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Lifestyle : Party and Event Planning Special Report 2013
1HERSA1 W004 iG5899959AA-310313 G5878718AA-310313 The PETER WOOD funny MAGIC SHOW The The PETER PETER WOOD WOOD funny funny MAGIC MAGIC SHOW SHOW www.peterwoodmagic.com.au (02) 9427 1749 for parties and all family occasions SYDNEY’S MOST EXPERIENCED CHILDREN’S MAGICIAN darlingharbour.com Surprise your guests with a Chinese Garden party Book your next event before April 30, 2013 to receive a 10% discount (conditions apply). Chinese Garden of Friendship Southern end of Darling Harbour (02) 9240 8888 firstname.lastname@example.org Scan QR code for more information More fun at your next party 1800 BIG FUN www.bigfun.com.au iG5870146AA-310313 www.stardustkids.com.au email@example.com 02 9331 1773 When Only The Best Will Do, Treat Your Child To A StarDust Kids Party! If you’re looking for the ultimate children’s entertainment for your next kids party, look no further. 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But so too does the rising incidence of festivities gone wrong – where violence sparked by gatecrashers turns a celebration into a dangerous, destructive and sometimes tragic event. Teen party expert and founder of the not-for-profit Safe Partying Australia campaign, Naomi Oakley, says the key to throwing a safe house party for your teenager is thorough planning. With proper pre-party risk assessments, tight alcohol management and a plan for how the guests will get home, Oakley says, a safe and successful party is practically assured. Private homes, she warns, carry a high risk of problems because they are not purpose-built, so usually have many entry points, hazards such as balconies, spas and swimming pools and a high impact on neighbours. A public venue is better, if you can find one. “Parties are being pushed into houses because public venues don’t support under-age parties and councils are shutting their halls and buildings off to teenagers,” says Oakley. Despite all she has seen in the 16 years since she left the police, the private security service provider is a supporter of teenage parties. “If you don’t have a planned event they will go to the park and get smashed, so we need to make sure wherever they celebrate it is a safe environment,” she says. If you are going to have a party at home, Oakley recommends talking to police and neighbours to check if the area has a history of gatecrashers, closing off balconies and swimming pool and ensuring there is strict control over the people coming and going from the party and the amount of alcohol being consumed. She recommends hiring a minimum of two security guards for the first 100 guests and one for every 100 after that, but warns hiring the bouncer from the local nightclub can be fraught with danger. It is important to find a security company with the correct liability cover and more inclined to use communication than brute force. “The average cost for security is about $540, which is a small price to pay for a life,” says Oakley. “If you can’t afford it, don’t do it. “People think it is just crowd control but accountability for duty of care and liability is on the parents because it is their home. ‘‘Duty of care doesn’t end at your yard, it extends to how they are getting home.” When Rebecca Koerber turned 18, she threw a party with friend Samantha Hopkins at Hopkins’ beachfront Tamarama home. Although both Hopkins and Koerber’s parents were discreetly in attendance at the party, fears about gatecrashers prompted them to hire two security guards to patrol the front entrance and the side fence. They notified local police, and also told guests there would be security and identification would be needed to get in. Koeber says the party of 100 people went off without a hitch – and having security offered peace of mind to their families. “If you find there’s security at a party you know it is going to be a good big party so it kind of adds to the excitement,” says Koerber. Safety tips ■ Have a no-glass policy. ■ Have a no energy drinks policy. ■ Have a no return entry rule. ■ Block access to balconies and swimming pools but if you can’t, supervise well. ■ Get attendees to quote their date of birth on arrival to avoid place-swapping. ■ A service bar is best, but if BYO is all you can afford con- trol it all upon entry by collect- ing and tagging it and have an adult manage it at a central point preventing theft and over-indulging. ■ Introduce small water- chasers two hours after the party starts so they can’t have their next drink until you watch them drink the water. ■ Circulate food continually. ■ Have a brief break for spee- ches around 11pm as it breaks the building momentum of the party. ■ Signal the party is drawing to a close with 15 minutes of wind- down music at a lower volume. ■ Encourage parents to pick their children up at the end of the party. ■ Remember it is your home and your responsibility so set your rules and stick to them.
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