unpredictable swag

September 10, 2010 by

Gift bags conjure up ideas of company-branded Frisbees and pin-back buttons, water bottles and pens.  It’s all quite predictable, so when we have an opportunity to do something different, that’s when the most fun happens.  Wouldn’t it be fun to build swag bags around these great, unpredictable swag items?

Having your event in a major metropolitan city?  Give your attendees a city plate!  I’m not a plate-on-the-wall girl, so it would be fun to use as a cheese plate for your next shindig or serve as the backdrop to that delicious dessert!


[City Plates]



 Having your event at a yacht club?  Hosting a nautical-themed party?  Sea Bags are the perfect carryall tote that your attendees can use again and again.  Want to take this theme to the next level?  Stuff the bag with Sperry Topsiders, throw in a splash-resistant anorak and roll up a beach towel.


[Sea Bags]



Throwing a baseball themed event?  Why not get your male guests some commemorative cufflinks from the ballpark?  Crafted from the salvaged seats of America’s most renowned stadiums, your guests could wear a piece of baseball history – original paint colors and all.  


[Ballpark Cuff Links]



 Hosting an event with international attendees, or throwing a party in a foreign city?  Give guests the gift of these colorful passport covers made with recycled ties and they’ll never lose their passport among the multitude of other things they’ve packed.


[Narwhal Company Passport Cover]



Have you received unusually cool items in your swag bags?


Governors Island Jazz-Age Lawn Party

September 9, 2010 by
The blogosphere was abuzz in late August about the Governors Island Jazz-Age Lawn Party

Image from The Satorialist

Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor and only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan. For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base. In 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of Island to the people of New York and 22 acres were declared the Governors Island National Monument (source).  

Image from Hither & Thither

Locals gathered “under a shady grove of centuries-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air” and picnicked on “a sprawling green surrounded by historic officers’ quarters and 18th century naval ramparts” (Source: Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra).  The Satorialist has some gorgeous shots (of course) but so do other blogger faves – Hither & Thither , Lovely Little Things, etc.

Image from A Cup of Joe

It isn’t often that we get to throw theme parties, but this made me pine a bit. Check out the fabulous details:

Signature drinks  – A delightful variety of refreshing cocktails will be served by St-Germain Elderflower Liquer and beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Entertainment –  Authenitc ’78 records from the 1920s played on a phonograph provided by WFMU’s Antique Phonograph Music Program; Charleston lessons by dance legend Roddy Caravella

Activities – 1920s Motorcar Exhibition, vintage clothing dealers and boutique milliners, Tug O’ War, Parade Of Hats and Pie Recipe Contest

Image from So About What I Said