The Ultimate Kids Parties

The Ultimate Kids Parties

Planning the perfect celebration for your little one


You don’t need a celebrity budget to throw an entertaining and memorable child’s party that your little one will love.


There was a time when all you needed for a successful child’s party was a few balloons, some party games and the obligatory jelly and ice-cream. However, with the rise of celebrity culture and the prevalence of social media, many parents are now going all-out to throw the ultimate celebration, spending thousands of dollars on elaborate mega-parties in impressive locations with no expense spared.


While these parties may be fun to observe from afar, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need to go to these lengths to throw a great party for your little one.



When it comes to putting on a great event, preparation is absolutely key. Think about the type of party you want to throw and where you want to hold it. Popular event venues often get booked up far in advance, so if you have somewhere specific in mind be sure to book it in plenty of time. Now is also a good time to decide whether you want to throw a themed party. Parties with a theme, such as superheroes or under-the-sea for example, can be great fun and will also influence other aspects of the event such as décor, invitations and the birthday cake.



Wherever you decide to hold your party, clever decorations can help you to transform the space into something magical and memorable. Balloons are back in fashion in a big way, so fill your party room with lots of helium balloons in your child’s favourite colours and combine with bunting or paper lanterns for an impressive party space that doesn’t cost the earth.



The most important part of any party is, of course, the entertainment. Finding the right entertainment can make or break your party and, these days, a few rounds of musical chairs and pass the parcel, no longer cuts the mustard. For the ultimate kids’ party you need to put a bit more thought and effort into how you will keep your little guests entertained.


There are a lots of great options out there, from magicians and discos, to soft play and bouncy castles, and the one that will work best for your party depends on a number of factors, including the number and age of your guests, the location of your party and your budget.


Making sure that people are kept entertained for the duration of the party can be stressful, so you might want to take the pressure off by hiring a children’s entertainer. These can offer a whole array of services, including mini discos, party games and competitions, bubble machines, magic shows and even karaoke. A good entertainer will tailor their offering to the age group of your party, so you can be sure your guests will have a great time whether they’re toddlers or ‘tweenagers’.


Hiring a child’s entertainer is becoming an increasingly popular option, so if it’s something you’re considering, make sure you plan in advance. A popular kids’ party entertainer in Kent recommends booking your entertainment as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


Party bags

It’s traditional to thank guests for attending your party by presenting them with a goody bag as they leave. Often, these bags contain some plastic tat, a few sweets and a squashed piece of birthday cake, but that doesn’t have to be the case. For something a little more memorable, get crafty and make your own bag; fill it with home-made sweet treats, or a colouring book and pack of pencils for a sugar-free alternative. If this all seems like a little too much effort, you can always cheat by opting for convenient pre-filled party bags. We promise not to tell!


Every parent wants to make their child’s party as special as possible, whether it’s their first birthday or their sixteenth. With careful planning and a focus on great entertainment you can throw an amazing party that your little one will really love.

Five Corporate Team Building Activities to Boost Office Morale

Five Corporate Team Building Activities to Boost Office Morale

Motivate, inform and inspire your staff with these team building event ideas London. Not only will it boost the teams’ morale and turn the team into a tight knit group, but the business will reap the benefits of a more productive and upbeat team.


Here are five corporate team building activities guaranteed to boost office morale – as told by the experts Zing Events!


Cooking up a storm

This team cooking event is a fun, hands on cookery workshop where teams go head-to-head to produce outstanding Asian food. Each team will go ahead during the cooking event to compete for the title of top chef. Working with professional chefs, the group will learn a few tricks of the trade that the team can use at the next dinner party to impress their friends.

Crime scene investigation

If you’re looking for something challenging and testing for your team, the crime scene investigation team building event is for you. This is the most immersive and thrilling team building experience out there. The team will be put through a series of forensic challenges to give them the opportunity to solve cases through real-life methods employed by crime scene investigators.

GPS treasure hunt

The GPS treasure hunt is a fully interactive activity that provides a unique and interesting way to explore a location! Teams will work hard together to answer interactive questions and complete fun challenges on iPad’s. The GPS treasure hunt game has also been adapted into a city explorer tour, spy school and a pub crawl – so there’s something for everyone!

No ordinary quiz

‘No ordinary quiz’ is a corporate quiz team building activity for a fun interactive evening at a highly professional level. The quiz show will be made up of your selected rounds, featuring questions, video clips, audio clips and activities. There are dozens of rounds to choose from, including technology, sport, music, history and travel.

Crystal game show

The crystal game show is a mash up of Zing Events two most popular activities; the crystal challenge and game show style activities. The group will be divided into teams, sat at tables ready to entre each of the zones and complete as many tasks as possible in the allotted time.


There are so many ways in which team building events can be made extra special; all it takes is a little research and planning for a fun day. If you’re not up for the planning part, leave it to the professionals who will make sure the event delivers on every front.

A successful team outing will ensure team members return back to work with full gusto. The productivity will soar, and your business will reap the benefits of a happy team!

The Easiest Way to Sell Your Car


Avoid the Forecourts and the Classifieds by Selling Online

Today we can do almost anything online, and that includes selling a car. It’s hassle-free and gets you a fair market price.

Selling a car is a pain. It’s something all of us have to do from time to time, yet for many, the stress and aggravation of getting rid of your old car takes much of the shine away from the excitement of driving off in your new one.

Bizarrely enough, this is one area in which the lower the value of the car, the more stressful it can be. If you’ve got a three year old luxury saloon in perfect condition, you can go to any number of reputable sources, get an accurate idea of what it is worth and sell it without hassle.

If it’s a 15 year old banger with little or no MOT however, what then? Fortunately, even if it’s the end of the road for your old car, the miracle of the internet age is that you can get a scrap car quote online that is every bit as reliable as the valuations others will provide on something high end.

They buy, they pay, they take it away

Services of this type are nothing new, and companies like webuyanycar have been operating successfully for years. They base their valuation on market conditions without the tyre kicking and haggling that has blighted the used car market since time immemorial, meaning you get a price that is fair for everyone.

Could you get more selling it privately? Perhaps – after all, webuyanycar have to cover their costs. But the real question is whether the cost, time and inconvenience of advertising it, dealing with viewers and arguing over the price is really worth an extra couple of hundred pounds that might never appear.

Scrapping made simple

In the case of a scrap car, the online option is even more compelling. The webuyanycar type sites will indeed buy anything, but if you try to sell a scrapper, you will not walk away with much in your pocket. They charge a transaction fee of £50, and when the car might only be worth £100 or so, that makes a big dent! Then there is the fact that you need to take the car to them – if it’s already failed its MOT, that’s not going to be practical.

Specialist scrap car buyers have the infrastructure in place to give you an instant quote, pay you the money online then come and collect the car on a transporter. They even deal with the DVLA paperwork to confirm that the car has been disposed of correctly and in keeping with environmental regulations.

In creating this piece we conducted a test using a 20 year old vehicle that had failed its MOT.

Webuyanycar offered £130 for the vehicle, but this was subject to a £50 fee. The scrap car specialist quoted £75, which they would pay by immediate bank transfer, and this included collecting the vehicle and dealing with the paperwork.

We also advertised the car privately, and were inundated with calls over a week long period. These resulted in two people actually turning up to view the vehicle and a best offer of £80.

Clearly, the price offered by the scrap company was a fair market value – it represents the only sensible way of scrapping a car in the internet age.

How to Brighten Your Living Space

How to Brighten Your Living Space

Whether you live in a shared townhouse, a family home or an apartment on your own, inside your four walls should be a place of comfort and relaxation.

Natural light is a known mood enhancer and is therefor the perfect way to make your home feel brighter and bigger. Here are five easy ways to create a bright and luminous living space which will effortlessly boost your well-being.

Use neutral shade paint

Dark colours absorb light, so when it comes to painting your walls it’s important to keep things light. The best way to do this is by sticking to a neutral palette, such as whites, greys and creams.

Lighter hues will instantly bright up any sized room, and accessories can be added afterwards to add a touch (or a lot!) of colour.

Install bi-folding doors

Bi-folding doors are a great way of bringing the outdoors in by integrating the home and the garden seamlessly. Bi folding door installers london can install wall-to-wall glass into commercial and residential builds, which will transform any dark space and bring a huge amount of natural light into the rooms. Bi-folding doors are perfect for optimising the light coming into your home, connecting your living space seamlessly with the outdoors.

Let the natural light in

A great way to flood a room with natural light is to add glass panelling to the front door. The glass will allow the daylight to beam through into the hallway and illuminate the surrounding areas. Frosted glass is also another great way to achieve this, while retaining the feeling of privacy.

Reinvent with roof windows

Roof windows on a conservatory allow sunlight to enter a room from the highest point, making them an intense and direct source of light.

They reduce the need for “cold” artificial light and instead let natural light flood in for a brighter-feeling home.

Clear your clutter

A simple way to create a light and stress-free space is to declutter! Overcrowded bookshelves and too many wall hangings can make a room feel smaller and darker than it is. You can avoid this by having regular clear-outs to remove anything that isn’t needed.

What to See and Do in Hatfield

What to See and Do in Hatfield

Hatfield is a town of Saxon origin, located just 22 miles north of London in central Hertfordshire. The town had a close relationship with the aviation industry throughout the 20th century and is now a popular town for commuters.

Read all about what to see and do in the bustling town!


Things to see and do in Hatfield

Stunning stately homes, exciting days out, cultural escapes and memories that will last a lifetime – Hatfield is the perfect place for your next short break in England.

Just 20 minutes by train from London, our lush green town is brimming with exciting things to see and do.

Hatfield House, just 21 miles of north London, is a stunning Jacobean House with gardens set in a spectacular countryside setting. Here you can explore the 400-year-old home and stroll through the impeccably tidy and brightly coloured gardens.

The Mill Green Museum & Mill provides a local history museum for the Welwyn & Hatfield District. Housed within the home of millers who once worked the adjoining watermill, the mill has now been fully restored and is operational. Visit the interactive museum to see how the mill grinds organic flour and see the waterwheel in action. It’s a great museum for a family day out.

The Galleria in Hatfield is an outlet shopping centre with over 80 shops, covering the best of the high street names as well as more specialised stores. The shopping outlets include Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein and JD Sports, with a number of restaurants, cafes and eateries to visit too. There is also an Odeon on site, showing films from 11am every morning.

Where to stay in Hatfield

When planning your trip to Hatfield, you can be rest assured that you will be sleeping soundly and enjoying delicious food and drink at Beales Hotel, Hatfield’s finest four-star contemporary hotel.

Beales Hotel is inspired by an unusual blend of natural and man-made materials, influenced heavily by local art. There are 53 individually designed bedrooms, ranging from contemporary and executive to luxury and family-orientated. Beales Hotel is also the perfect venue for holding conferences and meetings, with a number of corporate suites and packages available. Companies from across the UK use Beales Hotel to host their board meetings, training days and breakfast meetings in a professional and cost-effective way.

The OutsideIn Restaurant serves up an exceptional range of cuisine to cater for all tastes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Beales Hotel have an extensive menu of starters and main courses, including pan fried duck breast, rump of lamb, courgette and tomato tarte tatin and pan seared king scallops.

Where to eat in Hatfield

Hatfield have a number of fantastic range of restaurants and eateries, from local cuisine and cafes to chain restaurants and gastro pubs.

The Red Lion is a family-run pub, serving up delicious family-food including burgers, pasta and salads. Muri Indian is a popular family-run Indian restaurant, serving perfectly spiced dishes using fresh ingredients. There are also a number of chain restaurants in The Galleria, including Bella Italia, Harvester, Nandos and Pizza Express – so there really is something for all the family!


There’s so much to see and do in Hatfield, so when will you be visiting?

Learn to Sail Online

sailing a yacht

Can an Online Course Prepare you for Life on the Waves?

Sailing is one of the most visceral experiences you can have. Yet an online course can put you in good stead to hit the water running.

You can do most things over the internet these days, but even the most die-hard devotee of the virtual experience might think twice at the concept of learning to sail online.

Of course, there is no substitute for getting out on the water, and nobody is going to become adept at sailing by sitting in front of a computer screen. However, in the same way that a theory test does not teach you to drive but does prepare you for driving, the RYA online courses are an important prerequisite to achieving prowess as a sailor.

What courses are available?

Currently, the following RYA courses can be taken online:

  • Essential Navigation and Seamanship
  • VHF
  • Day Skipper Theory
  • Coastal / Yachtmaster Theory
  • Yachtmaster Ocean theory
  • PPR
  • Safe & Fun Safeguarding

Previews and free trials are available online, so that you can get a taste for what each course entails, approximately how long it will take and what you will get at the end of it.

Advantages of online study

There are two key advantages to taking courses like these online. The first is flexibility and the second is price. For example, the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course takes around six hours to complete online. As it is built up of course units, it is easy to break it up into bite sized pieces and fit studies around your other day to day commitments. You can complete the course from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace – and at a cost of £89.

Taking the course in a classroom setting takes around 16 hours, and is often offered as an intensive two-day course. Prices vary between centres, but of course, a two day course is going to be significantly more expensive than £89. You might also have to factor in the additional costs of travel and accommodation, as well as the inconvenience factor of dedicating two full days to taking the course.

Course formats

The YSA online courses are designed to be enjoyable as well as educational. Unlike some distance learning courses, they do not simply throw information at you on slides or videos. Instead, they consist of fully interactive features and animations that keep you engaged and involved throughout.

Quizzes help you to check your learning along the way, and the answers are provided on the spot, so you can be confident as to when you are ready to take the final assessment.

For complete flexibility, the courses are compatible with all browsers and can be accessed from your PC or Mac. The Day Skipper Theory course can even be accessed from mobile devices, so you can take your studies with you wherever you go!

Gaining your qualification

With all the online courses, the ultimate objective is to obtain the necessary qualification. You will have full access to a dedicated instructor throughout the course, meaning you have all the support that would be available in a classroom environment, but with all the advantages of studying at your own pace from the comfort of home.

Make Your Next Break A Staycation

Beales Hotel

A holiday is a great form of escapism, whether you fly around the world or book a staycation somewhere local. Sometimes we just need to get away from it all. Between the daily stress of trying to maintain a health work, life and social balance, it can be really hard to find some “me” time away from the stress of it all. But planning a short city break can take too much time and bring its own anxieties.

Forget airports, taxis and suitcases and book a night or two at a hotel hertfordshire where you can unwind, relax and enjoy your own company. Check out our five reasons to staycation in England.


You time

A staycation is an excuse to check out and recharge without feeling bad about it, so it’s time to unwind by getting off your phone, booking a massage or reading in the bathtub. It’s also a great time to explore a hobby that you never seem to have time for, whether it be knitting, playing an instrument, drawing or cooking. Sometimes all we need is a beautiful, relaxing hotel to get us into the holiday mode.

Time to explore

Many of us have lists of things we want to do in our cities, but never manage to find the time for. A list may consist of restaurants to dine at, bars to visit, museum exhibits to see and places to explore. Instead of leaving them unchecked, a staycation break allows you to invest some time in your own county or a new location. You have the time to go shopping, eat out at a new restaurant, watch a film or soak up the atmosphere.


Between getting the time off of work, booking flights, stressing over what to pack, dealing with the chaos of an airport and spending hours travelling, the stress of travel can sometimes defeat the purpose of a holiday. On a staycation, stress levels are practically non-existent, leaving you no choice but to just relax. Have a wander around the hotel grounds to check out the facilities then head back to your room for a bubble bath and fluffy bathrobe and voila! Your holiday has begun.


Travelling can be expensive and time consuming. If you cut out the time off by staying somewhere local and remove flights from the budget, you can save yourself a lot of money. A night away is doable for most people as you don’t need to go crazy and spend your savings just because you need a break this weekend.


Sometimes when you need a break, you need it as soon as possible. The beauty of a staycation is that when you decide you need a break, you can actually take it hours later.

5 Things That Are A Must Before Booking Your Wedding Photographer

5 Things That Are A Must Before Booking Your Wedding Photographer

Cheesy smiles, an awkward stance and family members trying to hide in the back of the group shots are not how you want to remember your wedding day when you look back over photos in years to come.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for photographs being taken so you can look back over them with fond memories!


Research, research, research!

To ensure the planning and wedding day itself is stress-free, you should thoroughly research all of your suppliers, including the wedding photographer Bristol. Read any articles, questionnaires or relevant information on a photographer’s website to see how they work and look for feedback on their social channels. You should also be able to see a wedding gallery on the site where you can see the style of photos they take.

Browsing the photo gallery will give you a clear picture of how they photograph wedding days, and what you can expect from them. You can also get a clear picture of how they photograph a wedding day, and what you can expect from them on your big day. Asking to see samples from a few weddings shows consistency in their quality and style, allowing you to imagine what your photographs will look like.

Arrange a meeting

Posing in a beautiful wedding dress and feeling relaxed on one of the biggest days of your life isn’t the easiest thing to do. However, choosing a photographer you feel comfortable with can make you feel a lot better about the situation.

Before booking your photographer, ask to meet them in person. They might take beautiful photographs but if you don’t feel comfortable around them then it won’t be as stress-free a process. Get to know your photographer a little bit better and see if you like their personality, which more important than you might think. The right photographer will be able to keep you calm and help you to enjoy the day.

Enquire about the packages

You don’t want to be left disappointed if after the wedding you are expecting to receive 500 photographs and only end up with 100. Some photographers only give 100 images from a 10-hour wedding package and charge extra for each image above this. Other wedding photographers may supply 500 images in colour and black and white, and then pay for the final edited versions. Packages can differ massively, so ensure the package is agreed before the wedding day.

Book an engagement shoot

Practice makes perfect! Book an engagement shoot to get comfortable in front of the camera and practice posing with an engagement portrait session. An engagement shoot is also the perfect opportunity to get a sneak peak at the type of photos you can expect from your big day. You could even hold the session at your wedding venue so that your photographer can identify all the best spots ahead of the wedding.

Ask the photographer how they plan for each wedding and what their approach is. Whether you have a long list of family members and friends or you’re feeling inspired by some fun images you’ve seen in a magazine, deciding what you want from your photographs is key. Choose a photography style, be it documentary style, traditional or photojournalistic for example, and discuss any needs and requirements ahead of the wedding.

Don’t miss a minute

Careful planning before the wedding will mean the photographer has a list of shots to work through. From family portraits to dinner, first dance to toasting the happy couple, plus any extra shots they would like to include. Wedding photographers capture all the really important moments, and also focus on the in-between moments as well. The candid shots are important because sometimes those moments aren’t seen by the couple.

Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Wedding natural photography

When it comes to planning a wedding, there is a long list of tasks that need to be considered. The main task is to find and book a wedding photographer in Essex; someone who can capture those special moments in a creative and memorable way for you to cherish for a life time.

Photography on your big day

It’s important to find someone talented, experienced and who can live up to your expectations. Browse through online portfolios to a find a wedding photography style you like, be in documentary-style, portraiture or edgy, so that you know what kind of photos you would like to have taken. Finding the perfect photographer will ensure everyone can enjoy the big day, knowing there will be some stunning photos to cherish at the end of it!

Choosing the perfect location

There are beautiful wedding venues and locations throughout Essex to choose from, thanks to the beautiful rolling countryside and picturesque views in the county. Once you’ve found the perfect venue, let your photographer know as far in advance as possible so that they can look for some interesting and unique spots to photograph you in.

Do your research

It’s important to have in mind what style of photography you would like to have at your wedding, whether it be contemporary, traditional or documentary. It’s important to have a budget in mind, and to hire the photographer whose work you most connect with.

Style of photography

Spend time researching and looking into the types of photography you prefer, as this will help you decide on the photographer you will want shooting at your wedding.

If you like the spontaneous style with candid shots of people, décor and action, then documentary photography is the style for you. Documentary shots may include family dancing together, bridesmaids laughing and friends drinking champagne. This style of photo captures and cherishes the story exactly as it happens. If you like traditional photography with posed shots in front of various backdrops, then the portraiture style is for you. Portraiture shots are a lot more formal, such as family all standing together or the couple standing the ceremony altar.

If you’re looking for something a little more edge and different, why not try wedding photographers with a street photography background. These photographers tend to push the boundaries of moments they capture, mixing humour and dynamics with creative framing and composition.

Have trust and ease in your wedding photographer, they are there to capture beautiful moments for a lifetime!

100 Rat Complaints Every Day In London

rats on London streets

A recent report showing London boroughs between them received 186,000 rodent complaints between 2012 and 2017 with some individual boroughs getting over 20,000.

Rodents on the rise with 186,000 sightings over the past five years

It’s well known that London, in common with many larger cities, has a rat and mouse problem; a recent report shows just how severe the issue is throughout the capital with some 186,000 reported rat and mice sightings from 2012 to 2017. Some London boroughs have received complaints well into five figures during this period as the capital’s rodent problem exacerbates.

Population increases spell problems

The report, entitled ‘Rat Land’ and compiled by London Assembly member Susan Hall, polled all 32 London boroughs for their statistics on rodent sightings and analysed, through the help of London pest control experts, why the capital’s rat and mouse problem is so acute.

Some of the more densely populated London boroughs such as Tower Hamlets are particularly affected by rat and mice infestations – indeed, Tower Hamlets accounts for 30,000 (16%) of the overall total of reported sightings, the highest of all the London boroughs. This is largely a consequence of this East London borough being right at the top in terms of overcrowding statistics, and overcrowding can encourage the proliferation of rodents and other pests.

Other London boroughs reporting high incidences of rodent sightings were Brent and Camden in the north west of the capital with just under 20,000 and 13,500 sightings respectively; Lambeth south of the River Thames with 13,300 complaints, and Ealing in the west with just over 12,240.

There are only eight boroughs reporting fewer than 1,000 sightings per year; these include the City of London (940), Kensington and Chelsea (845), Merton (546) and Hammersmith and Fulham (271).

Why there’s a rodent problem

Densely populated areas can inevitably promote pest problems, but an overall need to step up general cleanliness and hygiene has been identified. For example, using expert drain contractors to more regularly clean and clear drains is seen as an important step as areas with poor drainage can give rise to rodent infestations.

‘Street cleanliness’ measures such as sweeping and removing rubbish – particularly in the light of certain graphic videos on social media showing rats attacking rubbish bags left on streets – can inhibit rodent numbers.

It’s also down to business owners and householders generally to observe good practices when it comes to the storing and disposal of rubbish, especially food-related refuse, and to do what they can to inhibit rodents. Pests such as rats are attracted to food sources, so secure bagging of unwanted food prior to its preferably swift removal is vital.

Other solutions include the stepping up of awareness campaigns and perhaps a reconsideration of how often bins are emptied by local authorities. Refuse removal has been reduced in frequency in recent years, so food waste has been hanging around in some neighbourhoods for at least a fortnight so attracting the wrong type of visitor to an area.

Businesses handling food such as restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets are likely to be more closely monitored by environmental health personnel and encouraged to be more diligent in their rubbish handling.

A rising problem

Pest control experts say cities are ideal places for rodents to thrive as they naturally offer plenty of shelter, food and water – a situation likely to improve for them as densities of population increase.