Team Outing to VR World NYC

Virtual Reality has become more and more present in our world, both for entertainment and for experience. For your next company retreat, VR World NYC offers the ideal setting for a team outing.

VR World NYC, located in midtown, is the largest Virtual Reality center in the U.S. The space is set up like an arcade, with different sections featuring VR experiences in games, art, music, films, and more. VR World allows you to walk between buildings, fight off zombies, climb a rock face or paint a landscape. Solo and team activities are offered, making the exhibit perfect for a corporate excursion. At the end of the afternoon, there is also a full bar to wrap up the excitement.

VR World is no stranger to hosting events. The center offers the space for private parties, corporate events, brand or product activations, and company outings.

VR is a fun and creative way to bring people together - coworkers - friends - VR World has something for everyone. Contact us today and we’ll make it a unique outing that is sure to be a hit.

Photo credit: VR Word NYC & Taylor Pomroy

5 Ways To Celebrate Cheese Lovers Day

Today is a very special holiday for lovers of cheese. As a cheese fanatic myself, I will be celebrating the day in many different ways. Here are a few ideas for you and your cheese-loving friends!

1. THROW A CHEESE DAY PARTY

Hosting a cheese party for friends and family is a great way to celebrate this holiday. There are many ways to incorporate cheese into a party setting. Guests, wearing all yellow of course, could be offered cheesy dishes through different stations. Make-your-own nacho, mac and cheese, or grilled cheese bars are both entertaining and scrumptious. Throughout the night guests could take photos at a “cheesy” photobooth. And serve Cheese Tea - yes, Cheese Tea -  any milk, fruit or green tea topped with frothy cream cheese!  

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2. HAVE A CHEESE PARTY... FOR ONE

For a more relaxed approach to the holiday, a stay-at home meal could be a way to celebrate. Cheese can be added to almost every dish. This is a chance to get creative in the kitchen! Pay homage to cheese on this holiday by creating any of the recipes on our Cheesy Pinterest Board here.

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3. HIRE A CHEESE FOOD TRUCK!

Gorilla Cheese NYC is a favorite in NYC offering creative takes on childhood favorite: grilled cheese! Gorilla Cheese has the classics, like their American cheese on white bread with a side of tomato soup, and the outlandish, like their s’mores melt on graham cracker bread.  If you want a more mobile party for Cheese Lovers Day, the Gorilla Cheese NYC food truck is the way to go.

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4. HOST A CHEESE TOUR

Looking to venture out to celebrate the cheesy holiday? Host a cheese tour! In NYC, we recommend hiring a Cheese Guide (yes, they exist) to lead the way. Pick a neighborhood and enjoy! And finish the tour at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in the Flatiron District for a happy hour cocktail while watching the cheese being made.

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5. HOST A DINNER PARTY AT A CHEESE RESTAURANT

Raclette, when cheese melted on a wheel and then scraped onto accompaniments such as potatoes, other vegetables, bread and meats, has become very popular in the last few years. If in NY, host a dinner party at the restaurant Raclette where a waiter will bring over a melted, half wheel of cheese and scrape the gooey goodness onto your food. This restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate the national cheese holiday.

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Volez, Voguez, Voyagez: The Louis Vuitton Exhibition

On a freezing January afternoon, I approached the Louis Vuitton Pop-up Exhibit, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez”, in the American Stock Exchange Building in Downtown Manhattan. As often happens with New York pop-ups, the line stretched around the block. The LV exhibit was no exception, generating a lot of buzz in its two month run.

As I finally made it inside the exhibit, I realized what all the fuss was about. “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez”, translated to “Fly, Sail, Travel”, was designed room by room to celebrate Louis Vuitton in travel. From the interior of a train car to the deck of a sailboat, each room was designed as a different mode of transportation, lined with LV luggage and bags. Walking through the exhibit felt like walking through time. If my surroundings weren’t interactive enough, the “LV NYC VVV” app brought guests through the long history of Louis Vuitton. The app offered experiences such as responsive videos, photo filters, and a chance to decorate your own Louis Vuitton trunk. With its themed rooms and fun interactive atmosphere, I felt like I was walking through time alongside the Louis Vuitton brand. At your next event, you might consider taking a page from Louis Vuitton and adding interactive aspects such as photo filters, photo booths, or an interactive app.

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Wedding Inspiration for Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

Happy New Year! And with this new year comes an exciting announcement: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018! Pantone annually announces a color matching the feeling and trends going into the new year. The color of 2018 is ULTRA VIOLET, which “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future”. Already, we are finding ways to implement the bold and creative color into wedding plans. Check out our pinterest page here!

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CES Presents: EventBots

There are two new faces on the floor of CES this year. Their names are TiKi and Maava, two humanoid robots created by the French startup EventBots. The robots specialize in two different areas. TiKi handles information by personally welcoming visitors, tracking down products or services and assisting in ordering. Maava handles entertainment by communicating with visitors, speaking at seminars, and amusing passerby. The EventBots at CES showed an innovative way to inform and entertain guests. The question remains: are Bots the future of events?

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Photo & video credit: Elizabeth Hellman

And The Oscar Goes To… How to Throw an Award Winning Party

After the historic Golden Globes this weekend, Awards Season has officially begun. If you are thinking of hosting your own Awards Watch Party or Fundraiser this season we've outlined a couple of key things to make your party as glamorous as the stars on the red carpet! For more ideas, check out our Pinterest board here.

1. THE FOOD

Food can be a fun aspect of any party, especially a Hollywood themed one! Whether it is a popcorn bar, a concessions table, or a menu thriving with celebrity puns, food is a staple for the long awards shows. Have fun with the "best of" nominees to create a thematic menu or even go so far as to create vignette stations that are decorated and thematic to each film.

2. THE GAMES

Entertainment comes naturally to the theme of an Awards Show party. Red Carpet bingo, ballot voting, or a more creative activity such as printing your hands on your own “Walk of Fame” are a few ideas for your party!

3. THE LOCATION

A good location is crucial for an Awards Show viewing party. You need a space big enough for your audience, as well as a big screen to watch the show. In your own home make sure there is comfortable seating - consider getting a few extra pillows and blankets (thematic to the night) for people who need to sit on the floor. If you are making it a bit more formal and have budget to go elsewhere, Splacer has a couple of wonderful spaces that will make you feel like a celeb in your own right watching from a multi-million dollar loft!

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A Wedding Far, Far Away

The holiday season is an extremely busy time for engagements! If the snow has you thinking of planning a wedding far, far away EventMates is here to help with our favorite tips regarding destination weddings:

CAREFULLY CURATE YOUR GUEST LIST

If you and your fiancé are thinking of financing some of your guests’ travel expenses, your budget will play a huge part in dictating your guest list. With larger destination weddings, including people outside of immediate family and close friends, we have seen that about 50% of the guests invited will be able to attend.

SCHEDULE A SCOUTING TRIP

While a scouting trip is an extra expense, it is so helpful in determining that the destination and venue fit a vision that you are putting much of your time, money, and energy into. We recommend traveling to your wedding site, local hotels that you can recommend to guests, as well as any fun activities/sights that guests may want to see while they are there for your wedding. Some guests may want to make a mini-vacation of the trip!

HIRE AN ON-SITE PLANNER

If you and your fiancé have decided to plan the wedding yourself, consider hiring a day-of planner. A day-of planner acts as the liaison and coordinator between the couple and all vendors throughout the day. They keep the wedding running smoothly and will allow you to enjoy a beautiful, and worry-free day! Click here for a free consultation, where you can learn what type of planning services are right for your destination wedding!

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New Year’s At 9

New Year’s with a family can be a hard holiday to tackle and celebrate in a fun, family-friendly way. This year - given the growing families of little ones - we changed things up and threw a “New Year’s At 9” party, where the ball drops at 9:00 PM!  

Celebrating New Year’s At 9 is a perfect adjustment for kids and families who still want to celebrate, but have recently added little ones to the equation!

We kept it casual by serving cold foods - and plenty of champagne and sparkling cider -  so people could drop in whenever and leave as early or as late as they needed to. And with fun New Year’s accessories on hand (including some made by little ones!), we captured fun photos of all our guests as they stopped in to ring in the new year.

Check out our New Year’s At 9:00 Pinterest board here that served as the inspiration.

Happy 2018 to all!

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Photo credit: Cassie Martin & Pinterest

Shuffleboarding in NYC

Royal Palms - the ultimate shuffleboard club located in Brooklyn and the location of this year’s holiday celebration for a start-up tech firm. With cabanas for viewers and private lanes for players, it’s a perfect setting for a group of any of size and for any type of celebration. And if shuffleboard isn’t your thing, they have a ton of “retirement home” games from Jenga to Connect Four and more. And, a great bar. Tangs and biscuits included (don’t worry, shuffleboard lesson is included too).

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UnWINEdLA

We recently raised a glass - and money - in LA helping LA’s Best with their annual UnWINEdLA fundraiser for young professionals. Held at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, the event featured wine tasting, a silent auction, and DJ. The money raised helps provide free after school programs for communities across Los Angeles. A big congrats to Susan, one of our LA Mates, for making the event a great success.

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Photo credit: LAs Best Instagram