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    Employee Recognition Blog & Award Ceremony Ideas

    • What is a Plaque Award?

      What is a plaque award?  In the recognition world, there are two main definitions of what a plaque is:

      An example of a small engraved plaque, also called a plate.

      Plaque:  A small etched plaque, usually made of medal, but can also be made of plastic or cast bronze.  These plaques are small in size, usually just a few inches, and attached to an object, such as a frame, piece of artwork, bench, eagle scout project, industrial panel, etc.  Also known as an engraved plate.  These small plaques commemorate a special project, name an artist, explain an artifact, etc.

      Plaque:  A larger engraved wall plaque that is a type of recognition award.  Wall plaques are most often made of wood (but can also be made of glass and acrylic, a plastic polymer) and contain a special customized message inscribed on the plaque.  The text and often times organization logo is either etched directly into the wood or on another medium, such as a brass or aluminum plate, which is then attached to the wood.  This is a traditional corporate recognition award that can be hung on a wall and admired for years to come.

      An example of a perpetual wall plaque with a header plate and smaller plates for names.

      Perpetual Plaque:  Another type of wall plaque, this plaque contains a larger plate at the top (called a Header Plate) which lists the name of the award and often times organization name.  Below are smaller individual plates, often times called perpetual plates, that can list winner's names and dates.  This award is perpetual, meaning that you can add to it over time.  It makes a great way to showcase your businesses "employee of the month" winners, for example.

      To see all plaques at Trophies2Go, view our Plaque category, including engraved plates, wall plaques, and perpetual plaques.

      Cheers!

      Jessica

    • Super Bowl Party Ideas

      Less than a week until the biggest football day of the year - SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! Want to enjoy the game, the ads, and the half-time show with friends and family? Then throw a party with a contest!

      Football and competition go hand-in-hand and a Superbowl party is the perfect opportunity to share football, food, drinks, and a little friendly competition.

      Superbowl Sunday Competitions

      Cheering the Hawks on to victory!

      Football Pool.  Have party attendees buy squares and then assign numbers to the squares for the score after each of the quarters and the end of the game.

      Prop Bet.  Who will win the coin toss?  Which team will score first?  Will Gronk do an end-zone dance?  These are all fun things you can bet on that only require luck!

      Chili Cook-off. Have your family and friends bring their chili in a crock pot for blind tasting. Read my past blog on how to host a chili cook off. Don't forget the prizes, such as chili medals, blue ribbons and chili cookoff trophies for your winners!

      Fantasy Football Awards.  Superbowl Sunday is the perfect day to award you fantasy football league winner and haze your league loser. Bring your perpetual fantasy football trophy to pass to the champ and an engraved toilet trophy for the league loser.

      Other Ideas to Make the Game Festive

      A sweet stadium made of snacks, get the idea on Pinterest!

      Cute Decorations.  Decorate in your favorite team's colors and include one of our Championship Trophies, that looks like a Lombardi trophy, for your table centerpiece. This could go home with the big winner of your Football Pool.

      Snacks: Chips and salsa, guacamole, nachos, cheese or bean dip, garlic bread, and cornbread all go great with chili. Cut up veggies with ranch or even a salad balance out the other junk so at least your guests get a little something healthy.  Check out our Pinterest page for great game day snack ideas!

      Dessert: I personally like cookies, brownies, cupcakes - things you can eat with your hands, to keep dishes at a minimum.

      Full Color Bomb Trophy For someone who blows up the game, award our popular bomb trophy!

      Drinks: Beer, lots of it. Conserve fridge space and have a cooler with ice for the beer.

      Awards:  To add some laughs at the party, I’d recommend one of our funnier trophies. Two of my favorites are The Golden Throne and The Bomb Trophy .

      The Superbowl is a great excuse to get together with family and friends, and hosting a competition is sure to bring an unique twist to your party. But no matter what, Superbowl Sunday is all about hanging out with family and friends and enjoying the best commercials of the year!

      Cheers, Jessica

    • Weight Loss Challenge

      With the New Year comes new resolutions, and for many people that means trying to lose weight.  Really the underlying goal is to be healthy, with a balanced lifestyle of eating right and exercising, in order to live longer and feel better!

      Since a majority of your waking hours are spent at work, your office can be a help or a hindrance to this goal.  Holiday treats, donuts, birthdays can all derail your dieting efforts.  Instead of an obstacle for reaching your goals, make work a positive, supportive environment for healthy living with friendly competition!  Same with friends...happy hour can decimate a diet.  Establish an weight loss challenge, either at your office or with your family & friends, to motivate not only you but also those around you to break bad habits, lose weight, and live healthier!

      How do you set up a challenge?

      One great resource is Livestrong's How to Create an Office Weight Loss Challenge.  Some pointers are also below:

      1. Set up the parameters.  Set a point person to be in charge of all metrics, yet who won't share the data or judge.  Establish the time frame for how long the competition will last and the weigh-in dates.

      Biggest Loser Trophy Up the stakes for your weight loss challenge with cash prizes and a Biggest Loser Trophy for the winner!

      2. Invite participants.  If at the office, advertise around the water cooler, in the gym, at the vending machines.  If doing with friends, send an Evite, Facebook group, or Fitbit group to get everyone motivated.

      3. Set the rules.  Usually you measure by percentage weight lost, number of workouts, etc, not pounds lost. You may also want to include no-nos, like diet pills, laxatives, skipping meals, anything that can sabotage your health.

      4. Keep up the Motivation.  Create a Pinterest page, Google drive, Facebook group, Snapchat feed or some other shared online location for posting healthy recipes, workout tips, and inspirational messages. Encourage one another to keep going!

      5. Reward the winners!  Consider a weight loss trophy to your "Biggest Loser", along with prizes along the way during the challenge.   If you have members buy into the challenge, then you can award prize money along with your award. Consider our "Biggest Loser" scale trophy for your winner!

      Best of luck keeping those resolutions and Happy 2018!

      Cheers,

      Jessica

    • 2017 Customer of the Year - Linda Trinh from Sprint

      Mika and I presented Linda with her customer of the year award today!

      Today's blog is to celebrate a very special customer, Linda Trinh from Sprint!  Our staff nominated and votes her as our 2017 "Customer of the Year!"

      Linda is an Executive Admin for three of Sprint's top executives.  She is a busy gal and well liked by her colleagues!

      Our staff loves working with Linda, as she is friendly, positive, and easy to work with.  She was a frequent customer at our Issaquah showroom for many years.

      Since we have closed our showroom, Linda says this hasn't impacted her working with us, as ordering from us is as easy as ever.  She just emails us what she would like and we take care of the rest!  She said that she loves working with Mika and Janice on her orders.

      And the feeling is mutual!  Here's what our staff says about working with Linda:

      Mike says, "Linda is always sweet, understanding and accommodating".

      Our 2017 'Customer of the Year', Linda T. from Sprint!

      Mika says, "I especially like that Linda kept us as her go-to when she changed jobs from Verizon to Sprint.  Her usual jobs are easy because it’s usually the same thing, but once or twice a year she needs to place a big order and she’s very receptive to suggestions and advise from us.  She is really appreciative of the work we do".

      Today we presented Linda with the Trophies2Go Customer of the Year Award at her office in Bellevue, WA.  Thank you Linda and all of our awesome customers for your business!  We appreciate you trusting us with your recognition needs.

      Cheers!

      Jessica

    • Customer Spotlight: 2018 PacNW Winter Classic

      Winter Classic, 10 years of soccer excellence!

      We are proud to provide championship soccer trophies, soccer medals, and pins to one of the nation's premiere soccer tournaments, the Pacific Northwest Soccer Club (PacNW) Winter Classic!

      This year is the 10th Annual tournament, held over the first two weekends in January 2018.  More than 100 top youth soccer teams attend the tournament, its the premier winter soccer event in the Country!   Over 100 college coaches attended the showcase, looking for future talent for their schools.

      The PacNW Winter Classic is based out of the the world-class Starfire Sports Complex, located just south of Seattle.  Starfire Sports is the training home of the Seattle Sounders and features 11 fields of both natural grass and artificial turf.

      PacNW designs a logo for the tournament each year, and this year, in it's 10th year, features the roman numeral X in the design!  All championship teams win the tournament's exclusive trophy, it is NOT offered on our website, we only purchase it for this specific event.

      Thank you to Executive Director Todd Johnson for trusting us with his tournament's award needs!  It's an honor to be chosen as his awards vendor.  Good luck to all the teams playing this weekend and have fun!

      Cheers,

      Jessica

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