Exceptional Events blog is officially active!!!

While we maybe a little late to the blog game, we are hopeful that this blog will provide you with exciting and informative information, ideas, helpful hints and so much more for all of your event and wedding planning needs!  Please let us know if you are interested in specifics topics and we’ll be happy to cover those in an upcoming blog post.

It’s Summer Time and that means lots of outdoor activities, vacations, graduations, BBQ’s, pool and lake parties and the usual weddings, social and corporate events.  What can you do to make these events more fun for your guests and less work for you?  First, keep it simple!!!  You don’t need to have one of everything, as long as you’re offering a few choices of food, drinks and activities, everyone will have a fantastic time.  Generally you want to offer something like this:

Drinks – (if you’re offering alcohol)

Beer (one regular & one light option)

Wine (during the summer people will drink more white wine, but do offer some red wine for those that only drink reds)

Signature drink (instead of offering a full bar, select 1 or 2 specialty drinks to offer)

Non-alcoholic options (always, always have a non-alcoholic option for guests; usually at least 1-2 options in addition to water is preferred; and if one option has sugar, the 2nd option should be sugar-free)

Food – Again, keep it simple, maybe 1-2 main course choices, plus 2-3 sides

Meats – during the summer, try to steer clear of the heavier meats (unless it’s a BBQ, then anything goes); and if possible, offer something vegetarian

Sides – be sure, if you’ll be outside, to keep perishables (i.e. potato salad, fruit, etc.) chilled.  TIP – use a larger pan/dish with ice underneath the pan/dish the side is served in.  This will keep your perishables chilled.  Be sure to keep an eye on the ice & refill as needed.  And always have something that kids will eat too (if there will be kids at your event).

Activities – 1-2 options for adults and 1-2 options for kids

Depending upon the type of event and location will help to determine the activity choices you have.  Obviously you don’t want to have lawn darts inside!  You can also find an activity that both adults and kids will like, which will make it much more interactive.

Decorations – If your event is outside, be sure to secure your decorations, table cloths, napkins, silverware, etc.  It doesn’t take alot of wind to blow everything off of a table……what a mess!  Use heavy cups or acrylic glasses to hold your silverware and keep a plate on top of napkins, if you don’t have a special holder for these items.  Also, keep your food covered as much as possible to keep the bugs away.

Have you thought about hanging bags of water around your event?  We’ve heard this keeps the flys away!  Try it out and let us know if it really works.  Also, the OFF brand fans (they are refillable) do work really well in keeping bugs & mosquitos away from a fairly large area.

HAPPY SUMMER!!!  Enjoy all your activities and events and let us know what your favorite summer activity/event is.

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