I hope that everyone is enjoying their holiday season! I am spending Christmas in Germany and here we are enjoying quite a warm weather which allows spending lots of time outside and visiting Christmas Markets.
Germany is famous for its Christmas Markets. Almost in every city and village you can find one and try Glühwein (mulled wine), potato fritters, sweet or salty crêpes, buy small souvenirs such as woodcrafts, candles and much more. Personally I can’t resist all the tempting smells of flavoured teas and nicely packed sweets.
This year I had the chance to visit Heidelberg Christmas Market. Located in the old city on a historic ground, it offers a warm, unique and beautiful atmosphere due to all the wooden huts and Christmas decorations. I even tried a Feuerzangenbowle (red wine punch) for the first time, which was very delicious.
Christmas Markets are great occasions for get together team building events. Being officially planned with reserved seating area or spontaneous after work, they are the ultimate small incentive events.
Here are some impressions from the beautiful Heidelberg Christmas Market.
Who doesn´t love sushi? Recently we organised a sushi party, making fresh hand- rolled sushi by ourselves. The menu was sushi, cup sushi cake and plum liqueur. It was a great event to get together and celebrate the Japanese culture and cuisine.
The only one I rolled – it´s not as easy as it looks.
Cup sushi cake – with salmon, shrimps and avocado.
Today I am happy to share with you the first themed event I organised with my university friends and that’s Russian Ukrainian Evening, or its original name, Tauschie Tuesday. In my university we have the tradition that every Tuesday another country puts- up an event so we were more than happy to organise this evening and introduce our culture. Another objective of the event was to raise money for your end of semester party.
The evening had two parts: dinner and then party in the local bar, so we prepared two different menus.
Here are the steps how to organise a successful Russian/ Ukrainian event:
1. Create an invite: in addition to the main theme we also defined a dress code: Black elegant and heels for girls.
2. Send out invites: today with social media it’s easier than ever before. We created an event page on facebook. Of course you can use also other tools such as eventbrite or create a # on twitter for your event. There is no limit for creativity. Just make sure to update the content in the days leading to your event to increase the excitement.
3. Decide on the menu: We went for main course and dessert for the dinner and cocktail and snack for the party.
For the dinner we made the traditional Russian Katleti with Olivier Salad and Blini with fruits for dessert. And to start we served a shot of vodka.
For the party we made white Russian cocktail and Ukrainian Varenyky. You have the option to make Varenyky with sweet or salty filling.
4. Get ready to welcome your guests!
The event was a great success and all the event objectives were met. Big part of the success is thanks to the great team work we had on this project. Hope to repeat a similar event soon!
The hosts: Kateryna & Irina