Picking the Right Wine for Your Business Dinner



Picking the right bottle of wine at a business lunch or dinner has become almost as stressful as buying the appropriate anniversary gift for your partner, especially if you are on a budget. That makes spending $4,000 on a bottle of the 1982 Petrus most likely out of the question.

But wine lists are as getting so big these days that if you dropped one on your foot you'd break your toe. Not to mention people's tastes are ever-changing and, well, you need to close this deal. So do some homework. Most restaurants have their wine lists online. Study it before you go. Then you have the opportunity to look up the wines online and see what will work with your budget. But if you are like most of us and barely have the time to read your children’s homework, never mind a wine list, then you have to just go for it when you get to the restaurant.

So what do you do?

Take a deep breath and order a round of cocktails or a bottle of bubbly to buy yourself some time. Now your guests have something to drink while you dissect the wine list.


Here are three simple things to consider when choosing your wine:

1. Avoid the easy way out.

“Stay away from favorite varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay,” says Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, a.k.a. the World Wine Guys , who are wine, spirits, food and travel writers. Too many people know the prices of those wines these days and many of those bottles -- like Caymus, Silver Oak, and Cakebread -- have big markups on wine lists because they are crowd pleasers.

2. Be brave and go for the unknown.

That means stay away from regions like California, Bordeaux or Burgundy. If you need to stay in Europe, there are tons of delicious affordable whites like German Rieslings, Spanish Albarinos, and Italian Pinot Grigios, says Alyssa Rapp, founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, an interactive media company in the U.S. wine and craft beer industries. And if you need a red, Spanish Tempranillos are inexpensive and consistently impress as well, says Rapp.

But there's no need to stay in Europe. Almost every corner of the Earth is producing wine these days – from South Africa to Bulgaria to even Virginia here at home. So spin the globe in your head and just pick a wine in your price range. If its something no one has had, it is easier to taste and critique it together. Then it becomes conversational and there are no expectations.


3. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

"If you’re not looking to channel Portuguese world explorer Vasco da Gama, then use your sommelier,” says Jessica Certo, wine director at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. This is what they are paid to do.

Certo always suggests you hold the wine list in front of your sommelier and discreetly point to a price. Say that you are looking to stay in that particular range. The sommelier will immediately understand and then all you have to do is be open-minded and leave it to her. Certo loves it when people say, “This is my budget bring me something I never had.” Then the wine tasting becomes fun and adventurous. It becomes part of the discussion, and could arguably be translated into the way you do business. Even better, your guests will have learned something knew...and may even walk away with a new go-to wine that consistently reminds them of their dinner with you. The added bonus will be that the wine is a respectable price point.



So the further you stay away from the predictable wines on the list, the more room you have to find a great, inexpensive bottle that your guests will love.

That’s all good business.


Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249718
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Most Popular Wedding Songs of 2016



According to Spotify, there are more than 6.7 million wedding-themed playlists around the world.

The streaming service examined all of them and created categories featuring the 50 most common first dance and wedding reception songs.

Out of those playlists, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” is the most popular first dance song in the world, and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” is top among reception songs. (At 683 million streams, “Thinking Out Loud” is actually the third-most-streamed track of all time on Spotify.)


10 Most Popular First Dance Songs:​
  1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “At Last” by Etta James
  3. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  4. “All of Me” by John Legend
  5. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  6. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
  7. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  8. “Everything” by Michael Bublé
  9. “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  10. “Amazed” by Lonestar​


Top 10 Wedding Reception Songs:
  1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  2. “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas
  3. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  4. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  5. “Hey Ya!” by OutKast
  6. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé
  7. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  8. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
  9. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
  10. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

What is your wedding playlist?

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/terripous/we-found-love-right-where-we-are?utm_term=.bv2b9eKmw#.qs9PoY9nQ​
Picture: http://www.bridalguide.com/sites/default/files/blog-images/real-brides-speak-out/rigo-claudia/first-dance/first-dance-glitering-lights.jpg​
 

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10 Ways To Have More Productive Meetings



Who hasn’t struggled to stay awake through a three-hour meeting, or left a department-wide pow-wow wondering what the point was?

It’s amazing how many bad meetings we have to suffer through at work: Each month, people spend about 31 hours in unproductive meetings, and the U.S. spends a whopping $37 billion on salaries for hours spent in unnecessary meetings.

Here are 10 tips to ensure your meetings aren’t time-wasters.

State The Objective

How many times have you gone to a meeting with only a vague agenda and sat through a discussion with no end in sight? The most effective meetings are ones where the objectives are clear. A simple statement of what you hope to achieve can shave an average of 17 minutes off of your meeting. In my experience, a basic agenda, shared in advance with any relevant documents, keeps everyone on track.

Be Exclusive

When I get a meeting invite, I’ll usually ask (politely) if I actually need to be there. Often, office politics get in the way of who really needs to attend. Google caps attendees at 10 and Amazon has a “two pizza” rule (i.e., never have a meeting where you can’t feed the whole group with two pies). It all serves one purpose: only invite essential personnel, and you’ll find things stay on track.

Time It To The Second

I’ll often request 22-minute meetings. This idea comes from an Ignite talk by Nicole Steinbok, and may sound a little silly, but I’ve found it’s a hyper-effective way to keep everyone conscious of both starting and ending times. People tend to fill the amount of meeting time they’re given, so I generally get just as much done in 22 minutes as in a standard half-hour meeting.

Leave A Buffer

It’s amazing how often we’ll book back-to-back meetings without thinking about the logistics - the time it takes to walk from one office to the next, for instance, or to top up your coffee. Building in even five minutes between bookings (and there are plenty of calendar apps, like Calendly, that can do it automatically for you) will help avoid snowballing late starts for the rest of the day.

Ditch PowerPoint

At Amazon, Jeff Bezos banned PowerPoint outright. Too often, we’re stuck listening to a presenter read an entire slideshow, verbatim. Visuals can be a great tool, but if you’re using PowerPoint as a crutch, your meeting is going to feel like it’s on life support.

Change Your Scenery

A boardroom is usually the most sensible meeting space for a group, but when you’ve got a one-on-one booked, a walk-and-talk outside makes for a nice change of pace. Not only can it be an opportunity to get some privacy if you’ve got an open-concept office, but walking also helps creativity, according to a recent Stanford study. Plenty of big thinkers love walking meetings - in fact, they were Steve Jobs’ preferred method of conversation.

Provide Some Entertainment

Some people might hear “icebreaker” and groan, but a round-table question gets the conversation going. Or take it one step further and incorporate a team-building activity to break up a dull topic - the meeting we did with a short improv lesson had us all on the floor laughing and energized to tackle our agenda.

Unplug Your Laptops

Studies have found that students who use laptops have a harder time remembering what they learn in lectures and are less likely to understand complex ideas; the same goes for the office. When you’ve got half an eye on your email, you can’t be fully present. So unless you’re taking minutes or absolutely need your computer, turn it off.

Meet Face-to-Face

How many conference calls have you tuned out of? I’m guilty of it, too: letting my mind wander when I’m not physically in the room. One study found revealed that 65% of employees regularly do other work while a conference call is happening. (A full 47% have even gone to the washroom during a call). A good meeting is about connecting minds and ideas, and face-to-face is ultimately the best way to make that happen. That’s not always possible, but there’s really no substitute for face time.

Lead With Purpose

Great meetings happen when you have great leaders. It’s not always easy to be the one ensuring things are moving along, but someone has to be accountable for running meetings that don’t suck. Once you’ve set standards for efficient, effective and entertaining meetings, your team will follow - and meetings may start to be the best part of your workday.

How productive are your meetings?

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brianscudamore/2016/06/15/10-simple-ways-to-have-more-productive-meetings/#15e4da60706f
Picture: https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/p/7/005/0ae/277/2a19223.jpg; https://probonoaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Women-leading-a-board-meeting-RS.jpg
 

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What to Do If You Get Sick on Your Wedding Day


Of the disasters on the list of what you don’t want to happen on your wedding day, getting sick has to be pretty high up there. Most other mishaps are things you can find workarounds for, or even laugh about later. But falling ill on what is supposed to be the happiest day of your life means you will be feeling miserable and may even have to miss large parts of the reception that you spent months planning.

As much as getting sick may just feel like terrible luck, it’s something that can happen fairly easily. After all, the stress of coordinating the big day can weaken your immune system, and you are likely coming into contact with many different people as you finalize your special plans. While everyone’s immune system is different and we are definitely no substitute for a doctor, we do have some tips on how to help prevent becoming ill, as well as how to power through if you do.

To Prevent Getting Sick:
- Regularly take vitamin C in the week leading up to your wedding.
- Get plenty of sleep. Try meditation if your mind is going a mile a minute about everything that needs to be done.
- Eat healthy food, especially yogurt that’s low in sugar and has active cultures since that’s the kind of bacteria you do want!
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after handling something another person has touched.
- If you begin to feel a cold coming on, try zinc tablets to stop it before it starts. Just be sure to eat a full meal beforehand, as zinc can do a number on your stomach.


If You’re Already Sick:
- Load up on medication, but make sure to take non-drowsy formulas and don’t overlap on medicines that have acetaminophen. While it’s great at reducing fevers, it’s also easy to overdose on, which causes liver damage. Always follow the instructions carefully!
- If you lose your voice, avoid talking until it's time for the vows, and make sure the mic is on! People might just think you're choked up with emotion, but everyone will probably learn you were sick by the reception anyway.
- Ginger is a good natural cure for nausea and other stomach problems.
- If your wedding is on a hot day, avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke (which can be very dangerous) by hydrating consistently. Speak up about not feeling well if your photographer is taking pictures outside.
- Use facial tissue with lotion in it in order to prevent your nose from turning red, and make sure your makeup artist gives you a touch-up kit.
- If you really need the extra rest, delay the ceremony a bit if you absolutely have to, and ask your officiant if they can shorten the service. You can also have your photographer start photos with your future spouse to give you some extra time.
Learn how to stay healthy while planning your wedding and ensure you'll feel your best on the big day.
Opening photo by Honey Honey Photography


Source: ​https://www.insideweddings.com/news/beauty/what-to-do-if-you-get-sick-on-your-wedding-day/3498/


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2017 Meeting Trends

2017 Meeting Trends

a couple weeks back we blogged about some informative tips on how to increase your event sign-ups. this monday we are back with some 2017 meeting trends that will most likely occur throughout various companies. we highly recommend you follow these trends as well as any other meeting strategies that have worked out for your company the previous year. the 3 west club has several beautiful spaces available for you to host your company meetings and other events.


Making Teambuilding More Effective. As more millennials become meeting attendees, planners are looking for more active options for teambuilding events. Active elements can be incorporated into teambuilding events that focus on corporate social responsibility such as a few hours of beach cleanup, school refurbishment or bicycle-building contest where the finished products are donated.

Bleisure: Attendees Extend Their Stay for Enjoyment. One aspect of meetings that’s changed noticeably is the number of attendees extending their stay at the host property for leisure purposes. They come early or stay longer just to relax.

Maximum Impact from Property Space. Flexible space configurations are high in importance to planners when choosing a property, emphasizing the importance of multifunction space and the crucial role it plays in meeting planner’s decision making. It’s clear that they want to make use of as many spaces as possible at the host property for business sessions, as well as social events.

Importance of Technology at Every Stage of a Meeting. Onsite technology was the next crucial importance. A majority of planners’ state that a property’s website is where they get the most information when searching for a host property.

Food and Beverage Options. The importance of food and beverage options to planners remained constant year over year.

Collaboration and Creativity to Stay in Budget. Demand from leisure, individual business travelers and groups demonstrated they have more money to spend on meetings in 2017 but will spend it across more meetings, rather than more money to spend per meeting. These individuals shared that flexibility also plays a vital role for planners who often need to shift dates in one or two weeks in either direction.

Source: http://www.themeetingmagazines.com/news/2017-meeting-trends-forecast/

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Food Trends to Look Out for in 201(7)

Food Trends to Look Out for in 201(7)

After doing some extensive research we have rounded up the food trends you should keep an eye out for in the near future. Some of these are going to shock you, while others you may have seen coming. 3 West Club’s Chef is an individual of the highest skills in culinary and he more than likely can accommodate one of these meals during your stay at the club’s hotel or one of your own planned events.

1. Vegetables Continue to Edge Out Meats

As more consumers look for healthy dining options, they pass over animal proteins in favor of fresh produce. This trend started several years ago, but its staying power has even impressed Wall Street. Restaurant customers want to enjoy their meals with more flavor and less guilt.

By ensuring a wide variety of vegetable alternatives to meat-based dishes, restaurants cater to more than just customer taste. They also market their commitment to healthier menu choices and sustainable food supply practices.

2. Franken-Creams

Photo By: @mumbaicravings

2016 was the year of the ice-cream hybrid – freak shakes, fairy floss and ice cream ramen, to name a few – and this looks set to continue into 2017, as people look for ever more Instagrammable desserts.

3. Seaweed

Photo By: weeknitemeals.files.wordpress.com

With the growing popularity of ramen in the West, expect to see more seaweeds on menus as well as hidden in dishes as an umami hit. In fact, sea vegetables in general will see a surge in popularity, especially in the health food industry, where the likes of kale may have had its day.

4. Produce Is the New Pasta

Photo By: marthastewart.com

As spiralizers turn out enticing pasta-like ribbons of beets, zucchini and asparagus, chefs are also folding vegetables into traditional pasta dough. Pureed carrots, tomatoes and spinach are perfect for rolling into fusilli, fettuccine and linguine. Vegetable lasagna will take on brand new looks and flavors.

5. Blackening food

Photo By: viraloc.com

Bear with us, this one is a little bit weird. We are noticing a trend of blackening food to create a change in taste and texture, often creating a savoury quality that can be a bit of an acquired taste. Blackening food is done in a variety of different ways depending on the kitchen and food type, but it seems that the trend has moved beyond the grill, with a range of foods incorporating the likes of activated charcoal to create unique flavours. Burgers, ice-cream, pasta, lemonade – there doesn’t seem to be a limit on what can be blackened.

6. Congee

Photo By: takpo.com

Here’s something to put into your schedule to hunt down next winter – congee. This rice porridge is super popular across Asia, with several countries creating unique variants on the original formula. Flavorings and additional ingredients are often added to spice things up a bit, making congee an intriguing addition to the breakfast scene. Congee has already caught on a bit down south (and if you look around Sunnybank you can find a few spots serving it up), but we reckon the heyday of congee is not far off.

7. Nikkei

Photo By: FineDiningLovers.com


Take the best of Japanese, then take the best of Peruvian cuisine – now combine them together with dedication, respect and ultimate technique, what do you have? Nikkei. Nikkei is probably one of the globe’s youngest cuisines, but it’s one that is sure to gain more traction in 2017.


Sources: https://www.finedininglovers.com/blog/news-trends/9-food-trends-2017/
https://www.boggiattoproduce.com/news/blog/restaurant-trends-2017/
https://theweekendedition.com.au/food-drink/food-trend-predictions-for-2017/
https://www.finedininglovers.com/stories/food-trends-2017-14353/

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The 4 Hottest Wedding Themes

The 4 Hottest Wedding Themes

this week we would like to repost these 4 smoking hot wedding themes from our friends at bridal guide. considering planning your wedding sometime in the near future? at the 3 west club we can integrate any of the below themes and ideas with our beautiful spaces. call us today and lets make it happen!

Rustic

Homespun barn weddings, filled with branches, lanterns, and nature-inspired décor, are more popular than ever.

vintage

believe it or not The vintage wedding trend is still going strong! there's just something that feels so romantic about adding old-world items and antiques to your big day.

high drama

this section is pretty self explanatorily. very eye popping decor that truly give the wedding that once in a life time appereance.

pure romance

similarly, this theme pure romance is just as it implies. beauty that will melt all of our hearts.

Pictures Provided By: http://bridalguide.com/blogs/bridal-buzz/wedding-trends-pinterest-contest


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How to Increase Your Event Sign Ups

How to Increase Your Event Sign-Ups

start off the year on a even more positive note with these tips on how to increase the quantity of sign-ups for all of your events. we would like to remind our readers that here at the 3 west club we have 7 different unique space rooms that can be accommodate to hold your event.

There are plenty of ways you can increase your signups by making some adjustments via your website. Believe it or not, most them don’t require any kind of technical or coding knowledge (which can become annoying to even those with the proper skill sets). Following these tips can make a huge difference in the number of hits you land and conversions you receive back.

When you break these actions down to their most basic ideas, it comes down to removing psychological barriers and offering better reasons to sign up. Keep those two ideas in mind whenever you’re working on a signup page:

Does this make it easier to sign up?
Does this give a better reason to sign up?If the answer is yes, then you’re likely going to see an increase in your conversions.

Emails


To get people to sign up you need to give them detailed answers. Specifically, to what, when, where and why. What your event is about? Where is the location of your event? What time is your event taking place? Why they can't miss it?

Second Email: Confirmation Email
A huge mistake many businesses do is not send a confirmation email when someone registers for an event. Why is this bad you may ask? Well a confirmation email can benefit both parties. The person who has registered for the event will have peace of mind knowing that their order/reservation went through. Additionally, you can add links to related content on your website (which will increase your visitors) or encourage them to connect with you on social media (grow your audience).

Third Email: Reminder Email
Another common mistake businesses commit? Forgetting to send a reminder email. Let’s be honest, we are all busy individuals who from time-to-time forget things. This action will make everyone’s lives easier. Send out a reminder email a week prior to the event to those registered. Don't forget to include the date and address of the event as well as any information that could be extremely helpful such as parking, catering, etc.

Sign Up Page


Your sign-up page is where you want people to sign up for your event, correct? Therefore, you need to make it stand out! Businesses can do this by using quality imagery and making sure the content is clear and concise, have bold call-to-actions and don't forget to make sure there is contact information on the page.

Social Media

Social Media is vital to every business. It is where clients, future clients, those possibly interested and many others will get to know more about your company. Here they can know what the company’s brand is, what the company follows and what is happening next within the company.

Facebook
Create a Facebook event on your page, include all the information about your event and a link to the sign-up page, regularly post about the event and share links and images related to the event.
Ad Ad Ad. If you are looking to reach more people through Facebook try using Facebook's paid advertising which is more than likely to land you more hits.

Twitter
Don't forget to post regular tweets about your event, always include a link to your sign-up page and if applicable throw in an image too!
Twitter also offers paid advertising if you would like to try and reach more people through the platform.

Instagram
Like all the above, Instagram now offers paid advertising that is unavoidable if a user is scrolling through their feed. Instagram is strictly a picture and video social media outlet but you can still use it affectively to talk about your upcoming event.

Blogs


If you think Blogs are old school, think again. With more people having access to the internet than ever, blogs are just as popular as social media and as they were when first created. Writing blogs related to the topic of your event is always helpful when attempting to spark interest to an event. Do make sure to mention your upcoming event at the bottom of the related blog and include a link to the sign-up page.

Using the ideas mentioned above will help you reach a bigger audience and make your attendee list grow. There are plenty of other ways to attract more people (i.e. – press releases, video marketing, ask for help promoting your event from other businesses, etc.
We wish you the best of luck on all of your future events!

Sources: http://www.thriveability.co.uk/blog/the-4-pillars-of-event-marketing-increase-event-sign-ups
https://blog.kissmetrics.com/increase-user-sign-ups/



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2017 Wedding Colors

wedding colors for 2017

at the 3 west club all we do is execute your plans of having a spectacular once in a life time wedding. although today's blog we bring you anticipated wedding colors for 2017, we also acknowledge the fact that your wedding color can come from literally anywhere and not just essentially a blog or other source. we are more than happy to assist you in planning your wedding here with us at the 3 west club.




Pictures Provided by: https://www.elegantweddinginvites.com/top-10-wedding-color-combination-ideas-for-2017-trends/


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5 Cockails for the Holidays

5 cocktails for the holidays

WITH CHRISTMAS AROUND THE CORNER, WE WANTED TO RECOMMEND SOME OF THE TOP HOLIDAY DRINKS TO MAKE SURE YOU do not forget to serve AT YOUR FAMILY GATHERING OR EVENT. THE 3 WEST CLUB WILL ALSO BE INCORPORATING A COUPLE OF THESE DRINKS TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS.

coquito




INGREDIENTS
Unsweetened coconut cream or Cream of coconut (Such as Coco Lopez)
1 tbsp. ground nutmeg
1 vanilla bean
8 Cinnamon sticks
750 ml Añejo or spiced rum

DIRECTIONS
Combine all the ingredients except the rum in a saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat, let cool and stir in the rum.
Transfer to bottles (making sure that at least one cinnamon stick goes into each bottle), seal and store in the refrigerator.
Serve over ice in rocks glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Candy Cane Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
2 oz strawberry vodka
4 dashes white creme de menthe
2 ½ ounces cranberry juice
Ice

DIRECTIONS
Combine all the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Combine well and strain into glasses.
Use crushed candy cane as a garnish around the rim.

spiced eggnog

INGREDIENTS
6 eggs
3 cups milk
8 tbsp. sugar
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg.
Spiced Rum

DIRECTIONS
Use an electric mixer to the beat eggs in a large bowl.
Gradually add the 3 cups milk and 8 tablespoons sugar to your mixture until it has thickened slightly.
Set your burner on the lowest possible setting and heat your ingredients in a pan until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Next add the 3 teaspoons vanilla essence and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.
Now to spice it up! Add 1 ½ ounces spiced rum per glass to 4 ounces of eggnog, stirring together. Top with a pinch of either nutmeg or cinnamon.

berry little cocktail

INGREDIENTS
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cups water
Add a cup of fresh cranberries
2 ounces of champagne
1 ounce ruby red grapefruit vodka
1 ounce cranberry juice
1 ounce black currant juice

DIRECTIONS
Dissolve ½ cup sugar into 1 ½ cups water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add a cup of fresh cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes or until softened before removing from the stove and letting cool.
Strain your berries and place them on a tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
For each drink, you will need to chill 2 ounces of champagne, 1 ounce ruby red grapefruit vodka, 1 ounce cranberry juice, and 1 ounce black currant juice.
Mix liquids in a champagne glass and garnish with a skewer of 4 or 5 frozen candied cranberries.

peppermint white russians

INGREDIENTS (makes 2 drinks)
2 oz Peppermint Mocha Kahlua
1 oz vodka
2 oz milk or cream

DIRECTIONS
In a large glass or pitcher, combine all the ingredients and stir to combine.
Divide between small glasses and add ice to fill up the glass. Serve.
(Optional): crush peppermints or candy canes, wet the rim of the glass, and press into the candy. This make for an especially festive presentation!

Sources: : http://www.liquor.com/the-10-best-christmas-cocktails//2/
https://www.punchbowl.com/p/top-10-christmas-cocktails
http://www.topinspired.com/christmas-alcoholic-drinks/

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Hosting a Holiday Party for your Company (Do it)

host a holiday party for your company

With Thanksgiving behind us, many employers are now focused on end-of-year holiday parties. The 3 West Club does have some limited dates still available for a holiday party in December. Contact us today for more information!


(Photo Courtesy of 46Minna)

Corporate holiday parties offer numerous benefits for employers and employees alike. Employees are the heart of a company, and a holiday party is a great way to express your appreciation and thank your team for another year of hard work.

Why should we host a company holiday party?

Research shows employee appreciation can inspire increased productivity, retention and satisfaction among employees. An end-of-the-year party provides an enjoyable evening for employees and allows companies to show their appreciation in a more personal way.

Benefits to having a company holiday party:

It builds culture.

If you’re trying to establish your company culture (or want to reinforce it), the holiday party is a great opportunity to demonstrate what you’re all about. If you try to prioritize individual recognition, you can have an awards ceremony during the party.
Plus, parties are fun! Your employees want to have a good time. While it might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, having a holiday party shows you’re a company that values employees’ happiness—and that you’re a genuinely fun place to work.

It boosts morale.

Ending the year on a high note with some fun can boost morale, leaving employees with a high opinion of the company and their work as they break for the holidays. Additionally, it can present an ideal way to kick off the New Year on optimistic footing, empowering your team to return with enthusiasm and energy.

It helps you and your employees get to know one another.

Getting to know your employees as people, not simply as workers, is essential for teams to succeed. Interacting with your employees at a social gathering is an excellent way to accomplish this goal. You can gain insight on how to work best with them in a professional setting by simply listening to their interactions.

Celebrating together is also a great opportunity for your employees to get to know one another. Often at the office, employees only get to interact with others within their department. Having an inclusive company holiday party affords your co-workers the opportunity to meet and mingle with people they might not otherwise get to talk to on a regular basis. Employee bonding in a social context is a key element of team building, which is necessary to produce the best results.

It shows gratitude in a personal way.

It’s true: giving your employees a year-end cash bonus or extra PTO is an amazing way to say thank you for their hard work. However, they will also appreciate a more personal way of showing gratitude. Having a party for them says that you value them as both employees and people—they aren’t just a faceless entity you can throw a check at and call it personal recognition. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can hand out “awards” to employees at the party to show them that you truly appreciate their contribution to your organization.

Now that you’ve decided to host the party, don’t forget to think outside the box to create an event that your employees will be excited to attend.

Please consider these tips for planning a memorable holiday party for your employees.

  1. RSVPs should be voluntary. If attending a company party is mandatory, you may be opening your business to a number of wage-and-hour-related issues. Plus, feeling “forced” to attend an event can really put a damper on holiday cheer.

  2. Pick the venue and entertainment carefully, and keep safety top-of-mind. Consider asking employees for suggestions during the planning process to promote participation.

  3. Create a festive setting where everyone feels welcomed.

  4. Ask managers to lead by example. Employees will often look to their supervisors for cues on proper demeanor at work events. Designate specific individuals to oversee conduct and gently remind employees that company conduct policies apply at the holiday party.

  5. Promote responsible consumption

If alcohol will be served, urge employees to drink responsibly and have a plan to manage the inherent risks:
▪Consider limiting choices to wine and beer with a variety of non-alcoholic options available.
▪Use a drink ticket system to help limit consumption. End service an hour before the party ends.
▪Hire professional bartenders. Don’t let employees serve themselves.
▪Managers should remain alert and watch for employees who may be drinking in excess.
▪Arrange for company-paid transportation for any employee who cannot safely drive. Make sure all employees are aware of this option in advance.

  1. Promote your company event with enthusiasm, and be conscientious. Practicing responsible party-planning doesn’t mean that you can’t also enjoy celebrating with work colleagues and friends.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE 3 WEST CLUB! WE HOPE YOU CHOOSE TO CONSIDER HAVING A HOLIDAY PARTY WITH YOUR COMPANY AND THAT IT TURNS OUT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL EVENT.

Sources: http://www.uniquevenues.com/blog/planning-corporate-holiday-party-your-employees-will-want-attend
https://www.zenefits.com/blog/how-to-plan-company-holiday-party/
http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/human-resources/2016/11/planning-the-company-holiday-party-a-checklist.html


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New York, NY 10019

Top 10 Bridal Dresses for 2017

top 10 bridal dresses for 2017

there is still time to plan your epic 2017 wedding with us at the 3 west club. we will assist in making sure you have the best wedding of the year. with several top quality spaces, exceptional chef and staff, and spectacular customer service, we will make your wedding an unforgettable one.

1. 2017 will mark the year that brides aren't afraid to show their true colors! pink wedding? Why not? Of course, white is timeless and elegant, but perhaps not the best fit for the edgy, modern bride who wants nothing more than to shirk tradition and stand out.



2. trains & veils. The two classic elements stayed strong on the bridal runways, but with the sort of drama and glamour that would make for the perfect "flowing in the wind" Instagram and Snapchat moments. Veils were accented with embroidery, lace, beading and, in certain cases, Swarovski crystals; romantic trains ranged from a shorter church length to a Royal Wedding-esque cathedral style.

3. 2016 = year of the Crop (top). Remember to keep it classy and choose styles that show just a sliver of abdomen, with a skirt that sits high on the hips and a top that leans conservative. When it comes to crop top styles, less is definitely more.
























4. Lace is always a bridal mainstay, but for spring 2017, there seems to be a profusion of it. we're predicting a bit more of that laid-back.

5. While capes appeared here and there over the past couple of seasons, the runway, street style and superhero favored toppers are officially having their moment in the bridal world. capes are everywhere for spring 2017.



6. Beachy bohemian will be big in the coming year, thanks to the trendy Raw Coast color palette. Think relaxed, flowing lace, drapey fabric off-the-shoulder details and high-low styles. Additionally, expect to see crown braids take the place of those ubiquitous flower crowns.

7. Bridal designers played up corsetry this season by accenting the bustier top with lace, embroidery, elaborate beading and creative illusion paneling (apparently, side boob is "in" for weddings). The '90s slip dress trend also made its way to the wedding aisle with silhouettes beyond the spaghetti-strap column: '30s-style peignoirs.



8. While sexy never goes out of style and will likely continue to be seen in 2017, many predict a return to traditional styles. forshadowed, a flood of fluffy, layered A-line shapes and long-sleeve styles à la Duchess Kate.

9. For the most daring of brides, a prediction of no dress at all has been made. Like the now-iconic Brandon Maxwell creation donned by Lady Gaga at this year’s Oscars, elegantly appointed pants or a craftily caped jumpsuit will add a modern edge.

10. it is predicted that a few fashion-forward guys will opt for the wardrobe change in 2017. While a classic dark tuxedo is ideal for the ceremony, guys can (and probably will) let loose for the reception, incorporating a more casual cream jacket or an on-trend pop of color like a steel blue.

Sources: http://www.weddingshoppeinc.com/blog/index.php/2016/03/28/2017-wedding-trends/
http://fashionista.com/2016/04/spring-2017-bridal-trends#!

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Choosing a Theme for Your Corporate Event

Choosing a Theme for Your Corporate Event

earlier this month we provided a list of five potential creative themes for your gala dinner events. in this week's blog we will provide you with some insightful information about choosing a theme for your next corporate event. the 3 west club would like to remind you that between our 6 uniquely different event spaces we can assist in making your corporate event everything you've planned it out to be.

Certified Speaking Professional, Chip Eichelberger, writes:

"Choosing your theme’s tagline is critical because it provides the centerpiece idea from which the meeting presenters will focus on. They must reinforce the key messages of the event that will be the clear call to action when everyone leaves. It is a challenge to continually come up with great meeting themes. I have compiled a list of some of the themes I have seen over the years for you. I hope it can help you brainstorm potential options. A few thoughts before you get to the list".

once you've selected your theme, you can intertwine elements of the theme into every part of your meeting.
such as:

Creating a logo (PPT template for the presenters)
Choosing a color scheme
Clarifying what the theme means for all presenters and what the leadership has decided to be the key messages – communicate effectively
Sending out teaser invitations by mail, email, audio and video clips
Coordinating special events, meals, experiences tied into your theme
Looking at potential teasers/gifts to be placed into the hotel rooms that can tie into your theme
Ordering ad specialty items that incorporate the theme – like shirts, bags, T-shirts, hats, pens, flash drives, etc. Even better, make them a surprising when they return to their hotel room.
Outfitting your staff with special shirts with the meeting theme logo so they stand out
Creating a follow-up program with a survey to ensure that the proper messages were received
Considering the gesture of recording key messages from the presenters for Mp3 downloads or sending out a CD/DVD to reinforce the messages

we also encourage you to take a look at unique venues (which the club just won an award for) latest infographic which directly relates to the same topic at hand.




Sources: http://www.franchisespeakers.com/choosing-a-theme-for-your-meeting/
http://www.uniquevenues.com/blog

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3 West Club still has great availability for Holiday Parties

3 West Club still has great availability for Holiday Parties.

National Gobble Gobble Day (Thanksgiving) is days away. Plan your family gathering with us, and we’ll make sure it’ll be another year of delicious food and beautiful memories. Chef Gary would be more than happy to accommodate and incorporate your needs. Speak to our Director of Catering today.
In this week’s blog we bring you a list of our Top 5 Alternatives to the traditional Turkey.

1) Lasagna


Nothing brings a family together like a big plate of lasagna. The soft noodles, hearty sauce and gooey, melted cheese just warm your heart and soul with each bite.

2) Rotisserie chicken

You can roast a chicken the same way you would a turkey with your favorite herbs and seasoning, but in about one-quarter the time! Not only is chicken an easy dish to prepare, it's the most popular variety of poultry, so you'll satisfy everyone.

3) Salmon fillets


Does your family prefer fish to red or white meats? Then by all means, serve up salmon in place of your turkey this year! Salmon is a very mild fish that isn't overly fishy so it's easy to pair with a ton of different sauces without overpowering your senses. Plus, it's really easy to make and takes less than 10 minutes to bake or fry the perfect fillet!

4) Lamb

If you're looking for a little fancier menu option for Thanksgiving, skip the poultry and the fish and go for a stunning rack of lamb instead! Lamb is a hearty red meat that is as stunning to look at as it is delicious to eat.

5) Tofurky

Lastly, tofurky. Tofurky is a soy-based vegetable protein that is often eaten as links, sausages and burger patties. A new dish has been released with tofurky roast that is stuffed with wild rice and served with gravy, so vegetarians can enjoy the holiday festivities as well.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to call (212-582-5454) or visit 3WestClub.com today to book your Thanksgiving and other Holiday Parties while the space is still available.

Source: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/975427/top-10-alternatives-to-turkey-on-thanksgiving


3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Tips for Attracting + Engaging Millennials at Your Event

Tips for Attracting and Engaging Millennials at Your Event

In this week's blog we bring you some vital tips for attracting and engaging millennials at your upcoming event.

1. Make your event website “social” .
When trying to attract Generation Y attendees, don’t stick to just the meeting basics (i.E. - event agendas and registration forms). Let the audience begin to interact before the meeting by incorporating social media widgets, enabling comments and featuring blog posts from speakers.

2. Host your event in a big city.
Researchers have found that millennials want to live and go to big cities where there is public transportation and a lot of nighttime activities.

3. Offer opportunities for professional networking.
research has also found that an estimated 80 percent of millennials are more likely to attend events that include a "peer-to-peer networking" and a "career networking and job opportunities".

4. Make education fun and interesting.
mobile applications and gamification in sessions and throughout the meeting will make learning much more interactive and keep your attendees focused as well as interested.

5. Make social media an event focus.
we live in an age where social medial holds great power. by creating a hashtag for the event you have attendees something to automatically engage about and connect everything occurring at the event to (subconsciously creating advertising for your company). you can also arrange to have tweets and posts displayed on projection screens throughout the space. another idea is incentivize the social interaction by offering a prize for the most interesting or engaging tweet.

Additionally:


Sources: http://www.meetingsimagined.com/tips-trends/tailor-your-event-millennial-audience
http://www.uniquevenues.com/blog/tips-attracting-engaging-millennials-your-event-infographic

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3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

5 Creative Theme Ideas for Gala Dinner Events

5 Creative Theme Ideas for Gala Dinner Events

Want to host a Gala but don’t have a theme selection? Here’s a list of the most essential themes that make it a night to remember. Select a theme or call us today to help bring your concepts to life at 3 West Club.

1. Masquerade


One of the most popular gala themes is the masquerade. Its stylish nature supports the black suit, black dress attire and the atmosphere is already commonly associated with countless formal events. Red carpet, stylish décor, live music, acts, masks, and ballroom dancing are all elements of the masquerade theme.

2. The Oscars


All of the glamour associated with these prestigious award ceremonies supply a great building block for a gala dinner. Theatrical costumes, entertainment, and props will spark up your dinner and draw enormous praise from everyone and shock both, the art and entertainment lovers. The decor should involve a variety of elegant props such as the red carpet implemented in award shows to give your guests that authentic Hollywood feel.

3. Grand Gala



Stunning centerpieces, grand lighting, red carpets, and beautiful décor offer a sophisticated atmosphere for your guests. Select a rich color and have it paired up with either silver, gold, or other solid classic colors. Centerpieces will play a vital role in the execution of this gala them and they can be as simple as confetti to top hats, feathered masks, or silver decorations. Live entertainment can feature ballroom dancing, singing as well as stage shows.

4. Christmas



Depending on the time of season, the theme could be just decorating for the holidays. A Christmas theme offers an opportunity to take donations for your cause, or incorporation of gifts into the night. Centerpieces ideas can be limitless (fake mini Christmas trees, candles, basket filled with ornaments, flowers etc.) and empty boxes wrapped in wrapping paper provide inexpensive decorations that can add a stunning element to the affair and bring the Christmas spirit to even the meanest of them, Mr. Grinch!

5. Broadway



Nothing yells bright lights like Broadway. The Broadway Gala theme should include stage acting, rich colors, and an innumerable of lights. Broadway-themed events often feature a lavishly decorated stage with live either musical or theatric performances. White lights and black drapes make perfect decorations for the walls and windows while centerpieces can include anything theatre-related such as that of a playbill, a director's board, film etc.

Source: https://holidappy.com/party-planning/theme-ideas-for-a-gala-dinner-event


3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

10 Classic American Dishes

10 Classic American Dishes

At 3 West Club our chef, chef gary and co., know nothing besides how to serve up the best dishes in the city on a daily basis. this week we bring you 10 classic American dishes that every American has tried at least once in their life time. try one of these classical dishes and more at one of your planned events or stay at the 3 west club.

Pancakes



When it comes to typical American breakfasts, there's one front-runner: pancakes. Variations abound, but you can't go wrong with a short stack of tender, tangy buttermilk flapjacks.







Club Sandwich



While its exact origins may be a bit of a mystery, there's no denying the club sandwich's place at the American table. This turkey take on the delicious double-decker adds sliced avocado and honey mustard to the mix for an extra tasty bite.



BBQ Ribs





Regional barbecue styles vary widely, but one of our favorite meaty menu items has to be glossy beer-glazed baby back ribs.




Macaroni & Cheese





It's creamy, it's cheesy, it's downright divine — it's macaroni and cheese.








Steak






Sometimes a steak is best served simply — generously seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked hot and fast for a burnished crust. Follow this technique for stellar results; the accompanying miso mustard sauce is merely optional (though delightful).







Mashed Potatoes



Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays, so it's only natural that its most popular side, mashed potatoes, is considered by many to be one of the United States' signature dishes.









Cheeseburger






It's on nearly every American restaurant's menu: the cheeseburger. This must-make take boasts gooey cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a zippy pickle-spiked sauce.








Pulled Pork Sandwich





Piled high with juicy, melt-in-your-mouth pork and crisp coleslaw, the pulled pork sandwich is a Southern standby.





Pumpkin Pie






Another beloved Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie. This Fall favorite is creamy, perfectly spiced, and oh so American.









Apple Pie




The idiom "as American as apple pie" says it all. This homey dessert deserves a home at any American feast.





Source: http://www.popsugar.com/food/Traditional-American-Dishes-13400225#photo-13400309

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3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

BizBash Live The Expo NYC 2016

BizBash live the EXPO NYC 2016


On a yearly basis, thousands of event and meeting professionals gather throughout the country in cities such as South Florida, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. for BizBash live experiences. Although these events are once-a-year, one-day events, they are where the most influential names in the industry network, collaborate, discover, and become inspired to create incredible events.

What is BizBash Live Expo? It is the ultimate trade show and conference, packed with today’s hottest vendors, new ideas, thought-provoking education, and the latest trends in events.

This year promises a lineup of speakers to discuss the latest ideas, inspiration, and strategies for executing top-level events.
The forum and workshops will cover several topics, from advancing in your career to crafting successful event sponsorship strategies, plus insights on rites, rituals, and protocol from celebrated event designer David Monn. Addtionally, a luncheon on over-the-top events will feature a history of legendary New York fetes from Donald Albrecht, curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York, and an insider’s look at a recent $3 million bar mitzvah by Michael Cerbelli, C.E.O. and president of Cerbelli Creative.

The 3 West Club will be exhibiting at the bizbash expo. Come to our booth and learn more about what our venue has to offer your business for meetings and special events.

Follow the link below to register:
https://bizbash.swoogo.com/expony/12356

When?
November 15, 2016

Where?
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Source: http://www.bizbash.com/see-whos-speaking-at-bizbash-live-the-expo-new-york-2016/new-york/story/32890/#.V_aI4-TrtPY


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2nd Annual Holiday Boutique

3 West Club

cordially invites you to our

2016 HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

November 10th, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join us on November 10th from 4 to 7 PM for the 3 West Club’s Holiday Boutique. The 3 West Club’s Holiday Boutique showcases local retailers and artisans for your holiday shopping pleasure. This event is open to the public. We invite you to join us for a night of shopping, refreshments and delicious food.

Featured Vendors Include:



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10 Tips to Improve Panel Discussions

10 Tips to Improve Panel Discussions



1. Carefully choose moderators and panelists. Skilled moderators bring out the best in panelists. Planners need to make sure in advance that moderators are knowledgeable about the industry.

2. Interesting and articulate panelists. diversity. the panel should have a wide range of speakers in terms of gender, age, background and viewpoint. there should be at most four participants who are all to be well-prepared.
3. Get rid of the long, draped table. Many agree it creates a barrier between panelists and the audience. one possible solution is for Speakers to be seated in a shallow semi-circle with a small cocktail table either in front or to the side of them.
4. Stress preparation. The moderator and panelists have to do more than just show up. The moderator should develop an agenda and prepare welcoming remarks, introductions and some initial questions. Panelists should do background research on the topic, and formulate both their key messages and talking points.
5. Formal rehearsals are unnecessary; however, the moderator should brief panelists on the process as well as ground rules for the session. it is likely that Spontaneity will be lost if the discussion is rehearsed in advance.
6. Structure the discussion to be more like a conversation. heavily Emphasize that the panel should be a lively discussion among experts sharing their thoughts and opinions, rather than a series of presentations.
7. Limit the number of slides. slides are to be used only to grab the audience's attention or make an abstract concept more understandable. detailed information should be displayed in a web link or printed handout.
8. Engage the audience early. Create a catchy title for the event, and make sure the topic is both trendy and fun. Create a buzz, even before the event. email marketing or social media can be used to ask attendees to submit three questions they would like to hear discussed.
9. Encourage participation. it is not recommended to wait for a Q&A at the end of the presentation to engage the audience. Today’s attendees want to participate immediately. the Use of technological tools will encourage participation.
10. Make it entertaining. most would consider it a known fact that the majority of People today have short attention spans. Every five to six minutes, do something interactive to stimulate the audience, such as a poll or a game.


Source: http://www.smartmeetings.com/meeting-planning/91957/10-tips-to-improve-panel-discussions


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