy, kitsch and guaranteed to rack up some serious Instagram love, this is one engagement announcement idea with a double shot of fun!

Ways to Announce Engagement

Custom Balloons

Here’s one engagement announcement idea that’s sure to get you pumped up! Make a dramatic and whimsical statement with your very own custom balloons. Whether they’re some fun printed balloons with your photograph on them, or chic silver and gold inflatable letters, there’s no limit to the fun you can have with this creative approach to your engagement announcement.

Ways to announce your engagement


Warning, this engagement announcement idea is most definitely not for the faint hearted. But if you’re willing to take the plunge, getting a commemorative tattoo of your engagement is a sure fire way to get people talking. Want to get extra mileage out of this investment? Try booking your wedding for the same day as your engagement, that way you’re guaranteed to never forget your anniversary date.

Engagement Montage

Photo Montage

Ok so it’s a little bit cheesy, but with a ring as beautiful as yours, who wouldn’t want to show it off with a romantic photo montage? With so many great free apps available, it’s not only a fun way to announce your engagement, but it’s gentle on your hip pocket too! Besides, when else will you get the chance to show off that nonchalant “Oh this? This is just my fabulous engagement ring, no big deal” pose. Remember – in this day of social media, your ex is always watching.

However you plan on announcing your big day, let the team from the Pineapple Hotel get you to the church on time with a great range of functions packages suitable for every taste and budget.

Just click here to start your party planning now!


Big Bash is back!

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Big Bash is back!

Tell us something sports fans, can you feel The Heat?

We’re warming up for huge season of cricket with the return of the Big Bash League to the Gabba and we just can’t wait to share the good times with you.

So grab your bucket hats, some beers and your blue jersey and get ready for summer’s most fast paced game of cricket as the Brisbane Heat show the rest of the country how it’s done.

We’re kicking things off from 30 December when the Brisbane Heat tackle the Hobart Hurricanes in the first of four huge games and what better way to fuel up for the game than with an ice cold beer and a steak from our famous restaurant?

Missed out on tickets? Don’t despair we’ve got $10 lunch specials, your favourite beers on tap and every game live and loud in the Park Bar from 11.30am.

So whether you’re looking to catch the game live and loud at Park Bar or on the hunt for the perfect pre-game spot to grab a great feed and a round or two we’re just a hop, skip (and a stumble) from all the action at the Gabba.

Don’t let this season of cricket pass you by, click here to find out more.

Top 10 Songs for Your Wedding & First Dance

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Top 10 Songs for Your Wedding & First Dance

Top 10 Songs For Your Wedding & First Dance

Whether your wedding plans are well under way or you’ve just begun to scheme (good job getting a jump on things!), organising your dream wedding is guaranteed to be a mammoth task consisting of hours of planning, organising, re-planning, and remembering things last minute.

While it may not be number one on your wedding to-do list (cake samples are hard to beat!), picking the song for your first dance early can make things a bunch easier down the line – especially when it comes to dance lessons, updating the DJ, and generally trying to cure those two left feet.

Grab your dance partner and check out our top 10 wedding songs, including a list of romantic tunes for your first dance as husband and wife.


  1. “Marry me” – Train


Together can never be close enough for me / To feel like I am close enough to you / You wear white and I’ll wear out the words, ‘I love you’

When it’s all in the name, it’s hard to beat. Sway to the soft acoustic notes in Train’s popular wedding hit.


  1. “Just the way you are” – Bruno Mars

When I see your face / There’s not a thing that I would change / Cause you’re amazing / Just the way you are.

Bruno Mars’ first hit is a common pick for modern weddings. Don’t be surprised if guests take a moment to sniff into a tissue.


  1. “Can’t help falling in love” – Elvis Presley

Wise men say / Only fools rush in / But I can’t help falling in love with you

The sultry tones of Elvis Presley don’t get much more romantic than during this soulful song. A classic, intimate tune for couples who love a throwback.


  1. “You’re my best friend” – Queen

You’re my sunshine and I want you to know / That my feelings are true / I really love you / Oh you’re my best friend

Rock gods Queen take a softer, upbeat approach in this 1976 number. Good for couples who want to throw a few quick dance moves into the mix.


  1. Thinking out loud” – Ed Sheeran

And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways / Maybe just the touch of a hand / Oh me I fall in love with you every single day / And I just wanna tell you I am

Currently ruling the roost of romantic modern-day artists, Ed Sheeran’s single reached triple platinum for a reason. Not too quick and not too slow, this is the perfect number for couples who dread ‘the sway’ but don’t want to get too fancy.


Make You Feel My Love – Adele

When the evening shadows /And the stars appear /And there is no one there /To dry your tears/ I could hold you/ For a million years/ To make you feel my love

Although most are familiar with Adele as the go-to artist when you’re sobbing into a two litre tub of ice cream, the heartfelt lyrics and passionate vocals of ‘Make You Feel My Love’ will wash away any thoughts of dairy-based comfort as you twirl with your new boo.


The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett

Someday, when I’m awfully low/ When the world is cold/ I will feel a glow just thinking of you / And the way you look tonight

The deep tones of Tony Bennett singing the Frank Sinatra classic will add a little touch of 1940s jazz to first dance, and a little dash of elegance – unless the bride trips over her dress.


All of Me – John Legend

‘Cause all of me / Loves all of you / Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections

‘All of Me’, with the powerful voice of John Legend backed by upbeat piano, is a ballad describing the complete acceptance of your partner. Even when they don’t listen. Or leave their towel on the bathroom floor.


1 + 1 – Beyonce

Baby we ain’t nothing but love / And darling you got enough for the both of us / Make love to me when my days look low / Pull me in close and don’t let me go

Everyone knows that Queen B always delivers the goods – break up ballads, girl power anthems, dance tracks, and of course, the classic love song. The slow and steady tune will bring a tear to everyone’s eyes – even that hard uncle who never cries.


At Last – Etta James

At last my love has come along / My lonely days are over and life is like a song, oh yeah / At last the skies above are blue

As two souls become one, what better way to celebrate than with a soulful ballad? Etta James’s ‘At Last’ is filled with heartfelt vocals with simple tunes, making it easy to dance at the speed that’s right for you.


Wedding Planning

Now get those dancing shoes ready and start showing off those moves! Start planning your wedding at Brisbane’s best wedding venue

Top 5 ideas to make your office come alive with the holiday spirit

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Top 5 ideas to make your office come alive with the holiday spirit

Has planning your office Christmas party in Brisbane got you excited for the silly season? That’s ok – with Christmas coming up just around the corner, there’s never been a better excuse to inject a little holiday cheer into your office space. So without further ado, here’s our list of top 5 ways to make your office come alive with the holiday spirit.


Say it with trinkets


Bring a touch of yuletide cheer to the office by sprinkling your desk with some adorable Christmas miniatures. A Santa here, a plush reindeer there, there’s no limit to finding ways to brighten up your cubicle – but beware the office prankster, otherwise you might find your Santa with a few unwelcome appendages.


Hang up a little tinsel and a few rope lights


Angling for top prize in this year’s Christmas light comp? Make your office a whole light brighter with a colourful display of your own, but try to avoid going overboard, no one wants to call an ambulance for a holiday induced epileptic fit – sorry Kevin, we had no idea you were light sensitive.


Display gifts to be exchanged


Love your Secret Santa? Bring a little more excitement to your yearly gift exchange by setting up your very own office tree to display your gifts. It’s a sure fire way to make the office feel more festive.


Use Christmas-themed desktop wallpaper


This one is simple enough: find a set of Christmas wallpapers you like via the Internet and set them as the background pictures for your computer. It’s an easy way to brighten up your office without hurting your hip pocket.


Play some soft Christmas music


If we have to hear another rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” we might just descend into madness. Ditch the boring Christmas carols and go for something with a jazzier feel like Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra – Mariah Carey is so 1998.


Now that your office is fully alive with the holiday spirit, the only thing left to do is lock in an equally cheerful Christmas party venue.


Let our friendly team take the hassle out of party planning so you can spend more time dressing up the office – and can someone please call Kevin from accounts an ambulance, I think he’s about to swallow his tongue.


Click here for more information.

Melbourne Cup in the Plantations.

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Melbourne Cup in the Plantations.

Please note this event has officially sold out! 

Located upstairs in the original heritage listed area of the hotel, the air conditioned Plantation Rooms will host a Melbourne Cup lunch in style.


Join us for Melbourne Cup in the Plantations and you’ll be treated to a 3 course meal, including seafood platters, as well as 4 hours of premium beverages and full live coverage of the whole event. On top of that, we’ll have prizes for best dressed, sweeps & in venue TAB facilities. Bring the entire office, family or friendship circle with tables of 10 for just $1,300.


While the race that stops the nation works its way throughout Brisbane, ditch that dull office party for a social event to remember at the Pineapple!

To book your spot, please call (07) 3393 1111 or email craig@pineapplehotel.com.au

5 reasons to head out for the footy final

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5 reasons to head out for the footy final

We were set to have a ball this Queen’s Birthday weekend as it was – and then the footy finals came into our calendars to pave the way for the hottest long weekend of the year!


With the AFL final running on Saturday 1 October and NRL chasing it up with a Sunday full of footy, you’ll need all Monday to recover (lucky it’s a public holiday)!


Check out our top 5 reasons to head into town for your footy final of choice.


  1. You’ll keep those fridge beers safe


Barry, mate, we love ya, but we don’t want to spend the whole day stashing away our best beers. Keep your cold ones stored safely by leading the boys out for footy brews.


With plenty on tap at the Park Bar, you’ll never have to worry about those golden stores running dry.


  1. Watch the tries on the big screen


Not sure if you’re looking at the line ref or a speck of dust? For an event this big, it’s worth up-sizing your TV screen. Don’t pull out the nanna glasses to see the game-winning try – head to the Pineapple Hotel for a screening worthy of the final.


  1. Ditch the frozen party pies


There’s a time to whip out the box of party pies (lazy Thursdays when the girlfriend’s out, anyone?), but the premiership is totally not one of them. Rather than dashing to the oven every 5 minutes to check if they’re still cold in the middle (hint: they are), stop by the Park Bar for Piney parmies, wings, burgers, and pizzas.


  1. Keep your seat safe and sound


We’ve all got that friend who rocks up late, so rather than watching your footy clock like a hawk (and guarding your bar table like an angry badger), lock in your reservation at The Pineapple Hotel.


With spaces in the Plantation Room and the Park Bar kept open for your booking, you won’t have to worry about heading in late and standing at the bar all game.


  1. Victory beers – need we say more?


Seriously – we all know victory beers taste completely different from by-the-pool beers or regular-Tuesday beers. Don’t deprive yourself of those sweet post-footy celebrations!

Bledisloe Cup

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Bledisloe Cup

You’d be hopping mad to miss this match! The Bledisloe Cup is coming to Brisbane on Saturday 27 August, with our green and gold Wallabies jumping into the game for a face-off against the All Blacks.


With kick off set for 5.30pm, make the Park Bar your one-stop shop for all things food, brews, and footy talk before the game.


Hop on over for tap beer, the game on the big screen, and footy cheers roaring all night.


For more information, call 3393 1111.

UFC 202 at the Pineapple Hotel

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UFC 202 at the Pineapple Hotel

Let’s get ready to rumble! Prepare for a day full of ultimate fighting at the Pineapple Hotel on Sunday 21 August.


We’ll be weighing in to the live streaming of UFC 202 at 12PM AEST. With plenty of tap beers and hot food available for our ringside broadcast, settle in for the for the second meeting of McGregor v Diaz.


Pop in early or hang back late for our broadcast of the weigh-ins, prelims, and post-fight show.


For more information, call 3393 1111.

Father’s Day

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Father’s Day

Don’t forget to mark a very important date down on your calendar, kids! After he taught us how to ride bikes and butter our toast, it’s our turn to jot some nice words down on a funny card and take Dad out for a special Father’s Day meal.


Treat Dad to a celebration at the Pineapple Hotel on Sunday 4 September. With plenty of dining spaces, a playground for the kids, and beers on tap (of course!), it’s a family reunion spot that will make everyone feel special.


This Father’s Day we’ll be running a rare deal – and safe to say it’d be a misteak to miss it! Beef up your outing with our Black Onyx pure Black Angus rib fillet and a pint of Heineken for just $50. Our extra gift to Dad? He gets to keep the pint glass!


Ready to toast to another year of bad jokes, dodgy sock and sandal combos, and dorky dance routines at family reunions? Book your space now on (07) 3393 1111.

Melbourne Cup – Tuesday 1 November

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Melbourne Cup – Tuesday 1 November

We hope you’ve got your best hat picked out! We’re setting up for a racy affair at the Pineapple Hotel for this year’s Melbourne Cup. While the race that stops the nation works its way throughout Brisbane, ditch that dull office party for a social event to remember at the Pineapple!


For just $99pp, you’ll be treated to a 3 course meal, 3 hour beverage package, and full live coverage of the whole event. Bring your friends, family, and anyone else who managed to escape from the office – ‘cause if there’s one thing you shouldn’t gamble on, it’s where you’ll be for Australia’s biggest race day! Our menu has been designed with the freshest produce in mind. Guests will have their choice of one entrée and main from the following, plus dessert.



Mooloolaba prawn cocktail

Oysters three ways

Slow cooked pork belly with apple chutney

Salad of asparagus, goats cheese and lemon oil



Atlantic salmon with lemon risotto and herbs

300g John Doe rib filled with desiree mash, steamed greens and forest mushroom sauce

Moroccan spiced lamb shank with a tagine of tomato, figs, dates and almonds

Confit duck with duck fat potatoes, broccolini, jus and fig vincotto

Linguini with forest mushroom, truffled crème fraiche and herbs



Petite fours and chocolates


To book your spot, please call (07) 3393 1111.