Trading Office Noise for Summer Fun

From the noise of machines to the buzz of a social activity, summer is definitely more fun in the sun.

Mondays through Fridays in the Coller Industries building are always noisy. From the ticking of keyboards in marketing to phone calls about orders in customer service, the noise is constant. And the loudest place of all is production and shipping. With the laser machines going full strength and the packing tape being stretched out to wrap each shipment securely, each employee is focused on one thing: our customers.

trading in the office noise for the park, good food and fun with colleaguesLast Saturday however, brought a different type of noise. From the creaking of plastic under bare feet in the bounce house to the gentle murmur of a crowd while they attempted to socialize while eating delicious barbecue, Coller Industries’ employees created a unique sound at the annual company barbecue get-together.

As always, the bounce house was a hit with the kids. And someone brought water guns for the kids to play with as well. While the adults chatted away, the kids ran around chasing each other, and everyone had a blast!

trading in the office noise for the park, good food from Joe Morleys and fun with colleaguesThe food was just as fantastic as the fun!

Joe Morely’s Bar-B-Q pulled it off again this year. With spare ribs, two types of sliced meat smothered in barbecue sauce, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and rolls, the spread was amazing. To finish off the meal was a giant apple pie and a couple of strawberry cheesecakes. Oh, and cookies for the kids who were still chasing each other with the water guns!

While the noise of the office is anything but mundane, it’s always nice to be out with colleagues and to have the variety of the outdoors and social conversations. We want to say thank you to Coller Industries for providing such a wonderful event for their employees. The company works just as hard at keeping their employees happy as the employees do for the customers.

And, here’s some noise from those busy employees:

trading in the office noise for the park, good food and fun with colleaguesCreelaBelle, Content Writer, said, “I like that we have fun and do things together as a company, but we also try to do our best and make customers happy. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Patrick, Production and Shipping Manager, said, “This was our best barbecue yet! And, having the bounce house was great for the kids. My daughter loved it. But, by far my favorite part of working at Coller Industries is all the cool people I work with.”

Hannah, Customer Service Manager, said, “Even though the free food is always a plus, it’s great to see everyone in a relaxed environment and see all the kids. We have such a great group of employees, and it feels more like we’re friends than coworkers.”

Keeping Kids Busy This Summer

School is out, and summer is here.

Are your kids ready for all the fun and excitement that comes with this time of year? Are you? Here are some tips to keep all of your kids, no matter their age, engaged and active this summer.

Help your winner feel extra special with an easy DIY ribbon display.

frame award ribbons and hang any achievement from your kidsDid your child win a ribbon at a school field day? What about winning at a sporting event or academic event such as a spelling bee? Help them with creative ways to display their awards.

Find or create a unique frame that suits the award. A fun idea would be to add trinkets, pictures and other items that will remind the recipient how and what they won. While the colorful ribbons will draw the eye to the frame, the other pieces will keep attention and provide any continued recognition that might still be coveted.

Another fun idea would be to use a long strip from a ribbon roll and tack it to a wall. Once this is set up, drape any award ribbons from it to create a unique wall hanging. Or, fasten each award ribbon individually to a bedroom wall and decorate with stencils around the ribbon.

rewards kids with achievement ribbons for reading and other summer activitiesGetting kids involved in a summer reading program.

Check out your local library for some ideas and tips to get your kids reading. But, for now, get them excited with personalized, colorful ribbons. Have your kids create bookmarks with ribbon rolls, or get creative yourself with badge and full color ribbons.

And, don’t forget the awards. Everyone wants a fancy award for something they did great at, and be sure to include your kids! Make sure to award good reading habits during the summer with rosette ribbons or fun badge ribbons. Give them a reward that says “congratulations” or “good reader,” or create a unique saying.

Remember that when you are selecting prizes and rewards to use for a summer reading program, make sure they are both diverse and as inclusive as possible. Make sure to know how tactile your prize needs to be; if the reward ribbon is high in contrast, it will better suit a wide age range.

use homemade toys made with ribbons to keep kids active during the summerAnd, don’t forget kids need to have some fun both indoors and outside!

Using colored craft sticks or shower curtain rings, help each kid make a ribbon wand. Either glue or tape ribbon strips to one end of each stick or tie them around a ring. No matter the child’s age, they are sure to enjoy running around with these brightly colored toys.

Or, make awards using personalized ribbon rolls made into a lanyard. Then, attach a candy bar or other treat at the end for a medal. Make sure to choose treats and ribbons that will make all of your participants covet this award. Then, give these awards out for completing both indoor and outside activities. Make them run an obstacle course in your backyard. Or have them help around the house to keep things neat and tidy.

Do you have any other ideas on how your kids can benefit from ribbon use this summer?

Summer Party Fun and Creative Ribbons

Whether your summer party is beach themed or is just a bunch of friends hanging out, personalized ribbons are perfect for your decor and more!

use badge ribbons at your family reunion or summer party to let people know who they areGet people excited about your summer party plans with custom badge ribbons. Badge ribbons are a great way to identify people. At a family reunion, start with name badges so everyone won’t be guessing people’s names all day and then attach badge ribbons to familiarize each other with how they are related. Create custom ribbons with words like cousin, aunt, sister or choose a last name to indicate from which family line they originate.

Use custom ribbons for party games, decorations, name tags and more.

Picnics, barbecues and other outdoor activities are perfect for some summer ribbon roll fun. They make great decorations for your next family or employee gathering. Personalize each ribbon with a last name or the reunion’s date. From wreaths to table centerpiece decorations, ribbons are just asking to be part of your summer fun this year. Use them for wrapping gifts or just something fun to give away for party prizes.

Use badge ribbons and award ribbons for everything from games to recognizing who’s who. As far as picnics go, add a splash of color to a picnic basket by weaving in a ribbon with your name on it. That way your basket doesn’t get lost or confused with the masses at the party.

make your summer party even more fun with ribbon wands for the kidsAnd don’t forget the kids!

Ribbon wands are a fun way to use up some brightly colored scrap ribbons you might have on hand. Either paint craft sticks or buy some that are already colored. Then, glue or tape ribbon roll strips to the end of each stick. Another fun variation is to use shower curtain rings and tie the ribbon strips around them. These are sure to be a hit with all the kids at your summer party!

Or, make awards using personalized ribbon rolls fashioned into a lanyard. Then, attach a candy bar at the end for the medal. Choose candy bars and ribbons that will make all of your party participants covet this award.

From family reunions to work activities, ribbons are sure to liven up any summer party!