It's Tea Time!

Written by Wednesday, 06 May 2015
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Tea Party

Photo: Gary Beechy

Spring is the perfect season for a tea party, and the National Ballet of Canada's mad twist for their annual fund-raiser proved a tea-themed event doesn't have to be stuffy. From the mismatched cutlery and checkerboard table covering to the natural wood chargers, guests were charmed by the mad tea party decor. The mug and strainer favors ensured tea time could continue long after the party ended.

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Tea for Dessert
Photo: JPO Concepts, Inc.

As tea enjoys a renewed surge in popularity, guests are delighted by fresh, innovative treats that go far beyond traditional finger sandwiches. JPO Concepts leaves the teapot behind completely for an herbal sorbet with hints of hibiscus, rose, apple, and elderberries.

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Make My Tea a Double

Photo: Owl's Brew

Move over Long Island Iced Tea! Owl's Brew has created a line of artisanal tea mixers crafted specifically for spirits, wines and beers. With flavors like black tea and coconut or white tea with watermelon, pomegranate, and lemon peel, Owl's Brew teas are a must-have for any grown-up tea party with the emphasis on "party." The full selection of flavors is available from

The Owl's Brewin both 8-ounce and 32-ounce bottles.

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Networking with a "T"

Photo: Topi

Many view networking as one of the key benefits of attending a conference. The ability to connect with others in the same industry or market is an invaluable asset for promoters to offer. Following in the footsteps of popular dating app Tinder, Topi's networking tool allows attendees to view each other's profiles and swipe to initiate contact through an in-app chat room. Event planners can customize the Topi experience to make connections even more effective.

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Crafting the Hottest Trends in Events

Written by Thursday, 30 April 2015
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Craft Vodka

Photo: FoodRepublic.com

The craft-beverage trend is in full bloom for beer and cocktails, but craft-vodka is just beginning to blossom. It's possible that vodka is a late-comer due to its long-standing reputation as being virtually tasteless and odorless. But don't count the beverage out as a craft contender. Death's Door founder, Brian Ellison, says, "Vodka is a challenge because, by definition, there is an expectation of neutrality. We want to create something that is unique, but neutral enough to have a clean favor and crisp mouthfeel." Ellison has achieved just that, using local Wisconsin ingredients to perfect his subtle vanilla flavored vodka.

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Focus on the Dance Floor
Photo: Reichman Photography

Even though it provides a focal point in the center of the room, the dance floor is often neglected when it comes to decor. Past trends to improve appearances have included lighted gobos projected on the floor or customized vinyl coverings, but both these options disappear when the floor is full of partygoers. This handmade paper-flower canopy draws the eyes up and away from the blank space, allowing a beautiful and engaging focus for the room, even with the dance floor is jumping.

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A Taste of Sweetness

Photo: Weddingomania

Individual mini desserts continue to trend big, with petite portions that provide guests with a myriad of flavor options much more varied than traditional multi-layered cakes. Pastries, cupcakes, and small bites of classic favorites like cheesecake or cobbler are popular with partygoers who want just a taste of sweetness as well as full-on sweet tooths who love the chance to sample a variety of decadent delights.

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NFC Smart Technology

Photo: NFC/Event Manager Blog

As smartphones continue to prove their worth in event settings, new options for their use pop up every day. One of the latest is NFC, which stands for near field communication, a proximity-based technology that provides benefits for planners and attendees alike. Event managers can streamline check-in, improve retrieval of leads and demographics, or improve security. Smartphone users can engage directly with vendors, access enhanced exhibit info, or take advantage of drink coupons and pay-by-phone conveniences. NFC also integrates easily with social media apps, allowing guests to stay connected while providing promotion for sponsors.

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An IKEA Wedding

Photo: Photo: IKEA/YouTube

It goes without saying that IKEA is not your typical department store. A few innovative couples have even hosted their weddings in IKEA stores. But now the Swedish giant is taking the leap into virtual weddings online. The bride and groom can invite their friends and family to log in and join the celebration, which is held digitally against a number of romantic backdrops. Facebook friends can have their heads added onto the avatars onscreen so everyone can mingle and see who else is attending. It saves the guests the costs of travel, lodging, and attire, and it saves the couple enough in food and beverage costs to afford new furniture at IKEA. As long as a real-life officiant is presiding in the same location with the bride, groom, and two witnesses, it's legally binding in virtually every way!

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Prickly Pear Margarita
Photo: Pink Patisserie

Pink Patisserie's Prickly Pear concoction is described as "bright, colorful, strong, and spicy," which are all wonderful qualities in a margarita. Contrary to its name, the prickly pear is actually a member of the cacti family. It is found throughout Mexico and the Southwest US, making it an excellent ingredient for a zesty margarita.

PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITAE
3 oz. Desert Pear Syrup
4 1/2 oz. Premium Tequila or Mezcal
9 oz. Premium Sweet and Sour Mix
4 1/2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

For the rim:
Zest of 1 Lime
1/4 C. Kosher Salt

Garnish:
Mint Sprigs
Lime Rounds

Prepare salt rim by finely zesting 1 lime and mixing it with the kosher salt. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glasses and dip in the lime salt. Combine all ingredients in a tall shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into 3 glasses filled with ice. Garnish with fresh mint and lime rounds.

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A Picture of a Kiss is Worth a Thousand Words

Photo: Alesandra Dubin/BizBash

Coachella parties are known for taking it to the next level, and the Zoe Report and Dolce Bita Pool Party definitely kicked the photo booth trend up a notch and then some! Their floral-covered kissing booth featured an instant caption--"All my friends are models"--making uploads as easy and effortless as a smooch.

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Pass the Peas, Please!

Photo: Karlisch Photography

Family-style service fosters conversation and promotes a more engaging dinner setting than plated events or buffets. Serving platters and dishes are passed around the table among guests, giving an otherwise formal event more of an intimate family dinner ambience.

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Twigs, Sprigs, & Other Ideas

Written by Thursday, 16 April 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | April 16, 2015
A Touch of Enchantment

Photo: JDK Group

Woodland settings create a fairy tale ambiance of mystery and enchantment. Bring the forest to your guests by suspending twinkling, romantic lanterns from twigs with floral blossoms.

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Lavender Lemonade

Lifestyle Blogger & Entertainment Expert, Julie Blanner offers a recipe for a light and refreshing beverage perfect for showers, brunches, and afternoon weddings. The addition of a lavender blossom adds a pop of color and a hint of springtime flavor to a traditional lemonade.

LAVENDER LEMONADE
2 cups sugar
5 sprigs lavender (stems and buds)
2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 10 lemons)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)

In a large saucepan, bring one gallon of water and the sugar to boil.
Remove from heat and add lavender sprigs with juices of lemons & limes.
Cool to room temperature before straining & chilling.
Serve on ice with additional lavender sprigs for garnish.

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Breakfast Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore

Photo: Erik Voake/Red Bull Content Pool

Nothing caps off a great party like satisfying a sweet tooth late in the evening. Breakfast started making an early appearance with the trend of late night revelers noshing on towers of hot, fresh doughnuts. The popular concept has expanded to breakfast stations and snack buffets being rolled out to the delight of hungry partygoers. Options go beyond doughnuts with options such as chicken and waffle sandwiches or this clever idea from the Red Bull Guest House at Miami Music Week--a Poptart station with dipping sauces.

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Inviting Sponsorships

Photo: Sponseasy

With Sponseasy's new user-friendly website, finding sponsors for an event has never been easier! The site can create professional sponsorship proposals with all the pertinent information for the organization and event, such as audience demographics, background, levels of sponsorship, event details, and more. Proposals can be customized and the site allows for easy tracking of responses. Try it out during their beta period with no risk and no cost.

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We are kicking off our new referral program, Circle of Happiness, this month. When we've made you happy, click this link to quickly and easily request that we contact someone you've referred, which in turn, allows us to make them happy.

Clicking the link also allows us to recognize your efforts in supporting GEH. We would like to express our gratitude to you on a more consistent basis. When you refer a person, company, or organization for an event with GEH, you will be entered to win an iPad Mini.

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Whimsical Wheel

Photo: Jim Shi

Outdoor events appeal to our inner child with an unspoken promise of carefree fun. Stella McCartney's outdoor Electricity-Free Carnival in New York combined two childhood favorites--ferris wheels and macaroni & cheese. The whimsical display was both eye-catching and palate-pleasing with single-serving spinach cones and grown-up toppings such as veggie bacon bits, scallions, truffle oil, and jalapeños.

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Rosy Hues of Springtime

Photo: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

Butterflies engaged in a flight of whimsy from their perch high above the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden's Gala in the Garden fundraiser. Le Basque Productions created a magical spring garden atmosphere for the tent event with colorful floral decor adorning both tables and tent posts. The clever addition of butterflies on the elegant chandeliers drew the eyes upward and lightened the mood of the tent, which was bathed in a soft pink light, perfect for springtime.

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Seducing the Millenials

Photo: AB InBev

Anheuser Busch InBev is pursuing millenial drinkers by catering to their tastes and their habits. Knowing millenials prefer hard liquors to beer, the giant brewer has developed Oculto, a blue-agave infused beer aged in tequila barrels. The company has foregone expensive ad campaigns, instead relying on younger drinkers' propensity to share their experiences on social media. By using Day of the Dead imagery, a smoky website with fractured, fleeting images, and masked representatives whispering secrets in clubs, AB InBev hopes to intrigue millenials to try Oculto and become spokespersons for the brand on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Full Immersion in Product Knowledge

Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Gone are the days when exhibitors were limited to posters and samples to show attendees new product lines or concepts. Thanks to the ever-emerging world of virtual reality, companies can intrigue prospective clients by immersing them in an experience rather than showing them a picture. TED conference attendees tried out the technology as shown above. Converse recently marketed their Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers by combining virtual reality with interactive light box displays with their "In Their Chucks: 360°Experience."

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Presenting Fabulous Presentations

Written by Thursday, 19 March 2015
GOURMET EVENTS HAWAII * 808 735 7788 * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | March 19, 2015
Presentation is Everything

Jose Villa Photography

We eat with our eyes first. The highest quality of food can fall flat when the presentation fails to engage the guest. Presentation should pique curiosity and send an invitation that cannot be resisted. The unexpected textures of this grass presentation succeed in bringing passed hors d'oeuvres to new heights, both literally and figuratively.

Tip courtesy of insideweddings.com

Colorful Canopy

Photo: Roderick Piña

An eye-catching canopy hints at the myriad of delights found underneath, drawing guests to venture toward it. Multi-colored hues add a festive element to decor, while more muted tones in the colors of the event can help create cohesiveness in outdoor spaces.

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Tequila and Taco Shots

Melani Lust Photography

Late-evening shots have long been a staple of partygoers dancing into the wee hours of the night. Why not prevent long lines at the bar and stave off hunger in famished guests at the same time? Combine a late-night snack with a passed shot--like this tequila and bite-sized taco combo--for a much-needed jolt of energy.

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Presenting a Reward from Instagram

Innovative Vending Solutions

Reward guests for posting event photos to Instagram with this vending machine from Innovative Vending Solutions. After uploading a photo with the event hashtag on their smartphones, guests receive a present from the Instagram vending machine as their photo and handle are displayed on the machine's LCD screen.

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