Download your Free PDF Top Ten Tips for a Perfect Celebration Weekend
Whatever your celebration may be, here are our top ten tips and suggestions to ensure your celebration weekend is one to remember.
- The Guestlist
Remember not everyone will be able to make the date set, so make sure you send invites out in plenty of time, the more time you can give people the more likely it is they can come. Why not use an app to help streamline your celebration planning. We recommend Event Assist
Make sure when you send your guest list out that you ask people if they have any allergies or dislikes or if you have any vegetarians or vegans in the group so you can plan meals for the weekend, whether you are having a caterer, doing it yourself or eating out.
- Grocery Deliveries
Even if you decide to have a caterer for some meals, you will still need food for breakfast, maybe lunch, mid-afternoon snacks, plus a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It’s much less stressful to order a delivery from a supermarket to arrive just after you do. A weekend shop for 15 plus people requires a lot of boot space. Once you have booked your property you will be sent an app that has all the information you need to know about your weekend house, including which supermarkets deliver to which house.
In general, most people like wine, so when deciding on what drinks to order, keep it simple with a choice of red and white wine, champagne, beer and maybe Gin and Tonic. We like the Wine Cellar Club which has an excellent selection of wines with suggestions for wine and food paring, menus ideas and you can order mixed cases. If you have any whiskey lovers in the group and you are visiting one of our many houses in Scotland then maybe a whiskey tour would be a great idea to build into your weekend itinerary?
- Things to do Inside
This is the UK and our weather is not predictable. It’s a good idea to make sure you take things with you for a rainy day, books, magazines, DVD’s for the children. Try downloading some free apps for the children, including
Lego Juniors Create and Cruise
- Things to Do Outside
Many of our properties have hot tubs, so remember to pack your swimming costumes. Why not enjoy a walk in the countryside, so you need to add Wellies to the list. The National Trust has a comprehensive list of walks for all ages and abilities. Why not stop off at a country pub for lunch? Check out Alistair Sawdays Great Walking Pub Guide
- Sharing the workload
There is a lot to think about when organising a celebration weekend away. The Event Assist app will allow you to allocate task, such as party games or name place settings, ticket booking etc, so each member of your group can contribute to the special occasion.
- Ideas for making your special weekend unique.
How about arranging for a wine tasting or a cocktail making lesson before enjoying your evening celebration meal?
How about a themed banquet linked to a special year of your life. Our recommend chef Mark Heirs has produced many menus covering special years or decades.
Amazing idea for a wedding anniversary or birthday. Mark even makes an old fashioned Black Forest Gateaux look amazing!
- Financial Planning
If you are splitting the cost of your weekend with friends and family the easiest way to get everyones’ contributions quickly and easily is to use Paypal, your group members can transfer money into your personal Paypal account and no extra charge.
- Making your memories last
Everyone has a camera on their phone these days, but if you do have an amateur photographer in the group why not get them to bring their camera?
You can then all download your images to Dropbox and create a wonderful coffee table books. Blurb is easy to use, you can publish hardback or paperback books in a variety of sizes and can print 1 copy or a copy for every guest if you prefer. Or for an online publication try Issuu to create an online magazine of your weekend that can be easily shared via email or on Facebook post.