Free Idea Fridays!

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.
Watch Video!

Automatic Response – High Energy Dance Troupe This high energy performance is perfect for an opening number and gets the crowd going.
Watch Video!

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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Welcome to the inaugural post of Free Idea Friday.

For the past year or so I have been email blitzing clients and colleagues a new idea every Friday. After much pressure from my younger team members who urged me to climb up out of my archival ways, this blog was launched.

There are many things I plan to write about and hopefully they will live up to the name of this blog and prove insightful and helpful to people.

Today I am coming to you live from THE SPECIAL EVENT in Phoenix, Arizona. Here is just a sample of the new ideas we will be bringing you in the coming weeks.

SING takes over where GLEE leaves off
Fans of the popular T.V hit Glee will love this musical act called SING. This ten person cast combines the best of spontaneous “Glee”-style musical arrangements and choreography with the energy and personality you expect from a college singing club. The song list covers a wide variety of popular music; from the Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas.

A mesmerizing story-teller and the top artist in his field, Joe Castillo offers unforgettable one-of-a-kind live performance using sand. Drawing in sand on a light table, Joe is able to create powerful, fluid illustrations for large audiences with an overhead video camera projected on a large screen. People stood around watching him for long periods of time – and that type of attention grabber is no small feat. (We have a demo video you have to see.)

Check back again soon for another completely random sample of the things rattling around in my head. Hopefully something cool will pop out.

Hope my "Free Idea" makes your Friday!
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