Creating a Vision Board For Your 2013 Goals Workshop


Visit https://www.akbevents.net/visionboard.html to register.

What are your dreams and goals for 2013? Want to learn how to make your dreams and goals become a reality right before your eyes?

Creating vision boards are recommended by life coaches, trainers, and scientists as the

most effective technique for turning your goals and dreams into a reality!

A vision board is a tool that displays positive images, words, and pictures of your dreams and goals.

Workshop attendees will learn effective techniques to:

  • Identify your vision and give it clarity
  • Reinforce your daily affirmations, and
  • Keep your attention on your intentions

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Hampton Inn Chicago-Westchester

2222 Enterprise Drive

Westchester, IL

Cost: $30 (includes vision board supplies*, and light refreshments

What to bring: 1) your creative mind, and 2) magazines, newspapers, personal photos, or any print material with words or phrases to help illustrate your goals.

For more information about the workshop, call (708) 612-1290.

*poster board, glue, scissors, notebook paper, colored construction paper.

Visit https://www.akbevents.net/visionboard.html to register.

The inspiration of Autumn’s leaves


The autumn season brings about many changes:  Crisp air, gradual shortening of days, and (my favorite) the leaves changing colors.  A great way to liven up this season’s events is to bring the outdoors inside!  Incorporate the natural beauty and texture of autumn’s leaves into your event’s décor.  Here are some easy and budget friendly tips for decorating with autumn’s leaves.

Image from Sunset – Decorating with fall leaves

1.  Nature’s Stained Glass (from Sunset – Decorating with fall leaves)

Chinese pistache leaves are translucent enough to glow like stained glass when lit from behind. To celebrate their vivid fall beauty indoors, display them on simple glass hurricane candle holders.

Gather leaf cuttings from your garden (ginkgo and Japanese maple are other good choices).  Press them in a book overnight to keep them from crinkling, then use one or two Glue Dots on the back of each stem, affixing each leaflet to the outside surface of the glass.

image from Ideal Home Garden – Beautiful Fall Leaf crafts to decorate your home

2.  Leaf Centerpiece  (from Ideal Home Garden – Beautiful Fall Leaf crafts to decorate your home)

One of the easiest fall leaf crafts you can make, this leaf vase is a beautiful and cheap way to decorate your living room, bedroom or entry, and can also be used as a dining table centerpiece.

What You’ll Need:

  • About 20 to 50 leaves, depending on the size of your vase
  • One clear glass vase or hurricane candle holder

Instructions:

  1. Fill the vase or hurricane candle holder with your colorful autumn leaves.
  2. Be careful not to crush or break the leaves as your place them inside.
  3. Arrange some leaves around the outer edges so that they lay flat against the glass for a better view.

Set your leaf vase anywhere you’d like bright autumn décor.

image from Leanneja – 6 Fast and Easy Ways to Decorate with Leaves

3.  Leaf Garland (from Leanneja – 6 Fast and Easy Ways to Decorate with Leaves)

Clip leaves to twine/string using little clothes pins.

What are your favorite ways to decorate with leaves?

4.  Candle and Leaves Centerpiece (from 9 ways to decorate with Autumn leaves

Put an autumn-themed plate or bowl on top of a candlestick or cake stand. Fill it with leaves, acorns and candles for a simple and casual look.  SAFETY NOTE:  Use battery operated, flame-less candles in this centerpiece.  There’re much safer around dry leaves than regular candles.

What are your favorite ways to decorate with leaves?

Everyone loves a well stocked “Bar”


One of the hottest food trends in events and entertaining are food stations. Food stations  are a fun way to add variety, while making it easy for your guests to mingle. Common food stations are: dessert stations, ice cream bars, and Asian stations. Have a  tight budget, but want to add this hot trend to your next summer party. Try a Hot Dog Bar! It’s an inexpensive way to put a fun twist on an American favorite. Here’s how to do it:

1) Setup

Keep in mind, food stations are meant to keep your guests to mingling.  Setup stations in different areas of the party/event space.

2) Food stations – Hot Dog Bars

Classic. For any food station, it’s always a good idea to have the regular, tried and true toppings available. Relish, mustard, ketchup, and onions are favorite stand-ins for a hot dog bar.

Regional. Find out which city has the best hot dog! Many U.S. cities have its own take on what should go on a hot dog i.e. The Chicago Hot Dog, the Honolulu Dog, and the Southern California Baja Dog. Gather the ingredients and follow the recipes for these great city hot dogs!

The Chicago Hot Dog

Ingredients:

Boiled Hot Dogs

Poppy Seed Buns

Yellow mustard

Sweet relish

Chopped Onions

Kosher Dill Pickle Spears

Tomato Slices

2 Sport Peppers

Dash of celery salt

Instructions:

Put the hot dog in a steamed poppy seed bun. Pile on toppings in this order: Mustard, Relish, Onions, Pickle, Tomatoes, peppers and celery salt.

The Honolulu Dog

Ingredients:

Boiled Hot Dogs

Canadian bacon

Hot Dog Buns

Diced red onions

Diced pineapple

Instructions:

Put the Canadian bacon in the bun. Place the hot dog on top. Then, pile on the remaining toppings.

Southern California Baja Dog

Ingredients:

Boiled Hot Dogs

Hot Dog Buns

Sliced radishes

Pico de gallo salsa

Chopped avocado

Instructions:

Put the hot dog in a steamed bun. Pile on the remaining toppings.

What food station(s) will be at your next party or event?

Cocktails For St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day is a day for all things green and Irish.  Try these fun, green, and (maybe not so) Irish cocktails for  your St. Patrick’s day festivities!                                         

Lucky Leprechaun Cocktail
from Entertain With Mark Addison

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 oz Mailbu Rum
  • 6 oz Pineapple Juive
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Method:

  1. Mix ingredients in a glass or shaker with ice
  2. Pour over ice in a hurricane glass
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge

Green Sangria
From Drink of the Week

If you’re looking for something a little different for St. Patrick’s Day, this green sangria is a nice change of pace.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle pinot grigio
  • 1 ½ oz Midori melon liqueur
  • ½ green apple, cored and sliced
  • ½ lime, sliced
  • ¼ English cucumber, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ½ kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • Club soda to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients except club soda in a pitcher and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of eight hours. For individual servings, spoon some of the fruit into a wine glass before pouring and then top off with a splash of club soda, diet lemon-lime soda or diet ginger ale to taste.

Herradura Green Agave Cocktail
From She Knows Food & Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Herradura Silver tequila
  • 3/4 oz. melon liqueur
  • lime

Directions:

  1. Add tequila, melon liqueur and a squeeze of lime into a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake for 15 seconds.
  3. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with shamrock carved lime and serve.

Make It Memorable — How to avoid event déjà vu


I have had the cookie cutter event experience more times than I want to remember.  You know the event where the decorations, food, activities are just EXACTLY the same.  Let’s end these event déjà vu experiences with these thought provoking event planning tips:

Combine themes.  Put your creativity to the test, and combine two ideas, two themes, or whatever you like for your next event!  Combining two party themes is a great way to stand out from other events!  Try not to confuse your guests.  Ensure the themes are related in some way.  With Valentine’s Day a few weeks away, a “Valentine’s Day in Paris” themed event can bring together the best of Paris and Valentine’s Day together beautifully!

Twizzler Lemonaid Cocktail

Twizzler Lemonaid Cocktail image from Celebrations.com

Make it personal.  There is nothing worse than going to a birthday party where the theme or party elements don’t speak to the unique likes or personality of the person of honor.  For example, I have a friend whose favorite candy is Twizzlers.  So, creating a signature drink showcasing Twizzlers, such as the Twizzler Lemondade Cocktail, would be PERFECT for a party or event honoring my friend.

What event planning tips do you have to avoid the event deja vu expereince?

Make It Memorable — Following “The Little Drummer Boy” Approach


My favorite Christmas song is “The Little Drummer Boy”.  The song reminds us: the best gift we can give comes from utilizing our natural talents. No matter what you celebrate during the holidays, this is a great message to help make your holidays unique, special, and memorable.

This year AKB Events hosted a family Christmas event for a longtime family friend.  I really wanted this event to stand out from any other family gathering.  I knew to accomplish this, I would have to use the “Little Drummer Boy” approach, and utilize my natural talents.  True, I was hired to plan their family Christmas event, but I really wanted to create an event they would remember forever.  Knowing the family is very competitive and loves games, I  decided to create a family feud board to play holiday family feud!  The family absolutely LOVED this idea.  Not only did they enjoy playing the game, many mentioned they could tell I put a lot of time and effort into creating the game board and the event overall!

AKB Events also participated in the Local-Motions Toy Giveaway.  This event was particularly hear-warming because it was all about the kids having a great time singing Christmas songs, playing with their toys , playing games, and getting their faces painted.   The gift of donating toys was crucial to this event.  However, the utilizing my talent of interacting and making connections with people, was the most unique, special, and memorable  gift I could give. So many of the kids were eager to show what Santa brought them for Christmas!  For some of these kids, this is the only Christmas gift they will receive.  Hopefully my gift of interaction will soften the impact that a harsh economic environment has created.

So, let’s continue to utilize our natural talents to make every day, not only the holidays, unique, special and memorable!

Share your story of how you utilized your natural talents to make the holidays special!

Happy Holidays,

Kamil

AKB Events
Owner/Event Consultant