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Category: Volunteer Recognition Ideas

Capture Perfect Selfies with Remote-Controlled Promotional Products

ACT Selfie ProductIf you follow A Creative Touch on Facebook, you’re probably used to seeing photos my friends and I doing fun and silly things. Whether we’re posting as Charlie’s Angels, going out to dinner, or snapping a photo with a celebrity (we recently ran into John Ratzenberger, better know as Cliff on Cheers!) sharing these moments is a natural part of life in the age of social media and smartphones.

Even though we all take them, these photos, best know as “selfies,” get a lot of flack. People have called the practice of photographing yourself and posting in on the Internet everything from narcissistic to a sign of the apocalypse. Google recently reported that all together, people are publishing 93 million selfies a day, which I’ll admit does seem a bit like an epidemic.

The truth, however, is more complicated than that. Selfies have actually been around for centuries. Before technology gave us smartphones, these images were captured the old-fashioned way – with oil paints and canvas. After all, “selfie” is short for “self-portrait,” and self-portraits are some of the most beautiful and lasting pieces of artwork we have. I say if it’s good enough for Van Gogh, it’s good enough for me!

Selfies also play an important role in our modern lives, where we’re practically chained to our computers and constantly plugged in to social media. Personally, I think all those selfies are great, and that they actually make the long days at our desks go by a little faster. Think about it – how often do you scroll through your Facebook feed and pause to smile at an old friend looking back at you? How precious is a grandchild’s selfie, texted straight to your phone? People are going to share photos no matter what. Would you rather look at what your loved ones had for dinner? The 15th sunset of the day? Or their smiling faces? For me, food is for eating and I can see the sunset from my own window. When it comes to photographs, I’d much rather see those smiles.

Like any art form, selfies have come a long way. As camera phones get more high tech and new filters are invented every day, it’s getting easier to take a great photo, worthy of dozens of likes and retweets. At A Creative Touch, we understand the desire to put your best selfie forward, which is why we’re now carrying some hot new devices to help you get the perfect shot.

Self Made (SR01)
One of the trademarks of a selfie is your own oversized arm, stretched out and taking up a good third of the photo as you try to get a flattering angle. With this wireless selfie clicker, you can keep your arm out of the shot, leaving more room for your lovely face. Just mount your camera up to 30 feet away from you and hit the clicker in your hand. Thanks to the power of Bluetooth, your selfie will be captured instantly.

Selfie Remote (SR02)
Like the Self Made, this remote allows you take photos without asking for assistance. It’s slim and lightweight, which makes it great for travel. Want to get your photo with Mount Rushmore in the background? Need a vacation shot that actually shows the white sand beach behind you? If so, then this is the remote for you!

The Groupie (SR03)
Remember last year’s Oscars, when Ellen DeGeneres took a star-studded selfie with a bunch of A-list celebrities? It was so popular that Samsung reportedly offered to buy the photo for almost $1 billion dollars. While your group shots might not be worth that much to the rest of the world, capturing a great photo of your loved ones is priceless in its own way. This remote lets you get those shots without leaving anyone out. And since the remote hooks to your keychain, it’s always within reach.

What are you waiting for? Order one of these great promotional products and join the selfie revolution today!

 

 

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Volunteer Recognition Idea #13

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-night-lightT.=Theme: Volunteers Light the Way!

G.=Gifts: Light up your message in every home and office with our night light, which features a diamond cut-look lens. Or tell your volunteers you value their sparkle with a customizable flashlight. These gifts show your appreciate for their warmth and effort for your organization-that they really do light your way!

I.=Invites/Décor: Since the color black is the absence of light, chose black and white act-flashlightdécor for high contrast, light-centered glamour. Order black lights and encourage your guests to wear white and light-colored clothing so they will glow. Make name tags with fluorescent highlighters for a very cool look. White streamers, balloons and other light-colored items will stand out under black lights. 

To create warmth and ambiance for the party itself, use strings of lights throughout your venue.  From LED-illuminated white floral centerpieces to richly glowing fireplaces and fire pits, there are lots of ways to light up the room!  For example, rent a star gobo lighting projector to project light on dance floors, ceilings, walls, or just about anywhere you want to project a pattern. Using a prism effect will help triple the coverage of a gobo light.

F.=Food/Refreshments:Keep your menu “light” and light-inspired with foods made using flame.  Wood-grilled fish, poultry, and vegetables are a great choice. Finish your meal with Crème Brulée, Baked Alaska or Bananas Foster.  For beverages, try this great easy-to-make aurora-borealis cocktail that actually glows in the dark!  Or, serve drinks in LED cups also available through A Creative Touch.

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 “Walk of Fame”.  They won’t want to say “Cut!” and end this special party…

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 ‘Round!

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/Décor: 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/Décor: 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!

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/Décor: 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!

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #8

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-vegas-card-setT.= Theme:  Thanks to Our Volunteers for Chipping In!

G.= Gift:  Our nifty card set with zippered enclosure includes 2 sets of playing cards, notepad and pencil (left). Or, gift your volunteers with our single deck of cards (below). This unique set of customizable playing cards is not only a great gift for your clients, it’s a great source of entertainment. The carrying case also makes them perfect for travel!

I.= Invitation/Décor:  A poker-and-card themed casino party calls for invitations made to look like aces, queens, or kings. Use “Welcome to Vegas” signs to decorate your venue and name tables after different games: Blackjack, Craps, and Poker, for example. Bright, neon-inspired lights set a funky mood for this party. Create dice-inspired centerpieces by painting square white vases with black dots, then filling each “dice” vase with red flowers for contrast. Set up a karaoke station for “Lounge Lizards” with song selections from Elvis and the Rat Pack. Designate volunteers with the highest number of volunteer hours as “High Rollers”.
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F.= Food/Refreshments:  For a casino themed menu, select easy and glamorous items: shrimp, chicken, and veggie kabobs make it easy to stage card games and other fun activities at each table while your guests eat. Trays of hors d’oeuvres and mini desserts in shot glasses can be circulated between “card” tables. For drinks, think James Bond! Martinis are the perfect drink for a casino atmosphere, but Monte Carlo cocktails-Rye Whiskey, Benedictine, and bitters-also strike a classic drink note.  Don’t forget to remind your guests that “What Happens at the Volunteer Recognition Party, Stays at the Volunteer Recognition Party!

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #7

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-gemstone-paperweightT.= Theme: Our Volunteers Are Gems!

G.= Gift: Select this gemstone paperweight to tell your volunteers you think they’re more precious than rubies, emeralds and diamonds!  Made of lead-free crystal, it’s transparent and oval-shaped, and comes in a variety of colors like yellow, red, green, sapphire, and aquamarine.

I.= Invitation/Décor: Send invitations in a ring box or give them a jewelry feel with lots of glitter and rhinestones. Choose a variety of gem colors for this party theme, like sapphire blue, emerald green, and ruby red, or focus on a single stone combination, like diamonds and pearls. For centerpieces, fill vases with jewel-like stones and then place act-gemstone-multi-colorLED candles in the center for extra sparkle. Continue the sparkling theme with twinkle lights, chandeliers, and satin fabric accents that help add “glow” to the event!

F.= Food/Refreshments: Lavish is best with a gemstone themed party: Go for a classic menu of luxurious hors d’oeuvres and mini desserts for easy mingling and conversation-your guest should sparkle like your theme!  For cocktail ideas, select drinks based on their jewel tone colors. Serve champagne for its diamond-like bubbles, vivid emerald and sapphire martinis, and red wines in ruby tones.

T.G.I.F. Volunteer Recognition Idea #6

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-star-key-chainT.= Theme: Our Volunteers Are Rock Stars!

G.= Gift: Give our silver star-shaped key ring to let everyone know that your volunteers are rock stars! These split metal key rings are customizable, too.

I.= Invitation/Décor: Tell everyone to show up to your rockin’ sock hop with a 50s-themed record invitation in retro shades: pink and turquoise, coral and powder blue, or red and white. For a fun treat, even make your invitation in the shape of a record!

When you choose your event decorations, think films like Grease or go for a classic hotrod car theme. A ‘50s rock star party needs the right music: singers like Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and The Platters set the perfect mood.

F.= Food/Refreshments: Classic diner food is a must for this party: Burgers, fries, milkshakes, sundaes, even Coca-Cola floats, are perfect menu items. If you prefer a ‘50s style home-cooked meal, chose steak or meatloaf-with mashed potatoes, of course!

For a real “blast from the past” that is sure to amuse, whip out those classic molds and serve Jello, just like mom used to make. Looking for a layer cake to make Betty Crocker proud instead? Pineapple Upside Down Cake or Lemon Chiffon Cake has that retro appeal people still love today. No matter what you choose, your guests are sure to “twist” their way to a good time!

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