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The 27-year-old from Belfast is sales man­ager for Best Par­ties Ever, the UK’s largest Christ­mas party provider, which an­nounced that it is ex­pand­ing its port­fo­lio by launch­ing in Belfast this Christ­mas, tak­ing its famed fes­tive par­ties to South 13 Belfast

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERVIEW - Amy Peat

What is your ear­li­est me­mory?

Play­ing games as a child. My favourites would be to pre­tend I had a shop or Post Of­fice and have my dolls as my cus­tomers. I guess I’ve al­ways had a love of sell­ing and or­gan­i­sa­tion. Who is the most im­por­tant per­son in your life?

I sup­pose this would have to be peo­ple. In fact, it would be my par­ents — you can’t choose be­tween your mum and dad. They are to­tally the peo­ple who have moulded me and made me into the per­son I am to­day, and are still my clos­est con­fi­dants. Any is­sues I have, I still go back to my mum and dad — they are truly great lis­ten­ers and can give im­par­tial ad­vice on any sit­u­a­tions.

Shock us — tell us some­thing sur­pris­ing about your­self

I’m a north­ern girl by heart — I grew up in Mid­dles­brough, in the north-east of Eng­land, and have slowly moved around the UK since I was 18, with Belfast as my base at the minute.

What is your great­est fear?

Fail­ing to be suc­cess­ful. This is just on a gen­eral ba­sis in ev­ery­day life. I have very high stan­dards, which some­times makes me the butt of my friends’ jokes. It gives me an ex­cep­tion­ally high level of tenac­ity and the de­sire to push for­ward and suc­ceed in ev­ery­thing I do, but on the flip-side can make me quite com­pet­i­tive and out­spo­ken.

What makes you most happy?

Be­ing with friends and fam­ily, and food — prefer­ably all three to­gether. I am a real foodie and love ex­plor­ing new places to visit and dis­cov­er­ing new food trends. This also ex­tends to my love of hol­i­days. Th­ese days, my hol­i­days are based around de­li­cious cuisines I want to eat. I’m also re­ally happy in my work for Best Par­ties Ever, and giv­ing cus­tomers the best Christ­mas party ex­pe­ri­ence ever.

And your big­gest re­gret?

I like to think that it’s best to live with­out hav­ing any re­grets, but if I had to give an an­swer, I would say that I should have taken time out af­ter I fin­ished univer­sity to go trav­el­ling. It be­comes slightly harder when you have re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and bills to pay.

How do you chill out?

I love to ex­er­cise and keep fit, es­pe­cially if it’s with my friends, on a week­end, fol­lowed by a nice brunch. I am also a mas­sive mu­sic fan, so switch­ing off to the world with my head­phones in al­ways works a treat.

What’s the most im­por­tant les­son you have learned in your life?

To al­ways ad­mit when you are wrong — it’s not easy to fail at things, but it’s about recog­nis­ing when you do and striv­ing to do bet­ter the next time.

The book, the song and the film that means the most to you and why?

Book — Harry Pot­ter and the Pris­oner of Azk­a­ban. I’m a se­cret diehard Harry Pot­ter fan, and this one has al­ways been my favourite since I was a child. I can read it over and over and never get bored.

Song — Blue Mon­day by New Or­der. It’s one of my dad and brother’s favourite songs too. We lis­tened to a lot of this style of mu­sic grow­ing up, and it’s a love I’ve con­tin­ued into my adult­hood.

Film — Beaches. It’s a film that my mum loves, and I al­ways re­mem­ber watch­ing it when I was younger. It teaches peo­ple the mean­ing of re­la­tion­ships and stick­ing close to those who mean a lot to you as they don’t live for ever.

If you change one thing about your­self what would it be and why?

To not over-think ev­ery sit­u­a­tion — some­times I should def­i­nitely be a lit­tle more easy-go­ing and let things go over my head a lit­tle. Best Par­ties Ever, part of the Even­tist Group, is of­fer­ing both shared and ex­clu­sive Christ­mas party pack­ages for busi­nesses and teams from 10 to 600 guests. To find out more and book, visit www.best­par­tie­sever.com

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