Archive for the ‘Sporting Events’ Category

Derby, Roses, & Juleps

April 7, 2011

As the weather warms up and people’s spirits are high, there’s a lot of talk about sports seasons.  From sitting in the sun at spring training games to rooting on our favorite college basketball teams, spring is the time for sports, sports, sports!  One of the lesser known spring sports is horse racing, with its pinnacle being the Kentucky Derby happening only a few weeks away at the beginning of May! 

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Horse racing isn’t quite the normal sporting event most people know about, but it is one of the longest standing traditions in our country’s sporting history.  The Kentucky Derby first took place in 1831 and is the USA’s oldest thoroughbred horse races.  It takes place in Louisville, Kentucky and is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” as a mere two minutes is all it takes for the stately thoroughbreds to complete the 1.25 mile stretch that stretches through the Churchill Downs racetrack. 

Not only is the Kentucky Derby the pinnacle of high-speed horse racing, but it is the pinnacle of high society!  The social scene surrounding the Derby borrows from English societal traditions yet adds its own bit of Southern charm.  Ladies step out in their fanciest spring attire, adorning themselves with bows, ribbons and the Derby signature of oversized hats.  They walk around the course sipping the traditional drink of the derby, the Mint Julep, perfect for a warm spring’s day.  The race is also known as the “Race for the Roses,” as the garland the winning horse is awarded is made up of beautiful roses.

Even if you don’t have a seat in the Millionaire’s Row in Louisville, there are fun and creative ways to bring the Derby to you!  Here

Photo from: CupcakeQueen's Flickr

at Sweet Deal, we’ve put together special events with a Derby flair where people can enjoy the race and the atmosphere surrounding it from the comfort of their homes.  We’ll bring in betting boards so your guests can pick their favorite horse, and we’ll even roll out a blackjack table and dealer for those in a gambling mood!  A cigar station is a perfect addition to a spring day of betting, while our bartenders will whip up some tasy mint juleps for a refreshing treat.  Our Special Event division will go even a step further and decorate your venue with luscious roses and fancy hats for your guests to pick from.  A Derby Day in the sun is the perfect idea for a special event, charity fundraiser, or corporate party!

If you are interested in hearing more about creating a Derby Day with Sweet Deal, please contact us at info@sweetdealin.com!

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We’re Mad (and made) for March Madness!

April 5, 2011

As the weather drags its feet getting warmer, basketball season picks up the pace and Sweet Deal spokesmodels bring the heat that the sun is withholding. Can you believe we’re already in The Final Four?! While the last teams standing may be considered “unexpected” as followers of March Madness can learn from reading SB Nation, the most engaging, up-to-speed sports blog in the sphere, the energy and flair that our models bring to college basketball fans participating in a lively event to honor the season has come to be relied upon. Guests of the Sports Blog Nation party are the lucky recipients of the spirit, and (literally), CHEER, of Sweet Deal facilitators. Sometimes it takes a woman’s honed eye for detail to ensure that the best hospitality is provided. Therefore, our lovely ladies are present at events to make sure that every face is smiling and every thirst is quenched by a sweet drink. Samsung has come on board to sponsor the event and, most importantly, to provide adorable, peppy outfits for our models. March is mad, yes, but our models infuse even more frenzy into this sports extravaganza held at The Parlour, Midtown in Manhattan as they greet guests and attend to their comfort. Equipped with cute outfits, bubbly personalities, and sports knowledge, the models are a match made in heaven for events of this nature: supervising every operation from ensuring the most exciting music to providing up to date sports information covered by SB Nation, sweet deal moves the party down the court.  Our models are well-acquainted with the fiery force that is sports fan-ship. They’ve got plenty of experience. In fact, this past fall our models directed a fun, successful Fantasy Football Draft for Yahoo Sports and Thrillist that featured snacks, Mikes Hard Lemonade, and the customary stellar company of sweet sports fans. Ben Hindiman, former National Events Director at Thrillist sent us this sweet note, “Just want to thank you (profusely) for yet again delivering a talented, friendly, charismatic, punctual and hard working group of staffers for my events.  You always exceed my expectations with your staff choice and these ambassadors are no exception.” The tradition of food, flirty fun, and competitive sports that makes up the fabric of American life continues to sizzle with sweet models as the gracious hostesses.

Madness in March!

February 22, 2011

With the buzz from the Super Bowl dying down, sports fanatics are already looking for their next reason to party.  Good thing March Madness is right around the corner!!!  With Selection Sunday just 19 days away, there’s just enough time to plan the perfect party.  Throw your party on Selection Sunday to root for your favorite college or wait until April 3rd to watch the final four showdown which will be held in Indianapolis this year. Who are you rooting for?

Here are some tips to make your party a Slam-Dunk:

Decorations: Orange and Black are good neutral colors for a basketball themed party, or be a supportive fan and go with your favorite teams colors!  We’re divided between many teams: ASU, San Diego State, USC. it’s a hard choice!!

Dress: Wear anything from a ref tee and whistle to a jersey from your favorite team.  Our staff has dressed as referees at past parties to keep the guests in line!

 Trivia: Tests your guests’ knowledge of NCAA with some basketball trivia. (Did you know UCLA has won the most championships with 11 victories?)

 Need some help finding trivia? This website has tons of quizzes and answers. http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/sports/ncaa_basketball/ncaa_march_madness.html

 Party Games:  Before the game starts, might as well put a little money down with a betting board to raise the party stakes!  If you have a basketball hoop, challenge your guests to a game outside in between quarters. Or if exercise isn’t your thing, play some basketball themed video games like EA’s NCAA March Madness to give your fingers a work out instead.

 Food: Finger Food! Try this recipe your guests can dunk into. Serve with pretzels.  We’re already getting hungry just looking at this!!

Beer Dip
Ingredients:

1 package Hidden Valley dip mix (original flavor)
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese
6 oz. beer (of your choice)
6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
pretzels

Just mix the ingredients and chill. 

http://www.celebrations.com/article/Throw-a-March-Madness-Mixer 

 Drinks: What’s a sports party without beer? But if you want to mix it up a little try this cocktail.

 3-Point Basket (Zombie)
1 shot dark rum (we recommend Skyy Spirits’ Flor De Cana Rum http://www.flordecana.com/)
1 shot white rum
1 shot gold/spiced rum
1/2 shot apricot brandy
1/2 shot lime juice
1/2 shot pineapple juice
A dash of sugar

http://www.evite.com/app/cms/ideas/march-madness

Sweet Additions:  Cocktail waitresses or bartenders dressed as referees, to make sure the party is kept in line!  How about a betting board where guests can pick a square and win some moolah!

A Home Run for Spring Training

February 17, 2011

If you love baseball as much as we do then you know what the months of February and March means: SPRING TRAINING!!!  Yes, we’ve all waited 6 long months for America’s game to return to our lives and the wait is finally over!!  Pitchers and catchers have already reported and soon position players will be on the field as well.  Get ready sports fans…Spring Training is in full swing and Sweet Deal has all the info you need to make this Spring Training a hit!! 

This entry will focus on the Cactus League Spring Training in Phoenix, AZ, but for those of you on the East Coast you can check out www.floridagrapefruitleague.com for more info!

 Games and Tickets

Games are being played from February 25-March 30th, 2011 and individual game tickets are already on sale!

Visit http://www.cactusleague.com/images/2011_schedule.pdf  for a full schedule of games and for information on purchasing tickets.

Nightlife/Restaurants

There are a ton of great restaurants and bars in the downtown Scottsdale and Phoenix areas.  Here are some of our favorites:

www.oreganos.com

www.donandcharlies.com

www.monkeypantsbar.com

www.oldtowntavernaz.com

 What to wear

Of course the best way to show your team spirit is by wearing your team’s colors and/or logo!  Why not head on over to shop.mlb.com and stock up on all your team gear so you are ready for baseball season in style!!

Watching the Game from Home

Can’t make it all the way to Phoenix this year?  Well there’s no reason you can’t enjoy some fun in the sun from the comfort of your own home!  Invite some friends over for a “Spring Training Stay-cation” and log on to mlb.com to watch your favorite team battle it out with your least favorite team!  And while you’re at it why not spice up your stay-cation with a baseball themed cocktail?!  (After all, what’s a getaway without a cold drink in your hand?)  This is one of our favorites!

Louisville Slugger ~ From www.Idrink.com 

Ingredients to use: 2.0 tsp  Blackberry Liqueur1.0 oz  Bourbon

2.0 tsp  Lemon juice

1.0 oz  DryVermouth

Directions: Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. Strain drink into a Cocktail glass, garnish with a Lemon Peel Twist, and serve.

And of course you can always visit www.cactusleague.com for any and all other information you may need to make sure your Spring Training experience is a home run!!