Team Building After the Pandemic

Businesses are opening their doors and allowing team members to return after many months of working from home. This can be a stressful and intimidating time for many. While your employees have spent most of their time “bonding” over Zoom calls, it may be time to host in person meetings and consider creative ways to let them reconnect in the office setting.

Safety First
Some may be excited to gather again while others are reluctant to congregate in groups as “normal.” Following CDC protocols is essential and will keep everyone safe regardless of where they fall on the pendulum. Keep surfaces clean and sanitary (especially high traffic areas) and notify your employees of all sanitizing procedures. Openly encourage employees who are feeling under the weather to stay home and wait until they are cleared to return. By now many employees are well-equipped to carry on in their home office without missing a beat.

Where to go?
When you are confident that your space is clean, gather your team for some much-needed fun. Or, better yet, take them outside to reconnect! The COVID-19 transmission rate is lower outdoors, so you can carry on with less concern in the sunshine. Plus, it will give your team an energy boost and a change of scenery.

What To Do?
Now is a great time to allow your employees time to get reacquainted with old friends. Time away from their desk  to visit together statistically improves company profitability. Provide a meal and tables with seating at a safe distance and simply let them socialize.

After a meal, let your team play some games! While there will be a time for adult field day to return, for now let us modify the plan. Consider games such as Catchphrase, Pictionary, Charades, Memory, variations of Freeze Tag, or Sardines.  These options are fun, gather people together for some laughs, and can be played at a safe social distance.

How This Will Help Your Business
Team building activities strengthen communication amongst your team. People grow confidence in each other and have the opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses. This inevitably will help them work productively on projects inside the office.

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Wedding Dessert Trends for 2021

Your wedding cake is a staple, right? As dessert tables, mini cakes, and individual sweets are creeping into receptions everywhere, you will be pleased to know that traditional wedding cakes are still a hit. So, before you ditch the baker, here are a few ways you can add to your dessert repertoire and wow your guests with sugar.

Keeping safety in mind.
If you are holding an intimate celebration and contemplating safety guidelines for COVID-19, consider offering your guests small cakes or table cakes to reduce the spread of germs. Families and friends that travel together can sit at reserved tables with an individual “table cake” for sharing.

Another possibility is to offer individually packaged desserts for each guest. This will reduce contact from sharing and can double as a party favor! Cookies, cupcakes, brownies, macaroons, or even a mix of all can be individualized and dispersed after the meal. Be sure to add a personal and creative touch to the wrapping.

Have your cake…and ice cream too.
If you are keeping things traditional, cut and share your cake with an ice cream bar on the side. A few flavor selections are great, but the joy is in the toppings. Whether you set up a toppings bar so guests can help themselves or create grab-and-go options, the bigger the selection the better.

Dessert beverages are a success.
Cookies and cakes will always be a hit, but dessert cocktails are making a comeback! Offer a few options for differing taste palates. Fruity cocktails, chocolate martinis, hot toddies, or cocktails mixed with cinnamon and spice are sure to be a hit! Here are a few cocktail ideas for you to consider.