Trending to a “Tea”

Trending now is the reinvention of an age old ritual – and it’s not your grandmother’s tea party.

With over 3,000 varieties of tea—from black to green to white to herbal and flavored—that cozy little afternoon retreat is being rejuvenated. From prim and proper, with little pinkies raised on delicate teacups in chintz chairs and doilies, tea time is trending—into the art and science of blending.

Right beside wine and craft beer, tea is popping up across the country in a variety of ways. Calorie and hangover free, tea is the ideal beverage, with a long list of health benefits, for any time of the day. Check out some new ways to discover the most amazing brew:

Posh restaurants, table side service features green tea powder whisked into a frothy delight.  match tea is a favorite, with health-enhancing claims of boosting antioxidants and mood improving effects.

Tea blending workshops where you can learn how to customize a mix of leaves. There are even computerized systems allowing guests to find a tea that fits their flavor preference and personality!

Tea tastings which provide instructions on the nuances of teas, including how to recognize and enjoy different blends, served alongside savory small bites.

It’s Tea Time Somewhere!

Tea time is also steeping into happy hour. Guests can punch up their tea with a little alcohol. Infuse a ginger lemon tea bag in tequila for 30 minutes and add a splash of cucumber juice. Or try a hearty brown tea infused with bourbon and pear juice. A nightcap of rum infused with chamomile may be the perfect relaxing nighttime elixir!

Let us develop the ultimate experience to support your mission, enhance opportunities and create memorable, tasteful-to-a tea experience!   With one phone call, we start the planning and preparation.

spring tea time tabletop

spring tea time tabletop

Tea for two by the pool

Tea for two by the pool

Tour de Force – Reinventing the Board Room blues

From corporate getaways to out-of-town guest agendas, to any special event, “Thank You” notes can all be sent to the state of California for its infinite range of interactive tours.
If sitting on a crowded hot tour bus listening to a narrative on the local sights is what you are imagining, it’s time to reimagine exciting, interactive adventures. From intimate groups to corporate workshops, from seminars to networking, tour excursions are reinventing the “bored-room” blues.
California is the best place to start. With near perfect weather and varied geographical zones—from the ocean to the mountains to the desert, tours have become something of a force:

Progressive hikes — Entertaining tour guides tempt hikers with good food, and food for thought, at the trailhead, lunch at the highest point, dessert saved for descent
• Motorized hikes — through San Diego Zoo Safari Park
• Feast and photography — Show up, eat up, drink up, and snap pictures on your cell phone camera with tips from a professional photographer
• Scavenger hunts — San Diego County is one of the best in the country for scavenger hunts on foot, bikes, or boats
• Sip and Cycle tours through wine country
• Behind-the-scenes tours of theaters, museums, zoos and SeaWorld
Wherever you live, it’s a sure bet hometown tours can be a Tour de Force filled with delightful surprises.

With one phone call, we start the planning and preparation. We are experts at developing the ultimate event to support your mission, enhance opportunities, and create a memorable, long-lasting, Tour de Force experience.


Color of the Year….

Yes, the gods at Pantone have spoken and deemed the new colors for 2016 is Rose Quartz (pastel pink) and Serenity (pastel blue). According to the Executive Director  “…  joined together they demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Hmnn…  We all need soothing in these turbulent times but translating these tones to events?  Maybe, maybe not.  The colors lend themselves well to weddings where softer pastel colors are always in vogue but interpreting them to other events means offering a female, whispy, almost childlike quality.  Which may or may not be the look and feel you are after.

Not all skin tones react well to these color combos so be careful before wrapping yourself up with these colors!

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Cool Summer Drinks

Summer is the time to try out new recipes and veer from the “tried and true”.  Update you backyard barbecue with a watermelon gazpacho drink – (add a touch of hot sauce for a morning brunch) or a mint mojito for a pretty and refreshing alternative to wine.  Additions to a morning brunch can be fun “shots”  – ginger, lemon, cayenne are a few ideas to to cleans the palate, boost the immune system and add color!

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San Diego county has over 100 craft breweries and palates have become more discerning.  A good way to feature a variety of craft beers is to add them as beer floats to your outdoor barbecues as a unique dessert pairing.  Try mixing your favorite beer with vanilla bean ice cream, salted caramel ice cream or try a creme fraiche gelato.

Keep it simple and have fun!






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