You can’t beat a good party – creatively visualised, with that element of surprise, the anticipation beforehand and the hive of energy as it reaches it’s peak and you’re on the home straight.
The collective minds behind Canvas and Stone know how to put on a good party – from large festivals to launch events, to themed banquets and niche supper clubs. Whether big or small, the most important is that it’s carried off with style.
Each of the houses have a great track record for planning and hosting unforgettable experiences. Every owner takes enormous pleasure in watching you enjoy the moment, when its come together beautifully and all that attention to detail and last minute adjustment was worth it. We don’t pretend that the process is a breeze, as everyone knows, it’s all in the preparation. But if you’ve never put on a party on such a scale – how prepared is prepared? As friendly people and we like to share, so without further ado, here are our first tips for carrying off any event like a seasoned pro.
Fallacy number 1, “Oh it will all come together in time”
….Not if you don’t work at it, is the answer! Position 1 – you need a checklist. It may sound like a textbook suggestion, but trust us, you will be thankful for your fallback ‘to do list’ when last minute adjustments take you off course. Make it digital so you don’t lose it, and make it shareable for when it comes to delegation. Planning a party, event or special occasion should never be a stressful ordeal, by being organised and starting early, it will allow you to plan effectively and enjoy the perks of playing host to a memorable affair at ease. Go one step further and set specific timings within your checklist with a countdown process leading up to the event itself with clear ‘tick off’ objectives – you’ll be surprised at the satisfaction and sense of achievement that comes with every tick! Try it, we know you’ll like it!
Fallacy No. 2 – “I’ll book it far in advance, everyone will be free”
What’s a ‘Good’ Date? You always need a good date, that doesn’t mean a nice round number that always eats it’s crusts. It’s a date that suits the crowd you’re inviting. Sounds simple enough yes, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to book at times when most of your guests will be preoccupied elsewhere. Make sure you check the calendar for significant seasonal events and public holidays that could clash with yours. If you’re a business, take a look at industry and competitor events already scheduled in the diary. As soon as you’ve chosen a date, get it on the calendar and send out ‘save the date’ notes to your guests so they can put it in the diary.
It’s all about location, location, (venue), location. Choosing the right place for your event can easily determine it’s success or failure, (and of course we’re rooting for it to be nothing other than a triumphant success). The venue is ultimately going to add to the ‘wow factor’ of your party, creating atmosphere and setting, so you want to ensure you pick a goodie. When researching the right place for your event, there are a few key things to consider to get the best for your event, namely:
Most important of all – the location. The venue needs to be at the heart of your whole plan and ideally a convenient spot for guests to get to – you don’t want them getting lost, arriving tired and putting a damp cloth over all your hard work. If it’s an evening party, find venues that allow for an overnight stay, or find some accommodation nearby so your guests get to enjoy the whole party without having to worry about the transition to bed. Many places will happily accommodate guest and some, such as Pennard House have beautiful glamping options, such as tipis available to guests.
“I like large parties, they’re so intimate, small parties there isn’t any privacy”
~ The Great Gatsby
Size always matters, and effectively will add to the ambiance of your party. The capacity of the venue must be right, you don’t want it being too small so guests are overcrowded, whilst being too big can generate a feeling of emptiness, both of which can cause a party to lose its momentum. At Canvas and Stone, we offer a range of wonderful spaces that cater for a variety of different events, all shapes and sizes and each offering beauty, unique character and plenty of that much needed personality. Just enquire with our team to talk through the various options available.
Fallacy No. 4 – “I’m a bit Shy”
Not when you’re playing host! You’ll be surprised at what a natural leading role you’ll adopt on the night, so what better than preempting such charisma and include a theme. A good theme is a key ingredient in creating the party everybody’s going to be talking about. Most importantly of all, it determines the dress code. Ideally, your theme should mirror your character and echo your personality and if your synchronising like a true stylists, you should finish it off with a menu and drinks list to match. As we always say, don’t shy away from being flamboyant, unleash you inner self and seek to explore your imagination. If you need a little inspiration, come and have a look for yourself. You can take a walk around one of our beautiful gardens, take a peep down the rabbit hole in search of the white rabbit, or indulge in a little afternoon tea with one of our Canvas and Stone hosts. The possibilities are endless, and it’s surprising the possibilities that come from simply peering through the looking glass…
These are the foundational tips to organising the perfect event from the very start. Nail these and everything else will begin to fall into place. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our seasoned professionals who are always happy to help you with your plans.
For more information, give us a call on 020 3741 8040
“What you don’t remember, didn’t happen” ~ Canvas and Stone