A Focus on a Favourite Nottingham Venue – Devere Orchard Hotel

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A Focus on a Favourite Nottingham Venue – Devere Orchard Hotel

As Event Professionals, we’re lucky enough to visit and work with been visiting many venues and have developed great connections with the venue and their team. We’d like to talk about a venue that we’ve known since it first opened and over the past few years, we’ve created some magical installations there. We lovingly talk about a Nottingham favourite venue DeVere Orchard Hotel.

The venue is not just known for its sustainability, but also its incredible professional Sales and Operations team who deliver personal service like a small boutique hotel whilst having the branded badge of DeVere. The venue offers great options for holding large and small
events across the site. Let’s discover some of our favourite events that we have worked on here;

A Venue for Large and Small Events in Nottingham DeVere Orchard Hotel is gorgeous. Its set in 330 acres of the University of Nottingham’s landscaped parkland so it feels like you’re a million miles away but you’re not! De Vere Orchard Hotel is a stylish, eco-friendly hotel featuring 202 bedrooms located next to De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre. The hotel has an incredibly reputation for its consideration for the environment.

Awarded with Best Sustainable Venue at the CHS 2017 and 2019 Awards, at De Vere Orchard Hotel. Its modern design makes the most of natural daylight making the environment bright and welcoming, even on a dull day!

With a choice of four meeting rooms plus a range of larger event spaces at the neighbouring De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre and nearby De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre, you’ll discover a productive setting for meetings, conferences, training and teambuilding.

Highlights of the Hotel

We share some of our most favourite events at the hotel over the years which gives you great ideas of how versatile the venue is for a range of events and just why we love working there!

Launch Event in November 2012

Eventologists worked on the launch party for when the hotel first opened. With the sustainability credentials that the hotel has and its name, we created an orchard of blossom trees in the venue along with an electric atmosphere created through entertainment and music. Though it was many years ago, the event is still one that stands out for us. Here is the video link of the launch! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4kjk5j4HKU

Christmas Tree Installation and Decoration

We have designed some unique Christmas Tree Installations at DeVere Orchard Hotel and DeVere East Midlands Conference Centre. Our commercial Christmas tree decorating service is available to take the stress away from decorating your own Christmas Trees. Doing it yourself seems a great idea, until you have to replicate it several times or when you have deadlines to meet. Themes we’ve included in the past includes organic and rustic themed Christmas Trees, Traditional Christmas Tree Theme, White and Silver Christmas Tree, Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree and even a peacock colour Christmas tree.

Venue Décor – Broadway Theme May 2016

In 2016, we were given just 4 hours to transform the reception area at DeVere Orchard Hotel for a Broadway Themed gala dinner. The themed supplier dinner included black and white feather plume table centres, black table décor, stunning crystal chandelier table centres and Broadway themed backdrops and lightboxes. Guests were entertained by an array of Broadway Themed entertainers who delivered a Broadway Themed Cabaret Show with songs from our most loved West End Shows.

Summer Corporate Gala – Great British Theme 2018

In 2018, we were given a task of transforming the lobby area and restaurant of the DeVere Hotel to a Great British Themed gala dinner. The Summer Garden Party was designed to be a casual corporate event with entertainment from fun fair stalls, circus entertainers and British themed entertainers from the moment that guests walked in. Décor include summer artificial trees, artificial turf hire, foliage pillar wraps, stunning foliage table centres and living walls and sponsor walls!

DeVere feels like our baby, as we have worked there since day 1. We are looking forward to the time we can see our friends there and seeing the renovation works that they started just before lockdown. This venue is a go-to space for Events in Nottingham and a Corporate Venue in Nottingham that has all the attributes that any Event Planner or Venue Search Agency is looking for!

Festival Frenzy Is Almost Here: Ensure You Are Festival-Ready for Your Next Event

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Festival Frenzy Is Almost Here: Ensure You Are Festival-Ready for Your Next Event

Get your event festival-ready with Eventologists’ top tips to create an exciting and colourful outdoor or indoor Festival Themed Event. Our transformation will convert your venue into a myriad of rustic furniture, flowers galore and glitter everywhere you look, to ensure everyone attending the event embodies the festival spirit and dances the night away!

Nothing is too crazy when it comes to festivals, and the same goes for Festival Themed Events! Spark your guests’ creativity as they walk through the artificial trees, see the hanging lights and hear the beat of the festival music. Bring on the colour, the neon and the ultimate festival vibes as your guests are whisked away to a world of picnic tables, festival lanterns and sunflowers, creating the perfect Coachella experience.

Set the stage for your favourite music festival with vibrant colours and creative spaces. Imagine unique areas filled with amazing lighting, colourful lasers and funky music to dance the night away. Fully immerse your guests in the festival vibes as they eat from our diverse range of street food stalls; as no festival would be complete without those mid-music cravings!

As your guests grab a drink and walk through the beautiful arched entrance decorated with luscious foliage, tall trees and blooming blossom, they will be greeted by our incredible living walls. Let our human trees and walls invite your guests through to your event, adding to the anticipation, excitement, fun and creativity of some of the worlds leading festivals. The ultimate festival fun will not stop there as the venue will be covered in a blend of bright colours and lights including our colourful Festival Flags and giant Festival Letters.

As the event continues, your guests will have a selection of exciting ways to enjoy the ultimate festival experience. Your guests can sample a variety of food options from the street food stalls available, take a seat on the colourful picnic benches or pallet seating, each one decorated with our glorious sunflower table centres, or get set to be entertained by your favourite bands throughout the event.

If bright colours, a wide variety of flowers, rustic furniture, picnic benches and delicious street food stalls doesn’t leave you living your Coachella dream, your guests can put on their headphones and enjoy the festival fun of a silent disco. As your guests sit back and enjoy their drinks while snacking on the delicious street food available, they will be fully immersed in all thing’s festival. So get your fringe, flowers and face-paint out and be ready to be whisked away into a fabulous festival experience from start to finish.

Choose from some of our amazing Festival Props and Décor:

Entertainment for your Festival Event can include:

Contact our Event Stylists to find out more about bringing festival season to your next event.

Create a Magical Night to Remember with our Enchanted Woodland Themed Decor!

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Create a Magical Night to Remember with our Enchanted Woodland Themed Decor!

Our Enchanted Woodland theme is popular throughout the year and brings such a magical vibe to your upcoming event! The Enchanted Woodland themed décor never fails to wow guests as they walk through a mesmerising tunnel entrance way into a room transformed by an array of living walls and enchanted forest props. For that added extra touch we can even transform your bar area into an enchanted one!

Fill the room with enchanted life size trees and enchanted forest table centres including – trees, logs, flowers and birdcages – all to enhance the stunning woodland scenery.

Why not top the night off with fabulous entertainers such as stilt walkers or even forest fairies who scatter petals over guests as they enter the secret garden themed room.

This is a beautiful theme for day or evening, indoors or out – and will never fail to create a magical memory! Speak to one of our Event Experts to find out more.

Get your Glam on at a Hollywood Themed Event!

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Get your Glam on at a Hollywood Themed Event!

Welcome to Hollywood – where dreams are made into reality! A Hollywood Themed Party is the ultimate way of making your guests feel like stars for a night.

You guests will make a grand Hollywood-style entrance as they walk onto the Red Carpet, where the Paparazzi are ready and waiting to snap their pictures.

As your guests take their seats at dinner, they’ll be amazed by all the Hollywood figures and props around the room. With Hollywood Silhouette Light Up Boxes, Film Posters and Large Film Cameras, the dazzle and glam of Hollywood can be brought to life at your chosen venue.

Your guests can be entertained during dinner with a Pianist or Violinist to create the Hollywood atmosphere, with tables designed accordingly. Choose from 80’s or 90’s Hollywood Character Table Centres, Oscars’ Table Centres or Tall Disco Ball Table centres – anything is possible.

When dinner is finished, the DJ will start to set the scene with some Hollywood Classics, and the Broadway Dancers will arrive on stage. With a Starlit Dance Floor your guests can dance the night away in style.

Your Hollywood Props and Décor may include:

Your Hollywood Entertainment may include:

Speak to one of our Event Stylists to help you plan your next starlit, glamorous Hollywood themed event.

Sweeten the Festive Season with a Willy Wonka Themed Event

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Sweeten the Festive Season with a Willy Wonka Themed Event

Grab a Golden Ticket and walk into the magical world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a Willy Wonka Themed Event!

Eventologists will give you all the tips you need to make your Willy Wonka Event the sweetest party possible for this festive season.

Walk through the Wonka Gate into a room full of colour, lighting and spectacular props. The room can be decorated with Giant Lifesize Trees, Toad Stools and Sweets everywhere!

Decorate the tables with bright purple and red colours, with Giant Wonka Trees and Lollipop Table Centres that will make you feel like you’re back in your childhood. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Toad Stools stools can be dotted around the room to  Willy Wonka Entertainers will be there to entertain your guests and make it the ultimate Willy Wonka event.

Willy Wonka Themed Props and Décor may include:

Willy Wonka Themed Entertainment may include:

Contact one of our Event Specialists today to help you build the sweetest Willy Wonka Theme for your holiday party.

The Greatest Show in Town – A Magnificent Greatest Showman Theme

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The Greatest Show in Town – A Magnificent Greatest Showman Theme

Roll up, Roll up to The Greatest Show on Earth by the one and only Eventologists! The Greatest Showman has been one of the latest Hollywood hits to influence the Themed Event Scene.

Eventologists is delighted to bring you some exciting Greatest Showman Themed Party Ideas to transform your event or venue into a stunning circus themed event that wows everyone as the curtains drop!

The Greatest Showman Circus Theme should be filled with colour, theatre, lights and entertainment. It all starts with the show Ringmaster who can be the host for the evening to set the scene to a circus themed corporate event!

With this in mind, we bring you some great décor and entertainment options for a Greatest Showman themed event:

Add to the excitement with circus stalls and circus treats such as Themed Dessert tables, Showman Theme Favours, Circus themed Photobooths and Circus Popcorn Treats.

As far as Greatest Showman Themed Entertainment – you can go completely overboard from the Ringmaster as your host to other circus performers such as flame throwers, circus themed contortionists, circus acrobats to a circus themed cabaret show with super talented artists who hypnotise the audience with their mesmerising performance.

A superb idea, if you are looking for an unusual corporate event theme or you are looking to hold an immersive themed event that never fails to wow guests!

Taddah! And the only extra thing you need is the Eventologists magic to transform your space!

How to Continually Wow your Guests when Using the Same Venue Each Year

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How to Continually Wow your Guests when Using the Same Venue Each Year

Using the same venue year on year and need to surprise guests? Ever wondered how you make the same venue look the different over and over again? There’s nothing wrong with the familiar! There are so many reasons to book the same venue year on year – great service! Great food! Good location, excellent motorway links, ample rooms that you need – and the list goes on!

However, for guests, the same venue can start to feel bland and they start to second guess what to expect at the next event. Not great when you want them to feel invigorated, excited and ensure that this year’s conference is a game changer! Whilst new venue search is an option, it’s hard to start again as well as trying to relay the company’s key strategic message and juggle the extra work that the new boss keeps piling on you! So, what’s the solution to a completely awe-inspiring conference at the same venue? At Eventologists, we think it’s about delivering newness every time and making the same venue look completely different!

  1. Firstly, the room – if changing the room isn’t an option, then how about changing the floorplan, consider theatre style seating if you had cabaret last time
  2. Change the stage set – wow them with a new stage and backdrop which changes from the day to the evening. Work with your AV company of Creative agency to shake up the status quo
  3. Do cool stuff at lunch – Venues now offer so many more options such as street food to make lunch fun and interactive with finger licking good food!
  4. Add some interactive sessions that they would not ordinarily get to do – It will be a talking point!
  5. Transform the venue from day to evening! If you’ve never had a themed event – dip your toe – trust us, it will be a party that they do remember and look forward to. If a theme is a bit too risky, but you don’t want the event to feel too corporate; use colour, unusual table centres, and nice touches like funky bars and furniture! The less rigid and corporate the event feels the more relaxed your guests will be. Add entertainers that add ambience in the room and create great picture moments. If you had a DJ last year, what about a band this year? Think about the time of year, can you keep corporate but take influence from the time of year – e.g. add an enchanted touch in Autumn and keep it fresh during Spring?

As we all enter an era of complex marketing and sales with social media, unusual venue openings and a plethora of ways of communicating; customers are shopping around each year looking for newness or new venues. Venues who want to retain existing business really need to inspire them with ideas of what their event can be rather than be sold the features of the room. It’s a different mindset to showing the more practical elements of the room but its fast-becoming what venues are focusing on to convert new sales and maintain existing customers. Knowledge of how they can transform the room or partners who can help them to think out of the box is an essential sales skill, especially for customer retention.

If you’re a conference organiser, transforming spaces and venues is much easier than venue search and starting the process all over again! Working with creative partners who will help you to give freshness each year to get 5-star guest feedback is the panacea that every conference planning and event agency strive for. Maybe just thinking about the same differently could be just the answer!

The Psychology of Colour in Events

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The Psychology of Colour in Events

Eventologists’ stylists are often asked the question about what colour to use for an event. Whilst colour is about preference or may represent a brand, we believe there is a lot more meaning to colour than being pleasing to the eye. What’s the thinking behind colour? What feelings do changes in colour evoke?  What dynamic colours should be used at events to make those senses open? As an event planner, we don’t just need to understand what colour is on trend, but also the psychology behind the use of different colours. What’s equally important is what colours not to use at different events or to what extent colours should be used.

Different colours can dramatically affect moods and emotions as well as affect that initial impact when we see a room in a colour.  As an event theming company, we are very aware of colour psychology and work with our clients on ensuring the correct mix of colours are selected.

Generally, people will choose their favourite colours for their private party; but, when it comes to corporate event, event managers often don’t have a colour theme in mind if they don’t want to follow the brand colours. This is where we can advise!

The Meaning behind Various Colours

White: signifies pure, clean, innocent in the West; mourning in the East. White creates a sense of space so works well in dark and small rooms. White can also represent new starts, giving a fresh new idea. White is a great colour for its simplicity, cleanliness and idea creation; White is therefore often used in the summer works well as it helps to create a cool and contemporary atmosphere and used for new launches! However, using too much white can mean isolation, loneliness and emptiness.

Black: signifies glamour, sophistication, power, elegance. seriousness, control and independence. However, in sharp contrast it can also mean death, darkness and frightening. For that reason, it’s a great colour for black tie gala dinners as well as a colour for Halloween or haunted themed events.

Red: represents heat, passion, intensity, it’s a racy colour which creates strongest emotions such as love, lust, anger, evil – some of the most extreme emotions are represented by red which can make the heart beat that much faster! It is not surprising that red is a popular colour for lighting and theming for a variety of exciting themes such as moulin rouge, burlesque, Vegas themed events, Fire and Ice themed events or even masquerade themes!

Yellow: is a happy, optimistic, warm, zingy colour that draws attention to the eye which is why it’s a great day-time event colour. But when used in excess yellow can also be too overpowering and stir up emotions of annoyance and frustration. This is why many people team yellow with whites and blacks or multi-colours to become an accent colour rather than the dominant colour.

Pink: Pink is a softer version of red that creates a sense of compassion, hope and unconditional love. It’s a colour that soothes and represents care, understanding and nurturing. It’s often linked with romance as it shows empathy and sensitivity. Excessive pink at corporate events can mean reduced power and or even immaturity. For that reason, pink is often used as an accent colour with other colours at corporate events.

Green: always has many positive connections with nature, earthliness, growth, health, tranquillity. It’s a powerful colour as it creates a calming

atmosphere, feels fresh so its colour that relieves stress and helps heal. It’s often used for chill-out spaces and networking events to create an ambience of relaxation.

Orange: is connected with motivation, vibrancy, energy, excitement; as such it creates a positive attitude and enthusiasm for life. As such orange is great colour for bringing comfort in turbulent times and creating a sense of fun or freedom for your guests; for the very fact that it is an attention-drawing colour, it is often used at charity events or launches.

Purple: Purple is most commonly known for its imagination and spirituality, royalty, wisdom, wealth. People see purple as colour linked with luxury, extravagance, courage, mystery and magic. However, avoid using it too often as it can also cause distraction. Purple is often used lighting for events especially chill out areas and bars for its very powerful emotions that it stirs up!

Blue: is known for its trust, peace, loyalty and dependability. It’s reliable, responsible and mentally soothing as it lowers pulse rate and body temperature and creates productivity. It’s one of the best-liked colours, especially by males. It’s a perfect colour to use for corporate functions however it can be perceived as distant, cold or unfriendly if used in excessively. Often it is purposefully used to create ice themed events, underwater themed events or sometimes used to create an eerie atmosphere.

We hope this guide provides a guide for your next corporate event. Whilst colours have positive and negative meanings, we always say to clients to be daring with colour which will set apart and leave a lasting impression on your clients.

Eventologists transform The Brewery, London

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Eventologists transform The Brewery, London

Eventologists have been busy delivering new concepts and ideas in July and would like to share a stunning new theme that we’ve launched called Blue Sky thinking. This concept comes from inspiration that all conferences and companies are constantly searching for. Developing new ideas and looking at innovation is always on the agenda at conferences, exhibitions, corporate events, Gala Dinners, Awards evenings, or charity fundraising events, which is why we’re constantly thinking out the box and developing new ways of thinking.

We thought we would be even more literal and deliver a landscape that brings you Blue Sky Thinking. We’ve designed & produced giant clouds that suspend from the ceiling in a spectrum of colour changing lights setting the mood within the room. To create the horizon, we’ve made giant vintage light bulb chandeliers representing those light bulb moments. Hurricane statement centrepieces take centre stage on the tables depicting a melange of ideas and thoughts – a whirl wind of ideas.

When this theme is in the context of a Gala Dinner, bespoke light up cloud themed table centres finish the setting beautifully elegantly. Our Blue sky thinking theme is versatile and can be used at exhibitions, networking events, conferences and parties – dress up or dress down. It’s the party piece that will get your audience talking & create that wow factor.

New products available – creating venue styling solutions:

We worked to create this in the most spectacular surroundings of the Brewery and we couldn’t think of a more exciting venue to launch our new theme – tell us what you think! Are you looking for exciting concepts for your conference or event? – call one of our stylists on 08000293101 to give you the inspirations – Banish the bland! Dare to be different with Eventologists!

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I wished to get in touch to say thank you for providing the centrepieces for the Gloucestershire Live Business Awards and working with us within our budget at such short notice. I also wanted to let you know that your staff was a pleasure to work with. Very friendly, professional and had the room setup with plenty of time to spare before guests arrived. Please pass on my thanks.

Louise Symonds, Regional Events Manager

I just wanted to drop a note to formally thank you for pulling out all of the stops for our Christmas Social – the Peaky Blinders theme went down a storm and it looked UNREAL! The decor, props, bespoke items and attention to detail really made the event last night. As ever, you and the team were complete professionals and a dream to work with. Huge thanks and appreciation, I look forward to the next event already!

Clair Stevens, Communications Manager

The room looked fab and we received some great comments. It was great to work with you again and it makes things run smoothly when we can rely on you and your team to get the job done. Gives peace of mind.

Sharon Bone, Events Manager

WOW, went to an event done by these guys and I was blown away. They transformed a banquet hall into something out of a fairytale. The staff are very friendly and professional. Would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Amish Thakrar, Marketing Manager

Thank you to you and your team for all your help and support with the table theming for our UK 60-Year Anniversary celebration last night. Right from the very beginning, everything was so very professional and easy. The tables, gifts and award were absolutely fabulous and really added to the whole ambience of the evening, and I have had many wonderful comments about them from our visitors.

Lesley Young, Marketing Communications Manager