- January 16, 2018
So you’ve got the ring (check), posted a pic of ring on the social (check), told your family (check), gloated to your friends (check), now all that’s left to do is start planning your wedding!
Every couple wants their wedding to be different so here are some original ideas that will make your wedding stand out.
Original Wedding Decorations: BYO Flowers
What is a wedding without flowers? While you’d love your wedding space to be in full bloom, flowers are often the most expensive element of the whole affair. That’s where the ingenious idea of BYO flowers comes in. Instead of receiving gifts from your guests, ask them to bring along a bouquet of their choice. This way your wedding can look like a blooming garden without you having to sacrifice thousands of dollars which you might want to put towards your dress or the bar.
Original Wedding Entertainment: A Video Confession Booth
The photo booth is so 2017. In 2018 we suggest you take things up a notch with a video confession booth. Set up a booth with a video camera where guests can climb in throughout the night at different stages of “merriment” and leave messages for you and your partner to laugh your heads off at the next day. You could ask a videographer to edit some of the best bits together to make a hilarious edition to your wedding video.
Original Wedding Game: Couples Trivia
Wedding speeches mean a lot to the happy couple. However lets be real, they can also be long, tedious and a little boring for the guests. To save your guests from getting restless get your MC to break up the speeches with some trivia questions about the bride and groom. Try to make sure the questions span across the variety of wedding guests, some for your high school friends, some for your work mates, some for your family etc so everyone feels included and enjoys themselves.
Original Catering Idea: Kebab Truck
Everyone knows that in Australia it is tradition at the end of a long night of drinking and dancing to grab a end of night kebab. Why break with this tradition just because it’s a wedding? Organise for a Kebab truck to arrive at the end of the night when you friends and family have worked up an appetite and are finally heading home. We guaranteed they will be overjoyed with this funny little surprise and it will also make for some great photos.
Original Bridal Party Idea: Flower Grans
If you don’t have a special kid in your life, don’t just borrow one for the sake off having a cute kid in your bridal party. Have a flower gran instead! What better way to include your Grandmother in your wedding then have her play the role of flower girl proceeding you down the isle with flowers. It will mean more to your grandmother plus it will really make your wedding entrance stand out from any your guests have seen before.
- January 16, 2018
In 2017 everyone was talking about ‘Tiny Houses’. In 2018 it’s all about ‘tiny weddings’. With House and general living costs at an all-time high, couples have more important things to spend their money on then giant over the top weddings, which is why tiny weddings are the trend of the moment. Just because your wedding is small, doesn’t mean it isn’t still a dream come true. Here is why you should consider having a ‘tiny wedding’ in 2018.
Cutting Down The Guest List
When it comes to organising a guest list for a tiny wedding you are going to have to carefully consider every guest. It’s not about who ‘isn’t’ invited but who really needs to be there. Try not to let anyone affect your guest list but your partner. Once your great great aunt beryl is invited it’s going to be hard to say no to anyone else.
Save for something special
Contrary to popular belief, not every little girl (or boy) dreams of a fairytale wedding. Some people simply want to find someone they love and spend the rest of their lives with them. Some people dream of owning a house or travelling the world. If you are one of these people, there is no reason you should spend your life savings on a wedding. There is nothing wrong with having your reception at a classic pub surrounded by those who matter to you most. Just because you don’t spend the big bucks doesn’t mean your day won’t be perfect. Plus you can use the money you saved for something that really means something to both of you.
Quality over quantity
When it comes to organising a wedding, Martha Stewart recommends you allocate 50% of the budget to the reception. It therefore stands to reason that the less guests you have, the more money you can spend on high-quality food, beverages, music and fun little details that make the experience special for everyone involved.
Spend More Time With Your Guests
You know when you go to a wedding and you only see the bride once because she is so busy chatting to each and every one of her guests? While some people might like playing host, many people actually want to have fun and relax on their wedding day, spend some time with their new husband or wife (shocker!), have a boogie or have a laugh with their good mates? At a smaller wedding the responsibility of the couple is lessened and they get to spend the night doing whatever they like. The pressure to perform is also lessened, your not on a stage but surrounded by your good friends and family who aren’t going to judge you if you get a little crazy on the dance floor.
Make it about the love
It sounds like stating the obvious, but weddings should be about celebrating love. Sometimes that message gets a little lost in the process of throwing a giant 200 person event. Strip things back to basics with a small wedding that actually allows you to spend time with your love after all you did just marry them.
Football fever? Yeah, we know a thing or two about it – but it usually involves a pack of Lions or wars that set state against state.
After a dry few months without footy, we leapt at the chance for more – even after we found out it was American. That’s right, folks: with February just around the corner, Super Bowl Sunday’s well on its way!
Forget those grudges and get into the spirit: great football, frosty beers, and early morning specials await at the Pineapple Hotel.
Super Bowl LII
New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles
On the big screen Monday 5 February
Hotel open from 9am | $10 lunch specials from 11am
(Call to book on 3393 1111)
Still need convincing? Here’s our top 4 reasons to say ‘G’day’ to the USA way.
That sweet, sweet time difference:
It might be called Super Bowl Sunday in the USA, but Down Under (where we abide by the rules of EST), things kick off bright and early on the Monday morning. That means one thing, and one thing only: judgment-free breakfast beers!
Forget settling for any old Brisbane pub – with ice-cold Heineken schooners and a super special 9am opening, we’ve got everything you need to turn your regular Monday morning into a super one.
They’re big, they’re expensive and they pull almost as many viewers as the game itself, we’re talking about the legendary Super Bowl commercials! From the epic to the just plain cringe worthy, these 30 second ads are in a league of their own. Forget running to the bathroom during the commercials – you won’t wanna miss a second of these.
The yanks may know a thing-or-two about buffalo wings, but we know better. The true blue buddy to beers and live sport is a slap-up, top notch parmy from the Park Bar, and you know it! Nab one at half-time and fuel up for the most exciting part of the game: Justin Timberlake.
The half-time show:
After going Gaga last year, how ‘bout those killer live performances? From Beyoncé to Coldplay and those guys in the shark suits, the Super Bowl half-time show has provided more viral news and entertainment than any other sporting event. Paul Gallan aside, of course.
Don’t get stuck wondering where to go for Super Bowl LII – gather up the whole office and prepare to bond over beers, big ads and the best that Brisbane has to offer – any excuse’ll do.
Book today! (07) 3393 1111
- December 20, 2017
- What's On
Our proud national day of BBQs, beers and best mates is fast approaching, and as a Queensland icon, it’s our duty to throw an Australia Day Brisbane can be proud of.
This January 26th, make the most of your day off and round up your family and your mates as we raise a few cold pints of James Squire to the lucky country, kick back and enjoy the entertainment, and test our throwing arms for a shot at $500 cash!
Thats right, the Pineapple Hotel’s iconic Pineapple Throwing Competition is back for another year, giving one lucky man and one lucky woman the chance to win big this Australia Day!
In between throws enjoy traditional pub food in the relaxed Park Bar or sit down for our special Lamb and Rosemary pie in the Steak House restaurant, with fresh lamingtons for $25. Both are serving all day if you’re pining for a sneaky afternoon Parmy and a cold one or two.
No one does Australia Day like the Piney, so come and join the festivities and raise a glass to our great nation at one of the country’s most iconic pubs.
- December 08, 2017
Christmas holidays are upon us, and we’re jingling all the way through the silly season to give you the gift of good vibes, brews and food!
See what days we’re sleighing below:
Christmas Eve: Open
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Open*
New Years Eve: Open
New years Day: Open*
Make sure you come down and say hi! You’re the best gift we could ask for this Christmas.
*Please note: Steak House restaurant closed. Bar and bottle shop trading on Sunday hours.
Park Bar open. No specials, no $10 menu, no surcharge.
- November 29, 2017
- November 17, 2017
- What's On
Cricket fans rejoice – the Ashes series is just around the corner! The iconic Aussie clash is set to bowl you over from November 23 to 27.
Prepare for a day of sun, beer, good times, oh – and cricket! Take your love of backyard cricket to the big leagues and get amongst the action in the stands.
November 23 will see the start of the 1st Test for Australia v England at the Gabba, from 10am.
Being down the road from the Gabba, both the Piney and Helsby’s Ale House make for the perfect pre and post match go-to.
We’re already booked out on the first day of the match – so make sure you secure your spot for the following days now!
Call (07) 3393 1111 to reserve your table now.
Please note: Various Pineapple Hotel specials will not be available during the Ashes Series.
Updated 17th November 2017.
11 Engagement Party Ideas Everyone Will Love
So you’ve got the ring on your finger and updated your Facebook relationship status accordingly, the only thing left to do to set your engagement off is to throw a great party at an even greater engagement party venue. But if you don’t want to settle for just any old celebration, our team have come up with 11 great engagement party ideas that’ll have you smiling all the way down the aisle.
Theming & Styling
Give your party a dark and mysterious feeling with some mood lighting, candlelit tables and stylish mirrors. For some added style points book a venue with your very own romantic balcony overlooking the city – talk about romantic.
When it comes to masquerade balls, style is everything. Grab a great disguise and get ready to hit the dance floor – but warning, even a mask won’t cover up Aunty Rita’s signature dance moves.
Food menu ideas
You can’t have a fancy dress ball engagement party calls for some seriously fancy food to match! How about freshly shucked oysters, seared scallops on the half shell and miniature beef mignon – ooh la, la!
Beverage menu ideas
Speaking of fancy, no engagement celebration is complete without a little bubbly. Get in the celebratory mood and toast to the beginning of your new adventure with an endless supply of premium Australian sparkling wine.
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 Uncle Kevin to whip out an impromptu guitar solo.
Engagement Party Idea 2: The winter wonderland party
Who cares if it’s 35 degrees outside, nothing makes a statement 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 a romantic 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, we’re looking at you Michael.
You might be the one wearing white on the big day, but an all white engagement party has got some serious style appeal, just avoid the red wine.
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.
Keeping with the all-white theme, why not gab a great selection of local and international white wines and sparkling – your dry cleaner will thank you later.
Just dying to show off all those romantic happy snaps? Pop together a photo gallery set to music and entertain your guests with your cutest moments – and hey, a few embarrassing ones too just for fun.
Engagement Party Idea 3: The Greatest Show on Earth!
Escape the wedding planning circus and become the ringleader of your very own circus themed party instead! Stun your guests and arrive by helicopter to a glamorous location. Roll up, roll up – but don’t roll 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 with lots of glitter to match!
Give your party a whacky edge with circus inspired dress ups and costumes, like acrobats, jugglers and lion tamers. But be warned – clowns may be funny but drunk clowns are just kind of scary.
Food Menu Ideas
No trip to the circus is complete without your favourite finger food. Give your engagement party a fun edge by hiring 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 – remember you want to channel Cirque Du Soleil not Circus Oz.
While your partner might be really impressed with your epic juggling skills, take the pressure off yourself and hire some real circus professionals.
Engagement Party Idea 4: A very beachy engagement party
Winter wonderland not your thing? Give your engagement party a tropical feel 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 engagement party into your very own piece of Byron Bay.
How do we put this delicately? Hawaiian shirts are A-Okay. Your favourite budgie smugglers are not. We’re looking at you Uncle Les.
Food Menu Ideas
No engagement beach party is complete without a genuine Aussie BBQ! But skip the snags and 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 family and friends to a hula competition or some cutthroat limbo? You’d be surprised how limber your Nanna is even after her hip replacement.
Engagement Party Idea 5: The “way we were” party
Go back in time to 2010 when you first met and recreate the good old days with a unique party dedicated to that golden period where everything was still so new.
Theming & Styling
Make your function space truly strand out from the rest with a nod to your first date. Did you go to the movies? Design your invitations to look like movie tickets and create your very silver screen magic with a custom movie poster, “coming to an altar near you”. Just make sure to keep it PG until the oldies leave.
It was a time of bandage dresses, asymmetrical hemlines and the pinnacle of Lady Gaga’s wacky outfits – hello, meat dress – it’s time to dig deep into your wardrobe and unearth those cringe worthy clothes you wish you had left into past, because you know deep down you’re just dying to see your Uncle Darryl with a hair bow.
Food menu ideas
Can you remember what you ate on your first date? Find clever ways to incorporate your favourite food into the celebration with a menu that’s all about you. If there’s one way to get to someone’s heart, it’s through their stomach.
Beverage menu ideas
Need a bit of Dutch courage before your walk down the aisle? Why not really make your mark with a custom cocktail? Or add a little extra sparkle – you know other than the ring – with free flowing champagne all night long.
Still have your first ever playlist you made for each other? It’s time to dust of those iPod and get ready to rock with non stop hits from the year you met. From Katy Perry to Jay Z, take a turn down memory lane with a couple of guaranteed floor fillers – just be sure to get a video of your Aunty Linda busting a move to Eminem, you never know when you’re going to need it.
So don’t just settle for any old cocktail and canapé affair, make your Brisbane engagement party really stand out from the crowd with a custom celebration that’s all about you.
Engagement Party Idea 6: Go Glamping
Theming & Styling
Whether you take it inside or out, it’s all about unfinished wood, soft draped curtains and plenty of fur at this party. If you’ve got the space, open tipis piled with comfy cushions will create the perfect space to sit and sip warm mulled wine, while table settings featuring rustic wooden logs, plenty of greenery and mason jars will continue the look.
No need to be too practical for this camping trip – high heeled leather boots and cute patterned ponchos are definitely allowed! Think Country Road with just a dash of Burning Man, and tassels, tassels everywhere.
Food, Beverages & Catering
Forget canned food and mystery stew – the g in glamping doesn’t just stand for glamorous, it stands for gourmet. Turn the wood-fired BBQ menu up a notch with mini sliders, skewers, and slow cooked meats, all paired with fruity punch. After the main affair, your guests can hit the (rustically decorated, of course) dessert table, or roast marshmallows over a carefully tended fire.
Has all that partying got you and your guests looking like you’ve gone bush? Ensure everyone stays looking their glamorous best with a mani and pedi station, or bring in a stylist for mini makeovers!
Engagement Party Idea 7: Summer Party
Theming & Styling
Think bright, colourful and tropical for this summer shindig! Whether it’s the right season for your engagement party date or not, a summer party is the perfect way to spread a little sunshine, with loads of bright tropical flowers adorning your tables, colourful paper straws and cocktail jugs full of sangria and lemonade, and plenty of confetti to throw on the dance floor.
No, we’re not going to suggest those hideous Hawaiian shirts Uncle Bevan wears – this summer party has a little more style. Tell the boys to hunt down some vintage Mambo to wear with tailored lined shorts and deck shoes, while the girls can float in wearing tropical sundresses and wide straw hats.
Food, Beverages & Catering
What else would be on the menu but seafood? Pile a table with ice, and stack on the fresh prawns, oysters and fresh salads. For dessert, you could go simple with bright macarons and summer fruits – or get a little extravagant and put on an ice cream sundae bar!
Summer weather is perfect for getting outdoors and playing games on the lawn – even if it’s winter, you’re inside and it’s astroturf. Arrange to have the likes of giant Jenga, Connect 4 and coits awaiting on a grassy area, and watch as your guests suddenly get wildly competitive!
Engagement Party Idea 8: Pink Party
Theming & Styling
The key for this theme is to not go overboard. Yes, you can get pink tablecloths, plates, straws, cups, bunting and more – but sometimes, less is more. Start with plenty of white and add in generous pink touches, with a splash of sparkling gold here and there to ensure your party is more glam, less Barbie dream house circa 1990.
What else – everyone has to wear pink! Whether it’s a splash of pink or all pink, there’s no doubt you’re going to have some great photos – although we’re not sure that will be a good thing when you’re looking back on the flounced taffeta number your future mother-in-law wore.
Food, Beverage & Catering
Just us promise us one thing – don’t overdo it with the pink food colouring. For savoury, beetroot stained sushi donuts with pickled ginger are stunning to see and oh so trendy, while charcuterie, beetroot hummus and beetroot goats cheese tarts are both delicious and simple to make. For dessert and drinks, it’s all about the pink cupcakes, French martinis and plenty of rosé!
You could go with a dancefloor playlist dedicated to Pink and Pink Floyd – or you could do a throwback to the days when Debbie’s pink taffeta outfit was cool, the 90s, and get a DJ to rock those hits until the early hours!
Engagement Party Idea 9: ‘I DO’ BBQ
Theme & Styling
The ‘I Do BBQ’ is a popular engagement party option for the more relaxed, down to earth couple who like to keep things simple. Fire up the 6 burner and crack a couple of cold ones with your closest mates to celebrate your big news in classic Aussie style.
For an ‘I do’ BBQ you want to keep things pretty casual but you also don’t want anyone wandering around in stubbies and a singlet at your engagement party. Find a nice balance by encouraging guys to wear tailored shorts and deck shoes. The ladies can rock nice comfy summer dresses and sandals.
Food Beverages & Catering
For your BBQ engagement Party, you will want to opt for the classic options, sausages, steaks, burgers, prawns and salads. As with most BBQ’s you can ask your guests to bring a plate to keep the budget down. To make sure all bases are covered, keep a list of who’s bringing what. For drinks, a couple of slabs of beer and some nice white wine should do the trick. You might want to also invest in champagne for a toast.
No Aussie BBQ is complete without a game of Backyard cricket. An ‘I do BBQ’ is no different. If you don’t have space for a game of cricket you can always crack out the bocci.
Engagement Party Idea 10: A Roaring 20’s Speak Easy
Theme & Styling
If you’ve been dreaming of a Gatsby style speakeasy since you first read the book in high school, an engagement party is a perfect opportunity to make it happen. When it comes to styling just think of yourself as Nick Caraway wondering through one of Gatsby’s Parties for the first time. This will include champagne towers, swanky jazz tunes, and plenty of glitter and gold.
Speakeasy fashion for women is all about fringed flapper dresses, feathers, stockings and boas. Gentlemens costumes should be dapper. Think vintage style waistcoats, high waisted pants, and a flat cap, fedora or a poke pie hat.
Food, Beverages, Catering
The best way to feed your guests at a 1920’s style speakeasy engagement party is by rotating a variety of hors-d’oeuvre throughout the evening. In The Great Gatsby, some of the hors-d’oeurves mentioned include baked ham which can be made elegant by adding maraschino cherries. Alcohol may have been outlawed in 1920s America, but that wasn’t stopping anyone from drinking it. A proper speakeasy beverage list should include champagne as well as a variety ‘prohibition cocktails’ such as ‘Gin Rickey’ and ‘mint julep’.
If you’re going to host a speakeasy engagement party there is no point in doing it by halves. Add some 1920’s magic to your evening with a performance from a live Jazz band.
Engagement Party Idea 11: A Mexican Fiesta
Theme & Styling
In celebration of your love, invite your amigos to party like there is no manana with a Mexican style fiesta. The décor for an engagement fiesta should include colour, colour and more colour. Think bright reds, yellows, greens and blues. DIY colourful tissue paper flowers are easy and affordable to make and they can really bring the theme to life. Another fun idea is to use cacti instead of flowers for centrepieces.
For a Mexican fiesta, everyone should wear as much colour as possible. The women can wear flowers in their hair, the more exotic the better. The men might like to don a poncho or simply a colourful shirt. There is always the option to be silly with the theme by dressing as something iconic to Mexican culture such as a taco but be careful to avoid offensive stereotypes as this will only make people feel uncomfortable and ruin the mood.
Food, Beverage, Catering
You can’t have a fiesta without a Mexican feast. An easy option for catering is to create a taco and burrito station where guests are given the opportunity to choose their favourite fillings. Another option might be to hire a Mexican food truck to save you the stress and hassle of cooking yourself. For drinks, you might want to consider hiring a margarita machine. if you are on a budget, a couple of cartons of coronas should do the trick.
A great way to entertain your engagement party guests is with a piñata. Get creative by filling the piñata with fun party favours that adults will get a kick out of such as mini tequila bottles. You could also surprise your guests by hiring a mariachi band to perform. This will give your Mexican fiesta the ultimate authentic atmosphere.
- September 27, 2017
Two Grand Finals falling onto a long weekend? Yeah, we’re going to celebrate that. The Pineapple Hotel will be tackling one heck of an epic long weekend party, packed full of food, brews and Grand Final views.
The Piney will be kicking things off on September 30 for the AFL Grand Final. Starting nice and early at 11am, we’ll be serving a special AFL menu throughout the day, followed by drink specials and live entertainment!
The NFL Grand Final on October 1 will draw in a family friendly day, featuring a great kids menu before kick off at 6.30pm. Other offerings will include menu and drink specials spreading out over all areas of the Pineapple Hotel!
The third and final reason to celebrate this long weekend is Industry Day on October 2. The day rightfully celebrates hospitality and entertainment workers, encouraging all you legends to kick back and relax with some bevvies and good food – and that’s exactly what we’ll offer.
- September 07, 2017
- What's On
The final countdown is just around the corner! Get caught up in all the epic NRL Grand Final action at the Pineapple Hotel, kicking off at 6pm.
Live and loud across all our big screens, you’ll be able to get into the spirit of the game with the best seats in the house. Viewable from our Park Bar, 5th Bar, Beer Garden and Restaurant, a bite and a brew or two will be readily available to keep you satisfied throughout the night.
With a $10 lunch menu, $25 300g Rib Fillet and plenty of drinks specials this is an event not to be missed!
Book your spot now! (07) 3393 1111