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By: | Dec, 16 2021

10 Days of Holiday Baking with Event Garde - Day 5: Better-than-Buckeyes Peanut Butter Balls

On the fifth day of holiday baking Event Garde team member Kate Pojeta shares with us her family’s (better-than-Buckeyes) Peanut Butter Balls recipe for sweet treat to share at the holidays! 


  • 1 cup margarine - melted
  • 4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 7 cups rice crispies
  • 1# powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 blocks wax - or shortening (about 1/3 cup)


  1. In large mixing bowl, melt butter, stir in PB (can heat a bit to melt)
  2. Add powdered sugar and rice crispies
  3. Separate into 2-3 bowls and chill (easier to roll when chillded & hardened)
  4. Roll into small balls - can chill again to make dipping easier too
  5. Slowly melt chocolate chips and wax/shortening in deep bowl
  6. Use toothpick or skewer to dip balls into chocolate
  7. Use mini cupcake cups or just place on wax paper to cool
  8. Keep refrigerated

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By: Shannon Lockwood | Sep, 9 2022

Aligning Your Venue Space, Content, and Experience Goals

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By: Krista Rowe | Sep, 2 2022

How the Questions We Ask Effect Our Work

Often as facilitators we create questions to get to a particular outcome, to the extent that it guides the conversation in a narrow direction. Being clear about our own agenda for a question - the ways in which all questions are loaded and are directly connected to our own worldview – is super important.

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Forces Impacting Our Success: MSAE Members Complete PESTLE Analysis

During the Michigan Society of Association Executives, members and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a facilitated exercise to identify and explore current forces at play that are affecting them and their organizations. Following is an overview of those sessions led by Event Garde team members, along with the strategic insights and actionable business intelligence association leaders can apply to their work immediately.

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