Event Planning

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  • How to Build “The Dream Team” of Event Planning

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    Austin Walker
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    I’m sure all of you are familiar with the term “two heads are better than one,” which first appeared in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546 as “Some heades haue taken two headis better then one: But ten heads without wit, I wene as good none,” (as you can see, age has done this particular phrase very well) and that, you most likely did not know. This saying has stuck around for nearly 500 years, and for a reason. We all know that working in teams can be more productive and more fun, but only with the right…
  • Event Themes to Explore: Steampunk

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    Terri Hardin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It's not easy to theme. Okay, maybe it is, but coming up with fresh ideas? Not so much.  Which is why steampunk, a fantasy concept composed of 19th-century, steam-powered science and sci-fi, may be the next event theme to catch on.  Steampunk is all about re-creating a fanciful future as envisioned by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells (for starters). The Victorian age, from which the movement derives much of its gaslit atmosphere, was spectacularly rich with invention, from steam engines to hot-air balloons, clocks, automata, and more. For team building activities, it's…
  • Best of 2014: 10 Most Notable Chicago Openings of 2014

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    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Top 3 Mistakes Event Planners Make

    etouches blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Something will go wrong at your next event. It is simply a fact – with so many details, both big and small that need to be accounted for, you can almost be sure that there will be at least a few fires that you’ll have to put out over the course of the event planning and execution process. However, that does not mean that an event is doomed to be a failure – most mistakes are nothing more than minor hitches which can be quickly solved by most adept event managers. Still, there are a few mistakes that are so crucial that they often prove too difficult to fix in a timely manner, even for…
  • 7 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Social Media Marketing

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    Jenise Fryatt
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Whether you are a marketer hired by event planners or an event planner who needs to make use of social media marketing, it's very likely you'll learn a thing or two that you didn't expect. I certainly did.  In fact, if someone had told me these things at the beginning it might have made things easier. If nothing else, I think it would have driven away many of my doubts. It never ends! When I began playing around on Twitter in 2009, I had no idea how much time it would take to accomplish anything on social media. Back then, I needed to market our audio visual company,…
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    Event Manager Blog

  • Brand Storytelling at Events

    Holly Krenek
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Good stories get read, maybe archived or used again once, but more than likely they get deleted. Great stories last a lifetime. Think about it – what stories come to mind from this year alone when you scroll through your brain index of the mass social, digital and mobile news articles you have encountered? I’m sure there are several celebrity stories, political, comedic, and not so comedic stories that come to mind right away. One recent example most of us may relate to is the ever so popular Serial podcast that is taking the Internet by storm. One person’s story, turned into a viral…
  • 10 Event Trends for 2015

    Julius Solaris
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Our most popular article of the year, 10 Event Trends, is out in its 2015 version. What will define the way we run events next year? 10 Event Trends is a tradition of this blog. It’s a presentation featuring the 10 trends defining the event industry for the next year. This year for the first time we are also releasing a FREE report for you to download, with no email required. We’ve been running this presentation for the past 5 years and frankly we are not tired of it. More than 375,000 viewed the slides, thousands downloaded, liked and commented on them. I’ve personally…
  • 18 Proven Tactics to Become an Event Social Media Superhero

    Becki Cross
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Inspired by the research, tips and strategies explored in detail in the Social Media eBook I have created a quick fire list for how to be a social media superhero for your organisation and events! For more detailed strategy and approaches join the 10,920 Event Professionals that have already downloaded the eBook! 1. Content is King Ensure that you provide quality content which appeals to your audience. Provide unique and exclusive content such as back stage pictures, teasers and interviews. Give them a reason to follow and engage. 2. Little and Often Ensure you post regularly and have an…
  • 10 Ways to Bootstrap your Event Marketing

    Cathy Key
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Only a small percentage of events have abundant marketing budgets. In most cases, event planners find themselves working with limited budgets and marketing is often one of the first line items to get slashed. Without marketing there are no sales and without sales there is no money. That’s why many planners find themselves doing their marketing on a shoestring budget. In this article we look at what you can do to kickstart your event marketing with limited resources. Bootstrapping is the ability to get yourself into action using only your existing (usually limited) resources. Here are ten…
  • No, I Won’t Share My Slides and You Shouldn’t Ask

    Julius Solaris
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Whenever I am asked to share slides before a session I am presenting at, I politely decline. Here is why you should stop asking. I quit sharing slides before my session with the event planner/manager/organizer/education manager in 2009. I was to present at a roundtable of top/senior (and all those fancy titles) event professionals. After preparing like I never did in my life and creating what I still think is an awesome presentation, I was asked to share my slides. I foolishly accepted. These were the comments I got: I hope you don’t mind but I sent your presentation to the chair of the…
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    Fresh Event Tips

  • Star Trek Reality, & Lends a hand to Events

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Gone are walkie talkies. In comes Onyx.  If you're an event producer your eyes are on the stage and looking for the next step.  Sometimes you don't have time to scroll thru a phone when you're trying to prevent the unforeseeable blunder, or cue the the slide that didn't appear.  You need to communicate with your team in real time.     Onyx, OnBeep's instant communicator, clips to your shirt for easy access and utilizes Bluetooth with your cell phone to allow you to talk with your team with a simple push of a button.   From CNN Money: "Founder Jesse Robbins…
  • How-To Save Time and Money When Planning an Event - Guest Post

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    According to Laura Wilson, “Event Coordinators Have the 5th Most Stressful Job in America”.  Since event planning events can be extremely stressful, you may not want to tackle it alone.  Before you begin to plan your event you should read this article by Julius Solaris, “How to Relieve Event Planning Stress”.  When you add this responsibility to an already over- loaded Holiday calendar, it can make the prospect of meeting the requirements of the event, overwhelming.  That is when you need to call an event planner to organize your event.  They…
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    29 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are enjoying a weekend with friends and family, or sleeping in and sitting by a fire.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with extended family a few days prior to the main event, bringing us home for a quiet, small dinner on the actual day. Our children informed us they don't care for that wierd red sauce, the soggy bread or squished up potatoes (which were delicious).  Thank goodness for the sourdough dinner rolls but I think next year we may start a new "Traditional" meal.  Perhaps Italian.... Whatever your tradition this year, we…
  • Maximizing Event Attendance

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Guest Post: If your business is hosting a networking event then it is vital that you maximise its potential exposure. After all, with all things considered, business events are expensive things to host and run, and you need to ensure you see a return on your investment. The best way to maximise any potential return, no matter whether it’s a financial return or a human relations/ networking return is to maximise the number of people who can attend it. Here are three very simple ways that you can do just that: 1)    Ensure the Event is Targeted One mistake that many…
  • Make your Wedding Event Successful with the Best Catering Services

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Your wedding guests will remember many things about your special day – your wedding dress, the venue, the fun and yes most importantly the lip-smacking food! Of course, it will matter to you as well with the catering likely to be your main concern and biggest expenditure for the wedding event. The key here is to hire the best professional wedding caterers, who will create the best menu for your wedding event at affordable rates. Wedding caterers take care of everything starting from the food, venue-set-up, entertainment to final clean-up of the wedding venue. The best thing about hiring…
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    Meetings Podcast

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    16 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
  • What are the Cool New Event AV Gadgets?

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
  • CIC Podcast with Jon Trask and Roger Rickard of Voices in Advocacy

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Special CIC edition series.  At the recent IMEX America in Las Vegas, Jon Trask of AVforPlanners.com was able to catch up with Roger Rickard of Voices in Advocacy http://rogerrickard.com.  They discuss Roger's work with the CIC as well as some of the topics he was discussing with attendees during his time spent in the CIC booth at IMEX.  Some of those are:     A discussion of the CIC Advocacy Hub  (cic.advocacyhub.info)  and how the advocacy hub works,     The meetings means business coalition www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com,…
  • Wednesday is Appointment Central on the IMEX America Show Floor

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Listen in to some of the voices of IMEX America attendees and exhibitors. The buzz of the buyers adds to the business results the exhibitors are experiencing all over the trade show floor. Aaron Elliot from Meet Green also adds some tips on Thursdays red bin boxes to donate those booth items IMEX wants to recycle instead of throwing away.
  • The Voices of Business. Tuesday on the IMEX America Show Floor

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    The Voices of Business. Tuesday on the IMEX America Show FloorListen in to some of the voices of IMEX America attendees and exhibitors as the energy in the trade show floor bubbles with excitement  the IMEX business meetings begin. The MPI morning keynotes again engaged the crowd with James Sun talking about diversity in the 21st century, A reminder that the education continues in the inspiration center, sustainability hub and tech hub.
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  • Sounds of the Season

    Percy Sales
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It's that time of the year where music becomes all encompassing. I love music and constantly listening to it...but for some reason during this season - my musical taste seems to be broadened. It's the only time that I listen to both traditional  and modern tunes, secular and non-secular music and I consider them all of it feel good!Maybe it's the sense of renewal and hope. For peaceful solutions or the kid like magic I try to keep alive in myself. It's interesting how I find myself being teary eyed by listening to certain songs that I have grown up with and grown up to love. And each…
  • 2015 Pantone Color of the Year...Marsala!

    Percy Sales
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    I am so excited for the announcement of Pantone's Color of the Year...it's one of those announcements I look forward to every year. Call me a nerd but I think being a designer and planner these colors really set the tone for design elements for the year. The 2015 color of the year is Marsala!I love Marsala's earthy tones with just enough hints of copper and red. It reminds me of the Southwest, especially cities of Santa Fe, Taos and Sedona. There's richness and depth to the color and it definitely does not go flat.  Looking forward to seeing how people will incorporate this luscious,…
  • My Favorite Things: Hostess/Hosts Gifts for Holiday 2014

    Percy Sales
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The holiday season is upon us and it's that time of the year our social calendar is be amped up! Between office parties, family parties, and friends open houses...this season, unlike any other, seems to be the time we definitely get our "eat, drink and be merry" on. But don't come empty handed to a party! I think it's always nice to bring a hostess gift to the homes that you are visiting as a way to say "thank you for remembering me this time of the year." I know some people say, "no gifts" but in all reality - who does not like getting gifts?So to help you pick out the right hostess/host…
  • Giving Thanks

    Percy Sales
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Wedding of Greta and John by Percy Sales EventsPhoto by Donato DiNatale PhotographyThanksgiving is the US holiday that we celebrate as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year. I define my personal harvest as everything that has come into my life that not only has enriched me, but also things that have thought me a lesson...and I had a plethora of both this year.I want to thank my family for their love, support and their understanding as I continue to grow the Percy Sales Events brand. To my friends for the encouragement to do what I love to do. To my…
  • New Blog Name and Re-Inspired for 2015!

    Percy Sales
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    As 2014 comes to a close, I want to thank the wonderful clients that Percy Sales Events was able to get down the aisle and help with their "I Do's" this past year.  We've had some awesome clients and each of their wedding was as diverse as our couples (as it should be)...and we can't thank them enough for being the inspiration.Moving into 2015 we are looking forward to another year of epic celebrations! Percy Sales Events will also be adding some new things to our product offerings for our potential clients as well. We are excited to be ramping up our International Destination Wedding…
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • The Future Of Learning And Technology 2020: Preparing For Change

    Jeff Hurt
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    The education landscape of 2020 will be characterized by the blurring of boundaries. Learning anywhere and anytime will be commonplace in many different ways based on the ubiquitous and innovative use of technology. Our organizations face a duality of change—conceptual and technological—regarding the practices of education and learning. The practices of teaching, presenting and learning will undergo fundamental change as it responds to global, social, political, technological and of course, learning research trends. Will your organization be ready and prepared to take advantage of these…
  • License Attendees To Drive Their Brains To The Streets Of Increased Conference Value

    Jeff Hurt
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The majority of your conference attendees believe that their conference learning is all about self discipline. They think that the more conference education sessions that they attend, the more information they can absorb. The only strategy they know is to strive hard and fast to physically hear as many speakers as possible. That intentional effort rarely works. Usually, it backfires. Part of our challenge is that we don’t understand our own brains. License To Drive To help your registrants increase their conference value, we need to help them know how to drive their brains. Sharing…
  • Six Early Behavioral Warning Signs To Monitor Your Conference Sustainability

    Donna Kastner
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    From https://www.flickr.com/photos/80497449@N04/7417419582 Understanding conference shatterpoints is critical to comprehending your conference’s financial sustainability. Essentially, conference shatterpoints are fault lines pointing to areas of vulnerability. They’re leading indicators that illustrate areas of weakness that usually don’t fully appear in your results until years later. You want to know about these imperfections before it’s too late. Detecting them early and reversing those trends can lead to years of conference success. Measureable Conference Shatterpoints Measurable…
  • Since We Are Already Doing What We Are Doing It Cannot Be Too Risky-NOT!

    Jeff Hurt
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    We frequently avoid change. We take comfort in doing the same thing over and over again. It feels safe. When it comes to making changes to a conference or association service, we opt to do what we’ve done in the past. It’s easier. We know the outcome. We believe it’s less risky than changing. Putting Risk In Context I would argue that doing what you’ve always done in the past is one of the riskiest things you can do. It can result in eventual demise. Don’t believe me? Consider Kodak, Blockbuster, Firestone Tire & Rubber (which used to be the leading tire manufacturer), Borders…
  • The Traps And Transgressions Of Traditional Thinking

    Jeff Hurt
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    That won’t work for us because we are different than everyone else. We’ve always done it this way. We don’t need to change. We’ve tried that in the past and it failed. These are just a few of the traditional thinking excuses we face every day. Whether we are trying to create a new conference experience or consider a new association service, these excuses hold us back from improvements. The Usual Suspects Here are several traps of traditional thinking identified by Mathew May that can lead us astray. When a challenge comes our way, we typically digress into one or more of these…
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  • Harnessing the Multitask Trend: FreemanXP’s New Second-Screen Solution

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In January, FreemanXP will launch FXP | touch, allowing participants to engage with a speaker’s presentation on their mobile devices. read more
  • NC-CME Is Changing Up Almost Everything

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    Coming soon from the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals: A new certification, an expansion of the current Certified Continuing Medical Education Professionals certification program, new exams, and a new name and logo read more
  • CME Plays Key Role in Improving Patient Outcomes

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Studies have repeatedly shown that physicians who are educated about the latest medical advances make more informed treatment decisions, resulting in improved patient outcomes. read more
  • A Common Ground for Cultural Understanding

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    How was Rotterdam? I’ve been asked that question quite a few times since the SITE Global Conference 2014 concluded in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in mid-November. read more
  • Johnson Sells Rx Worldwide Meetings

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Judy Johnson, CMP, president, CEO, and co-owner of Plano, Texas–based Rx Worldwide Meetings Inc. since 2000, has sold her medical meeting planning company to Sally and Mike Roberts, both of whom come from the pharmaceutical industry. read more
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    WordPress Tag: Event Planning

  • Is it the First Time You Are Preparing an Event - Get Some Suggestions From Us

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Event planning is the procedure of intending a celebration, event, ceremony, competition or any sort of gathering. It consists of several things like budget plan; validate date for the event and the alternate day for it, deciding on as well as reserving the websites for the event, getting authorizations as well as managing transport as well as car parking. Hing on the sort of event the setups are done accordingly. As you considered that New york city is considered to be one of the most vivid, most classy, a lot of exciting and also one of the most amazing city on the planet. There is no have…
  • Beginning Your very own Event Preparing Company

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Event preparing is not as simple as it appears. Or it is not everyone’s favorite. You should have some expertise about the event preparation which you can make it through event preparing qualification. The qualified event coordinators are educated to produce an enchanting setting in the event by their professional skills. They learn the current styles, styles as well as where to find the best deals on the market. They have contacts with the pertinent people to have agreement with. They understand that just what sort of music resembles by different age groups. Obviously you could know…
  • Chic First Birthday full of Sweet Florals

    Gold Labl
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    Little girls, 1st birthdays and gorgeous floral arrangements; it can’t get any better than that. Though the little one won’t remember,  the pictures are just darling. We came across this gorgeous milestone while visiting Style Me Pretty. We love the gold accents mixed with the shades of coral, peach & light pink. The splashes of glitter are adorable and the set up is so feminine. Its always key to have something that can serve as a talking point and there are so many at this birthday but the one that stood out the most for us was the dessert bar. The linen is the first thing…
  • Dinner Party Tip # 5

    Gold Labl
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Holiday season and special occasions are a perfect reason to pull out that special expensive china you never use. Paper plates and regular ware is easy for clean up during the year but show off a little bit during the holidays. Your guests will appreciate it.
  • How to Keep a Conversation Going at Your Next Event

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    What makes someone an incredible conversationalist? We all know the type. They breeze into the room
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  • Rancho Mirage: Inside The Long-Awaited Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Near Palm Springs

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    It is always a bit surreal to step inside a hotel or resort that you've spent months or years hyping up--you know how we do it--poring over renderings, searching for possible opening dates, hunting for room amenities and cycling through the reservations system to find out the opening rates for different room types.But when we stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs last month, that strangeness was heightened because the resort took more than seven years to open. In fact, the resort was mostly finished in 2008 but then the financial crisis hit and since one of the hotel's…
  • Park City: Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: Waldorf Astoria Park City

    Janice Tober
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    ‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.” The Waldorf Astoria Park City in Utah has gotten into the holiday spirit with their Cedar Smoked Manhattan. We picked this bevvie because a) it just looked so darned pretty, and b) we’re really into…
  • Well, It's About Time: All SPG Members Who Book Through Starwood Will Get Free WiFi

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Go ahead. Update your TPS report from your guest room.The time we champions of free hotel WiFi has finally, FINALLY!, come. No longer do you have to put down the Snickers bar, hurriedly throw on sweatpants and scurry down to the lobby to access the free WiFi to answer an important work email at Starwood Hotels. The company just announced they will be offering property-wide complimentary WiFi to all SPG Members, of all levels, starting on February 2. Previously free WiFi was only given to Gold or Platinum members. But there is a catch. You have to book your stay through Starwood, whether it be…
  • Las Vegas: So Long, Sam: Nazarian No Longer Running The SLS Las Vegas

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Last August was undeniably the peak of hotelier Sam Nazarian's career. After a few years of stagnancy followed by some fast and furious renovations, the worn down Sahara Las Vegas casino and hotel was set free from its Rat Pack history days and transformed into the modern, design-forward, and frankly, thrilling SLS Las Vegas. We attended the opening (you can read that coverage here) and even though we knew Nazarian didn't single-handedly breathe new life into a rather depressing end of the Las Vegas Strip, he was the visionary behind everything that is now in place at the resort--from Chef…
  • Lanai: The Four Seasons Resorts on Lana'i are Now Sporting Wristbands

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    A few months ago, we put out a poll that asked readers how they felt about hotels replacing traditional keycards with electronic wristbands. A few people liked the convenience of having everything on their wrist and not keeping track of a key, but most, including this writer, balked at the idea. Part of it is that the hotel chain in question, EVEN Hotels, is charging guests $8 for them. The other part of it was the belief that if anything is going to replace our beloved keycards, it should be smart phone technology. Who needs one more thing? Alas, it looks like enough people are at least…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • It Comes From the Soul

    Marriott on the Move
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I’m often asked, “How did you create such a great culture at Marriott?” There’s no magical formula or business consultant that you call and say, “build us a culture.” It comes from the soul of the executive team usually the founder. In our case, it came from our co-founders, my...
  • Fight For What We Care For

    Marriott on the Move
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    More than a year ago, Donna and I lost our beloved son, Stephen, who had been diagnosed in his teens with a rare mitochondrial disease that slowly cost him his eyesight, his hearing, his strength, and finally, his life. Since then, I have not stopped asking questions. I have not...
  • Life is short. Go places

    Marriott on the Move
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    This is a story about the Gonce family, who live in Oak Grove, Mississippi. They are discoverers. Daughters, Lauren and Leslie started out on a trip to Chicago to visit The American Girl store. Their mom and dad, Chris and Leslie, took some detours along the way. This is how...
  • The Lizard and the Boy

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    If you’ve ever loved something special, you know how upsetting it can be to have it lost. Over the years, our youngest guests have left behind (or lost) toys, books, balls, you name it… But not until recently has someone lost a lizard. I received a letter from the Marco...
  • Staking Our Reputation on Customer Service

    Marriott on the Move
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    When my father started his business in 1927, he had one original goal: “good food and good service at a fair price.” He staked his reputation on superior customer service. Not much has changed today. Our dedication to the customer is apparent in everything we do… right down to the...
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    The Webinar Blog

  • Is Web Conferencing A Taxable Service?

    Ken Molay
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    Pity your poor vendor of web conferencing (webinar, webcast, whatever) and audio conferencing services. Do they need to collect state sales taxes from customers and pay them back to each state's department of revenue? Until this morning, I would have said "Of course not! Don't be ridiculous. Web conferencing customers aren't buying taxable goods." Then I read a briefing from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP on the Lexology.com website. It turns out that cloud-based collaboration may or may not be taxable depending on each state's local rulings. Tennessee and South Carolina just ruled that…
  • Can You Guarantee Webinar Access?

    Ken Molay
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Today's question: Is it even theoretically possible to guarantee access to all potential webinar participants (attendees and presenters alike), no matter what their security settings and local hardware/software configurations are? I don't think this is achievable, but I have plenty of clients who want to stipulate it as a requirement for their web conferences and broadcasts. There are several approaches taken by web conferencing vendors (using the term in its most inclusive sense for all types of web collaboration). The most common are: Downloadable client software. Examples: WebEx,…
  • Time To Kill The Webinar?

    Ken Molay
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    "It's time to face the facts: The webinar is a tool that's just not effective. Let's put it out of its misery." That is the provocative subhead of an article on www.inc.com written by Justin Bariso: "Why It Is Time to Kill the Webinar" I happen to disagree with Mr. Bariso (no surprise, given the way I make a living!). But let's take a look at his arguments and see what has led him to such an extreme conclusion. I encourage you to read his entire article. I'm not going to lift much direct text, as I don't want to waste time or space, but I'll try to paraphrase his key evidentiary points…
  • Failsafe Your Webinar Recording

    Ken Molay
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I often talk about the importance of having failsafes and backup alternatives in place when presenting a live webinar. But how often do you think about failsafes for your webinar recording? Most reputable webinar and webcast technologies include built-in recording capabilities. They create an archive version of your live event that can be watched later as desired. Each vendor approaches the task in their own way… Some record directly to their servers in a proprietary format. Some record locally to the host's computer disk. Some record in a standard format such as MP4 and some go through a…
  • Bye Bye Lync, Hello Skype For Business

    Ken Molay
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Microsoft is at it again. Every so often things get a little slow in the Communications and Collaboration group and it looks like the employees might be called upon to do something that justifies their continued employment. At such dark moments, someone yells "NAME CHANGE!" and a mad scramble ensues. Memos fly back and forth, all existing product copy gets rewritten, web pages and legal documents get updated, advertising gets produced, promotional videos get created, and speeches, blogs, and press articles get written explaining how the new name for the existing product represents a…
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • CP Heads to Expo! Expo!

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    This is your traveling blogger reporting in from L.A. after attending the IAEE 2015 Expo!Expo! held Dec.9-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Beginning with the Opening General Session and CEM presentation, the event moved on to the Tradeshow in the Conference Hall and then to the Opening Reception occurring next door at Nokia Plaza near the Staples Center. ConventionPlanit.com recently signed a collaboration agreement with IAEE, and Deborah Shepard and I were on hand as “first-timers” to the event. Deborah Shepard readies the ConventionPlanit.com booth for the first day of the…
  • IMEX America Wrap Up

    Ashley Chalmers
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I found a few more photos floating around on my devices that I wanted to share with you all. The third and final day of the show, I had a chance to check out some of CP’s partners amazing booths. Associated Luxury Hotels International had a very large space at the show, and with 160+ member hotels, it was easy to see why the extra space was needed! ALHI’s Stand One of CP’s newest CVB members, Team San Jose, had a great display. Stay tuned to learn more about their great destination on CP.com! Team San Jose Stand Visit Anchorage was busy with appointments when I stopped by,…
  • IMEX America Hotel Stay

    Ashley Chalmers
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Now that I have returned to the East Coast, I could not resist sharing one more post from my trip to IMEX America last week. Thanks to The Palms Casino, I attended the show in style! My room was in the recently renovated Ivory Toewr, which has won awards for its design. The Ivory Tower is also home to the (in)famous Real World Suite from MTV”s popular show! My room at The Palms Casino After all of the hustle and bustle from learning, networking and attending the  expo each day, my comfortable room was the perfect place to relax and rest. The hotel was a quick taxi ride away from The…
  • IMEX America Day 3

    Ashley Chalmers
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Yesterday was an even busier day than Tuesday for us at IMEX America, believe it or not! Wednesday was full of appointments at the booth with meeting planners, including two with members of our Advisory Council. In true fashion, they were able to provide some excellent suggestions on features to add to RFP Organization, our RFP response system that displays responses on customized spreadsheets. Stay tuned for those suggestions to be coming soon to the website For the attendees, the robust education here at IMEX America, provided with a partnership with MPI, was a huge draw. Several of our…
  • IMEX America Day 2 Recap

    Ashley Chalmers
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The expo hall at IMEX America opened yesterday and the show floor was certainly the place to be. The attendees were waiting at the entrance for the floor to officially open and then they flooded in! The CP Booth was decked out with our new banners and linens from GNP Branded Gear. The banners reflect the design of our new homepage (launched earlier this month!) Throughout the day, we spoke with many planners who made appointments to learn more about ConventionPlanit’s RFP services. The planners were happy to know that CP is 100% commission-free and they also loved the 24-hour RFP…
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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BusyEvent To Enhance Mobile Event Platform with New Features and Capabilities to Drive Big Data Value

    Brian Slawin
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    10 data-driven enhancements upgrade mobile platform’s ability to track and monetize detailed participant actions, and to improve event app experience for all participants IAEE Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition, LOS ANGELES, California and ST. LOUIS Missouri,– December 9, 2014 – BusyEvent Mobile today announced the launch of 10 new key features to their data-driven mobile event app platform.  The new features improve the mobile app experience throughout the entire life-cycle of an event, with enhancements that make the app even easier to manage as well as significant…
  • Event Industry Must Read Articles- December 2014 (End of the year BONUS)

    Nicolette Anderson
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    It’s that time of year again; where everyone is in the giving spirit. To keep with the giving spirit , we have a bonus must-reads edition to end out 2014 with! Here are some of our favorite articles. Enjoy your reading and Happy Holidays, event friends!   1. Using Second Screen to Connect with Your Audience (And People Who Like Zombies) by Traci Browne Read how second screens impact live events http://www.eventtechbrief.com/page.cfm/action=library/libID=3/libEntryID=56/listID=2   2. CANSPEP Newletter- November There is a LOT of ‘special event’ activity happening in…
  • The Official “What To Do” @IAEE_HQ #expoexpo – According to BusyEvent

    Brian Slawin
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Or said another way. . . how to GET MORE from your experience at one of the best event industry shows of the year. According to IAEE President David DuBois “registration and exhibitor space are tracking slightly ahead of last year”. And there’s even MORE available at the official press release.  But what if you want to DO MORE, SEE MORE and have an even MO BETTA experience at #expoexpo. . . here are our tips and tricks for maximizing your time in LA.     1) Download the official Expo! Expo! Event App.  And, be sure to create your account and get yourself logged…
  • #Events Industry #Tech Trends for 2015 – What Are Yours?

    Brian Slawin
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    There’s a really great discussion going on in the “Social Media and Event Technology for Event Planners and Meeting Planners” subgroup of the “Event Planning & Event Management” group on LinkedIn. Started by Mark Walker from Eventbrite, he asked the question: What trends, challenges or opportunities are you predicting will impact the events industry most in 2015?  Here’s our thoughts. Using technology will continue to greatly enhance four very important aspects of events in 2015: 1) The shiny-object, ‘feature for feature drag race’, is…
  • Revenue and Profits and Tumbleweeds?

    Nicolette Anderson
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    It’s been an interesting couple of months around the #eventsTOM topic table.  The September Events Topic of the Month focused on ‘9 Intriguing Uses of Event Technology‘ and the response was AWESOME!  From the hundreds of retweets, to the dozens of comments and ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’ and thousands of page views, it seemed that everyone had something to say about events technology, event mobile apps and want to share! Which is why we focused on Positioning your Events for Profitability  during October. Our thinking being, people are going to love to…
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  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the WordPress.com interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all WordPress.com sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
  • New Theme: Twenty Fifteen

    Ian Stewart
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    It’s that time of year again. The snow has started falling in northern countries, friends are gathering together to exchange presents, and it’s time to launch a beautiful new annual theme for WordPress. Hello World, Twenty Fifteen is here. Twenty Fifteen is all about the details. Everything you publish is elegantly set in Noto Sans and Noto Serif, keeping the design harmonious and balanced in multiple languages around the globe. That polylingual pixel perfection is matched by its responsive design. From device to device, Twenty Fifteen will look smart and polished. The attention…
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  • The 3 Essentials for the 21st Century Conference Room

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The huddle room is the heart of any office. It’s where collaboration happens and where great ideas are formed. So equipping the meeting space for optimal performance is important.  But what’s essential, and what’s optional?   How can you outfit your huddle room now, so that it won’t need an upgrade next year?  And how do you do this on a tight budget?  Request Free!
  • Leverage the Right SEO Data to Know What Travel and Leisure Customers Want

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Industry SERP Report uses BrightEdge Data Cube technology to focus on providing content marketers with predictive, data-driven content guidance for this year's holiday season. Don't let your content fall by the wayside. Successfully tell your company's story and better reach your target market before the year's end.Request Free!
  • Live Video Assistance: Combining In-Person Service Levels with Digital Convenience in the Travel Industry

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Travel know-how and desires are unique to individuals and a traveler's online booking options are limitless. To turn travel browsers into buyers, an online business operating in the travel industry needs to provide an exceptional customer experience. Incorporating live video assistance into your Web strategy is the best way travel companies can provide customized support for a distinctive and often complex purchase.Discover the latest report from Vee24 Live Video Assistance: Combining In-Person Service Levels with Digital Convenience in the Travel Industry to discover how best in class online…
  • Enterprise Collaboration Shouldn't Be a Pile of Legos

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Now, as an IT professional, assembling and maintaining a Lego-like collaboration infrastructure isn't what you signed up for. Piecing together disparate systems of record for email, web meetings and other applications is about as painful as stepping on a pile of Legos. Download this white paper to learn how implementing a collaboration hub connects systems of record the easy way.Request Free!
  • Cloud-based Video Conferencing: How the Players Stack Up

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Affordable, easy-to-use, cloud-based video conferencing solutions are perfect for small to medium-sized businesses. Users enjoy HD-quality face-to-face interactions without the up-front investment in equipment and IT staff that is usually required. Plus, cloud-based services make video conferencing easily accessible to anyone, anywhere on virtually any device — from a desktop to a conference room, or over any mobile device. But not all cloud-based video conferencing solutions offer the same features and benefits.Request Free!
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  • Year-End Trend Review

    Danielle Childress
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    After my traditional Thanksgiving, I did it all over again at a Friday “Friendsgiving.” As you know, our partners in the industry become our friends: hoteliers, DMCs, and vendors. And now, as I looked around my Friendsgiving table, I realized everyone there was an industry professional—someone who had crossed the bridge from colleague to friend. Inevitably, the conversation turned to industry talk and to a discussion of the biggest trends of 2014, and which ones we believe will carry over into 2015. Here are highlights: The Need for Speed: We are all guilty of wanting to be connected…
  • The Week in Reviews

    Deanna Graves
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences with The Grand Del Mar, Turning Stone Resort and Casino, The Wort Hotel, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, Palms Casino Resort and Palms Place Hotel and SpaWe’re highlighting six here, but you’ll find many more on EliteMeetings.com. Enjoy! The Grand Del Mar Average rating 4.9  “I loved this hotel! The rooms are spacious, meeting space grand with a lot of attention to detail. Banquet food was wonderful…all in all a spectacular experience. The only…
  • 12 Tips For Better Meetings: Hospitality Experts From the Marriott Convention & Resort Network Weigh In

    Susan Campbell
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Just like meeting planners, hoteliers have a lot riding on satisfying attending groups. Hosting meetings is a specialty among hotels in the Marriott Convention & Resort Network, a selection of 60 hotels and resorts with from the JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Marriott, and Gaylord brands. These tips from hoteliers at 12 of the network properties around the country suggest ways to engage, enlighten, and energize attendees—and planners!—for better meeting results.                                    —by Susan Campbell 1. Draw Attendees…
  • Holiday Gift Ideas

    Danielle Childress
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    I love the holidays, and especially gift buying—better to give, than to receive! I am someone who puts a good deal of thought into picking a gift that I know suits its intended recipient, right down to the wrapping paper! And after I’ve completed my gift buying for friends and family, I like that I’m not yet done. Like many of you, I have clients, vendors, and hoteliers who all need something as a token of my appreciation for their partnerships. Obviously, it is different buying for a corporate partner than for a loved one who you know more intimately. If you find this problematic, here…
  • Spotlight on Aruba: 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

    Annette Burden
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Known for its friendly people, divi divi trees, and warm, dry climate outside the hurricane belt, Aruba measures just 6 miles across and less than 20 miles long. Small, but a mighty force in Caribbean tourism, the tiny former Dutch colony welcomes nearly 1.7 million visitors a year—well over half of them Americans—and counts on tourism for three-fourths of its GNP. Repeat visitors number as high as 70 percent, according to the tourism association. With its predictably sunny weather, abundant meeting sites, and devotion to visitors, Aruba has long been a sure bet for conferences and…
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  • 7 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Social Media Marketing

    Jenise Fryatt
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Whether you are a marketer hired by event planners or an event planner who needs to make use of social media marketing, it's very likely you'll learn a thing or two that you didn't expect. I certainly did.  In fact, if someone had told me these things at the beginning it might have made things easier. If nothing else, I think it would have driven away many of my doubts. It never ends! When I began playing around on Twitter in 2009, I had no idea how much time it would take to accomplish anything on social media. Back then, I needed to market our audio visual company,…
  • Christmas in Wilmington, Delaware

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    The Greater Wilmington, Delaware area, located 25 miles south of Philadelphia and at at roughly the halfway point between New York City and Washington, DC comes alive for the Christmas season for a series of festive events. For example, in Odessa, the historical homes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries are decorated with a storybook theme from mid November to early January. For 2014, the theme is Classic Fairytale: Little Snow White. On the 1st Saturday of December, many of these homes are open to the public. Historic Odessa Foundation marks this day with bell ringing, carol…
  • Plan An Event. Experience An Adventure.

    Featured Venues & Destinations
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    Universal Orlando® Resort is the only place on earth offering two state-of-the-art theme parks and a nighttime entertainment complex—all in one convenient location. Our unparalleled Events team will work with you to create a unique event customized to meet your needs and exceed your guests’ expectations. At Universal Orlando®, we make every event an unforgettable adventure. Give your attendees the rush of exhilaration they can only experience from the innovative thrills of Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, where the world’s most cutting edge rides,…
  • Event Themes to Explore: Steampunk

    Terri Hardin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It's not easy to theme. Okay, maybe it is, but coming up with fresh ideas? Not so much.  Which is why steampunk, a fantasy concept composed of 19th-century, steam-powered science and sci-fi, may be the next event theme to catch on.  Steampunk is all about re-creating a fanciful future as envisioned by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells (for starters). The Victorian age, from which the movement derives much of its gaslit atmosphere, was spectacularly rich with invention, from steam engines to hot-air balloons, clocks, automata, and more. For team building activities, it's…
  • There's an App for That: William Shatner at Comic Con

    Terri Hardin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Need an incentive to brave the snowy Heartland this winter? Well, do your attendees enjoy sci-fi? The Wizard World franchise roams the U.S., bringing celebrities from mostly sci-fi and fantasy entertainment together with their fans. But when Comic Con lands in the midwest in early 2015, the show expects to feature the Holy Grail of sci-fi appearances, William Shatner! In addition to actors/celebrities from such shows as Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more, Star Trak emeritus Shatner is scheduled to appear in Madison, Indianapolis, and Cleveland. To get the most from the Comic Con…
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  • WiFi Karma for Meeting and Event Professionals

    Keith Johnston
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Karma. Some say it makes the world go round. Someone does something bad in life, people say that Karma is gonna get em. Do something good that no one notices, Karma is gonna sort that out to your... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • International Business Etiquette for Meeting Planners

    Keith Johnston
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Having just recently returned from a client event in the UK that had a truly international audience (35 different countries represented), this infographic really struck a chord and my funny bone... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Meeting Planner Music Club – Brian Wilson in the Old Apartment

    Keith Johnston
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Staying away from the dance and hard rock for another week, I wanted to hit another couple of the songs that are in my travel playlist. Brian Wilson and The Old Apartment from Barenaked Ladies are... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • 12 Tips to Increase Twitter Conversion Rates

    Keith Johnston
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Twitter is an amazing vehicle for interacting with attendees and members. The size and scope of Twitter’s reach is just staggering and I think that every group, regardless of size will find... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Not All Events Can Use Social Media

    Keith Johnston
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    OK, here is a shocker… What if I said that I do not feel that Social Media is right for all events; that I think that some events cannot be well served by a concentrated, all out social media... Read the rest at PlannerWire
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    EventIQ Blog

  • Now accepting nominations for Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator 2015

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Tis the season for giving! To all the reindeer wrangling high school principals and vice principals across Canada, we encourage you to give the gift of thanks and recognition by nominating your amazing teacher volunteer for the  Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator!   Each year, Graduation Coordinators give their time to tirelessly organize and arrange the banquets and ceremonies that become the memory making events that commemorate the momentous milestone that is high school graduation. Students and parents rely on the experience of these teacher volunteers as graduation events…
  • 2015 – SchoolTools Scholarship News

    4 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    InviteRight SchoolTools is pleased to announce the return of our scholarship program for graduating high school students across Canada. Entering its fourth year, the InviteRight SchoolTools Scholarship Program provides recognition to Canadian students with achievements in theatre arts, athletics and volunteering to their graduating class. The program encourages students to be active and involved in their community. SchoolTools will continue to offer its three signature scholarships in 2015; the “Acting Out Grad” theatre arts scholarship, “Sweat Your Way To Grad”…
  • SchoolTools named District Administration magazine Top 100 Product two years in a row

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    InviteRight SchoolTools is pleased to be recognized among District Administration magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2014. This is the second consecutive year that SchoolTools has received the distinction. The winners, selected by District Administration’s editors from a record 2,400-plus nominations, were products that received the highest number of nominations and best descriptions from K12 leaders. The Readers’ Choice Top 100 has been announced online and in the December 2014 issue of District Administration. The “Top 100″ award informs…
  • Conference learnings – How to avoid fraud

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    At three conferences that we attended this past month, a recurring topic of discussion was how school districts can create greater financial transparency to avoid fraud with school generated funds.  With the numerous activities such as field trips and fundraisers happening throughout the year the misappropriation of funds can add up quickly – in some cases costing parents, students and schools over 50k a year. Certain fraud techniques can even persist for years undetected. How fraud occurs Fraud occurs funds are misreported or concealed. When there are gaps in financial…
  • Customer Feature – School Elections

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Sometimes a single sentence says it all… especially given that Toronto elected a new mayor this week! “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could use your Election Buddy system for our municipal and federal elections? It would be awesome!!!” Tessa S – Toronto Thanks Tessa!
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    ABCey Events » Blog

  • Startup Monday: BloomThat, A Flower Delivery Service

    Niki Lotte
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey EventsBloomThat delivers flowers to whomever you want anywhere within the Bay Area. All you have to do is browse the website or app for the style you want, enter the recipient’s address, and they will receive the beautiful bouquet within the hour! It doesn’t get easier than that!Why We Love BloomThat: From bouquets to…
  • ABCey’s Weekend Line-Up: San Francisco November 27th- November 30th, 2014

    Caterina Mayer
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    This Thanksgiving weekend has much more to offer than just turkey and gravy! Get into Christmas mood, explore the night sky, or learn about culture! ABCey’s weekend line-up shows you the best events to round up your holiday weekend!2014 Thanksgiving Sunrise CelebrationThursday, November 27 | 4:15-6PM | Alcatraz | Cost $14Join the presenters of current and past indigenous people for a unique celebration on Thanksgiving. Enjoy an evening of music, dance, and culture. You can learn about Indigenous people’s history and struggles, while watching the sunset. The event is free but the boat…
  • 5 Last-Minute (and Easy) Thanksgiving Dishes

    Niki Lotte
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Are you ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow? If you’re running a little late getting everything together, don’t stress out because ABCey has put together 5 last-minute (and easy) Thanksgiving dishes for you, friends, and family to enjoy!Bake Brie with Cranberry Sauce and WalnutsWarn your guests: this Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts is so good, they might fill up on it before the turkey is even out of the oven!Perfect Glazed CarrotsWhile calling these Glazed Carrots “perfect” might seem a bit presumptuous, your friends and family won’t be thinking so when…
  • Tech Tuesday: getplanning, Event Management Software

    Niki Lotte
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Tech Tuesday highlights the best and brightest ideas in the tech world. ABCey would like to recognize these up and coming technologies for their innovative ideas and impact on the event world!getplanning is a comprehensive digital planning and collaboration tool! It stores all of your event planning documents, such as schedules, contracts, and menus, for easy access so everyone involved with the event can be up-to-speed on what is going on from beginning (contracts) to end (billing).getplanning allows for unlimited users and events so you can seamlessly plan for a variety of events. It…
  • Introducing the VAULT! Fostering a Startup Ecosystem

    Wendelle Co
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    With our growing love of affordability and convenience, as well as sharing, using apps like Lyft and Airbnb, it’s no surprise this concept of sharing has come to our work spaces as well! ABCey Events, is proud to introduce the VAULT, not only being a startup in itself but fostering and supporting a startup ecosystem!What is is? The VAULT is a coworking collective space, or “startup ecosystem” providing early stage startups the tools to thrive. What the VAULT offers isn’t just an amazing work space but a community of theses businesses’ peers offering great…
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    Plan Your Meetings

  • Weekly deals and highlights: Dec. 17, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this issue: @BeloMansion, @billybobstexas, @CrownePlaza, @Delta, @meetindunwoody, @ForeverResorts, @HiltonHotels, @VisitIrvingTx, @JWHoustonDwtn, @kingandprince, @Parksidemansion, @undergroundchi, SeaWorld, South Shore Harbour, @TrumpChicago, @WestATLAir, @ZooAtl and Dave & Buster’s
  • 5 ways to keep your career in gear

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    What would you do again, or do differently, to be more effective? See how your answers match these.
  • AH&LA survey: What’s in, out at hotels

    Plan Your Meetings
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Personal service, healthy lifestyles and convenience are what hotel customers value most, according to a study from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The Lodging Survey, sponsored every two years by AH&LA, has been assessing industry trends since 1988. The 2014 survey was conducted by STR, which polled 9,600 hotels across the country. Key findings: Fewer hotels [...]
  • Change it up, but make it comfortable

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    People don't naturally latch on to new things, says Midori Connolly. So if you're asking them to get a little uncomfortable, make it a fun experience.
  • All meeting planners want for Christmas is …

    Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    This list is meaningful and could have a big impact on business if a few of these wishes could be fulfilled.
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  • Weekly deals and highlights: Dec. 17, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this issue: @BeloMansion, @billybobstexas, @CrownePlaza, @Delta, @meetindunwoody, @ForeverResorts, @HiltonHotels, @VisitIrvingTx, @JWHoustonDwtn, @kingandprince, @Parksidemansion, @undergroundchi, SeaWorld, South Shore Harbour, @TrumpChicago, @WestATLAir, @ZooAtl and Dave & Buster’s
  • 5 ways to keep your career in gear

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    What would you do again, or do differently, to be more effective? See how your answers match these.
  • AH&LA survey: What’s in, out at hotels

    Plan Your Meetings
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Personal service, healthy lifestyles and convenience are what hotel customers value most, according to a study from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The Lodging Survey, sponsored every two years by AH&LA, has been assessing industry trends since 1988. The 2014 survey was conducted by STR, which polled 9,600 hotels across the country. Key findings: Fewer hotels [...]
  • Change it up, but make it comfortable

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    People don't naturally latch on to new things, says Midori Connolly. So if you're asking them to get a little uncomfortable, make it a fun experience.
  • All meeting planners want for Christmas is …

    Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    This list is meaningful and could have a big impact on business if a few of these wishes could be fulfilled.
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    Thoughtfully Simple

  • Make It :: Gift Card Yarn Bombs

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    I bet you’re well into holiday shopping mode (or maybe panic because you feel behind? Yeah, I’m there too).  The truth is that gift cards often make a great gift choice because your recipient will be able to use it to buy something they truly want. People like being gifted gift cards. And yes, they make gift giving a bit easier on you too, which is a nice bonus. I’ve shared my thoughts with you before on the importance of wrapping a gift card in a thoughtful way and today I’ve teamed up with Target to share more DIY gift card wrapping inspiration for their #GiftCardCheer campaign.
  • Holiday Entertaining Simplified

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Last week I shared with you a few tips for simplifying your holiday party prep and today I’m going to share more ideas for holiday entertaining when it comes to what to serve. My key to any gathering (big or small) is to serve something delicious and pour a great glass of wine. Keeping it simple is key. Let’s start with the food. You really cannot go wrong with a charcuterie and cheese pate. With this spread, there was something that appealed to everyone. Cured and dried meats, two different cheeses, smoked almonds, a variety of olives and even chocolate. I think chocolate…
  • Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    A lot of baking goes down in December.  Am I right? School parties, neighborhood gifts, potlucks, cookie swaps – it seems there is always a reason/need to be whipping something up. In my family there are those staple things that we bake every year. You can bet on some type of sweets for breakfast (like cinnamon rolls or now, these pecan pie pancakes), a really seasonal dessert (think fudge), and of course a holiday staple – cookies. This season I’ve teamed up with Sugar In The Raw® to bring you some festive holiday treats (check out these monster lollipops and this pumpkin pie spice…
  • Party Prep Tips and Printables

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Tis’ the season to deck the halls, wrap the gifts, and gather for some festive cheer! I have been busy prepping for an upcoming holiday gathering with friends and thought I would take a moment to give you a little peek behind the scenes and tips on how I like to make things as simple as I can when entertaining. My biggest tip is to do as much party prep ahead of time that you can. Above are some drink tags I designed and printed on Avery Printable Tags. You can design your own (which I love!) or choose from one of dozens of designs. Then simply tie them to the stem of your glassware and…
  • Give it :: Pecan Pie Pancake Mix in a Jar

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    You may have seen my recent post for Pecan Pie Pancakes in which I professed my love for pecan pie and (hopefully) convinced you all to eat it for breakfast. Great news! I’ve teamed up with Diamond of California toturn this into a simple gift idea so now you can gift the joy of pecan pie pancakes to your friends, family, and neighbors. I typically like to give baked good during the holiday season but to be honest, it’s a lot of pressure to find time to do all that baking during the holiday crunch. I love this idea because you can create this layered pancake mix gift weeks ahead…
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    Austin Social Planner

  • HOLIDAY PARTIES & EVENTS: Celebrate all Season Long

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    As the holiday season grows near, it’s officially time to trim the tree, light the menorah and deck the halls! Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content. Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again. Events calendar powered by Trumba
  • Our November Art Event Picks

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If October is all about music and film, November is all about the arts. We’ve picked our favorite art party stops we’ll definitely be making this month: Creek Show: Light Night.  For one night, the team at Waller Creek Conservancy is illuminating the dark and sometimes forgotten about Waller Creek for an evening of underground art. The stretch of creek between 5th and 9th streets will be transformed by five light installations designed by local architects and landscape architects Legge Lewis Legge, Baldridge Architects, Thoughtbarn, Jason Sowell, Design Workshop and Jason Sowell.
  • Center for Child Protection PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon raises more than $330,000

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    The 11th annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon presented by Lexus of Austin mixed fun with philanthropy and raised more than $330,000 for the Center for Child Protection. Emcees Cassie LaMere and Jim Spencer The Luncheon annually sells out months in advance – which for the Hilton Austin Grand Ballroom is 900 friends and supporters of the Center. The Saturday morning event is filled with perusing auction packages, sipping Prosecco and, of course, playing Bingo! Eight lucky Bingo winners took home fabulous prizes including spa packages and jewelry, over 170 auction packages were taken home…
  • RECAP: ‘The Fifty’ Host a SUPER Evening Raising Funds for the Seton Medical Center

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Over 550 guests filled Brazos Hall this weekend in everything from super to silly outfits for the annual costume party fundraiser Superheroes, Villains & Sidekicks. The event is hosted by The Fifty, a group of 50 leaders in the community who fundraise and advocate for the future of health care in Central Texasc particularly focusing on raising funds for the new Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. The flying photobooth and dance party we’re lively – as was the giving Super Moment that raised $50,000. Overall, the event raised nearly $300,000 for construction…
  • RECAP: ZACH Unplugged

    Kevin Smothers
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Sunday night fundraising events are sometimes tough to populate. But don’t try to tell that to the ardent supporters of ZACH Theatre, who turned out in droves this past weekend for ZACH Unplugged, a new benefit for Austin’s venerable community/professional playhouse. Spearheaded by the petite powerhouse Maria Groten,and beacon of the Texas House, The Honorable Jim Pitts, the evening was a celebration of the performers who make all of ZACH’s productions shine so brightly. The “unplugged” reference was a tip of the hat to the fact the each of the actors who took…
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  • Tips for Planning a Christmas Party With Pets

    Andrew Maxwell
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    photo by newyork.cbslocal.com ’tis the season for Christmas and holiday parties. Many of you are busy planning your own Christmas party at home. Personally I think this is one of the best times of the year. While it is a busy time, everyone around you seems to be in good spirits. And many are busy attending or planning a holiday Christmas party. For those that are planning a Christmas party, here are some party checklists that will help you get things done, on time. Wondering how much alcohol to purchase? Let our handy, dandy beverage calculator assist you. And don’t forget to…
  • Ask the Expert – Office Holiday Parties Edition

    Randy Markus
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    courtesy of www.baphr.org Plan an Event has been inundated with questions about office holiday parties. With Christmas just mere days away. A scary thought in itself. We’ve been flooded with inquiries about planning as well as attending holiday office parties. So we figured this month instead of doing our regular Q&A session. We would address both sides of holiday office party situation. Planning Office Holiday Parties With Christmas just around the corner there’s one thing we can all expect and that’s going to the compulsory and hopefully entertaining holiday office parties. And…
  • Christmas Party Ideas: The Neighbourhood Drop-In

    Plan An Event Guest
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Today’s guest post is by Nancy Rathlou. With talents in visual art and music and a penchant for a life in the arts, Nancy naturally found herself  employed in the food service industry. Event planning was a job she grew into. As she says, “it stays in your blood”. photo by boredfastfood.com As neighbourhoods go, I’m pretty sure I landed in the best one in town. It’s not posh or even picturesque. But it is a neighbourhood steeped in tradition. Neighbours say hello. They will keep an eye on your house when you are away or pop in and feed the dog if you’re running late.
  • Are You Making Conference Calls the Old Fashioned Way?

    Randy Markus
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    courtesy of pixgood.com We’ve all been there on dull and time consuming conference calls. It seems most of us do agree on the subject of conference calls and you guessed it, we’re not fans. I totally get it, these days when time is of the essence and with an eye on the bottom line. Conference calls are a useful part of our work routine. And yes they are a required part of getting business done. When it comes to conference calls it’s all about being productive and making good use of your time. While not a huge fan of conference calls, I do find them beneficial and useful. And I do use…
  • Event Venues for Every Budget

    Andrew Maxwell
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    photo by helloendless.com Part of a meeting planner’s job is to select event venues for his or her group. The event venues that we are reviewing here are for the social component of a meeting or event. After a long day of meetings, seminars etc. it’s nice to be able to take the delegates out for a little socializing. Venues come in all shapes and sizes. And budgets. Event and party venues range from restaurants to historic properties and museums. When my company did full-service event planning, one of my goals was to always provide a venue option that would give the group an…
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    P&V Enterprises

  • Some Interesting Webcasting Horror Stories

    Pat Ahaesy
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    While reading the MeetingsNet website, I saw an article about some Webcasting disasters. None had to do with the things that you would think about for a face to face meeting, except for one. You may have heard horror stories about a speaker that has been mic’ed up going to the restroom with an un-muted […]
  • Event Production & Logistics Planning & Management

    Pat Ahaesy
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Event Production and Logistics take a considerable amount of time to manage effectively. So many wait until the last minute to actually plan their events and often these are fairly good sized ones. Three are a lot of moving parts to any event and not planning ahead can cause problems and higher costs. By planning […]
  • 7 Tips For Better Association Meetings

    Pat Ahaesy
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Anyone involved with associations knows how important it is for member retention that the annual conference is not only well attended, but that members have an outstanding experience.  As MPI (Meeting Professionals International( recently published “7 Tips for Better Association Meetings” in their monthly magazine, The Meeting Professional. The following 7 tips are excellent and a […]
  • One Meeting-Two Ways to Distribute Information

    Pat Ahaesy
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    One Meeting-Two Ways to Distribute Information Of course, content is always king. With that said, assuming that your conference or seminar has excellent content of interest to your group, we’ll go to the next step: A Hybrid Event. Think about your successful conferences. Good attendance, good feedback. But why not have more? A Hybrid event […]
  • Would Selfies Fit Into a Corporate or Association Conference?

    Pat Ahaesy
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Would Selfies fit into a corporate or association conference? Maybe! Although the Selfie has been way overdone, the idea would fit into certain corporate or association conferences. Years ago, many multi day conferences ended with a Final Night Farewell Gala. Most of the time as the event technical producers, we would produce a “Candids Module” […]
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    Key Events Explore

  • Stephen’s Favorite Turkey Enchilada Recipe

    Chris Ochoa
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    Ingredients 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 3/4 cups finely chopped onions 1 28-ounce can enchilada sauce 5 plum tomatoes, finely chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons […]
  • Key Events Operates a World Series Themed Celebration

    Chris Ochoa
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    With the San Francisco Giants participating in the world series,  we received both good and bad news.  The good – our team was making another run for […]
  • Key Events Top 5 Turkey Leftover Ideas

    Chris Ochoa
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    With the holiday season quickly approaching,  it’s almost that time of year where much anticipated holiday dinners turn into mounds of leftovers. But what do you do […]
  • IT List: Autumn in The Bay

    Chris Ochoa
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Our Top 5 Must Do Autumn Activities By Chris Ochoa, Sales & Marketing Coordinator While September and early October tend to be some of the warmest months […]
  • Venue Buzz – Recent Hot Venues Used by Key Events

    Chris Ochoa
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    By Marisa Camplin, Sales Manager Key Events is in our annual busy season!  Here’s a look at some of the recent venues we’ve been in.   A […]
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    Announce It! Party Planning Tips and Ideas

  • Lantern Christmas Party Invitations

    29 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    The post Lantern Christmas Party Invitations appeared first on Announce It! Party Planning Tips and Ideas.
  • Free Printable – Cowgirl Baby Shower Printables

    11 Sep 2013 | 6:38 am
    FREE Baby Shower Printables Free Printable – Cowgirl Baby Shower Printables Announce It! is excited to present our fans and readers with this FREE Party Printables. Cowgirl and western themed baby showers are so popular. What a great way to celebrate and accessorize your baby shower with cowgirl party accents. Our Cowgirl baby shower invitations, candy bar wrappers and water bottle labels are wildly popular. As a special offer, we have created this digital download free of charge to coordinate with our full line of cowgirl baby shower party supplies. This free printable may be used for…
  • Elephant Themed Baby Shower Ideas

    15 Jun 2013 | 3:25 pm
    Elephant Themed Baby Shower Ideas What a fun baby shower theme! You can get really creative when planning an elephant themed shower. Always start your planning by choosing a shower date. Next you will need to decide on a venue. Whether you are having a shower at a relatives home, or you have chosen a neutral location at a hall or another facility. Be sure to make a list of the guests. Once you have decided on the guest list you will want to choose elephant themed baby shower invitations. The invitations above are designed in pink for a newborn girl. Or if the expecting mother is having a boy,…
  • Baby Shower Invitations

    10 Jun 2013 | 12:50 pm
    Baby Shower Invitations For The Chic and Trendy Mom We have added a new line of chic baby shower invitations exclusive to Announce It! These new baby invitations are perfect for the trendy new mom who is not having a cutesy shower, but wants her shower to reflect her personal style. Are you planning a baby shower or do you know someone who is? Be sure to check out the first step in planning a shower, the invitations.   A baby shower is so much fun to plan and attend. Some are cute and fun, while others are planned with style and grace. If your style is contemporary, chic and trendy then…
  • Giveaway: Nascar® 3 Pc Baby Crib Bedding Set from Stork Baby Gift Baskets

    7 Jun 2013 | 8:37 am
    Enter for a chance to Win a Nascar® 3 Pc Baby Crib Bedding Set Giveaway   Are you or someone you know wanting to decorate their nursery in a Nascar theme? What is even better is our friends at Stork Baby Gift Baskets are currently offering this outstaning giveaway and a chance to win this fabulous 3 piece Nascar baby crib bedding set. What an adorable way to decorate your nursery, perfect for any family who are race fans.  The items in this giveaway include  3 piece: a quilt, sheet and crib skirt. The quilt measures 42″ x 32″, the sheet is a standard 52″ x 28″ with…
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    Estate Weddings and Events

  • Creative Gift Ideas for Your Bridesmaids

    Gwen Lewis
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Photo Credit: Shutterstock There’s no doubt that your bridesmaids are an integral part of your wedding, so you want to show your appreciation for them, right? Absolutely! Make sure the gifts you choose for them are unique so that they’ll feel special. You probably chose your bridesmaids because they’re strong, awesome, wonderful women in your life and you want them standing beside you on one of your most special days. Therefore, you don’t want to give them a generic gift that doesn’t show any heart! Here are ideas to show some love without breaking the wedding budget. Personalized…
  • Best Mountains to Ski + Snowboard in the Pacific Northwest

    Annie Crandall
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Photo Credit: Silver Ski Chalet Ski and snowboard season is upon us, which means we are planning trips up into the mountains to play in the beautiful white stuff we call snow. Since I am about to head back up to Washington to see the family for Christmas, I thought it only fitting to share some of my favorite slopes to hit {these are in order of preference}. Crystal Mountain Growing up only 45 minutes away from Crystal Mountain, I will admit that I am a bit biased in saying this is the best place to ski and snowboard.  That being said, I think anyone who has been to Crystal would agree…
  • DIY Favors to Match Your Venue

    Gwen Lewis
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Image Courtesy of MyBrideFairy.com If you’re stuck on what wedding favors you should give your guests, an easy solution is to use your venue as your muse. Where is your wedding taking place? Is it in a loved one’s beautiful garden, on the beach or in the countryside? The destination can lead to great creativity when choosing a wedding favor idea. Get Inspired Start by thinking of your literal wedding venue, such as the beach or countryside. Now, think of items that call to mind such locations. For instance, if your wedding is taking place at the beach, consider something sea-inspired as a…
  • Wine + Redwoods: A Guide To The Russian River Valley

    Josh Lew
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Vineyards, image via Jinx McCombs The Russian River wine region holds for about one-sixth of all the vineyards in Sonoma. Defined by towering redwood trees, little was known about the Russian River Valley (as far as winemaking) until about 30 years ago. Thanks to its unique cool and sunny climate, it has become one of the most notable wine areas in California. Grape varieties that are very difficult to grow, such as those that make Pinot Noir, thrive here. Thanks to the scenery, some great accommodations and accessible wineries, the Russian River AVA is the perfect place for a wine-themed…
  • Your Christmas DIY Decoration List

    Annie Crandall
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Photo Credit: Adriana Rodríguez – Time for Fashion I love decorating for every season, but admittedly I can get a bit tired, bored or my taste alters a bit with some decorations that I’ve had for awhile. Each year I try to find new DIY projects that are fun and not too time consuming that can add a little more flair to my already collected Christmas decor. DIY Decoration #1: Christmas Winter Candles Love the simplicity of a jar, lace, pine cones, a little pine and some fake snow!  Brings the wintery scene inside, yet in a way that brings warmth! Nelly Vintage shows you just how…
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    Endless Entertainment

  • 16 Creative Lamps and Chandeliers To Inspire Your Event Lighting

    Will Curran
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    In the words of Brick from Anchorman, “I love lamp.” Sometimes the best inspiration for events come outsides of the events industry. This is why we have decided to bring you 16 creative lamp and chandeliers to inspire your event lighting. We want to send a huge shout out to BoredPanda for inspiring us (ironically) to create this post. So without further adieu, we’d like to present you with our pick for these awesome lighting fixtures to make your next event lighting amazing.  Interactive Cloud Lamp Will Bring A Thunderstorm Into Your Space Designed By Richard Clarkson…
  • Top 12 Holiday Gifts For Event Planners

    Will Curran
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    With the holiday season approaching, event planners are not the only ones in full gear. Christmas shopping is falling on everyone’s to-do list, but what do you get the planner who already has everything nailed down? Don’t worry, we’ve complied the top 12 gifts for event planners that will end 2014 with a bang. Some gifts will increase productivity while others are just down right cool! Either way, check them out and get your event planner gifts checked off your list. If you’re event planner, forward this onto your family and friends for a subtle nudge in the right…
  • Best Event Talks: How Sampling Transformed Music by Mark Ronson [VIDEO]

    Austin Walker
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Best Event Talks: Week of December 8th For those of you who have been following Endless Entertainment for a few years now, you may be aware that we were formerly known as AZ Pro DJs, a DJ company that transformed your dance or party experience through providing only the best of DJs. AZ Pro DJs has long since been forgotten about as we focus on the entire event production and event experience as Endless Entertainment, however, we still supply high end DJs for parties and events, or whatever else you would need a DJ for. This brings me to today’s Best Event Talks: Mark Ronson, an English…
  • How to Build “The Dream Team” of Event Planning

    Austin Walker
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    I’m sure all of you are familiar with the term “two heads are better than one,” which first appeared in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546 as “Some heades haue taken two headis better then one: But ten heads without wit, I wene as good none,” (as you can see, age has done this particular phrase very well) and that, you most likely did not know. This saying has stuck around for nearly 500 years, and for a reason. We all know that working in teams can be more productive and more fun, but only with the right…
  • Top 11 Non-Event Planning Blogs For Event Planners

    Will Curran
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I get asked all the time “Will, what are the best blogs?” or more frequently, “Will, what are the best event planning blogs?” Realistically, I could spend the whole day listing all of the blogs I read and why I like them, but I decided to put in the time and work to develop a list of all my favorite non-event planning blogs that I think all event planners should read. After searching far and wide within my own cache of online, transboundary resources of blogs that range from marketing to event tech and lifehacks  to give you a great potpourri of content to read. So let’s…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • Fairplex Snapshot: Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Every year in December Fairplex hosts a holiday party for the surrounding community. Kids can decorate cookies, do crafts, play games and win prizes. We love seeing our volunteers throw on their elf aprons and Santa hats and get into … Continue reading →
  • Food News: The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series 2015

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series  The first of next year’s Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series has been announced and it sounds amazing. Imagine dining in the cozy atmosphere of The Farm, surrounded by fresh crops of vegetables and fruits … Continue reading →
  • Holiday Half-Marathon 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    We were a little worried about the weather for the Holiday Half this past weekend, but the pineapple express ended its reign Friday night, leaving puffy clouds and bright blue skies for Saturday and Sunday festivities. Saturday was just one big party, … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Holiday Half Marathon at Fairplex

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The 2013 Holiday Half Marathon  Holiday Half Marathon (Dec. 13-14): The annual Holiday Half-Marathon is this weekend at Fairplex! Don your most festive holiday wear and run through a flurry of “snow” as you begin the 13.1 mile trek. A free kids … Continue reading →
  • Food News: Craft sodas

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Craft beers have long been a favorite with the foodie crowd, with its fair share of festivals, bars, tasting events and competitions (including our own Los Angeles International Beer Competition.) But what about craft sodas? Caleb’s Kola  Meet Pepsi’s newest … Continue reading →
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Free Printable 2015 Resolutions Sheet

    Caroline Preble
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:45 am
    The new year is almost here! Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions? Wow! Can you believe how fast 2014 went? If your year was anything like mine, it was filled with lots of ups and downs. This is a great time to take a minute to reflect on all the great (or not so great) moments from the past year and to appreciate the things that have happened over the last twelve months. Then, after taking a deep breath you can focus on your hopes and goals for 2015! What is important to you? For me it helps to break things down a little… I try to make a personal goal, a…
  • Teacher Christmas Gift Ideas

    Caroline Preble
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
     If you have kiddos in your home then you know it’s almost time for winter break! The holidays are a great time to stop and say thank you to your children’s hard working and dedicated teachers. Both Larissa and I were teachers and we know how much it means to be thought of during the holidays. It doesn’t even have to be a gift — a thoughtful note of appreciation is often more valued than any store bought present. Here are a few of our favorite teacher Christmas gift ideas… Thank You Notes or Holiday Cards — Nothing means more to a teacher than to know that…
  • A Christmas Cocktail Idea

    Caroline Preble
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Santa’s Little Helper Christmas Cocktail It’s the holiday season, time to take a break and celebrate with friends and family. Last night I went to a fun Christmas party and discovered this festive Christmas cocktail, aptly named a Santa’s Little Helper. Totally yummy! This recipe comes courtesy of Ronny, the amazing bartender at the Multnomah Club in Portland, Oregon. Enjoy! How to make a Santa’s Little Helper Ingredients: 2 oz. Stoli Vanilla Vodka .5 oz. Chocolate Liqueur .5 oz. Peppermint Schnapps Aztec Chocolate Bitters Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup 1 Small Candy…
  • Letters to Santa

    Caroline Preble
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    It’s about that time of year when the little ones (and often the not so little ones) in our lives start thinking about Christmas, whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, and what they dream Santa might bring them. We took a look around and found so many great ways for today’s Christmas wishers to make contact with Santa Claus, either online or through traditional letters to Santa. Here are some of the best things we found: Online: NORAD Tracks Santa — NORAD is the abbreviation for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and they have been officially…
  • 10 Great Holiday Party Themes

    Caroline Preble
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Well, Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is upon us. What better way to spread Christmas cheer than by hosting a party. Here are 10 great holiday party themes, with lots of festive seasonal ideas, to help inspire you. (Click on the text links for any party theme to find more ideas for planning.) 1. Gift Wrapping Party —  This is a great holiday party theme makes the job of getting all those presents wrapped a lot more fun! Invite 2-3 friends over for some snacks and winter cheer while getting your wrapping done! On your invitation, ask each guest to bring their gifts to be…
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • Booking a Banquet Hall? Follow the Rule of 5

    Jodi Cirrincione
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Whether you are planning a wedding reception, a charity fund raiser, or a business networking event, the choice of venue is crucial. Banquet halls and event venues may be multipurpose, but that doesn’t mean that they are all created equal. If you want your event to be truly successful, you need to hire the best More» The post Booking a Banquet Hall? Follow the Rule of 5 appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • 7 Quick Tips for The Mothers of the Bride and Groom

    Jodi Cirrincione
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    When it comes to planning a wedding, most of the advice is geared towards the bride and the groom. Which is only natural, as the newlyweds are, and should be, the focus of the day. But many other people have a role to play in the wedding, and they need some guidance as well. Mothers, More» The post 7 Quick Tips for The Mothers of the Bride and Groom appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Should You Include a Pre-Ceremony Cocktail hour in Your Wedding Plans?

    Jodi Cirrincione
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Your wedding day certainly won’t lack for celebration. Between the ceremony itself and the reception that follows, you and your guests will be spending the better part of the afternoon or evening mingling together and celebrating your new union. So the addition of a pre-ceremony cocktail hour might sound a bit unnecessary. But you shouldn’t More» The post Should You Include a Pre-Ceremony Cocktail hour in Your Wedding Plans? appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Designing Your Perfect Wedding Program

    Caroline Eimerman
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    When you begin to plan your wedding, you will find that there are a number of little details that are all too easy to overlook. That’s one of the reasons we always suggest that you begin planning your wedding as early as possible, so there is plenty of time to review and address any little More» The post Designing Your Perfect Wedding Program appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Expert Catering Tips – Knowing How Much Food is Enough

    Jodi Cirrincione
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    When you are planning any type of catered event, whether professional or personal, you rely on the expertise of your caterer to help you design the perfect menu. But there is more to a catered menu than simply choosing the right entrees and deserts. You also have to decide how much food you will need. More» The post Expert Catering Tips – Knowing How Much Food is Enough appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
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    Event Planning Blueprint

  • A Holiday Gift For You

    Melanie Woodward
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Happy Holidays! Check out that picture of my sister and I in 1980! I’m not sure why I’m surprised that the year seems to fly by, but I am and it does! Do you have the same feeling? I have memories from childhood about going out with my parents and sister to get our Christmas tree — we really did go into the forest to find the perfect tree for the holidays and then haul it home to put homemade decorations around it. I’m pretty sure my mom still has many of those decorations on her tree today. Since you’re probably gearing up to enjoy the holidays with loved ones,…
  • How (Not) To Tank Your Event Planning Business on Facebook

    Melanie Woodward
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Let’s face it – no one intends to tank their business on Facebook. But the truth is, most event planners don’t properly promote their business on social media. You may have been using Facebook to connect with your friends for years. But sharing pictures of dinner, puppies, and children with friends is far different than designing a solid social media campaign designed to increase both client acquisition and retention. Sure, when you are first getting started, it’s easy to make mistakes. Many of these mistakes occur just because newbies are, well…newbies. They simply…
  • (Video) Obstacles To Overcome When Starting Your Event Planning Career

    Melanie Woodward
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    In this webinar, Michelle gives you some insights into obstacles to overcome when starting your event planning career. Thank you so much to Michelle from Wild Orange Events for sharing her experience and her struggles. Register here for our next live webinar: How To Start An Event Planning Business. Episode Topics 1:38 How To Manage Your Time When Starting Your Event Planning Career 3:42 How To Maximize Your Time (Whether or not you have a family) 8:52 Why transition From Full Time Employee To Working For Yourself? 11:29 The Hardest Part About Starting An Event Planning Career 16:16 Biggest…
  • How to Update Your Event Planning Repertoire

    Melanie Woodward
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Get More Clients and Take on Bigger Events As an event planner, you need to keep growing to stay successful. While you might carve out a nice niche for yourself doing small, DIY weddings, performing the same work day in and day out will limit your revenue opportunities and eventually sap your inspiration for the work. It’s important that you continue to expand your repertoire so that you have a variety of work available and more opportunities to maintain your revenue stream. Here are 4 ways that you can expand your repertoire of event services this year: Get More Training Planning…
  • (Video) 10 Steps To Become a Wedding Planner

    Melanie Woodward
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    What an amazing and successful webinar we had with award-winning event planner, Jamie Lipman. Jamie is the owner of  Absolute – the full wedding and event planning service. If you were unable to join us, listen as Jamie shares her 10 Steps To Become a Wedding Planner. Episode Topics: 04:19 Proclaiming your passion 08:29 A huge component to being a successful event planner 13:49 Jamie’s favorite event tool to help stay organized 26:10 The importance of not getting distracted 30:34 Reviewing the 10 steps to become a wedding planner   Do you have the event planning career that…
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    The Evolero Blog

  • How Zula Launched and Sold Out Their First Tech Event

    Tal Shoham
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:11 am
    The Zula Event: The Zula Messaging Summit ZulaApp is a Tel Aviv based startup in the field of team communication. A few weeks ago, Zula successfully hosted their first event, “The Zula Messaging Summit”.  Their goal was to achieve thought leadership, brand awareness and yes, increase downloads of their app. Of course, relationship building with the community and speakers was also a nice perk. Within a month, the Zula Team managed to bring industry leaders as speakers, hone their community to help with the venue, create huge online buzz, and sell out the event! We wanted to know:…
  • Grow Repeating Events into a Brand

    Tal Shoham
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
    The Zula Event: The Zula Messaging Summit ZulaApp is a Tel Aviv based startup in the field of team communication. A few weeks ago, Zula successfully hosted their first event, “The Zula Messaging Summit”.  Their goal was to achieve thought leadership, brand awareness and yes, increase downloads of their app. Of course, relationship building with the community and speakers was also a nice perk. Within a month, the Zula Team managed to bring industry leaders as speakers, hone their community to help with the venue, create huge online buzz, and sell out the event! We wanted to know:…

    Tal Shoham
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Zula Event: The Zula Messaging Summit ZulaApp is a Tel Aviv based startup in the field of team communication. A few weeks ago, Zula successfully hosted their first event, “The Zula Messaging Summit”.  Their goal was to achieve thought leadership, brand awareness and yes, increase downloads of their app. Of course, relationship building with the community and speakers was also a nice perk. Within a month, the Zula Team managed to bring industry leaders as speakers, hone their community to help with the venue, create huge online buzz, and sell out the event! We wanted to know:…
  • Why Event Websites are Killing Your Event

    Tal Shoham
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    The Zula Event: The Zula Messaging Summit ZulaApp is a Tel Aviv based startup in the field of team communication. A few weeks ago, Zula successfully hosted their first event, “The Zula Messaging Summit”.  Their goal was to achieve thought leadership, brand awareness and yes, increase downloads of their app. Of course, relationship building with the community and speakers was also a nice perk. Within a month, the Zula Team managed to bring industry leaders as speakers, hone their community to help with the venue, create huge online buzz, and sell out the event! We wanted to know:…
  • 10 Tips on How to Find the Perfect Venue

    Tal Shoham
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Zula Event: The Zula Messaging Summit ZulaApp is a Tel Aviv based startup in the field of team communication. A few weeks ago, Zula successfully hosted their first event, “The Zula Messaging Summit”.  Their goal was to achieve thought leadership, brand awareness and yes, increase downloads of their app. Of course, relationship building with the community and speakers was also a nice perk. Within a month, the Zula Team managed to bring industry leaders as speakers, hone their community to help with the venue, create huge online buzz, and sell out the event! We wanted to know:…
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    etouches blog

  • Top Event Content Posts of 2014

    Melissa Lombardi
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    From being a brand advocate to creating the perfect hashtag to changing your event website, we covered it all in 2014. We were curious: which topics really hit the spot for all of our loyal blog visitors? After doing our research and taking a look at each post’s social reach and unique views, we’ve compiled a list of etouches top original posts for 2014. See if your favorite post made the cut and if not, leave a comment and let us know which post was your favorite and why! *Total engagement is a combined total of  shares from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, email, and the amount of unique…
  • Top 3 Mistakes Event Planners Make

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Something will go wrong at your next event. It is simply a fact – with so many details, both big and small that need to be accounted for, you can almost be sure that there will be at least a few fires that you’ll have to put out over the course of the event planning and execution process. However, that does not mean that an event is doomed to be a failure – most mistakes are nothing more than minor hitches which can be quickly solved by most adept event managers. Still, there are a few mistakes that are so crucial that they often prove too difficult to fix in a timely manner, even for…
  • How User Experience Drives Powerful Engagement

    Kristen Carvalho
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to infographic week where we are going to release one infographic little by little every day. This week’s topic is one of our favorites, UI/UX (user interface/user experience). Do you know how user experience drives powerful engagement?  Not to worry that is what this infographic will help to solve! Each day, three of our blocks are going to answer 4 specific questions: What is user experience? Why is user experience important? How do you improve your user experience (2 parts)? What are the results of good user experience? At the end of the week you will have a full infographic and…
  • School is in Session: Become Certified in Event Tech

    Kristen Carvalho
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    On average, meeting professionals plan five to nine events in a year. No matter what size the events are, I think we can all agree that meeting and event professionals have their hands full. From setting up the registration page to picking speakers to finding the right venue for events, it takes a lot of time to plan an event and most importantly; to plan it well. In come event technology tools. Meeting professionals have been utilizing technology solutions for over 10 years to plan their events; with many planners utilizing a complete event management solution in just the last few years. The…
  • Pro Tips for Managing Changes to Your Event Onsite

    Tonia Roberts
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Have you had this conversation with yourself before? The morning passes before you decide you’ll have to dig into this later tonight from the hotel room… when you would really rather collapse.  Maybe you miss a key evening meeting, dinner or event.  Maybe you remain the Master of the Universe and do it all; in any case, you will be worse for wear come sunrise.  To use the famous line from infomercials, “There’s got to be a better way!”  And there is! Below are some pro tips on managing your events’ budgets, keeping you highly coordinated with your venues and, perhaps most…
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    The Grand Planner

  • Your Day-of Game Plan: Steps to Take Before Your Guests Check-In

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Creating a focused game plan for the day of your event can help make sure that last-minute touches won't fall through the cracks. These five steps will help you anticipate any problems that may come up throughout the day, and figure out how to solve them before they ever happen.     Venue Walkthrough   Up until now, most of your planning has been abstract and the event has only existed as a collection of ideas. Now that everything's coming together, take a moment to see if everything you've been visualizing has actually translated into reality. Put yourself in your guests'…
  • Check In App zkipster Launches Advisory Board at Art Basel Miami

    David Becker
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Networks define access. This is why zkipster decided to team up with a group of entertainment, not for profit and management leaders to launch the company's board of advisors during Art Basel Miami 2014.
  • Your Sponsors are Looking at Your Engagement Numbers, and Here's Why

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    While you may consider social media presence to be standard due to trendiness, having a well thought-out social media campaign is actually essential to proving whether or not your event attained its goals with hard numbers and, most importantly to your client and sponsors, proving that it was a financially successful effort.
  • Social Media: How To Keep Your Attendees Engaged

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Thanks to our new add-on, zSocial, we've given event planners the tools to help guests easily connect with your events' social media, but once they have access to all of the profiles and hashtags you have to offer, how can you ensure that they actually interact with them? Coming up with a well-rounded strategy for engagement is crucial for the success of your social media plan.
  • Social Media Engagement: Why Does it Matter at Your Event?

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Now that there are more tools to help incorporate social media into your events than ever – including our very own zSocial, which seamlessly integrates your social media strategy into your check-in process – there's no excuse to let it fall by the wayside in your event planning. Figuring out ways to connect your event to a range of social media platforms, as well as strategies to ensure that your guests engage with them, is crucial now to the success of your event. How your attendees are interacting with social media at your event has far-reaching effects.
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    Nimlok Resources

  • Aclara Exhibit Named Contest Finalist

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    nimlok exhibit named contest finalist 2014-12-10 Woodridge, IL – December 10, 2014: Nimlok and St. Louis-based dealer, Nimlok St. Louis, are proud to announce that one of their exhibits for client Aclara was announced as one of five finalists in the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) #BoothLove contest. Finalists were selected by popular vote from a pool of 19 exhibit semi-finalists during the month of November. A final winner will be named at the annual IAEE Expo! Expo!  meeting this month. The Aclara exhibit, which showed at the American Water Works Association…
  • one of nimlok's custom trade show displays has been featured in creative magazine!

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    one of nimlok's custom trade show displays has been featured in creative magazine! 2014-11-13 Eric Dyson Here at Nimlok we strive for greatness when creating our custom trade show displays. We want to be the most creative, innovative and quality name in the trade show industry. Our team works very hard day-in-day out to facilitate the visions of our clients, and to also make sure that their wishes come true on the trade room floor. That is why we were honored to find out that one of our creations was featured in a recent issue of Creative Magazine!  Liquiflo a manufacturer of gear pumps and…
  • Trade Show Booth Staff Boot Camp

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    trade show booth staff boot camp 2014-10-27 Eric Dyson Preparing for a trade show is stressful, we all know that. The process of getting everything budgeted, scheduled, and set up takes an enormous amount of effort. Because of all of the time spent on the material and logistical aspects of planning for a trade shows, organizers often overlook their most important asset, the event staff. To make sure you get the best performance from your booth staff, and in turn ensure your greatest ROI, it is vitally important to have a well-trained and knowledgeable team. Below are some keys to getting your…
  • Nimmy Lost and Found Contest Blog

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    help nimmy for a chance to win an ipad air 2014-10-20 Eric Dyson Nimlok has been an industry leader in custom trade show exhibits for over 40 years. We thrive on creativity, customization and craftsmanship. It is our mission to make sure every last detail is covered on any project we work on.  However, our buddy Nimmy is not always the most astute member of our team. Sometimes he can be forgetful, and recently it’s gotten him into a whole heap of trouble. You see, Nimmy loves trade show exhibits so we put him in charge of keeping track of their whereabouts. He is usually on top of things,…
  • goals blog

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    things to think about while planning your trade show goals 2014-10-16 Eric Dyson Trade shows are major investments in time and financial resources for organizations. This is why it is crucial to create, track and achieve positive outcomes from trade show participation. The best way to make sure you get a great ROI from your trade show attendance is to have measurable goals and objectives set in place beforehand.  Here are some tips on how to set, track and achieve your trade show goals.  outline your expectations: Your first order of business should be outlining your expectations. Ask…
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    Collection 26

  • How to Throw an Unforgettable New Years Eve Party

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    With the New Year quickly approaching we thought it would be best to offer you some expert advice, to help you create an unforgettable New Years Eve party. Theme Ideas A New Years Eve party should be a great event. Think big when you decide on a venue or location – you’ll want lots of guests, plenty of room and the wow factor too. For this New Years party, why not create a theme? Here are a few of our favourites… A Casino A black and white masked ball A 1920s themed evening For the casino theme you could hire a private room at your favourite casino. This will offer you the ultimate…
  • Two Cultures, Two Religions, Two Ideas, One Wedding – An Inspiring Case Study

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wedding planning and decision making come together, hand in hand. Not only do you have to decide on the bigger things, such as your venue, but you’ll also have to consider the little extras; for example, the favours, the drinks and the table décor. So what happens when you and your fiancé practise different religions? Perhaps you’re from two very different cultures and maybe you’d like a variety of traditions included in your big day. Well, we have it covered. Here’s a beautiful, inspiring case study that looks at an interfaith wedding ceremony; two gorgeous ceremonies, two…
  • Interfaith Weddings: 2 people, 2 cultures, 1 family

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Planning a wedding of one faith can cause enough dilemmas of its own. It’s all about dealing with these problems to the best of your ability to make sure everything runs smoothly on your big day. So imagine combining a wedding of two faiths… a few more hiccups may arise. Thankfully we’ve pulled together a list of important aspects for you to consider. Let’s get started. Firstly, interfaith weddings have always been around and by interfaith we mean two different cultures or religions coming together for one celebration. This, for example. could be Hinduism and…
  • Collection 26’s Colour Picks: Navy and White

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Navy and white is an extremely popular choice when it comes to wedding colour schemes. It’s simplistic, stylish and sophisticated; this classic combination is one that we love working with. Here are a few ideas on how we’d create a fabulous navy and white wedding: Fashion There’s nothing better than a tailored blue suit, paired with a crisp white shirt. This versatile combination can be dressed up or dressed down, whether you choose a causal do or an elegant event. As for you ladies, navy blue will look fabulous next to your wedding dress. Dress your bridesmaids in gorgeous gowns and…
  • Medieval Themed Party: Luxury Banqueting & Iconic Castles.

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let’s jump back in time to the fabulous medieval period; a time full of castles, brave knights, family crests and glorious food. Battle your way to the very top and throw the best medieval party in all the land. Choosing your venue Picking your venue, for a medieval party, is quite an easy process. Look for extravagant castle, turrets and large open spaces. You could even opt for the grounds of a stately home, if you were having your party during the summer months. Look at Bolsover Castle and Pendennis Castle for some fabulous inspiration. Old Wardour Castle would make for a great venue too…
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    Party Swizzle, Inc.: Blog Posts

  • Football Themed Party Ideas

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Whether you're planning a gathering for a college bowl game, NFL playoff or the super bowl these football themed party ideas are a winning combination.Assemble the ranks of fellow football fans bedecked in spirited attire to talk smack and root for the home team, then raise the bar by with fondue and tapas-style selections. Everyone will be focused on the game, but win or lose, a great-tasting menu brings comfort to the soul.
  • Cute Fall Food & Autumn Appetizers

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I’m a fan of enhancing party themes with cute hors d'oeuvres and artful appetizer arrangements. Not only do guests love them, but they go a long way in making your events engaging and memorable. So, I've put together some of my favorite fall food and autumn appetizers for your Thanksgiving holiday, including:Pumpkin CheeseballsVeggie TurkeySparkling Cranberry Brie BitesFruit Skewer TurkeyAcorn CandyTurkey Spinach-Artichoke Dip in a GourdGourmet Popcorn Stuffed Turkey
  • Fall Harvest Party Ideas | Country Hoedown

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Theme: CountryConcept: Country HoedownReference: Think...farmer’s market meets backyard fall festival Party Title: Country Harvest HoedownPlus:HighlightsDressFoodMotifsMusic & Dancing
  • Pirate Party Ideas For Adults: Decorating, Wearables, Food & Drinks

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Whether for a birthday or in honor of International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, take a gander at some suggestions for decking out your party area in elevated pirate fashion. I've also included rum recipes and links to pirate themed appetizers that will delight even the most hardened crew. Here's an overview:Pirate party decorating ideasFront entrance & foyerParty areaDinner & serving tablesBar & back porchGuest bathroomPirate-themed wearablesCute pirate party food ideasRum drinks for a pirate party
  • 5 Easy Adult Halloween Party Ideas

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Halloween is one of the most delightful holidays of year because it not only makes dressing up in outrageous or goofy costumes socially acceptable, but enthusiastically encouraged, even for grown folks. Naturally, I like to squeeze as much mischievous madness as tastefully possible out of my big Halloween fling. If you are anything like me, you know that the best parties are the most memorable parties, and the most memorable parties incorporate unique themes that elevate the occasion above the average level of fun.I've listed five easy adult Halloween party ideas, around which you can…
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  • Henry Fielding

    Team Wedivite
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
      “Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.” The post Henry Fielding appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Eric Hoffer

    Team Wedivite
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:33 pm
      “It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.” The post Eric Hoffer appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Oscar Wilde

    Team Wedivite
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
      “Who, being loved, is poor?” The post Oscar Wilde appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Ralph W. Sockman

    Team Wedivite
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:24 pm
      “A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves.” The post Ralph W. Sockman appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Nicolas Chamfort

    Team Wedivite
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:22 pm
      “There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.” The post Nicolas Chamfort appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
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  • Science Themed Entertainment

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    Our Science themed acts provide fantastically fun, interactive and educational entertainment that can be used at a wide range of events. From the weird, to the downright wacky and the fabulously futuristic, here at Scarlett Entertainment we can provide some great entertainment options for your science themed events. Whether you need interactive entertainment for a scientific workshop, wow-factor entertainment for a product launch, an inspirational team building activity or drinks receptions with a difference, we can cater for all of your needs with surprising and positively unique acts.
  • Exciting Corporate Entertainment USA

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Here at Scarlett HQ we have yet again been inundated with some incredibly exciting entertainment options to wow guests at your next corporate event in the USA . Proud to consistently deliver corporate entertainment with a difference, we can provide spectacular after dinner entertainment, inspirational team building activities and entertainment that is quite frankly, out of the ordinary. Air Sculptures  Transform your ordinary corporate event into something extraordinary with Air Sculptures. Based in New York, this unusual art form provides interactive and experiential entertainment…
  • Exciting New Corporate Entertainment UK

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:15 am
    From dance groups and stage shows, to thrilling stunt riders and vocal trios, this month at Scarlett Entertainment we have a whole host of exciting UK based entertainment perfect for a range of corporate events. Whether you’re looking for a wow-factor after dinner show, entertainment that will open your event with a bang or a unique way to advertise your brand we’ll have something to suit your event needs. Tap Dance Group An elite collective of professional dancers, this London based tap dance group give a high-energy dance performance fusing together tap and urban choreographies. Their…
  • Featured Act: Holland's Aroma DJ

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    The hottest sensation to spice up the DJ and dance culture scene is our Amsterdam based ‘Aroma Jockey’. A professional perfumer and aromatherapist, Odo has been amazing audiences worldwide with his unique scents and DJ sets since 2002. So what is an ‘Aroma Jockey’? We asked Odo about his act and where his inspiration comes from … How long have you been performing for? I started in 2002, when I invented the term "Aroma Jockey" - a new art and profession was born. What was your inspiration for creating your multi sensory act? I always was wondering why one of the most important…
  • The Top 25 Luxury French Wedding Suppliers For Those Getting Married in France

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    France is synonymous with romance, so what better wedding destination than this beautiful, chic and stylish country?  Famed for its food, France is a popular destination thanks to its culture and diverse landscape, making it an ideal place in which to tie-the-knot.  Happy couples can choose from historic chateaux set amongst vineyards, the Alps with their spectacular scenery or perhaps the stylish Cote D’Azur popular amongst the ‘Jet Set’.  The wedding possibilities are endless, so to help those planning their happy event in France, we have compiled a list of the top 25…
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    Ticketlib Blog (EN)

  • The 3 Keys to a Successful Newsletter

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:43 am
    Today, many people use more or less the identical form of “newsletter marketing.” The newsletter is widely used to inform the subscriber about news and keep the subscriber in constant contact with the brand. Ticketlib recommends that you emphasize 3 main points to draw your readers’ attention and make you stand out from the competition!   Keep customers informed Newsletters regularly inform customers of the company’s business and the evolution of its products. Feel free to be creative! Consider using engaging vocabulary, humorous style and fun images to attract…
  • 3 Common Ticket Sales Problems

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    When creating events, all organizers are faced with more or less the same types of problems. Some of them are technical, and others are organizational, such as those related to ticket sales. During your ticket selling campaign, you must, first of all, anticipate problems with resellers and different methods of payment.   Methods of payment The payment method for tickets must first inspire customer confidence. You can use multiple methods (online, in stores, at markets), but they must be secure. Then, make sure you have control over your various outlets. In fact, you have to organize your…
  • 5 Tips to Get People Talking About Your Event

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Word of mouth is an integral part of communication about an event. For this, Ticketlib offers a powerful and efficient tool to develop and create buzz, and it offers 5 tips so that a maximum number of people will talking about your event. Provide content to your team Your team, presenters and guests, all want your event to be a success. So, be sure that just like you, they are connected to your audience. Give them a maximum amount of content to share: promotions, stickers, flyers. Remember, your team is your first promotional channel. Feel free to talk about their ideas, have them (including…
  • 5 Tips for Promoting Your Event on Twitter

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    With the emergence of social networks, organizers are looking for tips to promote their events. Today, we must make maximum use of social networks to promote an event. In this article, Ticketlib recommends that you focus on Twitter. Here are 5 tips for an effective communication campaign:   Write a short and effective tweet Start by writing a tweet that is much shorter than the limit of 140 characters. The goal is for your message to be retweeted by your followers. So, it has to be short and effective. Think in terms of a limit of one hundred characters and go straight to the point.
  • Make Use of Facebook to Communicate About Your Event

    2 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Facebook is a tool with endless potential in terms of communication. On the one hand, it is the first social network used by event organizers. Moreover, in 2014, this company invented by Mark Zuckerberg exceeded 1.317 billion users and is a leader in most countries. So, event organizers are very interested in promoting their event on Facebook. This article thus focuses on the optimization of a communication campaign to promote events on Facebook. Ticketlib recommends that you focus on three points:   Good advertising is concise advertising The number of words used in an advertisement is…
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