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Lifestyle : Party and Event Planning Special Report 2013
1HERSA1 W007 Corner Pittwater & Magdala Roads, North Ryde P (02) 9870 5713 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.grandpittwater.com.au The perfect venue for... Weddings Conferences Meetings Family Celebrations Seminars Birthdays, formals, weddings, anniversaries, presentations and awards nights, the Grand Pittwater can cater to your any need. The Grand Pittwater Function Centre is the perfect place to host any occasion, celebration or get together. Rooms for 40-180 people Flexible room set-ups Numerous menu options Professional staff Free on-site parking for 900 cars In-house security Private balcony Quality, in-house catering Easy access off M2 motorway and Lane Cove tunnel Our staff and management have coordinated many different types of functions from christenings to diamond wedding anniversaries to sports awards nights. If you would like to view our facilities please contact our Functions Department on (02) 9870 5713 or email@example.com Wedding Packages Our team of professionals will ensure that your day lives up to Pittwater Function Centre the ideal venue for your special day. Starting from $57.50 per person Banquet Style Food Service Package Includes 3 course Menu selection, venue Hire for 5 hours and all service staff from $47.50 per person Buffet Style Food Service Package Includes full buffet selection, venue Hire for 5 hours and all service staff from $46.50 per person Cocktail Food Service Package Includes 12 pieces per person, venue Hire for 5 hours and all service staff from $44.00 per person Beverage Packages Pay on consumption or add our beverage package. Beverage package includes a selection of 5 draught beers on tap, Rothbury Estate and Wolf Blass Bilyara wines in Red, White and Sparkling along with soft drinks and orange juice $25.00 per person MENTION THIS AD FOR A SPECIAL OFFER THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013 7 Party & event planning Minimum fuss, maximum effect Less is more: Elisa Limburg suggests focusing on a few great elements. If the effort involved in staging a party leaves you in a cold sweat, take the experts' advice: always keep it simple. Some people can pull off a party as though it takes no effort at all. For many of us, though, the very idea causes palpitations -- and by the time the event comes around we can't wait forittobeover. If you can't afford to pay someone to do the hard work for you, take some advice from the experts: keep it simple. Elisa Limburg from Elevents has organised everything from sophisticated corporate events and film festivals to weddings, private parties and bar mitzvahs. "Although an event may only run for a few hours, there's weeks, sometimes months, of planning and preparation beforehand required," says Limburg. "It is not just pick a venue, food and wait for people to show up; there has to be some thought and strategy behind it, whether it's a private or corporate event." Limburg says people want to create parties and functions that will be remembered. An advantage of the internet is that now you can get just about anything you need if you research it thoroughly. But she warns: don't overdo it. "Trying to do too many great things often ends up to be too complicated and doesn't work," says Limburg. "It's best to focus on a few great elements that will be remembered; for example impress guests with fantastic food and atmospheric music in the background or have a great piece of entertainment." If you are going to cut corners with costs, don't do it with food and drinks as they are central to the whole party. If they are terrible, it will be remembered. Similarly, make sure any entertainment you choose is better than average. Limburg says using a few props that make an impact is better than lots of small insignificant items, which just add to the set-up time and cost. She recommends keeping the party away from the food preparation area if you can as people will tend to mingle in the kitchen, which can be distracting for the host and can prevent food making it out to the rest of the guests. It is also better to have too much food than not enough. Any leftovers can be frozen, given to guests to take home or donated to OzHarvest. You don't want to run short on alcohol, either. Lighting is also a simple but effective way to make an impact. Give yourself at least an hour longer to set up than you think you need; something inevitably pops up at the last minute and it is far better to be ready and waiting than still running about as guests start to arrive. To keep on schedule she suggests trying to clean the house the day before; and get an early start on the decorations, leaving the day of the party to do last-minute jobs such as putting out the glassware and food. And always have a wet-weather plan. Barb La Ganza, who runs the catering company Barbette's Feast, says a small budget doesn't mean you can't make a party a success. Just set a realistic budget and stick to it. Kids, she says, don't need whiz- bang attractions. They will get excited by sandwiches cut into great shapes, balloons blown up by mouth instead of helium and a pretty cake made by mum. "It is amazing what people can do with limited funds," says La Ganza, who says we worry too much about what other people are thinking. "I know people who have made collages out of pictures of their child and their child just loved it." Martha Stewart's website is a good place to turn for inspiration, or go for a colour theme rather than a Disney-branded event. And if you want to take away the stress of a party at home while cutting costs on a venue, La Ganza urges parents to let the kids run around in a park. "We have the most amazing parks, and they are all free," she says.
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