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Of course, when the calendar says St. Patrick’s Day, we all start thinking GREEN….
But we’ve found that we can be green year ’round, particularly with outdoor and casual events.
We’ve had great success using BIOCOMPOSTABLE products made from corn starch.  These cups, plates, and utensils are an environmentally friendly alternative to the typical plastic pieces we’ve used and thrown away for years.
The company we like is but a simple Internet search would give you others as well.
The prices are slightly higher than non-biodegradable plastics, but you might find that investing a little more green in products that are GREEN is a good decision for you and your guests!

Last month, we provided our largest number of troops ever for a single event:  The Gala for the Grand Opening of the Picasso Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Many thanks to the Museum, and all the local businesses and benefactors responsible for bringing the Picasso Exhibit to Richmond.  If you have not been yet, we encourage you to visit soon, as Richmond is the exhibit’s only East Coast venue and our newly renovated Museum is, indeed, a work of art.  

Why not make a party of it?  How about a happy hour for YOUR troops before or after a tour of the Musuem?   Imagine, our brand new Museum, springtime, and Happy Hour with Picasso!

Not sure where to start when sending out invitations and correspondence? Make your next purchase the Crane’s Blue Book,
which will guide you through every imaginable scenario.
Cheers, The Coordinated Event Troops

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, be sure to involve Party Rental Professionals early on in the process. Since you will not be a full service banquet facility, you need to make sure you have all your bases (tents, glassware, china) covered and you have budgeted accordingly.
~Cheers, The Coordinated Event Team

If hosting a buffet dinner at your house, consider setting up stages for each course to avoid long lines.
Then, encourage your guests to head to their favorite station first- the flow will
be far better than lining up each course in one area.
Cheers, The Coordinated Event Troops

Hosting a baby shower?  A great ice breaker would be to purchase onesies and decorating supplies (fabric markers and puffy paint) and lay out the onesies so guests can decorate one for the mom-to-be when they arrive. This will get people chatting and give the guest of honor some great onesies to get her started.
~Cheers, The Coordinated Event Troops

Party guests enjoy the personal touches that makes your affair “yours.”
With all the hustle and bustle and details surrounding planning a party, it’s easy to forget to add these special touches.

Allow us to help! Here are a few fun things to consider adding to your next soiree:

1) Favorite foods- Having a birthday party? Consider showcasing the guest of honor’s favorite foods throughout the years- from the “Ants on the Log” (celery with peanut butter and raisins) they enjoyed as a child to the garlic mashed potatoes they favor today.

2) Wines with a purpose- Having a going away party for a friend? Feature wines or a signature drink from the region where they are traveling.  Whether it be Pinot Noirs from Oregon or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, the gesture will certainly be appreciated.

3) Tables names- If hosting a large scale seated event, it’s time to think outside of the box. Table numbers are the standard but guests enjoy when the tables are named with a purpose. For a wedding, consider naming tables after places that the couple has been- or books they enjoy. If anything, it sparks conversation at the dinner table!

4) Give back- Having social get togethers can be a blast and normally you’ll have a slew of friends asking if they can bring something. How about asking them to bring a donation for the local Food Bank or another charity near and dear to you?

With a little extra planning and a dash of creativity, you’re on your way to hosting what will surely be a memorable time.

The Coordinated Event Troops

The Coordinated Event provides exceptional staffing services for events, parties, weddings, graduations, reunions and family gatherings. Visit us online at

When making a punch, add ice cubes made from the actual punch so that it stays cold without getting diluted.
Cheers, The Coordinated Event Troops

Planning a party- whether it’s a birthday, graduation or wedding, can be a fun endeavor although it’s perfectly normal for the stress to start creeping in as the details begin to mount.

Our suggestion? Set yourself up for a successful soiree with a little pre-planning.  Before you send out those invitations, here are a few things to consider that may not have crossed your mind:

1) The Guest List- Take some time to think about who you’d like to invite. It’s great to be surrounded by those you enjoy, but you’ll also want to consider who among your friends gets along well. Compatibility is key.

2) The Date- Some dates to avoid are obvious- such as major holidays, but others may not come to mind immediately. Are your friends football fans? Unless you’ll have a TV on, steer clear of any dates featuring major games by the favored alma maters.

3) Parking- Parking is one of those logistical details that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Planning on a big soiree? Will you have enough spots? Are there elderly guests to consider? Is weather a factor? Be sure to consider how parking and its accessibility may affect your guests’ arrival. After all- you only have one chance to make a first impression.

A recipe for a great party includes a bit of planning and preparation as you gear up for the big day. Feel like you need a few extra hands to be able to take off your host hat and put on your party hat? Give us a call.

The Coordinated Event Troops

The Coordinated Event provides exceptional staffing services for events, parties, weddings, graduations, reunions and family gatherings. Visit us online at

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Pardon our dust as we begin putting the finishing touches on our *new* Blog.

We look forward to sharing more soon!

~The Coordinated Event