When Greg Jenkins, owner of Southern California-based Bravo Productions (562-435-0065; bravoevents-online.com), had to plan a client-appreciation event, thinking beyond the typical budget-draining cocktail reception earned him a home run. Instead of blowing most of the funds on ballroom décor, open bars, entertainment and pricey eats, Jenkins loaded up attendees onto coaches for an evening at the ballpark. The ride to the game served as the perfect opportunity for company execs to give a welcome message to the group, and a cooler of snacks and drinks kept attendees happy and satisfied. Jenkins says tickets (depending on the city) run about $35 per person, the coaches about $400 (also depending on the city), and snacks about $7 per person. "The F&B, A/V and labor at a venue is likely to be twice as much as all of the costs for the baseball outing," says Jenkins. "And décor, equipment rentals and other reception costs have not even been factored into the equation."