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Guest Blog - NOTORiOUS KiDS at Hedsor House

NOTORiOUS KiDS recently visited the stunning Hedsor House and we were blown away by the venue and the infinite possibilities that the building and its surroundings have to offer for all types of events. Incredible spaces invite creativity and we couldn’t resist getting our heads together to conjure up some thoughts on the endless possibilities.

As children’s party planners we are always looking for new and amazing venues and spaces to offer our clients and Hedsor House is definitely one of them. When looking at venues we look for the size of the rooms, easy access to adjoining rooms and outdoor space. Hedsor House has all of this and more!

Here are a few ideas for different occasions and how to entertain your guests

WEDDiNGS

To invite children or not to invite children – that is the question. Here at NOTORiOUS KiDS we always say YES!!! Having children at your wedding can make it that extra bit magical and there are many ways to keep them entertained without having them tugging on your trouser leg mid speech. A summer wedding at Hedsor House lends itself to garden games out on the stunning South Lawn where children can run freely with our entertainers, or how about creating a Crèche area in the Boudoir or Drawing Room just off the Centre Hall with storytelling and crafts. Knowing the KiDS are being looked after and entertained will allow your guests to relax and ensure everyone is happy.

SUMMER PARTiES

With the stunning South Lawn Hedsor House screams summer parties and why not make it a family affair? Giant Garden Games to entertain old and young, adventurous treasure hunts led around the gardens by magical characters, Stalls with Traditional Games such as Hook a Duck, Hoopla and a Coconut Shy! Themes such as a Magical Midsummer Party with Fairy Folk, Traditional English Fair or a Summer Carnival would be perfect! So many fun possibilities!

BAT & BAR MITZVAH’S

Special occasions such as Bat/Bar Mitzvahs are perfect to host at Hedsor House. The stunning entrance and Centre Hall can be themed and dressed with so many possibilities. How about a Circus Extravaganza with Circus acts and a Ring Master welcoming guests as they arrive, fun ideas such as the Drawing Room used as a transformation studio where guests can get made over and come out via the Boudoir transformed, a hall of mirrors created in the staircase hall before entering the Ballroom would be so much fun! Or how about a Spy Party or Movie Mystery (a spin on Murder Mystery) where guests all have characters and they have missions to solve! Make up stations with makeup artists and nail technicians are always a hit at these events too as well as dancers on the dance floor encouraging guests to dance and teaching them funky moves!

BiRTHDAY PARTiES

We love a birthday party and adore creating tailor-made and bespoke experiences for our clients. Watching as the children grow up year after year and the different themes we can create for their new interest always excites us. The beautiful mezzanine in the Centre Hall is perfect to use to drape themed props and dressing off such as fishing nets with jellyfish to create an underwater party and life rings attached to the bannister as sea level. Sweetie tables as a special feature and themed costume characters can really bring the theme to life.

SEASONAL PARTiES

Seasonal parties are so much fun to create, occasions such as Easter with Egg hunts on the South Lawn with the Easter bunny, Halloween and a Wizards and Witches School in the Centre Hall, Christmas and a Winter Wonderland full of magical goings on! We cannot wait to start planning!

 

Victoria Pearce – Managing & Creative Director of NOTORiOUS KiDS

Looking for help with your next family event at Hedsor House then get in touch

NOTORiOUS KiDS

w. www.notoriouskids.com

E: kids@notoriousproductions.co.uk

T: 020 7326 0210

Hedsor House Summer Party with Mahiki At Home

BOOK YOUR TICKET TO The Summer party of the year...

Summer is fast approaching, and the Hedsor team are all patiently awaiting a few consecutive days of sunshine to convince us that its time to dust off our BBQs, update our summer wardrobes and sunbathe on the South Lawn.

We're super excited to be hosting our Annual Summer Party on Sunday 24th July 2016 in partnership with Mahiki at Home.

The Mahiki pop up’s have travelled the world bringing a little bit of paradise to the most prestigious fashion, music and lifestyle events and venues for the last decade. This summer we are opening our doors for the first ever Hedsor House Summer Party with Mahiki at Home

Hedsor House holds a reputation for being a playground for partygoers with many famous stars choosing to hold their bashes here. Mark Ronson's 33rd Birthday party was a particular favourite of ours! The 'blank canvas', creative and flexible approach to event management will allow the space to be transformed in to a wild, tropical oasis of fun. Expect delicious fresh fruit cocktails served from Tiki style bars, Hawaiian dressed staff, Polynesian inspired décor with tropical flowers adorning every corner.  

This very special garden party promises to be a little slice of paradise right on our south lawn at the exquisite Hedsor House with press and celebrities attending. Chill out on the South Lawn and enjoy the summer vibes... 

Don't miss out book your tickets....

 

For those wishing to re-create a ‘Mahiki at Hedsor House’ party for themselves taking complete ownership of the event, Hedsor is available for exclusive hire and will work with ‘Mahiki At Home’ to bring to life individual clients’ wishes. Our eleven guestrooms complete the package, meaning partygoers can now stay the night and need only to stagger up the grand staircase to bed in the early hours…

 

 

Throughout Hedsor House’s past it has always been a place to gather, celebrate, see and be seen. The owners mission is to deliver innovative experiences that are grand but not formal, to avoid country house clichés and to ensure events continue to be trend-setting and, above all, fun. We are able to pull off outstanding, and often unusual events, ensuring a memorable experience for our clients and their guests.

Easy & Effective CHRISTMAS PARTY Planning

8 THINGS to consider WHEN PLANNING YOUR work CHRISTMAS PARTY

If you’re reading this and Christmas seems a bit far away, let’s just start by saying it’s never too early to organise the office Christmas party! The pressure of organising an event that all your colleagues will enjoy can be a stressful and scary prospect.  Yes you are probably thinking it’s a tad early to start getting into the festive spirit but if you want to pull of your work celebration then organisation is key! After all it's only 215 days away...

Whatever your level of experience we hope you will find our pointers below helpful so that you are one step closer to delivering a real Christmas cracker of a party!

#1  The date – pencil it into everyone’s calendars  

Just to complicate the process, when it comes to social events around Christmas everyone diaries fill up fast. This means you want people to pencil in a date as soon as possible. Get your management diaries and travel schedules aligned and set a date.

If you work in a smaller office you always have the option of sending an email around with a few date options. We suggest heading to Doodle and asking people to choose which day’s suits them then go with ‘majority rules’.

 #2 ££ – Find out the budget

Although this could potentially be the most contentious element, it ultimately has a huge impact on the type of Christmas party you will organise, determining everything from food to alcohol to entertainment and choice of venue.

Find out how much cash you are able to spend as soon as possible – then allocate the money towards the main focus of the event. 

  #3 Source the venue  

Good venues go quickly – the earlier you look around for a venue the better.  

A quick guide to choose the Venue  

Ask capacity and availability

 ££ - does it fit in your budget?

Location

Do they offer a package?

Organise a site visit

Put a date on provisional hold

Is accommodation available?

Confirm venue and pay deposit

Inform your guests

 

#4  What type of Christmas party will it be?  

 

There is almost endless variety when it comes to the type of Christmas party you plan to have. Ask the venue of your choice is they are offering a themed package, this will then give you a starting point.   

 

#5  The Food & Drink 

Getting everyone in the party spirit is very reliant on the food and drink you serve your guests.

Don’t feel like you have to stick to the traditional Christmas turkey, the theming, venue choice and  what you believe your guests think is important are key factors to consider.  

We suggest you head to a menu tasting with a few of your colleagues, the more opinions you get the more confident you will be with the end decision.  

#6 Entertainment & Music

We believe choosing the right music and entertainment can either ‘make or break’ your party. You want to ensure people are occupied, having a boogie and letting their hair down.  We recommend you choose both of these around your theme, venue and what would suit your team and company culture.

A few inspirational ideas; live performers such as comedians, jugglers, stunt shows, circus acts. You could choose games such as casino tables, murder mystery, giant Jenga, air hockey, pool, arcade machines. Other hits include cocktail flaring demonstrations, wine tasting and karaoke. Fireworks always help a party go with a bang too. Hedsor are transforming the house into the Gatsby Mansion this Christmas complete with cabaret entertainment, a fully immersive theatrical experience and 1920's theming!

#7   Transportation

Mini buses and taxis will be a necessity to ensure that your guests have a hassle-free evening, advising them to plan ahead and providing them with details in advance will really help you at the end of your night.

#8   Speeches & Awards  

We're 99% certain that you will be asked to schedule in a slot for speeches and/or awards, the timing for this to take place must be planned in advance. Depending on the numbers attending a microphone might be needed – just make sure these don’t go on for too long as short and sweet are always best. After all people are there to celebrate the end of a successful year and let off some steam...

Looking for a fully immersive experience? Hedsor House offers four different Gatsby themed Christmas 2016 Festive Party Options which include exclusive hire of Hedsor House & Grounds, DJ & Dance Floor. December & January dates still available. Download the Gatsby flyer here.

By Grace Lloyd-Jones, Marketing Executive and Wedding Aficionado

A TEAM OFFSITE WITH A DIFFERENCE

Lets be frank, team building exercises can sometimes be a little arduous therefore it's no surprise that businesses are constantly on the hunt for activities that are fresh and exciting. The reason team building activities exist are to increase morale, improve team cohesion and reward great results. 

Not only has the Hedsor House team found an event that does all of the above but this one also provides an exhilarating experience, develops trust, enhances problem solving skills and bonds your team. Hedsor House in partnership with KDM Events is very proud to launch our Hunger Games inspired team-building event. 

The Hungry Games

Inspired by the Hunger Games phenomenon, this event allows your teams to step into the world of arena survival! Pitted against your colleagues, can your team members muster all their target, combat and bush survival skills to triumph for their district? In order to win, your teams (or districts) must assemble the best Hungry Games team camp possible consisting of waterproof shelters, live fires and eating utensils for all the team. To do this, each team will compete in a live Archery Combat Tournament to try to win everything necessary for camp life! 

Played with specially designed bows, facemasks and patented foam-tipped arrows, this is not only static target practice. This archery challenge pits you against moving targets...that shoot back at you! Teams will scramble to earn as many points as possible to then spend on their choice of equipment and instructions for constructing their working camp.  Using the items won, teams must now create a structure to keep them dry during a downpour (water included!), achieve a sustainable fire using one of three traditional methods and carve a set of team eating utensils from lime wood blocks. To the best completed camp go the victor’s spoils. For a longer event, you can even upgrade to include bread baking or raft building as part of the challenge. A unique and exhilarating experience, this event will definitely leave you hungry for more! 

To speak to the team about booking The Hungry Games team building or another corporate activity call or email Nick Gardner, Corporate Relationship Executive (nick.gardner@hedsor.com)  

By Grace Lloyd-Jones, Marketing Executive and Wedding Aficionado

 

SENSORY STORYTELLING AT HEDSOR HOUSE

The Power of Scent

We couldn't resist sharing with you what the stunning Design in Scent team has to offer your event at Hedsor House. They call it Sensory Storytelling – we call it FABULOUS. Their objective is to take your guests on a memorable journey from the moment they receive their invitation to long after your event is over. It’s proven that smell is the only sense with direct links to our memories, imagination and emotions, so why do we so often overlook this important aspect when organising an event?

As recently featured in the Channel 4 documentary series 'Millionaire's' Mansions - creating your own unique scent is becoming an exciting new luxury. Fragrance reaches us in ways that eludes sight and sound but conjures imagination in all its sensuality.  For your summer party treat everyone to floral top notes and for your masked gala dinner send out dark grounding spice tones to get everyone in a decadent mood.  See below for more ideas on how to incorporate fragrance into your event at Hedsor...

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you thousands of miles and all the years you have lived”
— Helen Keller

How to Incorporate Scents into your Event

Home & Lifestyle

Once you've chosen your very own bespoke scent for an event - incorporate it back into every day life to keep the memories alive.

Burn your candles and instantly invoke the memories of your special wedding or celebration and be transported back - after all everyone does say the day goes far too quickly!

Match Your Brand

Want to stand out and add that extra special element to your corporate event, whether it's a product launch, business development or reward dinner add a specific scent to match the occasion? Give your guests a matching signature candle as a thank you for attending. An occasion scent can be inspired by the look and feel of your brand, values or even your own unique personality.

The addition of scent into a creative event can enrich the visual environment, stir nostagia and trigger guests unique memories and emotions, thereby setting the scene in a more realistic way
— Design In Scent

Weddings

Scenting your wedding enhances the mood and forges a lasting connection to the day for you and your guests. Create your very own couture fragrance and evocatively remember your wedding for years to come.

Whether it is candles on the tables, beside your guest book, outside in the gardens, down the aisle, diffusions in the toilets, in the guest bedrooms or beside the cake - romance and drama will be added to your day.  Give your guests candles, perfume bottles or diffusions as favours to continue the theme and transport them to your special day every time they smell your scent even once the day has formally ended.

Chat to Gemma Hopkins from Design In Scent if you'd like to have a chat regarding sensory storytelling at your forthcoming Hedsor House event.

By Grace Lloyd-Jones, Marketing Executive and Wedding Aficionado

A Big Hello from Jennie - Our New Award Winning Wedding Specialist

 

Hello I'm Jennie and I'm delighted to have joined Hedsor House as the In House Wedding Specialist.  On the 11th of July 2015 I organised my 250th wedding and have joined Hedsor from another luxury venue where I held the position of wedding coordinator for the previous nine years. Just typing those numbers gives me goose bumps as I can’t believe I've already had the honour of being part of so many special events!

 

I adore all things wedding and am in love with my career. I am incredibly proud to have won some major awards in the process including two National Awards and three Regional Awards at The Wedding Industry Awards. http://www.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk/

In terms of my personal life - I have an unbelievably amazing family, partner and friends around me and consider myself a very lucky girl indeed.

I have already been at Hedsor for a month and I feel so privileged to be working at one of the UK's most prestigious wedding venues. The grounds and the house are incredible and look stunning no matter the weather. I have been enjoying looking at lots of pictures from previous weddings and feel inspired for the many more to come.

For those who have already booked your wedding with us, I hope all your wedding plans are coming together nicely and I am hugely looking forward to meeting you in the next few months ahead.

Hopefully you are registered to attend the Bridal Wedding Showcase on May 17th 2016. I would love to meet you then!

For all of those considering Hedsor - please do get in touch. I'd love to chat about your dream wedding...

Warmest regards, 

Jennie Hopcroft (jennie@hedsor.com)