Outdoor Corporate Party

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Outdoor Corporate Party

If you happen to work in a corporate environment, you will definitely attest to the fact that it is quite a serious and high pressure environment. People rarely have the chance to get to know each other past their work life. They are all focused on hitting the targets and making profits. When you get a chance to organize a corporate party, you need to set it up in a good environment for people to relax and interact. Corporate parties provide the ideal environment people need to interact. One idea you should think of exploring is an outdoor corporate party. This is a good idea especially during the summer and spring time. Here are a few tips you can work with when planning an outdoor corporate party:

1. Concerts and Live Bands

Most people listen to music when they are relaxing. You can factor in this when planning a corporate party. Look for a way to include music in your corporate event. You can choose to hold an outdoor concert or even invite a live band to keep your guests entertained during the party. You can start by consulting your colleagues to find out what kind of music they like. Go ahead and get a band that is likely to meet their taste. You also need to cater for their sitting arrangements since the party is being held outside in the sun. You will need to acquire tents, table and chairs to accommodate the guests. You can get these from companies which specialize in renting them out.

2. Company Picnic

If you are looking to come up with an outdoor event to break away from the normal routine, what better way to do it than through a picnic? It is actually a great way to enjoy the outdoors and experience the great weather. Whenever you get a chance to plan a corporate party in an outdoor environment, a picnic is an idea you can work with. It allows your workmates to dress down and relax. You can ensure you give them the whole outdoor experience by renting cotton candy machines, popcorn machines and snow cone machines. These machines are a great idea since your guests are likely to feel the need to cool off or bite on some snacks when out there.

3. Bounce House Rental For The Kids

There are some staff members who may want to come with their families. In such instances, the kids also need to be entertained. Bounce house rentals are a great way to ensure your kids do not get bored at a corporate party. Kids are very energetic and they are always looking to spend this energy jumping and running around. The great thing about bounce house rentals is that you do not have to worry about the safety of your kids. They are made out of materials which allow the kids to jump around without getting hurt. You do not have to worry a lot about what your kids are up to and this allows you to go ahead and have fun with the rest of the adults.

The next time you need to plan an outdoor corporate party, go ahead and be creative! Think about trying the ideas above.

5 Easy, Crowd-Pleasing Dessert Recipes

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – that resembles the sense of sheer panic caused by the words: “I’m having a little impromptu holiday get-together. Could you cook something…say, dessert?”
Symptoms of the ensuing panic include: stammering for an answer, saying “Yes” without thinking, and kicking yourself about it later.
So, to save yourself the trouble, it pays to have some quick and easy, crowd pleasing, prefect for any holiday, go-to recipes on hand. Shift, then, from panic mode to the role of cool and collected super chef…and add these scrumptious creations to your recipe box.

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Oreo Ice Cream Cake
3 squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet Baking Squares
1 cup Sugar
1 (5oz) can Evaporated Milk
2 tbs. Margarine
1 (16oz) bag Oreo Cookies
1 ½ sticks Melted Margarine
½ gallon Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
1 (12oz) carton Cool Whip
1 jar Maraschino Cherries
½ cup Nuts (optional)
Crumble Oreo cookies. Pour 1 ½ sticks melted margarine over the cookies, and mix until the cookies are well coated. Press gently into bottom of a 13x9x2 inch, freezer-proof pan. Spoon softened vanilla ice cream over cookie layer. Place in freezer while you make the chocolate sauce.
Mix chocolate squares, sugar, evaporated milk, and two tablespoons of margarine together in saucepan until melted. Let chocolate sauce cool, then pour over ice cream layer. Place pan back in freezer, and allow the chocolate sauce to freeze.
Then spoon on thawed Cool Whip and top with Maraschino cherries and nuts. Place back in freezer until ready to serve.

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Peanut Butter Bars
Peanut Butter Layer:
1 (18oz) jar Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Stick Melted Butter
2 ½ cups Confectioner’s Sugar
½ cup Dark Brown Sugar
½ tsp. Vanilla
Mix all ingredients and press in pan. (Almost any size casserole dish or pan will do. Just choose the size that will allow you to make the peanut butter layer as thick or thin as you please.)
Chocolate Layer:
1 (12oz) bag Milk Chocolate Chips
1 Stick Melted Butter
Mix the chocolate chips into the melted butter until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer and refrigerate. Later, cut into squares and store in refrigerator.

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Blueberry Pies (2 Regular Pies or 1 Deep Dish)
1 (12 oz.) carton Cool Whip
1 (8 oz.) package Cream Cheese
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 tablespoon Almond Flavoring
1 can Blueberry Pie Filling
Allow Cream Cheese to come to room temperature. Take softened Cream Cheese and stir in one cup Powdered Sugar. Add the tablespoon of Almond Flavoring. Fold Cool Whip into Cream Cheese mixture until mixed well. Spoon mixture into baked pie shells. Top with one can Blueberry Pie Filling. Refrigerate.
(Option: you may add a layer of sliced bananas and chopped pecans on the bottom of the already baked and cooled pie shell before you spoon in the Cream Cheese and Cool Whip mixture).

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Chocolate Éclair Dessert
Filling
2 (3.5oz.) boxes Vanilla Instant Pudding
3 cups Milk
1 (12oz.) carton Cool Whip
Graham Crackers
Combine vanilla pudding with milk and beat together. Stir in Cool Whip. Place a layer of Graham crackers in the bottom of a 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Spread half of the pudding mixture over the Graham crackers. Repeat with a second layer of Graham crackers and pudding. Top with final layer of Graham crackers.
Topping
1/3 cup Cocoa
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Milk
1 stick Butter (or Margarine)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Bring cocoa, milk, and sugar to a full rolling boil. Boil for about 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Cool for 1 minute. Add butter and vanilla. Stir until butter is melted. Pour chocolate layer over the top layer of Graham crackers. Refrigerate overnight.

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Chewy No-Bake Cookies & Cream Bars
1 (16oz) bag Oreos
5 cups (1 bag) Large Marshmallows
4 tablespoons Butter
Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with aluminum foil, allowing the foil to hang over the edges, and set it aside. Crush Oreos until crumbly, but not ground. (Either pulse the cookies in a food processor or crush them in a large Ziploc bag with a rolling pin). Melt marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl until puffy (about 1½ to 2 minutes). Remove mixture from microwave and pour in ground Oreos. Quickly stir to combine. Transfer to baking dish. Allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove bars from pan by the foil edges. Cut and serve.