Christmas Photo Booth Hire

Its once more that season of goodwill, fun and cheer, when you start looking for Christmas photo booth hire. Once a great tradition, now probably the most commercialised month of the year. (We say month, but in reality it seems more like 2 or 3). 

For us its easily the busiest 4 or 5 weeks of the year. Christmas parties, Christmas promotions, everything seems to come in that few weeks. For some reason certain days in December seem mega busy, but there isn’t usually an obvious reason why.

A few of our lines, names the Christmas BaubleSnow globes, and our Christmas themed taxi photo booth make a brief yet super busy appearance on our roster, then fade into obscurity until the same time next year.

Any of them make a perfect party piece at your Xmas event, with themed music (Boy are we sick of little drummer boy by Christmas eve), dress up props, artificial snow and general feelgood factor.

Everyone knows how Santa looks, with his flowing white beard, and long red robes. However this is a relatively new look for him. It dates back to a painting commissioned by the Coca Cola company in 1931 from an artist called Haddon Sundblom. This was for their Christmas promotion, and the look quickly spread across America, and then most of the Western world.

There are still a few oddities about, in the Netherlands Santa is assisted by Zwarte Pete (Black Pete), who has dark skin, curly hair and listens at chimneys for evidence of children being naughty.  Grandfather Frost in Russia, is assisted by Snow Girl, his granddaughter. 

Spooky halloween photo booth

Hire A Spooky Halloween Taxi Booth

Hiring A Themed Halloween Taxi Booth

Its that time of year when our spooky halloween themed photobooths and catering units come out to play. Although we only use them for about a 2 week period, these are definitely some of our favourite offerings.

Spooky halloween taxi booth hire
Our Spooky Halloween cab photo booth

In addition to our spooky taxi, we can also dress up any of our catering units with a spooky feel, you can have toxic green candy floss, or blood red popcorn. The carts come draped in spider webs, with ghost, and ghoulies to fit in with your theme.

Halloween decorated candy floss cart
Our Spooky Halloween candy floss cart

Our taxi comes with spooky sound effects, horror themed prints, and props galore, the booth butler even dresses up to suit the part, great for parties and events this time of year.

Taxi Photo Booth Hire Party At Joe Macari

A Petrol Heads Dream on a taxi booth hire.

 Occasionally on a taxi booth hire, we come across jobs we love. One recent party with one of our cab photo booths was a 50th birthday party taking place in a high end car dealers in London. By high end, we mean classic sports cars because everywhere you looked was a classic Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini. A  curve ball thrown in included a De Lorean, lightweight Jaguar E type and a split screen VW camper van.

After installing the taxi booth, they had their detailing guy, clean the road dirt from it, with him laughing that he had “Cleaned some of the most exclusive cars on the planet, but this was his first London Cab”

One of our favourites is the Lamborghini LM002 off roader, possibly one of the rarest of the Lamborghini’s. Overall  though, I think if we were given the choice it would have to be the Jag. As Del Boy once said, “It’s only E type Jags, and Sebastian Coe that make you proud to be British nowadays!”

Telephone Box Photo Booth

Telephone Box Photo Booth Hire

Some of our photo booths have been in response to a clients enquiry,. Others we have thought were a good idea. Finally some for keeping pace with competitors.

Our red telephone booth was designed when a young lady asked if we did one, as she was getting married and fancied the idea.

 Initially we thought to buy one of the original phone boxes that were being sold off.  Once we realised they weighed around a ton, we had a rapid rethink. Resulting in Buzby, our replica phone box.  Made from wood and glass fibre making this is a perfect replica of the Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed original.

This was one of those photo booths that we were initially a bit dubious about. In the event, it proved to be consistently one of our most requested hires =, because people seem to love the prints being delivered from the post box.

Along with our Mini Cooper Booth, and London Taxi Cab Booths,  customers can hire a great line up of iconic British attractions. All available with photo booths systems fitted.

Lux Our New Gin Bar Service

Gin Bar Service

To tap into the hot craze for gin, we have just launched our new gin bar service. Called Lux its intended to supply a range of fabulous fun gins for our corporate clients.

Its not limited to gin, we can supply whisky, rum, prosecco bars as well, long with a full range of mixers and garnishes. Perfect for reception drinks, or as a refreshment centre throughout the event.

Custom Theming Our Bars

We can custom theme the bar to fit in with any event. From Alice in Wonderland theme, to a World War 2 event, we can work with you to design a theme to your precise requirements.

Gin is the on trend craze in drinks. With an ever growing selection of different flavours available, there is something for everyone.  In addition to favourites such as pink gin, we also have some rarer drinks, such as South African truffle gin.

Provide us with your precise requirements, and let us put together a custom themed offering to match your requirements.

 

Gin Drink
Gin Drinks
Staff working hard on gin bar
Staff hard at work on our gin bar
Our Gin Bar Illuinated sign
Gin Bar Sign
Our new rustic gin bar
Lux, our new gin bar service

Winning At The Funfair Part 1

How To Win On The Hoopla Game

This is the first part of our series of short tips on winning at the funfair. There is no way to guarantee a win, but there are tips to increase your chances.

The hoopla is one of the oldest games on the fair. Basically you need to throw a ring over a cube. The cube usually has a prize on the top which you win. The first thing you need to be aware of is that the ring must go completely over the cube. It must pay flat on the table to count as a win. Many people don’t read the rules and think just getting it over the prize is good enough.

Can It Be Done

Now popular opinion is that the rings are not big enough to go over the blocks. To be fair, this is a false belief. If you ask the operator, he will usually demonstrate that it can be fitted over. There is however one point to be aware of. The blocks with the expensive prizes on tend to be fractionally larger than the blocks with the cheap prizes. This ensures that whilst it is possible to win, the odds are much easier on the smaller blocks. This allows enough prizes to trickle out to let people see you can win, but prevents the operator being bankrupted by someone winning say a Nintendo playstation every 5 minutes.

Billy  Butlin, the man famous for starting the Butlins holiday empire actually used to operate this type of game on the funfair, but he had many more of the smaller blocks than was standard so that prizes were being won at a much greater rate, he discovered that the increase in custom more than offset the higher operating costs.

How Can I Win

So is there anything you can do to increase your chances of winning. Only really 2 things, aim for the smaller prizes as it will be easier to win them, When you throw the ring, flick your wrist so that the ring is spinning. What this can do, is catch the edge of a block, then as it continues to spin it works its way into position to drop over the block and win.

injured kermit

Funfair Safety

Safety At The Funfair

One of the most important things to think about when visiting a funfair or theme park, is the safety aspect. Often when you visit you have your children with you, the most important people in your world. So just how safe is it at a modern funfair.

Well, depends who you listen to, according to the popular press, a bloodbath is lurking just around the corner of any funfair.  The Health and Safety Executive, those people responsible for actually ensuring funfairs are safe, you are far more likely to be injured on the way to the fair, than you are at the event.

But how do we go about ensuring this?

Design Review

Any ride being operated  must be in receipt of either a design review clearance, or a maturity risk assessment. The former is prepared by a specialist engineer, who calculates the stresses and strains, build materials, control systems etc, and produces a safety plan, containing maintenance schedules, operating limits etc.

The second option, is for older rides that have been operated for considerable periods. The reasoning being these rides have been around for so long, any  problems, will have been ironed out years ago.

The maturity certificates are being phased out, so everything will eventually comply with design review.

This ensures a high level of safety right from the outset.

ADIPS Inspections

However, everything deteriorates with time. Eventually, any ride starts to have minor issues, how they are dealt with is crucial.

All rides are subject to an “annual MOT”. This is carried out by an independent engineer who issues an ADIPS certificate.

The Amusement Device Inspection Procedure Scheme was set up to ensure that rides are regularly inspected for safety issues. The inspection consists of electrical safety, mechanical safety and in some cases NDT ultrasound. NDT is a method of using ultrasound to discover microscopic cracks in metal framework. This would indicate a ride being over-stressed, and could lead to severe failure.

Any ride not carrying an up to date certificate, isn’t allowed to operate.

Daily Check Records

The ADIPS scheme has been shown to work well. However 12 monthly intervals leave a considerable scope for issues to develop between inspections. This is where the daily check system comes into play. Any attraction must be inspected by the operator, each day before it is operated. These inspection must be recorded in a daily record book, along with any issues found and the work carried out to rectify the problem

What We Cant Control

Sadly there is one aspect of health and safety we have little control over. That is the behaviour of the public. We can do everything within our powers to make the attractions totally safe, but if someone is determined to win a Darwin Award, there isn’t much we can do to stop them.

A Mini Cooper with a photo booth built in.

Mini Cooper Photo Booth Hire

Jasper Is Our Classic Mini  Photo Booth

The world has moved on from a photo booth in a box. Well some of us have. Nowadays booths come in all shapes and sizes. London taxi cabs, telephone booths, even Del Boy Trotters 3 wheeled van. One of our most popular lines is our classic Mini Cooper photo booth.

Jasper, is a fun quirky option, particularly popular with events for younger clients, such as Bar Mitzvahs and birthday parties.

Tatton Park

We recently supplied Jasper for a bar mitzvah in Tatton Parks, Tenants Hall. A stunning venue dating from medieval times. We needed to get Jasper into the Tenants hall for Zak’s Bar Mitzvah. Of course it wasnt as simple as that, it never is. We needed to lay protection down to prevent damage to the floor. We had to maneuver Jasper through dozens of tables and chairs, whilst avoiding the dance floor. Oh and the reserved space was as far from the entrance as it possibly could be.

As per usual, persistence, patience, and some deft steering saw us safely set up and waiting for the guests. Many of our events start with an Oh Crap moment, when we see what we have to do. But usually after a minutes thought and some planning we just get on with it.

One of the unusual features we noticed, was the room decoration. The walls were covered with the heads, and skins of dozens of exotic animals from far flung corners of the British Empire. I bet the local deer in Tatton Parks estate are mightily relieved that hunting is no longer considered acceptable in polite circles.

Our mini cooper photo booth in position alongside Zaks bar
Jasper In Position Near Zak’s Bar
Mini Cooper booth with props
Props for the guests use at the Bar Mitzvah
Stuffed Heads At Tatton Park
Stuffed Heads At Tatton Park
More Stuffed Heads At Tatton Park
More Stuffed Heads At Tatton Park
Harley Davidson Engine Plate

Harley Davidson Owners Group Cider Rally 2018

Harley Davidson Owners Group (HOGS)

We recently travelled down to Weston Super Mare with The Duke, our wild west stagecoach. This was for a wild west evening at the Harley Davidson Owners Group Cider Rally 2018.

Although we are fast car and aircraft fans, we can certainly appreciate the engineering, and style of the Harley Davidson Bikes. The paintwork and gleaming chrome must have taken hours to polish to the standards on display.

Similarly, being V8 engine fans, we weren’t expecting much, but to be honest that Harley engine has a fabulous note. I don’t think we will be swapping our company transport in just yet, but we wouldn’t rule the possibility out at some point in the future of looking into acquiring a classic Harley. Probably one of the larger tourers rather than the sports models.

The Duke

Our wild west stagecoach is totally unique in the UK, and as far as we can tell Europe. Being built into a full sized replica Concord stagecoach. Fitted with sound effects, western props, and cowboy music, it went down a treat. I think the bikers are perhaps keeping the romance of the old west alive.

Anyway here are a few shots of some of the bikes we came across resplendent in various custom paint colours;

The Birth Of A Prince

A New Prince Is Born

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.