Travelling the Globe with Blue Nest Events

Looking to immerse your guests in the local culture of a destination while still providing top notch service and accommodation at your next incentive or meeting? Look no further than these unique experiences from the most exciting destinations around the globe:

NORTH AMERICA

New York City
NYC is a city always on the move. With so many unique facets of the city – from uptown Harlem Jazz to the fashion scene in hip SoHo – the cultural energy is unstoppable.

We can capitalize on this by taking our guests for a private visit to the trendiest bike shop in SoHo. Here each guest will get to ‘try on’ their bike and then take it out on the mean streets of Manhattan. The tour can even be led by the local bike shop owner himself, showing guests a real insider’s peak into the lives of downtown New Yorkers. Following the tour, we take care of shipping the bikes to their private residence or office. These stylish single-speed bikes are a great way to reward your guests and impress them with a unique and lasting gift.

AUSTRALIA

Aboriginal Australia

The Outback covers more than two thirds of Australia, and in remote central deserts the Aboriginal cultural traditions remain strong. Here we have the opportunity to gain an insight into traditional and contemporary Aboriginal lifestyles as you see the land through their eyes.

Much of the Outback is a stronghold for the diverse and powerful art movement that has captured world’s attention. It is here in this setting that we can arrange a visit to a community art center to meet the artists and learn about their work first hand. Guests will then pick up a paintbrush and try their own hand at making a masterpiece, guided by experienced local hands. With each stroke symbolizing a specific meaning in Aboriginal culture, guests will be taking home a piece of the Aboriginal history and a memory for a lifetime.

EUROPE
Iceland

With so much natural beauty, Iceland is no doubt an incredible destination in its own right. Add to that a crazy 4x4 Super jeep ride through the mountains, followed by an adrenaline filled snowmobile tour across glaciers, finishing with dinner inside a volcano – you’ve got a trip of a lifetime.

With Iceland so central to both Europe & North America, numerous direct flights can get you here in 5 hours or less. 
 
Need more ideas? Email us! We'd love to hear from you.

Chasing the Dragon

A cacophony of firecrackers, drumming and cheering fills the streets every winter as the annual Chinese New Year parade winds its way through Chinatown on February 17th. Wear some red (for good luck!) queue up on Canal Street and take in the procession of martial artists, lion and dragon dancers, and authentic music. Afterwards, head to a nearby dumpling house for a hearty helping of fried pork dumplings, a lucky New Year's food.
 
Check out the full schedule of events here: http://betterchinatown.com/HOME.php
 
Plan to spend the afternoon? Check out some of the local-owned shops that call Chinatown home...
 
Dave's Wear House
123 Baxter Street
Home to authentic store brand tees, trendy 'fixie bikes' and one-of-a-kind skateboard designs.
*Mention Blue Nest Events now through March 30, 2013, and get a free store brand ADD+ Tshirt with purchase!*
 
Elizabeth Center Gift Shop
15 Elizabeth Street
From anime-posters to stationary to gizmo and gadgets a-plenty, this is your one stop shop for everything Chinatown.
 
Foot Heaven - Foot Reflexology & Acupressure
16 Pell Street
+1 212.962.6588
For $45 bag yourself a 30 minute back massage followed by a 30 minute foot massage. You can't beat that with a stick.
 
Gargyle
16A Orchard Street
Funky, hipster clothes & shoes straight from a husband & wife team.

Officially Fall. Officially Fashion Week.



NYC is gearing up for the twice-annual Fashion Week, which last year brought in more than 200,000 visitors. Kicking off September 6 through the 13th, fashionistas will be flooding Lincoln Center and the numerous designer parties throughout the city. While only a select few can actually get into the elite Fashion Week parties, there are many different ways to experience the week's glitz and glamour.

In addition to the dozens of runway shows from big name designers, Fashion Week features special events such as Fashion's Night Out. Fashion's Night Out is the week's staple, offering a rare occasion where customers can meet their favorite garment designers and get great discounts on the trends.

New on the scene this year, Project Pop-Up NYC was launched as a competition for aspiring designers. Under the program, the winners will have their own rent-free pop up stores and PR and marketing teams to help promote their products.

Check out the full details on the who what & ‘wear’ here…. http://www.mbfashionweek.com/

Mission to Mars via NYC



While the masses may be talking about the Space Shuttle Enterprise arriving onboard the Intrepid in NYC (which is no doubt exciting), those in the know are buzzing about the next big thing.

Head uptown to the Park Avenue Armory to see Artist extraordinaire Tom Sachs as he displays his massive 55,000 square foot "SPACE MISSION: MARS" exhibition. The team will “lift off” to Mars several times throughout their residency at the Armory, with real-time demonstrations playing out various narratives from take-off to landing, including planetary excursions, their first walk on the surface of Mars, collecting scientific samples, and photographing the surrounding landscape.

So skip the lines at the Intrepid and experience your own hands-on space odyssey now through June 17.

Great New Promo Gadgets for 2012

Straight from the Nest... The newest and most innovative promotional products for your next conference! Drop us a line for more ideas or how to get your hands (and your logo) on more gadgets like this... Events@BlueNestEvents.com 

Things we love:

WISDOM STONES
These Stones of Wisdom are the perfect desktop accessory. Use as anti-stress magnetic stones, puzzle, and paperclip holder in one.



S'MORES KIT
Keep your guests wanting S'More! The S'Mores kit comes with everything you need to make the classic treat including Hershey's chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers. The insert slides into the tube to display your logo.



REUSABLE DRINK SLEEVE
The first reusable cuff sleeve and wallet all in one! Store your cash, keys & coffee cards while fingers are safe from hot or cold drinks.Wear it as a wrist band while on a walk or run. Genius!


LOGO LENSES
Perfect for the summer - these perforated 'lenses' let the wearer see out and the observer see the branded logo.


Amore de Chocolate

Just in time for everyone's favorite (or is it least favorite?) holiday, New York City is excited to welcome the 2nd Annual Chocolate Week over Valentine's Day. Dedicated entirely to the art of cooking chocolate, restaurants and venues throughout the city will open their doors to chocolate lovers with customized tastings and creations. 

Check out this link to see who is participating around the city, only from February 13-19th... Chocolate Week NYC

Verdict is in: 6 More Weeks of Winter


According to folklore, our most famous rodent Groundhog Phil’s sighting of his own shadow on February 2nd means there will be 6 more weeks of winter left for the Northeast United States. Had Phil not seen his shadow, it would have meant “there will be an early spring.”

Since the Groundhog’s first prediction in 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 99 times and failed to spot it just 16 times. So for those of you heading to NYC - bundle up! Looks like winter isn't quite over yet.

S'mores Anyone?


We love this latest find just in time for the holidays - Your very own s'mores butler on call for your next event!

The tools: a tiny butane blowtorch, Callebaut chocolate and homemade marshmallows flavored with anything from vanilla bean to bourbon—which means the whole setup is small enough to be packed up at a moments notice and brought to wherever s’mores are needed.

Let us help you welcome the winter months by finding a great space to throw your next marshmallow party—a Midtown rooftop stocked with hot chocolate and whiskey, for instance.

One creation involves bacon graham crackers, chili-dusted chocolate and those bourbon marshmallows we mentioned—but there’s plenty more to work with, including caramelized banana and Grand Marnier–infused ganache.

Jewels of New York . . .

Fabulous Find of the week!
Glam up your look with a private hands-on workshop, during which you'll design your own pieces of jewelry with beautiful semi-precious and precious stones. Led by our fashion-forward friend Dina (stylist, fashion guru, oh - and jewelry maker extraordinaire) this unique class examines the meaning behind various stones; provides a brief overview of color theory; and guides you through the proper techniques for constructing your own vibrant jewelry using high-end materials. The in-depth session embraces your individual aesthetic, helping you create a look perfect for your personality. Perfect for your next corporate group outing, these self-created, high fashion pieces will make you the opal of everyone's eyes.

An Apple a Day . . .

There's no place like The Big Apple to celebrate falls most popular fruit. And with almost 700 apple growers in the state, it's no wonder there are some mighty good apple-centric dishes and drinks being served up across the city.

First we hit up Jack's Stir Brew Coffee, serving up the 'Apple Jack' - a non-alcoholic tea-infused apple cider. Next we swung by Gray Dog's Cafe to sample their savory Granny Smith Apple and Brie Sandwich. And no day is complete without a little dessert, compliments of the Dessert Truck. Try their warm, slow-baked apple with cinnamon for a sweet treat. Sweet caramalized apple, a wonderfully flaky puff, and whipped cream topping melts our hearts. But just like everything this season, make sure to eat it while it's hot!
Had any apple-tastic dishes? We want to know about it! Leave a comment with your favorites in New York City and beyond!

NYC Subways Going Vintage . . .


For every weekend this month, the MTA has teamed up with HBO's Boardwalk Empire to showcase old-time, Prohibition-era trains to their riders aboard the number 2 and 3 trains. The four authentic low-voltage cares (circa 1917) come complete with ceiling fans, rattan seats, drop-sash windows and even a fully-garbed conductor.

As a way to promote the hit HBO series, street teams have also been seen outside of subway entrances handing out single-ride MetroCards to those who want to take a front seat into the life of 1920's Atlantic City.

Summer Slowdown . . .


With the summer coming to and end, here are some great spots to check out for one last summer hoorah...
1. Have an ice cream at the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Only operating through October, this fab-tastic treat truck doles out favorites like the Salty Pimp (vanilla soft-serve with dolce de leche, sprinkled with sea salt and dipped in chocolate).
2. Enjoy a grown-up snowcone at Cascabel Tacqueria
The best deal on the Upper East Side. For only $4, you can enjoy this seaside memory with a tequila-soaked snow cone. You can even get one to go!
3. Soft Shell Crabs at Grand Central Oyster Bar
Head underground for some of the best soft shell crabs in the city. From now until the end of September, chow down in Grand Central's oldest and most famous restaurant.
4. Have a Rooftop Pint at Eataly
This was the summer of the beer garden, and the trend isn’t going to end once Labor Day hits. Enjoy unfiltered,unpasteurized and naturally carbonated Cask Ales under the stars and skyline. With live music every Sunday, this rooftop bar shows no signs letting fall get in its way.

You Glow Girl . . .



Starting every Tuesday at 10pm, New York's hottest ping pong venue is shutting off the lights for Glow-In-The-Dark ping pong. This galactic event includes glow in the dark balls and custom glowing paddles to take you to another dimension. Imagine playing ping-pong in Tron... with a beer. Ask us how to get you in the doors.

Truckin' it to the Seaport . . .


Looking to get in on the latest trend in good eats? More than 30 of the city’s most popular food trucks—including Red Hook Lobster Pound, Kimchi Taco and the Treats Truck—will set up shop in South Street Seaport. All you have to do is drop by and chow down. Once you’ve had your fill of goodies, take in some of the event’s other offerings, including live music acts throughout the day and specially crafted local beer. We have the inside scoop on how you can snag an all access pass, which not only lets you sample tastes from ten of the participating trucks, but also lets you jump the sure-to-be-lengthy queues.

Barneys Going Gaga this Winter


Barneys New York is going Gaga for the holidays.

The chic retailer is elevating the pop star to Santa Claus status by creating Gaga's Workshop on the fifth floor of its Madison Avenue men's store.

Good little fashion girls and boys can expect limited-edition gifts that were designed by Lady Gaga and her fashion elves, including to apparel, accessories, candles, cosmetics and, of course, toys and candy.

Gaga's Workshop will open in mid-November and will be up through January 2, 2012.

Home Sweet Home

On our continual hunt for great venues, today's stroll through Gramercy Park had us stumble upon a magnificently restored 1854 carriage house. The three-floor layout allows accommodation for a variety of events, all among the beauty of its classic interior and the warmth of natural light. Sit in the parlor by the fireplace, peer through the porthole windows and gaze at the stars through graceful skylights. Enjoy old world treasures like a traditional Manhattan while dining on seasonal and regional cuisine. Another hidden gem? Their wine cellar representing top-notch wines from 12 countries around the globe.

Sundae Funday


It's hot, it's humid, and you're wondering how you are going to get through the rest of the week sitting in your tiny cubicle. Fret no more my midtown minions - Walk on over to Quality Meats (yes, home to the best monkey bread on earth), and try out their ice cream cake sundaes. Still not sold? With flavors including Strawberry Shortcake, Toasted Banana S'more, and Chocolate Covered Grasshopper, not even your lactose-intolerant accounting department could say no. 

River Flicks


With the summer slowly nearing an end, we can still enjoy some big summer flicks before the lazy, hazy days of summer are over...

Hudson River Park - Enjoy free popcorn along the Hudson River for movie Wednesdays. 

Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series - Bring a blanket and enjoy the water views, giant dinosaurs, and classic planes on this massive ship.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Movie with a View - You still have four more chances to catch a glimpse of some serious oldies-but goodies, including 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and 'Rosemary's Baby'. Flicks begin at sunset, but arrive early for live DJ sets, and summer lovin'. 

Backyard Barbeque - NYC?


I've spoken the words of every suburban WASP - the backyard barbecue - which only the 'non-city' folk can enjoy on their weekends off. Fret no more my yard-less friends, because we've found an outdoor area to create any kind of event - barbecue or otherwise - right here in New York City (on the Lower East Side to be exact).With enough space for up to 30 guests, why not host a dinner party under the stars... or a unique off-site meeting... or an end-of-summer fiesta... Bikini optional.

Ground Zero's New Skyline




Set to be the tallest building in New York, One World Trade is already soaring high above the downtown skyline. The building currently stands at 78 stories and will eventually climb to 104 floors when completed in 2013. One World Trade will also include an observation deck and premier restaurant (an ode to Windows on the World, perhaps?)


Also opening this September - the 9/11 Memorial and Museum - which is set in the footprints of the original twin towers among an eight acre tree-filled park. The Memorial features two 50-foot deep reflection pools, along with a museum displaying artifacts and memoriabilia.


One World Trade will also have a few other partners in crime - Towers 2, 3, 4 & 5 - which will include mostly office space and shops across several floors on Greenwich Street.


Tower 7 was the first to be rebuilt in 2006 and is one of the premier (and most secure) office buildings in Downtown Manhattan.


With all of these Towers going up, one detail almost (but not quite) escapes us... Where the heck is Tower 6?