How to Host the Best Summer Event
The easing of lockdown restrictions has the UK population itching to get back out there and get back hosting events! After a year of lockdowns and social distancing, all of us have missed out on opportunities to celebrate birthdays, achievements and milestone events. But now is our chance to make up for our lost time!
As a venue and bar, you can use this to your advantage. By attending your summer events, you will be providing so many families and friends with the chance to catch up in style. From big birthdays to wedding receptions, missed graduations to new arrivals, despite being locked down, life has gone on.
Of course, there are rules and regulations to adhere to and social distancing measures to put in place. Rather than sitting in their back gardens, your guests get the opportunity to dress up and indulge in a pre-Covid activity where the safety measures are already in place.
What must you keep in mind?
As it stands currently, the government’s guidelines state live music or performance events have to have a maximum attendance of 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, or 4,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity. This number is calculated on whichever is lower indoors. So while keeping an eye on the number of customers entering your establishment, you will also need to ensure that social distancing measures are followed.
As it has been a long time since you have hosted an event, you may be wondering where to start, or you may need a new marketing strategy for your pub or bar. One that will make you be the place to be and to have patrons flocking to your door! So let’s take a look at how you can host the best summer event.
Pick a Fun Theme.
What we recommend when it comes to stirring up some interest is planning an event with an exciting and fun theme! Get your guests intrigued through visual marketing and countdowns on social media, and encourage them to book tables or booths. Ensure you keep in mind the size of your event’s space and keep your expectations realistic on how many can attend while staying safe.
Summer pub party ideas that you can host include;
- Luau Party. A traditional Hawaiian party or feast accompanied by entertainment such as Hawaiian music and hula, allowing attendees to have fun dressing up. These parties are best when planned outside, to ensure music can be played and people have enough space to dance.
- Speakeasy Party. With mood lighting and lots of glamour, attendees will have a ball as they dance to swing or jazz music and dress in brightly coloured clothing from 1920. Again, to ensure you are adhering to the government guidelines, an outdoor awning or marquee is best to help provide the atmosphere and air circulation.
- Retro Party. Take your guest back to a time before Covid! Have some fun with a sit-down menu of British favourites, optional fancy dress, and some retro entertainment machines. These parties are suitable for indoor venues, as groups can be restricted to tables of six and entertainment machines can be spaced out.
On-Hand Interactive Entertainment.
Ensuring that you have good entertainment for your event is critical to its success. Every host wants their guests to have a great time, to feel relaxed and comfortable in your environment so they can enjoy themselves. When your guests are happy, your business will boom. In creating a great atmosphere, your guests will tell their friends and family and are more likely to return with new customers!
At Amusement Leisure, we understand that providing fun entertainment can help your business achieve this. That is why we offer incredible interactive entertainment machines to help enhance your guests’ experience. From fruit machines, background music and jukeboxes, even pool tables, your guests will have a fabulous experience. See what machines we can offer here.
Offer Mouth Watering Food.
When recalling an event, the majority of us will remember the food. Good or bad, what we had to eat and the selection that was on offer is what stays with us for years to come. So make sure your guests remember your food for the right reasons!
Choose a menu that compliments your theme, if you have one, and provides a good range of choices. Ensure it includes exciting vegetarian and vegan options, so everyone feels included. And, get creative or your food choices! For events, you can always go quirky and playful with your presentation, too.
Have a Splashing Drinks Menu.
In a summer event, the drinks menu is just as important as the food menu. So as your guests enjoy their night to the max, make sure you can keep them refreshed all evening with exciting options. Remember, you can play up to your theme here. Have colourful options on the menu that stand out with quirky names to complement your theme. All these details will be noticed by your guests, especially when it comes to cocktails. Alternatively, if you want to serve cocktails, how about canned cocktails? These can help you keep up the flavours and freshness while consistently making a profit.
Hosting the best event, no matter what season or sporting event, can be tricky. But, when you pick an exciting theme, have interactive entertainment, and have a food and beverage menu to die for, you will be setting your business up for success from the moment you start planning.
At Amusement Leisure, we are one of the top market leaders in jukebox hire, and we are one of the best fruit machine manufacturers in the UK. We have helped countless companies host their events with little to no fuss through the use of our products. With our services ranging from slot machines to background music, we can help you host your summer event and more! You can browse our services here, and if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch! Call us on 01744 755 270 or send us an enquiry on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.