Posts Tagged ‘live music

24
Aug
12

official opinions: Make your company holiday party count

In the heat of a Chicago August, it can be easy to forget that the holidays are slowly creeping up on us again.  Soon the leaves will begin to change and fall then we’ll be right back to cooking turkeys and picking out gifts for our loved ones.  Suddenly we will find ourselves swimming in endless traditions and family meals, rather than a rooftop pool. But of course the holidays are not simply a family affair; it’s a time of year when we get to celebrate with everyone in our lives and that includes co-workers and bosses.  Yes, I’m referring to that infamous annual event:  the company holiday party.

Whether it’s something you dread or eagerly await, for most employees a holiday party is a highly-anticipated event.  You may not realize it, but parties or other office-wide social events can really do a lot for employee morale, which is very important in maintaining a successful business.

So, as a guest or planner, what can you do to improve this yearly event?  How can you take the awkwardness out of a party with everyone from janitors to the CEO in attendance?  It can be a tricky situation, but certainly worth the effort.  Here are a few tips on how to get everyone in your company loosening their ties and enjoying the evening.

1.)  Know your budget!  When you know your budget in advance, you can begin to shape the evening within real expectations.  A big blow-out can be a fun opportunity to have employees invite guests, but a more intimate, less extravagant affair may be more comfortable with just staff members.  Your budget will allow you to determine the number of guests, venue and catering early in the process.

2.)  Know your “vibe”:  The atmosphere you want to create at your corporate party is extremely important.  For a more traditional business vibe, you may want to make a dress code or hold the event at an elegant restaurant or banquet hall. More informal parties can focus on other aspects, such as finding a place with a great deal on an open bar.  Either way, an easy way to set the right mood for your party is through music.  Writers for the staff of PositiveArticles.com put it perfectly in their story on party planning: “There is an amazing relation between music and emotions of the people.”   Make sure your party vibe is fun and energetic by booking your music with Stitely.

3.)  Plan EARLY!:  It may seem premature to begin planning the big holiday shindig while you’re still working on keeping your summer tan, however, you want to make sure to allow plenty of time to nail down the essentials.  You can’t have a party without music, food, and a venue.  Plus, thinking ahead may help you find better rates for the services you want.  Contact us today to find out how much you can save on morale-boosting music for your company’s holiday party!

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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
Aug
11

official opinions: Make your company holiday party count

During the blazing heat of August in Chicago, it can be easy to forget that the holidays are slowly creeping up on us again.  Soon the leaves will begin to change and fall then we’ll be right back to cooking turkeys and picking out gifts for our loved ones.  Suddenly we will find ourselves swimming in endless traditions and family meals, rather than a rooftop pool. But of course the holidays are not simply a family affair; it’s a time of year when we get to celebrate with everyone in our lives and that includes co-workers and bosses.  Yes, I’m referring to that infamous annual event:  the company holiday party.

Whether it’s something you dread or eagerly await, for most employees a holiday party is a highly-anticipated event.  You may not realize it, but parties or other office-wide social events can really do a lot for employee morale, which is very important in maintaining a successful business.

So, as a guest or planner, what can you do to improve this yearly event?  How can you take the awkwardness out of a party with everyone from janitors to the CEO in attendance?  It can be a tricky situation, but certainly worth the effort.  Here are a few tips on how to get everyone in your company loosening their ties and enjoying the evening.

1.)  Know your budget!  When you know your budget in advance, you can begin to shape the evening within real expectations.  A big blow-out can be a fun opportunity to have employees invite guests, but a more intimate, less extravagant affair may be more comfortable with just staff members.  Your budget will allow you to determine the number of guests, venue and catering early in the process.

2.)  Know your “vibe”:  The atmosphere you want to create at your corporate party is extremely important.  For a more traditional business vibe, you may want to make a dress code or hold the event at an elegant restaurant or banquet hall. More informal parties can focus on other aspects, such as finding a place with a great deal on an open bar.  Either way, an easy way to set the right mood for your party is through music.  Writers for the staff of PositiveArticles.com put it perfectly in their story on party planning: “There is an amazing relation between music and emotions of the people.”   Make sure your party vibe is fun and energetic by booking your music with Stitely.

3.)  Plan EARLY!:  It may seem premature to begin planning the big holiday shindig while you’re still working on keeping your summer tan, however, you want to make sure to allow plenty of time to nail down the essentials.  You can’t have a party without music, food, and a venue.  Plus, thinking ahead may help you find better rates for the services you want.  Contact us today to find out how much you can save on morale-boosting music for your company’s holiday party!

06
Apr
11

official opinions: groceries, fuel, and wedding plans!

Costco appears to be the ultimate one-stop-shopping destination. It is hard to find many other places where you can fuel up on gas, buy giant boxes of cereal and other groceries, develop photos, purchase eye glasses, buy brand name clothing and book a vacation all at the same time. It would seem that they have it all, but recently they have gone one step further: wedding services.

From the ring to the honeymoon it would seem that Costco has your wedding plans covered, except perhaps for live music. Not only do they have a large selection of wedding rings, a variety of wedding invitations, floral center pieces, cakes, photo prints & books, and vacation packages for the honeymoon, but they have also started selling wedding dresses!

Yes, it is hard to imagine trying on wedding dresses in the middle of Costco, but Costco is starting to have four-day trunk shows starting in California and traveling across the country. These trunk shows will showcase six different wedding dresses designed by Kirstie Kelly and have a showroom for dressing rooms and mirrors. The dresses will sell for 40% less than the retail price and will range from sizes 2 – 24. Brides can even pay a bit more to add customized details to their dress.

Although some may not picture finding the perfect dress for their special day at Costco, they are offering affordable yet fashionable options for wedding dresses at a time where people are looking to save money. What do you think? Would you use Costco’s wedding services to save time and money while planning for the big day?

04
Feb
11

Official Opinions: indie wed is for lovers

For those of you who have never been to a bridal show, they can be overwhelming. Tons of vendors, lots of noise and so much to see that you don’t even know where to begin. But this weekend a couple of us Stitely gals went to Indie Wed to check out the scene, and what we found was a lot fun!

Indie Wed is not your average bridal show.  It caters to couples who are taking “a more modern, edgy, or eco-friendly approach to their special day,” as well as more traditional couples who are looking for unique or hand-made special touches such as custom stationery on recycled paper or crocheted ring pillows.  It was hosted on three separate floors at the Ravenswood Event Center, which is a totally cool space, btw.  If you have never been there, you should definitely check it out!  A converted factory, the space is big with high ceilings and the Showroom has antique cars and old neon signs lining the walls.  It definitely fit the independent, funky, crafty, boutique-like vibe of the show.  They had a ton of different types of wedding vendors ranging from photographers, bakeries and caterers, to fashion, stationery and floral designers.

Rachel at Indie Wed

As the resident bride-to-be, I found a lot of inspiration for my wedding! These are a few of my favorite things from Indie Wed (insert Sound of Music Reference here): I think the item(s) that I enjoyed  the most, the one I will probably incorporate into my wedding, are these incredible button bouquets.  I just love how quirky and interesting these are, and since you can get them by the wire I’m thinking about adding them to my flower bouquets.  At least they’ll last longer than the real flowers. I also really liked these beaded flowers by Ododo Originals. Hmmm, these would look great on my bridesmaids… And this peony pendant by Moira K. Lime would look pretty good with my dress. In fact, it was difficult for me to keep from buying everything in the place!

The Button Bouquet

Carly liked the sassy hair pieces from Lulu Mae and the Bario-Neal rough cut diamond engagement rings. And the amazing dishes offered by Fig Catering, like the succulent braised pork.  A combined favorite was Vavoom Pinups, a vintage style photography studio that specializes in dolling girls up in sweet 50’s vixen outfits with glamorous hair and makeup. This looks like so much fun, I can’t even stand it!

Even though by this point next year my wedding will have passed, you will still find me at Indie Wed.  Not just for the delicious food and incredibly artistic products, but for the awesome ambiance as well. Check it out.

Cheers,
Rachel and Carly

02
Feb
11

Official Opinions: tech-savvy weddings

Lately, the term “on-the-go” seems to be ingrained in everyone’s life. Although at times it may appear that there is not enough time to get things done, so many tools have been created to make life easier to handle and aid in multi-tasking. Brides-to-be, especially, have very long to-do lists with the addition of planning a wedding. For this reason it is not too surprising that there have been apps created to help brides plan their wedding while they are on-the-go.

1. Wedding 911 by the Knot is an app that is a Q&A forum for future brides to get instant answers to their wedding questions.

2. Wedding Dress Look Book by the Knot is an app where you can browse for dresses by body type and style while out and about. It also links to where these dresses or ones similar can be found at boutiques around your city.

3. The Wedding Envi app helps to streamline the early planning process by serving as an organized on-the-go source of inspiration. With a large database of images for all categories ranging from cakes, dresses, invitations, flowers, and hairstyles anyone in the wedding party can search through these images to save and forward them. The images also link to sites where more information can be found about the inspiring photos.

4.The MyRegistry app allows you to create a gift registry for your event, compare prices before adding items to your registry, keep track of gifts purchased, send e-card invites to allow friends and family to check out your registry and even scan bar codes to add them to the list.

5.Waltz…Your Wedding Dance App allows you to watch instructional videos for classic dance moves to give you the confidence you need to dance that first dance as well as other dances through the night. Whether you are taking lessons and need to practice or just want an introduction to the dances this is a great tool to pick up some new moves to use during your night’s entertainment.

Not only is this on-the-go technology aiding in organization, but a few professional photographers are also beginning to use them as tools to help capture moments during the weddings themselves. Whether it be as a tool that helps in moments where large cameras may intrude, or to film the whole wedding this may be a trend that starts popping up. Below are a couple short wedding videos shot on an Apple iPhone.

-Emily

31
Jan
11

Official Opinions: music monday’s everlasting light

For today’s music Monday pick, Carly chose Everlasting Light by The Black Keys. Listen below for a great way to start off the week!




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