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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Knowing that Valentine’s Day was upon us, I asked our team to think about events that they have loved. Being the “newbie” on the team, and a relative newcomer to the event planning world, I expected to hear responses citing grandiose events, oozing with wow factor, where no detail was missed. To my surprise and delight, the stories that were shared nearly all mentioned charity events or events focused around giving back; big on emotion, with an excess of warm-fuzzies. One story in particular, recounted by our owner Kristin, had all of our waterworks flowing, begging to be shared on this day dedicated to love.

“A main focus of what we do here at Cheers! Events is team building events. Sometimes these take the form of a lively boat building competition, where one team member almost certainly ends up soaking wet. Other times we’re organizing a zany scavenger hunt through the streets of our favorite local towns. But sometimes the team building also serves as a give back to the community. And in this case, our client chose to build bikes for kids at the Boys & Girls Club.

This in and of itself is moving. You have this team of fairly fortunate individuals, coming
together to help children in our local community. You could leave it right there and it would be significant. But what happened to John* is something that I will never forget.
This particular bike building was even more memorable than usual. The children that were receiving the bikes were from incredibly difficult situations, yet despite all that they had to overcome, had still managed to get straight As. The Boys & Girls Club wanted to recognize this tremendous accomplishment with a meaningful reward, in hopes of encouraging them to stay on the right path. We arranged for a special lunch with the straight-A kids and bike builders, who were all top executives at the company. The kids & their buddies chatted their lunchtime away, before parting ways when the wrenches & wrists got to work. The executives made quick work of the bike building, likely fueled by the friendships that they had just made during lunch.
Typically with bike builds, the builders do not get to see the actual bike presentation. But in this case, and without the team knowing, we arranged for the presentation to happen that day. A little boy named Alex* enjoyed his lunch so much with John, that he was moved to write a letter to him. He had given it to his Boys & Girls Club leader, who in turn passed it onto me. When our unsuspecting team gathered later that day, I was able to present John with the letter from Alex, his 7-year old lunch buddy. He read it aloud, barely able to get through the words. I don’t have a copy of the letter, but it was something like this: Dear Mr. John, Thank you for coming to have lunch with me. You are my best friend. I am so excited to open a restaurant with you one day. Thank you.
Your best friend, Alex

Needless to say, John was overcome with emotion and there wasn’t a dry eye on an adult in the room. And watching the joy on those little faces as they rode their new bikes for the first time is seared into my memory. It is a moment in my career, and for that matter in my life, that I will never forget. It takes so little to make an impact that will last a lifetime. I have carried this with me since, and I am so grateful for the reminder of how lucky I am to have a hand in creating
memories like these.”
*not real name

By: Katie Hale



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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


Charitable Work


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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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

NACE wedding team building

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!

Interactive Ipad controlled balls for Corporate Team Building

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Interactive Ipad controlled balls for Corporate Team Building

Cheers has a totally interactive, easy to use, highly addictive game that multiple guests can use during an event! The course is customizable, illuminated and can change colors. Games include Putt Putt Golf, Tag, Racing and so much more! Great for Corporate Team Building!