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Traditions!

 Traditions!

Traditions! What are yours?

I don’t know about you, but when I throw a party, or have an event, it’s about sharing what I love and showing my guests how much they mean to me. Making them happy makes me happy.

You know how traditions start, right? Somebody does something, and then, for whatever reason, another person does it, and then it starts taking on momentum.

Before you know it, the “Roast Syndrome” sets in.

What’s the “Roast Syndrome”?

A boy was helping with the cooking for the holiday meal. He watched his Dad cut off a good 2” chunk off of the roast and put it aside. 

“Why did you do that?” the boy asked, puzzled. “Well, that’s how Grandma always did it,” his Dad answered said. “But why did SHE do it?,” the boy asked. “That’s a great question! Let me give her a call right now and find out why.” So the man called his Mom.

His Mom answered that she did it because her roasting pan was very small so it could fit in the tiny oven they had in their first home. Otherwise, the roast didn’t fit!

Lesson learned. Nowadays I need to know why it’s a tradition.

Your Traditions

Sometimes it’s what we eat–for example, what is the dish that your family traditionally eats to bring luck for the New Year? Ours was stuffed cabbage, here in the U.S. South, Hoppin’ John is a thing,

Soba Noodles are ‘it’ in Japan, and carp or other fish in many countries.

Some traditions are all about the kind of clothing you wear (or don’t wear, for that matter!) for special celebrations.

Maybe it’s the way you were taught to speak to your elders, a special way to address them to show your respect. For example, ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’ in the Southeastern U.S.  are ostensibly an indication that you come from a good family.

Some of the ways we’ve incorporated our clients’ traditions into their events is by taking a good, thorough look at what matters to you and your people. Sometimes it’s all about making every. single. element. unique. We can do that. It might be about giving your guests a special message, like when Cirque du Soleil hired us give  their VIP opening night guests Lip Print Analysis and add a brief message that they would “find the rest of their destiny under the Big Top!”

There are so many beautiful touches you can add to your event to make it about YOU. How about sharing fortune cookies that not only  give your guests the fortune you chose for them,  but also thank them for coming?!

Check out how we created traditions to for families at the Atlanta Party Connection‘s Bar & Bat Mitzvah Expo!

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Chattahoochee Nature Center & Weddings

Chattahoochee Nature Center & Weddings

What does the Chattahoochee Nature Center have to do with weddings? Many couples choose the ‘Center’ because of it is so close to nature and such a beautiful place.

Others choose it because of the freedom they get to make their wedding about them. The Center lets you bring your own vendors! That, along with its reasonable prices, make it hard to pass up. For other couples, it’s the warm, welcoming, and incredibly diverse staff that make the Center so special.

It’s hard to believe that you smack dab in the heart of Roswell–the birds, trees, flowers always make me feel like I’ve landed on a magical oasis.

Between the restaurants, galleries, shops, music, and theater in the downtown square, your guests might be hard-pressed to want to go to downtown Atlanta.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is an amazing environment to host just about any kind of event–Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate retreats. It is truly a venue that lets you do you.

We love the fact that we’re able to interact with people in a safe environment. Add our Contact-Free Entertainer Booth to your next event if you want to see some people swooning with joy!

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NYE 2021 - Jan Levie

NYE 2021

NYE 2021 – Fortune

NYE 2021 ruminations about Fortune – Do you think fortune, love, and money are about ‘finding’ the right person, situation, or thing? Take a look at what constitutes ‘luck’ and you’ might be surprised. By trying things, being in the moment, seeing situations as opportunities, not trying to figure out the entire trajectory of an action in one go–these are the secrets of the lucky. Give it a go. What you see is not always what you get!

Sometimes using a ‘soft eyes‘ (as in martial arts) will give you the ability to see the Big Picture and not be side-tracked by irrelevant details. In essence, that is what all the means of divination are really about. Whether Tarot, palms, lips, faces, focusing on your real question activates the connection between your subconscious and your rational mind.

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Five Simple Tips for Presentation Success

Five Simple Tips for Presentation Success
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Moving your presentation outdoors on short notice?

Below are are five simple tips to help you make your next presentation a success. With so many events currently being held outdoors for safety, you may need to make an adjustment or two. Frequently, events are moved outdoors with little or no advance notice. What should you focus on? Be visible and audible!

1. Did you know that the most common reason for audiences tuning out is because speakers don’t use the microphone properly? Get up close and personal with the mic. Set it up so you don’t have to hunch or reach to get to it. The speaker should be close enough to kiss that mic while looking at the audience with ease.

2. Using an LED display screen (which is brighter than an LCD) to accompany your outdoor presentation? Awesome! Set the brightness settings at maximum output. Make sure the display is bright enough to be easily seen in daylight, or set a pin spot light on it to increase visibility in sunlight.

3. What about the text on your slides? What size font should you use? 24-30 pt is recommended, but the bottom line is whether people can easily read it.

4. Enunciate and slow down. Practice your presentation. Record it. Listen to it. YOU know what you’re talking about, but let’s assume nobody else has heard it before.

5. Tell your story. Even if you are not the only speaker, tell your story. Make it short, sweet, and memorable. What do you want people to take away from your presentation?

Most important: Have fun!

Hopefully, these simple tips will help you make your next presentation a success.

 

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