The formalities of the evening have ended, the speeches have been applauded, the food and drink has been joyously consumed. Now the partying begins in earnest! After a few sugar, or booze, fueled sweaty stints on the dance floor even the most hardcore of revelers, the coolest of cucumbers needs a minor pick-me-up – a little je ne sais quoi to keep the party pumping for a while longer. Enter The After-Party Snack! It is an absolute must nowadays at any event that wants to go on past midnight and certainly needed where dancing is included in the itinerary.
The after party snack can take any form your heart (or stomach) desires. Anything goes, as long as it’s easy to handle. From popcorn with unusual aromas such as piña colada and s’mores to milkshake bars with a wide variety of toppings to choose from. I’ve even seen hanging piping bags full of custard to pipe into your own profiteroles . Again a plethora of flavours (earl grey, mint, 3-berry) allows the guest the interactivity of creating their own concoction, everyone’s a Peter Pan at heart!
Then there’s the Man-Snack. The macho mini-burgers (sliders, as they call them state-side) or lobster rolls. French fries and fish sticks in waxed paper cones. Or the ultimate in red-blooded snacks, the salt beef on rye sandwiches, sure to help sober one up before heading home! All beautifully minimized into hand-accessible munchies. Class. Even at the most high-brow of functions. Or you might prefer to think along the lines of “tomorrow morning’s breakfast” for your nibbles. A smoked salmon and bagel bar or warm waffles with a range of fruit and syrups will pep your guests up for their second wind!
It’s an unexpected treat that naturally augments the buzz at a party; go all out and turn it into a proper spectacle by hiring a food-van to make and serve the food. KERB offers a vibrant alternative to traditional catering, the street food vans look original, interesting, energetic and lend themselves to a feeling of casual fun, and decadent party behavior! When else would you allow yourself to binge on tacos at 11.30pm? It’s the perfect injection of carbohydrates for a fun surge of entertainment and sustenance. KERB food vans are current, slick and definitely add wow-factor once the flowers and the make-up have started wilting!
Allow yourself, as the host, to have a bit of fun when planning the after-party snack. It’s a tiny window in formal occasions where you can be more liberated in your decisions, more quirky, more carefree. It’s the smile-and-wink that assures your guests that their constant comfort has been of utmost importance to you. It can turn a great night into a fabulous one, remember – the last memory of a party lingers! Don’t let the after-snack be an after-thought!
Our top 5 picks for open-air movies in London this summer.
Nothing beats watching a movie under the stars on a summer night in London. It’s a perfect date night, a social crowd gathering or you can go all out and hire the screen for an event. From a beautiful regal courtyard to outdoor hot tubs and everything in between, The Source brings you our top 5 picks for open-air movie venues in the capital this summer.
Screening classic, cult and new releases from some of London’s finest rooftops. With venues in Peckham, Shoreditch and Kensington, the club have perfected the cinema experience with comfy deck chairs, blankets and wireless headphones. Take advantage of the unique film themed cocktails together with yummy sweet treats.
Find yourself in one of London’s loveliest spots with The Luna Cinema. Following a winning formula they pride themselves on showing a classic film on a big screen in a prestigious setting. Choose a brilliant cinematic experience from an enormous array of sites including London Parks, manor houses, castles, ruined abbeys and swimming pools! Yes that’s right you can sit watching an open-air movie in a premium dinghy for two at Brockwell Lido – just remember the waterproofs!
Teaming up for summer 2015 with Camden Market, Backyard cinema film festival gets underway with more than just a film screening. In true festival style there will be a hub of entertainment pre-screening, with live DJ’s, fresh burgers, beers and cocktails. Enjoy the rest of your evening sat on giant beanbags and deckchairs watching a new release, all time classic or an exciting sing-a-long!
Bring a picnic and join the masses for award winning productions on the big screen. A truly magnificent FREE summer event in the heart of London. Running from mid June to the end of September. So, join friends and family and enjoy world-class opera and ballet in an iconic London setting.
5. SUMMER SCREEN at Somerset House
With a beautiful backdrop of Somerset House lit up at dusk with full surround sound, a huge selection of a truly eclectic mix of movies will be shown. Dates are yet to be announced but keep your eyes peeled. ‘Beside the screen’ talks provide special insights into the films, with directors, actors and industry insiders illuminating the programme. Last year was the 10th anniversary of the festival so let’s see what 2015 will bring!
A little extra …. Although not under the stars we couldn’t resist the EDIBLE CINEMA.
A unique way to experience a film through aroma and taste. Every guest receives a tray with numbered mystery boxes containing a bite size tasting menu tailored to specific moments of the film. It is definitely an innovative screening experience, taking place at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill or the Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch, London and available for private hire.