The Vibe Agency offers destination management services throughout the world. From October 1 – 7, Valerie Bihet traveled to Istanbul to assist with all logistic aspects of a major bank convention. We would like to feature this grand city as a highlighted destination for future clients. Included are fun facts, “in the know”, where to eat and drink, where to shop, and most importantly a few venue selections.
- Istanbul is historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople.
- Istanbul is the largest city in Europe with a population of 15 million
- It bridges the continents of Europe and Asia, with parts of the city on either side of the Bosporus Strait.
- Turkey is famous for its carpets, baths, textiles, ceramic tiles, tea and coffee, and a visitor will get a generous sampling of all.
- It is illegal to photograph Turkish military installations, hardware or personnel.
In the Know:
- Nazar Boncugu is a round bead in the shape of an eye made from blue glass with a hole in the middle. Nazar means “evil eye” in Turkish. Turks believe it will protect them from nazar powers.
- Tipping in restaurants is optional.
- It is impolite to refuse the offer of a drink when in a person’s home or place of work.
- It is impolite to blow your nose in public and do not show the soles of your feet when sitting.
Read on for places to eat, drink, shop and venue selections
Halloween is the biggest candy holiday of the year that sends a sugar rush throughout the country. Everyone is aware of the health implications linked to candy and for some, such as diabetics or vegans, this holiday may exclude those with food allergies or sensitivities. This year instead of serving a pile of sugar to trick-or-treaters take into consideration some of the following items and include a sign outside that states, “Ask me for non-sugar treats.”
– Stickers – Give out Halloween themed stickers.
– Chalk or crayons
–Sugar-free candy – A healthy alternative for everyone.
– Temporary tattoos – EVERY kid wants a fake tattoo!
– Fake money – Advise the kids not to spend it all at once! They can use this money for play time and learning purposes.
– Glow Sticks – Great for safety at night during trick-or-treating.
– Slime – A fun way for goblins to add to their costume.
– False teeth –These are fun and can be used the same night!
– Halloween printed pencils –Pencils are a necessity for all students from kindergarten throughout college.
– Fake spiders – Kids and adults love the opportunity to scare someone by mysteriously placing a fake spider on a sibling’s pillow, chair or personal area.
– Tiny plants packages – Visit your local Home Depot for these inexpensive mini plants that include a pot, soil, seeds and directions.
Makesandtakes.com offers a varity of at home arts and crafts ideas for children and adults. Here is an idea we loved from their website!
Supplies for Lacing Spider Webs:
- hole punch
- circle paper – preferably cardstock
- plastic spider ring – you could make your own spider from yarn or pipe wire as well
First, take your circle paper and punch holes around the edge, as far or close as you want. The more holes, the more web you’ll have.
Cut some yarn, fairly long to lace around the whole circle, and tie it tight at the top through the first hole. Now lace your yarn through each hole. We tried to stay going in a circle to end back up at the top, but you’re welcome to go crazy and lace in any order.
Now you’ll need to attach your spider somewhere in the yarn. You’ll loop him through your yarn on the way to another hole. If you want the spider to slide the best up and down it’s web, attach it before the last hole, then it doesn’t get stuck.
Once you go through the last hole, tie the yarn together in a knot and it’s ready for hanging.
We found a great website for cool coctails for every occasion! Check out cocktailtimes.com
– 2 oz Stoli vodka
– 1/4 oz pumpkin puree
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 2 oz orange juice
Place a large soup pot filled with water on the stove to boil. Carve the tops from the pumpkins and set aside. Scope out the interior and seeds, leaving a think shell. Discard the seeds and flesh, or use in another recipe. Place the pumpkins in the boiling water and boil for about a minute. Remove and drain. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into the pumpkin. Serve with a black straw.
– 2 oz bourbon
– 3 oz orange juice
– juice of half lemon
– Ginger ale
– Garnish: Halloween olive
Mix bourbon, orange juice and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a tall glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with Halloween-faced olives. (To make the Halloween olives, choose large unpitted green olives)
– 1 part 42 Below vodka
– 2 parts dark grape juice
– 1 teaspoon of raw sugar
– 4 slices of fresh ginger
– 4 blackberries
Garnish: 2 blackberries
In a mixing glass, muddle together blackberries, ginger and sugar, add vodka and dark grape juice. Fill with ice, shake well, and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with 2 blackberries.
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Bri-ecolo Idea: dinosaurs pick-candy for Halloween: It is a great idea to take a look around your home for ideas to recreate this Halloween. For example, here we use an empty laundry soap pitcher and turn into a pretty pitcher-shaped dinosaur, which will be used to collect candy on Halloween night.
Bri-ecolo idea: Pitcher has an Halloween candy: Here is another idea using Tide’s laundry soap container. Get creative and match which ever costume you are planning to wear for the night.
Here is a fun craft, a monstrous spider made from recycled materials.
– End of fabric, felt, cardboard color …
– 8 Swabs
– Seeds of spices: pink pepper, cardamom, star anise,
– Modeling clay, blue gum (sticker)
Black Cat of Halloween :
– Empty container of liquid laundry
– Paint: black, white, pink
– Tennis ball or other round
– 6 toothpicks
– Felt, piece of cloth, cardboard color
– Buttons recovered
– Hot glue
These tips will save you money and allow for quality time with children. Enjoy!
Halloween is a time to be creative and express your alter-ego. Once you have discovered your Halloween party personality, start brainstorming of ideas that will bring your vision to life. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
“Hollywood Heaven” is a theme where guests are invited to participate in dressing up as their favorite deceased star.
- Costume Examples include: Elvis, Michael Jackson, Che Guevara, Bob Marley, Celia Cruz, DJ AM, Farrah Fawcett, Aaliyah, Big Pun, Hector Lavoe, Selena, Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy or any of the Kennedy’s, George Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Al Capone, Mother Theresa, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Anna Nichole Smith, Heath Ledger and so on. There can be a prize for the best dressed participant.
- A signature drink could be a magic potion called, “Alive Forever”, hence the meaning of these stars living forever.
- Decor can be based on Hollywood Glam, with shimmering stars and a color scheme of black, white and gold.
A “Haunted House” is always an exciting event, but encourage guests to come as something dead.
- Costumes can incorporate dead brides and grooms, zombies, witches, monsters, ghosts, goblins, vampires and so on. Ask guests to be creative. Dead costumes can be sexy, scary, realistic, gory, or cartoonish.
- Decor will include a fog throughout the house, coffins, bats, and a potion mixing bowl for a witch, and so on.
- It is important to remember that the decor in front of the house should be just as spook-tacular as the inside.
- Visit hauntedprops.com for more exciting decorations for your home or venue.
The vampire craze is a pop culture phenomenon and on this day you can experience the latest rage.
- Whether you would like to create your own vampire costume, or dress as Bella and Edward or Sookie and Bill, think outside of the box to create a unique look.
- Be sure to serve True Blood to your blood thirsty guests!
Another idea could be “Arabian Nights”. It could be another suggestion for those who do not want to participate in haunted or dead activities.
- Guests can dress up as gypsies or story tellers.
- Decor can include camels, belly dancers, pyramids and so on.
- Decorate with planety of colors, sequences, pillows, dim lighting, a “magic” carpet, blankets, fake snakes, gene lamps, etc.
- A good idea is to rent a tent and decorate it as a palace.
Be sure to follow our blog tomorrow and the rest of the week for tips to make this Halloween like no other.
As my friend Marley Majcher, The Party Goddess, (http://thepartygoddess.com/) mentioned lots of parties are snoozers and Halloween events are no exception. She mentioned to me, “Why not mix up the activities a little bit and ensure guests of all ages have a ball!” She was right. So let’s get started:
• Create! Paint and decorate small pumpkins with markers, feathers and gems. Mini-pumpkins come in orange or white, so be sure to pick up at least one of each.
• Design! Pick up a bunch of plain masks that the kids can color, glue and embellish on the spot.
• Discover! Think Easter egg hunt in October. Hide mini-pumpkins around the yard (or house if the weather is bad.) Award a prize for the child who finds the most.
• Bake! Decorate a haunted ginger bread house (or cupcakes) with black frosting and tons of fabulous candies. If the ginger bread house is too complicated, just decorate cookies in the shape of pumpkins, ghosts and witches.
• Destroy! Hang a Halloween piñata stuffed with goodies in the yard and have the kid’s swing away. If you want to get really devilish and the children are a little older, have the piñata be a ghoulish head hanging from a “noose.”
• Adorn! Bring in the experts or do it yourself. Have face painters on hand to create instant face masks and someone to apply cool tattoos for the boys.
• Imagine! No matter how old or young we are, everyone loves to take a peek into the future. Tarot and palm readers will create all of the Halloween intrigue anyone needs.