Ideas That Work

Event planners are resourceful, always on the lookout for ways to spin an occasion into a successful, memory-making affair. TSEvents’ Idea File, due to publish soon, is filled with great planning inspiration. The interactive digital publication is packed with over 65 pages of vendor profiles, from audio-visual experts and culinary specialists to entertainment and event-planning professionals. Feature stories highlight trends, ideas and suppliers, along with photo galleries and videos.

Here’s a sneak preview of Idea File:

Fruitilicious Cakes. Photo credit: Nolasco Image Productions

Trending Now

Food As Décor – Caterers are stepping into the decorating ring with inventive presentations that elevate cuisine into interactive ornamentation. Think tables laden with DIY ingredients and self-serve food walls adorned with donuts, macarons, appetizers, and more.

New Realities – Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are making inroads at events. These technologies are mapping out new ways to immerse guests in an experience, whether it’s for pure entertainment value or learning.

Local Stars – Hyper-support of local, regional eating is in. Curate menus and choose culinary providers that tap into seasonal, home-grown goodness. Sourcing local not only reduces the carbon footprint of the food’s transport, but it also supports the regional economy.

Learning Through Play: Younger attendee demographics are pushing teambuilding beyond the classics. On trend are team-bonding pursuits offering interactive, high-energy activities that deliver a level of competitive intensity with a chance to socially connect.

Niki Kingsmill. Photo credit: Tamara Lockwood

Dress An Event

Promote Creativity: Live performance art is an excellent way to bring a room to life, literally! Painter Niki Kingsmill beautifully captures event scenes, translating the energy of the room, and movement of the guests, with every brushstroke on canvas. Kingsmill uses venue photos to rough in the background pre-event so that the on-site focus is on adding live detail. The artist’s talents extend to other event services, including designing exquisite custom signage for décor and way-finding, depicting brands and products as paintings, and creating graphic art for invites, menus and place settings, etc. An online shop inspires artful gifting with collections of ready-made prints and postcards. Kingsmill also offers painting workshops, supplying instruction and materials. In the works: A corporate session that uses art to teach executives to think in new, creative ways.


Feed An Event

Gift Sweet Treats: Papabubble Toronto is Canada’s first shop from the Barcelona-based brand that specializes in artisanal rock candy. Hand-crafted in-store, Papabubble sells ready-made packages of the sassy sweets plus custom makes. The production process is awesome to watch as its candy masters add colour and flavours to cooled sheets of boiled sugar, roll and stretch it into long tubes and then slice into bite-size pieces. Available in any colour and over 30 juicy flavours, the candy can be personalized with a themed interior. Bespoke designs require a minimum 3-kilogram order, which delivers enough 60-gram bags for 50 people. Packaging can also be customized, with options ranging from various size bags and boxes to seasonal ornaments. Their lollipops are also fun!

K1 Speed Toronto

Move An Event

Accelerate The Fun: If your team’s feeling the need for speed, rev them up at K1 Speed Toronto, the indoor kart racing centre that’s just opened at Downsview Park. The company’s first Canadian location takes the nostalgia of go-karting to the next level with a bright, top-notch facility and Formula One-looking cars zipping around the three-quarter mile state-of-the-art track. The karts are electric which means zero emissions. Safety is top priority with staff crews providing instruction, helmets and driving tips. Organize the group into race time slots with up to 12 karts on the track at a time. Customize pit challenges and relay races to team-building objectives. The facility is a one-stop-entertaining hub. Enjoy panoramic views of the track from the on-site lounge, restaurant and private rooms – perfect for socializing pre-, post- and during races. Wrap up the experience with podium presentations, trophies and giveaways.


Karen Orme

Editor at TSEvents

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