Holidays

NOT a Clean Kid's Halloween Party!

Clean Halloween?

Can we have a clean Halloween? Where will you spend the holiday this year? Staying home, going out? Invitations are pouring in, people are confused. Is it safe to go trick or treating? Can I go to my friend’s party?

All of it comes down to personal choices. Staying safe is on everybody’s mind. When it comes down to it, we are all starting to go shack-wacky from not being able to do what we love to do when we want to do it.

What kind of compromises are you making? Distancing? Masks? Sanitizing? Outdoors? Virtual?

The biggest challenge is how to get people not to hug each other and to keep a safe distance. We’re yearning for touch, for contact, and it’s a little like somebody eating ice-cream in front of you when you’re trying to cut out sweets. Having a clean Halloween is a way to set you and your family up for staying healthy until we can all gather together again.

Whatever you choose to do this Halloween, stay safe!

 

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Santa Delivers

Santa Delivers will give your best clients, friends, and family a white-glove experience they’ll NEVER forget! Santa Delivers will put Festive back into the holidays. Treat your employees, show your prospects how much you care! More than anything, spread some joy! Tell us what you need and we’ll help you figure out a reasonable and affordable game plan.

Maybe you have a friend or colleague or family member that needs some cheering up. Maybe you need to make up 😁 with someone–why not say it in style? Put our fabulously costumed entertainers to work to perk up somebody’s day (or year!) and say it with a personalized and meaningful message!

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Thoughtful Seating

How We Can Put Thoughtful Seating in Events

Thoughtful seating is an important part of events. It is the awareness of where we are seated and why, and the social, political, and economic impact of where we are. Are you really at the table? Did you choose your table or were you seated at it? The same thing goes for your seatmates, the proximity or distance you have to each other, and where your table is located in the grand scheme of things. 

It Boils Down to Making Everybody Feel Welcomed

When you are beginning to plan your event, see how you can show guests how much you appreciate them by making them feel truly welcome. Events are where you can make inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility shine!

Putting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your Events

Planners tend to set up a floor plan based on space and available furniture. That completely makes sense. Unless, of course, you have the means to base your design and seating arrangements on your guests’ needs, your priorities, and helping everyone feel included.

Informal events tend to be laissez-faire—more along the lines of musical chairs (think—who nabs the seat close to the dessert table?) Do good by doing it well–make sure that attendees are able to participate fully in the entire event.

Leveling the Playing Field for All Kinds of Diversity

Corporate events are intentionally more result-oriented. Who are the participants and what is the objective of the event: a meeting; presentation; awards ceremony; celebration;  conference, trade show, or break-out social time?

Social events can include a wide range of ages. Whether the guests are related (weddings, family reunions), a cohort (graduations, Bar- and Bat Mitzvahs), or loosely connected (birthdays, anniversaries, showers), there will be a scatter and a concentration. Maybe a large number of your guests work in the same field, or live in the same city or region, maybe they share a hobby, religion, or belong to a certain age group. Use this to your advantage when planning—chose to mix it up, or choose to set up groups of like-minded folks—just don’t make your seating arrangements based on alphabetization!

Accessibility is Frequently Overlooked at Events

One thing I repeatedly notice is how difficult it can be for people to hear each other at events—even on a good day and without a DJ or loud speaker next to them! You can absolutely take this into consideration when planning where to put people—those who want to talk (and hear) might be further away from the loudspeakers.

Consider the Needs of People with Disabilities

How many of your guests have mobility challenges or need frequent access to the restroom? Do you have anyone who has sensory or audio processing issues? How about very tall people, or the inverse, and what affect that can have on your sight lines? Accessibility plays a greater role than you realize. So many people have hidden disabilities that impact their participation and enjoyment of your event. Their decision on whether or not to attend might be dependent on whether accommodations are offered or if they have to request them.

Traditionally people are seated according to their position in business or in a family. Make sure that those people on the fringe can see and hear, too.

Create Meaningful Interactions

You might consider using more and smaller tables to increase interaction. A six-top is definitely more conducive to getting people to interact with each other than a 10-top or a banquet table. Although banquet tables can help people get to know their dinner partners, it can be a long, arduous evening if they can’t (or won’t) communicate!

Look at some of the ways you can facilitate meaningful, memorable, and creative interactions at your event. Enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the entire experience by creating thoughtful seating.

 

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