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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.

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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, 03-31-2017
Westchester
Joannas 'n Bananas are a musical duo popular at kids birthday parties in Westchester County, New York. One half of the duo, Joanna Levine, is a certified musical educator who also runs an early childhood foundational music program for babies and toddlers called Monkey Music’N Play. We spoke with her about how she got started playing guitar and singing songs for kids.
Westchester


Joannas-n-Bananas-logoWe spoke with Joanna Levine, one half of the kids entertaining musical duo, Joannas ‘n Bananas
, about how she got started teaching and entertaining kids with music.

After moving to New York City in 2006 to study and eventually work in fashion, Joanna Levine was struck by a sudden realization that she didn’t see a future for herself in the industry.

“I was just sort of like…who needs this cheap handbag that I’m designing?” Joanna says, looking back on her brief career. 

Joanna had always liked music. Growing up in Toronto, Canada, she spent most of her teenage years singing and playing guitar. It was only when she moved to New York, however, that she began to consider it could be more than just a hobby.

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Joanna playing guitar in a class for kids. 

“When I moved to New York, I realized there were a lot of people doing it that were not any better than me.”

This was something she needed to give herself permission to pursue a career in music, Joanna says.

So, after leaving her job in fashion, Joanna started working semi-regularly as a musician, taking on a string of additional part-time jobs to support herself, including working as a nanny.

“That seemed to agree with me, hanging out with kids,” Joanna says.

Not long after that, Joanna completed training at Music Together, a musical education program, and became a certified music teacher for young children. Joanna worked for Music Together for the next five years, a job that she could finally embrace with passion. 

“Young kids can be kind of magical,” Joanna says. “I get a total kick out of them.”

“There’s no filter, they do exactly what they’re feeling.”

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Joanna's husband Rob, AKA 'Bananas', of Joannas 'n Bananas

In 2015, Joanna and her husband, Rob, a fellow musician, moved to Eastchester, New York to help care for Rob’s grandmother.  After nearly ten years in the city, they were both ready for a change of pace albeit without losing proximity to their livelihood.

Moving to Westchester county also provided Joanna with an opportunity to exercise her “entrepreneurial spirit” and branch out on her own as a musical educator. And thus, Joannas ‘n Bananas was born.

Joannas ’n Bananas are Joanna and Rob’s musical alter-ego’s for when they are performing for kids at parties and events.  Joanna also runs an early childhood foundational music program for babies and toddlers called Monkey Music ’N Play, a series of classes she describes as “musical learning through osmosis.”

Every class of Music ‘N Play is caregiver inclusive, which means each child come with a parent, grandparent, or nanny who also participates in the class.

“The goal is to give the kids a good foundation in musical learning,” Joanna says. “We do that by surrounding them with a musically rich environment.”

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Joanna showing some of her students how to play a drum. 

Joanna likes to focus on maximizing engagement so that every child benefits from and enjoys the program. Every class includes lots of musical props, a ‘Singing Storytime’ segment, a dance party, and free play.

The age of the kids in the class range from 6-months to four-years-old, and Joanna says some parents can be skeptical of what their child will get out of the class at such an early age. However, you only need to ask the parent of a child who’s completing their second Monkey Music ’N Play program to learn the profound impact that foundational music learning can have on them. 

“Just by being in the room, even if a child doesn’t have the motor skills or the ability to mirror the movements that we’re doing or sing back exactly what we’re singing yet, they’re still taking in a lot of information,” Joanna says. “Eventually they process it and output it in time.”

Joanna adds that the success of her class relies a lot upon the level of participation from the parents and caregivers in the class.

Monkey Music N Play Class
A Monkey Music 'N Play class. 

“[I lead] the adults and older kids in the room in a variety of songs and melodic and rhythmic activities. The younger kids will do what they can… they’re developing.”

“It’s a really beautiful bonding experience between the child and the caregiver.”

While some of what informs Joanna’s program comes from her experience at Music Together, she explains that her own education in foundational music teaching theory continues as she tries to constantly improve and enhance Monkey Music ‘N Play. However, Joanna is clear that she has no plans to expand her program into a franchise.

I’m a small operation,” Joanna says, explaining that this is part of the appeal to many of the families she works with.

“I am a fairly warm, laid back person, and I think that appeals to the families that have tried me and stuck with me.”

Looking forward, Joanna is excited to teach more and more, and to one day (soon!) record albums of songs for kids that will go along with her classes.

“I’m also really interested in creating and publishing a couple of song storybooks,” Joanna says. “I do a short little segment every class that we call ‘Singing Storytime’… it engages the kids like nothing else I have ever seen.”

The Monkey Music ‘N Play Spring program starts on April 18 2017 and runs for 11 weeks. You can register your child for the program by contacting Joanna at info@joannasnbananas.com or by calling her on 347-907-5865. Mention this article when registering to receive a 10% discount. For scheduling and registration, families can also visit joannasnbananas.com.

Looking for a kids class or entertainer in your area? Try asking on EZBZ, and we'll connect you with reputable local options. Download the app, post a request online, or simply call us for a local recommendation on 1-855-461-8619. 


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By : Michael Whitehouse, 11-22-2016
Dealing with Holiday Surprises
We are in the midst of the holidays. Whatever your plans, you have probably gotten your arrangements pretty well arranged by now. But what about the unexpected? With family on their way and the turkey in the oven, you don't have time to deal with a clogged sink or busted water heater.
Dealing with Holiday Surprises
We are in the midst of the holidays. Maybe family is coming in. Perhaps friends. Whatever your plans, you have probably gotten your arrangements pretty well arranged by now.

But what about the unexpected? With family on their way and the turkey in the oven, you don't have time to deal with a clogged sink or busted water heater.

Here's the thing. Once you have a professional on the way to fix what broke, you can get back to your preparations. The repair person shows up, and you show them to the way to where they need to go. You can leave them to their work while you to yours. The hard part is getting in touch with that repair man or woman, especially for an emergency job.



That's where EZBZ comes in. Especially around the holidays, you are way too busy to be searching on Google and filling out web forms and making calls. Let us make it easy for you. Just put what you need in the concierge box, and let us do the rest for you.

What about those real emergencies where you absolutely must get in touch with a business? EZBZ offers a Personal Assistant service. For only $5, EZBZ guarantees 5 responses in 2 hours or your money back. When we put "Your Problem, Solved" on our web site, it's not just a tag line. It's a promise.

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By : Kate Fatess, 03-11-2016
Budgeting Tips for Fall & Winter

It’s already October, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays are right around the corner. For homeowners with a family, this time of year can be very expensive. Click here for some tips on how you can save money over the holiday season:

Budgeting Tips for Fall & Winter


Every year October seems to arrive earlier than expected, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays are right around the corner. What can also happen fast is how quickly your budget for fall and winter disappears before you’ve even made it to December. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas absorb enough money on their own, let alone the expenses that the harsh weather can incur during the colder seasons. For homeowners with a family, the most wonderful time of the year is also the most expensive.

Here are some tips on how you can save money over the holiday season:

Check Discount Sites & Apps

Couponing

These days there are countless websites and apps that exist purely to help you save money. There are the heavyweights like Groupon and Amazon, but don’t be afraid to dig a little deeper to find those less well-known services that could save you some real dough. For example, My City Mommy is a great coupon site for moms all over the country – they have a local coupon website for nearly 40 metro areas including Saint Louis and Dallas-Fort Worth. The EZBZ Store also often has great deals on products and services that are sometimes even cheaper than Amazon.

Don’t forget that most business owners know how expensive this time of year can be and are willing to offer some great discounts if it means you’ll choose them over a competitor. For example, some grocery stores will offer a free or discounted thanksgiving turkey if you purchase a certain amount of groceries from them. For families that already spend a lot on groceries, this is a perfect opportunity to capitalize. When visiting a local business, don’t be afraid to ask if they are offering any seasonal discounts or specials.

Create your own Decorations

Homemade Decorations

With websites like YouTube and Pinterest, it is easier than ever for parents and children to get hands-on with their holiday decorations. Many sites provide affordable ways to use dollar stores and thrift stores to find supplies so that you can create your own decorations for your home. Creating your own decorations is a great activity to do as a family, giving you a sense of accomplishment and making the holiday décor much more meaningful.

Get Ahead of Next Year

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Planning ahead is the first step to saving money, and this is especially relevant during the holiday season. Halloween and Christmas decorations are almost always on sale on the days following the holiday, sometimes with up to 80% off. In fact, these sales aren’t just for decorations – you can buy all kinds of unopened and unwanted gifts from secondhand stores in the days following Christmas for a discounted price. Valentine’s Day cards can also be purchased for as little as thirty cents on Feburary 15, so why not buy them in advance for next year?

EZBZ It!

EZBZ

EZBZ's free concierge service allows you to request anything and receive quotes back from providers in your area. It’s a great comparison tool to ensure you’re getting the best deal for every purchase or hire you make. In the fall and winter, it’s a great way to get quotes from snow removal services, HVAC contractors, and other professional services that can vary from provider to provider. Businesses can also only reply to you via EZBZ – your contact information is not shared with anyone so you can remain anonymous while comparing your options.

The best part is, if you hire a business through EZBZ, you'll get $5 cash back. So, if you’re looking to hire a contractor or professional service anyway, submitting a free request could end up  saving you some time and money. 

With some careful planning and a little research, these tips are sure to provide you and your family with a joyful & affordable holiday season. Good luck and happy holidays!

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By : Brendan Mitchell, 03-03-2016
Things to Do This Pumpkin Season
From September through to after Thanksgiving, the nation is obsessed with pumpkin. We have compiled a list of some of the things you can do this season to celebrate the second most wonderful time of the year.
Things to Do This Pumpkin Season


As summer slowly comes to a halt in September, and the leaves of fall begin to...er, fall... an alternative season starts: Pumpkin season.

While you can purchase canned pumpkin throughout the year, the orange vegetable is a winter variety of the squash plant, which means the pumpkin harvest starts every September. Nothing beats the taste of fresh pumpkin, and combined with its strong ties to both Thanksgiving and Halloween, it’s easy to see why pumpkin fever hits the country now until after Thanksgiving.  

We have compiled a list of some of the things you can do this season to celebrate the second most wonderful time of the year:

Cooking

Pumpkin-Pie

Pumpkin is first and foremost a delicious vegetable, so cooking should be the top of your list. It’s one of the few foods that can be utilized across all the Thanksgiving courses – appetizer (pumpkin soup), dinner (roast pumpkin), and dessert (pumpkin pie)! Even the seeds can be harvested and used in a range of different ways.

Pumpkin can also be used to create some other, less well known dishes, that are just as delicious. Pumpkin goes great with risotto and pasta (it makes an excellent stuffing for gnocchi or shells), while pumpkin seed oil, which can be rare in the US, has an intense nutty flavor and plenty of “good” fats. It’s great for dipping fresh vegetables or salty cheese in to. The vegetable’s versatility makes it a great choice for vegetarians – it can be used to create veggie burgers, it’s a delicious (and filling) pizza topping, and it works well with plenty of Mexican dishes, including quesadillas. In fact, pumpkin has been a staple of the Mexican diet for thousands of years – pumpkin seeds have been found in ancient burial caves dating back to 7,000 B.C. With a history like that, it’s hard to doubt pumpkin’s ability to please any palate.

Carving

Pumpkin Carving

When thinking about Halloween, the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is the jack-o-lantern – a carved out pumpkin with a candle or light inside. While the typical jack-o-lantern has a scary face carved in to its side, there are plenty of other ways to carve a pumpkin. Every year, thousands of people compete in carving contests, trying to carve the vegetable in new and creative ways. It’s a great activity to do with kids, as it’s good for the development of their fine motor skills, and provides an opportunity to teach them about knife safety. That’s not to mention the benefits of any activity that makes a vegetable more appealing to kids.

Garden Décor

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

When it comes to carving pumpkins, the design doesn’t have to be related to Halloween or kids. The shell of a pumpkin can also be used practically. Check out this guide to making an awesome pumpkin bird-feeder that can hang off your porch or patio, or this guide to making an organic pot plant for your garden.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Capitalizing on the pumpkin fever, many farmers open up their pumpkin patches to the general public in September so they can offer their pumpkin straight from the source. Many pumpkin patches also provide hay rides, petting zoos, and plenty of other activities, making it a fun destination for families.  Buying your pumpkin straight from a nearby patch is a great way to support local farmers and ensure the produce is fresh.

Looking for a nearby pumpkin patch, cooking school, or farmer’s market? Submit a free request through myezbz.com and we’ll help you find what you’re looking for. It’s free, quick, and easy.
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By : Brendan Mitchell, 01-12-2016
Adding an Awning or Canopy
Spring is finally on its way and with it, warmth and sunshine. A great way to protect yourself from the heat – while still enjoying all that spring has to offer – is by investing in an awning or canopy. Click here to learn more.
Adding an Awning or Canopy

Spring is finally on its way, and with it, warmth and sunshine. Almost everything is nicer in spring. The sun is shining, the birds are whistling, the flowers are blooming… Even the people seem nicer! It’s certainly the best time of year to enjoy the outdoors. A great way to protect yourself from the heat – while still enjoying all that spring has to offer – is by investing in an awning or canopy.

An awning can be attached to the exterior wall of a building, and is a good way to provide additional shade to the perimeter of your home. It’s a great option for homeowners that like to enjoy the outdoors without venturing too far from the house. A retractable awning also allows you to have the best of both worlds. That is, soaking up the sunshine or relaxing in the shade depending on how you feel. An awning can also help you save energy -  installing awnings above windows can help prevent heat entering your home, reducing the need for air conditioning or a fan. There are retractable awnings on the market from as little as $500, and some top-shelf brands available for over $2000. Either way, if you’re considering installing an awning, you can probably find one that fits your budget. Concierge services like EZBZ are a great way to compare the options in your local area, and find a company that can install the right awning for the right price.

Canopies are great for providing shade for outdoor events and activities. Canopies can dramatically vary in size, providing shade for anything from a small picnic between friends, to a wedding reception for eighty guests. For this reason, it’s important to consider some things before purchasing a canopy. What size canopy do you need? How difficult is it to assemble? Does it need to be able to endure certain weather conditions?

Of course, research like this is important when purchasing any product, and can easily be done online. Determining your budget, and what you can expect to pay, can be a little more difficult.  Just like an awning, a canopy price can vary from several hundred dollars, to several thousand.

EZBZ is a great way to expedite the research process, and find the awning or canopy right for you. All you have to do is go to www.myezbz.com/category/awnings-canopies and submit a free request. Local providers and installation companies will reply to you directly with their information, availability and estimates. It’s a great way to compare your options and find a fair price, while avoiding hours of research and phone calls.

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By : Brendan Mitchell, 01-06-2016
Extravagant Event Transportation: Party in Transit
While it has always been customary to travel in a luxury vehicle to important events - a limousine to your prom, a classic car to your wedding – these days, the event often is the vehicle. Click hear to read more about the trending party vehicle options such as party buses, limousines and classic cars.
Extravagant Event Transportation: Party in Transit

While it has always been customary to travel in a luxury vehicle to important events - a limousine to your prom, a classic car to your wedding – these days, the event often is the vehicle.  There are increasingly more extravagant options that are trending with party-goers across the country. If you’re considering taking a party on the road, here are some of your options:

Party Bus

Party buses have had an interesting evolution in recent years. I still remember the bus my parents hired six years ago for my brother’s 21st birthday party to take him and his friends on his first bar crawl. It wasn’t designed to host a party – it was an old school bus - but that didn’t stop them from celebrating for the entire drive.

These days, you can hire buses better suited for celebration.  Party buses often have a luxury interior with leather couches, champagne holsters, and large flat screen TVs. Not to mention they often have their own bathroom, which is a necessity for any party, even one on wheels.

Hummer Limousine

A Humvee or Hummer is a brand of SUV truck that has been around since the early 1990s. They are renowned for their large cubic frames and modern design. There is also a range of Hummer limousines that are catered for transportation of parties of 10-15 people. These vehicles often have luxury interiors that include disco lighting, leather seating, and a heavy duty sound system. As a larger vehicle with an industrious design, they feel safer than your average stretch limousine, and are quickly becoming the first choice for younger generations looking to arrive at their prom in style.

Luxury Car or Traditional Limousine

For smaller parties, it’s hard to go wrong with the more traditional choice of a luxury car or limousine. You may not be able to watch TV with thirteen of your closest friends in the back of a 1935 Cadillac, but it’s hard not to feel suave as you sip champagne with your significant other in the back seat of a classic car. There is a beautiful, vintage design to these vehicles that the more recent alternatives – like the Hummer –  seem to lack, and that’s why this option is the original, and the best.

If you’re looking for a luxury or extravagant vehicle to take you to your next event, consider submitting a request on www.myezbz.com/category/party-vehicles. EZBZ is the fastest and easiest way to see the party vehicle options in your area, and help your party on wheels take off.

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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, 09-19-2015
The Temporary Tattoo with Long-Lasting Success
When you hear the words temporary tattoo, the first thought in your head is probably a small, press-on illustration that fades from the skin after a day or two. Well, there’s a another type of body art that’s taking the U.S. by storm, and its popularity is soaring: Henna.
The Temporary Tattoo with Long-Lasting Success

When you hear the words temporary tattoo, the first thought in your head is probably a small, press-on illustration that fades from the skin after a day or two. Well, there’s a another type of body art that’s taking the U.S. by storm, and its popularity is soaring: Henna.

Henna refers to a form of temporary tattooing that uses dye to stain the skin. Its name comes from the dye’s key ingredient, leaves from the Henna plant. Unlike a press-on tattoo, henna tattoos are usually large, intricate designs, and typically last at least ten days.

Henna tattoos are becoming so popular that henna artists are now often hired to provide their service at events. While they are quite popular with bachelorette parties and bridal showers, more recently henna artists are appearing at children’s birthday parties. Naturally, many parents are concerned by this; henna tattoos are lasting, large, and there is widespread controversy about its potential health risks. This is an issue that all consumers should be wary of.

While organic henna is actually quite safe to use, there are many reported cases of henna dye with additional ingredients provoking a bad, dermatologic reaction. Black Henna is the most widely publicised example of this – it contains p-phenylenediamine (PPD), an additive notorious for its negative effects on skin. Because of this, henna dye has not been approved by the FDA for direct application to the skin, and may only be imported as a hair dye.

Despite this, the henna tattoo business is booming, and it’s easy to see why. Henna provides a temporary, aesthetically pleasing alternative to permanent tattoos, and for some people, can be a form of celebrating and honoring their cultural background – Henna has a long history with Indian and Middle-eastern cultures

Of course, before hiring a Henna artist to come to your event, it’s a good idea to do your own research. You should also make sure that only organic henna dye will be used, to avoid any health issues, and that every guest (and their parents, if the guest is a child) is aware there will be a henna artist at the event, ahead of time.

If you are considering getting a henna tattoo, make sure you check with your employer’s body art policy. Some jobs may not allow you to work with a henna tattoo. The same advice applies for children, and their school and/or extracurricular activities.

Ultimately, as long as you follow these steps, henna tattoos can be safe, eye-pleasing and exciting. If you decide you’d like to hire a henna artist, www.myezbz.com can help you find someone local today.

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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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No alcohol
Thats my favorite i love a beer
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01-10-2016
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By : Kristen Glehan, 07-29-2015
Interested in Speed? Take it to the Racetrack!   
Many drivers are enticed by the fine design lines, incredible engineering and power of sports cars. Automotive enthusiasts are born out of any number of places – from playing with Matchbox cars as a child, seeing stunt scenes in movies, accompanying someone to a racetrack and visiting a car show with friends, to watching motorsports on television. One thing many enthusiasts have in common is a desire, or at minimum a curiosity, to learn first-hand what it would be like to drive a sports car at the speed and manner they were designed for.
Interested in Speed? Take it to the Racetrack!   

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Many drivers are enticed by the fine design lines, incredible engineering and power of sports cars. Automotive enthusiasts are born out of any number of places – from playing with Matchbox cars as a child, seeing stunt scenes in movies, accompanying someone to a racetrack and visiting a car show with friends, to watching motorsports on television. One thing many enthusiasts have in common is a desire, or at minimum a curiosity, to learn first-hand what it would be like to drive a sports car at the speed and manner they were designed for. Luckily, wealthy hobbyists have paved the way for the general public to be able to partake in this luxury. Although, a lot of enthusiasts remain unaware of the options to get behind the wheel of an exotic sports car, or to press the gas pedal down on a racetrack.

For those who are curious what it would be like to drive a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche or other luxury sports vehicle, there are a few options. One of easiest ways to accomplish this goal is by pursuing a daily rental. Believe it or not, in major cities even the most common rental agencies have a foot in the exotic car rental business. There are also a number of smaller agencies, private owners and clubs that provide rental and car share possibilities. I’ve seen prices start at around $200 and range up to $2000 depending on how exotic the vehicle is.

In addition to the above, there are exotic car driving experiences that generally include driving a minimum of three different vehicles either on a racetrack, or on a road course. These types of packages make great gifts to celebrate life events as they are special, yet still within reach for many people when considering a special occasion. I’ve even seen these for sale on deal sites like Groupon and Living Social.

If that doesn’t satisfy your appetite or tempt you enough, there are open track days at professional racetracks across the United States, as well as driving schools any person of appropriate age and health can attend; there are even car clubs that support enthusiasts’ interests in particular automotive brands.

My first exposure to the racetrack came with Porsche and their popular World Roadshow, an exciting driver’s experience that is also an incredibly well thought out marketing event. As an automotive enthusiast who has frequented car shows and socialized with a mix of collectors, I received an invite to the Roadshow from a Porsche dealer. It was a great experience held at Monticello Motor Club and I was quickly hooked! Well played Porsche, well played…

From that first introduction, I became even more interested in pursuing on-track driving experiences. This led me to enthusiast focused driving clubs like the Sports Club Driving Association (SCDA), Porsche Club of America, BMW Car Club of America and others who rent track time and provide open track days to their members. The premise of each of these associations and clubs is simple: Learn to drive on the racetrack, in your own car, and maybe even compete against similar minded and skilled enthusiasts in special amateur racing events. Within each club you have access to driving instructors who will help you bring your skills to the next level. If interested in accelerating the learning, there is always high performance driving schools like Skip Barber, Bondurant and Porsche Sport Driving School among others. At each of these schools, which have become institutions in the world of auto enthusiasts, drivers can test their skills on a range of vehicles while on the skid pad, autocross and with hot laps around professional racetracks.

There is no right or wrong answer as to which experience to start with. The only important consideration is to be wise when making a decision, both for skill level and financial commitment to the experience.

If interested in pursuing driver experience or rental options, you can submit a free request via myezbz.com or their App! EZBZ will connect you with driver experience options in your area.


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I would love to drive an exotic car on a race track to feel the real power that would be awsome
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01-20-2016
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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 : 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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