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Insurance for your Special Events

Rob Zimny

Today I want to discuss the importance of insurance for your special event, celebration, wedding and lifestyle. Our expert is Rob Zimny, IU grad, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Shelbyville native from Pfenninger, Claxton and Estelle Insurance Agency in Shelbyville.  Rob may be reached at 317.398.9797.  You may get free quotes and insurance policies with him with or without having any  insurance coverage at his agency. We will chat and try to address some of your concerns for insurance.  Note we are not selling nor advising, just bringing some information to the table. Let’s start with Renters Insurance.  A lot of you rent an apartment or home.    Renter’s insurance is inexpensive and a lot of times you are able to get renters insurance with the same company you have your auto insurance with.  It’s usually about $10 more a month and you are getting $25,000-$30,000 on your personal property (furniture, clothes, computer) Jewelry needs to be scheduled on your homeowners or renters and insured for an agreed value.  It confirms you are getting pretty much what you exactly have.  Let’s make an example,  if you have a flawless one carat diamond that you purchased for $7000 and you have it specifically scheduled for agreed value, if that ring was lost or stolen you would get the same agreed quality for similar value.  If you did not, you may get a one carat diamond coming from WalMart or possibly a check for $2,000 instead of $7,000.  It could possibly not be the same like, kind and/or quality. Gentlemen, make sure to get the engagement ring insured as soon as you purchase it. Weddings, Farm or Outdoor events:  Who/What to insure???  The person that owns the property would need to carry the homeowner/farm insurance.  The hosts are approving the event and the property is in their name.  They  need to look into a one day or weekend policy.  Ideally, everyone would have insurance, farm owners, parents and the hosts.  If the hosts or family live out of state, they would need to investigate with their insurance provider.  Laws may be different and it would be best to research this. Two people that live separately ( both have renters or homeowners insurance) generally would be covered. The insurance company would determine how to split the coverage if there was a problem and it would be the decision of the insurance company.  It is a tricky situation and would take time to determine the resolution. A suggestion would be a rider for the day and they would also have an umbrella policy usually to $150-$200 per year for $1000000 up to $5,000,000 and a one day special event on top of this The umbrella policy covers a year i.e. if you have $500,000 on your personal liability and you had an accident you would have an umbrella.  A young couple that have one car and they are renting are not the ideal couple for the insurance.  The ideal client that would be liable would be someone that has property, value etc  to lose several cars, their main home, lake home, boats etc.  Once the amount of liability you have is used up, the rest comes out of your pocket i.e. your house, personal property, car or more.  Lots of times, prominent individuals especially, want to make sure they are covered in case they are sued or if there was any type of injury.   Ask the question…. If you are going to be sued what do you have to lose?  Serving alcohol and the number of guests helps determine the insurance coverage fee.   Gifts:  Gifts are in a car and the car is broken into.  It’s covered if you have auto insurance.  If you are at your venue and gifts were stolen it may be hard to recover.  More than likely turning the claim in would be more than the deductible. Travel Insurance: This is something you should check into prior to making any reservations.  You need to make sure you know exactly what it covers and if this is what you desire. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Rob.



Mulberry: Luxury English Fashion

This season, Mulberry, a UK fashion company has stolen the runways with its handbags and accessories.  Recently, at the New York Fashion Week, runway guests made remarks such as “interesting”, “playful”, “unitarian”, “kills it”, “lighthearted British”.  The remark the company likes best is “I’ll take it!”  We’ll take it too.  One of the MacBags, a handbag, a belt and a little doggy jumper for our puppy.

This month Mulberry is opening its first interior designed concept store in Hong Kong.  You’ll see all the accessory items Mulberry is famous for plus many interior design items to make your home”smashing”.  The new stores are called “The Vault”.  What a perfect place to pick up some “treasures”. Some sites to review are and  Thanks to my friend Hans Gehrke for enlightening me on these products.

by Kim

The Cupcake Girls

Don’t deny it, we all have a list of favorite television shows that we watch every week. One of my new favorites is The Cupcake Girls. I tune in every Tuesday night. The Cupcake Girls is a great show for me because I have such a sweet tooth and so every time I watch it I want to bake! Good thing I resist the urge pretty well or else I might be overcome with enough desserts to last me a year. The Cupcake Girls is about the trials and tribulations of Cupcakes by Heather and Lori, a nostalgic cupcake franchise in the USA and Canada. Heather White and Lori Joyce are the co-owners of Cupcakes by Heather and Lori and the show tells the story of their rise in the cupcake world. It’s got everything. It has charm, whit, and cupcakes, with a lot of business savvy.

I am telling you about The Cupcake Girls to recommend that you watch the show of course, but also to fill you in on why cupcakes are so happening. Cupcakes are like little bundles of joy. They are just as delicious as a full cake, but in a better serving size, and you can get so creative with them. Yes cakes have the same ability, but it’s a little unusual to see a mound of cupcakes instead of one large cake. Cupcakes are becoming so popular because they are unexpected.

I am a creative person and so I see so many possibilities when I think about serving cupcakes instead of one big cake. You can use cupcakes as the main dessert display at any event. Birthday parties, graduation parties, anniversary parties, and even weddings are all great places to serve the little cups of heaven. You can try new flavor combinations, get a little artsy with the icing, or try a new display method. For example, you can line up your cupcakes and spell words with the icing as if it were a puzzle. For a birthday or graduation party you can spell out HAPPY BIRTHDAY or any sort of congratulatory message. You can mix icing colors and designs to create your own original cupcake to match any theme or color scheme. As a bride and groom, think about serving a tower of cupcakes instead of layers and layers of cake that would take forever to cut. Contact us here at Kim King Smith Events and we can assist you with your cupcake craze! We would suggest keeping the tradition alive though, by getting one small layer of cake for the bride and groom to cut and then having a crafty cupcake display for the rest of your guests. No need for volunteer cake cutters, the guests can come and pick up their individually wrapped dessert as they please.

Now if you still want to cling on to the idea of one big cake, consider a cupcake cake. Now you can buy new baking pans that are shaped like an oversized cupcake and matching icing topper. These pans make for an unusual cake that can add a little surprise to the party. Nobody will be expecting one gigantic cupcake! So whenever you want to be that person at the party that always brings the best looking and best tasting dessert, think cupcakes!

By Ali

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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

For those of you whom live in the Indianapolis area, you are a bunch of lucky ducks because you know what I’m talking about when I say Ritter’s Frozen Custard. I’m not from the Indy area and so I have never gotten to experience the greatness of Ritter’s until just recently. My first time at Ritter’s I ordered one helping scoop of the chocolate banana flavor and in a waffle cone. It was a whole eight minutes of heaven! Yes, I scarfed that thing down! Now, my new favorite thing is banana ice cream. Every time I go near an ice cream parlor, I hope and pray that they carry banana ice cream. Not many of them do and that’s why Ritter’s was so delicious. It was an original treat on a lucky day! Well, some of my hunt is over. I have found a recipe for banana ice cream that I can make whenever I get a big sweet tooth. I don’t know how it compares to Ritter’s, but I think it will do.


4 cups half-and-half cream

2-1/2 cups sugar

Dash salt

4 eggs, lightly beaten

4 cups heavy whipping cream

1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 to 5 medium)


In a large heavy saucepan, heat half-and-half to 175°; stir in sugar and salt until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon.

Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the whipping cream, milk and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Stir in bananas. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. Yield: 3 quarts.

P.S. Drizzle with chocolate sauce if you want to make it like Ritter’s chocolate banana!

By Ali

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How to Host A Terrific Party

Kim King Smith Events is noted as a top Indiana party planner and with that, we want to share some tips with you to make your entertaining flawless and fun.

1.  Select an invitation that can be mailed and will set the tone of the party.  Everyone loves to receive personal mail.  Take the time to mail your invitation and please give the guests four to six weeks of notice.

2.  Decorate with a theme in mind.  Try to keep decor consistent, but interesting.  Make sure to make your main entrance “grand”.

3. Make preparation and replenishing easy for you.  You want to enjoy the party, not work it!

4.  Try to have everything listed and all supplies set out a couple of days ahead of time, just in case you have a new idea or want to switch something.

5.  Stock the bar with something new and fun.  Whether it be a mixture of European beers or some retro sodas, make it lively and fun!

6.  Don’t forget a “take away” gift.  Whether it be a bottle of olive oil, a scrumptious brownie, some homemade fudge or a personal note, let your guests leave with something special from you.

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by Kim

Get Cookin’ With These Christmas Classics

Easy Entertaining for the Holidays

Ok, ladies and gentlemen I am going to assist you with your holiday baking plans.  We all know that I can coordinate weddings and events, but I felt the need to possibly help you with a few shortcuts in the kitchen to make you the fabulous employee, neighbor and friend that we know you are.  Here’s a few classics you can make quickly.  Shhhhh do NOT tell anyone our short cuts and secrets.  They’re all yours, keep em that way!

Red Velvet Cake, this is the classic made fast and easy style.  Everyone will be thanking you for going to all the trouble and care.  Don’t let them in on our secret.  Just smile and say, “thank you”. First, purchase a chocolate cake mix.  Many claim Duncan Hines works the best.  You will need 1 box white cake mix (2-layer size) ,1 box (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix, 4 large eggs , 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 cup milk , 1/2 cup vegetable oil , 2 ounces red food coloring.

Cream Cheese Frosting, 4 ounces butter, softened, 8 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 box (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup chopped pecans.  Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, cocoa, vinegar, oil, and food coloring; beat for 4 minutes on medium speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl several times. Grease and flour 3 cakes pans. Distribute the batter among the pans evenly. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.
Cool cake on racks.  Frosting: Beat the butter butter and cream cheese until smooth and light. Add vanilla and confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Spread frosting over layers and sides, sprinkling each layer with chopped pecans.


Mayonnaise Cake, ok this might sound disgusting but it is an old time classic that is positively scrumptious.  Nobody will know the “secret ingredient” until you tell them.  So what if it has 500 fat grams? They won’t care, once they have a bite of this moist, choclatey cake.  How do you ice it?  Here’s the killer: chocolate peanut butter icing with recipes for both provided below.  Warning:  Get ready for some oohs and ahhs. 

Recipe for Mayonnaise Cake: 2 C flour, 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa, 1 1/2 T soda, 1/4 t salt, 1 C sugar, 3/4 C mayonnasie, 1 C water, 1 t. vanilla.  Sift flour, cocoa, soda and salt.  Cream separately the sugar, mayonnaise, water and vanilla todgether.  Add dried ingredients to the creamed mixture.  Sit unitl well blended.  Pour into grease layer cake pans or a 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Peanut Butter Icing: 1/2 C creamy peanut butter, 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa, 2 3/4 C of powdered sugar, 1/4 t salt, 1 t vanilla 1/2 C evaporated milk.  Cream peanut butter and cocoa.  Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth, adding a little more milk if needed.

Grandma Bea’s Slushy Booze, a signature drink of my grandmother’s.  We had it every Christmas Eve and it really did keep everyone in the holiday spirits.  It is easy and you HAVE to make it ahead of time.  It will be one of your holiday classics and something you won’t mind sharing.  After the mixture has frozen, it will never be rock solid due to the alcohol content, you can spoon some in a goblet add some Sprite, ginger ale or Sierra Mist. Make sure to say “cheers”.

Recipe: 26 0zs. vodka, 2 cans frozen orange juice, 4 cans of pineapple juice, 1.5 C sugar, 8 C. water, 2 cans frozen lemonade . Boil water and sugar. Let cool. Add frozen lemonade concentrate, orange juice concentrate and pineapple juice and stir well. Add 26 ounce bottle of vodka and freeze mixture in plastic containers. To serve, add equal amounts of the frozen “slush” with soda.  

From Grandma Bea and and                                                          

Pinwheels, make them fast and furiously.  These little roll ups of chipped beef and garlic cream cheese are wonderful for an appetizer and can be made a couple of days ahead of time.  You will need Buddig chipped beef in the refrigerated section.  Each pack will make two rolls with about five pinwheels to a roll.  You will need garlic salt, cream cheese and a dash of milk. Put the cream cheese in a bowl, add about a 1 T. of milk and 1/2 t. of garlic salt. Beat to a creamy consistency.  If you need a little more milk or garlic add.  Now take the meat and lay on waxed paper.  Spread one layer of the beef out and spread the cream cheese mixture on in a LIGHT fashion.  Now add another layer until you have four.  Next roll them up, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate prior to your party.  Slice in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and place on a tray with sprigs of parsley. They are a safe bet to make sure all the guests like your appetizers.

Don’t Be Called Scrooge;Easy Ways to Tighten the Belt at Office Parties

It seems like most businesses these days are tightening their belts on expenses, but you won’t have this worry with our holiday office party ideas from Kim King Smith Events.  We’ve dug deep into Santa’s pockets to make you look like an angel instead of Scrooge.  Try these innovative ideas to entertain your employees or fellow workers.  Don’t forget to call us for that “extra help” or another idea!.     

 Holiday Decorations for the Office Gathering     

Use lots of candles and color.  Think out of the box!  Use gift wrapped boxes, ornaments, ribbon, pine sprigs, colorful candies and holiday themed napkins to give your table extra “wow” without extra expense.  Remember to vary heights for added interest.  Use what you have in creative ways.  Take that cake platter and display ornaments or candy on it instead of cake.  Use your cheese dome and fill it with bright garland beads.  Add sprigs of greenery to each person’s place setting. Uncracked nuts are also a great filler for bowls and candle globes. Fill baskets with fruit and nuts.     

Feast or Famine; We make it a Royal Affair!        

Local restaurants and markets offer inexpensive catering options for appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
Does your office have a favorite hangout or delivery option for lunch? Ask them if they offer catering. Instead of having an open bar, give guests drink tickets or offer a cash bar.  Offer a “happy hour” with bowls of snacks and sweets along with a soda bar with regular and unusual soda drinks.  Various root beers and bottled drinks will add fun along with possibly some regional colas.                                   

 Finger foods: cold cut platters, fruit/veggie trays, cheese trays and chips can always be picked up in a hurry along with pizza and subs.
Potluck – employees sign-up to bring in different dishes ( What about a theme such as Italian?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A soup buffet will warm them up! Offer three to four soups, toppings and voila!  Add corn muffins, , cheese and cracker plates and a scrumptious  sweet.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A A baked potato bar could be a fast and fun way for a creative lunch. Everyone loves it and it is very econoomical!  This can be a great way for employees to interact while topping potatoes with common and uncommon toppings.  Add a salad and sweets .                                                                                                                                                                                                         Consider having food stations for lots of mingling and “food construction”. Food stations can offer a quick and easy way to get food, enjoy and return to work.                                                                                                                                                                                      An office cookie exchange could be fun with employees making 3 dozen of their favorite cookies and you supplying empty containers for them to take them home in.  Everyone could submit recipes a couple of weeks earlier and they could be compiled for a company cookie recipe book.  Add a hot chocolate bar with whipped cream, peppermint or cinnamon sticks and marshmallows for added fun.
Offer a holiday brunch with pastries, fruit and coffee/juice bar.  Give gift cards to local coffee houses as favors. 

 Entertainment aka Office Got Talent???? 

  Consider local entertainment such as magician, holiday characters, school choir, instrumentalist or story teller.  Mix it up with holiday trivia contest or scavenger hunt trivia with guests.                                                                                                                                                                          Help others while you are having fun!  Let guests experience a gift wrap bar.  Let guests wrap gifts for the needy with wrapping paper, ribbons and cards your business provides.                                                                                                                                                                     What about a Christmas card “post office”? Provide assorted holiday cards that employees may write messages on and send them to local nursing homes, hospitals, children’s homes or troops.      

Your House or My Office?  

 Save money on renting a room by having your party at the office or in the warehouse.  This could be very creative.  Consider a favorite local restaurant
Invite your employees and their spouses into your home (
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rent a restaurant when it is closed and preorder a meal for everyone or give them two to three options. Save $$ by booking a venue during the week instead of weekend.  

 Invest in a Professional  

Hire a professional to coordinate the party or gathering.  You will save valuable office time and office skills, while not worrying about overtime, conflicts in decisions and someone to set up and clean up! This investment can save time and $$ along with a good report to Santa on what a great boss you are!  

Thanks to Southern Living for the gorgeous picture!

by Kim