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Events & lockdown: Necessity is the mother of all invention

May 27, 2020

Yes, it’s another COVID-19/physical distancing based blog I’m afraid! I’m sure you’ve seen plenty in recent months. But it’s not all doom and gloom and as the title says; when it comes to events & lockdown, necessity has indeed proved to be the mother of all invention.

That’s why we want to let you know what we, and some of the other suppliers that we work with, are doing during these unprecedented and rather tricky times.

We may not be able to gather together in large groups for parties, weddings and other celebration events just yet; but there are still ways we can plan, party and enjoy ourselves. Below are a few initiatives that some of our industry friends and colleagues have introduced to help keep us all sane during the COVID-19 crisis:

Enjoy award winning cocktails -at home!

Our friends at Ace Bar Events have created a series of ‘Cocktail boxes’, containing all of the ingredients you’ll need to mix and enjoy six of their incredible cocktails at home. The cocktail boxes even come with easy to follow recipe cards and links to cocktail mixing tutorial videos – it really couldn’t be simpler!

What’s more, each cocktail recipe has been specially designed by Ace Bar Events own team of award-winning mixologists, so they are bound to be incredible. And don’t worry if you don’t have your own cocktail mixing equipment – The Ace Bar Events team can supply all of the essential kit you’ll need. You’ll be shaking cocktails like a pro in no time!

Simply visit the Ace Bar Events website select the cocktail box (or boxes) that you’d like and check out! Ace are offering FREE delivery and your cocktail box will be with you within 24/48 hours of your order being placed. Certain to bring a smile to your face in these challenging times.

Treat yourself to some delicious food

We work with some incredible luxury event catering companies. While the events world is in hiatus a few of them have looked to create new initiatives to keep their clients happy (and well fed) until they are able to get their full event catering services back up and running.

Caper & Berry are offering ‘The Weekender’ – three course meals, perfect for families of four, delivered to your door, ready for the weekend.

The Weekender serves a family of four on both Friday and Saturday evenings and features 2 x Three course meals for four (selected from their newly designed menus), plus a selection of delicious side dishes for each meal and some extra sweet treats.

The meals are prepared by Caper & Berry’s Executive chef and are ready to be finished (and enjoyed!) at home by you. Why not visit their website to find out more.

If you’re planning a small gathering (taking all sensible precautions of course) and need some party food, Vanilla Bean Event Catering are currently pulling together a wonderful BBQ & Summer Party food package; full details can be found on their website.

BBQ by Vanilla Bean Event Catering

Alternatively, why not give them a call on 01932 356180 to find out more? Vanilla Bean are also offering lockdown based social trend and events advice; take a look at their latest newsletter here

And finally,  the wonderful Two Many Cooks have recently added Pantry Boxes and Frozen Ready Meals to their repertoire. Ideal for these exceptionally unusual times; their offering includes a lockdown Dinner Party box for two, BBQ box for two, a Picnic box for two, and a pantry box – featuring treats such as chocolate brownies and Two Many Cooks delicious pork sausage rolls. Sounds wonderful!

Hold a virtual event!

If you are looking for virtual events or entertainment then look no further than MGN events. The MGN events team have been creating high quality events for over ten years and have an incredible reputation within the events industry.

The team can help to create virtual events for children or adults. They can source virtual entertainers and will even take care of all of the technical aspects (including invitations) so that you don’t have to.

But MGN events truly come into their own when creating virtual corporate events. Find out more about how MGN transfer their event planning skillsets, high production values and technical abilities to create incredible, wow factor, virtual corporate events by visiting their website.

Organise your post lockdown event with Inside Outside’s virtual solutions

We know that lockdown can’t last forever, we also know that a return to pre-COVID ‘normal’ may be some time away. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start to plan your post lockdown events.

We’re offering virtual consultations and site visits. This means that we can talk through your event ideas and plans on a video call via platforms such as Zoom, Facetime and Skype. We can also survey your proposed marquee sites using video calls in conjunction with Google Earth and maps.

The end result being full and accurate quotations, scale marquee plans and a party, wedding or event to look forward to! We’re also offering discounted deposits and flexible event dates; read more here.

Looking for advice (COVID related or otherwise) for planning your next event?

Events & lockdown may not be ideal bedfellows, but if your planning one then Contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help. Our team are on hand with advice and information. We’re ready to discuss your events, offer initial estimates and set up virtual consultations and site visits. Call 01372 459485 or email

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