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October 3, 2017

Buying a Wedding Cake

Filed under: England,Events,Scotland — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 4:41 pm

Buying a Wedding Cake – When you have a wedding date fast approaching, you need to get your skates on and order your wedding cake, especially if you want to retain the services of one of the elite cake makers. The reason for this is that the best cake makers can have waiting lists for wedding cakes stretching for a year or even more into the future. Ordering the wedding cake should in fact be one of the first things on your wedding agenda and as there are a lot of choices to be made, it is best to get this one item out of the way in the early stages of your preparations. You might think that there is not that much involved with choosing a wedding cake, but that is a misconception because you need to pick a style of cake, a flavour of cake, a filling for the cake, an icing for the cake, a topper for the cake and a size for the cake. You can talk to your local cake maker about many of these choices and they will doubtless be happy to help you as the cake is not the cheapest thing that you will have to pay out for. The average wedding cake will be two or three tiers with white icing, icing decoration and a bride and groom wedding cake topper.

September 29, 2017

Hire a Marquee

Filed under: Events,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 11:09 am

Hire a Marquee – If you have a special event coming up and you are thinking about holding it in an outside environment, you will probably be looking to hire a marquee, to make sure your guests don’t get wet if it rains. While sometimes holding a marquee event can cost more money than a traditional hotel venue, it does have quite a few advantages, in that you can tailor it exactly to your event and to your visitor numbers. The marquee itself may not be all that expensive, but the added extras are what ramps up the cost, so be very careful that you know exactly what you will be paying for at the end.  Marquee hire companies are renowned for their “added extras”, so do your research and check out online reviews so that you can get a good feel for the company you are planning to work with. If anything seems amiss or unclear, find yourself a different marquee hire company that is more open with their costs and services. There is plenty of choice when it comes to hiring marquees and there are not only lots of different sizes, but also lots of different styles of marquee, gazebo and tent. Picking a suitable size and design for your event is important so talk it through thoroughly with the hire company before booking anything or paying a deposit. Also check if you need a licence or not, because if alcohol is being sold you will almost certainly need a licence from your local council.

July 10, 2017

Hire Professional Caterers

Filed under: Events,Services,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 4:15 pm

Hire Professional Caterers – If you have a big event planned and need somebody to do the catering services you would probably be best advised to contact some professional caterers to take care of this for you. Its okay doing the catering yourself when it is just a small affair, but for a grand event, hiring proper caterers is the best plan. Have a discussion with some potential caterers to see what they have to offer and make sure you give them all the information that they need in order to give you an accurate estimate of the costs and to be able to properly plan the event. Which caterers you decide to hire might depend on the type of event as particular caterers specialise in particular areas, for instance some may specialise in wedding catering while others specialise in hog roasts and barbeques. Your choice may also be influenced by the type of food you would like served at the event and specific caterers may specialise in asian food, french food, British food or gourmet cuisine. Have a good search around and try to find the most appropriate caterers for your needs, you could try asking family and friends to see if they have used caterers in the past and if they had a successful event, in which case you might approach the same caterers yourself.

July 6, 2017

Get a DJ for Your Event

Filed under: Events,Services,Uncategorized,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 6:49 am

Get a DJ for Your Event – Next time you are planning a party or special celebration you should consider hiring the services of a professional DJ to do the music for you and organise all the entertainment. A professional DJ will bring all his own equipment and gear with him (so you don’t have to use your own) and provide everything you need to make your occasion go with a swing. Apart from supplying the musical entertainment your local DJ will provide a top quality microphone for all those important announcements, first rate lighting system so everything looks and feels great, and may even sing or provide some other live entertainment. Once you have a DJ booked you can relax and leave him to deal with all the minor details, while you get on with organising the rest of the party. Make sure you discuss with your DJ the exact types of music you want, tell him the age group of the guests and he will be able to help you with this, also make certain you tell him the type of event and he will fashion his presentation to suit the occasion ie: wedding, birthday party or corporate event. So go out and get your DJ booked and lets PARTY…

March 21, 2012

Valencia Fallas 2012

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Costa del Azahar,Events,Spain — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 8:05 am
Valencia Fallas 2012 Effigy of Elvis Presley

Valencia Fallas 2012 Effigy of Elvis Presley

Valencia Fallas 2012 – On Monday we took a coach trip to see the final evening of the Fallas celebrations in Valencia. We picked up in various places along the way ending in Gran Alacant which was the final pick-up. We then headed along the Costa Blanca coast passing the airport and going up the A31 past many of the old historic towns with castles such as Novelda, Sax, Petrer and Villena, then cutting through to the Font de la Figuera (Spring of the Fig Picker), and picking up the A35 past Moixent, Montesa, L’Alcudia de Crispins and Xativa before reaching Valencia, for us a journey of 4 hours (we got on at Cabo Roig).

While there are many different celebrations in the Fallas, the star of the show is the building of giant effigies which are burnt on the final night together with a massive firework display. Some of the effigies are huge (up to 20 metres high) and make fun of famous people mostly Spanish, though one of the best this year featured Elvis Presley with a number of other famous pop stars such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury etc. I must say the giants are amazing an it seems a shame to burn them though they do hand out some smaller sections of the figures to local children.

There was some concern over the weather on the day as rain was expected and in the event the celebrations went on in fine weather (though a bit chilly) and it actually started to rain as we got back on the coach for the journey home (and on through the night, some 6 inches of rain in all!).

We really enjoyed the whole event and the burnings are amazing, if rather smelly and dangerous, with burning pices of polystyrene flying everywhere, the fireworks were excellent, the display of flowers was amazing.

Valencia Road Map.

Learn lots more about Valencia here: http://www.needahandspanishproperties.com/valencia.html

June 16, 2011

Costa Blanca Markets

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Events,Spain — Tags: — needahand @ 7:30 am

One of the favourite pastimes for visitors to the Costa Blanca is browsing around one of the many local markets, a great place to buy fresh produce, leather goods and gifts. Certainly for women (if my wife is anything to go by!), this will be on the top of their list of excursions whilst on holiday. Read this excellent guide which outlines where and when you can find the best local markets on the Costa Blanca, Spain: Costa Blanca Markets. There are plenty to choose from, and there should be at least one in your local area, wherever you are staying on the Costa Blanca.

Map of Costa Blanca.

November 14, 2010

Benicassim Tickets 2011 Festival

Filed under: Costa del Azahar,Events,Spain — Tags: , , — needahand @ 12:22 pm

Tickets are now available for the 2011 FIB Heineken Benicassim Music Festival, which is scheduled for the 14th– 16th July 2011 in Benicassim. Make sure that you get your tickets booked early for this fabulous event which takes place in the coastal resort of Benicassim, on the Costa del Azahar, Valencia, Spain. The line up for the 2011 festival is yet to be announced, but as always, expect plenty of talent to be on show. Benicassim is a popular seaside resort, close to Castellon de la Plana, it has excellent sandy beaches and plenty of amenities and accommodation, though the offered tickets include 8 days camping on-site, if you prefer to rough it and take in the festival atmosphere. The currently offered £125 tickets are for ‘early bird’ Benicassim tickets only, and will not be around for long, expect to pay more once these tickets have gone.

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