Free Idea Fridays!

Roll Out The Red Carpet of Ideas
Whether you love the Academy Awards or you hate them, I think it's hard to deny that there's something inspiring about them – for me they evoke the need to create something wonderful!

Now we all know the latest fashion trends are going to be copied immediately after they hit the red carpet on Oscar Night – so here are some creative inspirations I found that you can copy and use for your next event.

The Kings Speech
This movie along with the upcoming Royal Nuptials have made both British and Royal themes popular again. Update traditional tea party menus by replacing old cucumber finger sandwiches with an innovative flavor such as Radish-Chive Tea Sandwiches with Sesame and Ginger.

Single malt scotches and scotch tastings will continue in popularity. provides great tips and has a liquid blog that offers tasting notes.

True Grit
Finally - a new way to make that old tired Western theme trendy again! Update your old denim and diamonds events with modern music (try the sound track from Country Strong) You can still use bandanas, straw hats, and gingham for an authentic Wild West flair but try matching white or black square plates to complete the look and add a contemporary feel to your table settings. Forego the daisies and raffia and try pansies in white burlap sacks tied with twine for a fresh new look.

The After Party
Check out the sketch of the room décor for the Governors Ball. Cheryl Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team promise to bring back the luster and glamour of the great clubs of yesteryear– think the Tropicana, the Rainbow Room and the El Mocambo. The highlight of the evening - a massive Swarovski crystal chandelier will descend from the ceiling.

Speaking of Awards and Inspiration, the CSEME show offers 3 days of event ideas plus the 14th Annual Star Awards honouring event professionals across Canada

Check out the line up of exhibitors and speakers at
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Fighting the February Blahs
Everyone needs to take a little break at lunch time even if only to explore their favourite links. Here are just a few that I am FAN of ---

For A Quick Brainstorming Session
I am a huge fan of the ignite magazine and read it from cover to cover. But when I need a quick fix, I check out their website for Bright Ideas and Hot Rates and Dates.

Join them on Twitter or check out their site

Vino Virtuoso
Anything that my friend Paul Grieco talks about is seriously fun, spanking new, super satisfying & sometimes scandals (and is most of the time about wine). Among a string of success, Paul owns and runs Terroir Wine Bar in Tribeca. Scanning their wine menu is like taking a wild and mouth-watering stumble around the globe.

Warning: Be prepared to start liking Riesling. Paul has a way of persuading even the most die-hard chardonnay lover into taking a dip or a sip into the world of Riesling.

Check out or follow Paul on Twitter or get hooked on Riesling by tasting the wines Paul suggests in "Riesling: A World Tour"

For Toronto-based Foodies, Check out is your source for delicious ideas and offers daily deals that focus only on food. (Not only restaurants but food boutiques and specialty stores too) I just took advantage of buying a $30 gift certificate for only $14 to use at Masellis Supermarket - a great spot on the Danforth for Italian delicacies.
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Food for thought
Have you ever been to a reception or stand-up event and wondered what edible delights were being passed around on trays by the wait staff? I bet everyone has had to ask the question "oh what do you have on your tray?"

Next time you are planning an event with plenty of passed food and beverages, plan a little extra in your budget for custom t-shirts for the wait staff. You can describe the food you are serving right on the front or back of the t-shirt.

[Kobe Beef Sliders with Tarragon Aioli and Caramelized Onions]

You can add a sponsor logo too as an added benefit.

If your budget is tight – try an inexpensive name tag for each of the wait 
staff listing their name and what they are serving.

[Hello my name is Kenzi and I am serving Proscuito-wrapped Shrimp with Sambuca and Rosemary]

Giving Ideas Away
I know, I know – everyone does water bottles as a give away but I love these new collapsible water bottles that fit in your pocket!

Check out the Ideavation Facebook page for more styles and photos

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This week’s Free Idea Friday features
This week’s Free Idea Friday features some great new entertainment options for you.

Tired of the same old – check out these fresh ideas we experienced at the Special Event in Phoenix last week.

Hope these free ideas make your Friday!

The Royal Red Carpet – forget about your traditional boring red carpet, this live carpet flowed from the fabric of this gorgeous model. A spectacular entrance!

Oceana – part opera, part dance, part fountain. This mini show can be used during a reception or in a trade show atmosphere adding intrigue and entertainment.
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Automatic Response – High Energy Dance Troupe This high energy performance is perfect for an opening number and gets the crowd going.
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Flippenout – this extreme trampoline performance offers extreme flips, jumps and stunts which translates to Extreme Entertainment! A great addition to any stage program, outdoor event or trade show and takes up very little space.
Watch Video!
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