When Princess Charlotte was born back in 2015, we were contracted to roll up outside the hospital and dispense teas and coffee to the paparazzi. Once the birth was announced we switch to prosecco. The day went down well, especially with said paps.
Once more Unto The Breach
We were contacted for a repeat performance at the new birth. As a result we had been on standby for the past couple of weeks waiting on Kate.
The call came through early morning and resulted in a slapstick worthy of Dad’s Army. The famous Corporal Jones cries of dont panic as we rushed around like headless chickens to set off for London. Half a mile down the road saw one of the female staff members in an almighty panic because she had forgotten to pick up her bag. She absolutely, positively couldnt spend a day in London without it. So after a U turn and a rapid return to base we finally got under way.
The trip down was brilliant with no traffic. We were set up and dispensing water to the waiting press as the minutes to the birthing announcement counted down. Then eventually it was released, a new prince was born.
The day went pretty much the same as last time with plenty of presecco, teas and coffees passed out, some good media coverage for Ladbrokes (the client) and us getting back to our Yorkshire base about 12 hours after we set off.
The Duke, is our wild west stagecoach photo booth for hire. Built into a full sized replica Concorde stagecoach, (Think John Wayne). This is one of our totally unique offerings, because as far as we know this is the only booth in a stagecoach in Europe.
After spending around 6 months with an expert joiner on the build, we finally rolled it out complete. A visit from an artist to decorate it in the style of a Wells and Fargo stage saw it finished off ready for the launch.
Actually being able to sit in it made you begin to appreciate just how hardy those early pioneers was. Imagine travelling thousands of miles in a cramped coach with upto 16 other people was an ordeal.
In the movies, the stage would regularly outrun Indians and bandits. In reality, it was called a stage, because it used to travel in stages, swapping teams of horses at each stage. A stage would be perhaps 12 miles, so you can imagine how long travel would take.
We added sound effects, props, decoration, and staff dressed as cowboys. Add in the prints themed as mini wanted posters, and you have a cracking booth for any event, but unbeatable for wild west parties.
To complement the booth we created a range of games units, this provides a complete wild west entertainment package.
Tesco Bank commissioned us to supply a number of special pink candy floss carts. This coincided with the turning tesco pink promotion.
This aims to help recruit staff members to the Race For Life scheme operated by Cancer Research U.K. A fabulous charity helping to raise funds to investigate all 200 types of cancer.
A brilliantly quirky new touch are their #racelace shoe laces. Basically after signing up for the race for life, you swap one of your laces for a pink one. This signifies your support for the charity. Although the race for life is a women only event, our MD and other staff members changed their laces in support.
Tesco asked for a number of candy floss carts giving out floss to the staff members. Our normal carts are decorated in a white and gold scheme. After finding out what the promotion was, we re-branded them in a pink scheme.
One of our increasingly popular photo booth lines is our Tuk Tuk photo booth. Hailing from the Indian state of Gujerat. Originally plying its trade as a taxi service before we waved our magic wand and transformed it into a super party line.
Themed Asian Decor
Draped with asian decor, and fitted with a bhangra sound system. It was originally intended for the Asian wedding market. However it is even more popular with couples that have spent time abroad and used tuk tuk’s for transport.
Like all of our booths, it comes with a guest book, custom themed prints and a box of fun props making it super fun.
Another in our planned rollout of dessert carts with a more international flavour. We present Churros Cart Hire. Churros are Spanish finger doughnuts. Frosted with sugar and served with our usual range of sauces, sprinkles and Nutella. These are a great alternative to the usual ring doughnuts.
A Perfect Complement
Traditionally in Spain, Churros are served with hot chocolate. Add one of our hot chocolate carts to make a perfect reception treat for your event.
Cadbury’s is still our most popular drinking chocolate, but we also offer Charbonnel Et Walker for those wanting an upmarket touch.
History Of Churros
Traditionally eaten in Spain and Portugal, as well as the Southwestern U.S. and France. Normally eaten for breakfast their origin is unclear. One theory suggests the Portuguese brought them from China. The new pastry soon crossed the border into Spain, where it was modified to be pulled through a star shaped die, giving them their distinctive shape.
You can have delicious Churros, with our without hot chocolate on any of our range of themed catering carts, an ideal treat for weddings and parties, as well as corporate events.
Hiring dodgems, or bumper cars, as they are known in some parts of the country, are easily the most popular funfair ride available for events. Like most things in life, there is a vast range of rides available for hire. So you have a number of choices to make when specifying dodgems.
What Type Of Dodgems To Hire
The first option, is to determine whether you need the traditional English style dodgem track, or the more modern continental version. The difference, is that the traditional track comes totally dismantled. This allows it to be carried over obstructions, up stairs, or through narrow entrances. This means this ride can access virtually any venue. The downside is that the set up time is easily double that of the more modern counterpart. The newer version of the ride, comes folded up onto a centre truck. This is driven into position, then folds out, in the main using hydraulic power. The ride is far quicker to set up and dismantle, tends to be more highly decorated, with better sound and lighting systems. The only real drawback, is that the ride must be driven into position, so its limited as to where it can be used.
In the dark ages, before the internet was formed from the primordial cyberspace, the usual method of hiring a dodgem ride, would have been looking through the Yellow Pages, personal recommendation, or visiting a funfair and asking the ride owner there about a deal. Nowadays 10 minutes on the internet can source a multitude of rides at a vastly differing set of prices. Indeed dodgems can be hired for less now than they were probably ten years ago.
So this is great, you find dodgems online, book the cheapest ride and away you go. Sadly not, like anything else lowest price is not always the best option. There is a vast selection of dodgem rides. Ranging from state of the art fabulousness, to something you would be frightened to ride. Price isnt always the main way of telling them apart.
Things To Check Before Hiring
If you are dealing online, without seeing the actual ride, then you need to take steps to help prevent you being stuck with a lemon. First, ask for pictures of the actual ride you will be hiring. Any reputable operator should be able to supply fairly hi resolution images. That will give you a fell for what you are getting. Ask how many cars it comes with, 14-16 is the industry standard, yet some operators will give you a much lower price, then turn up with 5 or 6 cars. Make sure the ride comes with lights and music, again, all rides should have these. Ensure there is a top cover over the ride, and that it will be fitted, dodgems can be used in the wet, but not if the operator leaves the top covering off to save himself the work of fitting it.
It goes without saying that the operator should be able to provide public liability insurance, but he should also send you risk assessments, fire assessments and method statements, they are all legal requirements, and if he hasnt got them then walk away. The final document you need is the ADIPS certificate. This stands for the Amusement Device Inspection Procedure Scheme. An Independant engineer issues this when he carries out the rides annual safety inspections. If this isn’t available, don’t walk away, run.
A few simple questions should give you a feel for how legit the guy you are dealing with is. If he cant supply something or keep promising it and it never turns up, then can you really trust him to do a professional job on the day? Remember the bitterness of poor service lingers long after the sweetness of low price fades.”
Never a dull moment at Fairview house, the boss has come up with a stunning plan. He is going to offer the first flying candy floss service. Sick of sitting in hours of traffic jams he is learning to fly. He has decided this will be quicker than roadtravel. In the near future he intends delivering candy floss carts via a little Cessna. Hopefully his flying will improve.
A lot of our work is at R.A.F. bases so he might just be on to something with the new candy floss in the air thing.
Sadly we hear the plea for help with candy floss hire on a regular basis. Usually someone has had a service booked for quite a while and then been let down the night before. I’dlove to say we are able to help them out, but the sad fact is we can’t. The one thing they have in common is they’ve decided to place a booking with someone charging ridiculously low fees.
Cheap Prices Get You A Cowboy
The last case of this we provided a quote for candy floss, only to be told that the existing supplier (the one who had let them down) had being going to do the job for £30. That’s right thirty pounds, I mean really, how does anyone run a legitimate business, requiring equipment to be invested in, insurance, tax and other fees paid, stock purchased, maintenance performed, fuel for transport purchased, along with a vehicle for said transport, and then a profit expected to be made, all from a charge of £30?
Unfortunately we know that we will receive plenty of more of these enquiries before the year is out.
The next of our new lines for 2018 is the relaunch of our crepe cart hire service. Delicious soft french crepes, topped with fresh fruit, cream, and various sauces and toppings.
The Latin, crispus meaning curled, led to the French word Crepe. Originating in the Breton region of France, between the English Channel to the north and the Southern Bay of Biscay.
Making crepes has evolved from being cooked on large cast iron plates heated over a wood fire, to modern hot plates that are now gas or electric heated.
Celebrations With Crepes
We celebrate pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday, usually around the second week in February, while the French have their “Pancake Day”, on 2nd February, during a holiday known as Fete de la Chandeleur or jour des crepes, during which it is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crepe pan in the other, and flip the crepe into the air. Your family will be prosperous if you manage to catch the crepe in the pan.
An International Dessert
Popular throughout Europe, the dessert has numerous names, inlcuding crespella (Italy), palacsintas (Hungary), blintzes (Jewish) plattars (Scandanavia), blini (Russia) and the Greek kreps.
Savoury Or Sweet
We offer both types of crepes, sweet for dessert, or as a savoury crepe with meats, cheeses, salad etc. This allows us to tailor the service to suit any requirements when you book our crepe cart hire.
We are at that time of the year when we start launching some of the new lines we have in place for the coming season, the first of these is our Poffertjes cart hire service, which are mini Dutch pancakes, drizzled in butter and syrup and topped with a sauce, Nutella being our firm favourite.
An International Flavour
This is the first in a series of International themed dessert carts that are being launched in the coming months. A full range of options will be offered allowing clients to tailor make a dessert cart to their precise requirements.
We have spent a fair bit of time in Holland, and these delightful little pancakes were always a firm favourite, a little fluffier than the pancakes we are used to over here, they are absolutely delicious, either just with butter and sugar, or with a topping of sauce.