Team building
Mar 19

3 Team Building Activities Your Employees Will Love

Bianca

Oh, the semi-annual company retreat.

An effort made by spritely HR staff for employees to escape from the office, rekindle the bonds between desks and create a more effective and collaborative working environment. While George and Janette are simply bubbling with excitement, you can’t help but notice a few in the office who just roll their eyes at the thought of ‘mandatory fun’. Planning a fun team building event that everyone will love can be hard, but not impossible. Corporate team building activities can be fun and a great way to get to know your desk mate a little bit better.

Here are 3 fun team building ideas that your coworkers will actually love.

 

1. Wine tasting and Cocktail Making

 

Cocktail Making

 

Really, who doesn’t want a drink after work? But instead of listening to George brag about his semi-professional golf tournament during happy hour, give someone else the mic while sipping on your drink. Host a Cocktail Making or Wine Tasting at the office or in a unique venue space for your company retreat or event.

Your coworkers will love the chance to play around with spirits and mixers while learning about their favorite concoctions. Even better, since it is a class, the instructor will be doing a lot of the heavy lifting in the group discussion. Now you won’t have to worry about anyone dominating the whole conversation (ehem, George).

Listen to the sweet voice of your instructor while she explains to you the fruity and oaky notes in your favorite 2015 Pinot Noir or aged bourbon. This easy team building activity is simple to plan, mobile and bound to crack some smiles. Some of our favourite classes are held by Excel Activity Group, Dandelion Events, Fizz and Flute, and Peak Wine (not to mention they are available to bring the experience straight to you).  

 

2. Escape Room

 

murder mystery

 

 

We promise, it will be more fun than you think. While, yes, the idea of being ‘trapped’ in a small room with your coworkers for 60+ min, solving logic problems can sound a bit like, well the meeting room, escape rooms are actually much more enjoyable than you might imagine. Once the doors shut, your instincts kick in and you watch everyone bring out the best of their problem-solving skills.

Escape rooms give each employee a chance to shine and show off their smarts. The variety of riddles and puzzles always require different approaches and perspectives of thinking. Meaning those Sudoku games you’ve been working on during lunch are finally paying off.

 If you’re not a fan of the ‘escape’ room, how about an ‘entrance’ room? Just an hour outside of London, Puzzle Party House is a unique company team building venue where you must solve the puzzles and riddles to find the keys and enter the house. This venue is ideal for those looking for UK corporate venues in the South East. Even better? Once you’ve completed the task, you and your coworkers will be treated to a glass of champagne and 3-course meal prepared by a personal chef! The complete package wrapped up in one.  

 

3. Target Sports

 

Archery

 

If tensions in the office have been getting a little high, this is the perfect way to let loose and reconnect. Give everyone in the office a chance to blow off some steam and aim for the bullseye! Target sports are a relaxing, unique and fun corporate team building activity idea that everyone will enjoy. Try something new such as archery, clay shooting or even crossbow shooting! This will give each employee a chance to focus and center themselves a bit while taking away the stress in an alternative way.

Archery is one of our favourite easy corporate team building activities since it is easy to plan and fun to participate in. If time is an issue, not to worry! Many activity providers, such as Dandelion Events, happen to bring the experience right at your doorstep. Using a bow and arrow is a challenging and exciting way to test your skills and learn something new. Let your employees mingle between shots and watch as they all aim for the goal!

 

For more inspiration on your next team building event, visit our Activities and Ideas page! Browse through all of our amazing partners and providers for fun and new ways to shake things up at the office. 

 

facebook       instagram       party houses twitter       party houses linkedin

 

march giveaway
Mar 08

Win the Perfect Hen or Stag Party Activity

Bianca

Looking for an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, friends and great dance moves? Well, here’s your chance! EpicMe and Party Houses are partnering up to offer you a £50 Voucher on your next party booking. Grab your friends and shake it while you learn all your favorite dance moves and tricks, from death drops to jazz hands. EpicMe is an all exclusive entertainment service that specialises in Dance Party Classes, Events, Hen & Stag Parties and Live Entertainment and will always make sure you #leavefeelingepic.

 

What do I win?

Take £50 off on your next party booking with EpicMe! Chose from a range of fun and exciting hen & stag activities available.  You will always have a great time with experienced dance instructors and excited tour guides. Each activities package includes everything you need so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Here are some of the amazing services you can select with your next booking!

 

Life Drawing Class

Get in touch with your artistic side and bring our your inner DaVinci. 

  • 1hour and 30 mins Class
  • 1x Male Life Model
  • Drawing Materials
  • Artistic Tips
  • Photo opportunity
  • Bottle of Prosecco

RuPaul Experience

Calling all queens!  It’s time to,  Lip.  Sync.  For.  Your. life! We could all use a little drag in our life, so you why not have some to your next party? Bring the hit TV show phenomenon into your own home and be a real queen for a day! 

  • 1hour and 30 mins RuPaul Realness
  • RuPaul Party Host
  • Vogue/Death drops and Catwalk
  • Rupaul Lipsync Battle
  • Fierce Choreography and Dance Tricks
  • Video & Photo Final Dance opportunity
  • Bottle of Prosecco

Hen Party Dance Class

Ever wanted to learn how to dance the ‘Single Ladies’? How about those bouncing Bollywood moves? EpicMe offers a huge selection of dance party classes and themes to chose from!

  • 1hour and 30 mins Dance Party Class
  • Over 40 Themed Dance Classes
  • Professional & Qualified Teacher
  • Warm Up & Stretch
  • Official Choreographed Dance Routine
  • Video & Photo Final Dance opportunity
  • Bottle of Prosecco

 

Dance party with epic me and party houses competition

 

Bar Crawl Bunnies

Perfect for the Stag Party you will never forget !!! Party with our Beautiful Barcrawl Bunnies, who will show you around the best Bars and Clubs. As your own Personal Barmaid, you will also get Free Entry, Free Shots and Reserved Area.

  • 4 hours Guided Barcrawl
  • 1-4 Barcrawl Bunnies Hostess (depending on group size)
  • Personal Waitress service
  • 3 Bars & 1 Nightclub
  • Free Nightclub Entry
  • Free Shots & Reserved Area
  • Games and Full Party Experience

 

How do I enter?

It’s easy! All you need to do is enter your details in our submission form below. The lucky winner will be announced next month and receive an email with their prize! The voucher is redeemable for £50 on your next booking with EpicMe. Hen & Stag Parties won’t want to miss this!

 

Sign up to Party Houses Newsletter and receive great last minute offers, be first to know about new Party Houses and compete in our wonderful monthly competitions!

 

Follow us on social media:

facebook       instagram       party houses twitter       party houses linkedin

 

 

 

bank holiday ideas
Mar 04

Bank Holiday Weekend Inspiration in 2019

Bianca

The spring is ‘springing’ on us faster than we thought. (Not that we’re complaining.) But as the jackets come off and the sunglasses come on, we are scrambling to make plans for the upcoming bank holiday weekend. Don’t worry just yet, there is still plenty of time left to plan. If you are still looking for some inspiration or haven’t even realised the holidays were upon us, we’ve gathered a list of bank holiday ideas in 2019 just for you to help you plan those upcoming free days.

 

✈️ Welcome to flight M-E-2-0-1-9

 

ryanair

 

With new budget airlines popping up throughout the globe, the competition for attracting customers is higher which means, the prices of airfare are getting lower. (Lucky us 😉) You’ve been dreaming about that sunny beachside villa on the coast of Spain for far too long. Now is the time to make the dream a reality this bank holiday weekend. Keep an eye out for special deals on budget airlines like Ryan Air, Vueling, and Easyjet. We thought we’d take a quick gander at some round trip tickets May 4 – 6, from STN to BCN and found flights as little as £62! Well, now it looks like you’ve got extra room in your budget for even more sangria & paella.

 

Bonus tip:

Airlines don’t want you to know this secret, but we’re going to tell you anyways. The price of flight tickets is always cheapest on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. So, if your schedule allows it, try to book your flight back home on that Tuesday morning before work. You can also download airfare apps such as Hopper or Skyscanner to help you find the best deals. Simply create an alert for your destinations they will let you know when airfare rates have changed and even predict when is the best time to book.

 

🏠 Bank Holiday #Staycation

 

staycation

 

Some of us might not be able to take that getaway trip to the Maldives – but that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a relaxing holiday. Treat yourself to a lovely ‘staycation’. In essence, a Staycation is a combination of vacationing and staying at home but don’t think of this as just some ‘time off’. A staycation is all about maximizing your available time right in the comfort of your own home. Use this opportunity (not to do more chores and tasks) but to indulge in the things you really love and want to do. Give yourself a little TLC, find a spa resort nearby to unwind in, soak in a warm bath and open a nice book. How about taking those painting classes you’ve been wanting to try? Reflect on the things you really enjoy and give yourself the holiday you deserve.

 

🇬🇧 There’s no place like home

 

flag

 

Don’t forget about the beauty of your home. Well, we don’t mean your actual home (that’s a staycation.  See above ↑ .) in this case, we mean your home country. The UK has an abundance of beautiful and exciting places to explore and many within driving distance. What we love is the opportunity to get a taste of a new city and get to immerse yourself into beautiful landscapes. Here are some of our favourite sights for nature lovers and metropolitan hubs for our city slickers perfect for exploring during Easter or May bank holiday weekend 2019.

 

 🌲 UK Nature

 

Cotswolds

 

cotwolds

In the south of the UK, lies a rural region filled with rolling hills and medieval villages. Take a walk through time and discover Roman baths, hidden castles, and secret gardens during your spring bank holiday. Just outside of Bristol and only a 1.5-hour drive from Birmingham the Cotswolds is filled with charm and surprises. Gather your friends and family and spend a few nights in a countryside home. We suggest a 2-night stay at the rustic Ivystone HouseThis well-preserved home reminds you every morning of the charm of the Cotswolds.

 

Peak District

peak district

We like to say that the Peak District is the heart of the UK – maybe because it holds such a rich history, was the UK’s first national park, or simply because it’s right in the centre. While the Peak District also holds spectacular mountain views and breathtaking valleys what we really love about this area are all the fun activities available. Everything from rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking, and target sports can be found within the area. We love the location Roaches Hall since most activities are within a short driving distance. For those who want to bring the activities home, take a look a Kington Lodge. With a private outdoor pool, an indoor squash court and a huge yard area you’ll feel right at home.  

 

Dorset

 

dorset

No, that’s actually not the Mediterranean. But with a name like ‘The Jurrasic Coast,’ it sure does sound like an exotic location. On the southern tip of the UK, Dorset is famous for its miles of colorful coastlines and intricate rock formations, also known as the Jurrasic Coast. This is a perfect location for you to spend time by the sea and soak up the salty air and sunshine. This region has plenty of beautiful seaside views as well as more inland natural parks. Browse through their website for even more family fun bank holiday ideas. If you’re looking to stay nearby, take a look at Woodside Barn for 10 – 14 guests.

 

🏙️ UK Cities

 

London

london

Call us cliche, but we can’t resist putting London on the list. London is a timeless, lively city filled with art, culture, and history that we simply can’t resist. What makes this cosmopolitan city so special are the seemingly endless amount of things to do with something for everyone. We love checking out TimeOut London for updates of events and activities happening around the city. No matter what your interest or energy you’ll find a place where you feel you belong. From the posh pavements of Kensington to the grungy streets of Shoreditch, London is truly a place like no other. If you’d also love to host a BBQ with your family and friends this bank holiday weekend in central London, Canary Yacht is a great idea for a fresh, out-of-the-box venue.

 

Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh

Quaint but colourful, this hilly Scottish capital is filled with fun. Edinburgh is home to entertainment, history and plenty of fun pubs to chose from. We love the energy and spirit the city is bursting with. There is something quite unique and special about this city, and it might be the cities castle on the hill. (*cue Ed Sheeran*) This city is a great place to connect with friends and spend valuable time together. Why not plan your bank holiday here with the gals & pals? Book a great central accommodation with plenty of space for everyone. Discover the bars and restaurants just across the street and dance the night away.

 

No matter what you choose to do during your holidays, here are Party Houses we are wishing plenty of good memories, lots of smiles and plenty of magical moments.  

 

Follow us on social media:

facebook       instagram       party houses twitter       party houses linkedin

 

Nature
Feb 20

Why it’s time to reconnect with nature

Bianca

Get back in touch with Mother Earth

Our bodies are composed of the same minerals and nutrients that the earth is composed of so, it’s only natural we make time to reconnect with the great outdoors and appreciate the environment around us. In today’s world, it is easy for us to get caught up in our daily routine surrounded by concrete pavements and the newest shiny technological advancement. Only when you take the time to step out of the city and take in a breath of fresh air, do you realise you need to ‘get in touch with nature’ (and less with a touchscreen). Let this be a little reminder for you to take the time to reconnect with mother earth and spend some time appreciating nature.

 

 

The proof is in the puddle:

Countless studies have been made that show the incredible mental and physical health benefits from getting your daily dose of nature. Everything from reducing stress, improving memory skills, boosting energy, enhancing creativity, even reducing the risk of diabetes can be the result of surrounding yourself with trees, lakes, and mountains.

Ever notice how that one friend who just loves to hike is always bouncing with energy and creativity? There’s science behind that state of mind and much of it has to do with feeling grounded with the great outdoors. One study has even developed the theory ‘grounding’ which claims that direct skin contact with the earth can build up a positive charge in the body, an electric-like buzz. While the debate continues around this theory, we are sure the feeling of sand between your toes or grass tickling the soles of your feet will definitely create a tingling sensation.

 

peak district

 

Getting Started:

Unsure of where to start your journey to reconnect? Look up. Look down. Look around. While observing the environment around you, ask yourself critical questions that help you appreciate the depth of the planet. Ever think about the elements that compose a cloud? When you look at the sunset how many colours do you see? How do the mountains get so high? When you create a train of thoughts you discover more about the earth than you ever imagined.

If you are limited to time or distance, there are always ways to feel close to nature. If you can’t get out into nature, bring it inside. Buy a new plant (our favourite are cacti and succulents due to their low maintenance care) and let it fill your room with new oxygen and life. Make your new household member a daily project. Give it the same love as you would yourself. Besides, the new cactus is made up of the same elements you are.

Believe it or not, sometimes Netflix is the answer. If you don’t quite feel inspired to get up and go out, try turning to the big screen. Watch one of the many Netflix documentaries on nature and natural phenomenons to get you motivated to experience the real deal. BBC’s Blue Planet and Planet Earth are an obvious choice and are sure to fill you with excitement. It’s hard not to shed a tear when you watch a crystal blue Hawaiian wave curling in the sunset with David Attenborough poetically describing the immense power of the ocean. *Goosebumps*

 

wave

Ok, I’m inspired. Now what?:

Great! Now that you are ready to reconnect with mother earth, here are a few ideas to spark your connection. Enjoying your time outdoors is even better with friends and family. Why not plan a weekend holiday and escape city life together? The possibilities are endless, especially if time nor distance is limited. Keep an eye out for budget flights to new places and explore the landscape of foreign places like the Mediterranean, Scandinavia or the Balkans.

While a flight to Spain or an African safari might be a bit far, you can still experience new and exciting sceneries right in your backyard. Recently, the winner was announced of a UK national park photography contest. The entries are truly spectacular and there are quite a few surprises on the list. We were inspired by the colourful landscapes the UK has to offer. Take a drive to your nearest national park and discover the incredible nature within your homeland.

 

victorian

 

If you are still in need of a nature escape, Party Houses has plenty of beautiful houses nestled within some incredible natural landscapes. Many of our houses have breathtaking views and are the perfect outlet for getting in one with nature again. Whether you are hosting a wellness retreat, letting the kids enjoy the great outdoors, or simply planning time to spend with friends and family, check out some of our stunning venues. For a seaside weekend, explore Tenby Manor or Meadfoot Bay. For those who want to spend more time strolling in the Garden, explore Bradwell Country House or maybe Victorian Rectory.

 

For more information on any of our houses, please email [email protected] and one of our friendly agents will be happy to help you.

 

Happy exploring!

 

Follow us on social media:

facebook       instagram       party houses twitter       party houses linkedin

 

4 Alternative ways-compressed
Feb 14

4 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Bianca

This iconic day filled with roses, chocolates, candles, and candies can leave some feeling hopelessly romantic, head over heels, or maybe just a little bitter. Valentine’s day is an occasion to embrace love for everyone and there are always different ways to express that love! For those of you who don’t have any romantic plans or want to simply try something different, here are 4 alternative ways to celebrate Valentine’s day.

1. Be your own Valentine

No matter what your relationship status is, it’s important to love yourself first. Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day to a bit of self-love and self-care. Take time to do activities you truly enjoy or simply take the day to relax and unwind. Maybe hop in bed, watch some Netflix, go to the gym, put on a facemask, and buy yourself something nice?  Need a little bit more motivation? Watch a few of these Ted Talks on the importance of self-care. Some of our favorite ways to practice self-care are: trying out new healthy recipes, doing activities that truly make you smile, taking out time to breathe and meditate, creating a list of personal goals or simply indulging yourself.

 

2.  Show love to the planet

Show the planet you care! Use this day to give back to ol’ mother nature and show her some love. Rather than buying plants and flowers from the store (for them to simply wilt in the following days) take this opportunity to plant new life. Head to your local garden and grow something beautiful or introduce a lovely arrangement into your home.  To get a bit more inspired, take a walk in nature, watch a few documentaries and (literally) go out and smell the roses. Use this day to appreciate the beauty in nature and let it be a fuel for you to show more love to the planet.

3. Reach out and catch up

As life moves on sometimes good friendships can slowly drift away. This Valentine’s day, reach out to an old pal and rekindle your friendship. Invite them for a little gettogether, reminiscing on your memories and fill in the spaces between the time spent apart. Make the day about them and ask lots of questions. You want your friends to know you truly value them! Remind yourself and others what your friendship really means to you. The love for your friends will always be there and it’s important to nurture and care for them just as you would in any relationship (or with any plant- see above). Don’t be afraid to extend out your hand and reconnect!

 

4. Celebrate with a group

Who says Valentine’s day has is limited to celebrating with one person? Show your affection and appreciation to everybody! Plan a fun event with your closest friends and family to surround yourself with people you love. Host a dinner party, plan a fun activity, create a day of games or spend the day chatting and relaxing. Why not plan a ‘Galentines Day’ party with the girls? Maybe you need to embrace the ‘bromance’ between lads? Get together with your friends to create a day of fun and love. Next year, book an intimate and cosy venue to spend the holiday in a big way. 

No matter what your plans are this holiday, here at Party Houses were wishing you lots of love and chocolates. Cheers!

 

Follow us on social media:

facebook       instagram       party houses twitter       party houses linkedin

 

 

Win a $50 Voucher
Feb 04

Win a £50 Voucher with Food by Anthony

Bianca

Enter for your chance to win!

Party Houses and Food by Anthony are partnering up to give you the opportunity to win a £50 voucher on your next private chef services! Anthony Dalton offers professional personal chef service for dinner parties and special occasions, providing memorable meals and evenings.  His wide range of styles, including his signature modern British fusion cuisine, use handpicked, fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Imagine having a luxury 3-course meal right in the comfort of your own home!

With Food by Anthony, you will be able to enjoy the company of your friends and family. A personal chef service will ease the transition between play time and meal time so you won’t have to stress about feeding the bunch. Spending time with family and friends is about making the most out of your time, and Anthony Dalton will make sure you do just that.

Have a favorite meal in mind? Anthony is happy to prepare customised courses! His professionalism, efficiency, and friendliness will ensure you have a memorable and pleasant experience. No matter how big or small your group or where you are located, you will be able to enjoy these deliciously crafted meals. Anthony is available to travel all over the UK at an additional cost to help you create an effortless event.

How to win:

  •  Click here and ‘Like’ the Party Houses and Food by Anthony Facebook page
  •  Visit Anthony’s website and browse through the delectable set of menus
  • Comment your favorite meal on our giveaway Facebook post
  • Tag a friend to share your winning!

Bon Apetit!

Seasonal Menus available: 

These mouth-watering meals are prepared to perfection. While we can’t help but crave the Spring Main event (Hake Fillet, shrimp butter, purple sprouting broccoli and gnocchi) but we love all the available options! Each meal is artfully created to combine the best flavor combinations while including the freshest and local ingredients. Anthony is happy to help you answer any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming booking.  Take a look at more seasonal menus.

Follow us on social media:

 

facebook       instagram       party houses twitter       party houses linkedin

 

 

5 vegan recipes
Jan 24

5 Surprisingly Simple Vegan Recipes

Bianca

If there’s one word that comes to mind when preparing vegan recipes it’s most likely the word, complicated. Just a few too many vegan recipes online and on blogs require specific and strange ingredients like Aquafaba or Irish sea moss.  (Where do you even buy these things?)  But fear not, we’ve compiled a list of 5 super simple, and super tasty, vegan recipes with ingredients you probably already own. All of these dishes can be prepared in an hour or less and don’t require a degree in biochemistry or culinary arts. On your next wellness retreat or yoga gathering, impress your guests with these yummy dishes. Healthy food and plant-based recipes don’t need to be so difficult after all.

 

Click the recipes to get all the delicious details! 

 

1. Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles

We are in love with this Asian inspired cold noodle bowl. This cool and simple dish is so fresh and light it will be the summer snack everyone wants. Toss it together in under 30 min and enjoy every bite bursting with pops of ginger flavor, miso paste, and crispy snap peas. There are even gluten-free suggestions included for those with gluten-sensitivity. This recipe is a great introduction dish for those trying out the vegan wagon and its colorful appeal makes it even better for Instagram.  Don’t be shy, show off your stuff. 

 

2. Sweetheart slaw with passion fruit dressing

Straight from the king of cooking himself, Jamie Oliver, this ‘Super Easy’ dish takes only 15 minutes to prepare.  Whip up some zesty citrus and passion fruit dressing and glaze over a bushel cabbage, apples, celery, and asparagus. This quick and tasty recipe is the perfect light, post-yoga treat. Prepare this dish for your next gathering and give your guests the Michelin star experience right in your own kitchen. Maybe you’ll even impress Mr. Jamie Oliver himself?  

 

3. Peanut butter and jelly chia pudding

pbj

Who says that peanut butter and jelly is only for kids? Embrace your inner child with this grown-up twist on the classic PB&J. Easily prepare this simple dish in 15 minutes or less. Create your own blueberry compote and blend in some chia seeds, vanilla, and coconut milk. Top it off with peanut butter and, voila! A week’s worth of snacks ready to eat. We love to get creative with this recipe and put our own twist on it: replace the PB with almond butter and use different variations of berries. Try creating your own special blend of compote with strawberries, raspberries, and blackberry.

 

4. Sweet potato breakfast bowl

This breakfast bowl is a great hearty and healthy food alternative to the classic breakfast burrito bowl. This simple dish is so tasty you’ll forget it’s a vegan recipe. Replace your cheese, meat and potato bowl with nutritious starch rich in vitamins and minerals. Start off your morning with this bowl that will keep you fuller for longer and energized throughout the day. For or those of you trying out out a Paleo Diet, this is a great everyday staple meal.

 

5. Fluffy vegan banana-free pancakes

These pancakes are the stuff dreams are made up and fluffy enough to use as pillows. We’ve seen so many banana-based cake recipes, it’s refreshing to find an alternative! All you need is applesauce, oats, milk, baking soda/powder, vanilla, lemon, and salt! This yummy breakfast… or lunch…  or dinner… recipe is easily cooked in 20 minutes and requires little preparation. Oh, how dreamy healthy food can really be. You already have these ingredients in your pantry, so what are you waiting for?

 

Try out these recipes on your next holidays with Party Houses. With a large selection of fully equipped kitchens, Party Houses offers the perfect environment for testing out your new recipes. Share this link with friends for your next holiday meal plan. Got a recipe to share? Comment below and inspire us with your favorite healthy and vegan recipes!

 

facebook       instagram       party houses twitter       party houses linkedin