Denver, and Colorado in general, has a very rich agriculture and produce industry that you can and should expect the freshest ingredients in the various restaurants in the city.
In fact, this freshness should not be limited to just the restaurants you eat in but also from the menu in catering services.
In fact, here are some catering ideas to take advantage of the freshest ingredients in Denver.
Instead of the traditional buffet catering services, you can instead customize individual boxes for your guests.
You can even accommodate special requests and each box can even be labeled for each of your guests.
This makes the event more personal and intimate.
Nothing says fresh more than a bowl of crisp vegetables.
Treat your guests with a salad bar featuring different fresh fruits and vegetables with a variety of salad dressings and add-ons like vinaigrette options, various cheeses, honey mustard, and more.
Your health-conscious guests will really appreciate it.
Pancakes, omelets, freshly-baked pastries, and yogurt parfaits. Who would not love a great breakfast?
Separate your event from other events by serving your guests’ favorite breakfast.
It will make your event homier.
If your guests do mind to be a bit messy, then a taco bar might be a great idea.
Let them create their own tacos from the freshest ingredients around Denver.
It will be perfect for events that are not too formal and a great way to get guests to interact with each other through food.
Treat your guests with some specialty foods served in custom trays.
It can be a special tray with different types of cheese, or a tray of gourmet sandwiches.
The important thing is that it is presented in a way that is both artisan and delectable.
This gives your event a touch of sophistication.
The classic buffet
Yes, this has been done a thousand times. But there is a reason for that.
It may not be as personal as the other options but what it lacks in personalization, it makes up in function.
Say what you want about it, but the buffet is practical and functional for any event.
It does not require much manpower because it is almost self-service and guest can pick and choose the food they want from the items served.
This should also avoid waste because guests no longer have to take food that they won’t eat.
Last, even if it not customized for each guest, you can pick different food items that should meet most if not all your guest’s food considerations.
At the end of the day, all of these are great catering ideas that should take advantage of the fresh ingredients found around Denver.
Beverage catering is no easy task. It is not for everybody.
If you think you can just hire anyone out from the street to serve beverage and alcohol to your guests, then you would be in for a rude surprise.
Your guests will have a miserable time. Dispensing beverages to an audience is a science in itself.
In fact, here are some things you should know about the science behind beverage catering:
What are the 5 Core Spirts?
The five core spirits are the basic liquors of a bartender. These are vodka, gin, Triple Sec, rum, and tequila.
- Vodka – this Russian spirit can be taken on the rocks but is frequently used in different kinds of cocktails like martinis and cosmopolitans. You can also serve this as a cold shot too.
- Gin – This is another spirit used for cocktails. But unlike vodka, you don’t encourage anyone to take this as a shot
- Triple sec – like vodka and gin, this is also a clear spirit that is suitable for mixed drinks like margaritas and cosmopolitans.
- Run – comes in brown, gold or clear. The brown and gold are usually associated with the Rum and Coke drink, it can also be served on the rocks. The clear version is more suited for mixed drinks
- Tequila – This very strong alcohol is usually served with lime wedges and salt. Usually used in making Margaritas.
How do You know how much alcohol to buy for an event?
There are various tools online that will tell you how much alcohol you have to bring to your event. But generally, it will depend on the following factors:
- Number of guests
- Duration of event
- Is the bar open?
- When the bar will open
- When the bar will close
How many bartenders should I have?
The ideal scenario is that you have one bartender for every 50 guests. But generally, the advice is that you will need a second bartender if you have about 75 to 150 guests for a basic but limited bar
If, however, you have a full bar with different mixed drinks, you should definitely try to follow the 1:50 ratio.
How do I set up the bar area?
Choose an area where there is a good flow of people pas the cocktail bar and into the standing or seating areas.
Separate the bar from the food stations or you will have a big bottleneck, no pun intended.
There are more things that you should know when considering beverage catering. Better leave it to professionals, to save you the headache.
Just hire a beverage catering company and just enjoy the event, and the booze, with your guests.
The right event staff can make or break your event. Even if they are not exactly your employees, they will be flying your banner and anything they do will reflect on you.
It doesn’t matter if they are not really your “people” those who will attend your event will assume that they are and you can’t go around telling everybody that it is not really your fault if they suck.
So, in your next event, make sure that you take precautions before hiring some event staff, here are some tips.
Determine the scope of your event
Before you go out looking for event staff agencies, you should determine the size, length and audience of your event. There are event staff agencies that excel in bigger events while there are others that thrive on smaller, more intimate events.
You don’t want to be hiring event staff for your big event if they do not have the experience for it.
Look for reputable agencies
Once you determined the scope of your event, research different agencies that offer event staffing. Look for those that have strong recommendations or are frequently hired by other event organizers. Those are signs that they provide a good service.
Make a short list of all these agencies so that it will be easier to narrow down on the right one later.
Look for event staffers that has experience in your industry
Like the scope of your event, you should also consider if the event staffs you will be getting has the experience to handle the type of event that you ill be organizing.
Do they excel in corporate events? Or do they excel I more intimate settings like weddings?
Consider these so you can shorten your short list even further.
Make a checklist of questions then schedule a series of interviews
Before making contact with any event staff agency, make sure that you have prepared a checklist of questions you want to ask them. This should include questions about them, their staff, and their experience at handling different kinds of event.
Once you have a checklist of questions, you can make contact through a call for a short inquiry on their services. From there, if you are happy with their answers. You can schedule a 2nd meeting where you can interview them further.
After the interviews, you can further cut your list so that you have yout top 3 options. You can then schedule a final meeting so you can make your final decision.
Don’t be cheap
Last tip for hiring event staff is to not be cheap. In our quest to save money, we tend to go for cheaper options for things like this. But always get it in your head that if you pay cheap, you will get cheap.
When you pay for a cheap event staff, you will get cheap and unreliable event staff. Your audience will, in turn, will think you are cheap as well for hiring such people.
In the end, you will be known as that cheap events organizer. Don’t be that guy. Pay up or get what you deserve.
Summer is here and the temperature is rising.
Flare up the temperature some more by hosting your own awesome summer party.
If you haven’t hosted any summer party in the past, don’t worry.
Here’s a guide that will make it easier for you to throw a cool summer party not only for friends and family, but a party where strangers will be paying admission to get to.
Hire a catering company to drop off or get a food truck to come.
Number one on the list is food. But if you are going to host a large crowd, it might be better off if you would just hire a professional catering company.
Preparing the food yourself will just eat up all your time that is better used in organizing the event itself. Besides, you think you are saving money by cooking the food by yourself, but for large groups, you might be surprised that the cost of hiring caterers is not that far off from the cost of doing it yourself.
Another option, aside from hiring a catering company, is to get a food truck to come to your event. It will be a cool factor thrown into your summer party.
Anticipation is everything. Build an event website to get registration and have a designer create a flyer.
All your efforts will be for naught if you are not able to get people to go to your event. The best way to do that is to market your party extensively.
One way to effectively do it is to build an event website to get registration. The site will also include all the details of your summer party including the date, location, itinerary, and line up of guests and performers.
Use the website as the center of your marketing campaigns. Extensively promote it on social media, go as far as boost your posts through paid ads.
You can also delve into traditional marketing. Have a designer create a cool flyer that also indicates your website. Pass it around town.
Rent an open-air photo booth
I always say that the photo booth is the ultimate rental for any event, summer parties are not an exception.
And you know what’s better than a photo booth? And open-air photobooth. Yup no walls. A photobooth where everyone sees how everyone poses.
It is a fun way to get everybody involved in the event. It’s a souvenir for your guests too.
Hire local DJ with sound system
There will be lull moments during your summer party. A DJ can fill those silent moments with groovy music.
Your DJ can also be one of the performers. Ask your DJ to play a killer set for you.
And once all the performers are done, your DJ can take control and get everyone to dance through the summer heat.
Rent Tables and chairs with table linen
Your party is about summer so it is important that your tables, chairs and other decors reflect that.
Make sure that the linen used on the tables matches the color and theme of your event.
If not, your guests will surely notice that the décor is just an afterthought.
Get a bartender to serve mixed drinks and signature cocktails
What kind of summer party doesn’t have alcohol? Make sure that you rent a bar or have a beverage caterer to take care of the drinks during your summer party.
Coordinate with your beverage caterer about the types of mixed drinks that will be available. You can even concoct your own signature cocktail so that it will be identified to your event.
These are just some simple things you can follow if you want to organize a kickass summer party. It will take some time and effort, but it will be worth it.
Food trucks have brought the food scene in Denver to a whole new level.
It brought us some food choices that would have required someone to open up a new restaurant, which would have needed major capital investment.
And with Denver being open to different foods from different cultures, food trucks are able to thrive and make a niche in the city’s food scene.
The best part is that you can now take advantage of the latest food truck scene by renting them out for your event.
Instead of the usual fare, give your guests a treat by renting out the trendiest Denver trucks that can take your event to the next level.
Here are some of the top Denver food trucks you can get for your event:
The Sugar Storm
This is your one-stop shop for all your candy and chocolate needs… on wheels. Yep, get your fix of your favorite sweets and even ice cream from this one-of-a-kind food truck. Your event guests will surely go ga-ga waiting to treat their sweet tooth.
The Ethiopian Food Truck
Introduce your event guests to the wonders of Ethiopian fare. This very underrated cuisine gives you delicious food while introducing them to the colorful Ethiopian culture. From the Tikel Gomen to the soft injera, everything is served hot, fresh and delicious.
The Mack Shack
Comfort food at its finest. That is what this food truck aims to deliver to everyone in Denver. Their mac and cheese are obviously to die for, but they also offer other tasty food options ranging from healthy salads to delicious fries. There will be something for everyone in this food truck for all your event guests.
Roll it UP Sushi Truck
This is not your ordinary sushi joint. Aside from being served in a food truck instead of a Japanese restaurant, you can also try some amazing flavors you can never find anywhere else. Pro tip: buy the Voodoo child and the Godzilla. You’re welcome!!
Devil Dog Grill
If you are looking for a more traditional, American backyard grill type of food truck for your event? Then the Devil Dog Grill is the one for you. They serve up a variety of hotdogs and sausages like bratwurst and spicy Polish. They also serve burgers and even a vegetarian burger for your non-meat loving guests. Try the Hebrew National All Beef hotdog and find out why it was ranked number one among national hot dog brands by the NYT.
Do not underestimate these food trucks. Some of the best fares can be tasted through their offers. Bring these Denver food trucks to your event and take it to the next level.
Holding corporate holiday events is a fun way to give back to your employees.
These events give you the opportunity to show your appreciation for having them in your company.
However, holding a corporate event does not mean your employees are going to have fun.
If it is just your standard run of the mill event, you might just get some ho-hum reaction from the crowd.
So to make sure your guys are engaged an are having fun, here 4 event ideas to take your corporate holiday to the next level:
A photo booth
The photo booth is the ultimate event rental. Bring it to your holiday event and your employees will surely have fun.
First, they will have fun posing with each other in different wacky poses. Second, they will have a souvenir of the event to take home.
Last, it will be a conversation piece even after they have had their photos taken.
A popcorn machine
A popcorn machine brings nostalgia about the old days when we were brought by our parents to the carnival.
Bring that nostalgia back into your corporate holiday event.
Plus, popcorn is the ultimate filler snack. It is not too heavy that your guests will lose appetite for the main course, and it is not too messy that it can ruin some nice guest getups.
A food truck
Instead of getting a traditional food caterer, make it fun by inviting some of the best food trucks in the area.
Denver, in fact, has some of the most diverse food-truck scene in the US so there would be a lot to choose from.
A beverage bar
The best way to bring out the fun in your employees? Alcohol, of course.
So why don’t you get a beverage bar setup for your employees? Watch them have a few drinks and start loosening up.
Next thing you know, everyone’s dancing on the dance floor.
Just make sure everyone has a designated driver.
These 4 corporate holiday ideas should take your event to the next level. Just remember that it is not about you, but your employees.
Make sure that they will have fun.
Denver is a very culturally-diverse city and there are a lot of things to celebrate.
While there are already a number of festivals happening annually, there is always room for more.
After all, who would say no to more festivals?
That said, organizing a festival is no small feat. It takes an insane amount of planning, coordination, and logistics to get it done.
But if you are up for it, here are some tips on how to plan a festival in Denver:
Determine the reason or purpose of your festival
A festival without a reason or purpose is just a pimped-out party. A festival is a celebration of something.
Denver can give you a ton of reason for celebration. You can center your festival on relevant issues like gender or racial diversity. You can celebrate the natural wonders around Denver or the state of Colorado in general.
You can even celebrate a festival about weed because Denver is the pioneer in its legalization in our country.
Plan the lineup of activities and performances
Once you know the reason or purpose of your festival, you should have an idea of the kind of activities you want to go on during the festival and the kind of artists you want to invite to perform on your event.
You want them to be relevant to the purpose of your festival.
Decide on a location based on expected turnout
Be mindful of the scale of your event. You have to have an idea about the expected turnout for your festival.
You do not want your place to be too small for a very big crowd, but you also don’t want your place to be too big that it would look like you have a very low turnout.
Plus, it should be appropriate to the theme or purpose of your festival too.
Know the things you have to buy or rent
Make a list of all the things you need to buy or rent for the festival. The stage, the banners, the chairs and tables (if needed), audio equipment, etc.
Also here’s a lit of some event rentals that can take your event to the next level too.
Make sure that you have everything covered.
Most likely, you will need extra funding for your festival. It would be easier to offset some costs by getting sponsors for your festival.
But getting sponsors is not easy. You have to plan the different levels of sponsor packages that includes how much advertising they can get from your event.
They may also ask if they can place booths at your festival or give away their own merchandise. Again, this will depend on the kind of sponsor you will offer them.
Market your festival
No one will come to your festival if no one knows about it. So, make sure that you have an extensive marketing plan to spread awareness about the festival.
Aside from traditional advertising options like newspaper ads or features, and radio and TV ads, consider digital options as well. You can spread the word through different social media channels.
The festival is about having fun. So, while you are being mindful of the execution of your festival, make sure that you are having fun too.
This way, the event won’t feel like a chore but an accomplishment on your part.
If you have not noticed, most events from birthday parties and family gatherings, to wedding and corporate events have one event rental in common.
The photo booth.
Yep, this is the ultimate event rental as it serves so many purposes for your event.
In fact, here are the reasons why every event should have a photo booth.
Your guest will be lining up to get their pictures taken and it will be one of the highlights of the event.
Add on the funny costumes and accessories that most photo booth rentals have and your guest will be taking the time to pose their wackiest.
If you will notice, nobody leaves the photo booth sad. Everybody is smiling.
Want your guests to have something to talk about? Well, the photo booth gives everyone something to talk about.
From the booth’s appearance, to the wacky poses and the fun experiences, up to making fun of the other people’s pictures, people will always have something to discuss about it.
Want to build camaraderie, bring everyone in a photo booth. It is an exercise of friendship and team building.
Team building how? Well, you and dozens of your friends have to figure out how all of you are going to fit into the frame.
Now, tell me that is not an exercise in strategy and cooperation.
Souvenir for guests
This is an instant souvenir that your guests can bring home. And unlike most of the things you can come up with, this is very personal to the guest and something they can cherish.
After all, this is something to remember the event by.
Souvenir for celebrant
And the souvenir is not only for guests. It is for the celebrants as well.
A suggestion, ask your guests to take photos twice. The first print will be for them to take home while the second one is for you to keep. They can even add a note on the prints for you.
It will be a blast looking at all those pictures and reading the notes left by your guests for you.
If the two-print option is not practical for you, you can always ask for a soft copy from your photo booth provider.
This way, you can look at the photos from your computer or mobile phone.
As said above, the photo booth is the ultimate event rental.
No party is complete without it.