AFE Happenings – what we’ve been up to

2 Sep

June – On June 12, 2012, I attended Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle event in Raleigh, NC.  Talk about exciting!  I met some amazing women and gained a ton of information about being a successful entrepreneur and growing my business.  Not only did I leave with the knowledge to create a plan for continued success, I left feeling inspired, motivated and confident enough to continue my “hustle”.

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I also attended the Small Business Tour in Greensboro, NC, on June 21, 2012.  I made some great connections there, too.

July – A Fox Enterprises officially moved to the Piedmont Triad.  Our new location is 7 Corporate Center Court, Suite B, Greensboro, NC  27408, 336-553-1662.  Call today to schedule your free consultation.

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August – August was truly a whirlwind, tornado, roller coaster ride, etc.  but just like every time before, we are bouncing back……….what started out as a huge launch party to celebrate the legend of Whitney Houston ended up being a small, intimate celebration of the movie, Sparkle.  A great time was had by all  and the VIP swag bags were an added bonus.

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Turn Passion & Purpose Into Profit

25 Mar

The first quarter of 2012 is quickly coming to an end.  Where has the time gone?  On my quest to get back on track and have the best year yet, I’ve signed up as a host committee member for Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle National Tour.  This is an amazing conference designed to boost the success of small business owners.

Tory is a great champion for women.  She’s built two multi-million-dollar businesses—Women For Hire and Spark & Hustle—while serving as a Good Morning America contributor, New York Times bestselling author, contributing editor to SUCCESS magazine and a popular speaker. Oh, and she’s a wife and mom, too!!

Spark and Hustle is a terrific investment – both personally and professionally.  I am attending the Raleigh event and would love to see you there.  However, if you can’t attend that event, there are 19 other event cities to choose from – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, and Washington, DC.

The events are filling up fast and are expected to sell out and early bird pricing makes it highly affordable.  Specific details can be found at http://sparkandhustle.com/events/.  When you sign up, please include my name in the box that asks how you heard about the event.

Will you join me for Spark & Hustle?  I hope so!

Wishing you much success,

Angela L. Brown

 

 

 

Unique Super Bowl Party Treats

31 Jan

On my quest to find decorating tips and other swanky Super Bowl Party must-haves, I ran across a few unique and creative ideas that I had to share.

Gourmet chocolate footballs, what more can you ask for?  If you have the budget, these are a necessary indulgence and can be purchased from Shari’s Berries.  If you can’t justify the expense and have the patience, time and creative touch, these are definitely a DIY project to make for your Super Bowl party.

I also found 3 edible stadiums.  Yes, edible stadiums!  Sandwiches, Twinkies®, bacon, cheese, salsa, olives, guacamole, you name it.  There’s no way your guests could leave hungry with these artful, fun foods around.

Here’s one from Holy Taco with step-by-step instructions:

The Greatest Snack Food Stadium Ever Built

Break.com also shares how they created one complete with spectators, cars, trees, football players and more.

Lastly, I found another great one at Themetapicture.com.

Top 10 Decorating Tips for a “SUPER” Super Bowl Party

29 Jan

Super Bowl XLVI is right around the corner, New  York vs New England! Contrary to what some may think, this is the most wonderful time of the year!  Here are 10 items that you can use to make your 2012 Super Bowl Party one that your guests will remember until next season.  Some of these are for decoration purposes only and others can serve double duty as favors and food.

1.  NFL Paper Lanterns, www.oogalights.com

2.  Personalized Football Napkins, www.plumparty.com

3.  Touchdown Cutting Board, www.nflshop.com

4.   NFL Checkers,  www.bigleaguepromotions.com

5.   Team-sized Football Burger, www.wilton.com

6.  Football Bling, http://super-bowl-fun.makesparties.com/Home.aspx

 7.  Football Field Runner, www.party411.com

8.   XLVI Super Bowl Lollipop, www.party411.com

9.   Football Tinsel Garland, www.windycitynovelties.com

10.  Super Bowl XLVI Plates, www.windycitynovelties.com

12 Ways to Dress Up Your Cocktail Party

8 Jan

Hosting a cocktail party is a fun, fabulous and sophisticated way to entertain.  It can be casual or formal, and can involve colleagues or friends.  Whatever the case, here are a few ideas to make your next gathering a little more exciting.

  1.  Champagne – Veuve Clicquot Rose’ and Rose’ fridge http://veuve-clicquot.com/en/home

    Veuve Clicquot Rose' Fridge

  2. Tilt Bowls, $14.95 http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dining-and-entertaining/serving-bowls/large-tilt-bowl/s587764 
  3. Bar Accessories – http://www.homewetbar.com/martini-cocktails-bartending-sets-c-26_42.html
  4. Oliver Appetizer Plates, $2.95  http://www.cb2.com/dinnerware/dining/oliver-appetizer-plates/f6578?fromLocation=search 
  5. Libertini Martini Glass, $3.95  http://www.cb2.com/barware/dining/libertini-martini/f4421?fromLocation=search 
  6. Cheese Server Set, $34.99 http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10973476&cid=PJ_DF:10973476:CPWM_3578 
  7. Hire a Bartender for 2 hours – http://bartenders4hire.com/
  8. Cocktail Recipe Book, http://www.craftofthecocktail.com/
  9. Whiskey Stone Shot Glasses, $38.00 http://shop.coolmaterial.com/products/whiskey-stone-shot-glasses
  10. Cocktail Stirrers, $13.95 http://www.kegworks.com/happy-hour-drink-swizzle-stick-stirrers-set-of-6-314-p173353 
  11. Divina Green Olives stuffed with Feta, $12.95 http://www.italia-gourmet.com/products/condiment-spices/olive-pepper/green-olives-stuffed-with-feta-cheese-582.html
  12. Stonewall Kitchen Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Straws, $6.50 http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/shop/553201.html

Last Minute, Unforgettable Holiday Party Ideas

10 Dec

With only 2 weeks left before Christmas, many of us still have a million things to do.  If entertaining family and friends is on that “To-Do” list, the last thing you want to do is stress about how you’re going to decorate and what you’re going to serve at your holiday party this year.  Here are 5 unforgettable holiday party themes that you can use and have fun with – not only for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa but for New Year’s Eve and beyond.

 

  1.  Eat, Drink & Be Merry Cocktail Party – This adult party consists of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing, if you choose.  If you don’t want to dance the night away, a cocktail party can be hosted early in the evening, and you can have the house cleaned, dishes put away and settled on the couch in time for the 11:00 news!
  2. Santa Baby! Holiday Gift Exchange Party – Specify on the invitation that you’re going to have a gift exchange at the party.  Set a price limit and explain any other guidelines that may apply – theme gift, “White Elephant” gift, charity gift, etc.
  3. Wild, Winter Wonderland – Go all out with this theme – snowflake invitations, white lights, blue and silver EVERYTHING from table linens, napkins, plates, balloons, and candles to centerpieces, place cards and party favors.  Let your imagination run wild with this one!
  4. Haute Chocolate – If you want to include children, this is a great theme.  Food, games, and chocolate.  With so many choices on the market these days, flavored hot chocolate is a must for this party theme.  Buy it pre-made or create your own recipes.  Add marshmallows, whip cream, crushed peppermint, cinnamon sticks and more.  A hot chocolate station would be perfect and your guests can create their own custom-fitted “haute” chocolate.  Of course, it wouldn’t be right to send them home empty-handed.   I can’t think of a better favor than more hot chocolate.  Try this idea from Candles and Such.  
  5. Candy Canes & Cookie Exchange – Invite friends over and tell them to bring a batch of their favorite cookies.  Better yet, instead of cookies, tell them to bring their favorite holiday treat – fudge, brownies, etc.  To add to the fun, ask them to share the recipe.  If you’re really serious about the candy cane theme, you can make candy cane gimlets, too.  Adults only please🙂

Candy Cane Gimlet

2 Tbsp. Tanqueray

1 tsp. fresh lime juice

1 ½ tsp. DeKuyper Schnapps Peppermint Liqueur

½ cup Sprite

Pour gin, liqueur and lime juice over ice.  Top with Sprite and garnish with a candy cane, if desired.  Enjoy!!

 

Nautical at 90!

5 Dec

Recently we planned a birthday party for a very lively 90-year-old.  A retired captain from the navy, my client and his family were wonderful to work with.  At his age, he still enjoys playing golf at least once a week and is active in his church and community.  The party was fabulous and he reveled in every minute of being the guest of honor!

We utilized U.S. Navy license plates, banners, patches and more from Arkansas Flag and Banner to give the space a nautical/naval feel.  Navy blue party lanterns and gold balloons from Oriental Trading finished off the look.  The cake was modeled after the USS Hazelwood DD-531.  Enjoy and ahoy!!

 

Theme:  Nautical at 90!

Color scheme:  Blue & Gold

Favors:  Golf balls, of course – TLC Adcentives, LLC

Décor and Planning:  A Fox Enterprises

Venue & Caterer:  Fincastle Country Club

Photographer:  Steve Coleman Photography

Flowers:  Graham Floral

Music:  Crawdad String Band

 

The 12 Cocktails of Christmas

4 Dec

Tis the season to be jolly, deck the halls and jingle our bells!  With the 12 days of Christmas quickly approaching, we need a plan of action – instead of 12 days of gift giving, let’s celebrate the 12 cocktails of Christmas!🙂

1.  French Pear Martini

Ingredients

1 oz. Grey Goose La Poire

1 oz.  Grand Marnier

1 oz. ginger ale

Preparation

Sugar the rim of a martini glass.

Fill a shaker with ice, vodka and Grand Marnier. Shake, then strain into glass.

Top with ginger ale.

Garnish with a poinsettia to get into the holiday spirit.

2.  Holiday Eggnog

3.  White Christmas Cocktail

4.  Candy Cane Gimlet

5.  Ginger Gold Rush

6.  Gingerbread Cookie Cocktail

7.  Christmas Sangria

8.  Cinnamon Stick Cocktail

9.  Pink Lady Cocktail

10.  Christmas Caipirinhas

11.  Bailey’s Mint Kiss

12.  Christmas Champagne Cocktail

CHEERS!

Happy Thanksgiving from A Fox Enterprises

24 Nov

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

  • T is for the trust the pilgrims had so many years ago
  • H is for the harvest the settlers learnt to grow
  • A is for America, the land in which we live
  • N is for nature and beauty which she gives
  • K is for kindness, gentle words, thoughtful deeds
  • S is for smiles, the sunshine everyone needs
  • G is for gratitude… our blessings big and small
  • I is for ideas, letting wisdom grow tall
  • V is for voices, singing, laughing, always caring
  • I is for Indians, who taught them about sharing
  • N is for neighbors, across the street, over the sea
  • G is for giving of myself to make a better me

by Judith.A. Lindberg, http://www.thanksgiving-day.org/

 

Your Best Thanksgiving Ever – Make a Day of It

22 Nov

Thanksgiving is only 2 days away and I’m excited about it!  I hope you are, too! It’s one of those days that you can do a lot of things, you can do a few things or you can do nothing.  Whatever the case, here are a few options – you can really make a day of it!!  Make Thanksgiving 2011 your best one ever!

  1.  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 2011 marks the 85th anniversary of the parade.  Tune in Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. on NBC to see it live from New York.
  2. Dinner – This one is self-explanatory.  Eat, eat and then eat again.
  3. Football – There are so many football games on Thanksgiving Day, you can literally watch it all day.  At  12:30 p.m.  (EST), catch the Green Bay Packers vs the Detroit Lions on FOX.  The Miami Dolphins will play the Dallas Cowboys on CBS at 4:15 p.m.  Last but not least, San Francisco vs Baltimore airs at 8:20 p.m. on NFLN.  If you’d rather catch a local high school game or college, that’s also an option.  The final, and probably most fun, option is to form your own teams and learn how to play flag football. 
  4. Thanksgiving Day Races – If you want to start the day off right, get the family together for a Turkey Day race.  As a former runner, this would normally be my first choice, but that’s another story.  There are numerous family friendly “Turkey Trots” online.

However you decide to spend this special day of gratitude, the main thing to remember is to enjoy yourself!

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