Super Sized Events

Written by Thursday, 28 January 2016
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Decked Out for Football

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Are you throwing a super sized Super Bowl event this year? Whether your gearing up for the big game or celebrating the Pro Bowl here in Hawaii, there's no reason to dismiss beautiful design. We love these bespoke footballs created for the nonprofit NFL Foundation. Top fashion designers decorated 50 of these one of a kind footballs. 
Add pizzazz to your party by creating your own bedazzled footballs. You can go with a golden anniversary theme or get creative with your own designs.

Tip Courtesy of New York Post

Super Bowl of Beverages

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If you have a favorite team, show extra support on Game Day by serving a delicious cocktail that represents their home field! 

Which team will you show your support for?

Mile High Crush

crushed ice
1.5 ounces Captain Morgan® original spiced rum
½ ounce triple sec
1 orange, juiced
½ ounce blue curaçao (optional)
To make the "Mile High Crush" fill an 8 ounces glass with crushed ice. Pour the rum over the ice, then pour in the triple sec and orange juice. Top with sprite.
For an "Emerald City Crush" stir in blue curaçao

Recipe Courtesy of Healthy Delicious
Carolina Sweet Tea

11/2 ozs southern comfort 
1 oz spiced rum
1 oz peach schnapps
1/2 oz vodka
5oz sweet iced tea 

Add alcohol and stir lightly. Pour in iced tea. Stir a few more times and serve. 

Note: Add a splash of lemon and garnish with a twist for a classy drink or serve in a mason jar for a real down-home feel.

A Super Bowl

Photo Courtesy of Anna Watson Carl
The Super Bowl is second to Thanksgiving when it comes to a celebrated food holiday. Making the most of seasonal veggies, this one-bowl recipe is a nice compliment to the traditional super-sized football foods.

1 c. quinoa
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 medium Delicata squash, seeded and thinly sliced into half moons (about 2 cups)
1 bunch Tuscan kale, thinly sliced (stems removed) (1½ cups)
1/3 c. toasted pecans
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 c. crumbled feta


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper. Spread out on a sheet tray to cool completely.
Meanwhile, arrange squash on a baking sheet and roast until tender and golden, 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.
In a large bowl, toss together quinoa, squash, kale, pecans, and cranberries. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Drizzle over salad and toss gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Crumble feta on top and serve.

Wide Angle Replay

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Capturing your event for a live stream just went app-enabled, wide-angled, and mobile all in one. Livestreams latest affordable creation called Movi is a 150-degree all glass lens that can capture the entire width of a stage. Record straight to the SD card or broadcast live via a Livestream subscription. Movi also works great for small stage events thanks to its voice and movement recognition allowing the device to move and zoom automatically.



The Force is Still Awakening

Written by Thursday, 21 January 2016
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Light the Way

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Star Wars is not going away any time soon, nor does it seem that fans will tire of Star Wars themed events. Take advantage of the dedication fans have for the franchise and create galactic sized displays using a mix of spotlights, storm troopers (real or statues) and of course light sabers.

Tip Courtesy of Biz Bash

Under the Dome

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Digital Media created this galaxy show dome for a two day event in LA that included hidden constellations from the Star Wars movie franchise. The dome featured a 360 star projection of constellations, X-Wings, and lightspeed jumps set to sounds effects and the iconic John Williams score. Other interactive experiences included an iPad and headband controlled obstacle course and life size Lego creations. 


At the Cantina

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Your Star Wars themed event can even extend to the drinks! This Jedi Light Saber Drink can be made in three different light saber colors depending on what side your guests are on. 
Present the drink with dry ice or liquid nitrogen to create the smoky, out of this world effect. 

4 oz. light Rum 
1 oz. Melon Flavored Liqueur if you're a Jedi Consular
or Blue Curacao if you're a Jedi Guardian
or Red Apple Pucker if you're a Sith
1 oz. Pineapple Juice 
1 Shot Clear Soda (Sprite or 7up) 
Cherries or Pineapple for Garnish 
Blue or Red cocktail Sugar for the Rim 
Mix all ingredients except for the soda in a cocktail shaker and rim your martini glasses either blue or red sugar. Strain into martini glass and top with a splash of soda. Serve.
Beyond the Ordinary

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Search for Star Wars food and you'll come up with cakes, cupcakes, and child themed party ideas. We like this crunchy noodle salad filled with colorful veggies as for a perfect grown up Star Wars themed event. 

Kosher salt
1 pound thin spaghetti
1 pound sugar snap peas
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds, divided
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded, and thinly sliced
4 scallions (with and green parts), sliced diagonally
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring another large pot of salted water to a boil, add the sugar snap peas, return to a boil, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until crisp tender. Lift the sugar snap peas from the water with a slotted spoon and immerse them in a bowl of ice water. Drain.

For the dressing, whisk together the vegetable oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ginger, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds and peanut butter in a medium bowl.

Combine the spaghetti, sugar snap peas, peppers and scallions in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the spaghetti mixture. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and the parsley and toss together.



Resolutions for Healthy Events

Written by Thursday, 14 January 2016
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Fitness Focused

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Resolutions aside, throwing a fitness themed event is not only trendy but a great way to get your guests active and involved. Chelsea Clinton is even participating in this new trend by hosting a fundraiser on board spin cycles to raise money for her mother's campaign. Let your guests know ahead of time if you plan to incorporate elements such as cycles, rock climbing walls, and other mobility decor elements so they can dress appropriately. We also like how the decor extends to the tables with brightly colored dumb bell place tags. 

Tip Courtesy of Pop Sugar

Kombucha 'Rita

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Keep the health trend going with kombucha infused beverages at your event. This fermented tea is popular for its healthy probiotic properties. To jazz it up, you can  blend it with beer or create a 'healthy' spin on a margarita. Plan ahead as this drink needs almost a week to ferment.

Margarita Kombucha
14 ounces Kombucha
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 teaspoon lime zest optional
1/2 TBSP agave nectar
1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt

Frozen Strawberry Kombucha Margarita

8 ounces margarita kombucha
1/2 cup strawberries fresh or frozen
2 cups ice

Add lime juice, agave nectar, and salt to a 16 oz bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with finished Kombucha leaving a small amount of room at the top. Let sit 5-7 days or until bubbly. Check it once a day by opening it and giving it a quick check.

When your kombucha is done, dip the rim of your glass in lime juice and then dip it again in a plate sprinkled with Celtic Sea Salt.

Pour Margarita Kombucha into your glass and enjoy!

Veggie Lovers

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Vegetarian dishes are not just be for vegetarians and vegans anymore. Plant based meals are gaining in popularity for the health benefits. Bon Appetit's 2015 restaurant of the year features veggies as the main dish and animal protein as more of a side dish. 
Try this delicious recipe out for your next event!

Herbed Avocado
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt
2 large avocados, pitted
½ preserved lemon, seeds removed, finely chopped
¾ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped tender herbs (such as cilantro, parsley, tarragon and/or mint)

Lemon Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons light agave syrup (nectar)
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon olive oil

Salad And Assembly
3 heads of baby romaine, red leaf, or Little Gem lettuces, leaves separated
2 cups spicy greens (such as mizuna, watercress, buckwheat sprouts, or purslane)
1 cup tender herbs (such as mint leaves, cilantro leaves, and/or fennel fronds)
½ cup edible flowers (such as nasturtiums, bachelor's buttons, and/or pansies)
Flaky sea salt
½ cup finely chopped unsalted, roasted pistachios
Herbed Avocado


Combine shallot, vinegar, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season with salt and let sit 20 minutes to lightly pickle.



Using a spoon, scoop avocado flesh into a food processor; discard skins. Purée until smooth. Add preserved lemon, yogurt, oil, and shallot along with pickling liquid; season with salt and pulse to combine.



Transfer avocado mixture to a medium bowl and stir in herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and/or more lemon juice, if needed.


Do Ahead: Herbed avocado can be made 1 day ahead. Cover, pressing plastic wrap directly onto surface, and chill.

Lemon Vinaigrette


Whisk lemon juice and agave in a medium bowl; season with salt. Whisk in grapeseed oil, then olive oil. Taste vinaigrette and adjust seasoning with more salt if needed.


Do Ahead: Vinaigrette can be made 5 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Salad And Assembly


Toss lettuces, spicy greens, herbs, and edible flowers in a large bowl to combine. Drizzle about half of lemon vinaigrette over and toss to coat. Season salad with salt.


Spoon 2 dollops of herbed avocado onto each plate and loosely mound salad over top. Scatter pistachios over and around salad and drizzle with remaining lemon vinaigrette.
Food Rescue

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It's always better to have more food than not enough, however, what do you do with all the leftover food from an event? Enter Transfernation. The app allows organzations to donate food to area food shelters with a few just a few. Volunteers then arrange pick up and delivery. Transfernation makes it easy to reduce waste and help those in need.



Top Ideas for the New Year

Written by Thursday, 07 January 2016
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New Hawaiian American

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The 2016 trend for event meals across America is one we already know and love, Hawaiian cuisine. Start off with a Poke appetizer for a fresh and authentic island favorite.

2 lbs. Ahi Tuna, cubed into 1/2 to 3/4 inch squares
3 oz. Chopped Green onion
3 oz. Diced Onion
2 oz. Chopped Ogo (fresh seaweed)
1 tsp. Red Chili Flakes
2 tbs. Soy Sauce
2 tbs. Sesame oil
Hawaiian salt to taste
Secret Ingredient: Kukui nut

Combine in mixing bowl; add dry ingredients and chill.

Tip Courtesy of Aloha-Hawaii

Bloody Mary Bonanza

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According to consulting firm Andrew Freeman & Co, the drink of the year will be the Bloody Mary. This classic drink works well at breakfast, lunch, or dinner events depending on how it's served. Start off with the classic recipe below and dress up with bacon, chicken wings, or loaded veggies to make it a meal.

1 quart tomato juice
1 cup vodka
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce
Lime slices or celery stalks

Combine tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, and TABASCO® Sauce in a 
2-quart pitcher; stir well. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime or celery.
Makes 6 (6-ounce) servings.

Tip Courtesy of Meetings Net

Jungle Boogie

Photo Courtesy of Gabor Ekecs
The live action Jungle Book will roar into theaters this spring and with it plenty of wild inspiration for safari themed events. Live palm trees as stunning centerpieces paired with animal print tables, and leafy green canopies create an "in the jungle" feel for the event.

Back to the Future of Holographs

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Holographs are no longer a image of the future. Not only are they here to stay, holographs are going on tour. Call it a yearning for the "good ole days," holographs of Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston and Richard Pryor are in the works. Providing more than just a nostalgic turn down memory lane, holographs provide the almost real life experience of being there.


The Light of Passion

Written by Thursday, 24 December 2015
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Star Light, Star Bright

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Having a night under the stars can be tricky to plan. The weather may not cooperate, guests may not be dressed for an evening outside, or a myriad of other things could go astray. Fortunately, this canopy of lights recreates a starlit night beautifully and better than the real thing. These stars are close enough to touch, interact with, and even follow guests around. The immersive skylight installation was part of Stella Artois' Give Beautifully campaign. The effect was created with 500 kinetic LED lights and motion sensors that gravitated towards guests.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash

Video Mapping

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Video mapping takes lighting design into the technical age by making more than just interesting lighting effects, but by engaging guests in an experience. Incorporating video into the lighting effects is more than a simple projection however. Video mapping is more akin to painting the scene with the imagery you want to create. It can move and appear to "breathe." Look closely at the image above. It's more than a gothic stained glass design, but an image of technological sequences flying above.

Tip courtesy of Special Events

Passionate Pomegranate

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It's said that pomegranates may have been the forbidden fruit. This succulent fruit makes a sweet passionate cocktail that highlights the flavors of the season.

  • 2 oz Stoli Vodka
  • 1 oz pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz strawberry puree
  • Coat the rim of the cocktail glass with sweet cinnamon, then shake and strain the drink. Garnish with an orange twist.

Tip Courtesy of Colin Cowie


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Elegant, yet easy, roasted or poached pears are a delightful, light dessert for the holiday season. We like the added touch of incorporating pomegranate glaze, making use of this oft overlooked winter fruit.

  • 3/4 cup dry red wine, such as Syrah or Zinfandel
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 6 Bosc pears with stems, peeled
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Purchased biscotti
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir wine, pomegranate juice, sugar, cinnamon stick, and orange peel in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes.
  • Using small melon baller, core pears from bottom of wide end. Trim bottoms flat and stand upright in 8x8x2-inch baking dish. Pour pomegranate-wine sauce over pears. Roast pears until tender when pierced with knife, basting pears with sauce every 20 minutes, about 1 hour.
  • Using spatula, transfer roasted pears to serving platter. Transfer pan juices to small saucepan. Simmer until reduced to 2/3 cup, about 5 minutes. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let sauce and pears stand at room temperature. Rewarm sauce before continuing.)
  • Spoon glaze over pears. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream and biscotti.

Tip courtesy of Epicurious


All that Glitters

Written by Thursday, 17 December 2015
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The Gold Standard

Photo Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Set the gold standard with layers of gilded centerpieces and linens. Your guests will certainly be impressed with your glistening, gold accents and sparkly ornaments. We like the added texture the gold painted artichokes to hold the tapered candles, a creative and unexpected addition to your tablescape as well as a fun DIY with the family!

Tip courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

Breakfast Gold

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We've seen edible gold glitter adorn everything from cookies to cake pops. But who says gold has to be reserved for decadent desserts? Sparkling gold donuts make a perfect addition to Holiday breakfast or brunch.

Tip courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

As Good As Gold

Photo Courtesy of Erin Holland

Sparkle up any drink by making glittery ice cubes. Add edible glitter to ice cubes, after they've solidified and let set for a few more hours. As the ice cubes dissolve into the drink, you're left with an added sparkling pizzaz to your cocktail. We like adding gold cubes to a champagne cocktail punch instead of the classic iceberg.

  • Brut champagne
  • 1 1/2 ounces brandy
  • 1 1/2 ounces Cointreau
  • 1 bottle club soda
  • Rind of 1 orange(s)
  • Slices of pineapple(s)
  • Slices of orange(s)
  • mint
  • strawberries
  • punch bowl
  • In a punch bowl, deposit the ingredients and gold glitter ice cubes. Decorate with sliced fresh pineapple and orange and plenty of fresh mint. Crushed fresh strawberries add a gala touch, plus some flavor.

Tip Courtesy of A Subtle Revelry Recipe Courtesy of Esquire

Sparkle & Shine

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Add more sparkle to your email marketing for events with Splash, an email marketing platform with a built in search engine specifically for adding animated GIFs to your save the date and sign up now emails. The all-in-one event pages dashboard comes preloaded with emails for each stage of the event cycle.

Tip courtesy of Biz Bash


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