Kinda funny how coffee - the #1 perk to keep office productivity percolating - is traditionally the biggest underachiever in the office.
Well, you don't need to be a barista to give your java some extra jump. Just a little thinking outside the coffee maker can take your brew from ho-hum to woo-hoo
There's always talk about things 'going viral' in today's digital world. Well, do you know what's trending in a big way right here in the real world? Germs! Yup, they are everywhere! But I've got something that will stop them in their tracks and keep you and your workplace healthy everyday and everywhere! It's Purell's ES Everywhere System! You can place this easy to use, easy to access dispenser everywhere you need to de-germify! In high traffic areas, or in places you wouldn’t even think you need it, this handy germ killer has got you covered with just one squirt! Just check out the action!
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Land that big account? New employee join the team? Just want to motivate the crew? Celebrate with an office party!
Depending on whether your idea of an office party is hosting your company’s version of Michael Scott’s Dundies, a company BBQ Picnic, or simply relaxing with a can of beer and a slice of pizza, here are the Twist team’s tips to throw the perfect office party.
Get your guest list together. Deciding whether you will be inviting just employees or including spouses or entire families is an important factor in planning your event.
Pick A Theme
Adding a theme will make your party more memorable while boasting the excitement and adding a fun TWIST. Focus your theme on the food, activities, decorations, and invitations. Luau, Fiesta, Patriotic – 4th of July, or Sports themes are all very popular.
Location, Location, Location
Is this an office lunch, a company picnic or an awards dinner? Depending on the occasion and the budget, you will need to pick a location for your party. At the office or an outside venue, location plays an important part in setting the stage for your get together. In the summer, it is easy to throw an office BBQ - just pull a grill out to the parking lot and set up some tables. Lorell ultra-light portable banquet tables work perfect inside or out, and don’t forget to have enough seating with Lorell folding chairs.
Don’t just assume that the entire office knows about the upcoming party. An announcement at your weekly meeting may be helpful, but you want to excite people, and when were you last jazzed about a meeting? Right? Use invites either electric or paper and mention food, door prizes -- whatever sets the mood, says Party Planning Secrets author Charlie Scola. Astrobrights color cardstock make it easy, quick, and inexpensive to have paper invitations or posters getting the word out about your get together.
Create a Festive Atmosphere
And we don’t mean "confetti" from the paper shredder. Even if you're limited to the conference room, decorate until it feels like a new space, one you'd actually want to hang out in. Don't be afraid of using a theme for inspiration. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to set the mood. Pick up some inexpensive decorations from your local Dollar Store or OreintalTrading.com. Twist has all of the essentials from plastic table covers, napkins and of course red solo cups! We even have balloons!
Serve Fabulous Food
The two most essential factors for having a great work place party is the right type of food and entertainment. Without those two, your get together will fall short of being fun Office eating is synonymous with brownbag lunches, so turning up the culinary volume is key. If you have a theme, serve eats that suit it. For a potluck, organize who’s bringing what. And nix messy foods -- no one wants to shake the boss’ hand while eating ribs!
Here are a few of the TWIST team’s favorite easy recipes:
Quench Their Thirst
Beer and wine? Frozen drinks? Water and soda? It is all up to you. Just keep in mind that alcohol can bring its own set of troubles – but we’ll leave that for another post!
Twist offers a variety of beverages from bottled water to sodas and more. Our favorite summertime party beverage is the Nestle’ Exotics Sparkling Water. With 4 tropical flavors; Mango Peach Pineapple, Strawberry Dragonfuit, Key Lime, and Tangerine you can bring the taste of the tropics which would be perfect for a Luau Themed party.
Entertainment or Activities
When selecting entertainment, take in consideration whether or not there will be kids at the party. If kids are present, you will need the usual set up; a face painter and balloon artist. Both entertainers will keep children occupied and bring color to the party. Other forms of entertainment include magic shows, jugglers, DJ’s Bands. For theme parties you can bring in entertainment to support the theme – Fiesta – Mariachis Band, or if you are having a luau, hula dancers are always a hit. Chip says he would add fire dancers for even a greater impact! Make sure to Plan activities that everyone can participate in without feeling embarrassed, like company- or holiday-themed trivia. What fun is a game if it doesn’t feature a prize for the winner? Your prize could range from something simple, like food, to a special privilege, like an extra day off. If your budget can handle it, feel free to offer something more extensive, such as a gift card or even a weekend getaway. (Note: Pens stamped with the company logo are not prizes but something from our My Pretty Office Collection is always appreciated!)
Need some additional ideas for activities? Check out these 2 TWIST approved websites
Whether it is an impromptu company lunch or a fancy awards dinner, don’t turn your office party into a boring, awkward obligation; with the right supplies and, more importantly, an optimistic attitude, you’ll have no problem throwing an exciting celebration that will be talked about until the next one!
For as much time as we all spend in the office it is no wonder it can get out of control. Junk, old files and more! Oh the clutter has got to go. And the mystery food in that Ziploc in the back of your junk drawer, I can't even imagine... Well, spring is in full bloom, which means spring cleaning is the only way to go. The look of a messy, cluttered desk isn't ideal for any office environment, but the real issue is the unnecessary time and energy you have to spend looking for important documents or handy office tools - and how that wasted time can affect your productivity. So grab your gloves, some disinfectant and let's get started. Here are 4 simple tips to get you going:
At Twist OP we love a great cup of coffee. But, did you know that there are also some great recipes on the Keurig Blog. Here are two of our favorites - let us know if you try them and if you agree that they are keepers!
Barista Beef Stew! A one pot meal, beef stew sticks to your ribs, fills you up, and warms you all over. No wonder cowboys make it on the trail. Being who we are, we had to add a little of Barista Prima® Italian Roast coffee to the mix, which helps to bring out the flavor of the mushrooms and thyme. Cowboy, meet barista.
Barista Beef Stew Serves 6
Directions Heat large Dutch oven and add 1 Tablespoon oil. Cook beef in two batches, browning on all sides. Transfer to bowl or plate. Add remaining oil to Dutch oven along with onions, garlic, and thyme. Cook, stirring, 5-minutes or until softened. Add wine, coffee and broth, scrapping up brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Transfer the beef and accumulated juices back to the Dutch oven and add mushrooms and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1-hour. Add carrots and simmer, covered, 30-minutes or until beef is tender. Stir in peas and parsley and cook for 5-minutes or until cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. -
See more at: http://blog.keurig.com/blog/kristen/barista-beef-stew-recipe#sthash.HariVZGs.dpuf
Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake Who can resist a great chocolate cake? We bring you an intense chocolate, almost brownie-like cake smothered with more chocolate. Here’s the recipe, and I think it’s a perfect contender for your Valentine’s Day date night dessert.
1 Cup bittersweet (or you can use semi sweet) chocolate chips
½ Cup unsalted butter
¾ Cup granulated sugar
¼ Teaspoon salt
2 Teaspoons Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Ingredients for the Glaze:
1 Cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
½ Cup heavy cream
Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease 8” round spring form pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease the top of the paper.
For the cake: Place the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Slowly heat (30 seconds at a time) until the butter is melted and the chips are slightly melted. Stir until chips are completely melted.
Stir in sugar, salt, coffee and vanilla. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Finally add the cocoa powder. Transfer batter to the cake pan, and bake for 25 minutes, or until the top forms a thin crust. Let cool completely.
Glaze Directions: Combine the chocolate chips and the cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat until the cream is very hot, but not boiling. Remove from microwave and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth and glasslike. Carefully spoon the glaze over the cake. Allow the glaze to set and harden before cutting – about 1 hour. -
See more at: http://blog.keurig.com/blog/hannah-hassler/national-chocolate-cake-day#sthash.73eBRRez.dpuf
Perk up your office with a Twist. Doesn't a cup of hot coffee sound wonderful right about now? The temperatures have taken a dive and nothing warms me up like a hot cup of coffee. Twist OP has all your break room needs:
. Hot Cocoa
We carry over one hundred different types, order today at www.twistop.com and perk up with Twist.