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May 31, 2017

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Buying for brothers is never easy. They keep their ever changing interests close to their chest and are difficult to pin down to any one hobby. So today we are sharing our top list of the perfect gifts for brothers who have a birthday coming up.

Sporty Boys

For brothers who are into sports there is always ample opportunities to buy the perfect gift. Soccer fans love nothing more than a ticket to an important match, or even better, a season ticket to watch their favourite team.

Baseball fans also love to attend as many games as possible so game tickets, again could be a great idea. For something a little bit different, why not make your brother smile with a custom baseball bobblehead of their favourite player, or even of themselves with their favourite player.

F1 and car racing fans can be treated to tickets to much anticipated races, or if the ticket is too expensive as they can sometimes be, why not research the pubs that will be showing it and surprise your brother by taking him there to watch the race with a slap up lunch and a couple of beers thrown in.

For brothers who actively participate in a sport it’s always a good idea to buy them an item of sports clothing that they can wear in their chosen sport. Whether it is skateboarding, swimming or soccer, the sport is neither here nor there, what is important is that you think about the specific equipment surrounding the sport they are interested in and you treat them to something that you know they will get good use out of and enjoy.

Working Boys

For brothers with high paced and busy jobs think of ways that you can treat them to a little light relaxation and downtime. Perhaps you can organise a boys trip away camping to enjoy the great outdoors, do a spot of fishing and enjoy a couple of night cooking dinner around a bonfire. Or perhaps your brother has been complaining that he never has enough time to get involved in a certain activity, so perhaps it’s time that you pushed him in the right direction. Perhaps a free month at that new boxing gym could be just the gift that your brother needs to finally get him involved in that area of interest he’s been wanting to try for a while.

Maybe your brother takes a great pride in his appearance and enjoys looking smart and sharp in his daily working life. Therefore buying him an item or two of new smart work threads could be a great idea to add to your brothers beloved shirt and tie closet. Or perhaps he secretly likes a good pampering, in which case why not book him in for a good strong massage or even a revitalising facial. Spas, massages and facials aren’t just for women, you know!

Coffee table books area also a great idea for brothers who work in a very specialised industry. Finding a really awesome hard-back coffee table book in their area of work could really show your brother that you’ve put a lot of thought into the perfect gift for him.

May 26, 2017

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It can be hard to know where the focus should be on your big day. There’s so much to plan, and the afterparty often seems as important as the wedding ceremony. But, let’s strip things back for a moment. What is a wedding, in essence? It’s a ceremony in which you, and the person you love, declare that love for all to see. With that in mind, the party, and all that other stuff come second. What matters most is the vows, right? So, how can you ensure they’re as special as they can be?

WRITE YOUR OWN

Writing your vows may be a frightening concept. But, it’s the best way to ensure you pay them the mind they deserve. It’s also a sure way to make your day your own. If you blow everyone present out of the water with your romantic declarations, they won’t forget it in a hurry. It’ll set your wedding apart from any others. And, most importantly, it’ll ensure you and your partner cement your love from the heart. The good news is, there are many guides out there that should help you get this right. So, don’t worry if you don’t know where to start! For the most part, you don’t have to be amazing with words to write great vows. All you need to do is look into your heart and speak the truth. Easier said than done, perhaps, but it may not be as hard as you think.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT

Wedding photography is big business. We spend a lot of money trying to capture our special day. When it comes down to it, though, one special moment is often missing from our albums; our vows. There are many reasons for this. For one, it’s not always practical to have a photographer snapping while you’re up there for everyone to see. And, depending on where you get married, they may request the photographer doesn’t take pictures during the ceremony. But, this is the moment you should most want to capture! You could encourage guests to take photos. Or, you could get a photographer like Vittore Buzzi, to stand to the side and take some snaps. If your venue forbids it, you could always reenact the moment afterward. It may seem strange, but it’s worth doing.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

As a testament to how important the vows are, they’re often the part we get most nervous about. It makes sense; this is your moment in the spotlight. But, with nerves can come a complete blank of the mind. Whether you’re writing your vows or not, you may lose your place, stumble over your words, or forget them altogether. All a worst nightmare, we’re sure you’ll agree. It’s true that writing your vows means you can have them there in front of you if you want. But, you could still lose track of where you are. The best thing you can do is practice. That way, you’ll be more prepared when the time comes.

May 24, 2017

The world is full of places to go and things to see. Wherever you go in the world, you can find beautiful coves, beaches full of white sand and clear waters to swim in. When it comes to travelling, you’ll likely be building yourself an itinerary of things to do and activities to pack into your experiences.

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If you get the chance to go further than London and explore Australia, heading to Perth has to be something that is on top of your list! Sunny weather, the freshest food and an outdoor lifestyle that is so laidback it’s horizontal, Perth is stuffed full of activities that can make your holiday once in a lifetime. So, when you touch down on the west coast of Australia, what are the things you MUST see?

Mandurah. There are so many itineraries like this one that takes you along the coast of Mandurah. You can visit numerous cafes, join canal cruises to look for dolphins and visit cultural museums and art exhibits. The national parks and coastal lakes can make your trip full of memories every single hour. There are many options for food and drink, and you can soak up a little sun on the beaches as you go. If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll love the many courses available in the Mandurah suburbs, including Dawesville. Chill out on the green with your clubs and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the golf course restaurant afterwards. Enjoying views of the Indian Ocean while you practise your swing is going to make your holiday!

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Fremantle. A port city, Fremantle is bursting with things to do and not just for couples, for all the family. It’s 30 minutes from Perth and is famous for its coffee along the Cappuccino Strip. There are markets to explore, street food to tuck into and a historical prison you can visit to soak up a little culture. With the plethora of shopping opportunities available, you’ll never be short of things to do.

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Sunset Coast. If there’s one thing that Perth does well, it’s the beaches. The Sunset Coast doesn’t disappoint when you are looking for somewhere to explore during your holiday. There are nineteen different beaches to explore, with the promise of diving and snorkelling available to you to get involved with. Head over to AQWA to explore the marine life that is unique to Western Australia.

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Perth Hills. While the beaches may be a central point for Western Australia, let’s not forget the stunning scenery of Perth Hills. Sometimes escaping from the city is a must, even on a holiday. Heading out to Lake Leschenaultia 45 minutes east of Perth for a picnic is just as much of an adventure as snorkelling off the coast. Cycle trails and climbing as well as long hikes are perfect for the adventurer in you.

Heading for a holiday in Western Australia is one of the biggest adventures you could ever take. Make it a good one and stuff it full of activities!

 

May 23, 2017

Not all of us want a perfect white wedding complete with meringue dress and the same old readings that it feels as though half the world goes for. If you’re tired of going to the same wedding every other weekend, and you’d like to make yours a little different, here are some tips to help.

Your Theme

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Not every wedding has to have a theme but if you want yours to be a little out of the ordinary, it’s sure to be a day that everyone there will remember forever. Think about things that really represent you and your partner – maybe you both love Harry Potter so you want to call all the tables after Hogwarts houses and provide Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans as a wedding favour. Maybe you’re both big literature fans so you’re planning to make decorations out of second hand books and give second hand books to each of your guests. Maybe you both love to travel so the decorations are made up of maps and globes and your cake is in the shape of a suitcase. No matter what you do, focus on the ways that your theme represents you as a couple.

Your Style

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A lot of people think that the top rule of weddings is that they have to wear a white dress. But if that doesn’t seem like you, or you don’t like the cultural connotations of virginity and innocence and purity attached to white dresses, then you could always go for something completely different. The only thing that you need to focus on is that you feel special and beautiful – if you love turquoise or purple a lot more than you love white, go for that instead! You don’t have to do what society tells you to do. Go for jewellery that looks good with your dress – you could even talk to a diamond wholesalers and get a bespoke piece that you’ll love for the rest of your life. Finally, make sure that you wear plenty of setting spray over your makeup and hairspray on your hair so they can handle a night of vigorous dancing!

Your Music

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Finally, make sure that your music is both absolutely perfect for you as a couple and suitable for your guests to dance for the whole night – let’s face it, you might love heavy metal, but your grandma might be a little baffled by it. Play some older music for the older generation like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, and then later in the evening you can bring out some Rihanna and Beyonce to get everyone onto the dancefloor for a great party. Depending on when you met, you can play songs that remind you of the first days of your relationship – maybe pop punk had its heyday then so you’re going to add a little Blink 182 to your playlist. Remember that you don’t need a DJ to have a great night of music, you can organise your own playlist yourself so you can make it absolutely perfect and full of songs that you love.

May 23, 2017

The world is full of places to go and things to see. Wherever you go in the world, you can find beautiful coves, beaches full of white sand and clear waters to swim in. When it comes to travelling, you’ll likely be building yourself an itinerary of things to do and activities to pack into your experiences.

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If you get the chance to go further than London and explore Australia, heading to Perth has to be something that is on top of your list! Sunny weather, the freshest food and an outdoor lifestyle that is so laidback it’s horizontal, Perth is stuffed full of activities that can make your holiday once in a lifetime. So, when you touch down on the west coast of Australia, what are the things you MUST see?

Mandurah. There are so many itineraries like this one that takes you along the coast of Mandurah. You can visit numerous cafes, join canal cruises to look for dolphins and visit cultural museums and art exhibits. The national parks and coastal lakes can make your trip full of memories every single hour. There are many options for food and drink, and you can soak up a little sun on the beaches as you go. If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll love the many courses available in the Mandurah suburbs, including Dawesville. Chill out on the green with your clubs and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the golf club restaurant afterwards. Enjoying views of the Indian Ocean while you practise your swing is going to make your holiday!

mandurah beach, wa

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Fremantle. A port city, Fremantle is bursting with things to do and not just for couples, for all the family. It’s 30 minutes from Perth and is famous for its coffee along the Cappuccino Strip. There are markets to explore, street food to tuck into and a historical prison you can visit to soak up a little culture. With the plethora of shopping opportunities available, you’ll never be short of things to do.

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Sunset Coast. If there’s one thing that Perth does well, it’s the beaches. The Sunset Coast doesn’t disappoint when you are looking for somewhere to explore during your holiday. There are nineteen different beaches to explore, with the promise of diving and snorkelling available to you to get involved with. Head over to AQWA to explore the marine life that is unique to Western Australia.

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Perth Hills. While the beaches may be a central point for Western Australia, let’s not forget the stunning scenery of Perth Hills. Sometimes escaping from the city is a must, even on a holiday. Heading out to Lake Leschenaultia 45 minutes east of Perth for a picnic is just as much of an adventure as snorkelling off the coast. Cycle trails and climbing as well as long hikes are perfect for the adventurer in you.

Heading for a holiday in Western Australia is one of the biggest adventures you could ever take. Make it a good one and stuff it full of activities!

May 22, 2017

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Everyone loves a killer party. And when you throw your own, you always want it to be the best of the best. Even though not everybody loves the pressure, party planning can be just as fun and the final gathering itself. From music choices to the guest list, sweet treats and, of course, the endless flow of alcohol, there are a lot of important decisions to be made. And if you really want your bash to be booming, you’re going to need to make them count.

Whether you’re throwing a big birthday party, or even planning your wedding reception, you can often let the pressure get to you. When it all gets too much, just step back. Don’t let every detail cloud your judgment, just focus on some of the most important factors, consider only the very best options and choose each piece of the party planning puzzle based on you overall goal – kicking off a killer party in style!

Hire A Party Planner

First things first, if the idea of planning a party makes you freak out, then maybe you need to think about hiring the perfect party planner to help you? Although planning everything yourself can be a lot of fun, if you’re time poor then a specialist party planner could be a good idea for you. Not only will they have a wealth of ideas and infinite connections, but you might also even get a different, more exciting perspective on all of your ideas. In the long run, you may even save money due to the discounts they can often get on everything from venues to waiting staff.

Get Creative With Cocktails

With or without the party planner, you’re then going to want to turn your attention to the drinks selection. As with any kind of party or milestone celebration, you’re going to want to have a good selection to keep all of your guests happy. From beers and wines to spirits and shorts, you’re going to want to make sure your bar is stocked up. But, you don’t have to be completely boring and basic. Instead, why not think about creating your own custom cocktail list? There are lots of different cocktails that you can whizz up for lots of people to give you inspiration, or you can completely design your own.

Mix Up The Music

After the alcohol always comes to the music – because what would a good party be without the hottest tunes? You might have your favorite local DJ in mind, but have you thought about mixing up the music selection throughout the day or night? Why not start of with a sweet little orchestra while people are arriving and mingling (this is particularly good for weddings or the dinner portion of any party), then move on to a live band to get everybody in the mood, before finally switching over to a DJ to take you into the wee hours of the morning?

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Decadent Decorations

Every party needs to look good. Whether you’re trying to keep everything in line for your dream wedding or make the perfect impression at a special birthday bonanza, the decor can set everything off right. If you’re looking for the best luxury party decor idea, you’re going to want to start with one set them first. Whether it’s vintage glamor or modern luxury, pick a base them and build your way up with everything from the cake to the lighting and even the serving staff uniforms.

Capturing Memories

When you’ve managed to throw the most insane party, you’re going to want to make sure you have some way of remembering it. Aside from the memories, you make at the time (well, the ones you remember anyway), it’s always nice to have photographic evidence to look back on. At a wedding, you’re going to have a photographer there for most of the day, but if you’re not booking one for your birthday, or you want to add in some candid shots, a photo booth from somewhere cool and creative like Booth Boy lets you make super fun memories all night long.

Foodie Level Food

And now, it’s time to talk food. Because every insane party has to have the food to match. Whether you’re offering a sit-down dinner, killer canapés or just nibbles throughout the night, you need to make sure your choices are fit for even the most well-fed foodie. A formal meal with Michelin star dishes or mini burgers that melt in your mouth, whatever you choose, make sure it counts. You could have the best music and incredible cocktails, but if the food isn’t up to scratch, it could take you for party princess to party pooper.