Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Written by Thursday, 20 October 2016

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Strike Pumpkin Gold

Photo Courtesy of  Better Homes and Garden
We know...everything this time of year is pumpkin spiced. That doesn't dissuade our love for using pumpkins in décor! Pumpkins and other gourds have rich fall colors and last longer than traditional flowers, giving them an added staying power. Tired of the traditional orange? Spray paint the gourds a metallic gold for an even more dramatic centerpiece. These are certainly pumpkins Cinderella would enjoy!



Pumpkin Soup Bowl

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If you're going to serve pumpkin soup, why not do it in a pumpkin? We like this curried pumpkin soup for a bit of a kick


2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
2 (15-oz) cans solid-pack pumpkin (3 1/2 cups; not pie filling)
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (12 fl oz)
1 (14-oz) can unsweetened coconut milk (not low-fat)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
8 fresh curry leaves


Cook onions in butter in a wide 6-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. 
Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add cumin, coriander, and cardamom and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in salt, red pepper flakes, pumpkin, water, broth, and coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Purée soup in batches in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), transferring to a large bowl, and return soup to pot. 
Keep soup warm over low heat.

Heat oil in a small heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook mustard seeds until they begin to pop, about 15 seconds. Add curry leaves and cook 5 seconds, then pour mixture into pumpkin soup. Stir until combined well and season soup with salt. Soup can be thinned with additional water.

Cooks' note:
Soup can be made 1 day ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered.
Pumpkin Juice

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Skip the pumpkin spiced lattes and go straight for the pumpkin juice. This concoction, straight out of a popular novel, works well on it's own. Add whiskey for an adult version

3/4 gallon apple cider
2 cups pumpkin puree
32 ounces apricot nectar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons cloves
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons orange peel (dried or fresh)

Bring all ingredients to a high simmer, just before it boils, stirring slowly with a wire whisk. Strain through wire strainer, stirring with a spoon from the bottom to get all the thick parts through. Keep in fridge until cold and serve cold. Or can be served warm, up to you! 

Snap To It

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Snapchat curates live stories, and with the use of custom filters, you could have a pumpkin theme added just for your event. More and more businesses are putting Snapchat to use to spread the word, especially for millennials and live events.



Be a Kid Again

Written by Tuesday, 11 October 2016

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Get Old-School

Photo Courtesy of  Becky Stein
Providing old-school games is one way to not only entertain your guests, but add an exciting and interesting backdrop. Games such as foosball and ping-pong can integrate with green lighting or tents. Or line an entire wall with arcade games such as Ms. Pac-Man and Pin Ball machines for built in pops of color and lighting.



Poppin' Fresh

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Grown up treats like these pop tart lollipops makes everyone feel like a kid again. Adapt this recipe for bite size treats.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Yield: 8 tarts
    • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp granulated sugar
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 4 - 5 Tbsp ice water
    • 3/4 cup strawberry preserves, divided (or other preserve of choice)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp half and half, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • In a food processor pulse together flour, salt and granulated sugar. Add butter and pulse mixture until resembles coarse meal (it won't really come together in pieces much at this point, so don't over-process, just pulse until butter is no longer in large pieces). Add 4 Tbsp water and pulse several times, if it doesn't come together in clumps add remaining 1 Tbsp water. Drop mixture onto a clean surface, gather dough into a ball then divide into two portions. Shape each portion into about a 5-inch disk. Cover each with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.
  • Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 disk at a time (keep other in fridge to chill), roll dough out onto a floured surface to about 13 by 11-inch rectangle (when edges start to crack a little when rolling, seal them and continue rolling), then trim edges to get a 12 by 10-inch rectangle (to even the edges). Then cut into eight 5 by 3-inch rectangles (cut in half through the longness then three cuts through the opposite).
  • Arrange 4 of the rectangles, spaced evenly apart on prepared baking sheet. Spread 1 1/2 Tbsp of jam evenly down the center of each rectangle, leaving about a 3/4-inch rim on all sides uncoated. Top each with another rectangle, then seal edges with your fingertips, then reseal with a fork (I didn't seal with the fork, I just did a double seal with my fingertips because I wanted them to look more like the real thing, but mine might have seeped out a little less had I sealed with a fork also). Poke the top center of each tart about 4 times with a toothpick. Cover and transfer to freezer to chill at least 2 hours or up to one week. Repeat process with remaining disk of dough.
  • Position one oven rack near top third of the oven and a second oven rack near bottom third of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake frozen tarts until golden, rotating racks once halfway through baking, about 25 - 30 minutes (some of the preserves may leak out, which is fine, just peel it off once it cools). Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For the icing:
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together all icing ingredients well then add more half and half about 1/2 tsp at a time to reach desired consistency. Spread over tops of cooled pop tarts, leaving a small rim uncoated around all sides. Sprinkle tops with sprinkles if desired and allow glaze to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container.
Cuckcoo for Cocoa Puffs

Photo Courtesy of Dan Whalen
If cereal and Saturday morning cartoons were a part of your ritual as a kid, you'll love this grown up version turned white russian

5 ounces coffee liquor
5 ounces vodka
4 1/2 cups milk (plus more for rim)
6 cups Cocoa Puffs™ Cereal (plus more for rim)
  • Mix puffs and milk and let sit 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove cereal from milk and discard.
  • In a shaker with ice, mix 1 oz vodka, 1 oz coffee liquor, and 1/5th of the cereal milk. Shake well.
  • Meanwhile, crush some Cocoa Puffs™ Cereal and place on a small plate. Pour some milk onto a small plate too.
  • Dip the rim of your glass into the milk, then into the crushed cereal. This will cause the cereal to stick and form a rim around the glass.
  • Fill the glass with ice and pour in your drink. Serve!

Hanging Out with Friends

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The best part of being a kid was hanging out with your friends. Even if you're friends can't be in the same room, Oculus Party rooms now let you hang out with their avatars. The Oculus rooms will allow people to cat and hang out in the same Virtual Reality. These will have mini games and chat features. 



The Apples of our Eyes

Written by Tuesday, 04 October 2016

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Apple Bounty

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It's Apple Season!
Autumn and apple picking go hand in hand. Create an indoor orchard feel with potted trees, bushels of colorful red and green apples as well as comfy picnic style seating for an apple themed event. 



Apple Pickens

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Cheesecake inside an apple? Why not! These beautiful "stuffed" apples are not only delightful to look at, smell incredible, but all completely edible too.

  • 4 large baking apples, tops sliced, cored, and insides scooped
  • 16 oz. cream cheese (2 blocks), softened
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Cinnamon, for dusting
  • Crushed graham crackers, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Place apples in a baking dish and brush on apples. Bake 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spoon mixture into stuffed apples and bake 10 minutes more.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon and crushed graham crackers and serve.
Liquid Caramel Apples

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Our apple theme continues with the taste of a caramel apple in a glass. Combining champagne with salted caramel vodka gives it the sweet and salty taste you're craving.

  • 2 tbsp. Caramel
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 8 oz. caramel vodka
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • Apple slices, for garnish
  1. In a small dish, pour caramel sauce. In another small dish, pour cinnamon sugar. Dip champagne flutes into caramel to rim glass, then dip in cinnamon sugar.
  2. Pour apple cider, caramel vodka, and top with champagne into flutes.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice and serve.

Apple Events

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Even your events can be Apple themed thanks to a partnership with StubHub and Apple TV. Sell tickets directly into your customer's living room with the new app by Stub Hub. Surprisingly, this is the first ticketing app for Apple TV devices. It combines the TV app with SMS texting links to purchase from your phone. 



Defy Gravity for a Lighter Event

Written by Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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Defy Gravity

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Want to treat your guests to defy gravity? 
Marriott did just that at their Brooklyn Bridge property with an interactive upside down room. Perfect for photo ops, this is certainly a conversation starter. Whatever your brand or theme is, you can utilize an installation such as this which can include whatever you wish. 
Fred Astaire's Royal Wedding Ceiling dance anyone?
Lighter than Air

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A lighter than air chiffon cake makes the perfect addition to a defying gravity event. Better yet, we found a recipe that is gluten free, allowing all of your guests to enjoy it's fluffy flavor. Be sure to visit here for additional tips to making the perfect chiffon cake. 

  • 1 1/2 cups (10.25 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) potato starch
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 7 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk together granulated sugar, white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum in medium bowl. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks, water, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Add whisked dry ingredients. Mix until thick batter is thick and smooth.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip on high speed until medium peaks form. Add whipped egg whites, one quarter at a time, to batter. Fold, taking care not to deflate the batter, until no large lumps of egg whites remain.
  3. Spoon batter into ungreased 10-inch tube (angel food) pan. Bake until cake is golden brown and springs back to the touch, about one hour. Remove from oven and immediately invert pan either onto legs that are on the pan or onto the neck of a beer or wine bottle. Allow cake to cool in the pan upside down.
  4. To remove cake from pan, run a knife around the outside of the cake and around the tube. Turn cake onto a serving plate. Store cake, covered, on the counter for up to four days.

Dark & Stormy

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A Layered drink defies gravity with ingredients that float on the top of the glass. This simple Dark & Stormy drink only needs 3 ingredients. 

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice, from 1 to 2 limes
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces Gosling's Black Seal Rum
  1. Fill a highball glass with ice. Add, in layers, the lime juice, then the ginger beer, then the Goslings. Serve with a straw.

Full Dimensional

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Live Virtual Reality is coming with ESL One's live esports event live streamed this weekend. Viewers will have a 360 degree view of the video gaming platforms. Expect to see live action sporting and other events soon to be broadcast in VR in the future. 



Breakfast in Bed

Written by Thursday, 22 September 2016

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Power Naps

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We all love lounging in bed, why not host a breakfast in bed style event?
The Toronto International Film Festival offered festival goers nap pods this month. The blue carpet snooze fest event came complete with velvet ropes and luxurious mattresses for guests to relax and squeeze in a nap between movies. 
The Most Important Meal of the Day

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A cereal bar isn't just for breakfast anymore. Mix and match cereal recipes posted on this Kellogg's Cereal Bar offer ideas to take your cereal outside the box. Guests can follow the recipes or come up with their own. The cereal bar not only offers tasty treats but a focal point decor with the brightly colored boxes. 

Java Juice

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Part coffee, part dessert drink, the Dulce y Salado is a salty and sweet coffee sherry mix. 

  • Pinch ground coffee
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 ounce cream sherry such as Lustau East India Solera
  • 1 ounce Castries Peanut Rum Cream Liqueur, chilled
  • 1 ounce coffee, cooled
  1. Mix ground coffee and salt on a saucer. Wet half the rim edge of serving glass with water. Dip the wet half of the glass rim in the mixture to rim half the glass.
  2. Stir the sherry, peanut liqueur, and coffee together in a mixing glass without ice. Pour into rimmed serving glass and serve at room temperature.

Mood Lighting

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Bring lighting tech to your next event with lights from Elgato Avea. These mood lighting pods offer warm and dynamic light moods. Plus, as the event goes on, you can change the lighting with a simple click on your smart phone. Go from Cozy Flames to Calm Provence for your Breakfast in bed event.



Are You Ready for Some Football?

Written by Thursday, 15 September 2016

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The 50-Yard Line

Photo Courtesy of  Mat Hayward
Whether you're a football fan or not, you cannot deny the fall fervor that flows this time of year amongst the sport's followers. 
Designing a football themed event, however, can go beyond the typical tailgate get-together and transform into an elegant celebration. Even if you don't have a major league stadium at your disposal, a college or high school stadium still serves as an impressive venue, especially when seated on the field. Decor is easy since your backdrop is the field and color scheme represents your favorite team.

Bowl Game

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Your typical football fare often includes hand held foods. If you're going for a more upscale event, consider this Burrito Bowl Soup that has all the flavor and warmth for the evening.
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 diced large onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 15 oz. canned diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. canned black beans
  • 2 c. frozen corn
  • 6 c. chicken broth
  • 15 oz. green chile sauce
  • 1 c. white rice
  • 2 c. mozzarella
  • kosher salt
  • Hot sauce, for serving
  • Chopped avocado, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Crushed tortilla chips, for serving
  1. In a large pot, heat canola oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic cloves and cook until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add cumin and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomatoes, black beans, and frozen corn and stir until combined. Add chicken broth, green chile sauce, and white rice and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, stirring regularly, until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in mozzarella until melted. Season with salt and top with hot sauce, avocado, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

Photo Courtesy of Heather Tyree
Drinks for the football crowd are as simple as beer. Serve a variety of local beers or jazz it up with a beer cocktail. The Stout Diplomat does double duty as a dessert beer with a rich dark flavor


2 tablespoons (1 ounce) mild dark rum, such as Diplomatico, chilled

1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) Pedro Ximénez sherry, chilled

12 tablespoons (6 ounces) chocolate or regular stout, chilled

  1. In a small, 5-ounce Delmonico glass (the one that holds orange juice at diners), combine rum, sherry, and stout. Serve immediately.
Bartender's Note:
No shaking or ice needed if ingredients are chilled before mixing.

A Good Offense

Photo Courtesy of BKON
Google's open web discovery system changes how we share information at meetings. The beauty lies in the beacons or any item that utilizes Bluetooth technology. These beacons are a source of content using the pull communication, rather than push notification often found in app based technology. This gives users more of what they want and less annoying push messages of what we think they want. Overall this leads to a better impression of the brand utilizing the Physical Web.



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