To Theme or Not to Theme?

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To Theme or Not to Theme?

There are lots of factors to consider when planning an event, but once you have settled on the who, what, where, and when, then it’s time to focus on the fun stuff! Depending on the type of event, you may be considering the idea of a theme. Themes can be a great way to make your event stand out, and be memorable for your guests, but there are some things to consider before jumping in with both feet.


While it may seem like a fun idea at the time, themes that are too trendy could wind up being something you regret when they quickly fall out of fashion. Ask yourself if you will still smile at the photos and memories in five years, or if you will just be wondering, “What was I thinking?!”. Trendy themes can also be so overdone, and that’s not what you want if you’re looking for your event to stand out. Choosing a more general theme such as a beach party, garden party, or even a winter wonderland, will stand the test of time and can be easily adapted to suit your own unique style.


An elaborate theme may be at the top of your wish list, but it’s important to consider the expense that may go along with it. Invitations, food, party favours, and specific decor can be more costly depending on your theme. On the other hand, sticking with a simpler theme that incorporates colour, like a black and white theme, or going with an ethnic theme such as French or Italian, allows for a more reasonable budget while still ensuring that your event stands out and is tailored to your tastes. 


It’s important to take into account how your guests may be involved in your theme. If it requires their participation, such as costumes, then you have to consider that this may not be suitable for a large gathering, where it could be harder to enforce a specific dress code. However, if you are planning a smaller, more intimate event with close family and friends, then it will be much easier to get everyone on board with dressing up. A Great Gatsby theme for an engagement party, or a Pink and Blue theme for a gender reveal will have your guests busting out their best looks for your special event. If you are interested in a costumed event for a large gathering, then try to stick with a theme that can be relatively easy for your guests to go along with, such as the wild west, or the 1980’s. 

Ultimately, every event will wind up having an underlying theme of some sort, even if it is as simple as the colour scheme. How big and how elaborate you go is entirely up to you. Themes can be a great way to express your own personality and put your unique stamp on the event, as well as engage your guests and make memories that last, but they don’t always have to be over the top to accomplish that. At the Pineapple Hotel, our skilled event staff understands that every celebration is as unique as the people throwing it, and we are happy to work with our clients to create an event that is tailored to suit your goals! 

Top Tips for Menu Planning

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Top Tips for Menu Planning

Planning a special event can be a daunting task, with so many factors to consider along the way. Regardless of whether it’s a large function or a small gathering, staying organised and setting priorities can help you through the process. One of the most important details to focus on is your menu planning, since the food can often make or break your day. Check out some of our top tips for planning the perfect menu for a memorable event!


Obviously the biggest consideration is budget. Until you have settled on what you’re able to spend, you won’t be able to make any real decisions regarding menu. Most venues or caterers have a “per person” price in their menu packages. Figuring out the number of guests and what you can afford to spend “per person” is where your menu planning should begin.


Once you have settled on your budget and headcount, decide if you will be following a theme of any sort. Themes can include types of cuisine, such as Italian or Asian, or a style such as buffet, BBQ, or fine dining. Knowing the type of crowd you’re having can help guide these decisions, as your goal is to accommodate the majority of your guest’s tastes as best you can. 


Once you’ve settled on your budget and your theme, now you can consider the space that best suits those choices. A corporate event may require a table set up suitable for note taking and event materials, while a wedding may require space for a both cocktail hour and a sit down dinner. The Pineapple Hotel offers numerous venue options, suitable for any occasion. 


Both the type of event, and the schedule of the day will have an impact on the menu planning. Is it a corporate event or a social event? Full day, half day, or evening?   Is there time to incorporate a cocktail hour? Will you be serving alcohol? Table service can take longer than a buffet style. Some foods won’t keep sitting out, while others will hold up well for a longer time. It’s also important to ensure your guests are not left waiting to eat or drink, there’s nothing worse than a hangry crowd!


It can definitely be difficult to keep everyone happy, especially when it comes to food. Picking a menu that offers your guests a choice between popular items, such as surf and turf, will go a long way towards satisfying the majority of your guests. Another important detail to take care of is accommodating special dietary needs. Typically an RSVP will include this detail to help you and your caterer prepare for any possible food allergies, along with vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free guests. 

Menu planning doesn’t have to be an overwhelming chore. Setting priorities and staying organised will help keep you on track, and any caterer worth their salt will be ready and willing to help you prepare the perfect menu for your special occasion. The event staff at The Pineapple Hotel are seasoned professionals, with incredible menu options to satisfy any taste, style, or event. We even offer numerous menu options to meet any special dietary needs your guests may have. With a great atmosphere, delicious food, and a variety of event spaces, The Pineapple Hotel is the perfect venue for your next function!  

Oh Baby! Gender Reveal Parties

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Oh Baby! Gender Reveal Parties

Perhaps one of the newest trends in celebratory events today is the Gender Reveal party. Nowadays, it’s common for couples to find out the gender of their little bundle of joy long before their actual arrival. The fun is in the reveal, and families have come up with some pretty creative and unique ways to share the news. Here are some of our favourites!


While “traditional” may be a bit of a misnomer for something that is still relatively new, there is a tried and true method that many people prefer when it comes to a gender reveal. Of course, we are referring to the cake cutting. A trusted friend or family member is given the envelope from the doctor that contains the gender of the baby, and they create either a blue or pink cake that is then hidden away beneath the icing and decor. The expectant parents slice into the cake to reveal the colour, and the gender! This same method can be used with various foods or desserts…we have even seen a gender reveal lasagna! 


Balloons can be used in a few ways for gender reveals. A box filled with helium balloons of pink or blue can be opened up & released. Neutral coloured balloons can be filled with pink or blue confetti & guests can pop them all together. We have even seen balloons pinned onto a white board, as the “pregnant belly”, while guests throw darts to pop them. All but one of the balloons are filled with white paint, and one balloon is filled with blue or pink paint. Guests or the parents-to-be continue to throw darts until the gender is revealed. 


A great idea for gender reveals, especially if you have little ones in attendance! Hang a pinata stuffed with pink or blue items, such as candy, and confetti. If the new arrival has expectant siblings, allow them to take all the whacks and have the honour of revealing their newest sibling’s gender. A gender reveal pinata can also be the centrepiece to a fun Mexican Fiesta theme.  

Of course, gender reveal parties can include all kinds of creative additions besides the actual reveal. This can include guests voting Boy or Girl, with those guessing correctly winning a small prize. You can have a board set up and ask guests for name suggestions, one for each gender. As part of the reveal, the expectant parents can then read out the applicable list. You can serve pink and blue food and beverages, a photo booth with pink bows and blue mustaches, and hand out pink or blue favours at the end of the party. The possibilities, and the fun, are endless! 

Get in contact with our functions team to see how we can help you plan a memorable gender reveal party.

Hot New Trends for Engagement Parties

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Hot New Trends for Engagement Parties

While engagement parties may seem like a thing of the past, hot new trends in party ideas have them making a comeback for today’s newly betrothed. No longer needing to be an overly formal event, engagement parties can be fun, themed occasions, as large or as small as you prefer. Check out some of these great party planning ideas to celebrate your engagement!

Candy Bar

Candy bars have become a popular party must! You can set up a creative display, and find candy that matches your colour scheme, or go all out and make it as colourful as you want. A candy bar can also double as party favours, and there are so many options for cute containers or bags that your guests can fill up to take home. Make sure you include clear labels to address allergies, and add in a “Love Is Sweet” sign if you want to be cute! 

Photo Booth

Another popular party must, photo booths can bring lots of silly fun to any event! You can add in props that go along with the overall theme, or are specific to the couple and the occasion. You can even create a photo frame with the couple’s names on it. Print out enough copies of each picture strip to add one into your own album for a special keepsake!


Balloons have come a long way from your standard coloured latex, and can be a great way to add a festive look to your event. Add in some gold or silver word balloons at your cake or dessert table for an elegant touch. Confetti balloons or light up balloons can add some fun and whimsy. Another popular new trend is to have helium balloons done in your colour scheme & use clothes pegs to attach pictures of the happy couple to the ribbons. 

Social Media

If you really want to make your event stand out, consider creating your own SnapChat filter for your guests to use as they post about your special day. Another way to commemorate your event on social media is to create a hashtag that can be used throughout your engagement, shower, and wedding festivities that will make it easy for you and your fiancé to find posts from your family and friends. Once you have created a fun and unique hashtag, add table cards and signage around your event to share the hashtag and ensure your guests are using it. You can also include it in all of your invitations along the way.  

Engagement parties are a great way to celebrate your exciting news, as well as giving your families and friends a chance to get better acquainted as you kick off all of the upcoming wedding festivities. Our functions team can help you create a fun and unique party that your guests won’t soon forget! With plenty of space to cater to parties of all sizes and a function menu that can cater for everything from a cocktail setting to three course meals. Get in contact with us today to tour our venue.

Five Original Wedding Ideas in 2018

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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 venue 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.

11 Engagement Party Ideas Everyone Will Love

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Updated 17th November 2017.

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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.


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Engagement Party Idea 1: Make it a masquerade

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 brisbane function venue with your very own romantic balcony overlooking the city – talk about romantic.


Dress Ups/Attire

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.



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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.


Dress Ups

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.


Beverage Ideas

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.



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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.



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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). With just a bit of styling you could pretend to be relaxing in Port Macquarie, while partying in Brisbane!


Theme Styling

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.


Dress Ups/Attire

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.

Dress Ups

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.

Dress Ups

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.

Dress Ups

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.

Dress Ups

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.

Dress Ups

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.

Dress Up

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.

Top Christmas Party Ideas 2017: Corporate Edition

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Top Christmas Party Ideas 2017: Corporate Edition

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Ideas 2017

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.

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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?

Dress Ups:
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.

Beverage Ideas:
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?

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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.

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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).

Theme Styling:
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 Port Macquarie.

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?

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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.



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6 gift ideas for your office Christmas party

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6 gift ideas for your office Christmas party

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 6 Gifts for Your Office Christmas Party

Work Christmas Gift Ideas

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.Office Xmas Gift Guide

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.

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Christmas Gift Idea 6: Fruit Hamper

Spoil your loved ones with the gift of good taste. A classic fruit hamper, or even a tray of seasonal mangoes is a a brilliant christmas gift idea for 2017.




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5 Brilliant Corporate Party Ideas and Themes

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It’s that time of year again, when your team is feeling a bit out of touch and HR is threatening to show IT where they can stick that USB for good. But don’t despair, because we all know that there’s nothing like a creative corporate event to get the ideas flowing and the communication growing again. So, sit back, relax and tell Irene from accounts to put down the stapler because we’ve got six corporate party ideas for 2017 that you are going to love!


Corporate Party Idea 1: The Black & White Ball

Settling on corporate party themes isn’t always black and white, but at least you can take some of the stress out of the planning with a sleek black and white ball. By keeping your colour palette predominantly monochromatic then you are leaving plenty of room elsewhere to add pops of colour to your corporate event. Ideas include incorporating branded accents like logoed napkins, cups or nametags to stand out against the neutral background. For added effect try incorporating the theme into your live entertainment with a black-tie band.


Corporate Party Idea 2: Old Hollywood Dinner 

If it’s something with a bit of sparkle that you’re looking for then the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood provides the perfect building block for your corporate party theme. For a serious dose of style elevation make it an elegant two or three course sit down gala dinner complete with speeches and a live band. Encourage guests to dress up in their black tie finest and complete the effect with other creative corporate event ideas like VIP entrance, photo booth and cocktail lounge.


Corporate Party Idea 3: The Long Luncheon

Nailing down great corporate party ideas for 2017 doesn’t have to be lavish, it can be a simple as hosting a really great long lunch! Take the fuss out of your corporate catch up and get down to the business of pleasure with a hearty Friday long lunch. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues without all the pressure of a more formal networking event – and hey, who are we kidding, a great opportunity to knock off work a little bit earlier for a couple of cheeky beers.



Corporate Party Idea 4: The Wine Tasting

Looking for corporate party ideas with a little more taste? Host your very own private wine tasting! Take the opportunity to savor your next event and arrange for a long and lazy lunch or dinner complete with matching wines from a producer of your choice. Perfect for wine connoisseurs and wine lovers alike, this is one corporate party theme that is guaranteed to go down a treat!


Corporate Party Idea 5: The Auction

The perfect opportunity to flex your philanthropic muscles, a charity auction is not only a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause but it’s a corporate dinner idea that’s sure to go down a treat with your guests. Whether it’s tickets for a local sporting event, memorabilia, or some great artwork, it’s a great opportunity to give back to a good cause and get to know your team in a fun new atmosphere as well.


Idea 6: Game Day!

Got an office full of footy nuts? Or has the cricket sent your staff members loco? Not all corporate event ideas have to include wearing a suit and tie, why not gather up your team for a casual affair and catch some live sport on our big screen? It’s a more casual approach to the corporate party that’s guaranteed to get the whole office buzzing.

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