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Celebration Ideas – Multi-Generation Parties

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Bridge the gap with some celebration ideas that appeal to all ages.

It’s easier than you might think to organise a multi-generation party that’s enjoyable for everyone from 9 months to 90 years old. Here are Manor By The Lake’s golden rules for throwing the perfect party.

Busy lives, work commitments and distance often put paid to family gatherings that involve absolutely everyone. Coming up with celebration ideas for an event that the entire family can attend can be tricky, but it’s not impossible, and if you arrange a party to appeal to every age group, you’ll have a full guest list before you know it.

Location, location, location

Pick a venue that’s accessible to the majority. It’s a lovely idea to hire a remote Scottish castle in the Highlands, but if half the family is based in Devon, you’re not going to make yourself very popular! Try and choose a location that is an equal distance from everyone, and if that’s not possible, then at least go with a venue that is close to motorways and train stations to make it a viable option. At Manor By The Lake we’re close to all the major road networks, and for guests travelling a distance, we’ve 12 gorgeous guest rooms so there’s no excuse not to make a night of it!

Invitations

Even if you’re not planning a hugely formal affair, it’s still nice to receive an invitation, and it makes it more likely that the all important date will be pencilled into everyone’s diaries. There’s no need to spend lots on a printed invite, just create an e-vite using one of the many free websites available. This way, the younger members can’t claim to know nothing about the party as you can email them directly and know they’ll pick it up on their phones instantly! For the older generation, you’ll score points for being green and considering the environment.

Food

shutterstock_386966821With a wide range of age groups to cater for, the menu can be one of the trickiest things to plan. In general, it’s always a good idea to keep things simple. A buffet allows guests the opportunity to pick and choose, and is a good way to satisfy children with finger food such as mini pizzas, sandwiches and fresh fruit. Adults can enjoy more elaborate salads, mezze, antipasti and summer favourites like poached salmon and coronation chicken. At Manor By The Lake we have award-winning chefs who are always happy to discuss menu choices with you.

 

Outdoor food and barbecues are always great celebration ideas and are popular with every age group, but remember, whatever you opt for, make sure you check everyone’s dietary preferences and allergies. Shellfish, gluten and nuts are problematic for many people, so do your homework in advance to make sure everyone’s needs are covered and there are no dining disasters on the day.

Venue

To accommodate everyone’s needs can seem like a huge challenge, so try and think practically when booking. One of the best celebration ideas is to utilise our attractive gardens which always appeal to older relatives, whilst space to run around and let off steam without harassing the staff is also a good plan for your youngest guests.

Manor By The Lake is a fine example of a venue with lots of reception rooms, you’ll find the party naturally splits into quieter and louder pockets of guests after the food has been served. If you’re having entertainment, you may find that Granny would prefer a quiet corner in which to retire. Of course if Granny prefers to lead everyone in the conga around the dancefloor, then we’re not about to suggest you stop her!

Choosing somewhere that has accommodation and ample free parking means you don’t have to worry about taxis at the end of the night, which is a real bonus.

Entertainment

shutterstock_220920673Don’t be put off by the expense of hiring entertainment. Whilst a 6 strong band for a wedding may set you back a small fortune, there are plenty of cost effective options that will appeal to every age group.  Why not use the venue’s sound system to play a pre-prepared playlist and this way, you can make certain there’ll be tracks from across the decades to keep everyone happy and on the dance floor. We’ve found that a magician is one of the best celebration ideas and will almost certainly involve the audience in his show. Choose someone who is used to performing in front of children to ensure a performance that is suitable for everyone.

If you’ve got lots of young children to amuse, we can supply colouring paper, crayons and games to distract them. Older children can be kept happy for hours with an iPad to watch movies or play games, and teens will flock to a room with a Playstation or X-Box. Everyone enjoys the outdoor games we have if the weather is fine. If you’re planning to party into the night, book a babysitter and pack the smallest ones off to bed so that you can relax and enjoy the rest of the event, uninterrupted.

Hopefully we’ve given you a few ideas for planning your family gathering, but we’d love to talk you through the many options we can offer here at Manor By The Lake.

For lots more hints and tips on planning a successful family party, call Tina at Manor By The Lake
on 01242 245 071.


The Baby Shower – Bring on the Babies!

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Originally an American tradition, baby showers have become a growing trend in recent years in the UK. So, our lovely event planners at Manor By The Lake thought they’d pull together their top tips to help you throw a beautiful baby shower.

 

Who should throw a baby shower?

Usually, the mum to be’s best friend will do the honours as it’s considered poor form to throw yourself a party where you’re hoping to be ‘showered’ with gifts! If no one has offered, we think it’s ok to drop a little hint.

As well as being a lovely opportunity to receive gifts for your new baby, it’s actually a great chance to talk to other new mums and mums to be and help prepare yourself and build a network of support for when your baby arrives.

 

Who should you invite?

There are no hard and fast rules as to who you should invite to a baby shower, but it makes sense that your closest girlfriends and family members are on the guest list. Work colleagues, NCT friends and neighbours who you see regularly will probably also want to be involved.

If you’re throwing a baby shower for a friend as a surprise, you may want to take advice from her other half, or mum, to make sure you don’t miss anyone important off the guest list.

Send out invitations around 4-6 weeks before the event. Email or posted invitations are perfectly acceptable and chase RSVPs the week before so you know how many to cater for.

 

What happens at a baby shower?

A lot depends on the type of person your expectant mummy is. Some people love the idea of playing baby-related games, such as giving each guest a piece of string, and getting them to guess how long it needs to be to go around the bump! Or you could hand out baby magazines, and get people to choose the baby models they think will look most like the new arrival.

For those who aren’t keen on playing games, why not use the opportunity to make something useful and personal for the new parents. Buy an empty notebook, and pass it around so that everyone has the opportunity to write a piece of advice for the new mummy and daddy.

Whatever type of shower you’re throwing, it’s always nice to have some baby related decor to make the occasion feel special and to celebrate the impending arrival. If you know the sex of the baby, a simple pink or blue theme works a treat, or how about a gender reveal during the baby shower? We loved the story of one mummy who had a cake baked with a pink sponge and a plain white icing. Guests had to wait until the cake was cut to discover if the bump was a boy or a girl.

 

Fabulous food and drink

No baby shower is complete without some tantalising food and drink, but this isn’t the moment for a formal sit down affair. Finger food is ideal for people to nibble on, and afternoon tea is a very popular choice. We think cupcakes, cream teas and mini sandwiches served with champagne and non-alcoholic fizz make a great option and can be served at almost any time of day.

If you’re planning a baby shower this year, for you or a friend, talk to our events planners about the options we can offer at our stunning Manor house.

Give us a call on 01242 245 071 or email events@manorbythelake.co.uk to find out more and arrange a private tour of Manor By The Lake.


The Perfect Naming Day

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The birth of a child is a momentous occasion for all families, and a wonderful excuse to gather friends and family together for a Naming Day. If you’re not religious, this ceremony is a lovely way to celebrate the arrival of your newborn.

 

Our venue is a wonderful location for a special family celebration, so read on for top tips from Manor By The Lake and how to plan the perfect day for you and your little one.

Planning Your Guestlist

A naming day ceremony is a great opportunity to gather together your nearest and dearest to celebrate your newly extended family. Make sure you invite the people who are special to you and your partner, rather than the people you feel obliged to invite.

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Naming ceremonies should bring together the people who will be actively involved in your child’s life. You may want to choose particular people to play a special role in your child’s upbringing, rather like a godparent.

If you’ve become close to other new mums and their children, this is also an opportunity to bring together other families who are important to you. Above all, surround yourself with people who are active in your life and joyful about your new arrival.

Ceremony

There are no set rules for naming ceremonies and they carry no legal status, which means you are free to structure the day to suit you and your personal preferences.

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The ceremonies are normally conducted by a celebrant, but if you wish, a close friend or family member can do the honours. As a suggestion, the ceremony will begin with an introduction, then there will be a reading, the celebrant will then announce the baby’s name, after which the parents and godparents will make a promise to do their best for the child. The ceremony normally ends with another reading and maybe some music.

It’s a good choice to select poems or readings that hold personal significance to you and your family. Perhaps a reading from a favourite book, or a childhood poem or story that holds special meaning.

Memorable Gestures

Symbolic gestures can also be a lovely way to mark the moment – maybe with the lighting of a candle, or commitment to plant a tree in honour of the new arrival.

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Some families use the opportunity to create a time capsule or box of treasures that can be given to the child when they reach adulthood. Ask guests to write a personal message, and add a gift into the box rather than bring a present. CDs, a newspaper of the day, commemorative coins or stamps are all great reminders of a moment in time.

For more symbolic gifts, consider a horseshoe for good luck, crystals for peace and harmony, or an empty notebook to be filled with personal hopes and dreams.

Family Fun

A naming day ceremony is all about celebrating family life so make sure you plan an event where guests of all ages can relax and enjoy themselves. Dispense with formality and encourage children to run around together. Older guests will appreciate somewhere quiet where they can sit for a moment and observe proceedings from the sidelines!

Choose food and drink that’s crowd-pleasing such as hot or cold grazing stations with plenty of child-friendly options, icecream carts and special treats, or take the food experience outdoors with live cooking or a hog roast. If you’re opting for a celebration cake, choose a filling that appeals to the majority. With traditional fruit cake unpopular with many younger guests, consider a flavoured sponge decorated in a creative style, or maybe opt for individual cupcakes in a wide range of flavours to please everyone. Instagram has many creative cake ideas or ask our team for details of our suppliers who could do something extra special for the day.

Whatever your plans for your naming day ceremony, our Manor By The Lake events planners can help you create the perfect event. We are full of wonderful ideas to make your day truly memorable for you and your guests, so give our talented team a call on 01242 245 071 to find out more about Manor By The Lake.

 


Create a Memorable Celebration of Life Event

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A wake is the one event that none of us ever wants to have to organise, but the reality of life means that at some point, you’ll almost certainly have to plan the funeral of someone close to you.

At Manor By The Lake, our beautiful venue is the perfect place to say your final farewells and with our help, you can avoid an unhappy gathering and instead, plan a positive celebration of life event.

 

Personal Touches

shutterstock_346554632Don’t be afraid to break with tradition and refer to the wake in more positive terms. Hosting ‘Mike’s Farewell Party’ or ‘Celebration of Life’, that encourages people to party in someone’s memory, rather than mourn their absence, is a lovely way to mark someone’s passing.

If your gran was an afternoon tea lover, why not serve afternoon tea at her wake in her honour, knowing full well that you’d have her blessing for your choice of catering.

Comfort Food

While we’re on the subject of food, now is not the moment for fussy, fancy food. No matter how hard you try, it’s going to be a difficult day for many, and actually what most people crave is comfort food and plenty of tea. Our grazing stations are ideal as people can enjoy as much or as little as they wish when they feel like it. Now is not the time to worry about complex dishes when your head will be full of complicated thoughts as you manage your personal grief.

Whatever you choose, make sure there’s plenty of cake. There are few situations that can’t be improved by a generous slice of Victoria sponge.

Drinks

For many, a drink will help take the edge off a painful and difficult experience. Make a toast to absent friends, and have something ready to steady your nerves if you’re going to say a few words. There’s nothing wrong with a glass or two of fizz either – toast happy memories and good times.

Quiet Spaces and privacy

It’s good to have a venue that offers a choice of areas where people can take a moment for quiet reflection. Manor By The Lake can offer a number of different rooms where people can gather together, or find some quiet private space if they need to. Talk to the team who are helping you with your day to discuss options – it’s important that you have somewhere private to go if the day is overwhelming, a bedroom suite makes a beautiful place to relax in private if you need some time out.

Comfortable Surroundings

shutterstock_116164459-smEveryone will naturally be feeling a little on edge so need somewhere to relax and feel at home. Plenty of comfortable seating for guests, space to mingle, and gardens to catch a breath of fresh air and take a moment to themselves.

Music

Book a musician or group, or create a playlist and play your own music. This helps create an atmosphere and avoids uncomfortable silences. If your loved one had a particular favourite group or act, why not choose their music as a tribute.

Organisation

With lots on your mind, you need to be sure that the venue can offer support in terms of planning the event so that you don’t have to worry about the details. Timings, seating, catering and so on can be someone else’s responsibility – most of all, don’t feel the need to take on everything yourself.

We truly believe that it is possible to throw a memorable, extraordinary and joyful celebration of life event at Manor By The Lake. Our sensitive team can help you at this difficult time. For more information, just call 01242 245 071 or visit our Celebration of Life page.


The Work Christmas Party – Survival

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It’s that time of year again… time for the annual Christmas Party and all the accompanying shenanigans.

We totally understand the need to let your hair down and embrace the festivities, but trust us, there are some key Do’s and Don’ts that need to be observed.

Here are Manor By The Lake’s top tips for surviving your Christmas Party.

The Free Bar

shutterstock_120038515All the best parties involve a free bar so try and remember your limits. There’s a fine line between drink-related festive fun and Christmas carnage!

DO try and stick to one type of tipple as far as possible. Starting the night with a few pints, drinking wine with the meal, and then indulging in Jägerbombs and tequila shots can only end one way… badly! White drinks are your best bet if you want to avoid the mother of all hangovers, so stick to white wine, fizz, gin or vodka (and not all at the same time!)

DON’T walk around with a drink in each hand just because it’s free. We realise it’s tempting, but it’s not going to leave anyone with the best lasting impression of you.

The Dress Code

shutterstock_492269281If there’s no specific dress code mentioned on the invitation, ask around to find out what your colleagues are wearing. A comedy Christmas jumper might seem like fun, but may not be quite so funny if everyone else has turned up in a suit.

DO remember you have to work with these people for the rest of the year so try and retain an air of professionalism. Make sure everything is covered. Flashing the flesh in a revealing outfit isn’t the best idea (and that goes for the men too!) and whatever you do, keep those clothes on.

DON’T wear anything rude or offensive and definitely, don’t wear mistletoe. You’re asking for unwanted attention and if it’s you giving the unwanted attention, you could also be looking at disciplinary action in the new year. Not the greatest way to start 2017. And guys, if it’s an evening dinner, don’t feel a t-shirt will do. It may look cool through the day but you’ll feel extremely under-dressed at the table.

The Boss

Strike the right balance and you’ll end up looking like a model employee so be smart, not smarmy and try to make a good impression.

DO make a point of thanking your boss for throwing the party. Good manners will get you a long way in life and don’t cost a thing.

DON’T take the opportunity to throw in your top tips for how the office could be run better whilst under the influence of one too many Christmas tipples! However helpful you think you’re being, the Christmas party isn’t the time or the place to stake your claim on your manger’s job.

The Food

A well-organised party will have plenty of food for everyone, all served in a timely manner, but be sure to be prepared just in case the best-laid plans go AWOL.

shutterstock_271348052DO eat something before you leave the house. Regardless of whether you’re expecting a sit-down meal or a more informal buffet, you don’t know what the timings are, and with free drinks in plentiful supply, it’s a good idea to not start the night on an empty stomach.

DON’T kerb-crawl the buffet table. Resist the temptation to fill your plate, choose a polite but ample serving and step away from the food. You can always go back for seconds but hovering like a bird of prey over its next victim never makes a good impression.

With any luck, your canny employer has already booked your Christmas party at magical Manor By The Lake, but if you know they’re still searching for the perfect venue, why not give them a nudge and point them in our direction. Our fabulous festive party nights are a great way to party in style.

Call us on 01242 245 071 or email events@manorbythelake.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk through availability with you.


Celebrate a Milestone Birthday in Style!

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You’re nearing a milestone birthday and the pressure is on. How should you celebrate in style, with an event that you and your friends will never forget? At Manor By The Lake, our talented party planners have rounded up their favourite milestone birthday party ideas.

A milestone birthday for you, or for a loved one?

If you’re planning a milestone birthday party for your other half, always think about what they would like to do on their special occasion, even if it’s you that’s in charge of the planning. Some people could think of nothing worse than a surprise party being sprung on them, so if this is the case, even if it seems like a great way to celebrate, put your loved one first. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Accept the inevitable

If you’re celebrating a 40th or 50th (60th or 70th!), the chances are all the people you’re going to invite will know how old you are so there’s no point being coy about your age now! Embrace your age and work it into the theme for the night. Ask people to come in fancy dress with your birth year as the theme – the 60s and 70s provide fabulous inspiration for some great outfits!

Music

shutterstock_106657724With your age as a starting point, why not ask each guest to nominate a song from the year of your birth and use these as the beginnings of your party playlist for the night. Whether you’re supplying the music yourself, or employing a DJ to do the honours, this is a great way to get people involved in the planning, and looking forward to hearing their choice on the night.

If you’re organising a multi-generational milestone birthday party, why not ask the youngest guests to nominate their favourite track from this year so that they too feel involved, and there’s a better chance of getting them onto the dance floor.

To really get into the swing of the era, you could try and track down a tribute act to perform live – we’ve seen some great Jacksons, Rolling Stones and Beatles acts over the years and the iconic chart-topping hits are popular with young and old alike.

Entertainment

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As well as music, maybe consider booking some additional entertainment. Magicians, illusionist  and comedians will often have different acts suited to different age groups so you can have one session for children, and then a second act that’s aimed at the adults.

If you fancy a more sophisticated affair, why not host your own casino night and give everyone fake money to gamble with? Produce your own bank notes with the birthday girl or boy featured, and hire roulette and black jack tables and we can always supply you with gambling chips if you’re stuck. It’s a great excuse for a black tie dress code, and of course, it goes without saying that cocktails should be featuring heavily in your celebrations.

Milestone Birthday Food

There are literally thousands of options for party food so our advice would be to go with a crowd-pleasing option. If you’d rather have relaxed finger food, and let everyone mingle as they eat, we have a great number of exciting options to choose from. Likewise, if this is a great excuse to dress up and enjoy a fine dining experience with silver service, then go on and treat yourself. This is your moment to mark the occasion exactly as you wish.

Whatever the occasion, if you need more milestone birthday ideas, then we’d love to help suggest some memorable options for marking a magical birthday.

For expert advice and guidance on planning a decadent party to celebrate a big birthday, call Tina on 01242 245 071 or email events@manorbythelake.co.uk.


Mothers day at the Manor

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Are you looking for something to do for Mothers Day in Cheltenham? 

With Mothers Day approaching fast we have something very special for you.  This year we are offering a limited number of people the opportunity to really spoil mum and the family by booking a table for our Special Mothers Day at the Manor.

We will be hosting this special Mothers Day Lunch at the Manor for you and your family to enjoy on Sunday 15th March.  You will be able to experience the beautiful elegance of the Victorian Manor By The Lake, its stunning surroundings, wonderful interiors and elegant West-Wing Ballroom, and if you have never tried our truly exceptional food before, you will all be amazed by this wonderful delight!

As we are a Wedding and Special Events Venue we are not normally open to the general public. This is a very rare occasion to experience the Manor By The Lake, its exclusive 5-star food and exceptional service.

Spaces are limited for Mothers Day so please call to reserve your table today.

For more information and our Mothers Day Menu click here   call 01242 245 071 or contact us to book.

When you visit please ask about our weddings and business availability – feel free to make an appointment for a return visit and full guided tour.


Ready, get set…BAKE!

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With the Great British Bake Off back on TV, we are currently obsessing over the latest series and getting our baking abilities up to scratch!

This Sunday, we were delighted to be the host of the best next thing – the Chelt’n’Jam Bake Off.

The baking event, which is raising funds for Oxjam charity, was sponsored by Kitchen Garden Foods and Vanilla Pod Bakery and showcased some amazing local talent!

Categories for entries included ‘cakes’, ‘cupcakes’, ‘tray bakes’, ‘scones’ and ‘iced cakes’. Each category was judged by an expert panel including Cotswold Chef, Rob Rees and former Harrods wedding cake designer Xavier Pelloux.

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The afternoon kicked off at 2pm in our gardens with activities for the whole family! We had a bouncy castle, a magician, a juggler and face painting for the kids. We also had pots of tea and lots of baked goods in the grounds for everyone to enjoy.

Winners included: Grace West and Fenella Corran both aged 14 who stole the show with their chocolate brownies. Angie Petkovic for her courgette & lemon cake (gluten and dairy free), Professor Frank Leishman for his scones, Samantha Bailey for her chocolate brownies, Michael Duncan for his walnut whip cupcakes, Rebecca Browning for her iced novelty cakes, and India Taylor for the best children’s cupcakes.

We were delighted that over 100 people turned up and the charity managed to raise over £650! We hope to see everyone at the Manor again soon!

 


Upcoming events & the perfect post Valentine’s Day treat!

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At Manor by the Lake we are getting very busy sharing our venue with lovely couples who are looking to get wed in the next year or so. Over the next few weeks we will be helping out and speaking to lots of couples at two big wedding events.

On the 15th-16th February, we’ll be exhibiting at The Wedding Show at Cheltenham Racecourse, where there will be lots of great suppliers there to help you plan your perfect day. From the Manor, to florists; wedding gowns to catwalk shows; there will be something for every bride to be, no matter what stage of the planning you’re at.

We’ll not only be on hand to give you advice on celebrating your wedding day at the Manor; we’ll also be giving away a chance for two couples to win an overnight stay and breakfast in bed in our new suites! As one of the first guests in our new bedroom suites, you really will be in for a night of luxury; it’s the perfect post Valentine’s day surprise!

We will also be opening up our venue again to potential Manor by the Lake brides and grooms on our Open Day – being held on Sunday 2nd March from 10am until 3pm. Why not come join us and have a personal tour of the breathtaking manor, gorgeous gardens and our new beautiful ballroom. We can guarantee you will get plenty of ideas and inspiration for your wedding day. Our wedding team will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have – from availability for wedding dates, special winter offers, to scrumptious food packages we offer and much more! We really do recommend sitting down with our wedding team to get the most out of your visit, they’d love to chat to you and help you kick start your wedding planning journey.

If you’re thinking of attending our next open day, we’d advise you to book in. You can do this by emailing us at Weddings@manorbythelake.co.uk or calling us on 01242 245 071. If you are unable to make our open day, don’t forget we are always happy to show you around and discuss your wedding at Manor by the Lake, so get in touch to arrange another appointment.

We look forward to meeting you all!


Valentine’s Day Love and unusual proposals!

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With Valentine’s day just around the corner, we thought we’d scour the internet for some wonderful ideas for that unique proposal; as well as share with you our latest Pinterest board on Valentine’s inspiration for your wedding day.

There is always so much pressure to come up with the perfect marriage proposal. Do you get down on one knee? Do you take your loved one on a whirlwind trip? Or even arrange for a plane to fly through the sky with a ‘Will you marry me?’ banner?

At Manor by the Lake, we don’t think you need to organise a dramatic, or an expensive proposal. It’s those that come from the heart and are a little bit fun and different which bring the biggest smile to our faces. In fact, we thought we’d help all of you who are planning on popping the question this Valentine’s Day, by sharing with you some of our favourite ideas.

The perfect puzzle

If you and your other half are a bit partial to a board game or puzzle, this is the perfect proposal idea for you.  They are a number of sites online which sell ‘Will you marry me?’ jigsaw puzzles; you can even buy a personalised one to includes names! Why not buy this puzzle, pop it in a different box and take it out to play on Valentine’s Day – or eve!  Once you solve the puzzle, get down on one knee and propose.

Memories to last a lifetime

This time capsule idea has to be one of our favourites. Let her know you want to make a time capsule with her, with photos and souvenirs from previous dates and holidays you’ve share together. As you’re deciding what to put in it, tell her you want to put in a picture of the moment you got engaged. Make sure you have a camera ready to capture that wonderful moment!

A treasure hunt treat

Treasure hunts can be a lot of fun. We love the excitement that builds up when you’re on the hunt for your prize! Why not text her  several messages, leaving her hints and clues to take her to a specific spot – where you will be waiting with cake, champagne and a perfect engagement ring!

Under the starry skies

We’re not thinking outside – especially in the cold February temperatures! Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark star stickers on your ceiling, amongst an array of glow in the dark stars. Get into bed, turn out the lights off and win her over with one of the most romantic proposals we’ve seen.

Whatever you’re doing this Valentine’s Day, we hope you have a good one! If you’re thinking of celebrating your wedding on Valentine’s day next year, why not check out our Pinterest board to see how it can be done.

Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/manorbythelake/wedding-ideas-inspired-by-valentines-day/


Cheltenham Festival 2014

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From the 11th to the 14th of March, 2014, one of the world’s greatest equine sporting festivals is taking place in Gloucestershire. The famous Cheltenham Racecourse, host to one of Britain’s biggest and best horse racing events, will open its doors once more for four days of excitement, anticipation, drama and glory. The Cheltenham Festival. People from all over the country, no, from all over the world come to Cheltenham in order to catch up with friends, party, splash out, drink and bet. So when people begin looking for accommodation for the Cheltenham Festival, it is swiftly apparent that Gloucestershire is fully booked. This is, of course, unless you’re planning on going as a large group of, say, 12-24 people. During the course of the Festival, Manor By The Lake in Cheltenham closes its doors to weddings, corporate dos and other occasions and reserves its gorgeous grounds for a group of up to 24 people with 12 different bedrooms for guests. Finding high quality accommodation for the Cheltenham Festival is difficult, and prices rise exponentially during the Festival period. But with a large group of people that want to experience the emphatic Festival atmosphere that is imbued in every day of the Cheltenham races, staying at Manor By The Lake is affordable, and more than that, luxurious. Stay for five nights in the exclusive destination that is Manor By The Lake. This exceptional building is hidden in the Cheltenham suburbs but once you’ve arrived, you’d think that you were out in the countryside, far away from the hustle bustle of urban life (also a convenient retreat following a hectic day at the races). The Victorian Manor sits among seven acres of exceptionally well maintained garden and impressive greenery. Within the Manor there are modern home comforts aplenty, all tucked away and secreted within the shimmering shell of stylish, classical design. Imagine, for five days and for five nights, Manor By The Lake being accessible to you and your friends exclusively. Now that makes for a Festival that you won’t forget.