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Single & Dating During Covid – A Look Back on 2021

The age of Covid changed us – and when it came to dating, it changed everything. Solitude changed the way we think about relationships, the way we choose our partners, the kind of qualities we seek in our mates, and how we view ourselves.

Dating Before Covid vs. Dating During Covid

It almost seems like a dream when we look back on how things used to be. The dating scene, for many, involved casual dates, lots of socialization, and random hookups. In early March 2020, we hunkered down at home for weeks (if not months), and had some time to reflect.

Our time in isolation gave us a chance to re-evaluate our lives and do some serious soul searching. We had the time to take a good look at ourselves and decide what we wanted out of our careers, our friendships, our relationships, and our lives. Establishing connections with people became more important. Singles dating during Covid began to think about whether they really liked the other person or if they were just lonely and needed companionship. Playing the field became a health risk and many singles focused more on developing monogamous relationships, after being encouraged to stay inside and alone for weeks or months at a time.

The Evolution of Dating During Covid

As the lockdown continued, video dates became a thing. Getting to know people via video chat was a new way that people established connections and “screened” a potential date. Events & Adventures also saw the needs of cooped-up singles and created easy ways for people to meet during the height of the pandemic. Virtual events like game nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and even health and wellness sessions got people together and created social situations for singles seeking connection. Our virtual event calendar is still being filled with all kinds of fun events created for singles to meet, for those who are still interested in meeting new people in a virtual environment.

Dating App Fatigue

Swiping in your sweatpants became boring after a while and people were eager to get outside again when restrictions lifted. Socially distant dates were the next phase in the new dating-during-Covid regime. Outdoor dates became the norm and meeting up at parks for walks, picnics, and bike rides gave singles a back-to-basics approach to dating.  Meeting people off-line became more exciting and making connections organically felt good.

That’s where Events & Adventures shines. Once outdoor life was in full swing again, our members enjoyed events like hiking, kayaking, and paintball over the summer, while winter activities including ice skating, outdoor picnics, and bonfires are what our members are up to now.

The Great Dating Reset

As the summer of 2021 approached, singles on social media coined the phrase “hot vax summer.” The hashtag implied a resurgence of casual dating with the availability of vaccines offered to the public. However, quite the opposite occurred. Over the course of the past 18 months, priorities had changed. Singles valued close relationships and friendships over a casual fling. The anticipated ‘summer of love’ turned into a more serious intentional dating strategy.

The time that we spent with ourselves allowed us to look inward and we became interested in becoming better versions of ourselves. We evaluated what we really wanted out of life and what resulted was a desire for deeper connections and experiences with a prospective mate, and that’s what Events & Adventures members value most. Offering exciting and engaging experiences that build a real connection and provide an easy, no-pressure environment to meet new people, is the perfect way to make new friends or find new love. Our thrill-seeking members enjoy bucket list adventures like skydiving, trapeze flying, and rock climbing, while low-key folks can relish in theater nights, museums, and resort day trips. No matter what category you fall into, there are plenty of ways to cross items off your bucket list while filling your emotional bucket.

The Covid Conversation

After almost two years into this pandemic, most singles have made up their minds on what their comfort levels are when it comes to dating during Covid. It’s important to communicate your thoughts when you first begin chatting with someone new. Be clear on what you are comfortable with (and what you’re not) and make conscious decisions that are in line with your values.

Keep It Stress-Free

Above all, have fun! Do what is right for you and venture into activities that bring you joy as well as provide you with the peace of mind you need whilst navigating the dating landscape. Changing your mindset can make all the difference. When you approach the idea of your single life more as “meeting new people” than “dating,” it can make the experience less stressful. That’s what Events & Adventures is all about. We make things easy and provide fun experiences where it’s easy to relax and connect with someone new.

For over 30 years, Events & Adventures has provided singles with fun and exciting ways to live their best lives. Our members enjoy events every night of the month and meet new people doing things they love to do – or have always wanted to do! Find out how Events & Adventures puts a new twist on dating the old-fashioned way. Get started with us today!

A Guide to Dating After Divorce: The Do’s and the Don’ts

Even after the most amicable of divorces, the notion of dating can be downright scary. Some people may be eager to get back into the dating scene, while others may need a slow roll into the idea of even meeting new people. When you’re ready to start dating after a divorce, here’s a list of Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind as you begin your next journey. 

DO: “Ask Am I Ready?” 

Everyone has their own timeline for healing after a divorce, and those who don’t re-evaluate their previous relationships may risk repeating the same mistakes. Be sure to take enough time to grieve the loss of your marriage and understand your part in what happened in the relationship. It’s best to wait until you have legally filed for divorce before you enter a new relationship or begin dating so you can be honest about where you are in the process with anyone new. It also helps to decide what you want out of the experience and to know if you want to begin dating for the right reasons. When you are truly ready to make the jump into the dating pool, you’ll feel good about your answers and know they are true to your feelings. 

DO: Set Realistic Expectations

Whether it’s been two years or 20 years since you last dated someone, chances are that times have changed. It’s important to understand that you won’t find the next Mr. or Mrs. Right on the first few dates. It may help to think of dating as an interview process. There will be lots of candidates and you don’t have to feel bad about moving on if any one person doesn’t fit the job. Open yourself to new kinds of people. What you felt was your “type” in the past may have evolved, so don’t be afraid to meet someone who may not fit that exact mold. 

DO: Know What You Want

A mental (or written) checklist is a great tool to determine what you seek in a new partner. With lessons learned from your previous relationship(s), you will recognize a deal-breaker and know what you are willing to compromise on. Are you looking to date casually or exclusively? Are you open to having a relationship with someone who has children? How do you like to communicate in a relationship? Additionally, knowing the kind of qualities you want in a potential partner can make the “interview” process easier while avoiding the pitfalls of “settling for less.” 

DON’T Rush In. Take it Slow.

Easing into the dating scene may be the best option after a divorce or separation. Enjoy talking on the phone first to get to know someone. Making a real connection involves a time investment, and a slow burn is often better than a rebound or a quick burnout. It’s normal to experience a whirlwind of emotions during the initial plunge into dating, and it’s important to process those feelings without the pressure of an intense, new romantic relationship.

DO: Enjoy Your Hobbies and Find New Ones

Here’s the fun part: JUST. HAVE. FUN. The best way to fully reveal yourself to someone new is to get back to who you are and what you love to do. What brings you joy? What do you love to do? What have you always wanted to try? Events & Adventures is a great place to start. Take a look at one of our event calendars. Each month is filled with nearly 30 different events – and the best part is that everyone is single! Whether you enjoy laid-back activities or you seek thrilling adventure, we’ve got you covered. From wine tasting and billiard nights to line dancing and laser tag, you choose the mood, and we’ve got an outing for you to match. 

Our members appreciate how easy and natural it is to meet like-minded singles. It’s especially helpful to busy professionals, those new to the dating scene, and people new to town. The fringe benefits also include building new friendships and constructing a “dating village,” on whom you can rely upon for support. 

DON’T Trash Your Ex. 

Once you begin meeting new people, always be forthcoming about your past, values, and boundaries. If you decide to talk about your previous relationship, do so in a fair and balanced manner and be sure to talk about how you’ve learned from those experiences. A healthy relationship begins as an honest relationship and completely sharing yourself with others cannot come without revealing yourself, scars and all. 

DO: Talk to Your Kids at The Right Time

If you have children, dating after divorce can get even more complicated. Once again, honesty is the best policy. Be upfront about your need to build connections – but communicate these needs at the appropriate time. Once you have met someone you are serious about, be open with your kids and give them space to have feelings about it. They will have questions and fears – and your job is to answer them honestly and ease their worry. 

DO: Trust Yourself

Your instincts will always be your guide. If you’re not “feeling it,” or something seems “off,” chances are you’re right. If anyone seems “too perfect,” or you see any red flags, DON’T ignore that gut feeling. Your intuition is usually right on the money. If you decide to use online dating apps, stay vigilant of any scams or catfishing. Feel good about what your conscience is telling you, and if you need to move on, do it kindly and with confidence in yourself.

Events & Adventures has provided a fun, easy, and stress-free way for singles to meet for over 30 years. Get to know people just like you by doing things you love to do – or the things you’ve always wanted to do. There’s life beyond divorce – go live it. Get started today with Events & Adventures. 

 

Fall into Fun with Autumn Outdoor Activities for Singles

When the weekend arrives, it can feel like a chore trying to figure out what to do, especially when you’re unattached. The beautiful fall weather is begging you to come out and play, but the idea of entering unchartered territory on your own may seem a bit intimidating. That’s where Events & Adventures excels. As the expert event planners for singles, it’s our mission to select the most engaging and fun things to do in a no-pressure, relaxed environment. From campfires to rodeos and everything in between, it’s clear why we’ve seen so many folks enjoying their best single life. So, grab your pumpkin spiced latte and let’s explore all the outdoor activities for singles that Events & Adventures has to offer this fall.  

More Than Outdoor Activities for Singles…Outdoor Adventures! 

Now that the weather is cooling off, it’s a perfect opportunity to explore more of the great outdoors. Hiking provides great exercise while providing the perfect opportunity to chat with new friends. After a long hike, our members often enjoy a frosty beverage at a local brewery or coffee house to keep the fun going, long after the scheduled event is over. 

A favorite childhood activity can turn into adult amusement with a few new singles to enjoy it with. Pumpkin carving, hayrides, and corn mazes are just some fall outdoor activities we offer that make you feel like a kid again. Add in some friendly faces and making new connections is easy and fun! 

Halloween parties are a blast with our members! Costumes always give us a little extra confidence to let out our flirty sides, and there’s no better way to spark up a conversation than with a silly getup. With one look at some of the hilarious memories from our Phoenix and South Florida Halloween parties,  you’ll want to join in on the fun! 

If you’re the athletic type, the crisp autumn weather is ideal for outdoor activities like flag football or paintball, and a little friendly competition is a great way to build rapport. If not, then a football watch party may be more your style. Perhaps you’d be more inclined to strap on some ammo and hit the field for some fun zombie hunting. Whether it’s glow-in-the-dark golf, rock climbing, zip-lining, or Segway tours, Events & Adventures provides all the fun – all you need to do is join us! Our get-togethers never disappoint. It’s our job to show you the best time while providing enjoyable opportunities to make new friends and new connections. 

For more intimate gatherings, we provide the wallflower with plenty of chances to warm up to new people. Events & Adventures isn’t just for thrill-seekers – our events can take on an easy vibe, with book clubs, trivia nights, art museum trips, bike rides, and more. Oftentimes, these small group settings offer the right ambiance to get to know someone in a relaxed, comfortable environment. 

Every month is filled with plenty of different options to suit your personality or mood. Feeling funky? Hit club night. Want to sit back and chill? Maybe brunch is more your style. Whatever you’re into, there’s a good chance that we have an outing that’s right up your alley. Our mix of event offerings provides the right balance of fun and easy ways to build friendships or even create sparks with someone new. 

Go Beyond the Outdoors – Go Abroad!

If you’re looking for even more adventure, come see the world with us! Our singles explore the globe and enjoy exotic destinations with a great group of like-minded friends. The best part? Everyone is single! There are no kids on our trips – just a great time and plenty of opportunities to have new experiences with singles like you. From the Florida Keys to Fiji and Costa Rica to China, Events & Adventures provides exciting travel excursions that you may otherwise never experience on your own. Check out the amazing photos from our most recent trip to Kenya and you’ll see how our singles cross off many of their bucket list items, just by being a member!

An Exciting Dating Experience Beyond the Apps

When it comes to modern dating, it can feel like a chore. Who wants to sit and swipe through a sea of faces all day long? Our gatherings provide real-life opportunities to make actual connections with people who are looking for the same things – an exciting, fun life with the possibility of love! Because we are the experts in fun and know what the ultimate goal is (love) – our hosts curate events that bring out the best side of you while maintaining a comfortable way to connect and create friendships. Ask any of our members and they’ll tell you – Events & Adventures puts dating apps to shame. They’ve never had a better time in their single lives! 

For over 30 years, Events & Adventures has been offering singles the most entertaining and exciting way to meet new people. If you’re ready to live your best single life, get started with Events & Adventures today. 


What to do with friends tonight? Events & Adventures already has your plans made!

As each weekend approaches, it’s easy to get stuck in the same old rut with the same old crew of friends. Bar, movie, restaurant, repeat. There’s got to be more than just the same old routine for meeting new people. You know there’s more to do locally, but where do you look to find new fun things to do? If you’re looking for what to do with friends in your area, Events & Adventures is the perfect solution – especially if you’re single and wish to make new friends.

Perhaps it’s time to venture beyond the ordinary. If you’re stuck on what to do with friends, Events & Adventures has plenty to keep you active and social in your city. More than just weekend outings, there’s something to do virtually every night of the week!  For over 30 years, Events & Adventures has been a fantastic way for singles to enjoy new experiences that they wouldn’t otherwise engage in. Add in the possibility of finding new love and you have the best of both worlds! 

Beyond the Bar

When it comes to fun, we are the experts. With so many other ways to find love than at the bar, each month is jam-packed with exciting and engaging group activities for singles that are the perfect backdrop to meeting up with friends or meeting new ones. Game night? Check. Wine tasting? Check. Poker night? Cooking night? Scavenger hunt? Check, check, check. With events almost every day, you have lots of options to choose from, along with an opportunity to find a new love interest. 

Unlock The Secrets in Your City

Whether you’re new in town and want to get to know all the local hot spots or a seasoned resident looking for more interesting things to do, Events & Adventures takes a deep dive and uncovers the local hidden gems. The best part? Everyone is there for the same reason – to meet new people and enjoy local events with other singles. The next time you are looking for what to do with friends, take a look at a sample social calendar to see all the fun our members have, then join in on the good times!

Stay Active

When it comes to organizing an outing with friends, everyone has a different sense of adventure. If you’re into skydiving, but your friends aren’t, you’re not likely to take the plunge. Don’t let that hold you back from getting your adrenaline fix. The beauty of Events & Adventures is that our event calendar is chock full of activities that keep you active while making new connections. From skydiving and kayaking to line dancing, Jiu-Jitsu and so much more, you’ll have your choice of high-energy experiences to keep your blood pumping. You can even enjoy a little friendly competition with beach volleyball or paintball! It’s the perfect solution to trying new exciting things while having a built-in group of friends to do them with.

Travel the World

If you’ve ever daydreamed about visiting exotic destinations but struggled to get buy-ins from your friends, you may have hesitated exploring the world alone. Nothing is more challenging than trying to organize a trip with several people with different opinions on where to go, how to travel, and what to do with friends. That’s what makes Events & Adventures so great! Our hosts handle all the details and have the best resources to plan a fabulous travel adventure that you’ll talk about for years to come. Take a look at all the places that our globe-trotting singles have enjoyed. From the Florida Keys to Fiji, there’s always a getaway planned for singles who are eager to make new friends and travel the world. 

Nourish Your Soul

It may sound like all fun and games (and it can be!), but our events also serve your local community. Nothing feels quite as good as paying it forward, and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with other singles who love to give back at Events & Adventures. Our members volunteer at local food banks, charities, and park cleanups, to name just a few. Once you experience all the ‘feels’ of doing good, you’ll want to join our members in every single one! 

Enjoy a Life Well Lived

The best way to enjoy life is to have new experiences. At Events & Adventures, we host the most exciting and entertaining experiences for our members, while creating an intimate atmosphere conducive to making new connections. Our members benefit from our vast event resources and enjoy the very best of what the city (and world!) has to offer. Join in on the fun and you may even find love along the way


A New Way to Meet New People and Have Fun – Yes Please!

Step away from the dating app and meet new people in real life!

When it comes to dating, apps have become the norm. Swipe. Swipe. Swipe. A sea of faces, exaggerated profiles, and awkward messaging – the routine has become monotonous, and singles everywhere are eager to get out and enjoy life again, rather than sit at home another night staring at a screen.  

Meeting new people the traditional way – at bars, clubs and social gatherings – may be out of one’s comfort zone, especially when you’re flying solo. Events & Adventures takes the uneasiness out of the equation and has been creating opportunities for finding love for over three decades. Summer is here and what better way to enjoy it than with new and fun experiences, all while possibly finding someone to date?

Just dive in. The water’s fine!

With more events and fewer restrictions, singles are excited to get back to the activities they enjoyed before the pandemic. Outdoor theater, beach parties, watersports, and movie nights are all things that bring people together and provide the perfect opportunity to create a spark with someone new. Even a trip to the farmer’s market can be a way to strike up a conversation in a casual way with someone who’s caught your eye. Thanks to Events & Adventures, singles get access to all kinds of new experiences and fun ways to meet new people in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere – without all the pressure of a blind internet date.

Cross off that bucket list item.

Perhaps you’ve often thought of going white-water rafting, skydiving, wakeboarding, or even line dancing, but never had the chance or felt uncomfortable going it alone. Living life to the fullest is all about taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone. Luckily, there are so many people just like you who are looking for other singles to enjoy life with – and many of them are members of Events & Adventures. The members who attend our hosted gatherings have so many options. From hiking to baseball games and karaoke to bar crawls, our calendars are filled with over 30 different ways each month to connect with other singles and explore what your city – and the world –has to offer.

Meet new people – No wingman/wingwoman necessary!

When you’re unattached, your single friends often make up your social circle. It may take some of us the safety net of a friend with us to enter new dating territory. Who is free this weekend? Who wants to hit the bar? Or head downtown? Who wants to lay low? Who already has a date? When you rely only on your single friends to make plans to meet new people, it can put a damper on your dating life. Maybe all your friends are already married and don’t have much time to go out anymore. That’s where Events & Adventures makes it SO easy. Every event has a host who welcomes new members to the group and creates an atmosphere that is conducive to friendly conversation and easy mingling. Our hosts strive to provide an experience that creates connections and plants the seeds for new relationships.

A Safe Bet for Dating

One of the biggest online dating concerns among singles is the authenticity of the person behind the profile. So often we hear stories about dates who don’t show up, are misleading about their relationship status, or just disappear (or ghost). Although it may seem like the reality of dating in the digital age, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Herein lies the beauty behind Events & Adventures.

Each member we welcome at Events & Adventures is screened and background checked. The safety of our members is of the utmost priority and our mission is to provide amazing experiences to meet new people in a secure environment. There’s never a need to worry if the person you’re chatting with isn’t who they say they are because they always will be. It’s the best way to discover new friendships and kindle a new romance without the risks – and all the rewards.

It’s true that the single life can be stressful, especially when you get caught up in the dating pitfalls. Why not try something new and meet new people with Events & Adventures?

If you’re ready to meet someone special while living your best life, sign up and join our members today.


Singles on first Date

First Date Tips For Singles

Need a kick to your dating life?

We thought so! What better way to re-ignite that fire than to brush up on some first date tips from the people who do this for a living?

Events & Adventures has been helping relationships blossom for over 30 years. You’d be amazed at how easy it is to create a spark just by putting singles together in activities they all enjoy. However, dating is not always an exact science, and there is no magic formula. The recent COVID-19 uncertainty has also put a damper on romance, forcing all of us to reconsider how we approach relationships. But the good news is, the world is slowly returning to normal and summer romances are just on the horizon!

Here are 10 first date tips to bring with you into your summer dating scene, whether you are in a group setting or having one-on-one time with someone special.

Be Confident & Friendly

No one likes a big ego, but confidence is very attractive! Group events may seem intimidating; however, it’s quite simple! Just introduce yourself! In this setting, it’s completely normal, even encouraged, to just approach people and start conversations. Share something about yourself and ask others to do the same. A friendly attitude and a willingness to get to know others show confidence and good spirits.

Keep Conversation Light

Some people have a tendency to overshare. Keep the conversation to what’s going on around you. Luckily, at Events & Adventures, you’ll have plenty to discuss whether you’re sight-seeing on a kayaking trip or taking in the nature during a hike. Try to avoid any “ex” topics. A relationship doesn’t seem appealing if the other person is still holding on to the old one.  Leave the resentments in the past and work on something new with the singles you’re meeting now.

Choose Common Ground

Found someone you’re interested in? Try inviting them to an off-site date where you can have some alone time. The first date should always be somewhere you both feel comfortable. Usually, a public setting, like a coffee shop, restaurant, or other fun outing is best practice. You can even leave the intimate dinner date for later, and choose a more interesting outing like a trip to the aquarium. You should have a pretty solid understanding of what your dates interests are, based on where you meet them at Events &Adventures!

The Dreaded Check

WHO PAYS?? A contentious topic, but a necessary one. Traditionally, the man pays. However, ladies, come prepared to split the check just in case. Gentlemen, if you’d like to impress your date, you should pay.

Turn Off Your Phone

This is a no-brainer! If you can’t leave business to rest for an hour or two, wait until you have a day where you can. Should an emergency arise, excuse yourself, and be brief. Don’t let anything take your attention from your date.

Don’t Default to the Bar

This is an easy mistake to make. Of course, drinks might seem like a casual choice with easy conversation, but it shows no effort on your part. Drinks often lead to both parties not being their true self, and can even turn sloppy if you’re not careful. If you’re really trying to get to know someone, a crowded bar is not the place. Events & Adventures has a ton of activities outside the bar scene that will spark your next first date idea.

Don’t “Play It Cool”

One of the most important first date tips is to try to be authentic! Acting like you don’t care isn’t cool, it actually makes your date feel insecure and uncomfortable. If you’re interested, then show that interest by asking your date about themselves, paying attention, and actively responding in the conversation.

Avoid Trigger Topics

There’s a time and place to discuss politics and a first date is not it! Even if you think the other person may potentially have similar views or they voice agreement, just steer the conversation into somewhere else. This can lead an uncomfortable situation or even an argument. Same goes for hot topics like religion, sex, or anything too controversial. The first date is for fun conversation and lighthearted laughs, not political views.

Asking for a Second Date

This one can be tough to navigate but try to keep it simple. As a rule of thumb, wait to ask for a second date until after your first date has already ended and the person has gone home. Express that you had a great time, and let them know you’ll be in touch. Asking during the date can make things slightly uncomfortable, especially if you’re judging the date incorrectly. Wait until you and the date have had time to think over the night and reach out to them the next day if you are too excited to wait!

Don’t Give Up

One bad date is not a good reason to get down on yourself or to give up the dating scene altogether. There is someone out there for everyone, and sitting in your house won’t get you any closer to meeting them. Events & Adventures will help you meet eligible singles just doing things you love. So, you don’t have to crawl the bars or swipe aimlessly through profiles. Just go do what you love, and meet other singles who love those things too!

If you’re ready to live life more and put some of these first date tips into action, sign up for a membership today.

Dating Apps sharing Personal Information?

Are Dating Apps Sharing Your Personal Information?

Are dating apps sharing your personal information?
It seems like almost every day we learn of another report on the news where a large company has been hacked, or maybe even intentionally, releases information. What does this mean though? Is it really applicable to us? The answer—ABSOLUTELY!

Information is one of the most coveted assets for online scammers–especially when it comes to your personal information. From dating to banking, we do it all online, automatically assuming these apps and services have the necessary protections in place to keep our information safe. However, dating services in particular have long been held up to scrutiny regarding the effectiveness of their security for their love-seeking members.

What’s Happening?
The most notable, and maybe most morally questionable, breach occurred with Ashley Madison in 2016. The dating site, which promotes discreet affairs for married individuals, uses the slogan, “Life is Short. Have an Affair.” to attract potential members. In 2016, the most popular dating site you’ve never heard of leaked information about 37 million of its members. Not so discreet!

Many dating apps and websites have since followed suit, with evidence of major security flaws, full breaches, and worst of all, intentional sharing of information. The sidestep shuffle around US and international security laws has allowed some sites to release private information such as location data, employment information, sexual preference/orientation data, personal details, phone numbers, and more. Not only does this expose us to potential financial security threats, but to a full range of interpersonal issues such as identity theft or harassment. For example, how comfortable would you be with your dating profile showing up in a potential employer’s search? Or if your neighbor could look up your sexual orientation? By nature, these sites host a variety of private details that may not be as protected as we are sometimes led to believe.

Meet People Naturally
There are more natural ways of dating that do not have to involve profiles, endless swiping, and potential exposure of your private information. Events & Adventures lets you put the phone down and truly meet people face-to-face, without the usual discomfort of first dates. A membership with Events & Adventures allows you to choose your favorite activities from over 30 dynamic events per month, and the best part is, everyone there will be single! It is the nation’s largest social club for singles where the only information shared is the kind whispered over wine at dinner, or yelled from the tops of your favorite mountain trails. With so many activities, everyone can find something they love to do, without the pressure of making a connection. It’s about making genuine connections and friendships, and learning to just have fun!

You could take the time to hack-proof your profiles or look into privacy agreements, or you could come to Events & Adventures, where none of that stuff matters. Besides, chances are you’ll find someone here who will spark your interest enough to delete all the useless apps. Break up with online dating and visit us at www.eventsandadventures.com.

Event & Adventures Winter Fun & Activities

Starting The New Year with New Activities

It might not come as much of a surprise, but studies have shown that the most common New Year’s Resolutions are losing weight and exercising more. These studies have also shown that enjoyment is a key factor in achieving any fitness goal and creating a happier and healthier you. Our clubhouses from Chicago to Vancouver took the time to incorporate new activities into their January calendars so members could start off their 2019 happier and healthier. Here’s a roundup of some of the new activities our club members enjoyed:

Burning Calories and Having Fun

On January 15th, Chicago kicked it into high-gear at a CycleBar class in Kildeer, Illinois. Members cycled their way through a class fueled by an enthusiastic instructor, fun club-like lighting, and energetic music. They were definitely feeling the burn once the class was done, but nothing brings friends closer together than a great workout! Chicago wasn’t alone when it came to featuring high-intensity workouts in January. Our Seattle club had an empowering and fat-blasting afternoon on January 20th at JabX Kickboxing and Fitness. They kicked and jabbed their way through more than 800 calories per member in the workout!

Cold Weather Activities

Three of our clubs embraced the cold weather to help burn away the extra slices of pie eaten this holiday season. Our Vancouver club swept calories away at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster on January 13th and enjoyed the benefits of the quirky game of curling. Minneapolis members frolicked through the snow on January 19th as they snowshoed along two miles of trails in Pine City, Minnesota. Members got to learn about winter travel during the fur trade and got to participate in additional activities like throwing a curling stone and playing a round of Ojibwe snow snake. The Denver club enjoyed a winter-inspired activity the same day when they went ice skating at Evergreen Lake!

Dallas gave football a wintery twist during their Flag Freezeball game on January 12th. During their pick up game of flag football, members forgot their winter blues and had a great time! Also embracing another classic activity, Houston gave Throwback Thursday a whole new meaning while roller skating. Houston members managed to get a leg workout in at the Adults Only night, January 17th, at the Dairy Ashford Roller Rink. Reliving roller rink memories with new friends was just a bonus!

Outdoor Adventures

Archery Tag was Phoenix’s activity of choice. They combined a game of tag with the combative skills used in other fun activities like paintball and dodgeball. Add the timeless activity of archery into the mix and this event made January 19th a unique, fun, and unforgettable day for Phoenix members. Speaking of paintball, Santa Clara had a great time enjoying this adrenaline-filled classic on January 12th. This was a great and colorful way to run around with fellow E&A members. Their friends just down the road at the San Francisco club spent January 13th participating in a Scavenger Hunt throughout the boats found at the Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour. This low-impact activity managed to incorporate a leisurely walk into a fun afternoon with friends.

No matter what city you’re in, Events and Adventures will be sure to help you live a happier and healthier 2019 while you make new friends and stronger connections. With over 30 scheduled events every month you can experience so many new activities and exciting things. After all, it’s our mission to help you live a life you love.

Events & Adventures New Year's Eve Party

New Year’s Eve Party How-to Guide

The Experts at Events & Adventures Share How to Throw a New Year’s Eve Party

  • Location. Where you choose to throw your party is almost as important as what you do at your New Year’s Eve party!  Are you going for a destination event, like hosting it at the beautiful and historic Hotel Galvez?  If your guests are going to travel you want to make sure you make it an all-day or two-day affair.  Planning meals and cocktail hours in the area makes for a complete experience your friends will enjoy.  If you want to stay in the city, look and feel is important.  A good planner can transform any space, but why spend the extra time if you don’t have to?  Book early if you can, but if you have to book late then make sure to negotiate.  Banquet/event coordinators will be willing to negotiate because an additional, unexpected end-of-the-year sale will bump their paycheck and year-to-date totals. So we recommend going private if you can.  Separating yourself from the party people who have a carefree spirit on New Year’s is a way for your guests to relax and get into the event.  If you book a room in a restaurant or bar hire security to keep out unwelcome guests and under-age explorers.
  • Theme?  Putting pressure on your guests to dress up or do work for your event must be taken seriously.  Am I really going to have more fun if I make a mask for a masquerade ball or a western theme?  If the answer is yes, make sure your guests know exactly what to expect.  To put it bluntly—don’t half-ass it.  Expect to put in some money to make it come to life in the space you are using.  Simple color scheme themes make it easy for people to participate without having to put in a lot of effort.
  • Food?  Start later and go lighter.  If you start around 9pm, most of your guests will have eaten dinner beforehand allowing you to have more fun with your food budget.  Finger foods only with light or no sauce—you don’t want there to literally be stain on your evening! Food is important if you plan on a night of drinking so think about serving lite bites that will soak up at least a couple Manhattans.
  • Drinks.  We’re talking booze for a New Year’s Eve party, so this is where you want to focus your budget.  Don’t cheap out.  Open bar at most venues will run you about $15-25 per hour per person depending on your options.  The perfect time to host a bar is from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am.  If you are running the bar yourself, try to focus on one or two signature cocktails, two wine choices, and a mix of quality beer and domestics.  If you are hosting the party you shouldn’t feel obligated to stock an entire bar.  Choose one or two of your favorites and stock up.  A fun bourbon drink and vodka will cover most of your bases. You can still serve bourbon on the rocks and shake up a martini for those guests who just have to have it their way.
  • Entertainment.  Friends and tasty cocktails should be all you need for a fun-filled evening.  If you must add on, keep it simple.  A photo booth and casino are easy.  You don’t want your guests to separate themselves from the party vibe or have to sit and think about anything else other than socializing.  If you must spend more money, consider upgrading your drinks or investing in drivers to take guests home at the end of the evening.
  • Champagne Toast.  This is a must have, but even though it’s a New Year’s Eve party, don’t overspend on champagne.  Get the cheap stuff and rip the label off or keep it in the kitchen, then pour and serve to your guests.  You’ve already given them drinks and no one needs more than a sip of champagne after their liquor or they will regret it the next day.  If you are hosting a house party, only people trying to look cool will splurge on fancy champagne glasses they will only use once, so use the plastic.  When half of your guests drop their glass they won’t have to feel bad for breaking your stemware.

Hopefully, these tips that we’ve learned over the years at Events & Adventures will help you throw some awesome New Year’s parties of your own.  And if you’re ever in doubt, or want to skip the work, joining Events & Adventures is a great way to take part in legendary bashes and meet new people without having to buy all the booze and handle all the planning!

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Mini Golf is a Blast in the Bay Area

Get to Know Urban Putt Mini Golf – Your Inner Child Will Thank Me Later!

In a city like San Francisco, it can be hard to slow down to appreciate the simple things in life. When you’re constantly running around being the responsible adult that your parents are so proud of, it’s nice to grab those little moments where you can be a kid again. That’s why we were so excited to plan an event at Urban Putt, an AWESOME mini golf bar here in the city. Their venue is very modern, with a little nod towards the steampunk aesthetic that they carry out through their elaborate course.

Upon our arrival, we noticed that there was a wall of Polaroid pictures. When we moved a little closer, it became very apparent that all of the photos had one thing in common—all of the groups were holding little pink putters. Being the curious group that we are, we had to ask what this was all about. When we were told that it was a challenge to play the whole course with the smallest (and I mean, bite-sized) putter, we were IN. It became our mission right then and there to make it on the wall, and ultimately into the hearts of many. So, armed with tiny pink putters in hand, we headed onto the course.

We ended up golfing our way through San Francisco streets, underwater kingdoms, mazes, and beautiful mountains that I’m convinced were pulled from the set of “The Sound of Music”. You know what this means, right? Oh yeah. We made it on the wall. And since I’m a firm believer in “pictures or it didn’t happen,” the proof is below! I think I can speak for us all when I say that this is the proudest moment of all of our lives…but don’t quote me on that.

Urban Putt was another great opportunity to get together with the great members of Events & Adventures in the Bay Area and do the things you love to do but never get the chance to do, or to even do things you didn’t know existed!