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Why Team Building Is More Important After the Holidays.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM IN THE NEW YEAR. There are few work days worse than those that come after the holidays. Between time off, overindulgence, and plenty of travel, January hits you as cold as the weather. Employee appreciation is at a peak in December between holiday parties, company gifts, and potential bonuses, which is why it’s even more important at the beginning of the year.…

Offsite Meetings: What Are the Benefits?

Start Planning Today NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL YOUR BUSINESS, OFFSITE MEETINGS LEAD TO INCREDIBLE RESULTS Could this meeting have been an email? Today, more often than not, the answer is yes. Any meeting, no matter the length, should do one of four things: solve a problem, make a decision, develop a plan, or answer a question. How many meetings have you been in where one team member is…

Sail to Success with these Team Building Ideas

REPLACE THE TRADITIONAL COCKTAIL PARTY FOR CORPORATE OUTINGS ON A YACHT Good company culture helps create a good bottom line. Team building with your employees creates trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. With low unemployment rates in California, employees are on the move- and keeping them happy is a priority. It’s important for leadership to think outside the box, and get creative! Planning special events to keep employees…

Team Building – A Cure For The Winter Blues.

SUMMER DAYS ARE FAST APPROACHING AND RISING TEMPERATURES ARE TEASING US TO GET OUTDOORS. Your desk-locked crew is more than ready to get out from behind their keyboards for a much needed reprieve. An out of office team building excursion is the perfect cure for those winter blues. Studies show that team building activities have a significant impact on team performance and are an effective way to foster collaboration and…

The Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve

From sea to shining sea, we’ve rounded up the coolest spots to spend New Year’s Eve 2018. Best Crowd: The San Francisco Bay San Francisco’s midnight fireworks are legendary- that’s why more than 200,000 people made the trek to see them last year. Our fave spots to watch the show? The Ferry Building and the Embarcadero have countless lookout points. Get there before 11:30, and bring a blanket- it gets chilly! Once you’re parked,…

How Two High School Friends Found Love Together

The path to the altar is different for everyone. Sometimes it’s love at first sight and sometimes it can take years. For Jimmy and Casey, their love story started in high school; although they didn’t know it at the time. Join us as we follow their story aboard the Sunset Hornblower. Tell us the story of how you met? Jimmy and I met our sophomore year of high school during science…

Hosting an Amazing Office Party on a Budget

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOLIDAY PARTY PLANNING When you think of a company holiday party, does your imagination immediately drift off to the Mad Men-era of fancy events, heavy on the booze? If yes, you’re also probably seeing dollar signs, holiday office parties were once known for coming with a large price tag. Don’t worry though, we’ve got good news! You don’t need to break the bank to host an…

Don’t Let Your Party Stop at the Door!

Re-engage your attendees with a fun recap email showcasing different elements of the event! Here are some ideas: 1 – Photo Booth Image Gallery Share a link out to all photo booth images and post-party hilarity will ensue. Just make sure to edit them before sending so you don’t send anything that’s not work appropriate! 2 – Video of the Event Nothing screams “epic” like a well done video of…

A Simple Guide to Budgeting for a Company Event

We asked our corporate event planners across the US what the standard event budget breakdown looks like? Here’s what they had to say: Average Budget Breakdown Venue – 45-50% Food – 25-35% Beverages – 15-20% Entertainment – 10-15% (if there is budget remaining) Decor – 5-15% (if there is budget remaining) Start planning your budget today by downloading our handy budget guide here. Make sure to also take a look…

How One Couple Steered the Yacht (Literally) at Their Own Wedding

When a relationship is built on the thrill of adventure, it’s almost certain there will never be a dull moment. Jamie and Amando met with little time to spare—she was set to leave the state one week from their first date—so they packed months of exhilarating experiences into seven days and built mountains of memories before saying farewell. But not all goodbyes last forever and distance had nothing on the…