Team Events

Written by Thursday, 18 August 2016

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Go Team

Photo Courtesy of  Go Game
Team building events are a fantastic way to bring your team together to have fun and create synergy amongst co-workers or friends. Décor ideas can be simple, and use the events as the backdrop themselves. Those not participating will get a kick of watching the scenery of these live action Zorb balls.


 
Team Snacks

Photo Courtesy of Marvin Gapultos
Teams and team building events often have finger food and snacks to support the teams throughout the day. But your team doesn't want just any old snack. We love this combination of peanuts with salt and vinegar flavoring to spice up your next team event

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar, plus 1 tablespoon, divided

1 pound raw shelled peanuts

1/2 cup peanut or canola oil

Fine sea salt or kosher salt

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

 
DIRECTIONS

 

 
Combine the 3/4 cup vinegar with the peanuts in a medium bowl. Soak the peanuts for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain the peanuts, then dry the peanuts by spreading them onto a sheet pan lined with paper towels.

 

Heat the oil in a large cast-iron pan over moderately high heat until shimmering. Add half of the peanuts to the pan and cook, stirring, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peanuts to another sheet pan lined with paper towels. Season with sea salt. Repeat with the remaining peanuts.

 

While still warm, transfer the fried peanuts to a large bowl, then drizzle in the remaining tablespoon of vinegar and the chopped parsley. Toss to combine. Season with additional sea salt and serve immediately.
 
 
Team Celebrations

Photo Courtesy of Real Simple
We're celebrating Team USA with this perfect, refreshing and red drink. This trendy drink is simple yet appealing after a team event.

INGREDIENTS

1(750 ml.) bottle of dry rosé

10ounces fresh strawberries (about 2 cups, sliced), plus more for garnish (optional)

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

¼cup vodka

2 tablespoons grenadine

 
DIRECTIONS
  1. Pour the rosé into ice cube trays and freeze until solid, 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Combine the strawberries and the sugar in the bowl of a blender and let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until the berries begin to release their juices.
  3. Add the vodka, grenadine, and rosé cubes. Blend the mixture on high until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with strawberries, if desired.
 
 
Selfie Team

Photo Courtesy of Tony Brown
Even though you might be doing a team building event, your team's selfies are a great way to keep the team spirit going. Working with SnapChat, Comcast was able to create custom filters for guest's during an Olympic viewing party. Creating a theme for your next team event not only engages your team, but spreads the word to their followers


 
 

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Sunny Side Up

Written by Thursday, 11 August 2016

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Burning Sunsets

Photo Courtesy of Alain Milottie
The colors of an African sunset were the inspiration for this table. Burnt oranges, soft yellows and deep reds create a warm and sophisticated color palate. The table is rounded out with natural twisted woods, adding interesting focal points.

 
Light and Refreshing

Photo Courtesy of Yasmin Fahr
When you think of sunny meals, light, refreshing and orange probably come to mind. This recipe is all of that and easy to throw together and tastes great warm or cold. Important when you need to get out into the sun!

INGREDIENTS

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup juice and 1 tablespoon zest from 1 navel orange, plus 1/2 cup segments from an additional orange

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium shallot, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)

Pinch of dried red chili flakes

Pinch of ground coriander

Pinch of ground cumin

1 (10-oz) box of couscous

2 cups homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken stock

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/3 cup crumbled feta, preferably Bulgarian

1/3 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped


 

DIRECTIONS
 
Season the chicken with salt, pepper and orange zest. Set aside.
 


 

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chicken breasts and cook until browned on on first side, about 5 minutes, reducing heat as necessary if smoking excessively. Flip and continue cooking until browned on second side, about 4 minutes longer. Add half of the orange juice and continue to cook until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large plate and set aside. Wipe out skillet.

 

Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to now-empty skillet and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shallots, a pinch of salt, the chili flakes, coriander and cumin. Cook, stirring and scraping any browned bits from bottom of pan until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the couscous and cover for about five minutes, then fluff thoroughly with a fork.


 

 
Meanwhile, shred the chicken. Add the shredded chicken to the couscous and toss together to combine. Mix in the remaining half of the orange juice, sliced almonds, feta, and raisins. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro


 



 
 
 
 
Liquid Sunshine

Photo Courtesy of Vicky Wasik
Spicy, sweet and bright. Any of these can define what a sunny drink may taste like. Next time you're tasting tequila, follow it with a shot of sangrita to really bring out the warmth of the summer sun. 
 This recipe is also recommended to chase a shot of tequila. 
 
INGREDIENTS

1 ounce (30ml) fresh juice from 1 orange

3/4 ounce (20ml) fresh juice from 2 limes

1/2 ounce (15ml) fresh or from-concentrate pomegranate juice

1/2 tablespoon (6g) sugar

Pinch Pequin chili powder (you can substitute cayenne or another hot red chili powder)

DIRECTIONS
  1. In a small bowl, combine orange juice, lime juice, pomegranate juice, sugar, and chili powder and stir until sugar is dissolved. Taste and adjust lime, sugar, chili powder, or other ingredients if desired. Chill in the refrigerator or by stirring with ice briefly and then straining. Serve in a shot glass alongside a good-quality silver tequila.
 
 
The Future's So Bright

Photo Courtesy of Bryan Bedder
The sun is always shining when you can make your own sunglasses. American Express along with Momentum Worldwide created this low-tech experience to create your own sunglasses. This interactive experience gives guests a chance to be creative and still promotes company branding.

 
 

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A Glowing Event

Written by Thursday, 28 July 2016

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Into the Night

Photo Courtesy of Tacy Briggs-Troncosco
Glow in the dark party favors make for an"electric" display! As guests arrive they can pick from the display and the glowing décor will walk around the event space everywhere the guests go. 
Go multi-hued for a candy-store colored feel, or create a theme with a single color throughout. 
 
 
Glow Cones

Photo Courtesy of Michele Kyle
Glo Cone, a new international novelty company, makes glow in the dark cotton candy sticks which provide a soft glow through your cotton candy.  You can keep your event space dark and the cotton candy will light your guest's way. 

Glo Cone International provides the sticks, but making the cotton candy is up to you. 
To purchase Glo Cones, click here


 
 
 
A Hot or Cool Drink

Photo Courtesy of Claire Gallam
Creating a glowing drink takes one of two things, either glowing ice cubes or a killer recipe that sparkles under a black light. Chances are if you're doing a glow in the dark themed event you will light with black lights. 

Ingredients:

3 ounces vodka

5 ounces tonic water

Your favorite water flavoring (we like Cranberry Raspberry MiO) to taste

Ice cubes

 

Directions:
  1. Fill 2 tumbler glasses halfway with ice cubes. Add in the vodka and tonic water. Add a few drops of water flavoring to each glass.
     
  2. To make the drink glow, turn off all the lights (it's best to do this at night), and shine the drinks with a blacklight. The tonic water will cause the entire drink to glow.
 
A Different Glow Band

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Kyle
Sync your crowds glow in the dark fun with controllable LED wristbands. The wristbands sync to the beat of the music using special DMX software. The batteries will last about six hours and the bands can be customized with company logos. We recently did this for a wedding on Oahu! The guests LOVE it! 
 
Call us if you are interested in renting our bracelets. 

 

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A Sea of Blue

Written by Thursday, 21 July 2016

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Into the Blue

Photo Courtesy of Corbin Gurkin Photography
Baby we got the blues, in color that is. 
 
Blue, in all it's many shades evokes oceans, skies, and flowers. While blue is not often seen in flowers, these hydrangeas give us many shades of blue. 
The mirror table runner doubles the blue effect. 

 
Ripe for the Pickin'

Photo Courtesy of Carrie Vassios
Blueberries, the quintessential summer fruit, often show up in pies, muffins and pancakes. This delightful tropical treat takes blueberries, coconut and almonds to form a sweet macaroon treat.

INGREDIENTS

21 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

6 eggs whites

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/4 cups blueberries

3/4 cup (6 3/4 ounces) sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle position and preheat oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine coconut, egg whites, sugar, salt, and almond extract and pulse until combined, about 6 pulses. Add blueberries and pulse until berries are mostly broken down but some flecks of skin remain visable, about 5 pulses. Add almonds and pulse until nuts are incorporated into dough, about 6 pulses.
  3. Use a medium size cookie scoop (2 3/4-inch diameter, 1 1/2 Tbsp) to scoop dough and drop it onto the prepared baking sheet in rounded balls. Bake cookies until golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
 
 
 
 
A Blue Lagoon

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Leibowitz
From blue wine to blue beer, blue is more popular than ever in delicious drinks! We like this spicy blue curacao drink that mixes chilies with hibiscus.

INGREDIENTS
For Chile-Hibiscus Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
20 whole dried arbol chiles
1.5 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Yucateca Red Habanero
For Cocktail:
3/4 ounce Chile-Hibiscus Syrup
Crushed ice and ice cubes
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounces blue curacao
2 dashes Bitter End Moroccan Bitters
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Straws for serving

DIRECTIONS
  1. To make chile-hibiscus syrup: Bring water, sugar, hibiscus, and chiles to a boil for one minute. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Stir in hot sauce. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Seal and keep refrigerated for up to a week.
  2. To make cocktail: pour chile-hibiscus syrup into the bottom of a tall glass, then fill 2/3 full with crushed ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add gin, curacao, bitters, and lemon juice. Shake.
  1. Slowly strain gin and curacao mixture over the ice, so that it floats over syrup. Top with additional crushed ice and insert two tall straws directly in the middle of the glass to replicate popsicle sticks.
 
Blue Skies Ahead

Photo Courtesy of DJI Phantom
Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a cell drone? 
 
AT&T is introducing a new way to boost cell coverage at large events with drones with cell coverage extensions. This technology can be used to boost WiFi coverage as well. Additionally, AT&T has rolled out emergency assistance with this technology, helping emergency personnel get to the necessary location faster.

 

 

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At the Drive In Movies

Written by Thursday, 14 July 2016

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Cruisin'

Photo Courtesy of Chanel
"Cruisin'... on a Sunday Afternoon." 
 
For classic take on a 50's drive in movie picture or car show, pick up your guests in colorful vintage cars to transport them to the event. Once there, the cars provide a multi-hued backdrop for more photo ops. In addition, the cars can serve as a unique dining location complete with car hop wait staff.

 
Poppin' Fresh

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Gritzer
Nothing says drive-in movies or drive-in dining better than popcorn. Why serve traditional buttered popcorn when you can zest it up in a number of ways. Serious Eats offers 7 different exotic flavors to spice up your drive-in snack. Our favorite is the Brown Butter Maple Popcorn here that can be used as either an appetizer at your drive in themed event or a sweet finale. 
 
INGREDIENTS
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 cups pecans, lightly crushed
Kosher salt
1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped (about 8 cups popped)

DIRECTIONS
1. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat, stirring and swirling, until foaming has subsided and milk solids have turned a chestnut-brown color, about 3 minutes.

2. Add maple syrup and stir to combine.

3. Add pecans and cook, stirring, until a caramel forms and thickens enough to briefly leave a trail when a spoon is scraped along the bottom of the saucepan, about 4 minutes. Season with salt.

4. Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl and drizzle caramel mixture and nuts all over, tossing as you go, until popcorn is evenly coated in caramel. Season with salt, if necessary. Refrigerate popcorn until caramel is set, about 10 minutes. Toss to break up any clumps and serve. Popcorn can be refrigerated in a zipper-lock bag overnight.


 
 
 
Milkshake with an Adult Twist

Photo Courtesy of Robyn Lee
Milkshakes are a quintessential summer drive in drink. Get your chocolate mint fix with this spiked Thin Mint Milkshake. 

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup whole milk

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups chocolate ice cream (about 12 ounces / 4 medium scoops)

1/2 cup mint chip ice cream (about 3 ounces / 1 medium scoop)

1 ounces peppermint schnapps or ULLR Peppermint Cinnamon Schnapps

1 ounce blanco tequila

16 Thin Mint cookies, plus additional for garnish

Garnish: whipped cream and crumbled Thin Mints


DIRECTIONS
  1. Add milk and cocoa powder to a blender and blend until well mixed.
  2. Add chocolate ice cream and mint chip ice cream, mint schnapps, tequila, and Thin Mints to blender. Purée until smooth. Divide between serving glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and crumbled Thin Mints.
Car-a-oke

Photo Courtesy of Sara Kerens
Make your classic car drive-in event complete with a Car-a-oke themed karaoke room. Keep it car themed by only playing car songs such as, "Baby you can Drive my Car" "Pink Cadillac" or "409." 
The possibilities for Greased Lightning Fun are endless.


 

 

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Olympic Fever

Written by Thursday, 07 July 2016

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Go For the Gold (and Silver and Bronze)

Photo Courtesy of Brklynview Photography
The Summer Olympics are less than a month away and everyone is pulling out all the stops for a gold medal event. We opted for an Olympic themed event that highlights the a gold, silver, and bronze metals rather than the Olympic Rings. The gold leafs are stunning as a hanging centerpiece. The bronze and silver accents against the wall, as well as on the table make this a perfect 10.


 
Brazilian Flavor

Photo Courtesy of Lauren Sloss
Pao de Queijo or Brazilian Cheese Bread is found most anywhere from street vendors to fancy restaurants in Brazil. The egg ingredient makes it fluffy like a popover and fresh queso gives it an gooey cheese flavor.

INGREDIENTS

1 large egg

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup olive oil

1 1/2 cups tapioca flour

1/2 cup grated queso fresco

1 teaspoon table salt


DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease two twelve-cup mini muffin tins.
  2. Put all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth, about 7 seconds.
  3. Pour batter into cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm



 
Get in the Spirits

Photo Courtesy of Vicky Wasik
Get into the Olympic Spirit with the national drink of Brazil, a Caipirinha. The more rustic ingredient cachaca gives this daiquiri styled drink a smokier flavor. 

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces cachaça

1/2 of a fresh lime, cut into quarters

1 to 2 teaspoon superfine sugar, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Place the lime pieces and sugar in the cocktail shaker and crush with the muddler. 
Add cachaça and a handful of ice.
Shake well and pour, unstrained, into a rocks or old fashioned glass.
Enjoy!

 

Virtual Reality Games

Photo Courtesy of Samsung
Get into the games with virtual reality. The Olympic Broadcasting service is filming some of the games in both Virtual Reality technology as well as Super-Hi Vision. These can then be viewed on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets. If you're creating an Olympic size event that you want to share with your followers that may not be able to attend, consider VR filming.


 

 

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