Posts Tagged ‘corporate event music

14
Sep
12

Official Opinions: The Top 7 Reasons To Book Your Holiday Party NOW

 

With temperatures hitting a high of the mid-80s’s this week, it may feel a little early to start thinking about your holiday party. However, in the case of planning a Chicago event, the early bird definitely gets the worm. Charles Cotton, an independent expert from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development‘s expert on staff rewards, says:

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“As ever, employers need to think about why they are providing a (holiday) party in the first place. If it is to recognize the collective contribution of their employees then what are the alternatives and are they more effective?”

       If holding a (holiday) party is the most effective way of achieving this then employers should be wary about scrapping them in response to the economic downturn because the long-term impact could be damaging on employee engagement and organizational performance.

      The (holiday) party is one way of reminding staff that they are part of a common endeavor.”

Ultimately, ROI is the bottom line, so here are a few thoughts on the value of holiday parties and a few ways in which you can help in justifying the budget.  Although the cost may seem high, assuming a holiday party costs say $100 per guest and the average salary in a company is $40,000, then the cost is tiny relative to other costs.

  1. Book EARLY, the best bands and other forms of entertainment get scheduled earlier and earlier.  Don’t get stuck with a jug band you found on lower Wacker because you put it off till Thanksgiving!
  2. By booking well in advance you are much more likely to get the date you want, and not end up having your party on a Thursday in January.
  3. If you plan ahead, there will be sufficient time for all your employees and staff to organize their own schedules to anticipate your party.  Babysitters, travel, accommodations etc. need to get booked early too.
  4. Booking early will put you at ease and come the holidays your mood will be closer to the Whos in Whoville than the Grinch.
  5. Because it is booked and announced in advance, the company holiday party will signal to your employees that things are improving and that you appreciate them.
  6. Booking your venue early means you get the snazzy new place you wanted.  Hip and unique venues should be contacted now to get reserved.  The best places have planners who will help you with your vision for the night. We are also celebration specialists and can assist you in putting the perfect evening together.
  7. START the day with a meeting, then let it morph into a party! A lot of great Chicago venues are ideally suited to staging a daytime conference or presentation before the party to increase the business content of the event. Then, spouses arrive, the party starts and can run all evening with dancing.

Remember that as long as you have a beautiful room, great food and a Stitely Band or DJ playing your kind of music, you are assured a great night!

08
Aug
12

Official Opinion: Peggy’s Perfect Potato Salad

Stitely is continuing its recipe series with more dishes great for a summer picnic or BBQ. Peggy’s grilled potato salad is the perfect compliment to Shana’s barbecue tofu sammich. This recipe has got us saying, “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm!”

Ingredients

2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for grill
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
1 cup small diced celery
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use low fat)
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
2 teaspoons chopped capers
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives

Directions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium heat. Oil the grill grates well or the potatoes will stick.
  2. Slice the potatoes lengthwise into 3/4-inch thick slices. Place the potatoes in a bowl and add the oil, paprika and season with 2 teaspoons  salt and 2 teaspoons pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Place the potatoes on the grill and cook until slightly puffed and nicely golden brown on both sides, 20 to 30 minutes, turning 90 degrees after 5 minutes and flipping and repeating on the other side. Remove and allow to cool completely. Dice into 3/4 to 1-inch pieces.
  4. In a large glass bowl, add the diced potatoes, celery, red onions, cilantro and olives.
  5. In a medium glass bowl, add the yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons pepper, capers and lemon juice. Adjust the salt, as needed.
  6. Fold the mayonnaise mixture into the potato mixture, cover and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in the chives and adjust seasoning as needed.

***Thanks Peggy!***

30
Nov
11

Official Opinions: The Office Party Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again. Cubicle dwellers dread checking their e-mails daily because they know that soon enough they’ll see the “urgent” message regarding their RSVP to the holiday office party. The veterans will immediately seek a way out. The 20 year employee miraculously has no problem calling his wife and saying, ” You know, I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and we should really spend some more time with our family. Wouldn’t it be great if we visited your parents for the week?” It will be a cakewalk compared to dealing with the new kid who’s a bit too open about his personal life after a few glasses of punch.

If your office actually puts on a great party at the end of the year, then this post isn’t for you. However, we’re not all that lucky. For the rookies out there who aren’t able to come up with an escape plan before the party committee corners you, here are a few tips on how to survive the office party and avoid going down in office lore as “the guy that mistook the copy machine for a urinal.” Continue reading ‘Official Opinions: The Office Party Survival Guide’

02
Nov
11

Official Opinions: The Top 7 Reasons To Book Your Holiday Party NOW

The costumes have been put away and on Sunday we’re turning back the clocks. What better time than now to plan your office holiday party?

Charles Cotton, an independent expert from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development‘s expert on staff rewards, says:

        “As ever, employers need to think about why they are providing a (holiday) party in the first place. If it is to recognize the collective contribution of their employees then what are the alternatives and are they more effective?”

        If holding a (holiday) party is the most effective way of achieving this then employers should be wary about scrapping them in response to the economic downturn because the long-term impact could be damaging on employee engagement and organizational performance.

      The (holiday) party is one way of reminding staff that they are part of a common endeavor.”

Ultimately, ROI is the bottom line so here are a few thoughts on the value of holiday parties and a few ways in which you can help in justifying the budget.  Although the cost may seem high, assuming a holiday party costs say $100 per guest and the average salary in a company is $40,000, then the cost is tiny relative to other costs.

  1. Book EARLY, the best bands and other forms of entertainment get scheduled earlier and earlier.  Don’t get stuck with a jug band you found on lower Wacker because you put it off till Thanksgiving!
  2. By booking well in advance you are much more likely to get the date you want, and not end up having your party on a Thursday in January.
  3. If you plan ahead, there will be sufficient time for all your employees and staff to organize their own schedules to anticipate your party.  Babysitters, travel, accommodations etc. need to get booked early too.
  4. Booking early will put you at ease and come the holidays your mood will be closer to the Whos in Whoville than the Grinch.
  5. Because it is booked and announced in advance, the company holiday party will signal to your employees that things are improving and that you appreciate them.
  6. Booking your venue early means you get the snazzy new place you wanted.  Unique, cool places like Zed451 should be contacted now to get reserved.  The best places have planners who will help you with your vision for the night. We are also celebration specialists and can assist you in putting the perfect evening together.
  7. START the day with a meeting, then let it morph into a party! A lot of great Chicago venues are ideally suited to staging a daytime conference or presentation before the party to increase the business content of the event. Then, spouses arrive, the party starts and can run all evening with dancing.

Remember that as long as you have a beautiful room, great food and a Stitely Band or DJ playing your kind of music, you are assured a great night!

28
Feb
11

Official Opinions: Music Monday Bob Dylan

Today’s Music Monday pick is a blast from the past! Carly chose a song by Bob Dylan, “A Song to Woody,”  one of the first ever songs released by the legendary singer-songwriter. It was released on his debut album in 1962 and was written for Woody Guthrie one of his biggest idol’s. Enjoy this Monday’s oldie!

21
Feb
11

Music Monday: “Streets in the Rain” by Sean Kelly

For this week’s Music Monday Eric chose “Streets in the Rain” by Sean Kelly. He is the lead singer for a band called The Samples, which was formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1987, and came from the members’ early sustenance of food samples from the local grocery store.The group’s music can be described as a mix between reggae and rock/pop. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

18
Feb
11

Stitely Soundboard: Stitely’s Valentine’s Dance- Oh What A Night!

I don’t know that there are enough words to describe the scene at Stitely Entertainment‘s Fourth Annual Valentine’s Day Dance last Saturday night. The Mid-America Club was an phenomenal host, with great views both inside and out.

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The festively decorated interior was filled red and pink balloons, while guests marveled at the view of the city from the 80th floor.  The evening began with a delicious dinner prepared by the Club’s gourmet chef.  While the diners enjoyed their meal, a Stitely soloist serenaded the happy couples with romantic violin music.  It was after dinner that the dance party really began.

The Stitely Orchestra, Chicago Groove Collective and DJ Vincent did a fantastic job of getting everyone, old and young, on the dance floor and keeping them there all night.  As a company with a passion for celebration, it was so great to see everyone out there enjoying themselves, losing themselves in the music and ambiance of the affair.  Everyone had a great time dancing the night away with their friends and/or valentines. Some of the highlights of the evening include the Stitely Orchestra’s showstopping rendition of Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope.”  Joan Collasso’s voice really brought the house down! And we could not have been happier with the debut of the revitalized Chicago Groove Collective. Their versions of “Raise Your Glass” by Pink and “Only Girl” by Rihanna brought a ton of energy to the dance floor and collected any remaining wallflowers.  Another treat for the younger crowd was “California Girls” and “Groove is in the Heart.”

Stitely guests feeling the music

Another people-pleaser was the photo shoot area provided by Best Friend Photography and Design.  In another area of the Club, Ingid set up a blank background and box full of fun props and let the guests’ goofy antics do the rest.  A huge shout-out to Ingrid and her crew for the fab photos she took of the evening too!

Thank you to everyone who made this evening such a success! It was so great to see some of our past clients, interns and friends dance the night away.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, including our very own Peggy Latko, we missed you and hope to see you next year.

Cheers,
Jeff and the Stitely gang

24
Jan
11

Official Opinions: music mondays don’t stop

Today’s music Monday pick highlights the Billboard top 25 pop songs of 2010. DJ Earworm has taken these songs and videos to create an entirely different mash-up that could stand on its own.

14
Jan
11

Official Opinions: It’s alive

“You hear that? The scratches, the imperfections, it’s not digital, it’s alive.”

That quote, taken from a television show titled 90210, is in reference to a vinyl record player. As we become more advanced with technology, we seem to increase our distance from reality. From the first live music radio and record players all the way to Internet radio and mp3 players, we have found ways to customize our music and carry it anywhere at the expense of making it less and less real. Even “live” radio is recorded and sometimes retouched before hitting airwaves. We have grown accustomed to flawless playback, annoyed at the slightest imperfection in a track like a minor scratch or glitch causing it to skip even a millisecond of the song. Is this why some people still habitually choose prerecorded music for their special occasions over live music? I believe that when it’s possible, live music is the way to go, and sometimes the imperfections add that special touch, that sense of realness. There is something comforting about being in the presence of live music and seeing the human musicians actually creating the music as I hear it. Live music will never go out of style, and it’s important to take advantage of that. Go to a live concert, visit a club that still hosts live bands and singers, but most importantly, hire live music entertainment for your special events. Give you and your guests something real to enjoy and remember. Whether it has a minor flaw or it’s perfect, it’s alive.
-Ebonee

Check out some of these live music events from Chicago:

12
Jan
11

Official Opinions: get ready to dance!

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance on Monday, January 17th.

Stephanie Rogers Band is having a free concert at SPACE in Evanston. The band will play from 7:00 – 8:30 and there will be appetizers and drinks. Come join us to dance and start the week off right!

Hope to see you there.




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