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Houston needs Heroes/Super Hero Academy Team Building

Houston needs Heroes and you can help with our Super Hero Academy Team Building

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in the end of August is well known to us all. Now that the storm itself has passed and the cameras have stopped rolling, it is all too easy to forget about the devastation Harvey brought to many of our fellow Texans just over a month ago.
When we think of heroes, we may often think of those who can leap tall buildings in a single bound, swing through the neighborhood, or fight the bad guys that the ordinary person cannot. Feats of astounding strength, endurance, and ability often are the traits that these superheroes of the comics and the silver screen so often demonstrate. However, these are often fantastic creations, using fantastic power to combat unrealistic foes. While we might not be able to fly or stop bullets, we can all show the greatest trait of all of the greatest fictional heroes: compassion.

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Right now, Houston needs heroes. The effects of this storm are still affecting many of our loved ones, and all that we can give back may help some of our fellow Texans. With our “Superhero Academy” event, teams can be both types of heroes! While getting involved in challenges that will make teams feel like famous superheroes, they can earn supplies and gifts for those most affected by Hurricane Harvey.

We at Idea Fountain believe that our greatest accomplishments stem from helping others when they are most in need.

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Room full of items we delivered this past week.


The need for heroes is real, and we can all do our part to be that hero for those in need! What can you do to become a HERO?



Bears days of Summer!

July is over, Texas sure is hot when you are covered in fur!

This July we had some new members join the Idea Fountain team and their names are Norman, Rosie, Snowflake, Kody, and Penny! These aren’t your regular faces though, they are First Responder Bears. First Responder Bears, have a special job once they go to their next home. First Responders keep these IMG_4188cuddly friends in their vehicles, in case they meet a child while out in the field who needs a soft friend to get them through something traumatizing at the moment. Hopefully these bears never find a forever home with a child but in case they do, we have taken them with us everywhere so they have fun stories to share with their new kiddo.

We have had so much fun with these guys, that we needed to share some of their adventures with us.

Our bears have become well rounded travelers since we brought them into the Idea Fountain family. Our IMG_4524bears haven’t been limited to only exploring the great state of Texas, they’ve broadened their horizons and become cross country travelers. Kody the Koala traveled with Crystal all the way to Atlanta, Georgia to bring a little slice of Texas to the annual Fort Worth CVB sales meeting. While Kody and Crystal were heading up north, two of our other bears, Penny and Norman, learned how to paint at the DFW NACE Painting with a Purpose charity event.  This giveback helped raise money for Trigger’s Toys, a charity that provides toys and therapy items to hospitalized children in the DFW area. Penny and Norman were able to put their painting skills to the test and meet fellow event planners while benefiting this wonderful organization.

When most people first think of Texas and the south in general, they often think of cowboys, two-steppin’, and sweet ole’ southern hospitality. Out of all the destinations in Texas, nothing better represents our Western heritage better than the Fort Worth National Historic District. From the original historic buildings to wooden corrals, the Fort Worth Stockyards tell the history of Texas’s famous livestock industry. We took Penny and Kody out to the Stockyards to experience a bit of Texas History and culture. The bears made some new friends at the Visitors center along the way and we were even able to catch a glimpse of the Fort Worth Herd’s twice daily cattle drive. After that, we traveled over to Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s Largest Honky Tonk. Our friends we met there liked the bears so much they let them pose with one of their bulls at the venue.Bear Blog Collage

At the end of June, Idea Fountain celebrated its 4th Birthday! That’s right, we are officially four years old now! To celebrate, we went with Norman to deliver Birthday cakes to a few of our friends. We were able to drop off gift packages to various venues and introduce the bears to friends at the Dallas Marriot, Hilton Anatole, Omni Dallas, Union Station, and many other wonderful venues. Whenever anyone with the Idea Fountain Office has travelled, at least one of the bears has travelled with us. We’ve loved getting to meet new people and share our cause and story behind these bears.

We’re hoping that by the end of the summer, these bears will have some great stories for the kids that they go home with!

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written by: Maggie Donovan-Summer Intern



Happy Birthday!

Happy BirthdayWe celebrate national holidays, silly holiday’s, client birthdays and staff accomplishments but today it’s time to celebrate our BIRTHDAY!

Idea Fountain is turning 4! Yes 4 years old, we have made it past the terrible two’s and the teething three’s and now moving in to the fabulous four’s. Four years ago, Crystal took a leap of faith with a ton of encouragement from friends, family members and co-workers to start Idea Fountain Inc.  If you know anything about Crystal, she is set in her ways, so this was a huge step.   The dream of owning a company that focused on ethical, professional and creative team building services was the goal.

After 4 years, we have reached our goal and set new ones that we are working towards reaching.  With the motto” hiring great attitudes” the team has grown by leaps and bounds.  We strive every day to provide quality customer service to our clients and have fun while doing it.  Our clients know that no matter what they need we are always a phone call away!

Our BIRTHDAY celebration is not just for us, we celebrate the wonderful clients who trusted us with their team and events.  It is a celebration of the staff who work tirelessly on location to make sure everyone has a great time.  It is a celebration of the relationships that have been built over the years.

Yes, our birthday is a milestone but it is more of a THANK YOU to everyone who continues to support the Idea Fountain team.

THANK YOU for celebrating our BIRTHDAY!

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Casino Holiday Parties

So, you want to have a casino party?

Vegas style casino entertainment brings a certain flair to any event. The click of the roulette ball bouncing on the wheel, the shout of dice players at the craps table, and the jubilant cry of “Blackjack!” are telling signs of excitement. When planning a casino party, there are some things you should consider narrowing down before you select a company to hire:

  • What’s your budget? How much are you planning on spending on the casino portion of your event? You should expect the average price per person to be around $25.00.
  • How many people are expected? We suggest you consider having playable seats for at least 75% of your guests.
  • What date is your event? For holiday parties, we’d advise you to book in May or June to ensure there is availability for your party.
  • Will you have other entertainment? Casino parties fit nicely with any theme and compliment every imaginable variety of entertainment.

Once you’ve settled on the details of your event, it’s time to look for a reputable company. There are many options, but not all are alike. Not all companies take the same level of pride in their professionalism. Take your time to notice the details and ask a few questions before booking:

  • Does the company own its own equipment? If they do, you can ask for some photos or to drop by to see the equipment. If they contract out the services to another company using an agent, there are always extra fees associated.

How many tables to they have?  Do they all match?

  • Do the dealers have a professional dress code? Not all companies uphold the same standards for appearance. Make sure you get what you expect by asking in advance.
  • What table configuration do they suggest? They should consider your guest count and recommend an appropriate variety and number of table games.
  • When do they suggest you start your event and how long do casino parties typically last? They should consider your timeframe and recommend the optimal start and end times for the casino.
  • How much time do they need to set up their equipment and when do they break down the equipment? They should be able to approximate their load-in time to guarantee they are set up before the start of your event. They should also intend to break down their equipment when it won’t disrupt your event.
  • How can I incorporate giving away prizes? They should be able to suggest fun ways to facilitate giving away prizes and provide everything needed to do so.

Don’t be overwhelmed by all this information. It’s important to ask a lot of questions to ensure your event goes smoothly. Don’t look for the cheapest company; look for a company that will guarantee they will arrive on time and act professionally throughout the entire event. You want to have a great event, so make sure that all aspects will be up to your standards.

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Giving Back! Corporate Social Responsibility

Forward-thinking companies know community involvement differentiates them and embed it into their core values. Consumers more than ever hold companies to a higher standard; they expect businesses to not just make a profit, but to also operate responsibly to address social and environmental issues.

Companies that give back to the community can improve their brand and reputation, and naturally earn trust and respect from their community. Companies that incorporate corporate social responsibility (CSR) in their business plans also distinguish themselves from their competitors and see other major benefits, such as:

  • Better relationships. Engaging in social responsibility can help you connect with your customers in new ways. A strong CSR framework is key to building and maintaining trust between companies and their clients. Making genuine connections with your customers can also help you find ways to get involved and give back.
  • Employee engagement. Providing an outlet for employees to give back is important for morale, and builds a collaborative and inspired team. Employees respect employers committed to giving back to the community, and being given the opportunity to give back provides employees a better sense of personal and professional fulfillment.
  • It’s a win-win. CSR is an undeniable way for companies to benefit themselves while also benefiting society. Ethical business activities can generate positive publicity, attract investors, enhance a company’s influence, win new business, and increase customer retention.

We love incorporating givebacks when we are developing exciting, customized team building programs for our clients. We have a variety of fun and rewarding givebacks and while we may not be able to save the world, we can brighten someone’s day and so much more. Speaking of saving the world, we’re very excited to unveil our newest team building program, Superhero Academy: Find the Superhero in You.

Test your accuracy with the Green Arrow archery challenge, flex your muscles with the Hulk Smash strength challenge, or show off your hustle with The Flash’s speed challenge. With a variety of fun superhero challenges, we can help identify what your team’s super powers are and help you give back to the community in a meaningful way.

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Welcome Spring!

Welcome Spring!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

We started off this month with our Tasty Tex Mex Challenge, hosting over 26 teams and 260 guests.  Their salsa and guacamole creations were some of the best we’ve ever tasted. Who knew you didn’t need to be a gourmet chef to create these spicy dishes.Smiles

Start enjoying the spring weather by bringing your office team together for a couple of hours one afternoon. It’ll help boost morale, encourage creativity and increase productivity in your office.
Team building is not what it was five years ago… In these days of gadgets, many companies feel that they need to incorporate technology into their team building program.

Hey Guacamole!This is not always true!

Pulling employees away from their everyday work routine for something as simple as making salsa and guacamole will do just as well (and sometimes better) as tech gadgetry to boost the overall morale of your group.

When looking for a team building program, consider the following:

Why do you want to host a team building event?

How long can you set aside from the work day to allow your team to participate in an activity?

Should you do something at your office or take the group offsite?

What do you want to accomplish with the activity?

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Should you incorporate a community give back?

What’s your budget?

Ah, the “B” word – Budget.  Budget is typically the first thing that companies look at when deciding which program will work best for their group. Yes, the bottom line for one program is a key factor, but what about the influence it has on your team afterwards?

Will you truly get the outcome you are looking for by going the cheapest route?

That old saying “you get what you pay for” stands true for most team building companies. We don’t suggest you hire the most expensive company but do your research and hire the best company to work with you and your team.

You will know when it’s a good fit.

Working together as a team while accomplishing something is always a rewarding feeling!

And remember…if plan A doesn’t work, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet!



Welcome to 2017!

Happy New Year, Happy Ground Hog Day and Happy Valentines Day!

2017 has been an amazing year! New staff, industry award winners, amazing clients and superhero staff!

First off some congratulations are in order:

Crystal won the 2016 Event Professional of the Year at the NACE Gala this month!! We are so proud of her and thankful we have such a great leader!nace

We recently helped a client donate hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to Rainbow Days! Being part of giving such a great gift helped us to start the year off in a positive way!

We also are currently working on our Superhero Academy, a new team building program with a give back !

POW!You can fight for the truth with a lasso like Wonder Woman or defend your city with your archery skills like the Arrow, or run faster than the speed of light like the Flash! There’s more but I can’t tell you all about it, because as you may know Superhero’s like their secret identities! Ask about it and we can let you in on the Superhero challenges we offer!

We are so excited for all this year has in store and it’s only getting better! Wishing you all success in everything you do and when you are in need of a custom team building you know who to call.

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“ True happiness is when the love that is inside us finds expression in external activities “

That’s why we work in this industry because we love what we do!

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New Horizons in 2016

Amazing!!!

So far 2016 is shaping up to be awesome. Additions, expansion, and growth are the key words used around the office on a daily basis.

IMG_8406First off we have added new additions to our catalog of games. Our clients cannot get enough of our Bar Games. They are quickly becoming a very popular addition to our team building events and casino nights. We are featuring a variety of old school bar games and arcade classics. Bring the 1950s tavern feel to your party with our authentic 9-foot Shuffleboard table, turn your competitive side on with our  Foosball Table and Air Hockey, or kick back and relax with a casual game of Darts. These games bring out the fun in any event and we are  continuously adding to our collection!

We already had an amazing time with the new games at the famous Gilley’s/Palladium Ballroom in Dallas.


Our office expansion has helped our growth just as much as our new services. We are finally adjusting to our new location in Dallas. However, with all this space we needed ways to fill it and we filled it with new people! Please welcome our new office associates Ethan and Sameerah!

Ethan has been part of the team for almost two years on the front lines as one of our casino dealers. When he reached out to us for an office position it really was a no brainer. His artistic and graphic design skills have already helped create new and unique best advertising possible for us as well as to keep the website updated. With his background of our casino parties, his existing knowledge proves immensely helpful. He knows how the casinos operate and can keep things under control since this year is already busier than last year.

Sameerah brings an entirely different perspective to the team. Her background in marketing and special events is sure to raise the game here at the office. Sameerah is already taking the reigns on the back end, coordinating all of our events making sure everything goes smoothly for our clients and staff. With all of this new help Idea Fountain can guarantee even better service than before; even though it was already the best!


The 28th Party Fest Tradeshow was simply astounding! We are so excited to have had the opportunity to showcase at Party Fest for the third year in a row amidst so many other talent professionals! With the recent  growth of our team, the expansion of ideas came together in the form of a super interactive booth. So many new connections were made and a lot of fun was had with so many other outstanding event professionals. We not enjoyed catching up with our friends, but loved meeting many new ones as well. We are looking forward to all the new adventures we can have together.

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A special THANK YOU to those that gave us your personal touch in creating a new masterpiece for our office! It looks better than we could have ever imagined! Be sure to find your hand and tag it, here on our facebook page!

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That brings this to a close. Please keep visiting us to stay updated and be sure to follow us on social media. We have a special event, that we need your help with, coming in May and it will be terrific!

Thank you and have a wonderful day!!

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That’s a Wrap 2015

Wow! Where did 2015 go? We had such a busy year, we blinked and it was over.

2015 had so many great memories that cannot be forgotten! We took our goals and crushed them this year, I could not be more proud of my team.

January, challenged us with building carnival games, sent us on a hunt around downtown Dallas and had us putting on wolf ears to help celebrate the employees of the Great Wolf Lodge.026

February enabled us to help a client donate over 50 red wagon, bears and blankets to the Children’s Medical Center. Nothing is more rewarding as a company, than to help others give back to the community.

 

March brought out the gamblers. Our casino tables went out every weekend, despite the ice and snow.Casino- Boys and Girls Club Old-Timy 101015

They say April showers bring May flowers. Not sure about the flowers in May but April sent us all over the metroplex in a unique style. eFrogs were the go to form of transportation for us around the city. We helped the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity raise over $40, 000.00 in support of ALS and we helped a client time warp back to the 80’s.

We are calling May our educational month, from fundraisers for RECESS to glittery dresses and tuxedos for proms, schools were our top priority this month.

June is typically a slower month of the year, but with Texas not hitting 100 degrees until July we hosted our first (now annual) company picnic. The time off was short lived since we introduced our new bar games. We could not keep them in the warehouse.IMG_0089 IMG_0087

July was hot so we had to celebrate with National Lemonade Day, National Sugar Cookie Day and National Lollipop Day with some of our favorite clients! It was a month of celebration.

The Boys and Girls Club of Arlington was our focus for August. Partnering with the American Airlines Training and Conference Center along with Price Waterhouse Cooper, we facilitated our team building program, Leave a Legacy, which helped PWC donate several desks, book shelves, chairs and over 200 books to the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.

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We learned in November that Aspen in the 80’s can happen right here in Dallas. All you need is an 18-wheeler full of packing peanuts and about 500 college students. We were able to take a couple days off to give thanks for a wonderful year before the month of December hit us.

IMG_0677December is one for the books…30 different event venues, over 4000 gamblers at their holiday parties, 4 different visits with Santa and 1 with Mrs. Claus (she is the real one who runs things up North) and 65 INCREDIBLE staff who made it all possible.

2015 really was an AMAZING year! Looking forward to 2016!



So Much to Celebrate

Backpack-GraphicIt is that time of year where little ones are eager to get back to school. Stores are
stocking up on supplies so we can get ready for a great school year. At Idea Fountain
we always love to give back to the community. So for every 5 new likes to our Facebook
page we will donate a backpack stuffed with school supplies to Rainbow Days.

Our Stuff It! Backpacks for Charity is a great way to get your team involved with school supply donations.

We have had so much to celebrate this month.

August-Graphic-2National Sugar Cookie day came and went in a blink of an eye. Our team hand baked and delivered over 240 sugar cookies all over the metroplex.

National Gummy Worm Day was worth digging for. These yummy candies were invented 60 years after their counterpart the gummy bear.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? We are not exactly sure but the ladies at the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau wanted to give it a try on National Lollipop Day.

National Cheesecake Day was our teams’ personal favorite. Scott with Dandelion Cheesecakes made a new special cheesecake just for celebration of the day. Gooseberry, Mango, Strawberry and Original what else could you ask for.