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Upcycled and Recycled

artpoolLet me start by saying that I couldn’t make this year’s show. To make a long story short, I had a freak lawn mower accident that projected a copper tube through my ankle. But this blog isn’t about that. It’s about the 9th Annual Avant Garde Runnway Event call TRASHION FASHION. Featuring Tampa Bay’s top designers creating looks from recycled & unorthodox materials, this is one of Tampa Bay’s most unique and inspiring shows of the year. But as I was at home nursing my bruised and battered pride, I was really missing everything that Trashion Fashion has to offer.

Marina Williams puts on a good show. Last year I remember how comfortable she looked on the stage as compared to years past. I believe she ended last year with a somersault. That’s confidence if I have ever seen it. Marina is the brain behind the show and the owner of ARTpool, the funky venue of the night. Designers created looks made of at least 75% recycled and upcycled materials including hats, props, shoes, and accessories. She is quite the host.

For the last few years, Cheers Events has helped by providing the lighted runway and lighting.  Hey, if it’s not lit then it’s not there! That’s what I say. I’m just glad to help and be part of the action, even if it’s from my computer with my foot elevated. Till next year Marina!

by Ronnie Lee

Co Owner/ Cheers Events Inc.

P.s. Mark your calendar for next year’s show many others. Take a look at what’s coming up on the Facebook page ARTpool Gallery!

Photo credit by HIBS Media and iHeart Images , Mermaidista Designs by Sati

 

 

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Bringing your Trade Show Alive with Video Mapping

With technology becoming more and more economically accessable, it’s easy to see why many event planners are using it in their events. A great way to do this is with projection video mapping. The possibilities are endless (with time and budget of course!) Take a look at our latest trade show in which we used Video Mapping to create a moving and dimensional digital signage for the trade show.

Take a look at our video to get the full effect!

Video Mapping at a Trade Show.

Video Mapping at a Trade Show.


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Team Building Tips

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Team Building Tips to Help You Plan

By: Karen Crockenburg / Event Manager / Cheers! Events

Break out of your everyday routine and break into FUN! Here are some categories to help narrow down what the type of team building that will work best with your group.

Outdoor/Indoor Activities

Social Events/Ice Breakers

Changes in the Workplace

Workshops

Charitable Work

Training/Development

Now that you have a purpose behind your team building, it’s time for the details. Here are 5 tips to help maximize the group experience and steer your team building in the right direction.

  1. Know your participants. What would be appealing to them? Is this an active group?  Should the event be held indoors or out? Some events are more suited for men than women, and vice versa- would all of your guests be able to participate?

 

  1. Keep it 3 hours or under. The 3 hour mark is the magical time that people STOP feeling the magic! Team Buildings are a great way to lead into a dinner or lunch event. Your guests will have plenty to talk about with smiles on their faces if you direct them immediately into a comfortable setting with cold beverages and tasty food.

 

  1. Keep Their Attention. Make sure that all your participants have something to do. Waiting their turn in line to play a game is a good way to lose their interest. A professional DJ pumpin’ out the tunes will infuse the event with high energy and keep everybody dancing and singing.

 

 

  1. Keep It Simple. The directions need to be clear and simple. Don’t make anything too complicated. Whenever possible, give the teams hand-outs with important bullet points or have enough attendants to float around to the different teams to explain anything they may have missed during the initial instructions.

 

 

  1. Bring Everyone Back Together. During the closing ceremony, bring all the teams back together by honoring more than just the winning team. Awarding the Runners Up with certificates for title of “Most Spirited” or “Most Likely To Get Lost” will surely lighten the competitive shadow in the room and pull your guests back into a unified team.

 

We hope these tips have narrowed down the path of the endless possibilities in the expansive world of Team Building.  Go Team!

 


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3 Daughters Brewery

Helping to Create a one of a kind Venue

By: Ronnie Lee / Cheers Events

One of the most popular themes this year seems to be using unusual venues for events. So when we were asked to help transform the already outstanding 3 Daughters Brewery for a corporate event, we jumped and the opportunity. Sticking with the teal, metal and wooden elements of the venue, we brought in burlap for the cocktail tables surrounded with metal chairs, and teal runners to accent. Mason jar centerpieces were a small, playful touch. LED up lights slowly scrolled between teal and aqua to illuminate the huge silver canisters that the Brewery’s beers are made in, Foliage was brought in to bring the corners in and hide items that needed to disappear, such as work areas and mopping stations. To top it all off, burlap skirting touched up the stage and white drape with metal accents provided a stage backdrop. The trick is to highlight what is already there and create ambiance, but keep in mind that even though the event is in a brewery, it’s  still a corporate event.

Over 150 people arrived hungry, but that was no task for Urban Brews and BBQ. The menu they provided seemed to fit perfectly with the look and feel of 3 Daughters. If that wasn’t enough, two food trucks waited outside with more seating, picnic tables and games of Corn Toss and over sized Jenga!

Our client’s main concern was the heat, as the back of the brewery is not air conditioned. Misting fans were brought in and created a cool, breezy afternoon. Both roll up doors were opened also, allowing a natural breeze to lightly barrel through.

So next time your in the market for an original venue, take a peek at 3 Daughter’s. Oh, did I mention that they have pretty good beer! So if you haven’t been there, get on over  and enjoy everything they have to offer!

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Beach and Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

AMGEN’s  Beach-N-Bicycle Scavenger Hunt Team Building

By: Karen Crockenburg / Event Manager for Cheers! Events

On Your Mark… Get Set… PEDDLE! 

Cheers Events has “Taken It To The Streets” this week with a one-of-a-kind custom Scavenger Hunt Team Building, specifically tailored to our client’s needs. This Beach-n-Bicycle Scavenger Hunt consisted of exactly what it implies; the Beach, Bicycles and a lot of Scavenging!  What were our client’s needs you ask?

  • Tour The Beach Community
  • Local History
  • Unique Bar Stops
  • A Mental Challenge

So we chose the beautiful and historical Pass-A-Grille Beach!  Where else could you find such charm and creative flair in a laid back, tropical paradise? This was the perfect setting for us to work our magic!

First we needed to rent the bicycles. Being that the Loews Don CeSar Hotel was our starting point, we found it advantageous that they were able to accommodate our group of 10 participants with beach cruisers, helmets and bicycle locks. When the group arrived, we divided them into 3 teams, delivered a quick tutorial and handed them their CLUE PACKETS.  These packets consisted of a color coded map that corresponded with their clues. Being that we were covering the whole island of Pass-A-Grille, it was important that they had a general vicinity of the location they were seeking. The clues were delivered in several forms: Word Scrambles, Picture Leads, Addresses, even a phone number to call. Teams were led to parks, historic buildings, quaint restaurants and flamboyant art galleries.

There was no shortage of fun with this group as they carried out the tasks at hand; Adopting a mascot, capturing another team’s bandana, frequent drink stops and the most challenging clue- counting the number of stairs in the climb to reach the famous Hurricane Restaurant’s third story Rooftop Deck!  Each team was awarded a certificate according to their unique talents. Categories such as “Most Likely To End Up At ATiki Bar”, “Fastest Bikes On The Beach” & “Most Team Spirit” seemed to fit the recipients perfectly! The overall winning team was given a handmade Pass-A-Grille treasure from the Merry Pier, the city’s hub for Boat Rentals and fishing. The hunt ended at the Loews Don CeSar’s very own Beachcomber Bar, where we gathered the teams up for a group picture on the sand.

Our company can specifically design a scavenger hunt to incorporate what’s on your agenda. We say ‘Bring It On Corporate America” and we are up for the challenge!

Bikes in Motion      Whole Group

 


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NACE Team Building at the Post Card Inn

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NACE Wedding Team Building

A Wedding to Remember…

By: Danielle Tieman, Event Manager at Cheers! Events

Our team at Cheers! Events had the pleasure of teaming up with the Post Card Inn to host the most recent NACE event. We decided to create something completely fresh and out of the box for these industry professionals, so we thought… let’s create a full fake wedding!

All of the NACE members who attended were split up into teams and each team was responsible for a different piece of the wedding such as the bride’s wedding dress and creating gorgeous centerpieces. These industry professionals had to put their everyday skills to the test and set, create and execute the wedding in 40 minutes!

This event could not have been as fun and successful without some of our fabulous vendors. The venue and catering were generously provided by Gina and her staff at the Post Card Inn. MaryIsabel from Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection donated gorgeous wedding dresses to use as inspiration. Alicia from A + P Designs donated super cute programs which help us split each NACE member into teams. Shannon from Connie Duglin generously donated all of the linens for the dining tables as well as the linen options for each team.  James King from Grant Hemond, as always, brought the party with his music. Alla from Cake Zone donated a beautiful example cake and all the tools for the baking team to recreate her wedding cake. And let’s not forget the Bride Joanie Adams and the Groom Ian Prosser!

Everyone truly had a blast at this team building. Cheers! Events as well as myself are blessed to be able to host a NACE event and definitely look forward to the next one!


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Corporate Carnival

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A Match Made in Heaven

By: Renee Tarsantino / Event Planner at Cheers Events

Cheers Events recently joined forces with Tampa Bay Club Sport to create an amazing carnival style employee appreciation “Family Fun Day”  for a corporate company in St. Petersburg, Florida.

While Tampa Bay Club Sport and Cheers Events organized and planned the details, we have many others to thank for such a fantastic event. Our stilt walker/entertainer Fritzy was awesome!  He interacted with the 600-700 guests that attended and made each one smile. The kids were so impressed with his bicycling and ball walking skills. Action Promo brought out the bungee jump and bounce house, which is always popular at any event with children. It really gives the adults time to mingle while qualified attendants assured their safety. Cory Barron was our rockin’ DJ and the karaoke was a huge hit!  Get The Picture supplied the photo booth with lots of fun props and the guests really got creative with it. There were balloons from Rick at Balloon Productions and also popcorn, ice cream, motorized boats, face painters, balloon twisters and lots of fun carnival games with tons of prizes.

Everyone had a blast and working together with Tampa Bay Club Sport was a great success! Cheers Events greatly appreciates everyone that helps to make these events happen!