Tiny Tips: Engaging Your Guests

Written by Friday, 29 August 2014
Engaging Your Guests
 

Engagement is the art of social media - turning passive spectators to 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!)LiveSift.com Audience Engagement Tool

 

"Floats Bar" Stations
 

Root beer floats are a comfort food/drink for all ages. Use it as your dessert option or even just a guest refresher during an outdoor mid-day party.

Glamourize your S'mores
 


Comfort food need not be dull. Just ask Elegant Affairs Off-Premise Catering & Event Design in New York City who developed this amazing piece of dessert art: Chocolate-dipped toasted marshmallows with graham cracker dust and chocolate-filled pipettes.  

EVENT THEME: Vintage Hollywood


Your guests will feel glamorous in a vintage Hollywood theme party.
 
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Tiny Tips: Espresso Bar Bliss

Written by Friday, 15 August 2014
Espresso Bar Bliss!
Coffee makes us happy...and people love to be able to order their favorite type of espresso drink.  Feature a barista and a specialty coffee bar at your day-time or corporate event when cocktails are not on the menu.  For an evening soiree, add liqueurs to the mix!
Phone Charging Stations
Nothing is worse than a dead phone when you want to be posting pics at an event.  Provide phone charging stations for you guests and let the hashtags roll!
Deconstructed Menu Items
There is some debate in the foodie world about the merits (and downfalls) of "deconstructed foods" but we think these creative takes on menu items are pretty interesting.  As a general rule, deconstructed food involves separating a dish's ingredients or components and then re-presenting them in original, creative, and unexpected ways. If nothing else, these dishes often serve as great conversation starters among guests! 
Gold Glam
If you want elegance AND glitz in event decor, gold gets it done!
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The Five Fs of Employee Appreciation

Written by Sunday, 03 August 2014

When employees feel appreciated, it makes for a happier work environment, greater productivity, and a better bottom line. Happy employees stick around longer which means less company resources and time have to be committed to hiring and orientating new staff. Show your employees the love and your company will prosper!

What are the things that make employees feel special? Here are five we think are winners:

FUN

Plan events and activities that inject a little fun into the workaday world. Friendly staff competitions, off-site excursions, holiday parties all of these get people out of work mode and into fun mode. These fun activities release people’s minds from the often-stressful workload and let them blow off steam. They also build camaraderie and communications amongst staff which facilitates better working relationships back at the office.


Bank of Hawaii “Summer Slam” Employee Appreciation Event, July 2014

FLEXIBILITY

Want to show your employees that you care about them and that you trust them? Be flexible and open to creative ways of getting the job done. Insisting something be done one way because “that’s how we’ve always done it” can create an atmosphere of rigidity that stifles creativity. Allowing for flexible scheduling, around the holidays for example, shows employees that you care about not just them but their families and their lives outside the office.

FREEDOM

Like extending flexibility, giving your employees freedom demonstrates your confidence and trust in them. Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks, has popularized the concept that “the person who sweeps the floor chooses the broom.” This means that you trust your employees enough to make smart decisions about how to best accomplish their individual scope of work. In this quick 2 minute video, he explains the concept and how it benefits the company at large.

FOOD

Food makes us happy. Food brings us comfort, satisfaction, joy! People connect over food. Treat your employees with food and they will feel the love. How about scheduling a favorite food truck to come by the office once a month on the company? Or surprising your staff with a tasty treat during a long meeting. You may even want to combine food and fun and do an employee activity based around food (a teambuilding cooking class, for example).

FUNDS

Let’s face it... money talks. Whether a raise, a bonus, or an employee competition which has a cash prize, people appreciate cold hard cash. They also feel appreciated when their hard work is rewarded monetarily. If the company is going through a difficult season financially and raises or bonuses are not an option, consider giving smaller tokens of appreciation (gift cards coupled with words of praise) for a job well done.

Tiny Tips: Popsicles with pop!

Written by Friday, 01 August 2014
Popsicles with POP!

You can thank Food Republic for making your mouth water with these icy, tasty, and-in some cases-boozy popsicles! Check out the recipes AND their wise tips on prepping this unique menu item (3 Things You Need To Know To Make Boozy Popsicles Work).  The perfect DIY summer heat-relief treats. 

Cantaloupe & Campari Ice Pop 
Blueberry Moonshine 
Vodka Gummy Bear Popsicles 
Watermelon & Parsley Ice Pops 
Sweet Avocado Ice Pops
Blueberry Basil Martini Pops
Roping in Decor
Both natural and nautical, rope can be used in a variety of ways to set a seafarer's mood.  Whether incorporated into centerpieces or cake stands, to accent linens, or as a table number holder, rope is particularly appropriate at weddings when people are "tying the knot!"
Corporate Cookies?
YES!!!!!! Brand event favors with your corporate logo and attendees will be thinking of you and thanking you for every delicious bite!  
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Tiny Tips: Playing with Light!

Written by Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Playing with Light
Reflective Light Columns
For evening events, it's always fun to play with light to set mood and provide visual interest.  If your event setting involves a pool, setting light columns next to the pool creates a lovely reflection through subtle refracted light. Or if you are working in an event venue that already has actual columns, you can work with colored spotlights against the columns themselves. 
Avocado Salad
Summer and avocado go hand in hand.  For a healthy and delicious hand-passed dish, use an avocado as the base of your salad appetizer.  Summer tomatoes with feta and herbs make a colorful and tasty filling.
Moscow Mules
Very popular in the U.S. in the 1950s, the "Moscow Mule" cocktail is making a huge comeback right now. Here are some interesting takes on the traditional recipe:

Apple & Cherry Moscow Mule * Blueberry Moscow Mule  * Cardomom Moscow Mule
 
Personalized Glasses
Make your guests feel extra special with personalized glasses featuring their names in professional calligraphy.  Not only will this serve as a memorable favor, it will help them keep track of their beverage glass during the event!
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Tiny Tips: Life-size jenga!

Written by Thursday, 24 July 2014
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!
Miniature Paint Cans
Clear miniature paint cans make a great display option for candy bars, and can also be used to house guests favors.
Rosé Sangria
For a lighter take on the traditional sangria, use rosé for your summer sangria.
Fruit in a Waffle Cone
For the health-conscious foodie, fruit in a waffle cone is both a visually-appealing and health-inspiring menu selection.
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