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                                                       December 6, 2011                            
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Happy Holidays from ConventionPlanit

Happy Holidays!

We're thinking of you this time of year, wishing you happiness, joy and cheer.  May all your days be warm and bright, and your nights enhanced by holiday light.  Enjoy your delectable holiday foods, as parties and gifts create holiday moods.  Favorite people play a meaningful part, while treasured rituals warm your heart. -Joanna Fuchs

We offer our thanks for your continued support, and wish you much peace and great joy during this holiday season and throughout the New Year.  

-Best wishes from the Staff

  Winter Tree

Did You Know?
A single acre of living Christmas trees generates enough oxygen to meet the daily requirement for eighteen humans.

Information courtesy of The Christmas Almanac.
Egg Nog

White Chocolate Egg Nog

*1 quart egg nog 
*1/2 cup white rum
*1/2 cup white chocolate liqueur
*1 cup whipped topping
*grated white chocolate for garnish
*pumpkin pie spice for garnish


1. In a punch bowl, combine egg nog, rum, and white chocolate liqueur.
2. When ready to serve, whisk the egg nog to make it frothy and pour into cups.
3. Place one heaping tablespoon of the whipped topping into each cup.
4. Garnish with grated white chocolate and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.


Q: What do elves learn in school?
A: The Elf-abet!

Q: If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get?
A: Missletoe!

Q: Where do polar bears vote?
A: The North Poll

Q: What type of bird can write?
A: A PEN-guin

Holly Garland
If you have much, give of your wealth; 
If you have little, give of your heart.

-Arab Proverb

Save the Date

Holiday Showcase

Holiday Showcase 2011
December 15, 2011
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Register to attend the Holiday Showcase.

   Spotlight On: Members Liven Up the Holidays

Every holiday, the hospitality industry wows guests with spectacular events, activities and decor, and this year is no different.  Many in the industry also take the time to give back to their communities during this time.  Here’s a taste of some activities going on this year.  

Continue hospitality industry events article...

   Feature Focus: Tips to Manage Risk When Liquor is Served
Manage Liability

Lawyers will tell you whether you’re giving alcohol away or selling it at an event, anyone who has control over the facility or the event is typically liable if an intoxicated person causes bodily injury or property damage as a result of the liquor served at that event. 

The good news is, provided the meeting planner isn't pouring the drinks, they normally would not be at much risk of being held personally liable.  Continue tips to manage risk article...  

   Stellar Buzz: How to Make a Snow Woman

Pack snow in a cone shape and then push a stick into the top.  Pack snow around the wood to make her head.   Use holly berries for her face, vines or tinsel for hair, pinecones or evergreens to decorate her gown.  Add a few drops of red food coloring to a spray bottle of water and spritz to give your snow girl rosy cheeks.

Information courtesy of The Christmas Almanac

   Solar e-Clip: Tipping Guidelines

In the hospitality industry, we are very familiar with recognizing good customer service and tipping.  The tradition of holiday tipping goes back to centuries ago in England.  Here are some guidelines for holiday tipping.  It is kind to show thanks for those who make our lives easier! 

Babysitter: 1-3 nights' pay
Cleaning Person: 1 day's pay-1 weeks' pay
Day Care Worker: $15-$25
Fitness Trainer: cost of one session
Hairdresser: cost of one visit
Mail Carrier: up to $20
Maintenance Worker: $20-$100
Manicurist: cost of one visit

Newspaper Carrier: $10-$25
Private Garbage Collector: $15-$20

Information adapted from The Christmas Almanac

   Winner’s Circle: Last Chance to Enter to Win a Trip to Reno
Refer a Meeting Professional

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