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.
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.”
We recently spent 3 days at the National Wedding Exhibition in Birmingham’s N.E.C. There was an unbelievable variety of offerings. Everything from whitening your teeth to having someone write your best man’s speech and coach you how to deliver it!
We were exhibiting on the stand of an agent we work for regularly, in my occasional break I wandered around looking for ideas. To be honest there wasn’t much we weren’t already doing, but one idea I came across I really liked. This was from Cancer Research U.K. and was a way of providing little wedding favours, in the form of quirky lapel badges, which included a donation to the charity.
You then had little cards with the favours attached and a note saying that a donation had been made in your name to the charity. Much better than some trinket that would probably get tossed away.
This is something that will do some good but still please your guests at the same time.
Kulfi ice cream, is a version of ice cream that originated in the Indian sub continent. Unlike Western ice cream, you don’t whip kulfi to introduce air into the mixture. So it tends to be a much more solid and dense mixture, which takes much longer to melt.
Reputedly it was invented in the 1500’s in the Mughal Empire, dense evaporated milk was already a popular dessert, when it was mixed with additional flavours, packed into metal cones and immersed into slurry ice resulting in Kulfi.
Traditionally in India vendors called Kulfiwallers sell kulfi ice cream, serving it on a leaf or frozen on a stick.