Celebrating Labor Day

Written by Thursday, 27 August 2015
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Color Me Red, White, & Blue....Or Not

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Labor Day signals the end of the summer, the last hurrah for outdoor barbeques. While traditional Labor Day events feature festive red-white-and-blue decor and flags to celebrate the holiday's patriotic influence, Labor Day also signals the end of white, which is considered taboo after the holiday passes. Consider hosting an all-white Labor Day event to mix things up a bit and add a layer of elegance to end of summer cookouts and parties. Invite guests to dress in white, use white decor and incorporate white items into the menu for a fun alternative.

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Fizzing up the Holiday

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Traditional Labor Day festivities may include tubs of beer and a fruity punch, but the Rangpur Strawberry Crush adds a patriotic pop of color to the party with a light and refreshing fizz. Made with Tanqueray Rangpur, a gin infused with the lemon-tangerine hybrid Rangpur lime, the Strawberry Crush tickles the taste buds and sends summer out with a bang.

  • Ingredients:
  • 4 Strawberries
  • 1.5 oz. Tanqueray Rangpur
  • 1.5 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Directions:
  • Begin with sliced strawberries in a highball glass.
  • Add crushed ice and Tanqueray Rangpur.
  • Top with lemon-lime soda.

Tip courtesy of Delish

Dessert Labor

Photo: Culinary Capers Catering

Guests have long loved DIY dessert stations where they could build their own ice cream sundae or get their fill of candy favorites. But as DIY menu options continue to surge in popularity, dessert stations are getting a little more labor-intensive. Whether guests are choosing their garnishes and adornment for pastries or selecting enhancements for a chef to add to creme brulee, guest interaction and engagement with desserts delights all ages. Here Culinary Capers Catering offers Baked Alaska-on-a-Stick at their "Fire and Ice" dessert station. Guests choose either a brownie or blondie bite, which is topped with a dollop of ice cream, dipped in meringue and hand-blown by the chef with a mini blow torch.

Tip Courtesy of Special Events

Reducing Labor Pains of Charity Auctions

Photo: Paddle8

Online auctions offer gala organizers the opportunity to extend auction time frames and widen the audience of potential bidders. Online auctions can advertise items up for bid weeks prior to the actual event and garner bids from those who do not plan to attend. Companies such as Paddle8 can manage entire auction campaigns strictly online, eliminating expenses such as venue, food & beverage, and entertainment normally incurred by hosting full-scale fundraising events . Paddle8 even features the ability to combine the online auction prior to the event with an app available at the event for immediate bidding. These advancements ease the amount of labor involved with fundraising for organizations short on staff and operating budget.

Tip courtesy of BizBash


Make it Personal

Written by Thursday, 20 August 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | August 20, 2015
Personal Signatures

Photo: Henry Photography

Offering signature drinks is a great way to personalize an event and share the hosts' interests. It can be as simple as renaming a drink or sharing a favorite recipe. The drinks above featured plays on the bride and groom's names as well as a nod to their favorite sports team. With prior planning, skilled bartenders can even create a specialty drink just for the event.

Tip courtesy of The Knot

It's All in the Theme

Photo: John and Joseph

Choosing a theme that reflects the host or guest of honor's personality is another great way to make an event more personal. Incorporating the theme in all aspects of the event engages guests and immerses them in the experience. Simple touches can go a long way in conveying the idea. Designers from Details Details and Shawna Yamamoto Event Design used briefcases to display escort cards for a Mission Impossible themed bar mitzvah to invite guests into the theme right from the start.

Tip courtesy of Special Events

Pieces of Personality

Photo: Mel Barlow

Personal touches don't have to be over the top or all-encompassing. It only takes a few small pieces to make an event feel more intimate and reflective. Mini food and drink pairings like these short rib sliders with bourbon shots are an excellent way to share personal favorites during appetizers without limiting the main menu.

Tip Courtesy of Peter Callahan

Individual Drones

Photo: JungSoo Park

Drones are here to stay and predictions in drone technology point to smaller and more individual uses. Industry watchers already forecast personal weather drones which monitor nearby conditions and expand to protect the user or adventure drones which scout out the surroundings and help determine the best paths for rock climbing, hiking, and more. Personal wrist drones such as the one featured here can hover and provide directions to nearby restaurants and shopping, a great travel asset which could also be used for better experiences while attending conventions in unknown cities.

Tip courtesy of LiveScience


GEH Tiny Tips: Fall into Autumn Events

Written by Thursday, 13 August 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | August 13, 2015
Carving Station

Photo: Courtesy of Invisible Underground

Traditional fall decor frequently features pumpkins, squashes and gourds, but these artistic creations by Shawn Feeney's Invisible Underground studio are not your average carved pumpkins. Specializing in unique fruit and vegetable sculptures and carvings, Feeny is even a Guinness World Record holder for the World's Largest Fruit Sculpture.

Tip courtesy of BizBash

An Apple A Day

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Apples are the sweet harvest of autumn, and the rich, savory menus of autumn events make it easy to incorporate the crisp fruit. Whether it's a hot apple cider beverage, apple chutney with cheese slices, or the pork tenderloin with roasted carrots and sauteed apple slices pictured above, it's easy to please the palate with apples. Easy as apple pie!

Tip courtesy of BRIDES Magazine

Chilled Cider

Photo: Sarah Love Photography

If the temperatures are still too stifling to consider hot beverages, chilled cider is an excellent alternative to usher in autumn flavors without the heat.

  • Ingredients:
  • Prosecco
  • Fig-infused Vodka/Liquor (such as Mahia)
  • Apple Cider
  • Powdered Cinnamon (optional)
  • Granulated Sugar (optional)


  • Directions:
  • Add a splash of the fig vodka and 3/4 cup of cider to a shaker and shake to combine.
  • Combine granulated sugar and powdered cinnamon. Rim a champagne flute with the cinnamon sugar mixture. (optional)
  • Fill the champagne flute about 1/4 way with cider mixture.
  • Top with Prosecco and serve.

Tip Courtesy of The Nest

Video Bonanza

Photo: Robin Baumgarten

Professional video game competitions are emerging as arena sell-outs as this global phenomenon continues to grow in popularity. E-Sports attract large in-home audiences as well as major corporate sponsors. Event planners are capitalizing on e-sport popularity by arranging multi-player and online gaming experiences to engage attendees.

Tip courtesy of BizBash


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BonBons Bedazzled

Photo: Bedazzle My BonBons

As if chocolate wasn't already perfect enough, now it can be customized to match any color fabric swatch, flower, or table linen you can imagine! Bedazzle My BonBons offers a dizzying array of options for their customized colored chocolate. The smooth blends of Swiss and Belgium chocolates are colored with a secret recipe using sanding sugar and food coloring. The color itself has no texture or taste, so the milk and dark chocolate sweets are pretty and delicious.

Tip courtesy of Bedazzle My BonBons

Elegantly Dazzling Cinderella

Photo: Courtesy of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Fairy tales make for popular event themes, but it can be difficult to design an elegant presentation of stories often associated with animated characters. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Gala treated guests to six different fairy tale themed rooms, including this elegant Cinderella table setting. The beautiful antique clocks' hands hovered perpetually just before midnight. The clear Lucite chairs paid homage to Cinderella's glass slippers and exquisite white pumpkins provided the focal point of the centerpieces.

Tip courtesy of Special Events

Events Made Easier

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Much of the focus on new technology for events centers around social media and live-streaming to create more interaction for attendees and clients. But Marriott's new Meeting Services App puts technology front and center to make life a little easier for meeting planners. The app allows planners to interact with the hotel staff from any web-enabled device to request changes or assistance with menus, audio-visual needs, meeting space, and more. The app is available to planners three days prior to the event start date and remains live throughout the event and even afterwards during billing and post-con correspondence. Meeting planners are sure to be dazzled by an app that alleviates lost time and tired feet from searching large convention spaces for a staff member to change the temperature of a room or help with a sound issue. According to Marriott, the Meeting Services app is available at more than 600 hotels in over 50 countries.

Tip Courtesy of Meetings Imagined

Marvelous Mangorita

Photo: Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Dazzle guests with this fruity update on the classic margarita. The secret is substituting mango pulp for the traditional lime juice to give it a kick that's a little sweeter than expected. Perfect when served either frozen or on the rocks.

  • Ingredients:
  • 12 ounces Tequila
  • 4 ounces Triple Sec
  • 1 cup Fresh Mango, peeled & sliced (from 1 large or 2 medium mangoes; can substitute 1/2 pint Mango Sorbet)


  • Directions:
  • Blend all ingredients with ice until smooth.
  • Pour into six chilled martini glasses and serve.

Tip courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings


GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | July 30, 2015
Getting Personal

Photo: Colin Lyons Photography

Personal touches at events allow couples to share their interests and the unique traits of their relationship with family and friends. While invitations, favors, and centerpieces are traditional avenues for personalization, catering menus are also an excellent platform for sharing stories on the big day. These treats from Chicago caterer, Truffleberry Market, honor the couple's love of Dr. Pepper, which served as a bond on their first date.

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Kachumber Cooler

Photo: Ilan Mor

As culinary cocktails continue trending, bartenders are reaching into the kitchen cupboards to find spices, herbs, fruits, and vegetables that take mixology to the next level in flavors, health benefits, and surprising twists. New York's Tabla restaurant has a few signature culinary cocktails, including this one, which has been described with words like "subtle" and "complex" along with phrases like "adding intrigue without overpowering." The Kachumber Cooler is Not an ordinary cocktail, to be sure.

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 half-inch slices of Cucumber
  • 8 leaves Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 quarter-inch slices of Fresh Green Finger Chili
  • (any medium-mild chili, such as jalapeno or Anaheim can be substituted)
  • 1 3/4 ounce Gin (Tabla uses Plymouth)
  • 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Directions:
  • Muddle cucumber, cilantro, & chili in a cocktail shaker until well broken and slightly mashed.
  • Add gin, lime, & simple syrup and shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a double rocks glass, half filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a slice of cucumber.

Tip courtesy of The Kitchn.com

Couch Connections

Photo: Courtesy of Event Marketer

Social media and live-streaming have broken down the barriers of venue walls for conference attendees and now Xfinity has taken virtual connection a step further for Taylor Swift fans. Concertgoers are able to interact with the superstar at concert venues by using Xfinity's voice command technology with pre-recorded greetings and responses from Swift in marketing areas called the Xfinity Zone. Xfinity customers at home can even connect OnDemand as part of the company's Couch-to-Concert sponsorship. Viewership allows the company to gather data on customer preferences and viewing habits, while fans get an engaging experience with the beloved musician.

Courtesy of EventMarketer

Hanging by a String

Photo: Courtesy of Jukely Unlimited

Lanterns and candles suspended from the ceiling lend an ethereal quality to events. A candle curtain such as the one featured above from Tracie Domino events can give soft ambience while creating a mystical atmosphere for ceremonies or intimate receptions.

Photo: Courtesy of Special Events


Something You Don't Usually See

Written by Thursday, 23 July 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | July 23, 2015
Mojito Cubes

Photo: Good Housekeeping

Bring a tasty chill to a summer evening with Mojito Cubes in a glass of soda water. Fill an ice tray with 1 cup of lemon-lime soda and 1/2 cup rum, dropping chopped mint and fresh lime zest in each cube. Good Housekeeping calls it an inverted mojito experience. You may call it your new favorite beverage.

Tip courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Free Fall Flowers

Photo: Ilan Mor

The majority of the increasingly popular floral wall designs feature a wall entirely covered in flowers for a dramatic effect. The simplicity of these Gerber daisies suspended in glass tubes is equally as striking, yet the vivid colors and minimalistic display create a lighthearted feel.

Tip courtesy of Special Events

Ruffled Lemon

Photo: Wings of Glory Photography, Wendy Woo Cakes

Wedding cakes are typically accented with fresh or edible floral pieces, but it is possible to throw tradition out the window and still enjoy pretty elegance suited fro summer. This ruffled ombre yellow cake is topped with his and hers glasses of lemonade for a tart toast that tastes as sweet as it looks.

Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Seeking Music Lovers

Photo: Courtesy of Jukely Unlimited

Event planners continue to find ways to use social media and smart phones to connect with attendees. Described as the "Netflix of concerts", Jukely Unlimited's site and mobile app allows users to sync their music libraries to get recommendations for concerts in the local area. The $25 monthly fee also includes attendance at one free local show per day. Social aspects of the app allow users to invite friends, see which shows friends are attending, and earn points toward free concerts in exchange for invitations.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash


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