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February Fusion Water

act-fusion-tumblerAs we arrive at the end of February, which at least in our neck of the woods has been the chilliest month of the winter¬†season, you might be craving a hot promotional product! At a recent trade expo, I found this cool “hot” item and decided you had to know all about it:

¬†The Screen Print TakeOut Tumbler is a great promo product tie-in for the thirst-quencher that is definitely on-trend in 2013: flavored waters. With many of us maintaining New Year’s Resolutions¬†for health and wellness, drinking more water is a priority this time of year (I personally gave up all soft drinks 120 days ago, but who’s counting?).¬†¬† What if you find plain water just a little too¬†boring? Create your own flavored¬† fusion water!

For healthy flavor, choose a little squeeze of fresh juice! There are so many options: lemon, lime, grapefruit, pomegranate, orange and strawberry, just to name a few.

If squeezing fresh fruit seems like a potential hassle in a busy morning, try a little coffee flavoring syrup with your morning cup of Joe.¬† You can find syrups in flavors like coconut, vanilla, raspberry, or blackberry. For those who are avoiding extra sugar this year, sugar-free syrups are another option. Other potential mixers are cold brew teas-green, white, and herbal are all great healthy choices in a range of flavor combinations-that can be used with the TakeOut Tumbler’s included infuser basket. It makes cold brewing tea a snap!

Are you starting to see why the Fusion Tumbler is a perfect way to promote your organization?¬† The Screen Print TakeOut Tumbler Infuser is a 16 oz. double-wall insulated tumbler. It is BPA free, keeps cold drinks cold longer, and includes a straw with secure fit snap-on lid and infuser basket. Plus, it’s top-rack dishwasher safe for easy clean up, reusable/recyclable safe, and meets FDA standards. And made in the USA! If you’re looking for the hottest (or coolest) tumbler for your customers, volunteers, employees, or prospects, give us a call!

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Volunteer Recognition Idea #12

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event.  Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

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T.=Theme:  Hooray for Hollywood and Our Volunteers!

G.=Gifts: Give the gift of movie fun! A 3.5 ounce bag of fluffy, buttery gourmet microwave popcorn, custom designed with your own organizational logo in up to four spot colors. Perfect for open houses, trade shows, fund raising and more!

I.=Invites/Décor: Roll out the red carpet for your volunteers with a classic Hollywood party! Make invitations that look like old-fashioned movie tickets.  Think of making your venue look like an old-fashioned theater with lobby posters, lights, and a popcorn machines.Use film canisters, film props, and decorate your venue with movie images. Black and white posters from classic movies like Casablanca or images of movie legends like Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are perfect choices.  Have a projector? You can screen films as a great party backdrop. It’s the perfect theme to convey that you think they deserve an Academy Award for their efforts.  You can also create a movie trivia game as an ice-breaker; the volunteer with the most right answers wins a pair of movie tickets!

F.=Food/Refreshments: Popcorn, of course!¬† Create a popcorn-centered buffet with popcorn in a variety of sweet and savory flavors: everything from the classic butter to caramel and chocolate popcorns. Don’t forget other movie classics like Sugar Babies, Twizzlers and Jujubes.¬† Want to create a fabulous display cake or tray of cupcakes? Have a bakery custom-make cakes or cupcakes with a film- themed image, like a fondant star on the ‚ÄúWalk of Fame”.¬† They won‚Äôt want to say ‚ÄúCut!‚ÄĚ and end this special party…

Memorable Memory Products

act-digital-photo-frameYou know that iconic Bob Hope song, “Thanks for the Memory”? It’s a fitting theme song for the famous American comedian and USO performer, since Bob told plenty of jokes about getting older. When asked about aging, he allegedly said, “I don’t feel old – I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.”

When you think about it, promotional products are a bit of a memory game, too.¬† Here at A Creative Touch, we don’t believe in napping; we’re far too busy working to help you find creative, memorable products that will¬†remind customers of your organization. A quick search through our database of more than 850,000 promotional products reveals a few literal ways in which promotional products can “jog one’s memory!”

Digital Photo Frame:¬† This 7″ widescreen digital photo frame has a contemporary style and displays JPEG photo files. It comes with a remote control that allows you to forward, reverse, zoom, rotate photos, and more. Able to be hung on the wall or sit on a detachable stand, it’s the perfect place to display cherished memories.

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Memory Aid Bookmark:
  Remember where you left off with your reading and mark important quotes and passages from books with this ingenious bookmark featuring built-in sticky notes and flags. The bookmark also doubles as a ruler, which makes it great for underlining information you want to refer to at a glance.
 
USB Flash Drive:
¬† Also known as a “memory stick”, USB flash drives are the ultimate valued gift. Used by students and professionals alike, portable memory storage devices make moving data from work or school to home easy. Just print a logo or marketing message on them and you have a long-lasting advertising campaign.

Whether you need a memory aid or just want a memorable way to promote your company or organization, we can help!¬† Don’t forget to contact A Creative Touch¬†today!

Volunteer Recognition Idea #11

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!

act-world-mugT.=Theme: Volunteers Make the World Go ‚ÄėRound!

G.=Gifts: Show your volunteers you think the world of them with our Global Map Mug. Featuring a raised image of the world, it can be customized with your organization’s logo.

I.=Invites/D√©cor: Present your guests with an “Around the World” theme party to show your appreciation for their efforts: Invite your volunteers to this world-famous event by sending invitations in the shape of globes. Decorate your space with a variety of flags from other nations and choose bright flag-inspired colors for your other venue decorations: primary blues, reds, greens and yellows are festive, especially when accompanied by lots of twinkle lights. For more oomph, hang posters of world landmarks. For a truly cosmopolitan party, think the “Ancient Wonders of the World,” like the Egyptian pyramids, the Sphinx, or the Great Wall of China, along with modern landmarks like Paris’ Eiffel Tower and London’s Big Ben.

F.=Food/Refreshments: Want a global menu? Choose foods from around the world to match your flag-centered decorations. In terms of cuisine, anything goes from enchiladas to egg rolls! Select cocktails named for or associated with different parts of the world: Mexican margaritas, Madras cocktails inspired by India, Champagne from France.

Volunteer Recognition Idea #10

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers!
 

act-masquerade-compressed-t-shirtT.=Theme: Thanks to Our Jazzy Volunteers, We Always Have A Ball! 

G.=Gifts: Get your party started with a Dixieland jazz CD. Your jazzy volunteers deserve good music. Or add to the festivities with this cool compressed masquerade mask t-shirt!

I.=Invites/D√©cor: For this Mardi Gras-inspired masquerade party, you’ll want to decorate with the three famous “Fat Tuesday” colors: gold, green, and purple. Make no secret of your masquerade theme by using sparkly masks as decorative motifs, too. Want to crown a masquerade king and queen during the evening? Add crowns to your table settings!¬†

F.=Food/Refreshments:¬†For a fun¬†a Mardi Gras menu, choose New Orleans inspired food and drinks, from spicy Cajun cuisine like jambalaya to NOLA’s famous Hurricane cocktails. Craving a sweet treat? Bake a Mardi Gras favorite, the King Cake. With this menu, your volunteers will feel like they’re in a parade. Let the good times roll!

Valentines for Veterans

Army Man with Pink CarnationsValentine’s Day is a great time for veterans’ organizations to honor the men and women who have served our country.¬† At a loss for how to commemorate this typically “couple” centered activity in your organization’s efforts? I have some great ideas!

While you may not be able to bring in big movie stars and singers to entertain like Bob Hope did on his worldwide USO tours, you can certainly send your veterans their own valentines! Why not send paper valentines through the “Valentines for Veterans” program? This wonderful program allows you to send a valentine to veteran that is homemade or purchased (we can help you order Valentine cards!), so the sky is the limit in terms of creativity and personalization. ¬†The program’s only recommendation is that the cards be sturdy and not include easily breakable materials.

For events and other programming, why not think about Hollywood “valentines” to veterans? With the Academy Awards approaching, it’s a great time to screen award-winning films about the veteran experience. Looking for a recent movie? What about recent WWII-set films like Saving Private Ryan or The Thin Red Line? Or opt for classic films like The Great Escape, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Patton. More romantic award winners that have wartime themes, like Casablanca, From Here to Eternity, or The Best Years of Our Lives, are also excellent choices for any Valentines for Veterans themed events. Many older veterans will fondly remember comedies like Cary Grant’s I Was A Male War Bride and all-star productions like Star-Spangled Rhythm and Stage Door Canteen.

Whatever you chose, you can make Valentine’s Day a wonderful holiday for Veterans, whether you send cards, screen films, or organize other events. Call us at A Creative Touch for help with customizable valentines this year!

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

act-chinese-new-year-of-the-snakeFebruary 10th of this year is the Chinese New Year. Did you know that 2013 is the Year of the Snake? The traditional Chinese calendar is lunar, spanning twelve-year cycles. Each year of the cycle is associated with a specific symbol of the twelve-animal zodiac. The snake is considered a particularly lucky symbol in Chinese mythology, as snakes are associated with wisdom, financial strength, and accomplishment.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these fun promotional products from A Creative Touch:

~Have a cheerful time with our snake-shaped victory shakers! They are also available in other animal shapes.

~Want a fun party puzzle? Try our Twist-a-Snake Rubik’s Cube. These recycled pieces can be twisted to make fun shapes. This toy is a great choice for those who want to be eco-friendly!

~Kids will love our snake toys! We have dozens of items, from stretch snakes to a snake pillow rest, to delight kids who love creepy-crawlies. Our super-stretch snake is 72″ long and comes in several frightening shades.

~Not a huge fan of toys? Why not snake-print themed items? We have snake print cell phone covers and purses, for example, which would make excellent party raffle items for women. Our snake purse also doubles as a wine carrier, which makes it great for presenting wine, too.

Plus, you can throw a great Chinese-themed party for your organization or volunteers to celebrate the New Year, too. It’s simple: Grab some Chinese food, order our fortune cookies, and paper lanterns, which can be customized with a special message, for decoration and extra pizzazz. Or go for our snake-shaped cocktail stirrers, in vivid green and black. With these items, you’ve got a great¬†Year of the Snake party! Call A Creative Touch in time to ring in the Chinese New Year!

Volunteer Recognition Idea #9

Have fabulous volunteers? Struggling to find fun, yet affordable ways to reward them for their service to your organization? Find inspiration in our weekly T.G.I.F. idea. Each Friday, we will highlight creative ideas for a Theme, Gift, Invitation, and Food plan that make for a perfect volunteer recognition event. Let A Creative Touch inspire your creativity with promotional product ideas that show appreciation to your volunteers.

act-tropical-sunglassesT. = Theme:  Our Volunteers Shore Are Great!

G. = Gifts: Show your volunteers you think they are the real treasures with this tropical island theme! To capture the island atmosphere, choose a beach mat, a hurricane glass perfect for daiquiris and other tropical drinks, or a pair of these colorful retro sunglasses, customizable with your imprint on the lenses–a hot new trend for 2013!

I. = Invites/D√©cor: Present your guests with an island themed party to show your appreciation for their efforts.¬† Invite your volunteers to escape to this relaxing island event by sending invitations in the shape of treasure maps. X marks the spot of your fabulous party! Choose bright island inspired colors for your venue decorations:¬†teal blues, sunset reds, tropical greens and sunny yellows are festive, especially when accompanied by lots of twinkle lights or mock tropical torches. Have a “green” thumb? Decorate with silk or paper versions of tropical blooms, like hibiscus?

F. = Food/Refreshments: Want an island menu? Choose foods that say “tropical paradise” to match your decorations.¬† Fruits like pineapple and coconut are great choices to incorporate into your food and drink selections. From that umbrella in your coconut drinks to tropical kabobs like Polynesian pineapple and chicken, you guests will feel like they’re on vacation in paradise!

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