Monthly Archives: September 2015

    • Issaquah Salmon Days – a local tradition

      Issaquah natural beauty. Issaquah's natural beauty - mountains, water, trees.

      Trophies2Go is based in Issaquah, WA, which is a small town 15 miles east of Seattle.  Our company has deep roots in this community, as we began as Issaquah Trophy in 1987.

      One of the many great things about living and working in Issaquah is the natural beauty that surrounds this suburban town. We have the Issaquah Alps that surround our city, beautiful Lake Sammamish on our northern end, and Issaquah Creek.  Issaquah Creek is home to many native critters, including three species of Pacific Salmon – Sockeye, Coho and Chinook.  Over a number of years, these salmon make the journey from Issaquah Creek out to the Pacific Ocean and then back again to spawn and die.

      Sockeye salmon Visit this cute sockeye-guy at Salmon Days this weekend!

      Each year during the first weekend of October, our town celebrates the return of the salmon to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery located on Issaquah Creek with Salmon Days. This huge festival includes a parade on Saturday, a 5-K run, arts and craft stalls, food vendors, and entertainment.  Over 200,000 visitors flock to our little city to participate in the celebration.

      We love Salmon Days and are so fortunate to live in this awesome community! To find out more about Salmon Days and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, click on the links.  See you at the fair this weekend!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • Perpetual Plaques - Popular Ongoing Recognition

      Being in business since 1987, we've seen award fads come and go.  But one of the most popular awards we've sold over the years are perpetual plaques. When checking our website search terms, the term ‘perpetual plaque’ continues to be on top year after year. What makes these traditional awards continue to be favorites?  I believe it’s 3 reasons –  they are attractive, a good value, and ongoing recognition.

      1.  Attractive:

      6552_1 A traditional Employee of the Month Perpetual Plaque.

      Whether you buy your perpetual plaque from Trophies2Go or your local awards provider, the plaque should be attractive. Some features to look for include:

      Quality:  The plaque material should be sturdy, free of nicks or blemishes, with an even finish.  The back should have a hanger for easy display.

      Header Plate:  The larger header plate should feature attractive engraved text.  Examples of engraving include the name of your company, organization or school; your logo or mascot; and the award name. Engraving should be free of scratches with crisp image quality and easy to read text.

      Ask your trophy provider what process of engraving they use on what substrate.  Engraved metal plates are higher quality and higher perceived value than plastic plates.  We only engrave on aluminum or brass metal using a rotary-diamond tip engraver or a laser engraver, depending on the design.

      Engraving Proof Process: Our three engravers Paul, Laurie and Lori design the customer's text so that it’s esthetically pleasing.  Then they email a proof of the engraving layout to the customer for their approval before etching.  This proof process should be a requirement of the awards company you use to ensure accuracy.

      6784 Examples of individual perpetual plate engravings on black brass.

      Individual Plates: Below the header plate are the smaller individual plates with winner's names, which are what make the award “perpetual” (or ongoing). When purchasing a perpetual plaque, be sure that these small plates remove easily for future engraving.  Usually they are attached by small screws.  When removing the plates, be sure to save these small parts for re-attaching.

      Also some plaques feature magnetic plates that remove with the push of a finger, making plate removal and engraving simple.  Don’t choose a plaque with taped or glued plates, as these will cause damage to the finish of the plaque when removing to engrave.

      2.  A Good Value:

      A perpetual plaque can be used for many months or years if planned correctly.  That’s what makes this award a good lifetime value.  For example, if you offer an Employee of the Month award, you can engrave the winner’s name and month of recognition on the plaque.  One plaque with 12 plates can display an entire year’s worth of winners!  Many perpetual plaques feature plates in multiple of 12s, perfect for monthly or quarterly recognition.

      3. Ongoing Recognition:

      When giving an award for an accomplishment, it usually only has a one-time value.  The award winner is honored when they receive the award and then the award is forgotten.  What is different about a perpetual plaque is that the accomplishment is celebrated on an ongoing basis.  If you hang the plaque in a public location for your staff, clients, and vendors to see, they can view this recognition DAILY.  The value of the award is magnified when the recognition is continuous.

      Engraving Names:  If you purchase a perpetual plaque, many customers ask how to get names added to the plaque later.  It’s quite simple.  Just remove the plate and either mail it to us or bring it into our showroom and we will engrave it and return to you.  Engraving a name on a perpetual plate does cost an additional fee and is NOT included in the price of the plaque.  If you would like to have a name added to your plaque, add the Individual Perpetual Engraving product to your cart.

      For the individual plate names to match over time, my recommendation is to use the same engraver each time so that the font, size and spacing is consistent.

      Popular Perpetual Plaques

      24141 The modern perpetual plaque that homebuilder JayMarc recently chose to honor their employees.

      Here are three popular perpetual plaque choices:

      1,  Our Piano Finish Economy Perpetual Plaque is a best value. This plaque has a beautiful rosewood finish with a high-gloss piano shine. You would never know this award is under $100!  It has a traditional feel, with black brass plates and gold engraving. One of our most popular perpetual plaques, it’s a great choice.

      2.  I recently worked with JayMarc Homes to create a modern and stylish award that matches their brand. They chose the Black and Silver Perpetual Plaque (pictured) to honor an employee each quarter who demonstrates exceptional customer service.  Even though many perpetual awards look rather traditional, this particular plaque with its black color and silver engraving is clean and sleek with a contemporary feel.

      3.  If you are looking for a plaque with a photo, our Easy Change Plaque is a great choice. You can add a photo of your winner each month and the plates are magnetic, so they can be removed with the push of a finger – no screws!  Very easy and convenient to update this plaque.

      View our entire line of perpetual plaques; they all include the header plate engraving in the price and you work directly with our engravers through our proof process to ensure accurate engraving, as described above.

      I hope this helps you choose the perfect perpetual plaque for your next Employee of the Month recipient or quarterly award winner.  No wonder these awesome awards are some of our most popular!

      Cheers, Jessica

    • Engraved Beer Pong Trophies

      The game below is for the 21+ crowd only.  Play responsibly!

      Beer Pong Beer Pong is a favorite tailgating game at Husky Football.

      With college back in session and the football season gearing up, now's the time to get out your table and start practicing your throwing skills for BEER PONG!  This fun drinking game requires a beer pong table, plastic keg cups, Ping-Pong balls, a healthy immune system and BEER!

      With 10 cups arranged in a triangle on each end of the table, the object of the game is to throw a ping pong ball into a plastic cup at the far end of the table. If you make the shot, the other team has to drink the beer in the cup. This game is great fun, especially at tailgates and other adult parties.

      Engraved Beer Pong Awards

      We offer 4 styles of beer pong awards for your next event, whether it's at a tailgate, a house party, or a tournament for your fraternity or dorm.

      1.  Beer Pong Champion Trophy: This trophy has a beer pong insert in the middle of a wrapped silver ribbon. The bottom displays etched engraving for free!  It was also a featured product on the Beer Pong All-Stars website, which features all things beer pong!

      2.  If you are looking for something to hang on the wall of your frat or dorm room, a Beer Pong Champion Plaque is an excellent choice. It's a black plaque with silver engraving with the same beer pong insert. A great way to show off a win!

      3.  Beer Pong Tournament Award: A perpetual award, this popular larger trophy is impressive because the sides of the base can be engraved with different winner's names on it, so it can be passed around from person to person, year after year. With 3 side plates, it can hold up 12 winner's names, 4 on each side.

      Beer Pong Award Our Beer Pong Champion perpetual trophy. It's a customer favorite!

      4.  For a fun and inexpensive party favor or award, check out the Five Star Beer Pong Party Medallion.  This includes a neck drape in your choice of color - match your favorite college team or Fraternity colors. At a starting price of only $7.20 each, they are an affordable award that your beer pong winners would be proud to wear!  They even include engraving on the back of the medallion.

      All of our Beer Pong Trophies include customized engraving for FREE.  At Trophies2Go, we don't count characters, and even logos are included in the price. The logo files that are compatible with our engraving machines are high quality, high resolution JPG files and EPS files.  If you have questions about engraving for your beer pong trophies, just give us a call at 1-877-926-4700.

      Remember to enjoy your beer pong responsibly and here's to a great fall season full of fun!

      Cheers, Jessica

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