A Very Berry Valentine's

Written by Thursday, 12 February 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | February 12, 2015
Strawberry Soup

Break out the bubbly... for the final course! Who knew you could have a champagne-infused "soup" for dessert? Colin Cowie did! And his ridiculously delicious dessert might just be the perfect finish to your Valentine's Day dinner.

Strawberry Soup with Champagne and Mint

2 cups unsweetened frozen strawberries, thawed
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 pounds fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
4 tablespoons finely sliced mint
2 pints lime sorbet
2 cups (1/2 bottle) champagne

In a blender, purée the frozen strawberries. Pass through a sieve into a large mixing bowl to remove the seeds. Add the sugar and lemon juice and mix well.

Cut the fresh strawberries into the quarters, add to the bowl, and mix well. Stir in the mint, then place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour prior to serving. To serve, divide the berry mixture evenly among 8 serving bowls.

Add a scoop of the lime sorbet to each bowl, and top each with chilled champagne at the table.

Note: As an alternative, you could use ripe fresh strawberries to make the purée. Simply wash and trim, then pass the strawberries through a food mill, and proceed with the recipe.

- Colin Cowie

LED Stage Floor

Katy Perry clearly demonstrated a commitment to WOW in her Superbowl halftime show. One WOW element was her LED stage floor. The set of Perry's performance featured an elevated stage that had flooring lit up with vibrant lights.

For a similar look, Energy Floors of New York offers human-powered, interactive dance floors for event rental worldwide. The eight-inch-deep tiles house small tiles and generators. When stepped on, the tiles compress activating the generators to convert the kinetic energy produced by the dancers into electricity. The power is used to activate the colorful LED light tubes inside the tiles that respond to the movement of dancers or nearby electrical systems.

Click here for more Katy Perry-inspired WOW-elements featured in the Superbowl half time show.

Hot Tip Courtesy of BizBash

Flower Framing

Do you have a message that you'd like to highlight elegantly at your next event?
Consider a flower frame like this one, which was recently featured at an event hosted by Pandora at the Montage Beverly Hills.
Kelli Pickler obviously loves the idea and so do we!

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash

Smoky Cocktails

Smoky cocktails deliver a triple WOW for the eyes, nose, and the taste buds. This particular smoking cocktail, "Smoke & Mirrors," developed by the Cocktail Professor, is served under a disco ball and the smoke features a lavender essence. While smoking techniques and cocktail flavors vary, the end result is the same: a dramatic unveiling which infuses a theatrical element to your beverage presentation.


Making a Splash on the Mighty Mo!

Written by Tuesday, 03 February 2015

From swing dancing to big bands, Martinis to Manhattans, the post-war 1940s was a welcome contrast to the WWII era.

We are very fortunate that the USS Missouri, the last battleship commissioned by the United States and the site where WWII officially ended, is located right here in the heart of Hawaii and is available to us as an event venue.

While we organize various kinds of events on the Battleship Missouri, one of our favorite themes for the events is the classic 1940's theme!

An event structured around a period of time or particular place can help to create a really festive atmosphere for your guests and these type of events do not disappoint!

At our 1940's themed events on "The Mighty Mo" we style our staff in 1940's attire, which is the perfect accompaniment to this historic venue.

Additional theme enhancements may include 1940's era entertainment, menus, beverages, and décor.

The venue accommodates groups as small as 50 for a sit-down dinner and as large as 400+ for a passed pupu style affair.

This theme works great for corporate groups, family reunions, and incentive groups alike.

See a short slideshow of how GEH can transform your event on the Mighty Mo.

Is there a celebration on the horizon for your business, social group, or family in 2015?

We would be honored to coordinate an entertaining and memorable themed celebration for you and yours in this new year!

Very truly yours,

Kat Lin-Hurtubise
Chief Festivities Officer

GEH in the Community

Last Saturday GEH volunteered and picked up trash at Oneula Beach in 'Ewa Beach with the annual Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean.It was a great bonding experience for our team and great for the environment and our beautiful state!

Learn more about our offerings on our staffing services fact sheet.

Event Design Master in Honolulu Feb 12!

Written by Thursday, 29 January 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | January 29, 2015
David Beahm, event designer extraordinaire, in Honolulu February 12!

David Beahm is one of America's top event designers. Known for his inventive work and trademark lavish flower creations, he has designed countless weddings and events for high profile and discerning clients, including Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas, Victoria's Secret Beauty, Louis Vuitton, and many more. David Beahm and his team are among the most talented event designers in the world, and on February 12, he will be speaking in Honolulu!!

Download the pdf for event information.

Register for the Event

Flower Box Cooler

This is what we'd call "rustic chic."
This flower box turned drink cooler is great for an outdoor event.

Loose Tea Bar

A heart-healthy twist on a "candy bar," the "loose tea bar" provides guests with an opportunity to drink some delicious tea from various parts of the world AND put together DIY favors to take home.

"Secret": An Anonymous Messaging App for Events

Secret uses a device's GPS to associate a location with each post.

BizBash recently shared the 411 on the app "Secret" which allows attendees of an event (who are geo-tagged) to share opinions about the event anonymously. This has the potential for more candor than attendees would normally give on Facebook or Twitter. There could be pros and cons to this functionality, but if you want to know what your attendees are REALLY thinking, "Secret" is a way to access that info... Check out the full story.


Tiny Tips for 2015

Written by Thursday, 22 January 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | January 22, 2015
Tiny Tips for 2015
Cocktail Tree

It looks like the "cupcake tree" may just be upstaged...try a Cocktail Tree at your next event and fun is guaranteed. (Hot Tip courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings.)

Mini Take Outs

Serve mini takeout boxes with tiny delicacies ....chic aesthetics combined with disposable convenience!
Takeout boxes also work great as a late night snack during your event!

Color Blocking

Color blocking is not a new design trend, but the Golden Globes hit it out of the park this month with their vivid color-blocked rose centerpieces. Try it at your next event for that extra Wow!

Alternative Seating

Present unconventional seating at your event to create visual interest and variety. Stability balls and large pillow chairs are great alternatives.

Interactive Services

Everyone loves to really feel apart of an event.
Why not involve your guests by pampering them?
Now that's a win, win!


Our 14 Favorite "Tiny Tips" from 2014

Written by Thursday, 08 January 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | January 8, 2015
Our 14 Favorite "Tiny Tips" from 2014
Rock the Bubbly

Adding a rock candy stir stick to your NYE champagne makes for a cool twist on a classic beverage. We featured these recently at our new office blessing...total hit!

Umbrella Welcoming Committee

You cannot control the weather, but you can prepare for it. Having staff with umbrellas ready to cover guests coming in and out of events is a thoughtful touch and demonstrates to your guests that they will be well taken care of throughout the event.

LiveSift.com Event Engagement Tool

Engagement is the art of social media - turning passive spectators into active participants. LiveSift lets your event and meeting attendees use their smartphones to engage, contribute, and collaborate in real-time. With LiveSift it is quick and easy to facilitate group activities like polling, brainstorming, and moderated Q & A sessions for groups of all sizes. (Mahalo to our friends at Social Media Club of HI for this tip!)


Event Entertainment: 24-7 Danceforce
A local non-profit dance group is taking the island by storm! Want an innovative WOW! entertainment experience at your next corporate or private event? Consider this amazing team of talented dance artists.

Moscow Mules

Very popular in the U.S. in the 1950s, the "Moscow Mule" cocktail is making a huge

Apple & Cherry Moscow Mule * Blueberry Moscow Mule * Cardomom Moscow Mule
Life-Sized Jenga

Corporate team building is all about working together. Create friendly competition and buzz at your event with "life-sized Jenga" puzzle pieces. Guests can use huge game pieces stamped with the name of the corporate brand!

Flower Wall

Flower walls are a lovely accent to any event, infusing a visual and aromatic element to the event atmosphere. They can also be used as a strategic room divider or branding station.

Hologram Technology

With a Michael Jackson hologram performance taking center stage at May's Billboard Awards, hologram technology has hit the main stream. Imagine creating a hologram for a public speaker, or perhaps even bringing a company CEO to make an appearance during an event using hologram technology. Now THAT's WOW!

Styling the Sand with Customized Slippers

Slippers are a must in Hawaii. Take branding to a new level with these slippers with soles customized with your company name. Imagine a favor that will leave an imprint of your brand on the beaches of Waikiki while giving your guests one of Hawaii's 'must-haves'!

Lavish "Foodie Minglers"

Hawaii's own IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre combines entertainment and service in one fell swoop with their "Foodie Minglers". These dramatically-adorned artists walk your event floor providing major visual appeal while also serving your guests food. From champagne to strawberries, cupcakes to smores, these artists take service to an opulent new level.

Marquee Lettering

Make your event your own with custom-designed marquee lettering. Popular marquees include letters with the initials of the happy couple at a wedding or words that highlight the event theme (i.e. LOVE) or the function of the space (i.e. SWEETS). For major WOW, use marquee letters to spell out your company name, logo, college, or sports team!

Popsicle Cocktails

As the heat of summer approaches, inject some summer fun into your event. Combine the childhood fun of popsicles with the adult fun of cocktails. Need we say more?

S'more Station

Create a S'more station for guests to socialize and mingle around.

WOW Caviar Bars!

Take the traditional seafood bar to the next level with a caviar bar. Resting on blocks of sculpted ice or even bowls of sculpted ice, these displays infuse a rich luxuriousness to any event.


Cuba Libre

Written by Thursday, 08 January 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | February 5, 2015

In honor of the recently improved relations between the US and Cuba, a Cuba Libre is a very fitting cocktail to feature at your next soiree. (Plus they taste really delicious and are a cinch to make!) Here's an easy recipe courtesy of Colin Cowie ...

Cuba Libres can be made with light rum, but most people prefer a good-quality dark rum. They can also be made at varying strengths- anywhere from a single shot of liquor to half a glass. Be sure to ask your guest's preference.
Here's how to make the most amazing Cuba Libre:

1 ½ ounces (or more) rum

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add rum and Coca-Cola. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Colin Cowie

WOW! Entertainer: Maryanne Ito

Recently featured on Hawaii Public Radio, local soul entertainer, Maryanne Ito, has a strong international following, ranging from South America to Africa, Japan to the UK. So much talent right in our own backyard!
Check out her website Here!

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Desserts emporium Popbar offers a do-it-yourself drink dubbed hot chocolate on a stick. Available in dark, milk, or vanilla chocolate, the sticks are intended to be stirred into a mug of steamed milk. The New York-based business caters events but also offers the treats in gift boxes.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash

Scrabble-Inspired Nametags

Trade up the traditional sticky nametag or lanyard badge for a Scrabble-inspired nametag. Now that's what we call FUNctional!

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash


Trade up the traditional sticky nametag or lanyard badge for a Scrabble-inspired nametag. Now that's what we call FUNctional!

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