The Golden Rules for Planning a Great Year-End Function

Your office year-end function is one of the most important events on your calendar, as it’s all about rewarding your hard-working employees for achieving another successful business year. Here are some essential rules to follow to ensure that it’s a success, from our year-end function venue near Pretoria. Rule Number One – Get management buy-in on your objective, theme, and – most importantly, your budget. Decide what kind of year-end event it will be – will there be speeches? Awards? Team-building activities? A band? Or a more relaxed cocktail party atmosphere? This will help determine what type of venue and service providers you will need. Rule Number Two – Start planning early. You should have a good idea of your theme and entertainment options by August, so that you are ready to start booking as soon as possible.  Rule Number Three – Seating arrangements. If you are hosting a large event with a sit-down menu, planning who sits with whom is essential to making sure there’s a relaxed atmosphere and great conversation. Rule Number Four – Keep your budget updated. While major costs are easier to allocate, there are always smaller costs involved that – if not tracked correctly – can quickly add up and put you over the line. Rule Number Five – Communicate with your team and the venue’s event planning team. It’s key to have clear lines of communication here to ensure that the right services are in place for your event. Check with your venue to see what services they can provide, and if they have recommended service providers to assist you. It’s essential that these services are booked as soon as possible after your venue is booked. Put us on your Team for an Exceptional End-of-Year Function!  At Idle Winds, we offer our clients a wide range of function venues and services to ensure that their year-end events are a success! With a dedicated team, experienced staff and a beautiful scenic location just 14kms from Fourways, we’re the ideal venue for corporate functions. In addition to our function venues, we also offer clients the use of comfortable on-site accommodation and our award-winning restaurant. For more information about our year-end function venue near Pretoria or how our team can assist you with this important occasion, please contact us...

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Event-Planning Tips, Themes and Tricks for your Halloween Party!

Halloween is becoming more and more of an event in South Africa, whether it’s a themed year end office function, kids party or a chance to just have a great time with friends. Here are some tips from our function venue near Johannesburg on how to make the most of this fun, spooky time of year! Age-appropriate: If you’re planning a kids party, you’re going to have to need activities and decorations that are family-friendly, but if you’re planning for adults, you need a more grown-up approach. Look up games for kids online that have a spooky theme, source caterers who can bake cookies in the shapes of ghosts and pumpkins, and choose a more cartoon-ish approach to your décor over the more spooky stuff. For an adult’s event, go all-out with outrageous décor, Halloween-themed cocktails and a dance floor! Don’t forget the food: While sweets and chocolates are an integral part of Halloween, it’s important to have a balanced spread. First of all, think about how you want your food served – usually tables where you can help yourself, and waiters bringing around smaller snacks work best with these events. Cheeses, charcuterie, vegetables and dips are all great savoury options. You can spice up the table with fake skulls, plastic spiders and pumpkin faces, and kids will love spooky-themed foods! Sophisticated or classic? When it comes to decorating, the classic Halloween venue is a collection of everything spooky – draped in orange and black material, bats and ghosts hanging from the ceiling, and skeletons greeting guests at the door. But this isn’t the only Halloween look. More sophisticated themes where black and white dominate (think Adam’s Family), or that take inspiration from other cultures (think Mexico’s Day of the Dead), offer a refreshing and interesting take! Lighting: This is what brings your venue to life! Avoid bright lighting in favour of intimate low lighting like low-hanging chandeliers, candles in decorated glass jars or antique candlesticks, and glowing Jack-O-Lanterns. Find the Perfect Function Venue and Restaurant for your Event! Idle Winds is a leading conference, wedding and function venue near Johannesburg, just 14kms from Fourways. Our friendly, experienced staff are ready and waiting to assist you in planning and hosting a memorable function. In addition to a variety of function spaces, including an award-winning restaurant, we also offer overnight accommodation, conferencing space and teambuilding packages. For more information about our services, function rooms and venue, please contact us...

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