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Tuesday, October 16 2012

With the season of merrymaking knocking at the door and Thanksgiving waiting to strike the opening bell, invitations are being extended everywhere and menus are being finalized. Soon the holiday season will begin and the offices will remain closed; but how about organizing a party at your office just before that? The workplace is after all where you spend a major part of your day; so, why not make it a part of your celebrations too? With a host of modern-day event management solutions available it is not at all difficult to plan a Thanksgiving office party. Simply opt for the best Thanksgiving party registration solution, and the rest will simply fall in place.


Here are a few Thanksgiving office party tricks, which you may consider depending on the size of your workplace:

Let us start with smaller party plans. For example, if you are working in a relatively large organization with numerous departments, and you want to restrict your celebration to your own department, coordinate pot luck amongst your colleagues. Include all the must-have food areas such as turkey, cranberry sauce, assorted salads, drinks, and desserts, and your colleagues will just love it. You can manage the invitations and food arrangement on your own with a little help from a few of your acquaintances, but it always helps if you opt for a Thanksgiving event registration solution which also has an in-built emailing tool to send out quick invites.

The software makes the registration process much simpler allowing your guests to access the online forms at their own time of convenience. Online registration also makes managing the accounts more accurate and convenient. If you create an account with the solution provider for the Thanksgiving purpose, it will be easier for your guests to deposit their contributions online. If you are in charge of keeping accounts, this system will, in turn, enable you to keep a track on which of your colleagues have already contributed and who are still left to pay the amount fixed for the potluck.

Creating an account for a purpose such as this might seem like an extravagant investment, but then you should not forget that Thanksgiving is an annual occasion. Next year, when you will be assigned with the task of planning a similar event before the Thanksgiving Day, this account will come in so handy. So, go ahead with the plan and enable your guests to make the payment online, a mode they are most comfortable availing.

Now, coming to slightly large scale Thanksgiving parties, the event registration solution will surely be your best choice to zero in on such an occasion. You can create and publish a thanksgiving event and party registration page online with the help of the software in minutes. The page can be customized with signature Thanksgiving themes such as autumn leaves, a scarecrow's face, pumpkins, cornucopia, or a pilgrim's hat, apart from the usual office logo, and tiered pricing categories.

By accessing this page anytime during the day, attendees will be able to get the information about the party and the venue and make their payment decisions accordingly. The best part of the online registration software is that it includes an embedded email messaging and a host of other productivity tools. You will be able to send as many invitations, reminders, and RSVPs as you want to across the departments by using this application and set up an online calendar for your guests to regularly follow the updates. Finally, for promoting the event within your office to encourage maximum participation you can make use of the facilities such as the social media platforms, promo codes, discounts, and waitlist manager, which come embedded with the Thanksgiving party registration software.

Jonathan is a professional event planner. Event professionals worldwide are increasingly relying on automated software to streamline the Thanksgiving event registration, payment management, and attendee relationship management. Acteva is the market leader in providing thanksgiving party registration solutions at competitive price.

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Monday, October 01 2012
Healthy eating for one can be a pain. It's tempting to buy ready meals when you are eating on your own, but these can be laden with hidden fat and salt.

Unfortunately, healthy eating for one is rarely promoted in the media, and often the images given to us singletons are those of Bridget Jones' eating ice cream in her pyjamas, but healthy eating on your own doesn't need to be depressing.

The most difficult thing when cooking for one is that it is hard to make single size portions, and you don't want to end up eating the same leftovers for a whole week. The second hurdle is motivating yourself to cook after a long day at work, when you get on from a hard day the last thing you want to do is spend an hour rustling up a healthy meal.

There is also the question of space, many of us singletons live in studio apartments with limited fridge and worktop space, which can make cooking a nightmare.

So how can healthy eating for one be achieved without too much fuss and hassle? Here are a few tips that can make eating on your own a healthy and enjoyable experience:

Learn the basics
There are many online resources to teach you the basics of cooking. Video blogs are ideal, but simply searching 'learn how to cook' will provide you with numerous options. For the technophobes, there are many easy to follow cookbooks, pop into your local bookshop and let them know you are looking for the basics!

Adapt to your environment
Although the chefs on TV all seem to be cooking in warehouse sized kitchens, it doesn't mean you can't make delicious meals with limited space and tools. Look out for 'one pot' recipes and resources aimed specifically at small spaces. Again there are many blogs out there specifically for smaller kitchens, simply tap 'cooking in a small kitchen' into your search bar.

Make your own ready meals
When you have a bit of spare time, perhaps on a Sunday when you have exhausted all the trash TV, make some meals that can be frozen in individual servings. You can buy the foil containers for individual portions, and stews, soups and casseroles are perfect for freezing and can be knocked up relatively easily. They are also easy to make in one pot, so perfect for that tiny oven!

Choose healthy
Healthy eating doesn't need to be difficult, by simply replacing ingredients for healthier ones you can cut saturated fat in half. Opt for white meats over red, for example, replacing beef mince with turkey mince in bolognaise will cut the fat to almost nothing.

Buy plenty of Tupperware
One of the most frustrating things about healthy eating for one is wasting food. Supermarkets don't sell many things in single portions, so make sure you have plenty of Tupperware to hand for freezing and storing things in the fridge. It's also a good idea to buy some labels to date all your stored items so you don't end up with year old meals festering in the back of your freezer.

Hopefully these simple guidelines have given you a bit of inspiration to avoid the ready meal aisle on your next shopping trip. Happy eating! 
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