West Lodge Hotel, Hadley Wood

West Lodge Park Hotel is one of the finest 4 star country house hotels in Hertfordshire, located in Hadley Wood. As you drive along our tree-lined driveway you will be overwhelmed by the 35 acres of amazing countryside which sets this hotel apart from any other hotel in the area.  

Wedded bliss starts with this…

Organising your own wedding?  To get your nuptials off to the calmest start, it’s smart to find yourself a friendly creative wedding planner who has loads of useful information on her website that you can use to create a stress-free run-up to your big day. So, well done, you’ve already saved yourself lots of time and hassle!  We are delighted that you have found our blog and we can help you get started … 

For a party that’s simply out of this world

Whether your Bnei Mitzvah is in to outer space, Sci-Fi books, or Star Wars, we can theme your event with lots of special touches which you and your guests will absolutely love; creating a party atmosphere and making it a night to remember.  For outer space parties, you can have lots of fun with invitations, playing with the wording and design to stay on theme. 

Walk through the wardrobe into Narnia

If you’ve long been a fan of the Narnia books, imagine you and your guests walking through this wardrobe and entering into your very own Narnia-themed celebration… Magical winter wonderlands make a brilliant setting for a Narnia-themed Bar/Bat Mitzvah, prom or wedding. Picture ice-white tables, chairs and linen, illuminated by gently glowing Victorian lamps. Shimmering lights are hung around the ceiling and illuminated spiral ice sculptures make attractive centrepieces for a stunning white and light-filled room.

Exciting ideas for a themed summer party

If you’ve decided to hold your event in summer, there’s never a better time to start planning. Finding inspiration for your party can be tricky, especially if it happens to be cold and snowing outside! A summer party is ideal for Bar/Batmitzvah’s, birthdays and graduations. This versatile theme can be made up of colourful decor, alfresco dining and a DJ playing classic summer tunes.  To set the scene for your summer party, the most important element is your venue. Choosing a venue that has outside space is necessary to make the most of the (hopefully) nice weather and create a fun atmosphere for your guests to mingle. Canapes and cocktails with cute umbrellas can be served before the main party starts – along with fun Hawaiian necklaces!  It wouldn’t be a summer party without a BBQ! For a relaxed set-up, you can hire an LED bar, with glasses of Pimms and Pina Colada cocktails. Treat your guests to a selection of burgers, hot dogs and kebabs, followed by ice cream and sweet stations. Did you know we now offer Kosher Candyland? In between food and drink courses, your guests can go outside for some fresh air and enjoy lawn games. There’s plenty to choose from – old fashioned croquet, mini golf and even fun fair style arcade games. If your friends and family are more likely to enjoy watching entertainment, why not have a hula hooper or juggler instead? Definitely …

Beat the January blues with colourful themed ideas

January is a month that could really do with brightening up! Short days, cold weather and winter clothes make us feel miles away from the fun and colour of summer. Dash of Sparkle are bringing you fun themed ideas to beat the January blues and inspire your next event. The ideal theme for transforming a blank canvas venue, colour can be added to every aspect of your décor. From pastels to rainbow shades, there’s no limit to the colours you can use. Depending on your taste, a colourful theme can be made up of traditional colourful balloons, banners and centrepieces, or you can incorporate LED lighting around the room and as part of your entertainment or food stations. Sweet stations and food carts are a really popular choice at events. Not only do they add a fun, interactive element for your guests – they look cool too! Usually decorated in bright colours, adding an LED element makes them stand out, especially for evening parties. You can choose from popcorn, candyfloss or sweet carts – not forgetting a chocolate fountain! When it comes to centrepieces, taking inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a great start. Combining multi-coloured balloons, ribbons and shiny material is a way to incorporate elements of your favourite themes without going all-out. If you’re having a dinner dance, your guests will spend a lot of time sitting at their tables. Decorating them beautifully with multi-coloured confetti …

Choosing an event planner for your Casino Royale themed party

Choosing an event planner means that you can relax and enjoy the evening, knowing that the important elements are being taken care of. With the anticipation leading up to the event, inspiration can be hard to find, which is why we’ve got a few ideas to help you along the way. We take themed parties to the next level. Don’t settle for over-used sports or music themes, let us inspire you with a brand new idea for your next event. Kick off the party with a Casino Royale theme!

Interesting Articles

While surfing on Google, Stumble Upon, Twitter and a variety of other locations we come across a variety of interesting articles to do with weddings, parties and corporate events. If it made a great impression, it has made it to our website to be shared with all our members (you can read the article by clicking the link): Happy Exploring !   How you choose to decorate your chuppah for your special day can really symbolise your relationship, home and individual personalities. This website has some fantastic ideas, have a look through for inspiration, don’t you agree – the driftwood chuppah would be perfect for an outdoor wedding or for something a little more rustic than traditional? http://www.smashingtheglass.com/chuppah/   Have you thought about how to decorate your wedding aisle yet?  Make a statement not only with flowers, but perhaps shells, pretty filled jars, candles and lanterns. Check out this great website for more inspiration: https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-ceremony-decoration-ideas     If you need some ideas and inspiration for bar/bat-mitzvah gifts, check out this handy guide! A scrapbook of their life in photos and tales, or perhaps a family tree are lovely personal ideas. https://knoji.com/10-bar-mitzvah-and-bat-mitzvah-gift-ideas/     Food for thought! Plenty of mouth-watering menu ideas here to serve up at your child’s bar/bat-mitzvah: http://www.barbatmitzvahguide.com/stories/2013/5/bar_essentialfood_2013_bk_2013_5.html     Look at these wonderful, unique, custom made ketubah’s, so many lovely ideas of presenting your marriage certificate….what is yours going to look like? https://www.etsy.com/browse/weddings/paper-goods/ketubah       Wedding …

Expert Advice

Have you been feeling a bit overwhelmed with your wedding or celebration and just not sure where to turn? Do you have a question to ask and would really love some expert advice but concerned that you will feel obliged to commit to using their service and it may not fit into your budget! Well this is your opportunity to ask all those buring questions without any restraint or concern and get that expert advice you are after! Email idit@dashofsparkle.com (include in the title Expert Advice) and we will reply to your question as soon as we can. (Please note this page gets updated on a monthly basis, so please do return to check if your question has not been replied to yet)   Questions: 19. I get asked by many brides about what other food options they could offer their evening guests, as standard buffets become more and more dated. Here are some great ideas from fish and chip cones to hog roasts – have a read to get your taste buds going! 18. What do you think about a bride and groom asking for money as a wedding gift?  Would you be happy to give money if asked rather than choosing a gift from a list or choosing your own?  Jazzy 17. I really really want to get my H2B a lovely wedding day present. As he has given me the wedding of my dreams! I’m on a tight budget :(. He doesn’t wear jewellery, I have no …