- August 14, 2017
Hey, planning the perfect Christmas party can be tricky. Sometimes your guests are more naughty than nice (we’re looking at you, questionably handsy Santa), the egg nog takes more casualties than you’d intended, or the catering’s a flop, and you all spend the evening crowded around some decidedly un-festive hummus.
Here’s the good news: no matter how the rest turns out, you can turn a Christmas party into the season to be jolly with a good holiday game.
Ho-ho-how many do you think? Round your guests up for an ice-breaker game. Everyone guesses how many ornaments they think are on the tree (no long-winded counting sessions, guys), and puts their guess on a piece of paper. Once the arrival cocktails are done with, the winner is announced and the gift-giving begins with a prize. Take that, Secret Santa
If you think Secret Santa’s been so done to death that even Rudolph wouldn’t fly him, it’s time to switch things up. For White Elephant, everyone brings in a gift (with a price limit to keep things even), and guests pick things out of a communal pile.
Now, keep your eye on Gus from Trade Services, ‘cause this is where things get serious. Every guest takes their turn, either picking a gift off the table, or stealing a previous gift someone has already unwrapped. Once someone has stolen your gift, you can pick a new one off the table or steal an existing gift. The game ends once all the gifts on the table have been taken (and everyone’s seriously craving a post-game whisky).
Candy Cane Relay
Forget the sweet-talk under the mistletoe: here’s the real party treat. Challenge guests to take as many candy canes out of a bowl as you can in 60 seconds. The catch? You have to use a candy cane in your mouth to fish them out. Whether you’re celebrating with coworkers or kids at the family festivities, this is sure to be a hit.
Annnnnd break! Split into teams and let’s get quizzical. With the alphabet written vertically down pieces of paper, challenge everyone to write a holiday word starting with each letter. First team to finish wins!
Message under a plate
Planning a Christmas feast? Surprise your dinner party guests with messages under their plates. On hidden slips of paper, write strange phrases each guest needs to casually fit into the conversation without being caught. If you accuse someone of using their phrase, and you’re wrong, you’re out of the game.
Get ready for some really weird conversations about purple monkey dishwashers.
- August 04, 2017
- What's On
The Pineapple Hotel has been a Brissie favourite since 1864, and through renovations, additions, and new generations, we’ve been the spot for those fight night beers, pre-footy feeds, and brewtiful Sunday sessions in the Park Bar.
It’s time to get excited, Brisbane, because a whole new adventure is brewing at the Piney!
Hop, drop and roll as we unveil the brand new Helsby Ale House, a craft beer bar set to launch at the Pineapple Hotel later in August.
Trust us, with its extensive range of boutique craft brews, a visit’s good for what ales you.
Christmas Party Style Guide 2017
Can’t you hear those sleigh bells jingling? Don’t worry you’re not suffering from tinnitus, it’s just the sound of your corporate Christmas party coming up fast. Don’t let the silly season sneak up on you this year, start planning your Christmas party with our special guide.
Office Christmas Party Ideas 2017
The shops have been stocking advent calendars since October and you’ve heard ‘all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth’ so many times you’re beginning to understand why someone knocked them out in the first place. Yes, Christmas is coming and with it comes the grizzly task of planning your end of year celebration. But if the thought of locking down another boring event has got you saying ‘humbug’ then let our friendly team help you find your Christmas cheer with our top Christmas party ideas.
Office Christmas Function Idea 1. Charity Ball
Elegant, timeless and a great opportunity to put a little something back into the community, spread some Christmas cheer to those who need it most with a black and white themed charity ball. Get into the spirit of Saint Nick and entertain your clients with a cocktail and canape soiree complete with silent charity auction, then donate all of the proceeds to a cause that’s close to your company’s heart. It’s the perfect way to take some of the silly out of the season and get back in touch with your inner philanthropist.
Office Christmas Function Idea 2. Team Planning Session and Surprise Party
The year may be winding down but that’s no reason for work to stop, right? Yeah, your employees aren’t going to like that line either, which is why springing a last-minute team planning session to strategize for the year ahead is going to go down like a lead balloon – until you reveal that it’s a surprise Christmas party complete with an open bar, food platters and live DJ. The look on their faces will be priceless…that’s if they don’t commit mutiny beforehand.
Office Christmas Function Idea 3. Christmas Roast
Got a soft spot for a family tradition? Then why not treat your very own urban family to a traditional Christmas roast with the works. Gather up the whole office and sit down to a decadent long lunch complete with matching wines and Christmas crackers. Swap your ho, ho, ho for ha, ha, ha as you bring in the silly season with friends.
Office Christmas Function Idea 4. Ping Pong Tournament
It’s the latest trend to hit the Christmas party circuit and we’re jumping on board! Yes, it’s time to give your end of year function some serious balls with a ping-pong tournament. Finally the feud between HR and IT can be settled once and for all without resorting to blows. But be warned, challenging your boss to a round after too many rounds? That’s a paddlin’.
Office Christmas Function Idea 5. After Work Drinks
Tight on time and even tighter on budget? Send the silly season off the easy way with a casual after work catch up at the bar with your favourite colleagues. Make it truly fun by
Top 5 Corporate Christmas Party Themes
Xmas Party Idea 1: Make it a masquerade:
Theming & Styling: Give your party a dark and mysterious feeling with lots of gold tones, dark corners and mood lighting, score some added style points with your very own romantic balcony overlooking the city – you saucy Santa Clause you.
Dress Ups/Attire: When it comes to masquerade balls, style is everything. So grab a disguise and get ready to hit the dance floor – but warning, even a mask won’t cover up Glenda from HR’s mad dance moves, you go girl.
Food menu ideas: You can’t have a fancy dress ball calls without some fancy food to match! Think freshly shucked oysters, individual black olive and goats cheese tartlets and miniature beef mignon – ooh la, la!
Beverage menu ideas: Speaking of fancy, no Christmas party is complete without a little bubbly. Get in the celebratory mood and toast to another successful year done and dusted with an endless supply of premium Australian sparkling wine.
Entertainment: Let’s face it, tor an upmarket affair like this, an iPod is just not going to cut it! Go hard or go home with a killer live band – bonus points if you can convince your boss to crowd surf over the IT team at least once.
Xmas Party Idea 2: Dreaming of a white Christmas?
Who cares if it’s 35 degrees outside, nothing says “Christmas” quite like a winter wonderland!
Theming & Styling:
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow or at least make it look like it has. Turn up the air con, hire an ice sculpture and transform your function space into the ultimate snowy escape – just remember, licking an ice sculpture may seem like a great idea at the time, but some pranks aren’t worth the awkward trip to the emergency room, are we right Kevin?
Kooky Christmas sweaters, furry hats and cosy scarves are must if your going to pull off a proper white Christmas in the middle of summer. The humidity might be on the rise, but so will your chances of nabbing that promotion when your boss sees you in your snowman sweater complete with strategically placed carrot. Classic!
Food Menu Ideas:
Match your menu to the theme with a warming, seasonal buffet with spiced ham off the bone and roast turkey with cranberry dressing.
Wash it all down with a holiday inspired cocktail or a hearty selection of beers on tap, after all you can’t get into the Christmas spirit without a drink in your hand.
A traditional winter wonderland party calls for carolling, but how about giving this tradition a bit of an update with some office karaoke instead?
Xmas Party Ideas 3: Christmas Circus
Escape the corporate circus and become the ringleader of your very own Christmas circus instead! Roll up, Roll up – just be careful not to doll down the stairs later.
Styling and Theme
While hiring an elephant might be a little out of your budget that doesn’t mean you can’t make your party come alive with the circus feeling. Recreate the big top feeling with lots of reds accents and some fun lighting.
Give your party a whacky edge with circus inspired dress ups and costumes, but be warned – clowns may be funny but drunk clowns are just downright scary.
Food Menu Ideas:
No trip to the circus is complete without your favourite finger food. Consider getting your very own cotton candy maker or hot buttered popcorn machine for the day.
Beverage Menu Ideas
Put a grown up twist on your circus favorites with some crazy cocktail combinations and lots of icy cold champagne – think more Cirque Du Soleil than Circus Oz.
While your kids may be really impressed with your ability to juggle oranges in the kitchen, give yourself the night off and hire some genuine street performers instead – no offence intended Larry, but throwing one orange in the air and catching it does not count as juggling.
Xmas Party Idea 4: A very beachy Christmas.
Winter wonderland not your thing? Give your party a tropical edge with your very own beach party (minus the sand).
Fortunately setting a beachy theme is cinch when you live in tropical Queensland year round. Just grab some beach balls, your best beach brolly and a couple of towels and hey presto, you’re halfway to turning your function space into Byron Bay.
How do we put this delicately? Hawaiian shirts are A-Okay. Your favourite budgie smugglers are not. We’re talking to you Terry, and you bloody well know it.
Food Menu Ideas
No Christmas beach party is complete without a genuine Aussie BBQ, but don’t just settle for snags, take it up a notch with rib fillet steaks, marinated prawns and tender lamb skewers.
Beverage Menu Ideas
Did somebody say icy cold beers? Oh look, twist our arm why don’t you.
While a traditional game of beach cricket might be out. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some classic beach side fun. Why not challenge your work mates to a hula competition or some cut throat limbo?
Xmas Party Idea 5: Christmas All Around The World
Why not celebrate your team’s diverse cultural backgrounds with a little Christmas around the world party?
Who said Christmas is all about the tree? Why not shake things up with some fun additions from all around the world? Do a little research on the background of your employees and incorporate their nationalities’ traditional holiday décor into the décor around the venue, while you’re at it, see if you can figure out the meaning of Kwanza, lord knows we’re still stumped.
Whether it’s a singlet and thongs or a bright and colorful sari, brighten up the atmosphere by encouraging your work mates to wear their traditional clothes to the party.
Food Menu Ideas
Whether it’s a spicy curry, Spanish tapas or crispy skinned peking duck pancakes, add some serious flavour to your party by setting up individual food stations from all around the world.
Beverage Menu Ideas
Keep the theme going with a selection of local and international beers, wine and spirits.
Get to know each other better by playing fun games like matching the crazy Christmas custom to the country and singing Christmas carols from all around the world.
Start Planning Your Xmas Party for 2017
- June 12, 2017
Ding ding ding! Time to enter the ring.
Round one: The beer of your choice, crisp and on tap.
Round two: A bucket of piping hot Szechaun chicken wings.
The final round: Our famous chicken parmy, served with a generous side of chips and coleslaw.
Don’t fight to find a meal or a seat this Sunday 2 July. As Aussie Jeff Horn takes on the legendary Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium, you’ll want a seat with everything you need: brews, banter, and big pub plates.
If you didn’t nab tickets to the stadium, catch the match for the World Welterweight Championship live at the Pineapple Hotel.
It’s one for the Brisbane history books, so spend it in the city’s favourite sporting bar!
Call (07) 3393 1111 to book a table at our Steakhouse Restaurant before the fight.
- May 23, 2017
Hey, when you’ve spent the last year celebrating Gallan’s retirement, it’s easy to lose track of time.
State of Origin has crept up again, and whether you’ve been watching JT’s shoulder with a nervous sweat or stocking up on all the maroon gear in the city, you might’ve forgotten to make plans for the big day.
Our boys in red and blue are about to clash once again, and you won’t miss a scrum second at the Piney!
Grab the boys (and stop them poaching your beer) for three nights of Queenslander cheers, cold brews all night long, and the best caliber footy in the world.
Game 1 | Wednesday 31 May | Suncorp Stadium
Game 2 | Wednesday 21 June | ANZ Stadium
Game 3 | Wednesday 12 July | Suncorp Stadium
We’ll get the ball rolling with $10 parmies all night long! Rock up in your jerseys, grab a brew, and spend the night supporting your side (and we’re not just talking about the wings). Bring the little ones along for a pre-game dinner – kids eat free all night at the Pineapple Hotel restaurant!
Dodge the crowds flocking to Suncorp and spend Game 1 and 3 with a live showing on our big screen!
Call (07) 3393 1111 to book a seating at the Pineapple Hotel restaurant before kickoff.
So the jingle bells are ringing in your ears and work days with eggnog breaks are bearing down on the calendar. With practically every office since the start of time taking part in Secret Santa (and, let’s face it, the occasional please-promote-me gift to the boss), it’s time to think about your gift for the office Christmas party.
No matter whose name you draw from the hat, we’ve prepped a couple cost-friendly ideas that don’t involve a pack of pens or the ever-predictable Santa hat.
Top 5 Gifts for Your Office Christmas Party
Christmas Gift Idea 1: The Bookkeeper
For the introverted, the creative, or the just plain sick of staring at numbers, give the gift of colour with a subscription to Sock It Up. There’s nothing like cheeky patterns and toes wrapped in cartoon bananas to brighten up those bookkeeping days!
Christmas Gift Idea 2: The Receptionist
For the sweet face of office greetings, bizarre phone calls, and creepy delivery men, send your office receptionist something without a tax invoice tacked to the front. Cupcakes from My Plate Clean Treats don’t just come in tasty flavours like Nutella, peanut butter, and lemon & coconut – they’re also a guilt-free indulgence to negate those cheeky Christmas calories.
Christmas Gift Idea 3: The Manager
Whether they’re always on the go or always yelling at their phone, what’s the bet that your manager could use a coffee boost in their busy schedule? Earn some brownie points with a bag of Elixir Single Origin coffee, a Brisbane favourite guaranteed to tick the ‘gift I need’ box.
Christmas Gift Idea 4: The Boss
No one feels the rat race on Christmas quite like the head honcho of an office business, that’s for sure. Give them a reprieve (or at least the knowledge that January will be kinder) with a 10 class pass to Urban Bliss yoga.
Christmas Gift Idea 5: The Colleague
With the traditional seafood platter about to press the Christmas-time bank account for most, why not make it easier with a gift voucher from The Fishery? Set up with freshly-caught seafood and related shopping items to save the trip, this is one Christmas bonus that Santa can’t steal away.
- April 04, 2017
Never mind doctors, astronauts, or Justin Bieber’s PR rep – let’s face it: the real miracle worker is the woman who washed your dirty laundry, bandaged your scraped knees, and saw you through your teenage years.
Mother’s Day lands on Sunday 14 May this year, and we’ve prepared a guaranteed way to secure your role as the favourite child. Dining at the Pineapple Hotel will earn Mum a well-earned complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival, chocolates, and entry into our hamper raffle!
Breakfast: 8am – 10:30am
Lunch: 11am – 4pm
Dinner: 5pm – 8pm
Lunch and dinner sittings will feature our a la carte restaurant menu, in addition to an entrée, main, and dessert special for the day. For early risers, Mum can start her day of leisure with our special Mother’s Day breakfast menu, featuring:
• Pancakes with berry compote and ice cream
• Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon or bacon
• Smashed avocado on toast with dukkah
• … and plenty more!
Bring the little ones for free face painting and our in-house playground!
To book seats for your special Mother’s Day meal, call (07) 3393 1111.
- March 24, 2017
As the Brisbane Lions gear up for their first game, it’s time to get those roars in order – and there’s no better place to find your voice than the Pineapple Hotel. Sitting just 5 minutes walk from the Gabba, the Piney is the perfect spot to prey on pre- and post-game beers, pub bites, and restaurant meals. Walk over to the Park Bar for parmies, wings and burgers with the boys, or book a family dinner at the restaurant for steaks, fresh seafood, and tasty meals for the kids. The Lions’ first home game takes place on Saturday 1 April, so head to the Pineapple Hotel early for a bite to eat and free face painting for the kids! Don’t let those roars die off for the away games, either! We broadcast every game live and loud on our big screen – and the kids will love our on-site playground and the footy field next door. Not an AFL buff? We also stream NRL and Rugby Union games live on the big screen!
Kids eat free every Friday – perfect for dinner before a Friday game! We also host free face painting every Saturday and Sunday!