1. Skyway Balloons, Inc.

    May 1, 2012 by Wil LaPointe

    Hot Air BalloonSky High Events!

    You needn’t stay so grounded when planning your next special event.  Go ahead and reach for the sky!  Launch your promotion or celebration with the uplifting fun of hot air balloons!

    Hello, my name is Wil LaPointe, the owner of Skyway Balloons, Inc.  I was in the cellular communications business when I saw my first hot air balloon in the Tulsa area. I immediately realized the potential to draw a crowd, so I purchased a roof-top type to advertise my business.  One day, a salesman stopped by who also was a balloon pilot.  Although I had never been “up” in a balloon, I purchased a red, white and blue passenger balloon…perfect to promote my U.S. Cellular business.   (Read More…)


  2. Nibbles by Grandeur Affaires

    by EmelineBauder

    Catering to the Ladies

    Hello, my name is Emeline Bauder, the owner of Nibbles by Grandeur Affaires in Tulsa. I was an environmental chemist for 10 years, but my true passion has always been for food preparation and being creative with cakes and flowers.  I’m sure that coming from a long line of chefs in my family had a definite influence on me.  Even after putting in a full work week as a chemist, I loved planning weddings on my weekends. (Read More…)


  3. The Travel Specialists

    by Bonnie Hedges

    There are almost as many travel agencies as there are reasons to travel. So, how do you know which is best for corporate, vacation, cruise or group travel?  Easy! Just choose the one agency that has the experience and specialized departments for them all!  Hello, my name is Bonnie Hedges, Certified Travel Consultant and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Travel Leaders – Bentley Hedges Travel.   I married Bentley Hedges and joined him and his daughter in the business in 1999.  Previously, I had worked in Las Vegas as the Director and General Manager for a large travel agency, where I gained a great deal of experience in government,, cruises, tours and luxury travel with emphasis on group and corporate incentive travel.  Travel Leaders – Bentley Hedges Travel is a 40-year, full service agency with specialized departments in all the major areas of travel.  Each department agent has exceptional qualifications and credentials, detailed training experience, as well as extensive study in his or her area of expertise.   We actually send our agents to destinations so that they experience first-hand what our travelers can expect.  Our corporate and business agent helps corporate travelers find the airline with the most applicable benefits – the perks and best value.  After our agent is given a company’s travel policies, we determine the preferred vendors for air, hotel and ground travel.  Bentley Hedges also has a department that exclusively arranges weddings and honeymoons in Mexico (Cancun Rivera Maya), Jamaica, the Caribbean, Las Vegas, New York, Florida – romantic destinations all over the World.   We are aware of the all-inclusive options available, as well as the legalities of getting married in a particular country.  Couples can relax and enjoy themselves knowing that Bentley Hedges takes care of everything – the wedding, honeymoon, documentation and arrangements for the entire wedding party.  Groups and Incentive travel at Bentley Hedges is one of my specialties.  I arrange out-of-city and out-of-state meetings just about anywhere.  I coordinate every aspect of the meeting – air and land transpiration, hotel and meeting space accommodations, meals and audio/visual equipment.  Cruise meetings are becoming more and more popular as companies realize the advantages of having all their associates gather as a captive audience in one exciting and rewarding location.  Cruise meetings are often the best value, since lodging, entertainment, meeting space and meals are offered on an all-inclusive basis.                                      No matter what your reason for travel might be, choose your travel agent as you would interview and hire any other professional.  When you base your decision on expertise, experience and reputation, you’ll find as travelers have for more than 40 years, that Travel Leaders – Bentley Hedges Travel is the one to trust for a rewarding, long-term relationship.   Bonnie Hedges, CTC Vice President Sales and Marketing Travel Leaders – Bentley Hedges Travel 10011 South Pennsylvania Building H Oklahoma City, OK 73159 Vacations@bhtravel.com


  4. Mind Your Manners

    by Carey Sue Vega

    Have you ever found yourself at a formal social or business event and not really sure which fork is which, what was the right thing to wear, or even if it was okay to bring a guest with you? There’s no reason to feel uncomfortable. Proper etiquette is a tool anyone can and should learn….even young children.

    Hello, my name is Carey Sue Vega, and I’m an Etiquette Expert. After receiving my degree in Recreation from OSU (yes, there really is such a degree), I worked for a major cruise line as Youth Coordinator and then Cruise Director. As the host for Captain’s parties and VIP events, I realized that many of the passengers were not familiar with proper etiquette in a formal social setting. After all, few people sit down to a formal dinner on a regular basis. I realized that I could help educate people on etiquette, so that they feel more comfortable in a formal setting.

    As an Etiquette Expert, I offer a series of classes at various venues in Oklahoma City and Edmond for children (fifth grade through high school), college students and adults.

    Students learn proper posture, eye contact, how to shake hands and make proper introductions, among other topics. The younger students have challenge assignments they take home to implement skills learned in class. By working on the assignments at home, they see firsthand how putting the skills into place, they receive positive feedback and reinforcement.

    In our adult classes, we review proper etiquette for social and business occasions. Topics include party planning, table etiquette, silverware and settings, passing food,

    “gentlemen” manners, as well as mixing and mingling tips. We also discuss the proper way to write, send and respond to invitations. We answer questions like, “When is it alright to bring children?”, “How should I dress?”, “What are the rules in a business setting”, and even, “Is it proper for a lady to wear a hat after dark?”

    If you would like your child to learn proper manners, or if you would like to brush up on your social or business etiquette, please give me a call or check out my blog at, www.careysuevega.com to learn about upcoming classes.


     
    Carey Sue Vega
    Etiquette Expert
    405-721-1467

     


  5. Latest & Greatest May 2012

    by admin

    Just point, click and "sign-up." Each month, we’ll mail you a preview of this month’s features with an automatic link to our Latest and Greatest.
     

    May Experts Corner
    Skyway Balloons, Inc.Sky High Events!
    Skyway Balloons, Inc.
    Wil LaPointe

    You needn’t stay so grounded when planning your next special event.  Go ahead and reach for the sky!  Launch your promotion or celebration with the uplifting fun of hot air balloons!
    Read More…

    Nibbles CafeCatering to the Ladies
    Nibbles Cafe
    Emeline Bauder

    A unique offering, High Tea, is very popular at Nibbles Café’ for groups of 30 or less. The custom, which originated in England includes a menu of scones and clotted cream, puff pastries, tea sandwiches and quiche.  High Tea has its own specific tableware adding to the charm of the event.
    Read More…

    The Travel Specialists
    by Bonnie Hedges
    There are almost as many travel agencies as there are reasons to travel. So, how do you know which is best for corporate, vacation, cruise or group travel?Read More…
    Mind Your Manners
    by Carey Sue Vega

    Have you ever found yourself at a formal social or business event and not really sure which fork is which, what was the right thing to wear, or even if it was okay to bring a guest with you? There’s no reason to feel uncomfortable. Proper etiquette is a tool anyone can and should learn….even young children.
    Read more…

     

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    Tips & Ideas

     


    A ‘Hot’ Gift or Event Idea

    If you’re considering a hot air balloon ride for a gift or event idea, be sure to do some research ahead of time.  Companies vary in the options they have available and how many passengers they can accommodate.  To be able to see out of the balloon, children must be over 44” tall.  Consider the fact that there are a number of steps going up to the balloon, so it may not be appropriate for some seniors or the physically challenged.  Weather is always a factor, so it’s a good idea to have a back-up date or plan.

    Wil LaPointe
    Skyway Balloons, Inc.

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    Time for Dessert

    Are you looking at a guest list that’s larger than your budget? Instead of a full meal, you may want to consider a dessert reception with a few specialty beverages. The presentation on desserts can be very impressive for the same cost of a minimal buffet.
    Time your event for after dinner and treat your guests to a unique and elegant dessert
    display. It can be a wise and exciting choice in tougher economic times.

    Emeline Bauder
    Nibbles Cafe

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    Rediscover Disney

    When considering destinations for your vacation, wedding, meeting or corporate incentive, don’t overlook all that Disney Vacations have to offer. Not just for kids anymore, Disney offers fabulous resorts with adults in mind and wonderful entertainment. What could be more romantic than a Cinderella wedding highlighted by evening fireworks! Companies are finding that employees and clients are inspired by Disney’s magic and imagination and appreciate the opportunity to combine meeting and family time.

    Bonnie Hedges
    Bentley Hedges Travel

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    Mind Your Manners

    Manners and etiquette are always in good taste in any setting. Did you know that ladies should never wear a fashion hat after dark? It’s also important to make sure you are comfortable in proper fitting clothing. Nothing says ‘lack of self-confidence’ like “hiking up” a strapless top or gown in public. The rule is: Once you put it on, do not touch it again.” Also, if you’ll be attending an event with cultural differences, do some research before attending so as not to offend your host. And, never bring children to a formal event unless it is specifically noted on the invitation.

    Carey Sue Vega
    Etiquette Expert

     
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  6. Latest & Greatest April 2012

    April 1, 2012 by admin

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  7. Secrets to Successful Social Media

    by Mindy Wood

     The big payoff with social media is enough to bait even the most frustrated beginner into becoming a pro. Mastering social media is an important tool you don’t want to overlook, especially because it’s FREE MARKETING!

     
    It’s important to realize what to do and what not to do and how to draw your audience to your profile. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and niche social media sites (like those for foster parents or teachers) can boost attendance at events, broadcast your services and products, and win customer loyalty.
     
    There’s just one hitch. You have to talk about yourself in a way that benefits your viewer. Do you really care if a caterer hates cold weather, loves his cat, or finished the wax job on his car? Wouldn’t you rather see gorgeous pictures of fantastic dishes, get cooking tips, and easy recipes that tempt your own culinary instinct? You get the picture.
     
    Make your viewer NEED your profile. Don’t give away all your secrets but show your work, your art, your ability to create amazing services that they need. Post your events, invitations, and discounts to keep followers…following. How to beef up traffic? Start sending friend requests and subscribe to pages from whom you want the same courtesy. The more you connect, the more attention you draw to your own page.
     
    Regarding Facebook and Twitter: don’t make several posts a day. If you’re posting five and six times a day, you’re blowing up the news feed and people are thinking, ‘enough already!’ Do schedule your posts (no more than two or three) at peak usage times (when do you check your social media?). If giving them the personal touch is working for you, then by all means post something funny or noteworthy…but again make sure it has a point for your viewer, otherwise it’s just too self focused.
     
    Regarding Pinterest: if you’re not on there GET ON IT! This is a dream come true for those in the hospitality industry. Use your company website (very important) from which to “pin” those beautiful pictures of your work on Pinterest. This site is picture driven (as opposed to text or post driven) so your photo can be “re-pinned” or copied to hundreds of other user’s profiles in a matter of days or weeks. When viewers click on the photo, it pops up on their screen and when they click it again it will lead them right to your company website. It’s so amazing it almost shouldn’t be legal…or free but it is!
     

    We hope these secrets inspire you to harness the power of social media. Of course, we’ve been providing benefit driven content with stories, tips, and photos for years. It ain’t news to us….



     

    Mindy Ragan Wood
    SEO’s Feature Writer

     


  8. WOW Vendor Showcase Event!

    by Mindy Wood

     Carolyn Willimans, CEO of SpecialEventsOklahoma.com has done it again. The WOW Vendor Showcase will prove to be “can’t miss” planning event of the year! “This is the opportunity regardless of the event you are plannning to get ideas great ideas to help you plan your event. Whether you’re planning a holiday party,  corporate meeting, a birthday to the wedding of a lifetime, no matter the event you can get all the ideas to make your event WOW! If you had only one day to plan this is the day,” said Williams. 

     
    Highlights include a FREE question and answer session with an event planner, fabulous hors d’oeuvres,  cake and chocolate fountain sampling, music, entertainment, and live set ups for virtually any theme or event! Plus you’ll enjoy taking advantage of deep discounts offered to those who attend the event. 
    You’ll also get a chance to win $5,0000 in prizes, everything from hotel getaways, spa packages, fabulous gifts, to free meetings!
     
    “All the resources you nee are here in Oklahoma. Dare to dream, dare to have fun and find the WOW in your next event,” said Williams. “I wanted to make this fun, easy, and affordable since not everyone has the time to see so much under one roof. Each vendor will be offering tips, ideas on using their services…without going broke!”
     
    Don’t miss it. Register online today!
     
    Happy planning

    Mindy Wood
    SEO Feature Writer

     


  9. Pony Party Express

    by Paula Novotny

    Party Animals!

    Imagine your child’s face when a pink limousine picks her and her friends up in style and then delivers them to the ultimate Barbie party complete with a real live pony carousel and Cinderella Carriage.  Sound like a dream party?  Well, that’s just what we do at Pony Party Express – make dreams come true!

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  10. Latest & Greatest March 2012

    March 1, 2012 by admin

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