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.
- A feast for the eyes
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The arrival of a new member of your family is a joyous event. Whether your family is Christian, from a non-Christian background or simply not religious, most parents like to celebrate the birth of their baby.
Many cultures regard a person’s Naming Day as more important than their birthday. Some parents hold a Naming Day ceremony as a non-religious way to officially welcome their baby into the world. For others, it is simply a party to introduce their baby to friends and family.
Christenings & Baptisms
Christening and Baptism ceremonies vary amongst Christian faiths and even between congregations. They are usually held during a regular church service or immediately after it. After the religious formalities, the parents may invite the godparents and immediate family for lunch or use the after church celebrations as an opportunity to celebrate with extended family and friends.
When are they held?
There are no fixed rules on when to hold your baby’s Baptism, Christening or Naming Day celebration. Some parents like the ceremony to be held within weeks of their baby’s birth while others wait several months.
Traditional Baptism, Christening & Naming Day Gowns
Some families have Baptism, Christening or Naming Day gowns that are passed down from one generation to the next. Some new mums use the fabric from their wedding dress to make a beautiful outfit for their baby.
Traditional Naming Day, Christening and Baptism gowns are long with lace or embroidered panels. However, these days it is acceptable to choose a more modern outfit for your baby’s special day.
Keepsakes and Mementos
Some parents like to give their children a memento of their Christening, Baptism or Naming Day. Here are a few ideas.
- A Memory Book
Give your child a permanent record of his or her special day by asking each guest to write a message and sign your baby’s Memory Book. After the celebrations, add photos from the day, a copy of the invitation and Baptism or Christening certificate.
- A Book of Promises
A Book of Promises asks each guest to make a pledge to teach the new baby a skill later in life. Examples are “I promise to take you ice-skating when you are 10 years old” or “When you are old enough, I’ll take you for driving practice”. A Book of Promises is a wonderful way to provide your child with an extended network of advisers throughout his or her life.
A great place to celebrate
It’s relaxed and easy to celebrate your baby’s Naming Day, Christening or Baptism at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park with special occasion packages to suit every celebration. Surrounded by beautiful parklands with ample guest parking, it has a wonderful atmosphere for your baby’s special day.
Enquire online or call 02 9764 9900 to speak to one of our event managers.
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All proceeds for this event will go to Save Our Sons to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This event will be held at the WatervieW in Bicentennial Park as part of our annual Casino Royale event.
For more information on this event call Con Valassis on 0411 090838
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Variety – the Children’s Charity Goes Vegas to help kids in need for their first major fundraiser for 2013.
Two hundred people are expected to frock it up when Variety brings all the glitz and glamour of Vegas down under to the WatervieW in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park on Friday March 1st, for a fun filled night of entertainment, featuring cocktails, show girls and Vegas style games to benefit the kids.
Unlike traditional gambling with winners and losers, Variety has ensured the high-stakes will rest solely on how much money is being raised for Aussie kids, as guests take a punt on black jack, roulette and poker or have a spin of the money wheel. All proceeds from the chips required for play will go directly to the charity.
The Vegas-inspired line up of entertainment includes performances by the Brad Blaze Vegas show as well as jazz singer, Monica Trapaga supported by a nine piece big band.
In true Vegas style, party-goers are encouraged to add serious sparkle and bling to their outfits and put their most glamorous foot forward, in readiness to dance the night away under bright lights and booming sound!
Tickets are $150 each including welcome cocktails, canapés, a delicious two course meal and a big night of entertainment.
“We are looking forward to hosting Vegas Variety style this March, where we will have some serious fun to help Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs,” said David Small, CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity.
Variety Goes Vegas
Date: Friday March 1st, 2013
Time: 7pm until midnight
Location: WatervieW in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
Tickets: Individual: $150, Standard Table: $1,500 or Corporate Table: $2,500.
For tickets or further information please visit www.varietynsw.org.au
Tickets available until midday Friday 1st March.
Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh & learn. By giving practical equipment, programs & experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face & live life to the fullest.
Today, Variety Australia delivers around $1 million in individual and organisational equipment grants every month, filling the gaps often left by governments and other organisations. Variety is often an appellant’s last resort to secure equipment vital to their children’s wellbeing.
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Imagine seeing a horse (or two) when you’re kilometres away from a race track! That was how a magical Melbourne Cup Day fundraising event began. Held at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park, the event supported Special Olympics Australia and the amazing work they do to transform the lives of people with an intellectual disability.
Special guest horses, Chester and Joey greeted 350 guests as they arrived at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park. It set the scene for an enchanting day that is quickly becoming a must-do event for businesses wishing to entertain clients and reward staff.
This year, the event included guests from the UK and around Australia as well as some of Sydney’s premier businesses.
But there was more to the day than celebrating the magic of the great race. Underscoring the whole event was the mission to raise funds for Special Olympics Australia. Using a combination of raffles prizes, live auctions and proceeds from Melbourne Cup Sweeps, the event for Melbourne Cup day raised $27,655.
Bankwest is the platinum sponsor for this fundraising event. Their generosity ensures the day is a huge success.
While there were many sensational raffle prizes and auction items, one of the most unusual was donated by trainer Gai Waterhouse – a day at her stables, Tulloch Lodge, for 4 people.
Well known sports commentators, Stephanie Brantz and Simon Hill were kept busy comparing the day’s entertainment. Major sponsor, Myer showcased Spring style trends by providing a colourful parade of this season’s fashion. The parade was punctuated by amazing dance routines performed by the GY Dancers (acclaimed for their recent appearances on X-Factor Australia).
Myer Top Ryde City presented awards for the best dressed male and female guests. This year’s winners were Andy Williamson from S&P Capital IQ and Allison Taylor from Sydney Olympic Park Business Association.
Of course the event for Melbourne Cup day would not be complete without mentioning the fantastic entertainment provided by Todd McKenney who chose a selection of songs including Kiss me honey honey. The crowd favourite was definitely I go to Rio with Todd and the Special Olympics Dance Group wowing guests with their dynamic moves. While everyone joined in to sing I still call Australia home.
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park is a magical venue for events of all styles and sizes. To book your next event or to discover the many event options available, call them on
9764 9000 or email email@example.com
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park is located off Australia Avenue in Sydney Olympic Park.
Inspiring, provocative, compelling and generous are just a few words that describe the critically acclaimed and award winning performer, actor and host – Todd McKenney.
A household name in Australia, Todd’s versatile career has spanned 3 decades and shows no sign of slowing down. Since 1994 he has been known as Australia’s leading man of song and dance musicals, not to mention the ‘colourful’ and often controversial judge on the Channel 7 hit series ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
Todd McKenney at Melbourne Cup Event
Todd will be performing LIVE alongside the real stars of the day the Special Olympic Australia Dancers, at this year’s WatervieW in Bicentennial Park fundraising lunch.
MC’s self-confessed ‘sports-nut’ and face of women’s sport on ABC TV, Stephanie Brantz and husband Fox Sports commentator Simon Hill will share the stage.
There are many options on Melbourne Cup Day however this event is classified as one of Sydney’s best value events on the Melbourne Cup Event calendar. The benefit of this event is it offers so much more than most, with networking opportunities for the businesses and non-stop entertainment for all while raising money for a very worthwhile cause. Seriously this event is one not to be missed, (that is unless of course you are in Melbourne itself).