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.

Entertainment:
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.

Costumes
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.

Entertainment:
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 Byron Bay.

Costumes:
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.

Entertainment
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?

Theming:
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.

Costumes:
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.

Entertainment
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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5 gift ideas for your office Christmas party


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5 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 5 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.

Mother’s Day


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Mother’s Day

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!

View the breakfast menu here.

To book seats for your special Mother’s Day meal, call (07) 3393 1111.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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21st birthday Party Ideas: 21 tips to help you celebrate


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21st Birthday Party Ideas: 21 tips to help you celebrate your 21st birthday

Your 21st birthday party is a special occasion. While you may want it to be classier than your 18th, this may be your last chance to party like a teenager before your next milestone birthday (the dreaded 30th) rolls around. To make your 21st birthday one to remember we have 21 tips to help you celebrate!

 

21 Balloons for your 21st birthday

 

1) Plan Your Birthday Party theme

You only turn 21 once, have fun with it! Set your 21st birthday party theme to something that’s all about you, whether you create the ultimate function club and all your friends dress up as something beginning with the first letter of your name or something/someone from the year you were born to celebrate you and your big day!

 

2) Start Early: Birthday eve

One of our favourite 21st birthday party ideas: Take a practice run and host a pre-party on the eve of your 21st birthday! You’ve got all day to recover before you do it all over again for your actual 21st birthday party!

 

3) Hottest 21

Dedicate your 21st birthday party to the things you love! Have a “Hottest 21” countdown of your favourite 21 songs. You’ll be guaranteed to spend the night on the dancefloor showing your friends just how well you can move.

 

4) 21 Drinks

Now, we’re not recommending that you do this in the space of a few hours. Start your 21st birthday off with a champagne breakfast, make your way to some lunchtime mimosas and see if you can get through 21 drinks before midnight (or before passing out, whichever comes first).

 

21st Birthday Beverage ideas

 

5) Invitation Ideas

Make your 21st birthday invitations kooky enough that nobody will want to miss it. You can write a riddle that your friends will have to solve to figure out the party details or just get crafty and make them on the back of cut outs of your face.

 

6) Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of 21 tasks to complete before the night is up for you and your friends at your 21st birthday party. The tasks can be simple enough that they can be performed at the bar, the losers have to buy the winner a drink!

 

7) Decorate Your Function Space

Once you’ve finished searching for the top function room reviews, design your function space your own by hanging 21st birthday decorations everywhere. Create a photo timeline or slideshow, cover the place in balloons and lanterns to make the party truly your own.

 

21st Birthday Party Decoration ideas

 

8) Digital birthday cards

In lieu of birthday cards, organise a responsible person (i.e mum or dad) to go around the party videoing your friends wishing you a happy 21st birthday. The messages are bound to get funnier through the night.

 

9) Memory jar

Have an empty box, blank paper and pens set up somewhere at your 21st birthday party and instruct all of your friends to write down a funny or nice memory they have with you, you can read out them out later in the night for some laughs and “awws”.

 

10) Disposable cameras

Place disposable cameras around the party so that people can snap away throughout the night and document your 21st birthday party! This is bound to have funny results that, unlike a bad iPhone selfie or snapchat story, can’t be deleted.

 

11) Supplies

Don’t go in unprepared, make sure you stock up on 21st birthday supplies so that you’re ready for whatever the night throws at you. Tissues for those heart-warming speeches, a sick bag for the next morning and a pizza ready in the fridge for when you stumble home at the end of the night with the munchies.

 

12) For girls

For a truly girly girl’s 21st birthday, pamper yourself! Get your hair, makeup and nails done. Splurge on that dress you love so that you can look and feel like the party princess you are for the big night!

 

21st Birthday Party ideas

 

13) For guys

Guys can pamper themselves too, but if that’s not your idea of fun, you can have more of a “blokey” guy’s 21st birthday by doing whatever you fancy, whether it’s catching an afternoon game or sinking some pre-party beers with your mates.

 

14) Gifts

You’re probably going to get some pretty special gifts for your 21st birthday but if you’re worried you won’t get that special something you have your eye on, start dropping subtle hints to your friends and family leading up to the big day so that your 21st birthday presents won’t end up getting returned.

 

15) Games

A fun way to make your 21st birthday unique is to play some games that will not only show how much your friends all know and care about you but will also give you a walk down memory lane. Think up some games that will test your friends’ knowledge of how well they really know you.

 

16) Karaoke

Hire a karaoke machine and get ready to belt out all your favourite songs! Not only is karaoke lots of fun but you can totally embarrass your friends when it comes to their 21st birthday with the sneaky footage you took when it was their turn behind the mic.

 

17) Party X

Attach a go pro to your person or place it somewhere in the venue at your 21st birthday party or even just tell everyone to take lots of videos. You may not want to watch the footage the next day though, or ever.

 

18) Birth-weekend Bender

You only turn 21 once, you may as well milk it for all it’s got! Three nights of partying means triple the fun, right?

 

19) Get fancy

Demonstrate your maturity and organise classy canapés and cocktails at the venue for your 21st birthday party so that you can look the part of being a legal adult (even if you don’t quite feel like it yet).

 

20) Don’t get fancy

Totally disregard tip #19 and embrace your youth before it disappears forever! Turn those canapés into mini cheeseburgers and swap those cocktails for beers! It’s your 21st birthday party, you can act however you want!

 

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21) Venue

A killer party calls for the perfect 21st birthday venue: somewhere that will cater to your needs for your special night, is in the perfect spot for all your guests to access and has beautiful big function rooms to fit in all your guests with plenty of room for dancing, like the Pineapple Hotel!

So now you’ve got some ideas on how to make sure your 21st birthday party goes off without a hitch and you and all your guests will all have a blast! Book a function room for the big night at the Pineapple Hotel now and talk to them about your ideas, they’ll be happy to do whatever they can to make your night special and all about you!

Enquire Now: Host your 21st Birthday Party at the Pineapple Hotel

 

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10 Ways to Announce You’re Engaged


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10 Ways to Announce You’re Engaged

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


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Say it with pets

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

Letterpress engagement ideas

Letterpress

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

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

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Draw it in the sand

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

Ways to Announce your engagement

Throw a cocktail party

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

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Write it in the sky 

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

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Scrabble Letters

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

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A Hot Cup of Love

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

Ways to Announce Engagement

Custom Balloons

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

Ways to announce your engagement

Tattoo

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

Engagement Montage

Photo Montage

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

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

Just click here to start your party planning now!

 

Top 10 Songs for Your Wedding & First Dance


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Top 10 Songs for Your Wedding & First Dance

Top 10 Songs For Your Wedding & First Dance

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

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

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

 

  1. “Marry me” – Train

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

  1. “You’re my best friend” – Queen

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

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

 

  1. Thinking out loud” – Ed Sheeran

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

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

 

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

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

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

 

The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett

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

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

 

All of Me – John Legend

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

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

 

1 + 1 – Beyonce

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

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

 

At Last – Etta James

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

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

 

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


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

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

 

Say it with trinkets

 

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

 

Hang up a little tinsel and a few rope lights

 

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

 

Display gifts to be exchanged

 

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

 

Use Christmas-themed desktop wallpaper

 

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

 

Play some soft Christmas music

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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21st Birthday Speech Writing Tips


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21st Birthday Speech Writing Tips

21st Birthday Speech Writing Tips

Birthdays: cake, presents, parties … speeches. Yep, Dad’s getting on and wants to reminisce, friends are celebrating their 21st birthday party and want jokes that’ll dull the pain, and your third cousin just wants some filler while the candles are being lit. If you’ve been “privileged” with the task of presenting for a shindig, we’ve lined up a few birthday speech writing tips to keep the event as quick and painless as possible for everyone involved.

 

Scan the room

Ask the party planner about the guests rocking up. If toddlers or grandparents with heart conditions are in the front row, you may want to steer clear of any risqué anecdotes. Your buddy’s wife probably doesn’t want to hear an extended speech about his dating record, either. Know your crowd.

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Let everyone get a few drinks in

Barring drunk uncle Larry, who’s bound to have tottered in half-cut anyway, most guests will probably take a little while to loosen up. Give them an hour or so to pound back a couple of beers before trying your hand at entertainment. Trust us: the jokes will seem infinitely funnier.

 

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Chuck in a joke

On that note, it’s a good idea to keep birthday speeches light and fluffy. Let’s face it, half the guests are probably annoyed at how long the cake’s taking, and the other half are probably trying to break up a family brawl across the room. A funny speech can set a great vibe and act as a welcome distraction.

 

Birthday speech writing tips

 

Sadly, you’re not immortal

Before you start teasing the birthday boy or girl relentlessly, be aware that you probably don’t have the power to stay 29 forever. Your time will come, and they will find you.

 

Tips for birthday speeches

 

Chug away

The best speeches end with a toast to the guest of honour. Whether that’s in an effort to tug at everyone’s heartstrings or simply dull the pain with a tonne of alcoholic beverages, it doesn’t really matter. Grab a boozy drink, raise your glass, and breathe easy. You’re done.

 

Tips for birthday speeches

 

Our best tip? Tell Dad you’re out of town for next year’s festivities.

3 Reasons the Pineapple Hotel should be your next corporate function venue


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3 Reasons the Pineapple Hotel should be your next corporate function venue

3 Reasons the Pineapple Hotel should be your next corporate function venue

We’ve all felt it, that inevitable clenching feeling in your jaw when you know you’re due for another corporate catch up. That awful time of year when you and all of your colleagues get rounded up and dumped in a cold and boring corporate function venue with nothing but a tray of sandwiches and some name tags to keep you occupied – the horror!

It doesn’t have to be this way, picking your next team building venue in Brisbane is super simple when you leave it our capable hands. Forget the stuffy old corporate snoozer, we’ve got three reasons why casual corporate functions are the best kind of functions.

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Corporate Function Tips: Team Building:

The big bosses sure do love to throw those two words around don’t they? But everyone knows that team building is better with a drink in your hand and smile on your face. That’s why picking the right corporate function venue in Brisbane can make or break your next bonding session. At the Pineapple Hotel you can choose from our three unique functions spaces, so whether its cocktails and nibbles in the Parkview Bar, a sit down spread in our Plantation Room or beers and banter on the Verandah, you are guaranteed to get your team bonding over the great views, good food and friendly atmosphere at the Pineapple Hotel.

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Corporate Function Tips: Team Motivation:

The closer we get to the silly season the harder it can be to get your team motivated – and face it, a tray of party pies and some balloons just isn’t going to cut it! Inspire your co-workers with a fun affair at Brisbane’s favourite corporate functions venue! Our extensive range of food and beverage packages are sure to please from moreish canapés to gourmet BBQ’s (no dodgy snags here, think juicy fillet steaks and tender herbed kebabs), it’s a sure fire way to make your next corporate function a hit.

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Corporate Function Tips: Increased Productivity:

A happy office is productive office and nothing makes us happier than a smashing party at a great functions venue. Reward your hard working team with a killer spread like our buffet menu, loaded with fresh seafood, whole roasted legs of ham, festive salads and finished off with a range of decadent desserts like salted caramel and sticky date puddings. Throw down a little extra and shout your team a 4-hour beverage package complete with their choice of beer, wine and spirits. Nothing says #1 boss quite like a fully loaded corporate function with bar tab to match.

So, ditch the stuffy digs and throw those nametags in the trash, because when it comes to picking your corporate function venue in Brisbane, you just can’t beat the Pineapple Hotel.

Ask us how we can help you secure your nomination for “world’s greatest boss” today.