Monthly Archives: June 2014

    • King O' The Kitchen

      We love how our customers really get into their events.  We see it all the time with fantasy football, chili cook-offs, and other parties.  It's amazing how creative people can get with the awards, building hype around their competition.

      KOK.  Check out the awesome sword...don't mess with that trophy KOK. Check out the awesome sword...don't mess with that trophy

      Today I'd like to feature customer Dale McMillan, who hosts the Golden King O' The Kitchen (KOK) event each year.  Our resin chef trophy has become the mascot of his event, even featured in the invitations.  If you read Dale's story below, you'll see why we renamed the trophy the 'King O' The Kitchen'!

      King O' The Kitchen

      From customer Dale McMillan: "Trophies2Go actually has a large part in the now yearly event, as the first place trophy has become known as the Golden KOK (King O'The Kitchen) which is hilarious funny. This year's Golden KOK event is July 19th."

      "This year as a twist it is "Chef's choice" meaning that mystery ingredients and themes are submitted by the chefs themselves rather than myself.  Everyone that attends votes for their favorite dish."

      Dale_cooking_awards

      "Oh by the way, you may notice the head missing from the second place trophy in the picture, that was because Martin was so happy to win he raised his arm in triumph and whacked the trophy on the roof and snapped it off!! Hilarious! I was going to complain to you that the necks are not strong enough to survive blunt force trauma!!!"

      "You would not believe the fun!  Fierce competition!"

      Thank you Dale for sharing your story with us!  Wishing you a fun and tasty event in a few weeks!

      If you would like to share the story of  your award with us, email me at [email protected].  I'll post pictures on our Facebook page and maybe even write a blog about it.   We love hearing about how our awards make a positive impact in the lives of our customers!

      Cheers, Jessica

    • How to Run a Soccer Tournament

      I recently interviewed my good friend Todd Johnson, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Soccer Club.  Todd organizes and plans the club’s annual soccer tournament, the PacNW Winter Classic.  He shared with me what he has learned over the years about how to run a tournament.  These ideas are specifically for soccer, but can be applied to any sports tournament.

      Organization and Prep

      Keeper ID drills Keeper drills at the Winter Classic Tournament.

      Step one to getting started is to think through the logistics of the event.  Begin early, as many moving parts take time to coordinate.

      Budget – Talk to your board of directors and set a budget for your event.

      Fields - Schedule the fields for the event.

      Timing and Schedule - Then schedule the games at the fields.  Confirm that no fields are double booked.

      Website -This is one of the most important pieces to ensure the success of your event.  With the use of technology and smart phones in our lives today, your website is the focal point to share information to current participants as well as to capture customers for the future.  Basic requirements include registration, the updated schedule, directions, and vendor information.

      Vendors -Who do you want at your event?  Once decided, schedule them.  Plan ahead, as many vendors require extra lead time for product creation.

      1.  Trophies – Read below for tips on choosing the perfect tournament trophies for your league.

      2.  Merchandise – T-shirts, clothing and other merchandise needs to be designed and ordered.

      3.  Food Vendors – they can either pay to attend the event and/or give you a percentage of sales.  This can be a money maker for your club.

      Lodging - Assign a Hotel/Travel Coordinator. They book the hotel rooms for the visiting teams, and many times your club will get money back from the hotel.

      For When Things Don’t Go As Planned…

      Buffer - Build in a buffer for everything; plan for excess to cover potential mistakes.  Prepare to go over budget; build in empty spots on your fields and extra timing to cover issues that come up during the tournament.

      Expect the unexpected.  One year, one of Todd’s fields was double booked and a high stakes game was going to be cancelled.  Todd decided to move the game to another field and cancel a different game instead.  What he learned is to be flexible, adaptable, check and double check the field schedule to make sure all fields are clear for the event.

      Tournament Trophies

      Championship Trophies Winter Classic championship trophies were a hit with players, parents and coaches.

      I asked Todd what things to consider when purchasing trophies for a large tournament.

      Objectives - As the tournament director, the first step in choosing your championship awards for your event is to figure out your objectives.  Some factors to consider are:

      1.  Size – how large would you like your winner’s trophy to be?

      2.  Cost – what is your budget?

      3. ’Wow’ factor – the trophy needs prestige, to impress

      4. Material – are you okay with plastic?  Or do you prefer metal or crystal awards?

      Once you determine what you are looking for, you can begin shopping.

      Your Elite Event - A trophy is a unique feel good to what your tournament represents.  For example, the World Cup has an elite trophy that everyone is striving to win.  When you see that award, you automatically associate it with the World Cup.  To win the cup brings prestige!

      For your tournament, the goal is to find something unique, something nobody has seen before, so that the award is “your” trophy.  The trophy needs to have a ‘Wow’ factor without being cheesy – so that winners will be proud to display and keep it for years in the future.  The goal is to impress your competitors, your coaches, your kids and their parents so that they will want to come back and compete again next year. You want everyone involved in your tournament to say “I want to win that”!

      Participation Awards - For Todd’s event, not only did he give winner trophies, but he also created custom medals for all participants.  The one-of-a-kind medals contained his Winter Classic logo in his club colors.  We created exactly what he wanted for all the players that came to his tournament.  Many clubs also create custom trading coins for their tournaments.

      How can we help?

      No matter your taste or style, we can find and customize the perfect trophy for you in time for your tournament.  Our customer service team has the personal touch to help you.  We are responsive, and will get back to you right away when you have questions.  We care!

      Any questions?  Please give us a call, email, or live chat on our website. We're here to help make your tournament a huge success for your club!

      Cheers, Jessica

    • Dance Awards

      A few weeks ago, I published a post on preparing for dance competitions.  Now, in the season of recitals and end of the year parties, it's time to order awards for your dancer.

      There are many different kinds of dance awards for different purposes.  The function of the awards should drive your decision for purchasing.

      Recital Awards

      The traditional award for dancers is flowers.

      The traditional dancer award for a recital is flowers.  All dancers love to receive bouquets of flowers after a big performance.

      As a parent, it's often fun to give your special dancer an award as well.  Many parents order ballet trophies for their ballerina's first recital.  A great choice is an inexpensive Simple Ballet Trophy for a young dancer.  For older more advanced dancers, they may appreciate a gift card to their favorite dance supply store instead of a traditional trophy.

      Dance Team Participation Awards

      Many times dance studios will give participation awards to their dance team members.  Resin dance trophies, medals, and dog tags are all great options for dancers at your studio. Our dance studio gave out bling gem dog tags to the dance team engraved with the girls’ first names, and the dancers LOVED them. They were a huge hit!

      Competition Awards

      If you are planning a dance competitions, here are some ideas for the awards to offer.

      Trophies: If you organize a dance competition, consider getting higher quality awards from a reputable supplier.  Trophy choices include ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, ballroom, square dance and highland dance, to name a few. Also, more generic star-shaped trophies make great choices for dance.

      Our line of dance competition trophies feature a set of 3 cascading stars instead of a dancer. This way all different types of dance can be recognized in a more modern, classy way. With many sizes available, these tall post trophies make impressive awards for the competition winners.

      Participation ribbons are also something many competitions award. In my experience, my daughter didn’t care about the ribbon as much as winning the trophy. I would suggest skipping the participation awards and putting that allocated money into nicer trophies for the winners.

      Highland Dance A cute display of awards for a Scottish Highland Dance competition.

      Dog tags and medals are a great choice for dancers, as they can wear them at the competition, and then hang them from a curtain rod in their room to display, use as a key ring, or clip onto a backpack or purse after the event is over. Dance metals and dog tags are smaller awards so they don’t take up as much space. Many competitions will design their own custom medals; if you would like more information about custom design, feel free to give us a call at 1-877-926-4700.

      It’s important to acknowledge the time, energy, and commitment put into learning a dance and the guts it takes to perform it on stage.   Every dancer gains confidence, skill and grace through the experience of performance!

      Cheers, Jessica

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