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.

Tips For Seating Dinner Guests


You’re excited to throw a dinner party!  You’ve busied yourself with the necessary tasks for a successful evening:  creating the guest list, selecting a menu with the perfect food and wine parings, and setting a tablescape to impress your guests.  One very important element of your tablescape is seating your guests.  Knowing where and how to seat your guests is just as important as the food and wine pairings.  Chow, a website on food related topics, provides a video detailing 4 easy tips for “How to Seat Your Dinner Guests“.

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?

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

6 tips for hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner


Is this your first year hosting Thanksgiving dinner?  Then you know you don’t have time to read long blog posts on the matter!  So, this short post is for you. . .

TIP 1:

Don’t try out a new recipe

Do prepare the crowd’s favorite dish

TIP 2:

Don’t wait until the last minute to buy a turkey

Do buy your turkey a week in advance.  Be sure to check how long it will take for the turkey to properly thaw in the refrigerator.

TIP 3:

Don’t wear yourself out cooking everything from scratch

Do use store bought items to save yourself time

TIP 4:

Don’t wait to the last minute to find serving dishes

Do pull out the flatware, glassware, serving dishes, etc. you plan to use a two weeks in advance.  Write the name of each dish on a piece of paper.  Place the paper into each serving dish, to indicate which dish goes in each serving dish.

TIP 5:

Don’t try to be the “super” host, and do everything yourself

Do say yes when others ask “can I help” , or “can I bring anything”

TIP 6:

Don’t stress over every detail being perfect

Do enjoy your friends, family, and give thanks for our many blessings!  Cheers!

What tips would you share with someone hosting their first Thanksgiving dinner?

AKB Events Top 10 Tips For Being a Good Guest


There are many articles, blog posts, and tips for being a good host/hostess.  With the holiday season upon us, here are AKB Events top 10 tips for being a good guest.

  1. RSVP as soon as you receive the invitation.
  2. A good guest mixes and mingles.  Do not only chat with the people you know.  Help the host entertain by mingling with newcomers.
  3. Bring a host gift that does not require immediate attention.  Also, if you bring wine, do not expect it to be served with the meal.  The host may have already selected a wine that compliments the meal.
  4. Don’t be controversial .  Don’t bring up conversation topics that could cause dissension among any of the guests.
  5. Show your gratitude. Whether you stayed for an hour or a weekend, send the host a thank you note.
  6. Pitch in when you notice things that need to be done, i.e. refilling the ice bucket at the self-service bar
  7. Leave uninvited guests―your kids, your well-behaved dog, your work colleague―at home.
  8. Drink responsibly. Your host may be serving alcoholic beverages to complement the meal, but know your limits.  Do not become the sloppy drunk that the host had to tend to.
  9. Be on Time.  Some hosts plan the timing of their meals very precisely, and you wouldn’t want to hold up the meal and spoil the food for everyone else.
  10. Offer to help clear the table. But if the answer is “no thanks”, then just relax and leave things alone. The host may not want guests to feel rushed as their plates are being taken away mid-bite.

Share with us your tips for being a good guest.