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A Tall Drink of Water

By Kayla

We have shared many blogs about snacks during meetings.  I mean, what is an event without food?  We even have an article about the best way to serve coffee.  But how do planners handle water?

The easiest way to incorporate more water into your event is by having bottled water set out for guests to grab throughout your meeting space.  A table in the back is enough, as long as there is someone keeping it stocked.  For those looking to use a more environmentally friendly option, put a reusable water bottle in guest swag bags.  PRO TIP: These bottles are a prime real estate spot for your event logo!  Before getting to the event, you should verify with your venue that they have places to fill the bottles, such as touchless water fountains.

Not everyone likes water.  And that’s okay.  There are different ways to kick up the flavor without sacrificing the benefits.  Many times, we have made infused waters with fruit, extracts and cinnamon sticks that were a big hit.  Here are eight recipes inspired by Culinary Hill that are sure to fill your water with flavor:

Strawberry, Basil and Lemon:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries (sliced)
  • 5 basil leaves (torn)
  • 1 lemon (sliced)

Honeydew, Cucumber, and Mint:

  • 1/2 cup honeydew cubes
  • 1 cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 10 fresh mint leaves

Blackberries, Orange, and Ginger:

  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 1 orange (sliced)
  • 1 piece ginger (2 inch)

Blueberry, Lemon, and Rosemary:

  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 4 sprigs rosemary

Pineapple, Coconut, and Lime:

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup coconut chunks
  • 1 lime (sliced)

Watermelon, Kiwi, and Lime:

  • 1 cup watermelon cubes
  • 1 kiwi (diced)
  • 1 lime (sliced)

Grapefruit, Pomegranate, and Mint:

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 10 mint leaves

Mango, Raspberry, and Ginger:

  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1 piece ginger (2 inch)

Why am I pushing water so much?  Because it is a crucial piece of your event.  You don’t want your guests craving sugar, tired, irritable, and getting headaches, do you?  Those are just some of the symptoms of being dehydrated.  Depending on the event agenda, dehydration can easily be a factor if there is a lot of running around, various activities and little break time.  Plus, people on the go may not be thinking about drinking enough.  The level of your event is dependent on the interactivity of guests, which is hard to do with all of these distracting health factors. 

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