The Coffee Station Your Holiday Event Needs

Last month our team reviewed the must-do trends for holiday parties in 2016. Now we’re breaking down exactly how to create a boozy coffee station that will warm up your guests.

Whether you’re hosting a small soiree or working with a larger venue, this station is easy to assemble while leaving a big impression.

Get Toasty (The basics)
-Decaf & Regular Coffee
-Hot Chocolate
-Herbal Tea


Naughty List (For adults only)
Godiva Liqueur
Crème de Menthe


Nice List (How to top it off)
Whipped Cream
Chocolate Shavings
Chocolate Sauce
Crushed Peppermints


Bonus Tip! Let you guests stir their coffee in style with extra-sweet rocky candy sticks.

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Ideas for Your Company Holiday Party 2015

Anyone can have a holiday party, but here’s how you can plan one that will have people not wanting to leave.

Create a Vibe

It’s important to form a space that allows movement for your guests. Consider a mixture of high-boys to encourage mingling and dancing as well as standard tables to allow for eating.

Make the Drinks Interesting

Think about setting up a boozy coffee station or whiskey tasting table. People love activities and experiences that offer ways to connect with one another.

Give People Photo Ops

Above all, give people something or somewhere dramatic to snap a memory. Props with funny sayings, festive backdrops or even a green screen will entice people to share their fun.

Take a look at this video to see these suggestions come to life and party on!


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4 Ways to Keep the Entertainment Fresh

Any great event starts with a foundation that I like to call the trifecta:
1. Incredible ambiance
2. Delicious food
3. An awesome live band or DJ

From there, building on entertainment to match a theme or create a buzz is always a welcomed and unexpected bonus. Here are four ideas to make guests feel special and rewarded.

Photo Booth With Props


Everyone loves to take pictures to share on social. And with fun props, a customized vinyl backdrop or a venue with great views, guests will have even more of a reason to share on.

Take the Stage


For an event that’s interactive, encourage your guests to get in on the entertainment with a karaoke DJ. The best DJs will have music from all decades and the top 40 for a playlist to fit you.

Costumed Look-a-likes


Professional costumed lookalikes greet party guests in character and can often put on a show-stopping performance during dinner. Whether it’s a 1920s flapper teaching guests the Charleston, characters like the Blues Brothers or a sports icon – live performers can bring your theme to life.

Feeling Lucky?
Casino Night with Cigar Rollers

True pro cigar rollers are hard to find but  can be the perfect add-on for the right group.  With “Rat Pack” look-a-likes, Elvis or Marilyn Monroe characters, you can have an authentic throwback casino party.

Great events are often about helping guests get swept away, out of the day-to-day, to create unforgettable memories.

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What Menu Best Fits Your Event?

When planning a party, food is the easiest way to set the right tone.

Want something casual with mixing and mingling?  Steer clear of plated service where guests will need to stay seated. Want something more refined and elegant? Plated is the way to go.

The key is to think of the experience you want for your guests. Follow the flowchart to see what style may suit you best…

Menu Infographic

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How to Plan the Perfect Outdoor Event

Summer is here! It’s time to head outside and not look back – and the same goes for your events. Whether you’re planning birthday, reunion or a celebration for no reason, this is the season for events al fresco.

Put these four must-do tips into practice and your guests won’t want to leave.

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Find the Perfect Bar Package for Your Event

Whether you’re tying the knot, organizing a corporate outing or simply planning a party, one question will eventually pop up: How should I decide on my drink package?

There are a number of options, and finding the best one depends on your group and vision.
Ask yourself the questions below to start figuring out what will work best for you!

Pick Your Bar Package

Want something more unique? Try putting together a build-your-own bloody Mary bar.
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Are Summer Corporate Outings Important? 

Congratulations! You made it through winter 2015. (Seriously, good job. That one was tough.) Now that the outside world is warm and welcoming, you may find yourself with a case of spring fever – and chances are you’re not alone.

Warm weather gets people debating if summer corporate outings are a smart investment. We know that spending time out of the office with our colleagues can be fun, but how specifically do we benefit when we venture outside of our normal stomping grounds?

The following infographic breaks it down, outlining why a short escape makes us feel so good. Turns out even the happiest employees can benefit from an office rescue, making it a smart investment for companies.

(Feel free to use this if you come across a naysayer who’d rather stay inside.)

Office Rescue

Really want to make your colleagues feel like VIPs? Read up on how to create a signature drink to your event.

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Creating the Perfect Bloody Mary Bar

Whether you’re planning an event for 10 or 10K, it’s important to give your guests a personalized experience.

Need a delicious idea to get you started? Consider setting up a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar.

Rumored to cure hangovers and a big favorite at brunch, the endless variations of this savory cocktail make it perfect for a make-your-own station at your next event.

Step 1: Mix It Up

The secret to a killer Bloody Mary bar? Don’t cut corners and buy a pre-made mix. For full freshness and flavor, mix up your own batch.

Mixes typically include tomato juice spiced up with ingredients like prepared horseradish, celery salt, black pepper, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce or a dash of Tabasco. Here’s an easy recipe to get you started.

Add lime juice, olive juice or even a quick pull of a hoppy beer to cut down on the thickness of a bloody Mary.

Step 2: Top It Off
Here’s where the fun begins. The more ingredient options you can give your guests the better.

Seasonings (for the rim)
Old Bay
Bacon Salt

BBQ Sauce
A1 Sauce
Hot Sauces

Bonus Add-ons
Banana Peppers
Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives
Bacon Skewer
Bacon-wrapped Asparagus
Cajun Shrimp
Hardboiled Eggs
Hamburger Sliders
Beef Jerky
Chicken Wings

Don’t forget!
SKYY Ginger
SKYY Citrus Vodka
Absolut Peppar
Absolut Citron

Step 3: Show It Off

To nail it on the presentation, consider serving up your cocktails in mason jars.

When brining this idea to life at a large-scale event, streamline the process with order forms guests can use to create their custom cocktail.

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Resolve to Try New Flavors in 2015

We all have our favorites – the dish you can order without even glancing at the menu, or your go-to drink at the bar.

But trying things outside of our comfort zones and routines can give us a major energy boost. So if variety is the spice of life – let’s start with what’s on your plate. (Come on, what other New Year’s resolution sounds this delicious?)

Venture to New Areas of the Menu

I challenge you to explore new territories of the menu at your favorite restaurant. And if you’re scared of experiencing buyer’s remorse, go half-and-half on entrees with a friend. That way you can fall back on your favorite while still giving something new a chance.

Ready to try someplace new? Check if your city is participating in a restaurant week this winter. During this wallet-friendly week, participating restaurants show their stuff by offering limited-time, prix fixe menus.

A Fresh Way to Cheers

If you typically go for lighter spirits at the bar, challenge yourself to sip on something new. Matching an alcohol like whiskey with something sweet or sour is a great way to get started.

Feeling lost? Don’t be afraid to ask your server for a recommendation. I make sure my staff is knowledgeable about the menu, and they love giving suggestions. Tell them what you like about your go-to drink, and see what they recommend. If wine is offered by the glass many restaurants will let you sample it before you commit to your order, so don’t be afraid to ask!

My Must-Try for 2015

Not sure where to start? Let me recommend one of my favorite ingredients for 2015 – Kale.

This leafy green is definitely on the superfoods list, but some can find it a bit intimidating. If you pair it with tart or citrus flavors your taste buds will be asking for more. Check out this favorite recipe from our Spirit Cruises Menu:

-Combine spinach, kale, red onions and roasted red peppers
-Toss with a garlic lemon vinaigrette
-Top with Parmesan cheese shavings

Chances are this is one resolution you can keep going all year long.