Archive for February, 2016


Everyone loves a sweat treat and dessert buffets are a fantastic way to give your special occasion a spectacular finish. They also provide your guests with an opportunity to mingle with each other while they are visiting the dessert buffet.

If you are including a dessert buffet at your next celebration, here are 5 top tips to ensure it is a fabulous success.


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The key to a beautifully presented dessert buffet is the way the desserts are displayed. Add visual variety by presenting the desserts at different heights using cake stands, colourful boxes, baskets, wooden trays and china or glass platters.

If your special celebration has a particular theme or colour, include some of these elements into the buffet’s presentation. Adding flowers, candles and other decorations will also enhance the visual appeal of your dessert buffet.


  1. How many desserts per person?

Allowing 3-4 mini desserts per person is normally a good number.
Don’t overwhelm your guests with too many options. It is better to have fewer choices but plenty of them to make sure everyone has the chance to select their favourite.


  1. Mix it up

While most people love chocolate, some don’t so try to include a range of different flavours in your dessert buffet.

Consider selecting desserts that represent the cultural background of your family or mini versions of your family’s favourite special occasion desserts.


  1. Make them easy to serve

No-one likes to queue so make sure each dessert is quick, easy and fuss-free for your guests to add to their plate.

Mini versions of classic desserts are ideal. Another option is to serve desserts in shot glasses or oversized spoons that are easy to pick-up.


  1. Add some fun

One of the best aspects of having a dessert buffet is the opportunity to add fun and novelty to your celebration. For example, include whimsical elements such as lollypops or cupcakes decorated to match your theme. Another idea is to invite guests to make their own ice-cream sundaes by providing a selection of ice-cream flavours, toppings and sprinkles.

Let the theme and reason for your celebration inspire your imagination so you can create a dessert buffet with a difference.


Planning a special occasion?

If you are celebrating something special this year, talk to the friendly team at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park. Their all-inclusive special occasion packages are suitable for intimate celebrations of 60 up to large events for 1500 people.

Enquire online or phone 02 9764 9900.

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We’ve all experienced it. The collective grumbling of st team-building aff when the day-long team meeting is announced. Instead of embracing the opportunity to get together to collaborate and share ideas, it’s often greeted with dread -closely followed by reasons why they cannot dedicate an entire day to attend.

So how do you overcome the team meeting grumbles?

Eliminate distractions

Holding half or full-day team meetings on-site is never successful because there are too many distractions to disrupt the meeting. Participants will be called away to deal with issues that can usually wait. As a result, they miss important components of the meeting or return late after each break.

By holding team meetings off-site, you are emphasising the importance of the meeting and stressing you require everyone’s full participation.

Set a tight agenda

One of the most common complaints for attending any meeting is that it is a waste of time. By setting an agenda and circulating it before the meeting, you are establishing the meeting will be beneficial and important to the organisation’s future success. An agenda will also provide participants with the opportunity to prepare for each topic so they can actively participate.

Add some fun

If your aim is to boost energy levels and maintain the focus of participants throughout the meeting, you need to provide plenty of breaks and activities toget them moving.

Playing games or pa
rticipating in facilitated team building activitiesis popular because they have the additional benefits of generating conversation and building new relationships between participants. They also add novelty and create memories which are guaranteed to change future perceptions of the value of this type of event.

Easy options for your next business event

Your next business event is only a phone call away with WatervieW’s all-inclusive business event packages. For example, our Team Building Package includes a delicious working lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a choice of 3 fun-filled team building activities facilitated by professionals.

For more information, enquire online or call (02) 9764 9900 to speak to one of our business event managers.

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leapyear While couples usually discuss the prospect of getting married before the official proposal, a firmly held tradition is that the bloke pops the question.

Can women propose? Well of course they can. We live in a society where we strive to treat both genders equally. But if your guy is a little slow and you can’t wait to be married, tradition says women can propose to men in a leap year. In fact, this tradition dates back to the 13th century!

By the way, if he declines your proposal, tradition also says he needs to buy you a gift like a new dress, gloves or a pair of shoes.

So how do you go about it?

Experts recommend you give some thought to where and how you will propose. They suggest you think about what he likes to do and try to incorporate that into your proposal. For example, if he likes sports, buy tickets to attend a sporting event and ask him to marry you after the game.

Other suggestions are to visit the location of your first date, arrange a weekend away or a wonderful dinner. Then, while you are both relaxed and having fun, you can ask him to marry you.

Do you need to follow any traditions?

There is no need to get down on one knee but you can if you want to. If he is the sort of guy who would ask your parents’ permission to marry you, he will probably love it if you ask his parents for his hand in marriage.
You don’t need to buy him a ring but you might like to buy or make him a gift to mark this special occasion.

How do you ask him to marry you?

The only thing you need to remember to say is “Will you marry me?” because it will clarify that you are not having a general discussion about marriage. You are actually asking him to marry you. Otherwise, speak from the heart or write him a letter that explains why you think he is wonderful and how much you love him. In years to come he may not remember exactly what you said but he will remember how special you made him feel.

Can’t wait to get married?

WatervieW in Bicentennial Park is a beautiful place to hold your engagement party or wedding. They even have Last Minute Wedding packages for couples who can’t wait to get married. Enquire online or call (02) 9764 9900 to speak to one of our friendly event managers.

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