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If you are planning a party at your own private location, please make sure you are aware of all the different things you are responsible for, being the host. Visit sites such as http://www.alwaystakingcare.ca/responsible-hosting.html which is hosted by the LCBO and provides tons of information on how to host a party responsibly. There is a lot to consider when hosting a party such as special occasion permits, parking arrangements, to even choosing a designated driver for all your guests. This site also includes decorating ideas specific to your location, as well as, food and beverage options.
Another good site is https://www.palcanada.com/en/ which gives you a clear listing of all the different liabilities that you should be aware of before hosting your own party. If you feel you want a caterer to do a lot of the planning for you, then check out different catering websites. They will tell you what they are and are not responsible for and how they can help you with other items, than just the food, such as licensing and providing staff to serve at your event. A good caterer with a great reputation can really alleviate a lot of the stress of planning a home party with their knowledge and years of expertise in this industry.
The party scene is definitely changing. Home events such as backyard BBQ’s and cocktail parties are even being planned for weddings instead of traditional full receptions. There is always a good reason to host an event at your home from a birthday party to a neighbourhood get-to-know-you party. The many benefits of home entertaining include the comfort of known surroundings, a more personal style of decorating and your complete control over the party timeline. A responsibly planned event means a relaxed event, which in turn, means an enjoyable event for both you as the host and your guests. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Happy times with family and friends J
Of all the great things Canadians are known to be proud of, our music is right at the top of the list! Summer is here and you’ll soon find yourself soaking up the sun on a deck, patio, dock or beach. So here, in no particular order, are our Top Ten Classic Canadian Summer Songs you should probably work into your Canada Day Playlist!
Top 10 Classic Canadian Summer Songs
Kim Mitchell (1984) – Go For a Soda
Bachman Turner Overdrive (1990) – Takin Care of Business
Tom Cochrane (1991) – Life Is A Highway
The Tragically Hip (1989) – New Orleans Is Sinking
Steppenwolf (1968) – Born To Be Wild
Bryan Adams (1984) – Summer Of ’69
Great Big Sea (1997) – End Of the World
The Guess Who (1970) – American Woman
RUSH (1981) – Tom Sawyer
Neil Young (1989) – Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World
There you have it, 10 Canadian Classics that are sure to keep your summer nights rockin’ till the fire goes out! Enjoy the beautiful weather, enjoy this beautiful country, enjoy the company of friends and family and while you’re at it enjoy some timeless Canadian tunes!
Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, April 16th, and that got me thinking about how quality music can be the difference between an awkward evening with strangers or a great night with new friends. Over the last 6 years or so, the young consumers of the western world have been flocking to record stores as the wave of yet another hipster statement crashes down on us all.
Next to the resurrection of male facial hair stylings, listening to music on vinyl might be the best thing to make its way back into society. The sound quality is unparalleled (when played through a quality sound system) and there is just something about physically holding your music that generates a more personal connection to it. The importance of music in my life and my role in the catering/events industry has brought me to write this blog explaining how music can make or break even the best decorated and organized events.
Pardon my pun, but music is the unsung hero of many events. It effortlessly dictates the mood but can just as easily throw off the entire vibe. Good luck having guests act in an elegant manor when the DJ is pumping out the latest dance tracks. Needless to say that there are different types of music for different types of events, and even more specifically different times throughout an event.
I understand that you want people to be dancing and having fun at your event, but please– let people sit down, have an appetizer and get comfortable before the bass-heavy beats come through the speakers. Music at the beginning of an event should be easy listening and played at a moderate to low volume. This eliminates the dreaded “dead air” but doesn’t distract guests from why they are there in the first place.
Once your guests have arrived and everyone has exchanged pleasantries with one another, there comes a transition in the soundtrack. Dinner music; a widely known term but scarcely understood concept. Again, the volume should be kept at a relatively low volume. With people focussed on food there isn’t much room for conversation and so the music will be heard much easier at this point. Playing songs that everyone knows the words too can again act as a distraction and can prompt mid-dinner karaoke, which nobody enjoys. Save the sing-alongs for later when you can really belt ‘em out! My suggestion; keep the lyrics to a minimum during dinner.
Now, every crowd is different so if you are hiring a DJ, have in mind the genres of music you think would be appropriate. Be sure to consider any cultural influences that might suit the occasion and/or guests. Don’t book a DJ without meeting them, hearing a sample mix and getting reviews from past clients. If you get the sense they just want to play the music they like, move on to another candidate. If DJ services aren’t in the budget, then may I suggest spending time before your scheduled event to look on online to try and find a playlist that suits your needs. Obviously with Youtube, you run the risk of advertisements interrupting your evening but this is what you get for a free music service. Apple Music and Google Play Music won’t give you this problem but aren’t free either.
I understand not all events and functions follow this, somewhat standard itinerary, but regardless of what kind of event it is, music plays a role in enhancing the experience of those who attend.
It is a strong, yet subtle cue to your guests and how they should be feeling. If you know how you want your guests to feel while they spend their time with you, do your best to find music that will lead them there.
Our whole team is thrilled to announce that the Alemilia Hospitality Group is having an Open House on Thursday March 10th, 2016 at the newly refinished Teatro Conference & Event Centre in Milton, ON. Everyone from corporate representatives looking to book conferences or seminars to individuals from the community who need a place to celebrate, are welcomed to come in and see the most recent changes to a building with a long standing history in the Town of Milton. Teatro Conference & Event Centre has been Milton’s premier venue for social and corporate events alike for the past 6 years, with an additional 5 years experience in event catering before moving in.
Before this unique space was available to clients for such things as weddings, seminars & trade shows, it served the community as Milton’s movie theatre from 1981 to 1997. Some local clients share memories of when they were much younger and used to head up here for a Friday night show with friends and family. Others remind us of times they spent in the local bar that it became once the movie theatre split. We are glad to continue the tradition of using this building to service the community and to know that new memories are still being made within these walls.
This open house will give people the opportunity to taste some of the amazingly delicious food we offer, wash it down with some complimentary refreshments and meet the team that brings all the wonderful events, big or small, to life! On top of free food and drinks the day of the open house, anyone who attends is welcome to enter the draw for free 25 person barbecue event to be held in the 2016 season! So please, do yourselves a favour and join in the fun on March 10th and head on over to Teatro Conference & Event Centre and see what Milton’s Premier Conference & Event Centre has to offer!
Teatro Conference & Event Centre has been the venue of countless community events. Teatro has been involved with The Region of Halton, Milton District Hospital and not for profit organizations to put on fundraisers and events of all types and sizes. Not to mention all of the weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and bridal/baby showers that go on as well. It seems to be in the structures DNA to bring people together and have them share an experience they will remember for a long time to come. See you there, Thursday March 10th from 3-6pm, to add to this structure’s history!
October 7, 2015
Ever considered a winter wedding? There are numerous benefits to a winter wedding but here are some of our favourites:
1. Your photos, if taken outdoors, will make you look wonderful with naturally rosy cheeks amongst a snowy backdrop.
2. The winter colour palette is endless. Anything goes!
3. You never have to worry about your beautiful, ‘expensive’ flowers wilting from the heat.
4. On a more personal note, you don’t have to worry about sweat-proofing your makeup or how to avoid over-heating in your gown that day, because it will be too cold out for your sweat glands to kick into over-drive.
5. Wear long sleeves, or wear that strapless gown with classy arm gloves. Or better yet, wrap yourself in a luxurious cape.
6. To warm your guests, create a specialty drink such as hot-chocolate and top it off with flavoured alcohol.
7. Decorations help make a wedding so memorable from snowflake place settings, to a snowy lit cake. Even branches throughout your venue decorated with holiday lights will enhance your winter wedding wonderland.
8. Discounts: Many suppliers, including your reception space (us!) offer discounts and specials during the winter months. If you are working with a budget or want to GET A LOT FOR YOUR MONEY, think of the WINTER!
9. Finally, the best for last. Honeymoons! What better time, than in the winter, is there to go to a hot and sunny destination of your choosing?
Do I really need to say more.
There are so many wonderful ways to create a gorgeous winter wedding that will naturally stand out from the rest, let us know what some of yours are.
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Having a handful of little ones at your reception? Here’s a great way to make sure your youngest guests have a blast at your wedding:
The parents of your guests will really appreciate this one. If you have a set of colouring books and crayons at the table, it will help for any gaps in meals during toasts, because let’s be honest, it isn’t quite their favourite part of the party.
We know this one is standard, but if you’re having a lot of younger kids, make sure your venue accommodates for children. We sure do!
We know you’ve noticed this before – but when it comes to dancing, usually the youngest are the ones that dance the most. We know you’re busy (it IS your wedding day, afterall) but taking the time to dance with your little guests would make them feel extremely special and make their evening.
These are just the start of fun ways to accommodate younger kids at your reception. If you follow these guidelines (and some of your own) their parents and your guests will notice and appreciate it! It’ll make their experience at your wedding that much more memorable!
How are you ensuring your smallest guests are having a ball?