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Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel Review

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Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel Review.

We are proud to be affiliates of Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

If you’re looking for a great spa hotel for a special occasion, we’d like to recommend a  hotel affiliate, Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel. The Macdonald chain has a variety of luxury hotels across the UK, and the Bath Spa is particularly lovely both due to its location and stunning renovations. Macdonald Bath Spa is quite expensive but if you sign up to our website then we can send you details about their frequent special offers and promotions. Taking advantage of these then they’re bound to have something to suit both your budget and your special occasion. As well as Bath Spa, Macdonald Hotels Limited operates 40 well-located hotels (all 4 and 5-star establishments) throughout the UK.

The Macdonald Spa Bath Hotel has an excellent restaurant called Vellore. In fact, as a hotel chain, they also provide some of the finest restaurants in the UK. Bath Spa has won several awards, which adds to the 40 AA Rosettes awarded collectively across their chain of restaurants. Bath Spa carry full details on the menu as to where they source the food and take pride in serving the highest quality ingredients. Why not book a meal for a romantic spa break, anniversary or birthday celebration? A propose to your loved one over a romantic candlelit dinner for two would be the perfect way to spend a weekend in the historic city of Bath.

Have a look at these key points, or watch our video to learn more about what Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel can offer you

MacDonalds Bath Spa Experience

Macdonald Bath Spa Experience

I found that the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel catered for all our needs as the perfect Anniversary getaway. Romantic weekend breaks, spa pampering with friends, a longer holiday or even business can all be catered for with the minimum fuss and exceptional service. However, if you are looking for another location then with over 40 individual hotels across the UK, catering at the more luxurious end of the spectrum, Macdonald Hotels are well placed to offer a package to suit any occasion. Check out our listings for more details.

 The Lyncombe Suite

Flexible Accommodation

Looking for the right accommodation for family holidays and weekend breaks is always a challenge.  Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel offers well designed classic rooms, family-friendly suites and interconnecting rooms and very beautiful suites. The grounds are perfect for entertaining children and also as a backdrop for beautiful photos. Your stay will be complete with the added bonus of a good size swimming pool and various saunas.

 Celebrations at MacDonalds Bath Spa Hotel

A Superb Wedding Venue

Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel can cater for lavish or intimate weddings as even have their own dedicated wedding planner and offer a range of packages to suit. In addition, they also provide the ideal honeymoon venue. If Bath is not your ideal location then browse through our website to select other equally beautiful hotels.

 MacDonalds Hotel Spa in Bath

Spa Treatments

The leisure facilities and spa treatments in Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel provide a very calming and relaxing atmosphere. I was particularly taken by the hot hydro pool as I soaked there for a couple of hours until my body felt smooth as silk and my mind was free. I felt blanketed by a padded quilt because the steam was so thick, then I would take an icy cold shower to relief from the burning heat of the hydro pool. It was total bliss and very easy to lose the whole day indulging in spa treatments!

 A stunning view of Bath from the bus

Things to do in Bath

A brisk walk from the Macdonald Bath Spa hotel and you find yourself in the middle of a stunning and compact city. There is so much to do that you’ll never be short of inspiration.  My advice is to plan your trip in advance because apart from the obvious things such as the Roman Baths there are lots of wonderful cruises and walks. You could even take a day trip out of Bath and visit Stonehenge.

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National Picnic Week

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It’s National Picnic Week!

National Picnic Week runs from the 16th to 24th June 2017. We at The Party Guide UK we have embraced the chance to have as many picnics and enjoy the heatwave as much as possible. Sandwiches, salads, and colds meats are the most versatile foods to take with you on a picnic. Here are a few recipes to celebrate National Picnic Week UK, or simply for delicious indoor and outdoor party food.

The key to a successful picnic is too keep salads with firm ingredients travel well on picnics. Try not to mix too many ingredients together but where possible use small containers to separate foods, as mixing them can make them quite messy to eat and rather soggy. Invest in disposable containers and make smaller portions for each ingredient. This tip is also useful for school lunches and other outdoor social gatherings. We’ve put together a small gallery of images to inspire you, so why not adapt these ideas and make up your own variation of salad?

Simple Salad inspiration

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad
This delicious salad is made from mozzarella balls – or cut the mozzarella into chunks.

Ingredients
250g/9oz small ripe tomatoes on the vine
250g/9oz mozzarella balls/chunks
about 8 basil leaves, finely chopped
3 tbsp basil olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional – we have not used it)

2 Step Method
1) Cut the tomatoes in half, break off leaves and place mozzarella balls or chunks in your containers with the remaining ingredients.
2) Season well with salt and pepper, cover and chill until ready to serve. Avoid making too far in advance of your picnic.

Top Tip: use small skewers to make mini kebabs for a party. Add extra basil as it will make it fragrant and add more colour. If you have any ideas or party tips, then send them to us and we’ll publish them in our gallery.

National Picnic Week Try adding parsley in for a different flavour

National Picnic Week

Simply place ingredients onto mini skewers or cocktail sticks for a party

Refreshing Cucumber, lime and mint punch.

On a hot day, there is nothing is more refreshing at a picnic than a drink of cucumber and mint together, adding lemon or lime just gives it a lift. The versatility of this drink is amazing because due to its health properties you could also use it as part of a detox cleanse if you are on a diet. Add sparkling water and/or alcohol such as vodka or gin for parties or special occasions so that they become mojito mocktails/cocktails. You could also throw some apple into it to make the flavour even more intense. A nice idea is to serve the drinks in mason jars as it is very trendy. You could even give the mason jar to each guest as they arrive so they become their party bag gift.

Ingredients-serves 4
1 large cucumber, sliced
4 cups ice
1 large lime
Large handful mint leaves
4 cups water

3 Step Method
1) Simply put all your ice into a large water cooler.
2) Slice lime, cucumber and tear the mint and place them into the cooler. Make sure that the slices are small enough so that they do not block the drink coming out.
3) The earlier that this is made the more the flavours infuse.

Top Tip: To get a much fresher flavour and more elegant drink add the ingredients into the blender and pulse until smooth. Spoon the liquid into glasses and top with sparkling water and gin or vodka and add a touch of salt. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired

National Picnic Week

Use mason jars for healthy party or picnic drinks

National Picnic Week

A very refreshing drink. Add alcohol or sparkling water for some “wow”

Supplier Contracts for your Event

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Supplier Contracts – the do’s and don’ts!

One of the stressful things for managing an event is getting the right supplier contracts. For a novice in the industry where do you start? Well the easy answer is to keep things simple. The most important factor when holding an event be it a wedding, a garden party or a child’s first birthday party – research your suppliers.

Choosing your Supplier

Suppliers can set up overnight and disappear with your money 6 months later so let’s make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

When choosing a supplier, check their reputability. Do they have a website? If they only advertise on Facebook then why is this? It doesn’t necessarily mean they are not reputable – far from it they may be keeping the overheads down in order to keep their costs to the client down but how do you check this. “Oh they have great reviews on their page” – but who wrote them?

Verify their Credentials

Ask to speak to their clients. If they are local to you then they should be out doing weddings every weekend so ask if you can pop your head into one and just see how they set things up and if they client is happy that they have received everything they asked for – remember, at some point they could be doing your event so are they able to manage their time, are they delivering on schedule and are they following the client’s brief – you may not be there on the day to oversee it so you want to know that your wishes are being carried out on your behalf.

Supplier Contracts do's and don'ts

Tailor it to your Needs

I regularly have clients asking for the contract we have to be tweaked so that it suits their individual needs and, as long as it does not incur us with problems on the day or leading up to the event then we are happy to accommodate their requests. If you have specific requirements, such as ensuring that a particular colour or theme is used, then make sure you provide exact details, including images where possible.

Your supplier should always offer a contract which would be legally binding. When these supplier contracts are sent to you print them off and read through them – much easier to do with a hard copy that you can mark with pen. If you are unsure of any of the clauses then flag them up and ask questions. This is YOUR event and they are doing YOU a service so it is for you to ensure that the contract suits your requirements. If it does not then ask for it to be altered. Supplier contracts should be worded to ensure both parties interests will be served.

You should never have to pay more than 50% up front. The client is not providing a service until the date of your event so why do they require more than this ahead of the service being provided. In actual fact we do not invoice the remaining 50% until a week before or, in some cases, the day after the event. Your money should be held in an ESCROW account until after your event (unless the supplier has to have an outlay for items they do not hold in stock in which case they should agree with you for those monies to be released in order to order the goods in on your behalf – the goods should then also belong to you afterwards!!)

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 Protect your Investment

Unfortunately there has been some terrible press recently concerning a company which went into liquidation taking over £70k of client’s money with them. An easy way to have spotted this would have been to ask to look at their bookings for the year. Could a company with only three employees really do events from Aberdeen to Devon on one day? It’s not very likely so that would have flagged up alarm bells.

What does the cancellation clause state? I was recently stung by this myself but luckily I had read the contract inside out as you can imagine. It just shows that no-one is infallible. I booked my own wedding at a Town Hall (trustworthy so you would think) however after giving them a small deposit they decided after 2 months that they were not experienced enough to handle the reception and just returned the cheque. We had already ordered the invitations and various other goods with the date and venue printed on it so despite them ignoring our emails we sent a special delivery letter requesting that unless they paid our out-of-pocket expenses we would be taking legal action which would incur them in an awful lot of bad publicity and a lot of money. Because we had read the clauses of the contract we were also able to imply their own cancellation fee. Had we cancelled the event for no “good” reason other than changing our minds we would have had to pay 75% of the total fee. This came back and bit them on the proverbial as it works both ways in a matter of law – we claimed back 75% of the costs we “would” have spent with them.

Had we not read the contract and been totally aware of the clauses we would not have known this. Read all of your supplier contracts with this same level of care.

Venues also have a duty of care to the client and to the Registrar. If they are holding ceremonies and taking people’s monies then cancelling the Registrar of Marriages can take a very dim view of couples being messed around and can, ultimately, evoke the venues license.

If you are ever in doubt, approach a large company and ask them to check the contract. Even if they charge you for an hours work, it can be money well spent.

Insurances are also, of course, big business but unless the company formally goes into liquidation they will not cover you. Always pay with a credit card if you can rather than a debit card. PayPal also only covers you for 160 days so if you are securing suppliers early this can be detrimental. Use a credit card and just pay if straight off if you can – you are then completely covered against loss.

I hope this goes some way to helping you understand the need to really look at suppliers you choose, ensure they have detailed supplier contracts and to ensure the paperwork you sign is binding and is going to be client friendly if it needs to be.

Article written by Donna Duffy of Gold Wing Event Management. If you are interested in contacting Donna, please use our booking enquiry form on her listing. Also, see a selection of her images in the link to her gallery

Love Sarnies? Love British Sandwich Week

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Inspiring Ideas for British Sandwich Week

Sandwiches are probably one of the most versatile food inventions and a great British tradition. We are proud to support British Sandwich Week, which runs from 8th to 14th May 2016. Sandwiches are also one of the most popular convenience food, and is attributed to the Earl of Sandwich, around 1792. He was so engrossed in his card game that it was more convenient for him to eat his meat between two slices of bread than it was to get up and leave the game. We’ve come a long way since then, and the sandwich has evolved to become more exciting and tempting. Here are a few tips for sandwiches to celebrate British Sandwich Week, or simply for delicious party food.

The Traditional Closed Sandwich.

As a nation, we eat over 11.5 billion sandwiches each year, with more sandwiches being eaten in hot weather than in cold weather. This is not surprising, as a sandwich makes the ideal summer picnic food. The vast majority of sandwiches are the traditional closed sandwich, with a variety of fillings, and either white or brown bread. There are whole businesses that thrive on simply making sandwiches from simple ham or cheese to the more exotic creations, such as chilli chicken and mango. Have a look at this article from The Telegraph for some ideas of exotic sandwiches.

 Open Sandwich Ideas

Open sandwiches have only one slice of bread or cracker of some kind, with a filling on top. Quite often, it also includes a spread or sauce, which can make it quite messy to eat. So we usually make these smaller, bite sized and served at parties or other social gatherings. When creating open sandwiches, anything goes really, so be creative, with both your toppings and design. Bear in mind size of the sandwich, taking into account that people might find it easier to eat in one or two bites. We’ve put together a small gallery of images to inspire you, so why not adapt these ideas and make up your own variation? Let us have your ideas and we’ll publish them in our gallery.

 

As for where to eat them – anywhere and any time. If you’re going to a party or picnic, it’s almost a certainty that you’ll be faced with sandwiches of some variety, whether open or closed. Let us have your ideas and we’ll publish them in our gallery.

 

Valentine’s Day

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Have you forgotten it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow?

Think Valentine’s Day and expensive dinners, roses, gifts and indulgences are what come to mind. While these options are always open, some may want to break the routine and plan something truly romantic….  Claiming to be spontaneous is useful if you have forgotten that in the morning it’s Valentine’s day!

Plan a romantic Treat

Instead of spending time shopping for gifts for each other and making arrangements, perhaps it may be a good idea to plan on spending quality time with each other. A relaxed day at home can be truly romantic and relaxing, especially if you have a hectic life. Keep the day clear of all distractions and be there just for each other.

Stay in bed the whole day, order an online food shop or takeaway and snuggle up TV or listen to romantic music. Better still become a masseuse prepare to pamper your loved one. If you not keen on spending all your time at home perhaps you can treat your partner to dinner at their favourite restaurant. Surprise your partner by going back to the place of your first date and recreate the magic.
If you want to escape for a romantic Valentine’s break, but you are on a tight budget, you can plan a getaway to a spa or boutique hotel near your area. Use the internet for ideas and special offers. At Okayzions, we often post promotional offers on goods and services, and it may be useful to sign up to discount sites to see what they have on offer.

Our links to buy the gifts recommended.

If you planning on buying a gift then we have put together a selection of 16 gift ideas.  All the prices recorded on our product reviews were correct at the time but may vary due to seasonal promotions or price matching.

  •  Placing a ring on your Valentine’s finger must be the most romantic gesture of all the gifts that can be given for Valentine’s Day. We have two very well regarded jewellers who offer affordable, high-quality rings. buy from Sheena Shona and Golden Prism
  • We have found lovely lingerie collections in 3 of our affiliate shops. They are Debenhams, John Lewis and Marks & Spencers
  • If you love being pampered then stay at home and buy a massage aid and oils from The Body Shop. You will feel totally relaxed and it won’t a fortune.
  • Want a totally different experience, then buy a gift voucher from Red Letter Day. There are so many different experiences and the best part is that your gift vouchers last for 12 months.
  • Chocolates are always a favourite and difficult to get wrong, providing your Valentine is not weight conscious. We adore the Hotel Chocolat range and you can buy them from John Lewis priced £10.00.
  • Romantic Hotel break. We have 5 companies who offer lots of good quality breaks. However, in the way of romance our favourite would be the beautiful Celtic Manor in Wales.
  • Pop concert, theatre, West End show?  Buy your tickets or gift voucher from Ticketmaster. They even have a platinum option if you really want to pamper!
  • A personalised gift really shows that you are thinking about your Valentine.  We love the jewellery from Argento and SheenaShona.
  • Love cooking. Marks & Spencers, Waitrose and Edelices all offer inspiration as well as top quality food and online delivery.
  • Fragrances are always the perfect gift to really make your Valentine feel special.  We have great offers through our affiliates John Lewis, Debenhams, and Fragrance Direct.
  • Indulge with a luxury hamper from Fortnum & Masons for £130.00.  It will certainly make your Valentine feel very special.
  • As a couple do you always eat out or go to the cinema?  Then a membership to the Gourmet Society is the gift for your Valentine.
  • Flowers are never stale. Buy yours fresh from our top affiliates, Waitrose Flowers, Marks & SpencersInter rose,  Flowers Direct,
  • There is a really cute range of mugs from Debenhams. Every time your Valentine has a cuppa they can have warm thought about you. Priced from £8 – £16.00
  • Warm feet, warm heart!  Keep your Valentine happy this Winter with a really cute set of socks from John Lewis priced £20.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?   We would love to hear from you with a comment or product review of a fantstic Valentine product via our facebook page or twitter

 

Black Friday is Here!

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Black Friday Sales

Following on from last year’s success, this year’s Black Friday event promises to be the biggest shopping event in the UK. Daily, I am noticing more and more retailers advertising their sales to kick-start the Christmas shopping frenzy.

 It was reported on the news that 1 in 5 workers will be taking today off work to use it as a shopping day.

Can’t cope with the stress of fighting over bargains in the shops or precious parking spaces?  Unable to or don’t want to carry heavy shopping bags? Why not make a coffee for yourself, sit back and relax and let your fingers do all the work by simply clicking on our links for a enjoyable online shopping experience.  Our email system has been going crazy this morning with all the shops within our affiliate marketing group releasing their offers. All of our affiliates are your high street  big brands and they have some of the best offers available, but only over the next few days! It is a fantastic time to get those bargain gifts, Christmas gifts and grab a couple of hours to pamper yourself also.

Amazon

Debenhams

John Lewis

Ticketmaster

Disney

And even food retailers like Waitrose

 

Black Friday is here

Black Friday has arrived.

 

How to create Cute Witch Face Paint

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 Cute Witch facepaint
CUTE WITCH FACE PAINT

Part six – Cute Witch Face paint

 

Witches can be cute as well as scary, especially for children’s Halloween outfits. They key to having a great cute witch look is to make sure that the face paint isn’t too dramatic and  that the costume has plenty of lacy ruffles.

When using any kind of face paint for children, be aware of any potential skin sensitivities, especially around the delicate eye area.

Step one

Use a base paint on the whole face and neck. White or pale colours give a softer look.

Step two

Paint a thin line of black over the eyebrows with a thin brush. Ask children to close their eyes.

 Step three

Follow the line up and away from the natural shape of the eye to form an exaggerated arch. Extend the line down onto the bridge of the nose.

Step four

Paint the whole eyelid and edge of the nose bridge in a blue or purple toned colour. Use a fine brush to keep the lines sharp.

Step five

Feather the top and bottom of your eye line in small, sharp strokes. Paint black stars, a wart or a crescent on the cheek.

Step six

Follow the curve of the lips and paint in your chosen colour. Pinks are softer and cuter! Dab translucent powder on the lips and reapply to set the pain to last longer.

How to create Hag Witch Face Paint

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 Hag Witch facepaint
HAG WITCH FACE PAINT

Part five – Hag Witch Face paint

You can create many different types of Halloween looks with facepaint, with witches being very popular. These next few guides will focus on hag witches and cute witches, suitable for both adults and children.

A great tip for creating a truly scary hag witch is to build up layers of face paint to create a strong base, which will emphasis the folds of your skin and have the benefit of lasting all night.

 

Step one

Use a base paint on the whole face and neck. Good colours to use are white, grey and light brown or green.

Step two

Paint along the folds of the cheek to the mouth, in dark colours such as purple or brown.

 Step three

Paint bags under the eyes by following the natural line downwards from the corner. Feather the lines with a brush and cotton bud.

Step four

Follow the same method across the forehead and over the eyebrows and exaggerate all frown lines.

Step five

Paint fine lines for wrinkles all along the mouth. Paint the mouth black, tan or red.

Step six

Shade the cleft of the chin. Blacken one or two teeth with mascara

Day of the Dead Halloween costume

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 Day of the Dead
DAY OF THE DEAD

Part four – Day of the Dead

Dia de los meurtos is a mexican festival on 1st and 2nd Halloween to celebrate the souls of dead relatives. The European version is All Saint’s Day, although not celebrated with quite the festivities of the Mexicans.

 

Since the 20th century, it’s been a public holiday in Mexico and often celebrated with extravagant street parades.

Step one

Paint the whole face with white face paint to create a base. You could also just paint half the face or leave it out altogether, if you prefer.

Step two

Use black paint or eyeliner and a fine brush to draw the outlines for the eye sockets. Outline the tip of the nose, working into a point on the bridge, just below the eyes.

 Step three

Fill in the black areas of the eyes and nose, allowing the paint to dry as you work. Keep cotton buds and tissues nearby to remove any rough edges or spilled paint.

Step four

Draw a line around the top and bottom lips, and short vertical lines across the mouth and cheeks.

Step five

Decide what type of artwork you want, such as spider webs, flowers or spirals. Flowers are said to attract the dead!

Step six

Complete your outfit by wearing hats and elegant suits, or even bridal wear.

Create Zombie Bullet Holes

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 Zombie Bullet Holes
ZOMBIE BULLET HOLES

Part two – Create Zombie Bullet Holes

The more gruesome your zombie outfit the better. The authentic-looking bullet holes can be created with Derma-wax and is sold by Angels Fancy Dress. This technique can also be adapted to create really gruesome scabs.

Start by creating your zombie face as in part one, and then follow these 6 easy steps.

Tomorrow we’ll show you how to create a corpse bride look.

Step one

Roll a pea-sized piece of derma-wax between your fingers and press into the skin. Make sure it blends. Work as quickly as possible before the wax dries.

Step two

Very lightly colour the skin around the wax with a light pink or natural colour face paint, to make it look inflamed. (You can mix red, white and yellow to get a natural colour). Pick out the centre of the wax with a cocktail stick.

 Step three

Paint the inside of the hole dark red and the edges with black flecks. Keep building up the colour, but allow each layer to dry or else it will flake off the skin.

Step four

When the lump of wax is fully dried, add fake blood or jam into the centre of the wax and allow to ooze out. Repaint the centre of the hole to exaggerate the infection! Keep building up the wax so you get a raised edge. Paint on blood trickles from the wound.

Step five

Add lots of fake blood, black and purple paint or eyeshadow around the bullet hole. Make it very dark and dramatic as it may need to be seen in artificial lighting. Apply fake blood around your eyes, ears and in your hair.

Step six

Make sure your clothes are very dusty and ripped, as though you’ve just walked out of a grave after being in there for a while! Tangle up your hair as much as possible. Walk stiffly.

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