Corporate

FOUR REASONS TO HAVE A MID WEEK CORPORATE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Check out our latest blog post about planning your Christmas party and why booking a midweek celebration is the new big thing...

Available Dates

Unless you're super organised you're probably only just getting around to booking your office Christmas party. Don't worry you're not alone and Hedsor House is excited to say we still have a few exclusive hire midweek dates available! Give us a call to chat through your options. 

More Cash Behind the Bar...

We're currently offering special rates on our Gatsby packages on Mondays and Tuesdays meaning you'll save some money and be able to put this behind the bar. Just don't blame us the next morning!

Keep Your Main Social Diary Clear...

December is the ultimate month for social events in terms of catching up with the most important people in your life. Save your Thursday to Saturdays for friends & family and schedule your corporate party for the week to maximise being a social butterfly! 

Office Etiquette

The best thing about having a midweek office party means ordering pizza or takeaway to the office is absolutely acceptable the next day. 

 

To speak to us about a potential Christmas Party please call Alexis Awtrey at 01628 819050

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.

Canapé Challenge // Team Building

WARNING - THIS BLOG MAY MAKE YOUR TUMMY RUMBLE!  

Melissa Webb our corporate catering partner has creatively pulled together a great team challenge that you and your colleagues are bound to love.....and it involves one of our favourite subjects - FOOD!   

What is a Canapé? 

We're sure most of you know what a canapé is but for those of us that aren't quite too sure - a canapé is a French catch-all name for small, pretty finger foods served with drinks before a meal or at a cocktail party, able to be swallowed in two bites.

 So how does it work? 

You'll be divided into two teams (six people in a team works well) and given 90 minutes to create your mini masterpieces.

This team building exercise is about;

Observation – through the eyes, nose and mouth.

Creation – through styling the canapés.

Organisation – preparing, cooking, tidying and timing.   

 

Rules

  • 8 canapés will be presented to the teams by Melissa Webb to observe and taste.
  • Each team will then have to re-create at least 4 of the different canapés they have tasted from memory.
  • The more selection they do, the more points are scored and the more canapés the group has to eat at the tasting and awards.
  • Different canapés have degrees of difficulty and steps – therefore are scored differently.
  • There are no recipes provided so you will have to spend time in the pantry looking for what you believe to be the right ingredients.
  • You will have to present 15 of each canapé.
  • You will need to replicate taste as best as you can.
  • The canapés tasted wont be styled but presentation is a big part – plates and décor add points.
  • There are also bonus points if you create your own canapé on top of the 4 or more made from memory.

Tips

  •  Look at the canapé before you eat it!
  • What can you see?
  • How will I remember what it looks like?
  • How do I present it?
  • What can I smell?
  • What can I taste?
  • Should we divide jobs up or everyone do everything?
  • Push yourselves to use all the time up – no points for standing around
  • Choose canapés wisely

 

 

Book Hedsor House for your corporate team building away day by contacting Nick on [email protected] . Canapé Challenge by Melissa Webb based on 12 guests at a cost £1,500 + VAT and includes all ingredients.

Guests to be given personalised apron, book and recipes, contact Melissa on [email protected] to book your Canapé Challenge at Hedsor House. 

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 ([email protected])  

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

Are you unwittingly driving a Formula 1 inspired car?

Since the mid-1980s, Formula 1 started to feel safer. Drivers were starting to have major accidents and walk away with relatively no or minor injuries. It then came as a significant shock that two world-class drivers, Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger died in the same weekend at Imola in the early 90s. After this event, huge alterations were made to the cars to offer greater protection to the drivers without sacrificing performance. With a large number of commercial vehicles’ safety setup being reverse-engineered from Formula 1 cars, it is of no surprise that Formula 1 is at the forefront of the current automotive world.

Composites such as carbon-fibre have revolutionised road safety and due to its lightweight integrity and energy absorbent structure it was born into the world of motorsport before emerging into the commercial market. We’ve witnessed high-speed crashes from the likes of Mark Webber’s backflip, Robert Kubica’s barrel-roll and Fernando Alonso’s cartwheel this year, all being able to walk away from the wrecks within a matter of seconds. The chances of impact-crashes resulting in fatalities have been significantly reduced with the introduction of energy-absorbent frames which direct the force of a crash around the driver rather than being the central point of impact. Evolution in safety has certainly gone the distance and giants such as Tesla are taking it one-step further with autonomous safety within everyday road-cars.

If you’re driving a car built within the last decade you’re highly likely to be benefiting from the technology and safety advancements made in Formula 1.

Hedsor House has a long and vibrant history with the automotive industry – the house was owned by Fiat Grand Prix driver D’Arcy Baker in the early 1900s. As a venue we take particular pride in the automotive events we have had the privilege of hosting. Come along and experience the house and Hedsor hospitality for yourself on Tuesday 26th April from 11-4pm at the inaugural ‘Inside Automotive’ event. For more information or to claim your complimentary VIP guest passes visit www.hedsor.com/insideautomotive  

By Nick Gardner, Corporate Relationship Executive at Hedsor House and Motor Racing Enthusiast