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Lifestyle : Party Planning 2012
1HERSA1 0058 Christmas, Birthdays, Christenings, Weddings, Corporate/Private Functions, Hens, Bucks and more! Party Greek Style With Us At Mythos! Call Con Today T: (02) 9560 5869 63 Norton St. Leichhardt iG5416964AA-230912 ITALIAN STYLE HIGH TEA $49pp Now on Saturdays and Sundays, see our website for session times. Bookings essential All Entrees $15 All Mains $28 All Pastas & Risottos $22 All Desserts $14 Children's menu only $17 per child includes their choice of meal + soft drink + gelato Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Open Monday -- Saturday for Dinner from 6pm 374 LYONS Road, RUSSELL LEA 9712 8828 www.vialeoni.com.au Professional events with real customer service www.eventsound.com.au Phone: 1300 669 787 Audio Lighting Video Displays Staging AG5367105AA-160912 Location, location Choose an interesting venue for your next bash and watch the RSVPs roll in. '' Most bowling clubs offer bowling parties. Quirky alternative . . . barefoot lawn bowls is a fun option. Sydney-based public relations director Vuki Vujasinovic needs to be an attention-seeker. The 26-year-old director of Click PR pitches products to technical writers and reviewers who get plenty of invitations to parties and launches every week. And when his product isn't particularly sexy, he has to try even harder to get the RSVPs flowing. ''We were launching a new range of very speedy printers for a consumer electronics client and wanted to choose a venue to match,'' Vujasinovic says. ''It can sometimes be difficult to get people excited about printers so we needed to pick a really fun venue that made sense. Racing ridiculously fast cars around a track and having a conversation about fast printers was a good way to engage the media.'' Vujasinovic chose Eastern Creek Raceway, in Sydney's west, for his media get-together. ''The guests were taken around on some practice laps, just to get a feel for the track, given a full safety briefing and some advice on how to control the race cars, then they were let loose. ''We made it competitive with a leaderboard, which helped ramp up the social-media element of the media launch, with journalists tweeting the results as the day went on. ''The journalists and bloggers attending loved it. It was a great way to do something a little fun and out of the ordinary.'' Sydney has a great climate, access to excellent food and drink and a propensity to party. But getting people to your event, particularly in summer and during holidays, can be a challenge when the invitations mount up. Finding a venue with a difference not only gets a party noticed, it will have guests buzzing about being entertained somewhere other than the usual bar, pub, restaurant or, that ultimate Sydney party cliche, the harbour cruise, from which there's no escape if things turn bad. Activity-based destinations, such as Vujasinovic's choice of Eastern Creek, get guests doing something they are not likely to have experienced before. They also give attendees time away from alcohol, which can be handy in making sure their behaviour doesn't spiral out of control and possibly even land the host in legal trouble. Other places that get partygoers moving include paintball, tenpin bowling and barefoot lawn bowls. John Mewett, of Petersham Bowling Club, says smaller venues such as his can give partygoers the whole run of the place. ''People can use their own band or DJ,'' he says. ''We can take care of catering and our staff can organise round-robin bowling tournaments. ''The bar staff can show beginners how to bowl.'' The pokies-free venue has microbrews on tap, pizza on its menu and is close to other inner- west catering venues. Most Sydney bowling clubs offer barefoot-bowling parties. Not everyone wants to play sports-style games. The Murder Company, based in Melbourne and Sydney, has theatre-style events that involve audience participation. Not all venues use activities to sell themselves. The City of Sydney has a variety of venues for hire that will lend occasions a feeling of grandeur. The council's Town Hall has rooms that can accommodate anywhere from six to more than 2000 guests, who will be entertained in heritage-listed rooms. And the venue's central location, on top of a PARTY PLANNING SPECIAL REPORT 58 S SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD
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Sydney Harbour in Spring