We wish all of our event professional and hospitality staff, colleagues, clients and friends a peaceful, healthy and safe 2021.
Have the details of your wedding changed due to the pandemic? Is it now more do-it-yourself? Are you overwhelmed by the constantly changing guidelines? The Tapuz team of service staff is here to assist!
Over the last couple of months, many weddings have either been postponed or cancelled— but love should not be cancelled!
If you are still racking your brain trying to come up with a new plan for your big day, a Minimony or Micro Wedding might be something to consider! According to The Knot, a Minimony is a small ceremony which can include up to 10 people (with social distancing) plus any vendors that you require. Many couples have been choosing to have a Minimony, followed by what's called a Sequel Wedding next year, which would be the original dream wedding you were planning pre-pandemic. Another option we like is the Micro Wedding. A Micro Wedding consists of 50 guests or less — think of it as a traditional wedding, but just with a more intimate setting.
Our Event and Service Staff can assist with DIY events, with setting up decor, cleaning up before, during and/or after the event, greeting, guiding and serving guests, creating your signature cocktail for your special day (our Bar Captains are happy to take the lead on this!), and much more. As an additional note, our team will be following all CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of you and your guests. Whatever it is, we are here to help make your special day unforgettable and stress-free!
We stand in solidarity. We will use this time to listen, reflect and learn. #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused
THINGS NOT TO SAY:
No problem, Unfortunately, You have to…, I’ll try, Yep, Ok
THINGS TO SAY INSTEAD:
My pleasure, Right now the info I have is...I will let you know if anything changes, May I suggest…, I’ll find out for you, Yes, Good to hear!
PHRASES & WORDS TO AVOID:
But, No, The problem is, I think, I can't, Hold on
We like to encourage all of our service staff to keep these notes in mind in order to stand out above the rest while working at an event!
We are seeing a myriad of 2019 wedding trends so far and we're loving them! It seems that they are a combination of tried and true - and the truly unique.
A few of our current faves:
Indulging during the holidays is one of the fun parts of the season! But sometimes it feels good to take a little breather from the event planning and party hopping. While we are event professionals - not medical professionals - we wanted to share the info on this soothing hot beverage that really hits the spot - especially during the days after Christmas and before New Years. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
As event professionals, we all want to put our best foot forward in our appearance, and this includes having wrinkle-free attire. Oftentimes in this industry, we are required to travel to various venues throughout the New York City area and we may want to reserve our finest duds for when arrive at our destination. So, we have found these tips to be our top favorites when determining how keep our dress shirts (the classic catered event look) wrinkle-free while traveling:
1) Fold very carefully (see below), sandwich between 2 books, place in bag for secure travelling - then spray with wrinkle release before putting it on.
2) Fold around a magazine; Check out video here:
3) The seemingly most obvious, but not used as often as we may think: the always-reliable garment bag!
Hopefully these tips help next time you're on your way to the next event and wanting to arrive with that perfectly polished look!
Always twist and lift...
Ever wonder how to REALLY open and pour wine properly? As event professionals, we may find ourselves in a variety of scenarios when pouring - perhaps it will be at a wedding with table service or a cocktail reception for a corporate product launch. Whatever the event may be, opening a bottle of wine and pouring properly is an essential skill for any bartender. Check out the video here!
As event planners, coordinators, hosts, and caterers plan for an event, we all have a checklist or packlist of items that are absolutely needed to ensure the success of the soiree. When our list gets to the Sanitation section, we are usually given the option of either black or clear plastic garbage bags. We may wonder, what's the difference? Don't they function the same? These are a few our guidelines for each:
When to use:
- Use the black garbage bags for general trash (including food waste and trash from swept floors).
When NOT to use:
- Do not use when lining drinking ice bins at the bar - this will dye the ice black : (
When to use:
- When breaking down an event, clear plastic bags are to be used to store rental crates (plates, cups, etc) and linens so the various types can be seen and kept track of.
- Clear bags are to be used for the broken glass box set up in the sanit area.
- Clear bags are the ones to use when lining drinking ice bins when setting up a satellite bar.
When NOT to use:
- Do not use the clear bags for general garbage - the black ones are the ones to use for this purpose.
Event staffing is just one element of the event planning check list. Event rentals (for items such as furniture, linen, and decor) is also on the list. While Tapuz does not provide rentals, we are happy to assist with a rental order review and/or refer clients to our trusted and preferred vendors. The below list contains just a few of our most-requested items. Our Table and Linen sizing and look chart here as well for a quick reference.
Seats 6-8 Guests: 6 feet x 30 inches:
Required linen size: 90 inches x 132 inches
Seats 8-10 Guests: 8 feet x 30 inches:
Required linen size: 90 inches x 156 inches
Seats 8-10 Guests:8 feet x 48 inches:
Required linen size: 108 inches x 156 inches
Seats 4-6 Guests: 36 inches round:
Required linen size: 120 inch round
Banquet Round Tables
Seats 8-10 Guests: 60 inch round:
Required linen size: 120 inch round
Seats 10-12 Guests: 72 inch round:
Required linen size: 132 inch round
In the hospitality, bar, restaurant, and event industry, the word "tips" can have multiple meanings. Probably our most favorite meaning is the one synonymous with a gratuity for good service : )
But what does TIPS certified mean? TIPS stands for Training for Intervention Procedures and is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. These are all extremely important points to be aware of as a server or bartender - which is why we always ask our new bar staff: "Are you TIPS Certified?" in order to ensure that all event guests have an enjoyable - and safe - experience!
Boxing a table is one of those imperative skills that every event staff member must have for any catered event. The final product is a crisp refined edge to your tablecloth - which is perfect for any occasion. Once you nail this technique, you will be the star of the team! Check out this great tutorial: http://bit.ly/2lJzRFW!