Archive for August, 2014

Tips for Hosting a Productive Business Meeting

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Hosting a meeting can be stressful, even if you are familiar with planning and hosting. There are many loose ends that need to be tied up and if you are presenting as well as planning, it can make your job even more difficult. Here are some tips from our team of meeting planning experts to help you make the most out of your business meeting.

Communication: Keep the lines of communication open between the event facility, yourself and the speakers. This will help ensure that there are no mix-ups. Try to have one point of contact at the facility and one point of contact for you. That way, if there is an issue with anything, the appropriate people are contacted right away without having to make a series of phone calls. Make sure that you have communicated well with any presenters as to how much time they have been allotted and make sure that attendees have a written copy of the schedule for the meeting.

Stick to the schedule: When presenters and organizers do not stick to the schedule, attendees will not stick to it either. It is important to keep to the times that are written down so everyone is on the same page. This will also help the staff at the meeting facility ensure that your meeting goes off without a hitch!

Stay organized: From planning to presenting, staying organized so important. An organized meeting is a successful meeting and an organized presenter is better able to convey their message to the audience. When hosting a meeting, know who your point of contact is. Know who will be presenting and when and know what your schedule is and stick to it! For presenters, prepare what you will say ahead of time and practice if you need to. Be sure to have your notes and use them!

Keep the energy up: We’ve all been to the meetings where it feels like they are never going to end. Make sure you keep your energy level up which, will in turn, keep the attendees energy up! Make your presentation interactive. Ask them questions or encourage them to ask you questions. Use props or hand out candy. This will keep everyone’s interest!

For more tips on hosting or planning a meeting or to learn more about meetings at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, visit our website.

 

September 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, September 5th- Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings.

Rhythm on the River: Sunday, September 14th- Enjoy live music at Mary Ross Waterfront Park featuring the Parker Urban Band in Brunswick from 6-8pm. Bring the kids and pack a picnic dinner. Admission is $10 per adult, 15 & under free.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, September 16th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm. The guest speaker will talk about environmental topics and preserving Georgia’s coast. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting VillageCreekLanding.com.

Jazz in the Park featuring Michael Hulett: Sunday, September 21st 7-9PM. Presented by the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Jazz in the Park is one of the most popular events on St. Simons Island. Bring a picnic and your friends and spend the evening listening to live music next to the ocean and underneath the light house! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 are free.

Unique Ways to Depart from Your Wedding Reception

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Antique car rentals on St. Simons Island

We’ve all seen the “Just Married” signs on the back of a decorated car and we’ve all seen the bride & groom depart the reception and get into a limo to be whisked away to the airport but when you get married on St. Simons Island, there are some unique ways to depart from your wedding reception.

  • Classic Cars are an excellent way to make a statement when you depart! Martin’s Wedding Transportation is a locally owned and operated. They have 4 different cars to choose from including: A 1940 Cadillac Fleetwood Sedan, A 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Sedan, A 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible and A 1930 Model A Ford.
  • Hopping on some bikes as you leave the reception is a very eco-friendly and island-style way to depart and it is a great way to get some neat wedding photos! You can rent bikes for your big day at Ocean Motion Surf Company right at the foot of our property.
  • Horse-drawn carriage or on horseback: Three Oaks Farm can make your fairy tale dreams come true! They have many wedding packages available which include arriving or departing on horseback, by horse drawn carriage or in a Cinderella carriage!
  • For those who are adventurous, depart from the reception on a stand up paddlebaord courtesy of St. Simons SUP. This is the perfect combo of adventure and a great way to get some “trash the dress” photos….(if you fall off the board). It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s a fun way to break away from tradition.

These are just a few of many different options that are available to our wedding couples. Contact our wedding catering managers to learn more about unique departure ideas or for information about getting married at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort!

The King and Prince Earns “Best of the South Award”

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Best of the South Award

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort has earned the “Best of the South” Award from Meetings Focus. This is awarded to properties who earn top honors in the quality of service, rates, rooms and amenities at their properties for meetings and conventions. We are honored to have earned this award for 2014! For more information about meetings at our resort, visit our website.

Cocktail Hour Ideas for Your Wedding

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Cocktail hour can make a great first impression for your wedding guests and it is a great way to get the party started. There are many good ideas when it comes to cocktail hours. Here are some of our top picks for how to start your wedding reception off on the right foot!

Champagne Grapefruit Mojito

Signature Wedding Cocktails: These have become quite popular over the past few years. Meet with the bartender at your wedding venue and ask them to come up with a few signature drinks for you or, if there are some unique drinks that you have in mind, let them know! Some of our favorites are: Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade, The Lavender Collins and The Champagne Grapefruit Mojito.

Food Bars: A relatively new trend in receptions are food bars. They allow your guests to customize the food to their specific tastes in a fun, new way! We’ve seen many different types of food bars including: baked potato bars, taco bars, mashed potato bars, popcorn bars and mini-burger bars….don’t forget the bacon!

Lighter Fare: Salad in a cup, Crudite cups or platters, fresh fruit kabobs, sushi, mini shrimp cocktail and caprese salad are just a few ideas of food that can provide guests with lighter, but still delicious options during the cocktail hour.

The chefs at our resort would be happy to create a custom menu for your wedding. Visit our website for more information or to contact us!

 

St. Simons Island Resort Welcomes New Executive Chef

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Executive Chef John Palacio

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort and ECHO Oceanside Restaurant are happy to welcome Executive Chef John Palacio to the resort.  Palacio began his culinary career at age 15 at the Red Lion Inn in Omaha, Nebraska. Following 4 years of global assignments with the U.S. Marines, he returned home to follow his dream of becoming a professional in the culinary industry. His training included a 3 year American Culinary Federation apprenticeship at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles which concluded with him being awarded the coveted American Culinary Federation’s  “Apprentice of the Year” in Los Angeles County.

He gained his vast experience by traversing the country in several Westin resorts from Santa Clara to Kansas City to Tuscon to Beverly Hills and even catered to the stars at the Emmy Awards in the late 1980’s. When he is not in the kitchen, Palacio can be found outside in his tomato garden or canning his tomatoes.

“Each day I want to personally meet our guests to let them know I am available to make their visit memorable ~ from a birthday party or wedding reception to their casual dining experience filled with culinary surprises. I am elated with my choice to take the Executive Chef position at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.”

Hotel Director and General Manager Michael Johnson states, “We are very excited to add someone with so much talent and expertise to our team. We look forward to introducing Chef John Palacio to our community as the overwhelming response to our new food and beverage concept ECHO for dining and catered events continues.”

The Ultimate Dessert Bar for Your Wedding

Friday, August 15th, 2014

What better way to celebrate your sweet day than with a scrumptious dessert or candy bar for your wedding guests? Over the past few years, dessert and candy bars have become a popular way to add some sweet fun to wedding receptions!

Candy Bars with Color Themes: Add some color to the reception by creating a candy bar that incorporates your wedding colors into the candy! The type of candy you can use is endless. M&Ms, lollipops, gummy bears, cotton candy, yogurt covered pretzels, rock candy and Hershey’s Kisses…(just to name a few!)

Wedding Candy Bar in Pink

Wedding Candy Bar in Purple

Wedding Candy Bar in Pastels

Themed Dessert Bars: What could be better than eating the ultimate s’more after an evening of fun and dancing? The only limit on a dessert bar is your own imagination! Here are a few suggestions from our wedding experts: S’mores bar, milk & cookies bar, ice cream bar or a popcorn bar.

Wedding S'mores Bar

Cookies and Milk Bar

Wedding Popcorn Bar

Pamper Yourself with New Products from The Royal Treatment Cottage

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Royal Treatment Cottage is proud to carry new products from two Georgia businesses!

Salacia Salts at The King and Prince Resort

 

Our new bath & body line is produced by Salacia Salts from Savannah, GA. Founded in 2012 by Cari Phelps, the company prides itself in using environmentally responsible ingredients and packaging. All products are free of sulfates, colorants and parabens and are packaged in recycled material. Their products include salt soaks,  moisturizers, body scrubs and cleansers that come in scents like Georgia Peach, Southern Pecan, Magnolia and Midnight Garden.

We are also featuring soy candles from Southern Soy Candle in Metter, GA. Their custom-blend candles are natural, non-toxic and biodegradable. Their candles come in wonderful southern scents like Georgia Peaches, Cotton Blossom, Savannah Magnolia and Creamy Praline Cream.

These products are available for purchase from the Royal Treatment Cottage. Stop by to test them out the next time you are at the resort! The Royal Treatment Cottage provides massage therapies to resort guests as well as the public.

5 Benefits of Hosting Your Meeting at Our St. Simons Island Resort

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Oceanfront lawn on St. Simons Island

 

The King and Prince prides itself in being a premier destination for meetings and conventions, no matter how large or small. We have received many awards and accolades over the years for our location, attention to detail, amenities, meeting space and activities. There are many benefits to hosting your company retreat, meeting or convention at our resort, but here are the top 5.

Personal Attention to Detail: From the first time you speak with us until well after your group has departed, our sales team will be with you every step of the way. We pride ourselves in giving each and every group the personalized attention that they deserve. Our sales managers, catering managers and conference services team are always available to answer any questions that you may have.

Accommodations: Budget can play a large role when you are planning a meeting. At The King and Prince, the diversity of our accommodations works to your advantage. We offer everything from standard hotel rooms with a view of the resort to oceanfront villas and even several homes on our property! The diversity of our accommodations makes staying at our resort more affordable for your attendees.

First Class Amenities: Perfect for company outings or free time, attendees will find 5 outdoor pools, tennis and the beach just steps away from the meeting location! The resort also has The Royal Treatment Cottage for massage therapies on the property and an award-winning golf course just a short drive away.

Business Services: All guests at the resort have access to the business center and complimentary WiFi. Copy and fax services are also available at the front desk and iron/ironing boards, coffee makers, work desks and in-room dining menus are in every room in the resort. Laundry services are also available for our guests.

Location: Our beautiful oceanfront location will ensure that guests are able to get the most out of the meeting but are also able to enjoy their free time! Along with the beach access from our resort, we are a little over an hour from both the Jacksonville, FL and Savannah, GA airports and a short drive from I-95. This makes us easily accessible to everyone!

For a Shabby Chic Wedding Look, Use Burlap & Lace

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Deciding on colors or a theme for your wedding can be tough. There are so many combinations, options and ideas out there that it can be hard to decide what to use. Here are our picks for ways to incorporate burlap and lace into your wedding day for a shabby chic, rustic wedding!

Invitations- The options are endless if you are considering burlap and lace wedding invites. Etsy has beautiful invites that will give your invitations and RSVP cards a personal touch.

Burlap and Lace Wedding Invitations

 

Flowers- Whether it is the bouquet or decorative accents, there are many ways to incorporate the burlap & lace theme into your flowers.

Burlap and Lace Wedding Bouquets

Options include: wrapping the flowers in burlap and lace for your walk down the aisle, incorporating burlap flowers into your bouquet or his boutonniere and wrapping vases or mason jars with it for table centerpieces.

Burlap Flower Ideas

The Reception- The possibilities are endless when decorating for the reception. You can use burlap and lace for table numbers, runners, place settings, wrapped around candles, even for pom-poms and signs!

Burlap Table Numbers

www.etsy.com/shop/RebeccasSilvaLining

Burlap Table Runners

www.biasampaio.com

Burlap Candle Holders

www.studioelevenphotography.org

 

For more creative wedding ideas, visit our Pinterest page. To learn more about planning your shabby chic wedding at our oceanfront resort, visit our website!