Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Mashups: Bikes and Bars

As summer draws to an end, it is important to savor every last minute of it. I encourage you all to get out there these next few weekends and soak up the sun! That's why today's post features tandem bike rentals and Boston's top 5 bars to visit picked by the Improper Bostonian. So get your friends together and your helmets ready for a day of sipping and cycling (safety first)!

Meet Urban AdvenTours (nice play on words there). Urban AdvenTours is a unique, eco-friendly company, offering bike tours, rentals, and sales out of Boston’s Historic North End. They’ve come a long way since their founder, Andrew Prescott, started running bike tours out of his apartment in 2004. Since then, they’ve expanded by way of partnering with other local bike shops and spreading the word. Now, they have two storefronts of their very own: the tour and rental shop at 103 Atlantic Avenue, and the bike shop a few doors down at 109 Atlantic Avenue.

Now, you don't have to participate in a tour if you don't want to--you can just rent different types of bikes from the company for a number of hours or for a whole day (which is what we suggest doing if you're already familiar with Boston). You can rent a tandem bike for four hours for just $50. This is the perfect amount of time to cruise around and sample a reasonable amount of drinks from some awesome bars with your closest peeps. Remember, Boston is a bustling city and you want to be safe traveling around its busy streets. Always wear a helmet and obey traffic signals! That being said, here are the top 5 bars the Improper Bostonian recommends for some end of summer fun!

Café ArtScience

Cafe ArtScience

The region’s Mr. Wizard of mixology, Todd Maul, plies the cocktail craft with greater creativity than ever at this new Kendall Square venture alongside brainchild of food innovator and Harvard engineer David Edwards. At a big, beaker-stocked bar, Maul employs his trademark techniques, prompting new experiments, like potions “sipped” from Le Whaf, a decanter-like device that emits billowing flavor clouds. Cambridge’s current hit gives booze geeks a taste of the future, but flavor, not flash, is always the goal. Visit them at 650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge!

Row 34

Row 34

The Island Creek team’s Fort Point seafood experts has been dubbed a “workingman’s oyster bar,” but it’s beer director Megan Parker-Gray who does a bang-up job with the ambitious beer program proves the place has a woman's touch too. Old-fashioned letter boards announce the unfamiliar brews that flow from 24 rotating taps, from Maine farmhouse ales to Czech pilsners, many smoked, soured or barrel-aged, you can never try them all. Bike to them at 383 Congress St., Boston!

Pier 6

Pier 6

Tavern on the Water had its Charlestown charm. The boxy tri-level building’s new inhabitant retain a killer harborside view while offering a much sleeker look throughout. Young professionals hit the spacious roof-deck for cocktails garnished with awe-inspiring, uninterrupted ocean vistas. And the glass-walled interior, with its nautical-inspired bar and dining rooms, attracts a sea of singles hoping to reel in a date. The panorama is impressive, inside and out. Travel to them at 1 8th St., Boston!

Lone Star Taco Bar

Lone Star Taco Bar

Lone Star has done for taquerias in this town what sister restaurant and next-door neighbor Deep Ellum did for beer bars: officially upped the ante. The tiny joint hits all the sweet spots with Mexican street food, a varied mezcal and tequila menu and a killer selection of strong margaritas and cocktails. And boy do we love a good margarita! Tables are limited but locals are free to linger over rounds of micheladas or any of the Mexican beers on offer (like Tecate cans for $3.50). Swing by 479 Cambridge St., Boston during your travels!

Post 390

Post 390

After 5pm you can expect a cast of suits, ties and pencil skirts running over to this city-sleek tavern for much deserved drinks. Stiff cocktails, a 200-strong wine list, 40-plus craft beers and regular beer dinners that spotlight regional brewers encompass this buzzing restaurant. Cousin to the much recognized steakhouse Grill 23, Post 390 has similarly handsome airs—but with a hip, younger crowd. Get over to 406 Stuart St., Boston!

We hope you get to enjoy some exercise while celebrating the last weeks of summer and devour the details of these top 5 bars in Boston!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Event Speakers, The Next Generation: Social Media Stars Step In

In years past, event planners were so used to booking PhDs, novelists, actors, talk-show hosts, etc. for speaking engagements to attract attendees. With more common folk rising to the top thanks to social media platforms, you will find that these creators of original content with millions of followers are the next generation of event speakers you'll want to book. They've turned their online personas into a business; not just with speaking engagements but also appearances and working with major brands to promote new campaigns. These dubbed "social media stars" can present important messages about building an audience, reaching the millennial market, and other insights. Another benefit? As social stars with massive followings, they can promote the event ahead of time or even create content at the event, depending on the details of the contract.

Starting to reconsider who you book? Check out these four social media stars you'll want at your next event!

Jenna Marbles (Jenna N. Mourey)

Jenna Marbles

I have a new-found-love for this girl. Years back, I was a dedicated fan but kind of fell off her bandwagon. Watching her videos for the last few months have reminded me of how awesome it is to just be yourself! (And I love how cute you and Julien are together with all your furbabies and hover-boards). Keep doing what you're doing, Jenna. Ms. Marbles reaches more than 15.4 million subscribers and is the most popular woman on YouTube. Jenna posts a variety of videos, from ones starring her dog to an impersonation of Hillary Clinton. As a speaker, she can discuss her journey and the challenges she’s overcome to achieve social media stardom while authentically connecting with fans. She is represented by CAA Speakers.

FouseyTube (Yousef Saleh Erakat)


Yousef Saleh Erakat, better known as FouseyTube, has a combined following of more than 6.7 million subscribers on his four YouTube channels. His videos, which include pranks, social experiments, and comedy sketches, nearly always have a moral undertone, which he can translate to speaking appearances. I can't get enough of his social experiments. Pushing the boundaries but always with good intentions. He is represented by CAA Speakers.

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling

You might recall her stint on America's Got Talent in 2010 where she made it to the quarterfinals of the TV show. A classically trained violinist who now pairs her music with electronic beats, Lindsey Stirling used YouTube to promote her early career and now has more than 6.9 million followers. She has gone on to success that included a nomination at this year’s Teen Choice Awards for Choice Web Star: Music. Raised as a Mormon, Stirling can speak about inspirational topics such as her faith, not giving up, remaining strong and true to yourself, overcoming trials, personal progress and change, her prior struggle with an eating disorder, and positive thinking. She is represented by WME.

Timothy DeLaGhetto

Timothy DeLaGhetto

The comic video specialist Timothy DeLaGhetto, also known as Traphik, counts more than 2.9 million subscribers and 601 million views of his posts, which show off his skills as a rapper, comedian, writer, and videographer. His work includes original skits, parodies, rants, and a series called “Dear DeLaGhetto.” I love watching him on MTV’s Wild N’ Out and Guy Code! DeLaGhetto, who is Thai-American, can speak to groups about his creative process and how diversity plays a role in content, audience reach, and success. He is represented by CAA Speakers.

I can say with complete confidence that having these personalities at your next event will draw an attendee-base that you may not have captured otherwise. Plus, they're highly entertaining, down-to-earth people who started at the bottom and now they here (Drake voice), so support them! They clearly know how to devour the details of any type of speaking engagement, so reach out to them today!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

#DoItForTheGram: Eight Inspirational Wedding Fanatics to Follow on Instagram

If you don't have an Instagram account before your wedding, get one! Even my mom has an account so you should have one too. It is a great tool in finding inspiration and besides that most weddings nowadays have a hashtag that you use--giving you easy access to all photos taken at your wedding posted to social media. Now, check out these eight inspirational wedding fanatics you need to follow!



This Canada-based, self-taught baker and cake designer serves up sweet inspiration. You'll love Jenna Rae Illchuk's wedding cakes and find it hard to say no to her French macarons and chocolate gems.

From delicate ruffles to strikingly realistic sugar flowers, Maggie Austin's designs are true works of art. You'll be drooling over these shots while sweating for the wedding!
Floral Designs
If you like wild, totally untamed flowers, Kristen Caissie is your girl. The Los Angeles–based floral designer creates inspiring bouquets, centerpieces and wow-worthy wedding installations.

I love the name of this company! Owners, Alicia and Adam Rico create stunning, slightly undone floral arrangements, like cascading bouquets and centerpieces that feel like they were plucked straight from a Dutch masterpiece, like the Kardashian/West wedding!
Event Designers
Mindy Weiss is one of the most creative and well-known names in the planning business, and her Instagram is full of to-die-for events for very lucky mortals as well as celebs. So much inspiration in these shots!
Karen Tran knows how to razzle-dazzle. Her lush ceremony arches, gorgeous petal-lined aisles and unbelievable centerpieces are out-of-this-world and fill this floral designer's Instagram feed. Inspiration overload!
Whether she's shooting in George Clooney's go-to spot--Lake Como in Italy or at a closer, but just as beautiful, affair in Florida, KT Merry's wedding albums and this Instagram are full of romantic, dreamlike images you'll love. Get ideas on great wedding poses or backdrops to make your pictures even more memorable!


Canadian shooter Christie Graham is known for her use of creative compositions and natural light for timeless portraits. She shares many elegant out-of-the-box inspirations you will love!
Get your Instagram account going and follow these awesome wedding inspirations for devour-the-detail-worthy ideas to incorporate into your big day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Girls Night Out: Wine, Women, and Shoes Event

I love sharing events that have to do with supporting different non-profit organizations. Today's post will cover the "Wine, Women, and Shoes Event" that takes place this Friday, August 28th from 5:00-9:30PM at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Proceeds from this wonderful event will go to the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF). The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan. Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.
UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation Logo

UHCCF was founded in 1999. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 9,500 grants valued at over $27M to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees. Hosting events like "Wine, Women, and Shoes" contributes to the amount of grants they can award. And what better way to donate your money than attending an event like this? So  join the UHCCF in Boston for a glamorous evening of sip-sational wines, fabulous shopping, a high-energy fashion show and delicious food. Check out this promotional video for additional highlights of the event!

Tickets start at $150 each, which includes:
  • Wine tasting & appetizers
  • Runway fashion show
  • "Best in Shoe” contest
  • Fashion & accessory marketplace, featuring Max Martin shoes
  • Gourmet dinner
  • Silent & live auctions
  • Prizes & giveaways,-ma/

Don't miss out on this awesome girls night and support a great cause! We wish UHCCF the best of luck devouring the details of their "Wine, Women, and Shoes Event" and hope they have an amazing turnout!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Mashups: Summer Cookie Swap

Why is this a mashup? Well because typically no one wants to use their oven in the summer to bake cookies because it's already hot enough. But we've got a sweet alternative for you to keep cool! Check out these four bake-less cookies that will definitely impress your guests. Invite everyone over for a xookie swap by the pool and enjoy these tasty treats!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

4 ingredient dark chocolate almond butter cookies - gluten free vegan | Eat Good 4 Life

1/2 lb dark chocolate, vegan if need be
1  cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
3 cups rolled oats, gluten free
2 tsp vanilla extract, optional

Line two cookie sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.
In a safe microwave bowl add all the ingredients except the rolled oats. Melt at 45 seconds intervals stirring in between until completely melted.
Add the rolled oats in a medium mixing bowl. Add the melted chocolate mixture. With a spatula combine all the ingredients and with a medium cookie scoop place cookies in the prepared cookie sheet. Spread the cookies slightly.
Let the cookies set for at least 30 minutes (I placed my cookies in the freezer for 10 minutes to set them faster).
Drizzle some melted chocolate over the cookies if desired.
NOTE: If the temperature outside is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit store cookies in the refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Cornflake Treats

Peanut Butter Corn Flake Treats

1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 jar (18 oz) peanut butter
6 cups corn flakes
3 oz good chocolate

Combine the sugar and the corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Place over medium high heat and stir until the mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat and stir in whole jar of peanut butter. Mix well.
Add the cornflakes to a large bowl and pour peanut butter mixture over the corn flakes and mix well talking care to coat all the corn flakes.
With a tablespoon of cookie scoop out and form into 1 – 2 inch balls depending on your preference, and place them on a cookie sheet lined to parchment or wax paper.
Put the chocolate in a small bowl and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Patties

Peanut Butter Chocolate Patties

1/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter), I used Field Day Organic Peanut Butter
Dash of salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar (you may need more or less depending on the consistency of your peanut butter)
1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted (I used dark chocolate)

Mix the first three ingredients together in a bowl. If the peanut butter is to hard to stir toss it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften. 
Add powder sugar 2 teaspoons at a time until it forms a dough. Form dough into little patties and freeze for about an hour. 
Remove patties from freezer and dip into the melted chocolate. This is a little messy, but sooo worth it. Put the patties back in the freezer until chocolate is set. About 15 minutes, if you can wait that long to try one. 
Store in the freezer or fridge in a air tight container.

Man Bars

Man Bars graham crackers crumbs  choc chips nuts condensed milk p sugar

1 14-oz box graham crackers (3 sleeves), crushed into crumbs
1 12-oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
2 14-oz cans sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups powdered sugar

Combine graham cracker crumbs (about 4 cups total), chocolate chips, nuts, condensed milk, vanilla and salt in a large bowl and mix until well combined to make a batter.
Line a 3-quart 13x9 baking pan (or 2 8x8 square pans) with parchment paper (or aluminum foil greased well) then spread batter into pan(s). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until set.
Cool completely in pan, remove then cut into squares. Add powdered sugar to a medium bowl then add squares to sugar and toss to coat. Store in an air-tight container.
Makes 48 squares.

Why wait for the holidays? Stay cool this summer and enjoy some bake-less treats by devouring the details of an awesome cookie swap!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Boat Life: Three Things to Know When Hosting a Party at Sea

One of the best places to be during the summer months is on a boat. Salty air blowing through your hair, keeping cool with splashes of water reaching your arms and legs, with a nice cold beverage in your hand. There's nothing better! Have a boat be an exciting venue for your next event. From choosing the right vessel to getting guests on board on time, here are insider tips to remember when planning a party on the water.

Get a complete cost estimate
When evaluating venues in the planning process, make sure to factor in all costs. Other than the rental cost, some additional costs may include fuel, docking fees, and service charges that might not be readily visible when considering costing.  Also having a firm handle on the guest count as early as possible is essential when working with the rental price. Knowing number of attendees will help you to select the right size boat for the party.

Choose vendors with experience on boats
Boats usually have a very tight turn for load in and décor, and you must make sure you have vendors with this type of experience. Sometimes boats that rent for parties will have a list of vendors they suggest you use. Be sure you can set your guest’s expectations for what you can deliver regarding food and beverage and décor or entertainment. Also,  check with the boat operator for any catering restrictions.

Remember boat-specific amenities
It’s all about the little touches, just like with any other event. Have fun pillows and throw blankets in case people get cold outdoors while the yacht is under way. They'll appreciate your thoughtfulness. Allow for interior space to be comfortable in case there is inclement weather outdoors. To ease any fears over seasickness, offer ginger candy to guests before sailing.

For additional tips check out 7 Things to Know About Events on Boats. Sail away and devour the details of your next boat party!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wedding Wednesdays: Get the Best Out of a Hotel Room Block

There are a few key pieces you need to keep in mind before setting out to reserve hotel rooms for your wedding: proximity to your reception venue, amenities and price point. You definitely want to ensure your guests have a place to stay nearby. If you happen to be getting married at a venue that also has accommodations, start there. Oftentimes hotels will give you a discount on the room rate for reserving a block, which you can then pass along to your guests.

When planning, ask the venue manager about room rates and possibly a discount for your guests who reserve early. If you are having a destination wedding, you should reserve room blocks with at least two hotels especially if you are having a lot of out-of-town guests, getting married at a hotel with exceptionally pricey rooms or just have a larger-than-average guest list (more than 140). When you call to reserve, you'll give the hotel the dates you expect your guests to be there, plus any special requests you're hoping they'll help you fulfill (like dropping welcome bags at the door or transportation to and from the airport). To start, book a smaller amount of rooms and add more later if needed. This way, you avoid having to deal with penalties if rooms go unreserved.

how to make a bed like a hotel - Google Search

Once you've found a room block option that works for your wedding, you'll most likely need to sign a contract to finalize the booking. There are certain key words you need to understand when reviewing the contract terms for a hotel block. Be sure you read through your contract fully before signing. Here's what to look out for:

Allowable Shrinkage Clause
What this means: This number relates to the percentage of rooms that are allowed to go unbooked.
Target Percentage: Between 10-20%. Meaning if you booked 20 rooms but 2-4 go unbooked you will not be penalized with a fee.

Attrition Rate or Minimum Commitment
What this means:
This number refers to the percentage of rooms that must be filled in order to avoid paying a penalty fee.
Target Percentage: Between 80-90%. (Note: Attrition rate should be high; allowable shrinkage should be low)
Sample Excerpt: If the entire room block is not used, you will owe the hotel damages for all unused rooms based on a minimum commitment of 80%. This means if you do not book the minimum amount of rooms agreed to, you will owe for up to 80% of the room block.

Mitigation Clause or Re-sell Clause
What this means: The hotel must try to book unused rooms in your block so that you are no longer responsible for them if they are later sold to other customers. In short: you should not be paying for rooms that other guests are paying for.

Funny and creative diy wedding favor for a destination wedding. #wedding #bridal #invitations

Working within the meeting planning industry, we see a lot of hotel contracts. There's always room for negotiation, so don't be fearful of asking for a better deal. Definitely review the contract and if there's something you're unsure of consult with your wedding planner - as they may be more familiar with room blocks.

If you're looking for an easier way to setup room blocks rather than working with the venue manager or calling different hotels, try this new online tool by Jetaport and The Knot. The simple hotel room block reservation feature they've created lets you search on all major hotels near your venue and then recommends and helps you negotiate a great price and reserve all your rooms in one easy place. There are even hotel room block concierges with Jetaport to walk you through everything in case you get stuck along the way.

When everything is set, the best way to communicate your hotel block information is to include it on your wedding website or invitations. That way all your guests will feel well-informed and can easily click to learn more about the accommodation options available. Also consider listing contact information for either your wedding planner or a family member on your site as well so that guests can contact he or she directly with questions about directions or accommodations.

We hope this 101 on hotel room blocks has eased your mind when it comes to negotiating and devouring the details of your contract. Enjoy your stay knowing you and your guests are fully taken care of!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vino & The Beasts

Okay, this sounds like something I could do. Run some obstacles through a beautiful vineyard to a wine tasting at the finish line? Yup! Clear your calendars for Sunday, September 20th and join Beast Mode Athletics at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Connecticut for a day full of fun.

This is a 5K obstacle course with events crafted by Beast Mode Athletics that will challenge you and your friends! Jonathan Edwards Winery is located in North Stonington, a beautiful area in charming Connecticut. Can you picture yourself climbing over a rock wall while breathing in the loveliest grape scents? I can! After the run there will be a post race celebration with live music, free wine tastings, food to purchase, vendors to visit and lots of fun to be had. Participants will receive a dri-fit shirt, Wine Glass, and other goodies. Awards will be given to the top performing athletes and the participants with the best costumes. Bring your running shoes that can get muddy with your craziest costume and beastly attitude!

cargo net obstacle

The cost to participate is around $80 plus $5 for parking. For additional information, visit Best of luck to Beast Mode Athletics and Jonathan Edwards Winery in devouring the details of this event!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

6 Boozy Treats to Beat the Heat by

If you're a summer baby like me, you can relate to this post. Since turning 21, celebrating in the sun has become a task because beers and ciders aren't always refreshing, especially when they get warm so quickly. So when I saw this article, I knew I had to share. Check out these six boozy treats to beat the heat provided by

1. Grapefruit & Tequila Paloma Ice Pops

When I went to Mexico, we loved drinking palomas. They're so refreshing and paired with grapefruit as an ice pop--you'll surely cool off! Try out this recipe!

2. Watermelon Campari Granita

The Watermelon Campari Granita is so simple to make that your freezer almost does all the work for you. Add watermelon puree, sugar and Campari to a shallow pan and after a few steps, you’ll have a nice chilled dessert with the perfect blend of sweet and bitter. Get the recipe!

3. Bourbon Baked Apples

This apple crisp inspired dessert will have you drooling (maybe from the booze and the taste). Take a couple of apples, pour some bourbon (or dark rum) on them, stuff with cinnamon crumble and top with icecream. Yum! Get the recipe!

4. Beer-Soaked Watermelon

It’s painfully simple to do and ridiculously delicious to eat. What beer you use is your choice. Pick anything ranging from a light wheat beer to a hoppy IPA. Try out the recipe!

5. Whiskey-Lucky Charms Ice Cream

Okay, I need to try this! Set your inner child free by combining whiskey with a favorite childhood cereal. We like Lucky Charms! This recipe from the Coolhaus Ice Cream Book definitely takes some effort. But for the ultimate boozy treat, it’s worth it! Sandwich this dessert between sugar cookies for a palm-sized piece of heaven. Being an adult might not be so bad after-all! Try this recipe!

6. Tequila-Spiked Mango Popsicles with Chile

This reminds me of the Spicy Margaritas Nobu has which is my personal favorite! Mangos and chiles are a classic pairing and the duo is joined by agave, lime juice, and three ounces of tequila to make it the most delicious treat of all. Get the recipe!

We hope these boozy treats help you beat the heat and devour the details of summer!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wedding Wednesdays: Bachelorette Moms

It is becoming more and more common for Moms to tag along to their daughter's bachelorette party--and we love it! These wise women know how to have a good time and where to allocate funds to make it the most memorable final fling before the ring. Traveling to a resort cities, like Miami, with a handful of girlfriends for a pre-wedding weekend of debauchery with drinking, pricey dinners, high-end hotels and male strip clubs is the norm these days for a bachelorette party. And now along with that you will find that Mom joins in and secures the V.I.P table at your favorite club to celebrate.

Sociology professor at Penn State, Abington, Beth Montemurro believes that things started to change at the turn of the century for bachelorettes. In the mid-, late 1990s, bachelorette parties were relatively new, in fact the first bachelorette party guide Professor Montemurro found in her research was published in 1998. “A 2003 survey sponsored by Bride’s magazine noted that 94 percent of brides planned to have bachelorette parties,” Montemurro said. She found that while there was little industry to support bachelorette parties in the 20th century, in the 21st century, clubs started offering packages catering to these celebrations.

Today, having Mom attend the bachelorette party is considered a given for some. These pre-wedding mother-daughter events are very bonding experiences amongst women. It makes total sense that a mom would want to be part of it.The growing popularity of the bachelorette party is part of the expansion of wedding celebrations. The moment of “I do” has morphed into a multiplatform calendar filler, with the engagement party, bridal party, rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch. So if Mom wants to be there, why not let her?!

Professor Motemurro believes that weddings have become a dominant part of popular culture and a prized public spectacle. Though in the time our Moms were getting married this wasn't true. Therefore, Moms want to share in the spotlight and live vicariously through these multiple celebrations--including the bachelorette party! If this is something you're comfortable with, definitely invite Mom along to devour the details of your debauchery-filled weekend!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monday Mashups: Costume Party Meets Dating Game

That's right! Get all of your closest single friends together for a costume party with a twist. Have everyone dress in a disguise and try to find their perfect match. It's a great time for all and who knows, maybe you'll find your Clark Kent. Here are some ideas to put it together!

Clark Kent costume #notricksalltreats

Questions for Contestants

First Date Questions
  • Where are you from?
  • If you could work in any profession, what would it be?
  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What are you looking for in a man/woman?
  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • How do you have fun?
  • What is the last book you read, and did you enjoy it?
  • Did you go to college?
  • If you attended college, where did you attend and what did you major in?
  • What are your best qualities?
  • What languages do you speak?
Romantic and Flirty Questions
  • What is your idea of a romantic evening?
  • Where is the perfect first date spot?
  • What is your idea of the perfect marriage proposal?
  • How do you impress a date's parents or friends?
  • What are your favorite women/men's scents?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight?
Personal Questions: Background Information
  • Do you have any children?
  • Describe a time when you took care of a loved one.
  • What have you always wanted to do but haven't yet?
  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • What is the longest relationship you have been in?
  • How did your family celebrate holidays?
  • If you could change a mistake from your past, what would it be?
Personal Questions: General Knowledge
  • How do you comfort someone in a traumatic situation?
  • Do you see a glass half-empty or half-full?
  • Do you give money to homeless people?
  • You've just been told you have a few months to live. What do you do?
  • What do you value in a relationship?
  • What is your favorite possession?
  • Do you spend time on the Internet? Which site is your favorite?
  • Are you a morning or night person?
  • Who do you live with?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • Are you easily offended?
  • Where is your favorite place to spend time?
  • What is your favorite season? Why?
Silly Questions: Situational
  • A kid comes up to you and kicks you in the shin, what do you do?
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  • If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
  • You're stranded on an island, what three things do you wish you had?
  • If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
  • You need to cancel your weekend plans because of rain, what do you do instead?
  • You are driving and get lost, what do you do and how do you handle it?
  • If you were to take a class, what would that class be?
  • If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and what would you talk about?
  • Your work lets you out early, what do you do with this free time?
  • If you could be a circus performer, which act would you be?
  • Your house is on fire, what do you grab as you run out?
Silly Questions: Just For Fun
  • Dogs or cats?
  • What color best describes your personality and why?
  • What three things do you never leave the house without?
  • What is one word that describes your life?
  • What's your theme song?
  • What are some nicknames you've had?
  • What do you hate about dating?
  • What was the weirdest question a date has asked you and how did you respond?
  • Do you have a lucky number?
Character Questions
  • A mutual friend flirts with you; would you tell me?
  • A cashier gives you too much money back, what do you do?
  • A car is broken down on the side of the road; do you stop to help?
  • What do you wish you c
  • What would you change about yourself?
  • What is your religion, and is it an important part of your life?
  • Questions About the Future
  • What do you see yourself doing when you retire?
  • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
  • Do you want children in your future?
Channel 90's game show Singled Out, that was featured on an episode of Boy Meets World! A similar setup and some risqué conversation will have everyone laughing!
We think champagne and chocolate covered strawberries should most definitely be on the menu!
Take this mashup and make it your own! Devour the details that will make your guests fall in love!

Happy 30th Anniversary Elle!

When one of your favorite magazines plans a 30th anniversary party in Paris, what do you do about it? Post about it in your blog of course. A big shout out to Elle magazine for 30 wonderful years of success and to Keira Knightley being on your celebratory cover! The idea for the portfolio has been about 18 months in the making and revved and rearing to go this September!

Elle September 2015

Robbie Myers, who celebrates 15 years as editor in chief of Elle this year, worked with her creative director Alex Gonzalez on how to adequately communicate the glossy’s place in fashion to acknowledge its 30th anniversary. Kevin O’Malley, senior vice president, publisher and chief revenue officer of Elle crowed about the success of the September issue from a business standpoint saying this is the largest issue that Elle and/or Hearst has ever published. He wants to give kudos to Robbie Myers and her team, gushing that "it’s not just the largest issue; it’s good content".

The issue, which will go out to subscribers this week, hits national newsstands officially on August 18th. The magazine also signed up with retail app ShopAdvisor, which uses Beacon Technology to alert consumers on their phones when they are in the vicinity of a Barnes & Noble where the issue is sold. Talk about tech-savvy!

Now it gets even better. Not only does Elle US turn 30 this year, Elle France is actually turning 70 as well! So it's actually double the celebration. The bash for both magazines will be held in Paris on October 6th at U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley’s residence in Paris. Although a guest list isn’t yet finalized, O’Malley said it’s going to be the “who’s who” and take place during Paris Fashion Week. So keep an eye out for the September issue and all of the paparazzi shots and photographs from this epic celebration in October!

Cheers to 30 years Elle! We can't wait to see how you devour the details of the next 30!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Beer Enthusiasts, Bottoms Up!

Kick off your weekend with a great beer tasting tonight at Sunset Grill & Tap! Join Jack's Abby, a local brewery, in sampling nine of their tastiest beers such as their 3X-Dry-Hopped IPA. Not a huge fan of IPA? Check out the rest of the beers they'll be pouring up!'s Abby Brewing

Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
Baltic Porter - 10% 55 IBUs
Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Cocoa-Nut Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
Baltic Porter - 10% 55 IBUs
Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with coconut and cocoa nibs. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Excess IPL
Premium American Lager
We're celebrating hop-mania with our outrageously hoppy lager, Excess IPL. Various methods of hopping throughout the brewing and lagering process maximize the hop aromas from Citra, Chinook, Equinox, Calypso, and Simcoe hops. With bold hop aromatics and flavors, this India Pale Lager is packed to the brim with intense hop goodness.

Nitro Smoke and Dagger
Porter - 5.8% 25 IBUs
Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted grains, beechwood smoke and coffee accompany a full bodied and sweet chocolatey malt character. Smoke & Dagger uses locally sourced ingredients.

Mass Rising
Imperial Pilsner
Two years into our brewery and we're fueling the fires surrounding extremely hoppy beers. In celebration of our anniversary and in support of our fans, we're brewing this extra hoppy Double IPL. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term 'lager.' Prost!

Copper Legend
Oktoberfest/Marzen - 5.9% 22 IBUs
Ancient timelines talk of dark days, plagued by hardships and Kingdom demands. When hope was all but lost, a legend emerged. A plumber. With copper pipes and an uncanny wit, he battled fierce foes and saw to the brewery's opening. Our Octoberfest is malty, smooth and exceedingly drinkable. It is perfect to celebrate and honor today's legends. We use locally grown wheat from MA, Munich malt and noble hops. OG 14.8 Plato / IBUs 22 / ABV 5.9%

Leisure Time Lager
American Wheat or Rye Beer - 4.8% 15 IBUs
Leisure Time Lager is brewed with wheat and a blend of spices including lemongrass, coriander, orange peel and chamomile. A subtle spiciness balances the citrusy and floral hops added to the whirl and hopback. Relax and enjoy! Leisure Time Lager uses locally grown wheat from MA.

Red Tape Lager
Munich Dunkel - 5% 25 IBUs
Brewed with 100% Dark Munich Malt, Red Tape Lager has a full malty flavor typical of Bavarian dark lagers. Additions of Glacier hops add a subtle, sweet hop aroma more typical of American beer. These characteristics combine to create a well balanced and delicious lager.

House Lager
Kellerbier - 5.4%
Landbier, AKA "House Lager," pulls inspiration from the numerous country lagers or landbiers found in Franconia. Don't let the name House Lager fool you--sweet and golden with a full, malty body--this is a special beer for year-round enjoyment.

Founded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby has become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in the Northeast and nationwide. The Hendler brothers grew up in a family that promoted entrepreneurship, stubbornness, and hard work. Spending summers with their grandfather and working at the family’s ice distribution company, they learned the value of committed family members and loyal employees—the foundation of which Jack’s Abby is based. From there, they've grown into a successful brewing business and continue to grow.

Jack’s Abby produces world class, boundary-pushing lagers. They score consistently high ratings from beer critics and enthusiasts at Beer Advocate, RateBeer, and others. So don't miss out on the opportunity to sample their award-winning beers tonight! RSVP and visit their website for additional information. Cheers to Jack's Abby continued success and we wish you the best of luck devouring the details of the beer industry!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Wedding Wednesdays: Budget Worthy Details

If you're planning to spend a little more on certain wedding details, these are the ones you want to do it for. Skip the ones that go unnoticed - like custom postage stamps or hors d'oeuvre toothpicks. Beyond the basics, like your dress and flowers of course, budget for these exceptional details that will have your guests gawking!


Draped barn reception area

This is a pricey detail, but after you've draped your reception space, you won't even be able to tell it's the same room. The technique works for indoor and outdoor spaces, creating an intimate vibe beneath an open-air tent or lend some serious drama to an already cozy dining room. For an extra dramatic look, drape the reception entryway with gauzy white fabric or deep-red curtains.

Special Entertainment

Mariachi band as entertainment

Sometimes the best parts of a reception are the elements guests don't see coming. Surprise them with a jazz trio or a Spanish guitar player. To get the party going during the cocktail hour, hire a mariachi group, a bluegrass band or even an acapella group to perform some seriously memorable melodies. Take it to the next level with a marching band that leads them all from the ceremony to the reception on foot! It would be hard to top something like that!

Welcome Bags

Brooklyn-themed wedding bags

I love the use of 90's hip-hop tied to the romanticism of a wedding with this welcome bag! You can make it really represent you as a couple by filling baskets or canvas totes with water bottles, wine or locally brewed beer, something salty, something sweet and a piece of fruit and other personal touches. Don't forget to include a welcome letter as well as a detailed itinerary for where the guest needs to be and when. Leave the whole thing with the hotel concierge for guests to pick up when they check in. And be sure to provide maps and lists of local restaurants, museums and other attractions in case they want to explore on their own. Make it even cooler and more memorable by hiring a videographer to create a welcome video of the two of you venturing around the city showcasing all your favorite places!

A Romantic Lounge Area

Reception lounge area

Pull on some heartstrings by creating a little romantic lounge area. Who knows, maybe some lucky ones will fall in love at your wedding! Look into renting couches, chairs and other furniture that you can then stage with pillows and votive candles in your wedding colors. It's the perfect way to involve everyone in the party even when they're resting. Really want to wow your guests? Close off the area with curtains, draping and special lighting to create a VIP vibe.

Ceremony Décor

Garland draped chuppah

First impressions matter. A personalized ceremony space will make your guests feel at home immediately and surrounded by your love. If you're having an outdoor summer wedding, hang orchid leis, colorful ribbon streamers or sun-catching glass ornaments on surrounding trees. For church nuptials, have your florist create arrangements for the pews as well as the door. If you're a thrifty bride, all of these arrangements can be reused at the reception on the tables, at the bar and in the bathrooms. If you want an upgrade, ask your florist to cover a canopy with lush flowers and hanging votive candles or blossom-bedecked lanterns to really create focal points. Your guests' jaws will drop.

When planning, just remember to budget for the details that are worthy enough of the "oohs and ahhs" they deserve and devour the details of your one-of-a-kind wedding!

Fine-Tune Your Marketing Strategy with Fitness

A number of brands have taken to the health and fitness trend by promoting themselves with events that get guests moving. It is evident that working out has become a social vehicle for "FitGen" - the "fitness generation" we are seeing more and more of. Groups of stylish twenty-something year-olds working out together as a social activity. Capitalize on this generation but marketing your brand, like Reebok and Tough Mudder have, to fit their lifestyle needs.

To reach this generation and target audience, Reebok has enlisted the help of Wellthily, a wellness-minded company that organizes pop-up events and fitness services for high-end boutique hotels and clients such as Under Armour, Lifeway, and Estée Lauder. In addition to events, the company also supplies travel kits and on-demand workouts, as well as information on healthy restaurant options for visiting hotel guests. A genius idea and a vendor event planners may want to work with even for client meetings.

In February, Reebok worked with the company to organize an early morning yoga class for Axis trade show attendees on the Refinery Hotel rooftop in New York. And, in August the brand will be coordinating with Wellthily again on a three-day event that will include dance cardio, a boot camp workout, and yoga at Gurney’s Resort in Montauk. These offerings will fulfill the lifestyle needs of attendees and therefore can create a great turnout.

For those city dwellers who were looking for a more rugged experience (outside of yoga and zumba), Tough Mudder recently debuted Urban Mudder—a five-mile obstacle course and all-day festival with food trucks and entertainment, which took place July 25 on Randall’s Island in New York. Now this is one that I think I could actually participate in! From custom-built, branded obstacles to on-site activations with giveaways and raffles, Urban Mudder sponsorships included a beer garden by Shock Top, a warm-up session sponsored by Cellucor, obstacles branded by Radisson and Oberto, and transportation deals provided by Uber.

It's clear that Tough Mudder works with their sponsors individually to create unique ways for their brands to engage with participants and spectators and have an exciting on-site presence. And while there are no specific plans to expand Urban Mudder to other cities, they are always exploring options to bring life-changing experiences to new markets and people, and they’re looking forward to future opportunities as they continue to see demand grow. I volunteered at a Tough Mudder last summer and it was a great experience. They have a great following and work with their sponsors to create the best experience possible for participants. I can't wait to see what they do with the Urban Mudder!

So take it from these marketing experts and pair up with an organization or vendor to create that overall experience for the FitGen-ers and devour the details of your next event!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Mashups: Fairytales and Cocktails

So this mashup works for weddings, parties, and even maybe events surrounding a fairytale movie premier or Disney related feature. We've got some out-there ideas for décor and even more fantastical drink ideas! Join us in channeling your inner child with this Monday Mashup!

Remember, it's all about the little touches (and maybe some grand jesters too). We love the idea of incorporating a little Cinderella story with this pumpkin carriage centerpiece!

Place these Fairytale Dreams Centerpieces on your tables and watch your fairytale event unfold. Each metal Fairytale Dreams Centerpiece is 9 inches high x 6 inches wide x 10 inches long. Candle is sold separately.

Or bring that fairytale to life with actual horse-drawn carriage rides for guests.

Like a fairytale x

Think like Belle with these Beauty and the Beast inspired cloche jars for a beautiful tablescape!

we ❤ this!  #belljarcenterpiece #clochecenterpiece #weddingcenterpiece

We've all asked the mirror at one time or another who the fairest of them all is. Get your guests to do the same with this awesome magical vine wall.

This vine-covered interior wall is beautiful and indoor plants are healthy - but how can this be done, to get them to grow so lush and even without natural sunlight?

How perfect is this? Bring a room to life with this amazing fairytale backdrop!

I can imagine this with a fairytale event....

On to the beverages. Here are five fun favorites everyone will love!

Cruella Deville, you shouldn't have!

Where's Alice?

If you're a mermaid, I'm a mermaid.

Maybe one of these will make you a little less Grumpy!

This will warm you up when you're feeling the colors of the wind.

We hope these ideas make you relive some of your younger years and want to devour the details of this Fairytales and Cocktails Monday Mashup! If there's a mashup you'd like to see, leave it in our comments and we'll work on it!