Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blue Man Group 'Lights It Up' for Autism Awareness!

In honor of Autism Awareness Month (the month of April), the world-renowned Blue Man Group has unveiled a year-long partnership with Autism Speaks--the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. How fitting for Blue Man Group to be taking on this partnership seeing as how the color representing autism awareness is blue! The company has pledged to give a $25,000 donation to the cause and our favorite part, the group will host at least one sensory-friendly show, suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), in each of its markets.

Could this be any more wonderful? We love hearing about people coming together to support a greater cause! For the sensory-friendly shows, slight modifications will be made including reducing sound and light levels at various moments during the performance and making headphones available upon request. The Blue Men will limit the amount of “chair walking” and keep their approach to the audience more subdued. Blue Man Group will also create calming environments in each theater’s lobby for families seeking a break from the excitement.

The Blue Man Group organization has heard from many families affected by autism that their children responded to the Blue Man character in a very moving way at prior shows or watching their commercials/online ads. We don’t know the exact reason why; we can only speculate that it has to do with the Blue Men communicating in their own unique way--non-verbally, through visuals, touch and sound, creating a connection that these children may not find in their every day lives. The Blue Man character's message often resonates on a deeper, more sincere level.

Once they knew that they could be helpful or provide an outlet for those affected by autism, The Blue Man Group organization felt it was important to do more. "With our sensory-friendly shows, we want to create a safe and welcoming environment for individuals and families affected by this disorder, in the hopes that they can have an entertaining and joyful experience together” says Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group Co-Founder. Such a comfort to know that organizations support this ongoing cause!

The fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., ASD affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Characteristics include social challenges, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors. As a non-verbal, visually-stunning show, Blue Man Group serves as a great fit for all children and families. We wish Autism Speaks and Blue Man Group continued success with their partnership and hope this campaign sparks other organizations to devour the details and 'Light It Up Blue' for autism awareness! For more information visit The Blue Man Group or Autism Speaks.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Mashups: Pin-Up Meets Tea Party

Happy Monday! I'm going to start a new project with creating mash-ups every Monday (or most Mondays) of party themes that you wouldn't necessarily think go together. Today I'm starting with pin-ups and tea parties. Sounds a little crazy, but we like crazy! Here are some ideas to get you going - but make sure you always add your own personal touches that will give your guests a mouthful!

Encourage your guests to dress in their pin-up best! We love how cute everyone can look in this style.

Dress ideas for a pin up/ rockabilly/ retro -50s type party!  Love this look. @farrierbritt @patches808

The white gloves for tea time are a must and add to getting dolled up!

1950's inspired Pin Up Girl Bridal Shower Tea Party.   Cheri's Vintage Table - Home
How perfect are some of these props for fun photo opps!
PHOTO BOOTH PROPS  pin up party by flutterbugfrenzy on Etsy, $23.00
We also encourage giving each guest a pair of cat-eye sunglasses if they aren't already rocking some!
These cat eye glasses are a great costume accessory for your tea party, also great for a 50s retro party. Complete your Halloween costume with killer costume accessories. Your costume isn't ready until you deck it out with sunglasses, hats, boas, masks and more.
Tablescape.. very important. We are loving the use of color at this tea party! Yellow and mint green pop just like pin-up attire does. We think the brighter the better!
lemon + mint table inspiration // teal glassware, teal vases, yellow flowers, yellow tablecloth
If you don't have silverware on the table, we think using these vintage handkerchiefs is such a cute way to style your rollups.
I LOVE THIS.Wrap your silverware in vintage napkins for a dinner party or reception. | 23 Totally Brilliant DIYs Made From Common Thrift Store Finds
Now for chow! A display table is one way to do it.
Peaches and Pin-Ups Birthday Party This will be my theme for my birthday next year !!
But we also like the idea of jazzing up an English tea cart. The choice is yours!
Iced Coffee bar set up on bar cart #coffeebar #icedcoffee
So what finger foods should you have? We would suggest colorful ones that contrast your already bright tablescape. We're going with lots of pink and some blue on this one.
Blueberry Scones
blueberry scones - recipe here: http://thekitchenmccabe.com/2013/10/01/blueberry-and-cream-scones/
White-Chocolate Dipped Wafers
Cute idea... wafers dipped in white chocolate, garnished with sprinkles, great snack for girls' tea party
Rose-Shaped Meringues
Rose-shaped meringues (so chic). Lots of other great tea party food ideas at the source page.
To add some flair, check out these lovely ladies that can be used as toothpicks to hold some finger sandwiches together or as tea stirrers!
1950's pin-up cocktail sticks. (Cocktail party guests used them to keep track of their drinks.)
And lastly, as a token of your appreciation, send your guests home with some sort of sweet treat in these fabulous bags!
@Julia Hornsby I love these for a Bridal or Bachelorette party..naughty favor bags!
We hope these ideas get your creative juices flowing and prepare you to devour the details of a pin-up tea party! If you have a mash-up you'd like to see come to life, leave me a comment and I'll work on it for next time!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Meet VinePair

VinePair is a new way to understand and talk about wine. Trying to understand and buy wine should not be stressful. And now it isn’t with their help. VinePair has some awesome articles on wine and food pairings as well as quizzes that test your tasting knowledge. You can sign-up for their newsletter or follow their social media accounts to stay on-top of your grape game.

Don't you sometimes feel like after a long, stressful day, that it would be way easier if wine bottles were labeled with the right experience you're looking to have or are somehow relevant to your mood, rather than their varietal and year? Well VinePair did just that. Their article that caught my eye today? 26 Wine Labels that have No Time for Your Crap. A compilation of honesty displayed on your favorite form of relaxation. Drawing you in to purchase by capturing the way you feel. Genius. Here are our five favorites that we are totally feeling today.

In honor of the TLC concert last night..

Trying to get with me, with no money?


I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.

Am I allowed to say this..to everyone?

And this bottle isn’t the only one who is, cough, cough.

If you can't drink a whole bottle of wine in one sitting..you're doing it wrong.

You don’t need to vacuum seal this one.

But it's my favorite place to dance..

This isn’t the dirty picnic table you fell off of during college.

Thanks to VinePair for entertaining me this morning. There's nothing better than relating to a good bottle of wine! Now let's collaborate and devour the details to get these on shelves across the country!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wedding Wednesdays: The New Neutrals

I had to talk about this because it's one of my boyfriend's favorite colors. On this Wedding Wednesday we are pleased to present the new neutrals, gray and beige, or what some in the industry are calling, "greige". We've broken things off with traditional black and off-white and even our blush and light pinks to fully embrace the greige. This color combo truly makes a statement without taking attention away from the bride. Check out how these greige details brought these weddings to life, from beach to industrial themes, this color scheme always puts in work!

Greige-colored escort card display in moss

The color pops among this organic escort card presentation. We love its simplicity!

Gray and beige wedding invitations

In these invitations, the greige makes a perfect accent color to the royal blue and peachy design. This color pallet reminds us of the beach!

Rustic escort card display 

Talk about all natur-al, we love how greige works with these wooden place card holders. Works for any outdoorsy wedding!

Greige linen reception napkin with animal place card

Loving how this greige borders a lilac-y purple color. Tying in elements like this pine tree sprig makes the place setting perfect.

Greige and gold reception tablescape

Incorporating greige into elements like the linens and floral centerpieces creates such a romantic feel. Sweeps you right of your feet!

Greige wedding cake with a cascading white blossom

Greige makes that cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, absolutely stunning. This is one of our favorites!

As you plan your wedding, don't fear the new neutrals--embrace greige and devour the details of your big day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Getting Techy

Nearly 40,000 professional audiovisual buyers and sellers from more than 100 countries gathered at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida, June 13 to 19th, for InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for the industry. The focus of the event is the show floor, where 950 exhibitors demonstrated the latest products in lighting, audio, staging, signage, security, and more. As an event professional, being familiar with new technology and trends is super important. Here are five ideas you should be ready to embrace this year!

1. Ricoh
Ricoh demonstrated its new Interactive Learning Table for meetings, which is currently available in Europe and will soon be coming to the U.S. As many as eight people at a time can gather around the touch panel display to look at documents, videos, and other information. The table can also be connected to an interactive whiteboard to provide additional display options.


2. EventCollab
EventCollab is a new Web-based project management system that debuted at InfoComm. The system is designed for planning and producing conferences, trade shows, meetups, and other events. Users can collaborate in real time to update files, graphics, and correspondence. The system is integrated with Google apps such as Calendar, Drive, and Contacts.


3. Techdryer
Looking for a unique gift for your attendees? Techdryer can revive cell phones, earbuds, watches, cameras, and other small electronics when they have come in contact with water. The resealable bag is filled with dessicant particles that absorb 80 percent of the moisture within 24 hours. In addition to emergency use, Techdryer can also be used for daily storage to protect devices from humidity. We need one of these!


4. GWS Technology
GWS Technology showed its newest transparent LED displays. The lightweight, see-through panels can be used alone or combined for large displays. Each unit has power and data ports built in.

GWS Technology

5. Cisco
Cisco demonstrated its newest immersive collaboration system, TelePresence IX 5000. The product uses three 70-inch screens that have three high-definition cameras, 18 speakers, and integrated lighting to create a lifelike meeting experience. Users can also plug their computers into the tabletop to see content on their personal devices. This looks amazing and takes teleconferencing to a whole new level!


Get techy with these awesome audiovisual products and make your events even more memorable! Maybe even attend InfoComm and devour the details of event technology for years to come.

Monday, June 22, 2015

10 Drive-In Theaters to Visit This Summer

An all-time American classic, drive-in movie theaters have been operating since the 1940s and ’50s, making this summer activity a beloved pastime for well over half a century. Catching a flick from the front seat of you car has become even more popular with the addition of snack bars that serve everything from sausage, peppers, and onions to clam boats to fried dough! Some drive-ins even have a beer garden, serving craft beer and wine. You may even find a drive-in with other activities available such as mini-golf and camping. Truly a summer treat for all!

The Saco Drive-In
The Saco Drive-in at 969 Portland Road in Saco, Maine, offers new and classic films. On Friday and Sunday, gates open at 6:30 p.m. Well-behaved pets allowed. Movies start at 8:25 p.m. Admission is $15 for up to three people per car and $20 for four or more people in the car.
The Wellfleet Drive-In
Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre at 51 State Highway (Route 6) in Wellfleet has been showing movies since 1957. They also have four indoor theaters as backups, though they do show films rain or shine. The box office opens at 7 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and kids 4 to 11. Cash only for tickets.
The Mansfield Drive-In
Mansfield Drive-in at 228 Stafford Road in Mansfield, Connecticut, shows a mix of popular first-run new films and classic favorites. The shows happen rain or shine starting at 7:15 p.m. daily. No pets are allowed. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child 11 and under. Wednesdays cost $20 per car.
The Mendon Twin Drive-In
The Mendon Twin Drive-In at 35 Milford St. in Mendon sits on 16 acres and offers a beer garden as well as snack bar. Movie are shown rain or shine. The box office opens at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday and Thursday. Admission is $25 per car for six people. Additional guests cost $5.

The Prides Corner Drive-In
Prides Corner Drive-In at 651 Bridgton Road (Route 302) in Westbrook, Maine, is one of the only theaters currently showing films in the classic, 35mm format. Gates open at 7 p.m. and shows start at dusk. Admission is $18 per car for up to four people. Each additional person is $5. Cash only.
The Leicester Triple Drive-In
Locals call the Leicester Triple Drive-In an authentic, old-fashioned slice of America. The theater has changed very little since it opened in 1967. It shows a mix of new and old films. While the box office opens at 6 p.m., movies begin shortly after dusk. Admission costs $25 per car.
The Milford Drive-In
The Milford Drive-In at 531 Elm St. in Milford, New Hampshire, has a playground where kids can play before the movie. The box office opens at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7:15 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday. Leashed pets allowed. Admission is $25 per car for up to six people and $5 for each additional person.
The Northern Lights Drive-In
Northern Lights Drive-In Movie Theater at 51 Causeway St. in Lancaster, New Hampshire, is a family-owned and operated theater that continues to show classic films in 35 mm format. There is on-site camping for an additional $15 to the movie ticket prices. The box office opens at 7:30 p.m., and movies start when it gets dark. Admission is $8 per adult and $5 for kids 10 and under. Cash only.
The Rustic Tri-Vue Drive-In
Rustic Tri-Vue Drive-In at 1195 Eddie Dowling Highway (Route 146), North Smithfield, Rhode Island, offers three screens playing two first-run feature films each. Movies show rain or shine. Campers are allowed for $10 extra. Dogs are allowed. Admission is $27 per car.
The Sunset Drive-In
Sunset Drive-In Theatre at 155 Porters Point Road in Colchester, Vermont, is a theater with a view. It offers double features on four colossal screens. Gates open at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $3.50 for kids under 12.

The Saco Drive-in at 969 Portland Road in Saco, Maine, offers new and classic films. On Friday and Sunday, gates open at 6:30 p.m. Well-behaved pets allowed. Movies start at 8:25 p.m. Admission is $15 for up to three people per car and $20 for four or more people in the car.
So grab a pillow and a blanket (for those cooler nights) and devour the details of a drive-in theater this summer!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms: What Would You Do for Discounted Park Admission?

I saw this article and chuckled. Truly worth sharing! Disney has cultivated an exclusive group it calls 'Disney Social Media Moms', made up of mom bloggers and other motherly influencers, sharing their love for Disney and vying for perks such as deeply discounted admission to its theme parks. This is no joke! They receive an invitation to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration - a day-long conference where the moms attend motivational sessions and receive social media tips and Disney updates so their influential message can be spread across the world.

This year, they learned how to use Pinterest data, heard from 11-year-old lemonade stand entrepreneur Vivienne Harr, and listened to a Pixar producer talk about the Disney-owned animation studio. At the conference, the moms made #DisneySMMC a trending Twitter topic on the day the invitations went out. One mom tweeted that “A very magical invite with pixie dust arrived!”. In the run-up to the celebration, the invitees posted on Pinterest the Frozen-inspired outfits and Mickey Mouse-adorned handbags they planned to bring to the Mother's Day weekend event.

Disney does not tell the mothers what to write or tweet about, and it doesn't require them to post. That being said, this year's social media moms event in May still generated 28 500 tweets, 4 900 Instagram photos and 88 blog posts full of ride reviews and videos of kids meeting Disney characters. And the moms' postings are overwhelmingly positive. The theory is that mothers with a large online presence have the ability to influence the travel and entertainment planning of other mothers and Disney totally caught on to this and made it work in their favor.

Exactly how Disney chooses its social media moms is a mystery, stoking online speculation about the secret formula. One blog post that offered advice on how to get picked was shared 1,600 times. Common tips include interacting with Disney's Twitter accounts and expressing interest in attending one of the smaller social media events Disney hosts in various cities. Disney executives will only say they look for moms who fit its family-friendly brand, use multiple social media platforms and are active in their communities offline.

The moms include bloggers and book authors as well as radio, TV and YouTube personalities. They tend to cover topics such as family life, parenting, cooking, travel and crafting in addition to their postings about Disney, and only a minority are superfans who write primarily about the company's products and theme parks. Disney moms are not paid, but they receive perks from the company for their efforts, including - for some - deeply discounted, four-day family trips to Walt Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, an event that is part vacation and part educational conference. The mothers say they like having a connection to Disney, which I believe a lot of us do. I mean, if I'm not a mother but if I was offered a spot to attend this conference, I would!

Disney was the first major company to tap the influence of moms across a wide spectrum of social media, but the approach is now being used to promote a range of products, including Hewlett-Packard printers and Cottonelle toilet paper. HP hired 14 mom bloggers to post print-at-home craft and project ideas on a website called MyPrintly. Kimberly-Clark's Cottonelle brand paid a group of mom influencers to serve as roving reporters and share experiences at a New Kids on the Block concert it sponsored. Overall, moms spend $3.2 trillion annually in the US economy, said Maria Bailey, a consultant who advised Disney on its social media effort and runs BSM Media, a marketing firm that connects brands with moms.

Someday I can only hope to be as magical as these moms and join the 'Disney Social Media Moms' group! To read more on how these moms devour the details of social media and marketing for Disney, check out the entire article on BusinessReport.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wedding Wednesdays: Trend Alert! Boho Chic & Blush Pink Wedding Inspirations

The Knot shared a wonderful wedding story of couple Meg and Matt and their backyard nuptials. This Boho Chic & Blush Pink wedding has inspired us because every single detail, down to the tablecloths, were hand-made by the couple and their family! The bridesmaids were barefoot and sporting fresh flower anklets. And flower arrangements consisted of all types of vegetation, including fruits and veggies. So unique! Check it out for yourself and stick to the couple's tip to pulling it all off: keep all the planning details true to yourselves!

The Baby's Breath Flower Crown

Bride in strapless dress wearing a floral crown

We agree that the delicate headpiece accented Meg's strapless boho gown perfectly.

The Barefoot Bridesmaids

Barefoot bridesmaids with floral anklets

No shoes saves money for all. We totally approve of these barefoot bridesmaids!

The Handmade Wedding Arbor

Bride and groom standing under a handmade arbor with their heads bowed

As we mentioned, the wedding had tons of personal, handmade touches that turned the house into a beautiful wedding venue. Meg's father actually built the wooden arbor for the couple to use. Guests even sat on pews that once belonged to Meg's great grandmother's church. Truly romantic!

The Floral Fruit and Vegetable Centerpieces

Fruit, vegetable and floral centerpiece

These centerpieces exemplify the boho feel and we love how inexpensive they are!

The Antique Sweetheart's Table

Couple's table with crochet tablecloth and hanging florals and sign

Meg and Matt sat at her great grandmother's dining room table during the reception. They even used a lace blanket she had crocheted as a table covering. Using furniture passed down from Meg's grandmother gave the wedding an intimate feel that we absolutely love!

If you're looking for romantic Boho Chic & Blush Pink inspiration, this is it! Devour the details of your wedding with the help of Meg and Matt or some of the other fabulous weddings featured on The Knot and show us how trendy you are!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Arts Fest Beverly 2015

As many of you may know, I attended college in Beverly, MA and currently work here as well so I do try to share events going on here in the good ol' North Shore. In fact, this Saturday, June 20th, Beverly will be hosting their 13th annual arts festival from 10am-4pm on Cabot Street. The great thing about this event? It goes on rain or shine!


Arts Fest Beverly is free to attend and fun for the whole family. There will be over 100 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids' activities, art-on-the-spot creations and local fresh food trucks (my favorite). Get the full schedule of events here. Arts Fest Beverly is part of the Beverly Main Streets initiative to promote and enhance downtown Beverly’s economic vitality, cultural and historic resources and quality of life.


Beverly Main Streets are proud to be a member of the national Main Streets movement. The Main Streets organization is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Most Main Streets programs follow the same structure, have similar missions, and similar committees. Each sets its own work plan according to the needs of the community. They are a 501c3 organization. However, they are not a membership organization; everything Beverly Main Streets does is supported by public and private funding and the money they raise from events. If you are a business or resident of the downtown district, you are automatically part of Beverly Main Streets.


So join Beverly Main Streets at Arts Fest Beverly 2015 this weekend and devour the details of their initiative while getting your creative juices flowing. It will be a guaranteed masterpiece!

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Epidemic

Today's post will not cover any event related details. In fact, this is a very sad but true post. Over the weekend, a community gained an angel when a great friend, son, brother, teacher and coach fell victim to drug use at last. My heart hurts for this community and all effected by the desire to 'get high'. This is not the only drug related loss I've experienced this year and I'm not sure it will be the last. I think we all feel the same way when I pose the question, "why is this happening?".

Why? Because it's an epidemic. There is a slew of reasons as to why people want to get high. They want to avoid reality, take the pain away for a little while, have an outer-body experience. But what they don't realize is that what seems to be in their control really isn't. They might think prescription pills are safe, well newsflash, they aren't. If you're buying them off the streets, chances are they were made with chemicals that will in fact kill you. Even if you get them from a prescription bottle, they still aren't taken as directed or may not have even been prescribed for you. No one has any control. No one is safe.

In a recent post by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it was stated that in a period of nine months, a tiny Kentucky county of fewer than 12,000 people saw a 53-year-old mother, her 35-year-old son, and seven others die by overdosing on prescription painkillers obtained from pain clinics in Florida. In Utah, a 13-year-old fatally overdoses on oxycodone pills taken from a friend’s grandmother. A 20-year-old Boston man dies from an overdose of methadone, only a year after his friend also died from a prescription painkiller overdose. These are not isolated events. Each day, 44 people in the United States die from overdose of prescription painkillers. We are losing this battle by the minute.

People who take prescription painkillers can become addicted with just one prescription. Once addicted, it can be hard to stop. In 2013, nearly two million Americans abused prescription painkillers. Taking too many prescription painkillers can stop a person’s breathing—leading to death. It is becoming common practice to prescribe painkillers after surgery or for cancer patients, making these drugs easier to come by. Now I'm not blaming it on this reason as to why people are losing their lives because it's not why. They're losing their lives because this is the next high, the next fix, the new thing they want to get their hands on and now it's a lot easier and possible to do so.

And I'm referring to 'they' as people who abuse drugs. 'They' are technically addicts. But 'they' are still human and 'they' still love their families. 'They' are just fighting something within that most of us do not understand. We are all wired differently. We need to understand that. We need to be that support system and help as much as 'they' want to be helped.

Painkillers are not the only popular drug being abused right now; heroin is on the rise and taking many, many unexpected lives. Published on May 25th, WCVB shares a story on the heroin epidemic right here in Massachusetts. Plymouth counted 15 drug-related deaths last year and 313 overdoses, a total 50 percent greater than Taunton's, a city of similar size that once had been considered the face of the drug epidemic. This year, Plymouth is on track to smash its own grim record. By Saturday, the town had recorded 136 overdoses, an average of exactly one a day, and 10 related deaths. The opioid crisis has swept through cities and towns all across Massachusetts, accounting for more than 1,000 deaths last year, state officials said.

How are some of these lives saved? Because trained medical personnel, police force and fire departments in areas are now carrying Narcan. On April 3rd 2014, the Food and Drug Administration approved narcan, a prescription treatment that can be used by the trained medical personnel, police force and fire department as well as family members or caregivers to treat a person known or suspected to have had an opioid overdose. This drug is stabilizing overdose victims long enough to make it to the hospital in order to save their lives. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that prevents or reverses the effects of an overdose including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension.

There's got to be something more though. Something else we can do to help prevent these overdoses. The Department of Health and Human Services has started an initiative for the U.S. that smaller communities can learn from and implement in our own cities and towns. The HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on March 26th, a targeted initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin related overdose, death and dependence.

The President’s FY 2016 budget includes critical investments to intensify efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, including $133 million in new funding to address this critical issue. The Secretary’s efforts focus on three priority areas that tackle the opioid crisis, significantly impacting those struggling with substance use disorders and helping save lives.
  1. Providing training and educational resources, including updated prescriber guidelines, to assist health professionals in making informed prescribing decisions and address the over-prescribing of opioids.
  2. Increasing use of naloxone (narcan), as well as continuing to support the development and distribution of the life-saving drug, to help reduce the number of deaths associated with prescription opioid and heroin overdose.
  3. Expanding the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), a comprehensive way to address the needs of individuals that combines the use of medication with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders.
Addressing the opioid crisis is a top priority for the department and the Secretary is committed to bipartisan solutions and evidence-informed interventions to turn the tide against opioid drug-related overdose and misuse. Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and currently outnumber deaths from car accidents in the United States. Given these alarming trends, it is time for a sustainable response to prevent and treat opioid use disorders.
A small start in our communities would be to bring back D.A.R.E. programs in elementary, middle, and highschools. Drug Abuse Resistance Education is an unprecedented and innovative substance abuse prevention education program in classrooms across the globe. Informing students of the consequences of drug use and abuse can get them to say "no" or get help when they're feeling pressured or depressed and are in the presence of drugs. D.A.R.E. also provides ways for parents to talk to their children about drugs. This is probably the most important factor in the fight against drug use. Be honest and express how you would feel if drug use became a problem for your child. It's a start to the battle with this epidemic. Also be aware of the signs of addiction; changes in behavior, changes in social groups, speak up!
Seeking treatment is another factor. There are a number of facilities in Massachusetts that specialize in detoxification. Sometimes if there's an issue with the person and the legal system, detox is mandatory. This process may not always help but the effort is promising. Visiting a therapist to get to the root of why drug use is necessary for the person involved is also key. Support and understanding goes a long way, being with family and staying committed can help the person overcome so much.
Many communities are also holding small vigils to remember those lost to this terrible disease. At these vigils, overdose survivors or previous addicts tell their stories and speak of their ongoing recovery. It has become a healing process among towns and cities across Massachusetts. The sole goal though is to educate the masses on what it's like to lose the fight as well as overcoming the struggles of addiction. I can't get this point across any stronger; please educate those around you of the growing number of losses due to drug use and abuse. It only takes one time to become addicted or even one time to overdose.
I am so sad to be attending this wake on Wednesday knowing a friend lost his life to this epidemic but at the same time his death will become an opportunity to open the eyes of a community that may not be aware of the drug abuse happening in their town and surrounding cities. It's time to address the issue and support those struggling in memory of him and all those who've lost their lives to addiction. Let us all stand strong, together, with our heads high as we wage war on the epidemic. Our angels have given us a mission and it's time to fulfill it in honor of them.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Impact of a Name Change

Some events can go unnoticed for decades because their name doesn't get anyone's attention. Yes the event might get some traction but think about how many more attendees you could gain if the name of the event was more appealing. How to solve this problem? Easy, change the name. An annual alcohol-industry trade show did just that! Simplifying their name this year to B.A.R. which resonated with show attendees according to an article by BizBash writer Jenny Berg.

Formerly called the International Wine, Spirits, and Beer event (or I.W.S.B.), the show is now called “Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants,” which has the fitting acronym of B.A.R. It takes place during the National Restaurant Association, Hotel-Motel show which was held this passed May at McCormick Place in Chicago. In 2014, the show moved from the convention center's Grand ballroom to its Lakeside ballroom, which has tall windows and lake views. The transition seemed to breathe new life into the whole two days which has the event programmers feeling like it was the ample opportunity to rebrand the event with a renewed energy. Thus B.A.R. was born. Without hesitation, the new name caught on extremely fast with attendees.

Photo: Oscar and Associates Photography

Along with a new name, the show had an expanded advisory committee this year. Formerly composed of only bar and restaurants operators, the new committee included suppliers and distributors as well. There was also an added opening keynote session with Sally Smith, C.E.O. of Buffalo Wings, and the “Star of the Bar” mixology competition hit the road for the first time in the months leading up the event, making stops in cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Las Vegas to select regional qualifiers.

Registration this year was up 12 percent over 2014, bringing the total number of registrars to 5,000; part of the increased interest could be chalked up to the rising relevance of bar programs to the restaurant industry as a whole. The craft beers, the spirits, and the cocktails being made from the concept of food and drink pairings, are crafted with culinary sensibilities to be enjoyed with a food pairing, or as a stand-alone culinary experience. Restaurants, being the original purveyors of great culinary experiences, are in a unique position to deliver on this concept. Check out BizBash for more stories like this one and devour the details of your rebranding process!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wedding Wednesdays: What Wedding Guests Care About

While wedding planning, it's always a good thing to take your wedding guests' opinions into consideration. Well maybe not so much their opinion, but more like what details they will notice and will not notice about your big day. I'm saying to think about this because it is a money-saving tactic. For instance, a cake topper is a forgettable element at your reception. Don't go overboard by purchasing an expensive topper when no one is really going to remember it. Unless it does this of course...

Haha! I just love that cake. But in all seriousness, here are four things your guests will care about and four things they won't - that can potentially save you money.

They will care about...

1. How long the ceremony is
This is probably the most important one there is. If your ceremony is in the middle of the summer, outside and not in the shade, for four hours, your guests are going to be dead at the reception. Keep it short and sweet, your guests will appreciate it and it'll feel more intimate and not dragged out.

2. How late they can party to
And it's not necessarily party but more like celebrate you. No one enjoys an early curfew. Make sure you have an after party and then maybe an after-after party (which could potentially be breakfast the next morning, haha). The later the party goes the more time you have to enjoy your wedding with every single person that came to celebrate it with you.

3. The DJ
Choosing a DJ who can spin the most dance-able jams is critical to getting your guests on the dance floor for an amazing time. So choose wisely. Even put together a playlist that you think your guests can get down to or make sure they can request a tune, if it's appropriate.

4. Food and Drinks
I think this one is second to the ceremony length. This is something you have to over-budget for. Not having enough food or running out of beverages will definitely lead to some unhappy, Debby-downer guests. Incorporate something into the menu that your venue has on-hand and can produce a lot of in a short amount of time incase this situation arises.

They won't care about...

1. The Invitations
Though you find this to be the most important and put hours and hours in deciding fonts and color schemes, your guests will be throwing these in the recycling bin the day after your wedding. I mean yes it will be hanging on the fridge for quite sometime as a reminder of the date and location but it just isn't worth it to budget a big chunk of change for a piece of paper.

2. The Guestbook
Nowadays it's becoming a trend to dip your finger in pink ink and stamp your print onto a picture of a leafless tree as a keepsake for the bride and groom in place of a guestbook but trust us, your guest does not approve. It would be better to just not have a guestbook at all. Ridding yourself of this "necessity" can save your some moola and give your guests more time to bust a move on the dance floor.

3. The Garter/Bouquet Toss
A lot of brides will now go out and buy two bouquets so they don't ruin their ceremony bouquet during the toss. Save yourself the money and just cut out the toss completely. My friend didn't do it at her wedding and no one noticed until days later. If you're guests are already having a great time, no need to interrupt and slow-down the night with this contest. Or if you're the traditional type, just take a few flowers out of your ceremony bouquet as keepsakes before you toss it.

4. Favors
Keep them realistic and useful. While wedding favors can be sweetly representative of the couple getting married, they can also be a big expense. More often than not, the couple spends hundreds of dollars on trinkets that guests either don’t care about or actively avoid taking home. Truthfully, how often are they really going to use that Champagne flute with your names etched into it? I say go with some edible that can help with their hangover the next day!

We hope these tidbits help you to devour the important details of your wedding day experience and save you some money that you can end up putting towards your honeymoon instead!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Crushin On Grapes and Lovin Massachusetts Wines

The Massachusetts Farm Wineries and Growers Association is a new revitalized group of growers, winemakers and hard cider producers from across the entire state of Massachusetts. Their goal is to advocate for the business interests of Massachusetts wine growers/producers whether they are new or seasoned growers. MFWGA also encourages consumer awareness of the handcrafted wines of Massachusetts and promote a positive business environment for continued growth and production of world-class Massachusetts grown wines. Coming to existence in January of 2007, in a short amount of time they've accomplished starting an association with a lobbyist on Beacon Hill in order to have a presence and dialog with legislatures and governmental officials that will foster their industry; creating a website and a traveling show that will promote their industry to the consumer and to new members of this growing industry; and working with UMass Extension in the educational development of their members.


I don't know about you but over here at Devour the Details, we love a good bottle of wine! After attending the Wine Riot, I'm all about participating in wine festivals. Plus reading and learning about the Massachusetts Farm Wineries and Growers Association has me really interested in attending their Crush Wine Festival. Crush Wine Festival is the premier local wine event in Massachusetts. You can join MFWGA in Marshfield, MA at the Fairgrounds on July 26th to sample the finest locally made wines and artisanal food from across the Commonwealth. Crush Wine Festival features two ticketed tasting sessions to ensure that guests enjoy a relaxed environment with ample opportunity to explore the unique offerings of each of the participating wineries. In addition to a comfortable guest to winery ratio, the festival offers music, food sampling, a wine lover’s photo booth and “ask the expert” opportunities, as well as, craft and farmers market vendors. The music area offers prepared food vendors and wine by the glass. Heaven on earth, as I'd like to call it!


Tickets range from $25-90 and are broken out by session. Crush Wine Festival participants must be at least 21 years of age with valid ID for admittance. For more information visit the Massachusetts Farm Wineries and Growers Association website. So get educated and show your support of these locally sourced food and beverage vendors! And more importantly, devour the details of every last drop of wine. We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 8, 2015


There's nothing I've learned more through college and now in the professional world than to always network. The more people you know, the more connections you make, the more of an impression you leave behind - will only lead to future partnerships, job offers, or recommendations. It is a key part of any job industry. One organization has taken this vital opportunity and turned it into an event that gives back. Check it out!

Young Professionals Preventing Breast Cancer, a division of Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation, puts together a number of networking and social events throughout the year. This division was formed in early 2013 to make women and men in the age bracket of 25 to 49 aware of the alarming and unexplained rise in breast cancer in their age group and what can be done to prevent the disease. The group’s mission is to use data from research funded by the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation and educate younger women and men on how chemicals in our environment and our every-day products cause breast cancer and ways to choose healthier lifestyle options.


This is something I'm passionate about as many people in my life have been effected by breast cancer. It also tugs at my heart-strings that there are young professionals willing to take time from their busy schedules to educate and share in this great cause. I encourage you all to join the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation as well as the Young Professionals Preventing Breast Cancer division if you're looking to get involved in a local charitable organization and also grow your future opportunities through their networking and social events.

The next networking event hosted by the Young Professionals Preventing Breast Cancer division will be held this Thursday, June 11th, from 7-8:30PM at Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport District of Boston. This is the 2nd Annual Tastings for a Cause which includes a tasting of Harpoon Brewery's amazing craft beers and ciders, pizza and desserts, networking (so bring your business cards), and awesome raffle prizes. A pint of beer can make all the difference! Tickets are just $40.

So take the time to beCAUSE and devour the details of networking with this amazing organization!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Flying High: Reach for the Sky with your Kite!

This has got to be the cutest event ever. I wish I had some free time Saturday to attend but we'll be taking Nana to Foxwoods (come find us if you're there, she'll be the one in a light blue track suit playing two slot machines at once). Haha! Anyways, this Saturday June 6 at 2 p.m., GiantBug Education is celebrating the grand opening of its non-traditional, community taught education classes and spotlights called DeBored with a kite flying event in Joe Moakley Park, Boston.

GiantBug Education wants to invite everyone in Boston to celebrate their own new beginnings and their wishes for prosperity while enjoying beautiful spring weather. This event will let participants design their own kite and decorate it with their hopes and dreams for the future and then let it soar. This is the perfect time for students or young professional to take a breather from the stresses of work or school. Enjoy the weather while letting dreams and aspirations for the future fly. GiantBug Education will also provide a kite-flying expert on-hand at the event to help those who need some practice and tips before the main flying competition.

This is a free event! But GiantBug is keeping track of attendees for each competition so reserve your spot here. Aside from feeling spiritually lifted from this event, you can also compete for the chance two win 2 Apple Watches, 3 FITBIT wristbands. or gift certificates to GiantBug classes. GiantBug Education is an organization designed to serve as a bridge between educational resources and multi-cultural audiences. Their goal is to help those who are undecided in many different facets of their professional, personal and educational lives make wise and cost-effective choices before committing to one set path. They do this by partnering with world-famous universities, educational institutions and local organizations to deliver academic enrichment and business development experiences for international youth and professional groups.

GiantBug's event will encourage the masses to take the next step in their journey with confidence and we can't wait to see how that turns out. For more information check out the GiantBug Education website and devour the details with them this Saturday!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wedding Wednesdays: How To Be A Great Wedding Guest

I don't know about you but I've definitely hit the age where all of my friends are getting married and I get the invite to the big day. Totally exciting! But for someone who has never been to a wedding before, you might feel a little uncomfortable. You may not know what to expect when walking into a big room full of your friend's family members and people you've never met before to celebrate one of the biggest days of their lives. Don't worry, we've got some tips to be the best wedding guest you can be!

If you know you can or can't make it to the wedding, don't procrastinate on popping that prestamped envelope in the nearest mailbox. If you need more time before you can commit to the date, keep the couple informed and give them a reasonable time frame of when you’ll know. You should also RSVP in the way the couple has requested (for example, don't call if they included a card in the invite). It's the easiest way for the couple to keep track of who's coming. Also, if you want to make a great 'first' impression because you haven't seen the couple in a while, you should add a note of congrats into your RSVP envelope. They'll love it!

Step Two: Dress on the Safe Side
You want your outfit to be comfortable and stylish, but also not so distracting that it draws the wrong kind of attention. Use the season and time of day to guide your look, and be mindful of the couple's religious observances (for example, you may want to throw a sweater over your shoulders if they're getting married in a Catholic church). Obvious but undermined, you should never wear white to a wedding, and you should also avoid the color for pre-parties, like the rehearsal dinner and bridal shower. It's not your day. Other colors to avoid? Bright reds and neons -- it’s these kinds of colors that might draw attention away from the couple, so don’t risk it! Also, it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. If the invite has the often confusing phrase "black-tie optional," err on the side of caution and wear a long dress or dark suit or tux.

Step Three: Respect Any Requests
Follow the couple’s requests, as long as they’re within reason. So if they've asked you not to post photos on social media until after the wedding, or they want everyone to come dressed in hoedown casual to the rehearsal dinner, do it. Don't complain! Think of how you would want to be respected at your own wedding. This is their one day. You wouldn't want them remembering it with the focus being on your complaints. Your date or plus one is an extension of you, so it’s your job to ensure they know what to expect and follow along with any special requests. Make sure they’re in the know by passing on any theme or attire information ahead of time.

Step Four: Keep Your Conversations With the Couple Short and Sweet
Of course you should let the couple know how happy you are for them and how much you love every detail of their wedding. But that's as much as you should say at this time. Keep your congrats short and simple, and then plan a brunch, drinks or FaceTime them after their honeymoon for some real quality time. They'll be so caught up in their big day, they won't even remember much of the conversation anyways. Take time to congratulate the couple’s parents (and even grandparents). They may not be hosting, but this wedding is a really big deal to them.

Step Five: Let the Photographer Snap Ceremony Photos
We give the OK to take photos before the ceremony, but once you’re seated, it’s time to stop snapping selfies with your date or videoing the bride walking down the aisle. Why you ask? Well first of all, you don't want your phone or camera to block another guest’s view of the couple. Secondly, you certainly don’t want to obstruct the professional photographer’s shots. There's nothing worse than having to crop out an iPad from an otherwise gorgeous ceremony photo. The couple will definitely be unhappy to see that. Take plenty of photos at the reception and hashtag away if the couple has requested it, but don’t let it keep you from actually enjoying dinner and dancing. Instead ditch the camera or phone and jump up on the dance floor and get down with the newlyweds.

Step Six: Give a Gift
So technically it’s not a requirement that you give a gift. But let’s be real, a wedding gift is a very nice gesture to congratulate the couple on their newlywed status. This doesn't mean your gift has to be extravagant or put you in debt. Peruse the registry and choose something off of their list, or just give cash or a gift card. Keep it simple, they'll appreciate it no matter what. Traditional wedding etiquette says you have up to a year after the wedding to give a gift. Don’t be that person. If you really want to be a great guest, jump online and search for their registry as soon as you get the invite. For a destination wedding, take into consideration having that gift sent to their house beforehand.

Step Seven: Dance, Drink, Eat and Have Fun
They couple has literally been planning out all the little details for months (maybe even over a year), and the best way to show them you appreciate it is to take part in all the fun. So jump into that photo booth, sign the guest book with a sweet, meaningful note, and get out there and dance. Your boogey shoes are required. Try to make friends with other guests instead of just sticking to the people you already know. Make an effort to meet a few other friends and family members at the wedding. Bonus points if you end up with a new group of friends at the end of the night. We recommend you be outgoing and fun but don't drink too much and still the spotlight from the couple, whether in a good or bad way.

If you have other close friends that are attending the wedding as well, it's always good to collaborate beforehand. Chatting about what you plan on wearing, giving as a gift, or who you're bringing as a plus one may go smoother with a second opinion! Now that you have some knowledge, we hope you're ready to devour the details of any future wedding you're invited to!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Different Kind of Paradise: Nine Tiki Bars to Visit This Summer

If you want to get away without actually getting-away, I highly recommend checking out these tropic-inspired tiki bars! Catch a glimpse of paradise and enjoy an adult beverage or two while relaxing at these trendy new hot-spots across the country. Get your aloha on all summer long and cheers to a little vacation you can walk home from!

Mother of Pearl - New York, NY


Opening Date: Anticipated late May or early June 2015
Located in the East Village space that formerly housed Gin Palace (which closed because it was sinking into the ground and extensive reconstruction was needed), Mother of Pearl will open as a “tiki-influenced” bar helmed by Amor y Amargo’s Sother Teague. The drink list has been described as “Postmodern Polynesian,” with plenty of rum, which we love!

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - Lake Buena Vista, FL


Opening Date: April 2015
Located within Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (yes Disney), look for drinks like the Polynesian Pearl and Castaway Crush. And they have drinks imported from the original Anaheim outpost, like the Krakatoa Punch and HippopotoMai-Tai, yum! Cheery collectible tiki mugs are on hand, of course, because after all, it is Disney. Trader Sam's is a sprawling operation, seating 50 at the lounge inside, plus another 82 on the patio.
Lost Lake - Chicago, IL


Opening Date: January 2015
Run by bartending vet Paul McGee, formerly of lauded Three Dots and a Dash, with a rum list curated by Martin Cate of San Francisco tiki haven Smuggler’s Cove, the bar describes itself as a “tropical oasis-meets-flotsam-strewn island hut” that channels the “rugged nautical aesthetic of the original Don’s Beachcomber Café". I wouldn't mind floating away here! Drinks pay homage to tiki classics, though there are plenty of new creations, including the Coconut Grove Cooler (Scotch, passion fruit, pomegranate, pineapple and lemon juices) - sounds like on my boyfriend would love!
End of the Century - Queens, NY


Opening Date: December 2014
Although it’s not a tiki bar per se, but the group behind the Forest Hills venture includes vets from bars formerly known as Painkiller and Dutch Kills. They brought on drinks like the Kon-Tiki Mai Tai (rum, absinthe, fresh juices, ginger syrup) and enormous Scorpion Bowls created from their previous experiences. The dark wood walls are hung with travel souvenirs like Indonesian masks and maracas from Cuba.
Latitude 29 - New Orleans, LA


Opening Date: October 2014
This hotly anticipated new bar and restaurant was conceived and spearheaded by writer and tiki guru Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and is located within the French Quarter’s Hotel Bienville. Head bartender Steve Yamada oversees the drinks, which span from Mai Tais and other classics to more adventurous undertakings, including “communal drinks” like the Aquadesiac, intended for two to share (gold Barbados rum, blue curaçao, Bénédictine, lemon, almond and caraway, served in a shell-like vessel). I need to go here!
The Happiest Hour - New York, NY


Opening Date: October 2014
Though it’s not a tiki bar, it sure looks like one, decked out with palm frond wallpaper meant to evoke mid-century Florida and California resorts; beach-y knickknacks on the wall (boats, seashells, flamingo figurines); and golden pineapples tucked in along the back bar. Garret Richard, host-creator of the Brooklyn Luau, is behind the bar, transforming tiki classics like swizzles into frozen drinks. And to top it off or really bottom it off - they've opened “Slowly Shirley,” an exclusive lounge beneath the bar.
Longitude - Oakland, CA


Opening Date: August 2014
From Suzanne Long, former bar manager at Alameda’s Forbidden Island, this space has been lauded for the dazzling tropical-themed interior, full of lush greens and bamboo—even an East African thatched hut. Plus, there’s an ambitious menu of tiki drinks, like the Black Orchid (flambéed rum cordial, Angostura 7 Year Old rum and citrus, garnished with an orchid and freshwater pearl).
Tonga Hut - Palm Springs, CA


Opening Date: February 2014
It’s an offspring of Los Angeles’s oldest tiki-themed watering hole: the iconic Tonga Hut in North Hollywood, built in 1958. Bigger than the original, the new desert outpost features mid-century décor, vintage Polynesian collectibles, and plenty of classic tiki drinks. Unlike the original, there’s also a full menu of Polynesian and Cantonese food—and a speakeasy-ish secret tiki room, entered through a PDT-style phone booth. This is evoking a lot of excitement with us! Who hasn't dreamed of entering a bar that way? I feel like after a few drinks, I may not find my way back out though!
Flask & Cannon - Jacksonville, FL


Opening Date: January 2014
This “urban tiki” bar near Jax Beach prides itself on having plenty of rum and minimal kitsch. A sister bar to the chill, equally cocktail-centric Sidecar, look for trivia nights, live music and drinks like the Santiago and Dunbar (Kappa Pisco, Fidencio Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, pineapple, lime and Abbott’s Bitters, intended for two people).
You can bet that I will be planning my next vacation around these tiki-inspired dreams come true. If you're getting away soon, don't forget to devour the details of these nine different kinds of paradise (and have a drink for us too)!