Outdoor events can be magical, but they do come with a certain amount of risk. You never know what the weather is going to be like, so it’s a good idea to prepare for anything. Here are a few things you’ll need to help you get through your next outdoor event.
Tents are beneficial regardless of the weather. They are a great way to get some shade and avoid major sunburns, and they will also help protect your guests from the rain. You may want to have a completely enclosed tent if you anticipate rain as water can blow in the sides when the wind picks up. Although tents are a great option for some weather trouble, you’ll want to have a backup plan in place in case of severe weather, such as an alternative date or location.
Many people forget that they may need to provide restrooms at an outdoor event. If your event location has an indoor area as well, check to see if guests are allowed to go inside to use the facilities. If not, you’ll need to find a way to provide your own. Event restroom trailers are a great option to bring in.
If your event is in the grass, you may want to bring in special flooring, especially if you plan for there to be dancing. If this is a formal event, you can expect that many women will wear high heels, which easily sink into the grass. If it’s recently rained, tables and chairs will do the same, so have a hard floor available to keep everything level.
You may want to consider hiring an event planner to help with all of the details as planning for an outdoor party can be particularly tricky at times. Remember to expect the unexpected. Planning out different scenarios can save you a lot of trouble later on.
If you’ve noticed that most of your co-workers head to the gym on their lunch hour or spend their breaks meditating instead of gossiping with a cup of coffee around the water cooler, tailor their birthday and holiday gifts to suit their healthier lifestyles. They’ll be happy that you’ve noticed their efforts to shape up physically and mentally and will thank you for the encouragement.
Offer a way for your co-worker to stay hydrated and enjoy her favorite smoothies and energy drinks at the office. Present her with a stainless steel tumbler or bottle that will keep her herbal teas warm for hours or her water cold for the entire day. You can also give her a personal blender to easily create single servings of fruit purees or protein shakes on her lunch break.
If you notice a team member binging on unhealthy foods from time to time, present her with a selection of treats that she can enjoy in moderation. Offer candy gift baskets featuring individually-wrapped chocolates or hard candy, a tin filled with cookies created with whole grains or a box with packets of nuts or dried fruits that can satisfy her sweet tooth.
When you’ve seen a fellow staff member juggling her workout clothing, sneakers and yoga mat on the way to her car one too many times, present her with a lightweight tote bag that she can use instead. Consider a model with plenty of small pockets for items like her wallet and keys and larger dividers to keep her shoes separated from her clean clothes, for instance.
When the people you work with have become obsessed with health and healing, offer gifts that support the wellness trend. Not only will they appreciate the sentiment, but will also be thankful for something that assists in their quest to feel renewed and energized.
High school graduation is a huge deal! And graduates deserve a huge fuss to celebrate their accomplishment. More and more schools are hosting graduation parties (like after-prom parties) to encourage kids to stay safe and celebrate without alcohol or drugs. If you’re a graduation party planner, here are the things you’ll want to have lined up for a fun and successful time.
Food and Drinks
Let’s start with the most obvious: food and drinks! Growing teens have the luxury of youthful metabolisms, and they can’t have a party without stuffing their faces! It’s tough to go wrong with pizza, and local pizza places often cut deep discounts or donate food to schools (especially if they have a family connection with a student.) When buying food and drink, think ahead to clean up. Individually prepared portions or finger foods are best, and it’s always good to buy individual cans or bottles of soft drinks with recycling boxes or cans nearby. Buying 2-liter bottles may seem like a good idea until you have to clean up the cups!
Games and Activities
Keeping the kids busy and engaged is an important responsibility for a graduation party planner! You can “go big” and rent bouncy houses, wind tunnels, or karaoke machines. If you don’t have the connections or budget for that, there are no shortage of DIY competitive games that are easily found with an internet search, tons of fun, and can be done using household items.
You’ll want to have flashy decorations, whether they’re store-bought or made at home. A graduation party planner should remember that the purpose of the event is to make memories and reflect on the students’ time in high school. If it’s possible to incorporate photos in the decorations or to make slideshows on TVs or monitors using digital pictures, they’ll be a big hit!