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By : Brendan Mitchell, 06-16-2017
5 Tips for Planning a Father
Father's Day calls for a celebration of your dad, and the best way to do that is to host a meal in his honor. Invite relatives, stock up on wine and beer, and follow these five tips to make it a fantastic feast.
5 Tips for Planning a Father


This Sunday is Father’s Day, so it’s likely you already have tentative plans to have a meal with your dad. After all, it’s been widely accepted since the middle ages that the best way to celebrate someone is to hold a feast in their honor. If you’re a little behind in your planning, don’t worry; we’ve put together these useful tips for planning the perfect meal for your dad this Sunday. 

Go outdoors

Eating outside once a week is beneficial to your health.

In the US, Father’s Day falls on the 3rd Sunday of June, which is probably not an accident. The 3rd Sunday of June is square between Spring and Summer, which pretty much guarantees it’s going to have perfect weather. I wouldn’t be surprised if this date was selected for this very reason; after all, most dads appreciate the great outdoors, whether they’re the kind to get up early for a bike ride or prefer an afternoon nap in their outdoor hammock.

There’s also a scientific reason why many people enjoy being outdoors: it’s good for you. A recent study completed in Australia shows that spending more than 30 minutes outside a week can help you reduce your risk of high blood pressure and depression. That’s not to mention the benefits of getting an extra dose of vitamin D, which strengthens your bones.

Thus, this Father’s Day we recommend taking advantage of the highly probable beautiful weather, and hosting your celebrations outside.

Fire up the grill

Using your grill is a great option for Father's Day.

While it’s a stereotype that all men love eating meat, it is likely that your dad probably enjoys the occasional steak. And if you’re already spending the day outdoors, your Father’s Day feast is a terrific opportunity to fire up the grill. 

Don’t fret if meat isn’t an option because you, your dad, or another family member doesn’t eat it – eggplant and mushrooms make great substitutes, and there are dozens of great recipes online for vegetarian dishes you can make on a grill. Don’t be surprised if your dad still wants to cook though; it may be his day, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to contribute. Plus, cooking on a grill is half the fun.

Beer and wine will make it fine

A glass of beer or wine will relax your dad on his big day.

Whatever your dad’s beverage of choice, make sure you have plenty in supply. There is a reason alcohol is invited to almost every event for adults, but it’s not what you expect. In fact, British Anthropologist Kate Fox suggests that alcohol’s correlation with violence, promiscuity, and other anti-social behaviors has more to do with American cultural beliefs than its side effects.

The actual neurological effect of alcohol is simply a reduced ability to make associations in your mind. This may not sound great either, but it really just means that alcohol makes it easier for you to relax, because you’re less caught up in your own thoughts. So, this Sunday, be sure to pour your dad a drink, if only to help him put his mind at ease and enjoy the day.

Dealer’s Choice

Let Dad do what he likes on this special day.

You may wish to allot some time before or after you’ve eaten for an activity to do with your dad. If you’re not sure what he’d like to do, ask him in advance or let him choose on the day, but if you can plan the perfect activity without having to ask, it will show much you care.

It might be as simple as watching sports or playing a board game together, or giving him some time to himself to nap or read a book. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s stress-free or relaxing, and does not put pressure on your dad.

Dessert Him

Dessert was made for special occasions like Father's Day.

If you know your dad well, you probably know what his favorite dessert is. Dessert plays a key role on special occasions like this. It signifies the end of the feast, and an appropriate time to tell your dad how much you care about him and hand over your card and gift. If your dad doesn’t have a preferred dessert, check out the plethora of Father’s Day dessert recipes online, and you’ll be sure to find one that matches him perfectly.

Need something last minute for your Father’s Day feast?  Try using EZBZ – the free concierge service. Our team of local business experts can help find local products or services, whether you need a freshly made pie or party rental supplies. Call us on 1-855-461-8619 or post a request online or through the EZBZ app. It’s free, quick, and easy.

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By : Brendan Mitchell, 06-09-2017
The Creative Guide to Kids
Planning a birthday party and not sure where to start? We've put together this creative guide to the top 5 things you need to worry about when planning a kids birthday party. Click here to learn more.
The Creative Guide to Kids

While the exact origin of birthday celebrations is unclear, historians tell us that they have been celebrated as far back as Ancient Egypt. We know it was Ancient Greece that started the practice of putting candles in the cake, and it is thought that Ancient Rome was the first civilization to celebrate birthdays throughout all classes, not just for noble or religious figures.

But the most important thing to take from this history lesson is that birthday parties have been held for thousands of years. So, if you want your child’s party to stand out, you’re going to have to get creative.

We’ve broken down the modern birthday party in to five key subjects: The food & drink, the entertainment, the venue, the guest list, and the cake. Our research indicates that the most important decisions you will make when planning a kids’ birthday party are related to these topics. If you’re going to get creative, they are the best place to start.
 
1. Victuals are a Blank Canvas

The food and drink you serve is very important.
The food and drink you serve is very important.
Food and drink are an important aspect of every event, but especially so at a kids’ birthday party, as the guests are far less subtle about anything that disappoints them. The good news is, the nutritional value of the food and drink is unlikely to be scrutinized too deeply, which can be liberating when trying to decide what to serve.

There are hundreds of great recipes for kid’s party food online, but don’t be afraid to get creative. What you serve (and how you serve it) is a fantastic opportunity to evoke the theme of your party. While costumes and decorations are great for establishing the mood, food and drink can bring your theme to life. Kids have vivid imaginations, which means when you go the extra step to give your party some thematic depth, they will respond with enthusiasm.

Even hot dogs can be decorated to be more fun.
Even hot dogs can be decorated to be more fun. 
Of course, don’t forget that your guests are also likely to be picky eaters. Try assembling familiar foods in a creative way, rather than introducing a new cuisine to their palate. Finger food is also recommended – a birthday party is not the time to teach kids how to hold cutlery –  and be sure to check with your guests’ parents if they have any allergies ahead of time, and accommodate accordingly. A child going in to anaphylactic shock is likely to bring down the mood. 

You could also hire a professional caterer to help – there are even companies that specialize in creating and presenting food that is perfect for kids’ parties. For example, 5 Alarm Pizza Company in Westchester County, New York, serves woodfired pizza from the back of a real, decommissioned fire-truck.

Ultimately, kids always respond well to creativity, so anything you can do to make your food and drink more exciting will help make your party a hit.
 
Alternative Entertainment

Face painting is a popular form of entertainment at kids parties.
Face painting is a popular form of entertainment at kids parties.

Clowns and magicians have been staples of kid’s party entertainment for so long for a reason: (most) kids love them. But they are no longer the only options when it comes to birthday entertainment, and if you want your party to stand out, you may need to explore some alternative options.

Balloon artists and face painters have also been around for a while, but have seen a surge in popularity in recent years. A henna tattoo artist is also a popular choice, albeit a controversial one. But the entertainment doesn’t have to be a performer or artist. Kids also love bounce houses, and there are some unique and creative designs you can lease. However, they also present a greater risk of injury and require a large area to stand in. Conversely, a game truck provides a small, safe space for your guests to play video games together. 

Kids playing a game of Tug-of-War
Kids playing a game of Tug-of-War. 
If the party is small or you’re feeling confident, you could also organize the entertainment yourself. Treasure hunts, arts and crafts, decorating food, and other party games can be cost-effective and just as fun for your guests. Be careful not to overstretch your abilities, though. As the host, you’ll already have a million things to think about on the day of the party. Kids respond well to structure, so if you have a timed-out plan, the party will go much more smoothly.

How you entertain your guests will also have a lot to do with the venue of your party, which leads us to…  
 
Location, Location, Location!

The inside of your home can be transformed in to a greaty party venue.
The inside of your home can be transformed in to a greaty party venue.
Where are you planning on having the party? So many aspects of the celebration will hinge on where you decide to hold the event, that it is probably the first decision you should make.

Your home or yard may seem like the cost-effective choice, but don’t forget to consider how much time you will have to clean before and after, or additional costs it may incur such as renting extra furniture. Professional kids party venues (e.g. sports centers, bowling alleys, laser tag etc.) can be expensive, but they usually include everything from the food to the entertainment, which will make the event a lot more stress-free for you. Of course, using a professional venue also means there’s not much room for customization; it’s hard to host a memorable celebration if it’s a carbon copy of the last party your guests attended.

If you don’t want to host the party at home or pay for a professional venue, don’t fret; there are plenty of other options. A public park, beach, campground, or even a church hall can also provide a great setting for your party.
 
The Guest List

A group of kids playing together outside
A group of kids playing together outside 
The guest list may seem less vital in comparison to the above three subjects, but it should not be underestimated. Knowing your guests is important if you are planning on hosting a memorable event.

Determining the guest list to a children’s party is also a delicate responsibility, and can often be a source of angst for both the kids and the parents. Some schools in the UK (and reportedly in the US as well) have even introduced policies that require students to invite everyone in their class to their birthday celebration to curb feelings of exclusion.

Even if your school does not have such a policy, you may consider this the easiest option. However, if you weren’t planning on hosting a party for 20+ children, tread carefully when distributing invitations. And it’s not just the small guests you have to worry about - family members can be just as easily offended by the lack of an invitation.

One solution is to hold two, separate events; one for family, and one for your child and their friends. Celebrating with family could be as simple as a small get together or dinner, which will make it easier to focus on the kids for the kid’s party.

Whichever way you choose to handle it, remember that your child will be watching. In fact, planning a party and the guest list provides an opportunity for you to teach them some valuable lessons about inclusion and being considerate of others. If you make it clear that your number one priority is avoiding hurt feelings, it’s hard to go wrong.   
 
Having Your Cake and Eating it Too

The birthday cake can be easily customized to fit your theme.
The birthday cake can be easily customized to fit your theme.
While technically the cake is part of the food and drink you will be serving, it really deserves its own section. It’s very important. When you think of a birthday party, the cake is the first thing that pops in to your head.

Just like the other food and drink you serve, the cake can be customized to embody your theme. Don’t worry if you don’t have a theme; customize the cake to the interests of the birthday boy or girl. This is their party, after all, and the cake is terrific way to remind everyone why you’re celebrating.

If you’re not confident in your baking skills, ask a friend or family member who is to help you out. Almost everyone knows someone who loves baking. You could also hire a professional; it may be expensive, but it’s also likely to be visually impressive and delicious.

If none of your guests have a dairy allergy, an ice cream cake can be more exciting than a traditional flour cake, although it requires freezer space and is harder to modify. Another alternative is cupcakes, which make it easier to offer a variety of flavors and ensure you have enough for everyone.

However you decide to handle the big five above, your biggest asset when planning a birthday party for kids is your imagination.  When in doubt, choose the most creative option and hope for the best. 

Not sure where to start planning your party? Try using EZBZ - the free concierge service. Our team of local business experts make party planning a piece of cake. We will help you find and compare reputable party vendors in your area.  Just call us on 1-855-461-8619, or post a request for what you need through the EZBZ app, and we’ll help you find what you need! It’s free, quick, and easy.

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By : Brendan Mitchell, 05-11-2017
Planning the Perfect Mother
This Sunday is Mother’s Day – the one day of the year you are obligated to at least try and express your gratitude to all the moms you know. Luckily for you, we’ve spent hours researching and compiling this detailed guide to planning the perfect Mother’s Day.
Planning the Perfect Mother


It is a universal truth that moms are underappreciated. Think about the financial, physical, and emotional impact every mother endures at a minimum.  If you’re like me, it very quickly becomes apparent that you will never be able to repay everything the moms in your life have given you.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day – the one day of the year you are obligated to at least try and express your gratitude to all the moms you know. Of course, this is easier said than done. Another universal truth about mothers is that they are incredibly selfless, which means it can be quite tricky to figure out what they want.  Luckily for you, we’ve spent hours researching and compiling this guide to planning the perfect Mother’s Day.

The Morning

Mother's Day Breakfast

Whether you’re planning a celebration of your mother, your grandmother, the mother of your children, or all of them together, be careful how you handle the morning, as it will set the tone for the rest of the day. An easy rule to keep in mind is, this is her day. Cater the day to her interests, and you’re more likely to make her smile.

It’s also important not to forget that moms wake up early – even on Sundays. Even on Mother’s Day. Make sure you’re awake before she is, so she knows you’re serious about spending time with her. If you can’t be there, be sure to at least leave a card so she knows you’re thinking about her.

The Food


Mother's Day Dinner

If the mom you’re celebrating decides to take the sleep-in they deserve on Mother’s Day, it could be a good opportunity for you to cook her breakfast. But as per the rule – this is her day –  make sure it’s something she would like to eat. You can find some great Mother’s Day recipes here.

If you know they aren’t into breakfast or mornings, make plans for later in the day instead.  It’s just as easy to take them out to lunch or dinner. Try not to ask, “what would you like to do?”, unless you really have no idea. If you’re intuitive about what the moms in your life would like to do, they’ll appreciate your efforts twice as much.

The Gift

Mother's Day Gift

Finding the perfect gift can be tough, and is always going to vary depending on the personal interests of the mom you’re buying for. Keep in mind that the secret to a good present is not the size, the wrapping paper, or even the budget – it’s how much the gift symbolizes the personal relationship the two of you share.

Handmade gifts are inherently personal, while also providing you with the chance to be creative about expressing your love and gratitude. If you know they have a sweet tooth, a box of chocolates is usually appreciated. However, the greatest gift you can give a mom on Mother’s Day is time – go for a walk together, share a meal, watch a movie… Whatever your mom loves to do, she will love it even more if you do it with her. Well, most of the time – if what she really wants is just some time to be alone, respect her wishes. This is her day.

Saying that, it’s still a good idea to get her a small gift as well. Don’t forget, this woman created life inside her body. This is no time to be cheap. You can find some great Mother’s Day gift ideas here.

The Most Important Thing
However you decide to spend Mother's Day this year, the most important thing to remember is, this is her day. If you try to be as selfless as a mom is every day, then you'll certainly be off to a good start. 

Need a caterer or cleaning service before the big day? Download the EZBZ app for free and we’ll connect you with reputable professionals in your area, who will chat with you directly through the app. You can also call our concierge team toll-free on 1-855-461-8619 for a local recommendation.

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By : Kate Fatess, 05-09-2017
Planning an Outdoor Party
What better way to celebrate the arrival of longer evenings and warmer temperatures than a party outside? We’ve prepared a helpful list of things to consider when planning your first outdoor party of the year. Click here to learn more.
Planning an Outdoor Party


Spring has well and truly started, and what better way to celebrate the arrival of longer evenings and warmer temperatures than a party outside? We’ve prepared a helpful list of things to consider when planning your first outdoor party of the year.

The Space

So, you’ve decided you’d like to host an outdoor party. Logically, the first thing to consider is the space – what are you working with? Is your yard well-kept and aesthetically pleasing? Do you have a wet-weather fallback plan? How is the lighting? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you send out the invitations.

Prepare your outdoor space

Hiring a landscaper can be a cost-effective way to ensure your yard is ready in time for the party, without having to get your hands dirty. They may even have some ideas for how you can decorate the space for the event.

Rugs, throw cushions, and outdoor furniture can make your space a more attractive party zone. You also don’t have to spend a fortune - thrift stores often have cheap, retro items that can give your party a comfortable vintage theme. When it comes to lighting, lanterns, tea lights, and even citronella candles are popular choices for outdoor parties, although they can be a fire hazard.

Do you have a patio? If not, you may consider adding one. If you’re going to be hosting a few outdoor events this season, it could be worth it. A patio will increase the value of your home and will certainly help in the event of wet weather. Speaking of rain, it’s a good idea to prepare the inside of your home in case poor weather drives your guests indoors.

The Guests

Think carefully about who you’re inviting to your party, as the final list of guests will help you make other decisions such as what food and drink to provide, what the theme should be, how to decorate the space etc.

Who are you inviting to your next event?


It’s also a good idea to inform your neighbors you’re hosting an event. It’s not essential to invite them, but a warning in advance goes a long way to ensuring the party doesn’t disrupt your relationship with your neighbors. They’ll still live nearby long after your guests have left.

The Food

The food you serve can make or break your party, so it’s important to think carefully about what your guests may like to eat. Nostalgic hors d’oeuvres like cheese and mini-quiches are coming back in style, and finger food in general is a very popular choice when it comes to outdoor events. Just make sure you have plenty to go around – it’s hard to have fun when you’re hungry.

Finger food is a popular catering choice

Hiring a professional caterer will save you lots of time and stress through all stages of the event, but there’s no need to fear if this is not in your budget. For a simple get together, using a grill can be easy and cost-effective.  

Remember to lay out napkins, wet wipes, and plenty of trash receptacles so that your guests can clean their hands after eating and dispose of their leftovers easily. Food waste that is not disposed of correctly may cause some uninvited guests to crash the party and stay long after it's over.

The Dry Run

A week or so before the event, it’s wise to test your planning with a dry run. Spend time outside to make sure the weather is comfortable, or if you will need some windbreaks or even a fire. Is the lighting you’ve prepared adequate after dark? How easy is it to find your way to the restroom? A dry run is a great way to reassure yourself you’ve done everything in your power to make the event a success. And if you haven’t, it provides an opportunity to remedy any mistakes before it’s too late.

The EZBZ app is a great tool for planning parties. Simply type in what you need – whether it’s a caterer, landscaper, or some wood for a fire – and we’ll connect you with local businesses that can help, who will reply to you directly through the app. It’s a fast, easy way to find the things you need.

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By : Brendan Mitchell, 03-10-2016
Running a Successful Team-Building Exercise
Are you interested in improving morale and productivity in your workplace? Many employers are investing in team-building events and exercises for their staff to help their employees work better alone, and in a team. Click here for some tips on running a successful team-building exercise for your staff. 
Running a Successful Team-Building Exercise

From time to time, many companies and corporations hold team building events to encourage a more organized, goal-oriented, and united staff. While these events can often consume both time and money, if successful they can be a truly worthwhile investment for the business. Employees that are both happy and feel a sense of community are often more reliable and productive workers. These events shouldn’t just be run by big businesses – any business with a team of staff that work together on a day-to-day basis should consider hosting a team-building event or exercise, both for the sake of their employees, and the businesses’ own wellbeing.

Here are some tips and techniques for ensuring you run a successful team-building event:

Determine an Aim

If you know your team could benefit from improving a certain skillset, it can be helpful to center your team-building exercise around this topic. It is crucial that the exercise taking place is grounded in a lesson that applies to the workplace. For example, often, the purpose of a team-building exercise is to foster unity and teamwork among group members. Therefore, a competitive, non-team sport would not be conducive to the exercise. Instead, you should try to find an exercise that requires all the staff to work together in a group dynamic. An Escape Room – an increasingly popular group activity – is a good example of this.  Team mates must work together to escape a simulated locked room within a certain time frame.

Work with Your Team to Organize

Often, employees themselves can provide the greatest feedback about their strengths and weaknesses. Simply by asking your team to help organize or pick a team-building exercise, you are showing them respect by implying that you trust their judgement, which can help your own workplace relations with your employees. Additionally, perhaps just planning an event together would be a good team-building exercise for some members of your staff.

Recognize and Praise Achievements

You can incentivize employees to participate and fully engage with the team-building exercise with the promise of a prize. It’s also a good idea to observe and praise both individual and team achievements that take place during the event. Positive reinforcement will help the lessons of the exercise transfer to the workplace.

Acknowledge Failure

Good teamwork is not just about achieving goals – it’s also about appropriately handling failure. It’s important not to single anyone out in the event of a group failure – this is demoralizing and embarrassing to not just the singled out employee, but the entire team. A group failure is a great opportunity for your employees to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as a team – with constructive feedback, praise, and honesty, lessons from a failure can also be transferred to the workplace.

You cannot measure the true success of a team-building event or exercise until the next work day – employees will likely be more amicable, happy and energized by the breakup of their routine, with plenty of lessons to think about and apply to their work. A staff that are happy to work together will be more productive and valuable to your business, which is why team-building exercises are becoming increasingly popular.

If you’re looking for a team-building program, instructor, or provider in your area, consider submitting a free request through EZBZ. It’s a great way to find and compare local businesses, products, and services.

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By : Brendan Mitchell, 10-17-2015
Why Everyone Wants a Game Truck at their Event
By now most of us have heard of food trucks, but what about game trucks? Food trucks are often praised for their convenience, their affordability, and their quality. Game trucks are the latest trend to offer at least two of those traits.
Why Everyone Wants a Game Truck at their Event
By now most of us have heard of food trucks, but what about game trucks? Food trucks are often praised for their convenience, their affordability, and their quality. Game trucks are the latest trend to offer at least two of those traits.

A game truck – also known as a video game truck or party truck – has a very simple
concept. The truck comes to you, and provides a small space for a party to play video games. The trucks are typically air-conditioned, contain several flat screen TV’s, and a large array of video games to choose from.

GameTruck®, the primary franchise of party trucks in the U.S., also offer a laser tag truck. The laser tag truck provides equipment and instructors, although still requires the host to provide a large space. Game trucks are a little more convenient, as they provide a self-contained space…Something which translates for many parents as somewhere they don’t have to clean up.

Children, obviously, love the concept. Video games are a great stimulus for a child’s imagination, and are universally adored by most kids, however they also often attract criticism for their association with anti-social behavior and unhealthy addiction. A game truck combats this stigma, as it actually encourages socialization, and its presentation – a glamorous truck that’s only temporarily available – instills the belief that video games are a treat, rather than a habit.

Parents are embracing the trend too. Game trucks take away a lot of the responsibility of hosting a party – providing space, music and entertainment, and cleaning up afterwards – and are typically affordable: a two-hour game truck party is typically priced between $300-400. You can read one mom’s promising review of a game truck party here.

If you’re not a fan of video games, a game truck is probably not for you. Plus it is possible to host a small children’s party, and keep it below $300 – although that can take time, effort, and impressive budgeting skills.

While they are increasing in popularity, game trucks are still rare – even if you have heard of them, the assumption is that they are wildly expensive. Whether you’re a fan of video games, or still unsure, it is always nice to know what your options are.

If you decide you’d like to hire a game truck, submit a request to www.myezbz.com and we can help you find a local truck, today.
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By : Elizabeth Humbal, 10-12-2015
Hiring Children
Children events are usually fun affairs that require the presence of many activities of various kinds to keep the children entertained. Children's concentration spans are usually short and thus require a number of activities to keep them entertained and essentially occupied. The most successful events take this into account. Parents or the party hosts need not meet all these entertainment needs themselves, there are a diverse group of children entertainers who can be hired to entertain the children.
Hiring Children

Children events are usually fun affairs that require the presence of many activities of various kinds to keep the children entertained. Children's concentration spans are usually short and thus require a number of activities to keep them entertained and essentially occupied. The most successful events take this into account. Parents or the party hosts need not meet all these entertainment needs themselves, there are a diverse group of children entertainers who can be hired to entertain the children.

These entertainers are often easy and affordable to hire and make the event even more fun for the children. The hiring of entertainers has definitely saved many parents and party hosts the trouble of thinking of means and ways to keep the children entertained. There are a range of entertainers to choose from, such as themed performers and impersonators who come in costumes of the various princesses, heroes and favorite cartoon characters, puppeteers, singers, face painters, balloon animal creators, magicians, game coordinators and the list is endless. All these entertainers are at your service to make children happy.

Children's entertainesr specialize in how to making children's events lively and amazing. They have mastered the art of capturing the attention of children and ensuring that they are calm and having fun throughout the event. They also help in expounding children’s creativity. Take for instance puppeteers, they help children in their narration skills, face painters and animal balloon creators help in developing the artistic nature of children. Nonetheless, aside from being intellectually beneficial to children they most importantly ensure that the children have fun.

Hiring entertainers for children events also helps children to work on their social skills. The themed performers interact with the children at a personal level and assist in boosting their self esteem. These entertainers also add a personal touch to the events. This is in the sense that, children are able to partake in the activities with the entertainers. Children adore their favorite cartoon characters and super heroes. Hiring entertainers gives them a chance to meet with some of these heroes and characters through the entertainers who dress up in costumes of these characters. In some way this fulfills some of the children’s fantasies concerning meeting their favorite heroes just like meeting Santa Claus during Christmas.

If you need help finding a children's entertainer for your next event, you can always submit a free request to www.myezbz.com.

 

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By : Brendan Mitchell, 08-17-2015
Food Trucks Keep on Trucking for Event Catering

There is a new trend that’s sweeping the food industry by storm, and surprisingly, it’s not all that snobby: Food trucks. Yes, that’s right, food served from a truck.

Of course, we’re not talking about the NYC street vendors that sell questionable hot dogs for $1 a pop. We’re talking about gourmet food trucks, the kind that serve organic, locally produced fare at a fraction of the price of the closest five star restaurant.

Food Trucks Keep on Trucking for Event Catering

There is a new trend that’s sweeping the food industry by storm, and surprisingly, it’s not all that snobby: Food trucks. Yes, that’s right, food served from a truck.

Of course, we’re not talking about the NYC street vendors that sell questionable hot dogs for $1 a pop. We’re talking about gourmet food trucks, the kind that serve organic, locally produced fare at a fraction of the price of the closest five star restaurant.

While the trend is believed to have been started in Los Angeles, food trucks are quickly becoming a national phenomenon. Portland has over 500 food trucks, while there are bus tours in Austin dedicated purely to visiting their selection of mobile cuisine. There was even a film – Chef (2014), directed by Jon Favreau – about an award-winning chef who quits his job in a restaurant and starts his own food truck.

Interestingly, the popularity of food trucks is rising so rapidly that they are quickly becoming much more than a trend; Emergent Research reports that food trucks could generate up to 3 or 4% of U.S restaurant revenue – about $2.7 billion – by 2017.

Perhaps, in a society with a fading middle-class and an abundance of struggles facing small businesses, the success of food trucks was inevitable. Talented, passionate chefs are cutting costs by setting up on wheels, and the hungry masses are more than happy to pay less to order food from a truck rather than a snooty waiter.

The ease, efficiency and cost of food trucks also make them viable catering options. Why hire a team of cooks and servers to make a mess in your kitchen and leave you with a plethora of unwanted leftovers, when you can let a truck park in your backyard and serve delicious, organic food to your friends and family as they want it?

Of course, one downside is that food trucks generally cannot serve alcohol. However, if you’re already in a private venue or event, the service of alcohol is likely also available, so enjoying a drink with your gourmet hot dog isn’t necessarily impossible.

Ultimately, it’s easy to see why food trucks are enjoying their unparalleled of levels of success – they are a good idea. Ask almost anyone, and the top three characteristics they look for in food service are quality, value and speed. Food trucks are ambitiously (and often successfully) attempting to have all three by offering inexpensive, fresh food that’s ready to eat in minutes.

If you decide to see what the fuss is about, you can always find a food truck by submitting a free request to the concierge service www.myezbz.com. Whether it’s for a first birthday party or a music festival, they will hook you up with the food truck that’s right for you.

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Thats my favorite i love a beer
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01-10-2016
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By : Kristen Glehan, 06-22-2015
Hire a Dessert or Ice Cream Truck
It isn't hard to see the joy the mere sound of an ice cream truck brings to a neighborhood. With it's signature melodic chime, each ice cream truck ignites the super-hero agility and hearing of children and even many adults. After a quick scream of 'Mom, Dad, the ice cream man is coming!' kids catapult out the front door for an icy treat, followed by an even bigger satisfaction filled smile. Who wouldn't want to bring that same joy to their own backyard? It's possible! This year one of the hottest trends has been to hire a dessert or ice cream truck to be present at birthday parties and other celebratory events.
Hire a Dessert or Ice Cream Truck
It isn't hard to see the joy the mere sound of an ice cream truck brings to a neighborhood. With it's signature melodic chime, each ice cream truck ignites the super-hero agility and hearing of children and even many adults. After a quick scream of "Mom, Dad, the ice cream man is coming!" kids catapult out the front door for an icy treat, followed by an even bigger satisfaction filled smile. Who wouldn't want to bring that same joy to their own backyard? It's possible! This year one of the hottest trends has been to hire a dessert or ice cream truck to be present at birthday parties and other celebratory events.
 
Ice cream trucks have come a long way baby.... yup, they really have! Whatever kind of ice cream, gelato, sorbet or Italian ice you're after, there is a uniquely branded truck driving down some block to satisfy it. Nut allergies? No problem! Allergic to dairy? Yup, that one can be solved too. How great is THAT! As a mom to a child with a food allergies, I can say personally: "That's pretty darn cool!"
 
If ice cream is a bit too traditional, how about a cupcake truck? I bet many wouldn't expect that there would be a truck dedicated solely to cupcakes; Well, there is! I've seen one first hand. I've even seen a Parisian style dessert truck, with patisseries, espresso and tea being offered.
 
Ice cream and dessert trucks are a really fun addition to any children's birthday, celebratory occasion, charity or corporate event. They do book up during certain months, so it's best to reserve in advance. If you'd like some help finding one, you can always use the free concierge service www.myezbz.com to find one!
 
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By : , 06-09-2015
Why June is the Busiest Month for Photographers
According to a professional photographer in the EZBZ personal concierge network, there was a common belief that couples who tied the knot during the month of June got blessings of happiness and prosperity from the heavens.
Why June is the Busiest Month for Photographers

June has always been the busiest month for photographers, although statistics indicate that this may change with time. Traditionally, the month of June has always been the most preferred and most popular for weddings; but in recent years there has been a more significant trend of weddings in July and August. Below we shall explore some of the reasons why June is the peak season for professional photographers.

Historically, the month has consistently been the most preferred for weddings, thus the term “a June bride” was created. The name June derives from something, or rather someone, wedding related also! It comes from Juno, the ancient Roman goddess of love and marriage. According to a professional photographer in the EZBZ personal concierge network, there was a common belief that couples who tied the knot during the month of June got blessings of happiness and prosperity from the heavens. During ancient times, weddings were done in June for logistical reasons. A bride married who married in the month of June was more likely to have her first child during spring and this was commonly assumed to be a sign of good luck. It additionally enabled the bride to recover and prepare for the harvest that came in fall. In the medieval times, the annual bath of an individual fell in either May or June (yes, people only bathed once a year!); consequently a bride would still be fresh in the month of June which was then deemed preferable.

Local photographers also point out contemporary reasons that compel couples to get married in the month of June. Couples are more likely to plan a wedding in June because of the pleasant weather conditions experienced during this period. During this month, mid-summer heat and spring rain are less likely to occur. The in-season flowers as well as the availability of many outdoor venues are also some appealing reasons for holding a wedding in June. As a result, local professional photographers tend to be very busy! Moreover, many guests find it easier to attend June weddings given universities and schools are end session around then, but summer travel plans haven’t yet started. June is also excellent for many honeymoon destinations, that haven’t yet slipped into their highest peak season pricing.

From the above discussion, it is evident why local photographers book up fast and are busiest in the month of June. Luckily for some however, other months are also becoming just as popular!

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By : Kristen Glehan, 05-04-2015

Nearly every kid on earth looks forward to a birthday party thrown in their honor. For some kids, any party will do; just make sure to have cake and the standard three Gs: guests, games and of course, gifts! But for others, evolving interests drive the party requirements and many parents feel like pulling their hair out as the requests increase proportionately to their children's ages. Here are some tips for keeping it stress-free.

Nearly every kid on earth looks forward to a birthday party thrown in their honor. For some kids, any party will do; just make sure to have cake and the standard three Gs: guests, games and of course, gifts! But for others, evolving interests drive the party requirements and many parents feel like pulling their hair out as the requests increase proportionately to their children's ages. Here are some tips for keeping it stress-free.

Plan far enough in advance, 4-6 months
Many parents remember growing up and planning their own birthday parties the month before they occurred. Invitations were handed out at school or mailed for summer parties and all went smoothly. There was often one parent on mission control who was home enough to manage things; there was only a single way to RSVP and guest nearly always did; and kids lives weren't heavily scheduled. Nowadays families are busier than ever, so reserving 4-6 months of advance planning, preserves sanity.

Pick a date and time wisely
Some parents believe the majority of kids will show up regardless of the date and time selected, but that isn't always the case. Plenty of parents have learned this the hard way. Choose a date and start and end times to enable the best opportunity for guest to share in the occasion. The party doesn't need to be scheduled for the exact birth date, or even the same week. Try and avoid observed religious holidays of potential guests, high travel periods and times when team games are likely to occur.

Choose a theme, make sure it's one you can execute, then stick with it
Kids interests change with wind. That doesn't mean the party theme has to. Pick a theme your child loves and run with it. As long as it isn't too immature or fleeting, chances are they'll still like it enough four months later. Resist the urge to change to the latest big thing. As musician Rick Danko use to say 'go with your first thoughts, they're usually your best thoughts.' Whatever theme you pick, just do the research and make sure you can execute it. Some character themed parties can be significantly harder to pull off than parents realize!

Figure out exactly what you need at the start
This may seem obvious, but many parents don't give it much thought until the last minute. If planning to use a venue, find out exactly what is included with your reservation; There are many places that supply everything except the cake and party favors. If you're doing it at home or the venue doesn't supply anything except for the space, give thought to what you will need in the way of food, decorations, entertainment, favors, etc.

Make a master list with 4 main components :

1. Things to schedule
2. Things to buy
3. Things to make or assemble
4. Guests to invite

Lists are among the best time management tool for busy parents and the four categories above cover everything you need for planning a party. By organizing items in this manner, you can quickly cross things off and move onto the next priority. It also makes sense to add in deadlines or timeline lines to complete, to really keep yourself on schedule.

Simplify wherever you can
Unless you're on an uber-tight budget, it can be a wise to outsource some of your party needs. Planning on serving lunch? Pick up ready made pasta or pizza, or even better, have it delivered! Not an adept baker? Buy a cake. It's likely to cost a similar amount once you add up the cost of ingredients and value of saved time. Planning on making favor bags? Consider skipping them in favor of giving the kids small gift cards to iTunes, or bulk purchased movie tickets. They're cool, save time, cost about the same and kids love them!

Enlist friends and family for help when needed
The expression 'it takes a village to raise a child' isn't far from the truth. If there are friends and family available to help or lean on, take advantage of the offers and then repay in kind at a later date. No parent is going to be knighted or sainted for being a martyr for their child's birthday celebration.

EZBZ understands how stressful planning a child's birthday party can be and we would be more than happy to help you find the things you need. Just submit a request for whatever it is via www.myezbz.com or the EZBZ App

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