Event Planning

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  • 4 Ways to Get Your Community to Promote Your Events

    etouches blog
    Kristen Carvalho
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Planning events is a team effort. You need to have a production line of tasks in place that will move projects smoothly from one person to another. Once the location is booked, you move on to finding your caterer, then you start planning your seating arrangements, then maybe you move on to marketing and so on. More than just having to coordinate with your team to get projects done, you need to coordinate with all your vendors and sponsors to make sure that your event goes as planned. Now, there is one integral part of your event team that often gets neglected or missed in the planning process…
  • New Festival Celebrates Vegan Lifestyle

    BizBash News
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
  • How to Engineer Compliance in 3 Easy Steps

    Cvent | Cvent
    Kristi Sanders
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Why are Americans so fat? Some people would argue it's because when we eat out (which is often), the portions are mammoth. Reduce the plate size, critics say, and we wouldn't be so prone to overeat. The Smarter Lunchrooms campaign against childhood obesity is testing this theory out. Newly designed school lunch trays (and lunch boxes) are structured in a way that make it easier for kids to eat well. For example, spaces for vegetables hold more food than the areas for protein, desserts or fatty snacks. The beverage area is square, so only a milk carton will fit comfortably. If you put…
  • 3 Best Event Lighting Ideas You’ve Never Heard Of

    Endless Entertainment
    Austin Walker
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Event lighting is arguably one of the best ways to make your event an exciting and memorable one; it has the power to make or break the audiences’ experience at a corporate event, dance, awards ceremony, and more! Along with being one of the greatest ways to get your attendees talking about your event and sharing pictures amongst their social networks for months after, event lighting is easily the most fun for event designers and lighting engineers to get creative with! Keep reading if you want to see some crazy ideas to drop the jaws of the attendees at your next event using creative…
  • 3 Easy Ways to Keep Any Event Budget on Track

    Event Manager Blog
    Holly Krenek
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    It’s the one-time, I MUST have that expenses that kill any event budget. Every event needs a budget. It’s the golden nugget that keeps events together. It tells us what we can afford on a small or sometimes larger scale, yet sometimes we tend to want more than what we are allowed. Creating a budget plan is the way to go for all event planners to stay on top of their budget. It’s not an easy task, but one that is an absolute must to keep your event calculated correctly, and stress-free. First – Locate and Review Any and All Expenses Review all areas of your event starting from the…
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    Event Manager Blog

  • 3 Easy Ways to Keep Any Event Budget on Track

    Holly Krenek
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    It’s the one-time, I MUST have that expenses that kill any event budget. Every event needs a budget. It’s the golden nugget that keeps events together. It tells us what we can afford on a small or sometimes larger scale, yet sometimes we tend to want more than what we are allowed. Creating a budget plan is the way to go for all event planners to stay on top of their budget. It’s not an easy task, but one that is an absolute must to keep your event calculated correctly, and stress-free. First – Locate and Review Any and All Expenses Review all areas of your event starting from the…
  • Meet the Winner of #IMEX14 Startup Competition: Speecheo

    Julius Solaris
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Last week IMEX America hosted its first #eventtech Startup competition in collaboration with EventMB. As part of the prize, the winner secured coverage on this blog. So let’s meet Speecheo, a new startup on the block, who managed to beat the really tough competition. Before leaving for IMEX America, I mentioned how the Event Startup Competition was going to be one of the most anticipated events during the exhibition. It was a great pleasure to see a lot of you readers, shake hands IRL and enjoy some great #eventtech. I was joined by amazing fellow judges Miguel Neves, Liz King, Dahlia…
  • Boost Your Event Communication with Automation

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    This is a sponsored post by Kristen Carvalho, Content & Social Media Manager at eTouches. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. With all the different technology that is available today it is almost like you only need a team of one to run your event. With social media automation to email marketing automation to seamless registration sync into your mobile app it seems that if you take just enough time to plan everything, you could pull off an event all by yourself… Okay, so you couldn’t pull off a 3,000 person event by yourself but all those tools would make…
  • Event SOS: Where did it all go wrong? How I plan to put it right

    Guest Author
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    How hard can it be? According to Wikipedia, London and its commuter belt holds 13,614,409 people. That’s a lot of folk. So how challenging can it be to persuade, let’s say 50 of them, to come to an attractive venue in Central London on a Tuesday night to hear from 2 brilliant life coaches, and 2 of our brightest young female entrepreneurs, talk about empowerment, career coaching, and running a business against the odds? The speakers were keen, the subject matter, as I mentioned, promising, the venue intimate and friendly, all I needed were some attendees. So how to find them? I tried all…
  • Creating Magical Partnerships with Sponsors

    Holly Krenek
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    At most events today there are sponsors who are to thank for the entire event even taking place – without sponsorship dollars most events struggle to happen. As event planners we seek to find sponsors months in advance of planning an event. A sponsorship that works for one event, may not work for another. Mapping out sponsorships into tiny little details is crucial from the get-go. Brainstorming on creative opportunities, providing checklists, setting up pre and post show calls to review marketing and brand strategies, and providing sponsors with a list of resources they can contact at any…
 
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    Meetings Podcast

  • 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.
  • Smart Monday 2014 Roundup

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Smart Monday closed with many happy attendees.  Education was the topic of the day.  Here are some interviews from inbetween the sessions.  Tomorrow starts the business section and the next three days will be full of hundreds of meetings. Stay tuned for tomorrows podcast from the show floor.
  • Smart Monday, Networking and Business - IMEX Podcast

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Smart Monday, Networking and Business.  Mike McAllen and Jon Trask discuss all the opportunities for attendees and exhibitors for the 2014 IMEX America
 
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Five Super Effervescent Sparkling Fresh Conference Education Ideas

    Jeff Hurt
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    As a conference organizer, do you replicate last year’s conference schedule and experience and just change the filling? Or do you mix it up? Constantly looking for new ways to freshen up the attendee’s conference experience. The best conference organizers proactively seek fresh, new ideas to implement at their next annual meeting. They work hard at coming up with the next big idea. They are willing to make at least 25% of their annual meeting a new experience for everyone. Changing The Conference Learning Experience Providing high-quality conference learning experiences is a…
  • When Opinion By Committee Can Lead You Astray

    Jeff Hurt
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Last night we went to a local chain restaurant. It wasn’t great. It wasn’t bad. It was average at best. After our meal, I told others about my visit. My relatives all had an opinion about the restaurant. So did my spouse and my friends. I started to post a comment in Facebook to ask others about their thoughts. Then I wondered “Why am I asking for their opinions?” Our Need For Others’ Opinions Why do we want others’ opinions so much? I wondered why I needed others’ opinions of the restaurant after I had already visited it. I consider myself an independent thinker. So why did I…
  • Conference Education’s Dirty Little Secret

    Jeff Hurt
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    All conference education has a dirty little secret. And it’s bigger and dirtier than most. The big skeleton in the conference closet is that most attendees will forget the majority of what they hear during the event. The current design of the education session sabotages your learning and retention. Let’s Waste The Company’s Money No one says, “Hey, let’s spend a lot of money and time to attend a conference and participate in education sessions that we will never remember. Or even apply.” So you delude yourself, and your boss, into spending a lot of money thinking you will increase…
  • 2015 Customers, Social Media And The Hospitality Industry [Infographic]

    Jeff Hurt
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Does customer service belong on social media or not? As the debate continues, take a look at how social media customer service may evolve over the next year within the hospitality industry. Image compliments of Best Hospitality Degrees The post 2015 Customers, Social Media And The Hospitality Industry [Infographic] appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw's Midcourse Corrections.        Related Stories3 Social Media Take-Aways From #pcmapowerRevamping Your Conference Social Media Strategy 
  • The Tragic All Too Common Brain Busting Conference Lecture

    Jeff Hurt
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Have you seen the Gary Larson cartoon of the student asking if he can be excused because his brain is full? As author Roy Pollock points out, it’s funny as a cartoon. However overwhelming a listener’s brain is a tragic and wasteful problem that happens in many education sessions. Especially conference keynotes and breakouts. Jam The Content In Most conference speakers try to cover too much content in their allotted time. The result is cognitive overload say education researchers. When people receive too much information too quickly, they are unable to process it. They don’t have enough…
 
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    Special Events Magazine

  • Calling caterers: How is your 2014 holiday party business shaping up?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    We expect to do more holiday parties this year than in 2013 We expect our holiday party business will be about the same as last year We expect to do less holiday party business this year than we did in 2013
  • 12-13-14 is a Great Date but No Event Landmark

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Lisa Hurley Although the date 12/13/14 isn't bringing in a landslide of business, it is still shaping up as a strong day for a good holiday party season, special events experts say. Although the date 12/13/14 isn't bringing in a landslide of business, it is still shaping up as a strong day for a good holiday party season, special events experts say. read more
  • How to host a memorable reception: The Four Seasons' IMEX Red Party

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Claire Harrington of Social Tables reviews a memorable IMEX 2014 party--the Four Seasons Las Vegas Red Party Special Events Blog read more
  • Early-bird Rates for TSE 2015 End Nov. 20

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Special Events Staff Don't dawdle—you can get the best rates for The Special Event 2015, slated for Jan. 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., if you register by Nov. 20 Don't dawdle—you can get the best rates for The Special Event 2015, slated for Jan. 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., if you register by Nov. 20. read more
  • Special Events Business News for Oct. 22, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Special Events Staff Special events news this week includes a new F&B manager at the Plano Centre Special events news this week includes a new F&B manager at the Plano Centre read more
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  • The New Rules of Event Marketing

    jennagiguere
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    I recently checked out at article titled “The New Rules of Event Marketing” by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin. I really connected with the article as it gave information on great ideas that can be used in my profession in the future. I wanted to share this article and what I had learned from it as it could help others in thinking of new ways of marketing and advertising events as well! The way things are done within Marketing and Event Planning are always changing, especially with technology advancing as fast as it is. This is also true for the things you can do with technology and the…
  • WFPS Special Events for November

    joybernardo
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Hello Everyone! I know that it’s been a while since we last posted anything. I don’t know about everyone else but I’ve been busy busy at work, planning the wedding, getting ready for a big move, and planning out my NaNoWriMo project for 2014. Speaking of NaNoWriMo, here at WFPS, we are excited to announce our event calendar for November. These are our themed events for our Saturday Write-Ins: 11/1/14: Writing Down The “Bones” Halloween Write-In Come in your Halloween costume, dressed as one of your characters, or as your favorite author and start the month off with…
  • Woodland Tea Party-Birthday Party

    domesticphilosophy
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    For my daughter’s fourth birthday party, a milestone in my eyes (goodbye toddlerhood?) I wanted to do something very special for this little girl. Inspired by this crafty and enchanting floral fox birthday party, I decided on a woodland tea party in my parents’ almond orchard. Arms with orange balloons, pink balloons and a helium tank, the grandmothers set the stage.   Literally. My father moved the dance floor he built for our friends’ wedding two weeks past into the orchard. Brought out some rounds and folding chairs and viola! we have a setting for our darling dear.
  • Facilitation and Public Speaking: Tips for Authors

    Shauna Aura Knight
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many authors dread public speaking, and it’s the number one fear people cite. I recall attending panel discussions at science fiction and fantasy conventions in my twenties, thinking, I could never do that. Then, there was a point in my life where I had to let go of that fear. I realized, if I want to do the work that calls to me, I have to be able to speak in front of a group. That moment helped me push through the sometimes awkward learning process. Here’s the good news; there are many easy skills that you can learn to be a better presenter. The bad news is; it’s a process of skill…
  • Help change the world!

    Luxe Event Productions, LLC.
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Sava Soiree 2014 at the Loveland Embassy Suites On September 28th, 2014 Luxe Event Productions was honored to help sponsor an event called the Sava Soiree.  The fund raiser event was to help The SAVA CENTER here in Fort Collins, CO raise funds (obviously) to help victims of sexual assault get counseling and other help.  This was our third year attending the event and the second year to be one of it’s proud sponsors.  At the heart of it, the idea behind SAVA CENTER is really world changing at its core.  Irradicate rape and all kinds of sexual assault.  Like I said, world changing.
 
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  • 'Jane The Virgin' Actually Takes Place at This Hotel

    juliana
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The new TV show, "Jane The Virgin" is not just the answer to the prayers of "Ugly Betty" fans, who have been in mourning since the show went off the air a few years ago. "Jane The Virgin" is also extremely clever and funny, yet unabashedly apologetic about its soapy premise. That premise involves Jane, a virgin who's about to get engaged, getting accidentally inseminated by a distracted gynecologist, who just happened to use her brother's last surviving sperm which he had frozen before his chemotherapy treatment. (It's the brother of the gynecologist, not Jane's. No one is ready to see a show…
  • The Next Big Hit From Marcel Wanders Is Coming To Zurich In 2015

    DesignMinder
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    We recently shared the news, and our excitement, about the upcoming Kahema Bay Portals resort in Majorca, opening in early 2015. With this new hotel well underway, we have another new hotel to look forward to, the Kahema Grand Zurich, opening in Spring, 2015. This is the latest hotel to be delivered by the team of Lifestyle Hospitality & Entertainment Group, tecArchitecure as architect, and Marcel Wanders, as interior designer. Having just received renderings of the Kahema Grand Zurich, we think this 'Mod Squad' of talent and vision may have another hit on their list.
  • 6 Quirky Hotel Courtesy Cars

    jetflyboy
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Getting picked-up from the airport or dropped off for your dinner reservation by your hotel is a luxury that many hotels offer for either an extra charge or as part of the room rate. More often than not, hotels will whisk you away in some sort of luxury sedan like a BMW, Mercedes or Porsche but occasionally, you just have to hide your face when they pull up in an 8-person van or mini-bus. However, there are a few hotels that totally nail the idea of cool wheels for a courtesy cars. This is a smart move for a few good reasons. One, it shows the hotel has some personality by choosing an…
  • Miami Beach: An All-Suite Extension of Miami's Hot Spot, The Gale, Will Open in December

    juliana
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    We've already given you 5 hotels to put on your radar when planning a trip to Miami Beach this winter but we don't call it Miami Hotel Mambo for nothing. Hotels be opening left and right in this loca caliente city. And here's another one.The Gale Suites at Kaskades is an extension of the extremely popular Gale Hotel South Beach on Collins Avenue. The Gale Suites won't actually be adjacent to The Gale but they will be close by, located in a building behind The Gale on 17th Street. (The hotel says its only 10 steps away.)
  • Amsterdam: This Old Amsterdam Building Is About To Generate A Load Of Hype

    juliab
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Generator Amsterdam: the 1950 look Don’t you just love it when people keep a secret? No, us neither, but luckily the folks at Generator Hostels aren't too good at it, because we have news just in time for the weekend – Generator is opening in Amsterdam next year. “Why, aren’t they already opening elsewhere in 2015?” you might say. Congrats – yes, they’re opening Paris and Rome. But as any young American who’s crossed the pond will know, no grand tour of Europe is complete without a pitstop (just enough time to inhale) in Amsterdam. Boiler Room Bar…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Listen to blog Dear Thank-You Note, Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials....
  • Into the Details

    Marriott on the Move
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    When my father asked our Board of Directors to elect me president of our company in 1964, he wrote me a very thoughtful letter describing how I should develop my management style to be an effective executive. In a recent interview, I was asked, which item on my father’s list...
  • Why Ask Why

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    In their book Double Down, Mark Halperin & John Heilemann briefly mentioned President George W. Bush’s lack of curiosity as one reason why the last half of his second term was not as successful as it could have been. As I ponder why some people are successful in business and...
  • The End of an Era

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. Dad had four sisters and three brothers. Woodrow was the youngest member of the family and he died in 2005. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August...
  • Taking Care of Guests, From A to Z

    Marriott on the Move
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Our core value at Marriott is to take good care of our associates, and they will take good care of our guests. Recently I had the privilege of presenting the 50-year of service pin and certificate to Miss Frances Holland. Ms. Frances, as everyone calls her, joined our company when...
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  • AnyMeeting Moves To Installed Client Application

    Ken Molay
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I recently received an email from AnyMeeting informing me of "a big change coming soon to AnyMeeting." The message said that beginning later in October, "all of our customers will access AnyMeeting directly from the AnyMeeting App and not through our website." The change applies to presenters and hosts rather than attendees, who can still join via a download-free browser link. The AnyMeeting team points out the following set of advantages for presenters made possible after downloading and installing the client software on their computers: A smoother experience, with no more "Allow" prompts…
  • Video Conferencing in the Workplace

    Ken Molay
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Deneece Berg at technology consultancy Software Advice was kind enough to share the results of a survey they ran, focusing on certain specific aspects of conferencing in the workplace. Their sample base was 389 US-based business workers who indicated that they make some use of conferencing technology in their jobs. The report, including response summary graphs, is available at http://www.softwareadvice.com/voip/industryview/preferred-conferencing-solutions-2014/ To get to the sample size of 389, they started from a much larger initial screening set. The screening question was simply…
  • WebEx Update: Some Hits, Some Misses

    Ken Molay
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    WebEx has been quietly rolling out an update to its web collaboration software. I'm not entirely sure of which versions it includes… I know it definitely impacts Meeting Center and Event Center, and my best guess is that it would spill over to Training Center and Support Center as well. Rowan Trollope is Senior VP and General Manager of the Collaboration Technology Group at Cisco. He wrote a blog post about the new release yesterday, which seems to be the only official announcement from Cisco. There is no press release with details. The company obviously prepped certain industry…
  • ReadyTalk Offers Webinar ROI Calculator

    Ken Molay
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    I don't know how I missed the announcement of this great new resource from ReadyTalk. In late August they created an online calculator for measuring the ROI of B2B marketing webinars. It is free on the web and you don't have to be a ReadyTalk customer or register in order to use it. You just fill in the blanks and get a calculated return on your investments in lead generation webinars. Actually, I should amend one word in that last sentence… "Just fill in the blanks" trivializes the input process. You will want to go through the required inputs carefully and spend time gathering up data and…
  • AnyMeeting Adds Conferencing Options

    Ken Molay
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I have been fascinated by AnyMeeting ever since it began as "Freebinar" in 2010. It hasn't taken long to go from a small startup offering ad-supported free web conferencing to a legitimate player in the small-to-medium business (SMB) conferencing space. Today the company put out a press release announcing a few new convenience options for users. The first improvement was provisioning for US toll-free teleconference numbers, priced at $0.06 per person/minute. Hosts can also offer local dial-in numbers from more than 40 countries. I spoke to AnyMeeting's David Gerken and Costin Tuculescu (COO…
 
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • 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…
  • IMEX America Makes Impact with IMEX Challenge 2014

    Ashley Chalmers
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Greetings, dear readers! Today the ConventionPlanit Team landed in Las Vegas for this year’s IMEX America trade show. This year,  Maureen Pickell, CTC, Sandra Reed, and I are in attendance. We got right to work setting up our booth, which is now ready to meet all of the meeting planners we have appointments with Tuesday-Thursday during the expo hours.  (Make an appointment with us  – we are Booth #3659!) Many industry planners and suppliers hit the ground running earlier than the CP Team, volunteering Saturday and Sunday at the Shade Tree center for abused women and children as…
  • Fall Special Meeting Offers

    Ashley Chalmers
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Securing good rates for short term meetings can be difficult and stressful, which is the last thing planners need as summer winds down and you begin to prepare for the busy fall tradeshow season. We have you covered though, with a variety of special meeting offers, available exclusively to planners using ConventionPlanit. Tropicana Las Vegas, a Doubletree Hotel (Las Vegas, Nevada) Book and actualize an event or conference at the New Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton for the months of September and October 2014 and you can earn up to Triple HHonors Event Planner Points!  Planners…
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  • 5 Spooky Effective Ways to Cut Your Event Budget (and turn your event into a profit producing machine!)

    Nicolette Anderson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Every year, it seems that the holidays arrive earlier and we see Christmas decorations being put out before our Halloween candy is given away. Retailers are scaring us to death by putting Frosty the Snowman up while we are still wearing sandals and shorts, tripping over tinsel while buying treats for our little tricksters. With the arrival of All Hallow’s Eve, studies show that almost half of all marketers will be launching holiday campaigns before Halloween whether we like it or not. Still, Christmas is  coming, and all of our holiday budgets seem to get tighter around the holidays. So,…
  • Positioning for Profit – Easy bottom-line tips to protect your budget and drive event profitability

    Nicolette Anderson
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to the #eventsTOM for October! Last month, we learned what the events community is thinking about technology with “9 Intriguing Ways to Use Event Technology“.  From some great conversations and contributions, Shaun Pierce of Pierce Events was unanimously selected as the winner of our monthly prize. The October #eventsTOM centers on the opportunity to enhance both the top line and greatly improve the bottom line by positioning events to be profitable. . . not just break even. We’ll start the conversation with a few ideas we’ve leveraged throughout the years…
  • Must-Read Articles for the Events Industry Week of Sept 29

    Nicolette Anderson
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Friday Eventprofs! We have some must-reads for you today, see if you can see a trend here and guess our October ‘Topic of the Month.” Today’s reads are “Does your Conference Sell our to the Sales Department,” 6 Ways to Increase Tradeshow Productivity,” and “Make Meetings More Profitable.” 1. Does Your Conference Sell Out to the Sales Department by Keith Johnson Where is the line between keeping your event’s integrity but still having a profitable event? Johnson discusses how events have changed and why being focused on profits and…
  • BusyEvent is Attending IMEX – Be sure to say hello!

    Brian Slawin
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
          The post BusyEvent is Attending IMEX – Be sure to say hello! appeared first on BusyEvent Mobile.
  • Topic of the Month- September Best Responses and Winner

    Nicolette Anderson
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    During the month of September, our “Topic of the Month“, was ‘9 Intriguing Ways to Use Event Technology.” The #eventsTOM is designed to be an open discussion about event industry issues and opportunities (and give out prizes!) and we got a lot of great feedback last month! Along with blogs that we posted during the month, we also addressed three main questions to our followers. Here are our responses to the questions and some our our favorite responses from our followers.   Question: What #Eventtech could you not live without?   At BusyEvent, there’s a…
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  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make WordPress.com faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
 
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  • The New Economics of Video Conferencing: Now Affordable Anywhere, Anytime With Anyone

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Video conferencing is the latest cloud trend — it removes the need for high-priced infrastructure and ongoing maintenance, while allowing technology to be deployed quickly and easily.Cloud-based video conferencing isn't simply about providing traditional services at a lower cost. The new value comes from unleashing video conferencing to whole new groups of people who were never able to access the technology before, like remote workers and contractors, because it accommodates the way people want to work today. There is no tricky setup — the systems can be accessed on a large HD screen in a…
  • Enterprise Collaboration Shouldn't Be a Pile of Legos

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 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!
  • Beyond the Executive Suite: Video Conference Is Now Available To Virtually Everyone

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    And, since no global address book existed, the only people you could speak to were those with whom you shared the system — typically people in your own company. As a result, video conferencing was restricted to Fortune 500 business units talking to colleagues in the same corporation. But all that has changed, thanks to the cloud. It's moved video conferencing well beyond the executive suite by allowing the technology to be used on any device that has a browser, from laptops and tablets to smartphones — and without the need for IT support.With a cloud-based system, users can simply…
  • The 3 Essentials for the 21st Century Conference Room

    15 Oct 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!
  • The Democratization of Meeting Room Collaboration

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Like many other business tools, the magnitude of conferencing- and collaboration-related benefits realized by an organization depends on its volume of usage. Simply stated – organizations benefit when more people collaborate more often.  Learn more..Request Free!
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  • How to loop in your GSO/NSO

    Martha Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Did you know, you are able to loop in your GSO, Global Sales Office/NSO, National Sales Office for the major hotel chains? Your contact will be sent the RFP the same time the hotel receives it. There are two ways to add a GSO. You can add a GSO during RFP creation in the top right -hand corner. If it’s already sent off to a property, you can add a GSO from the ‘Actions’ drop-down menu. You’ll enter their email into the pop-up box, which will send them a notification and give them the ability to respond!
  • Team Up and Give Back

    Danielle Childress
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    With the holidays—the traditional season of giving—right around the corner, this seems a good time to enhance our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Planning team-building events that make an impact can have a tremendously motivating (and grounding) impact on participants, plus such events help the community and bolster corporate images as well. In other words, everyone wins. Here are some ideas to spark your spirit of giving: 1. Artful Collaboration – In an Art of Giving charity team-building program, your group work together to create a huge, colorful canvas and then…
  • Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Resorts Plan Six-Star Experience

    Martha Brooks
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara’s $80 million dollar renovation positions the resort at the center of a significant transformation within the all-inclusive market. According to Kevin Froemming, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, the resort “is going to be the single nicest resort in all of the Caribbean. It represents what we believe is the evolution of all-inclusives. We have taken the best of what we’ve seen and then come up with unique and cool things.” The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara are paving the way for a new market of corporate clients and offering particularly…
  • Autumn-Inspired Activities

    Danielle Childress
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Now that the sun has set on summer, we find ourselves in a new season—and autumn lends itself perfectly to evocative activities. With its crisp air and profound effects on landscapes across the country, fall sets an ideal backdrop for memorable group outings. Here are some seasonal ideas to use for incentive trips, corporate retreats, and for simply for adding color to corporate meetings: Ghost Tour – Spook things up with a guided ghost tour. Many cities have a “haunted” past and offer walking and/or bus tours with a captivating host to tell stories along the way. Cider Making/ Donuts…
  • What’s New in Jamaica? 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

    Annette Burden
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Jamaica, the Caribbean’s third largest island, epitomizes the region’s allure with its easy airlift, diverse resort areas, all-inclusive options, and more than 100 rivers tumbling down from green-velvet mountains to a sea edged in dreamy golden sand. Add everything from fine dining fit for royalty to soulful cuisine, free-flowing rum, reggae, and friendly fun-loving people, and you’ve got a destination to thrill any group, anytime. So why now? Beyond the basics, here are three timely reasons to take your group—or at least yourself—to Jamaica this year or next. The…
 
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  • Capture Attention By Mixing Up Your Digital Content

    Traci Browne
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Salesforce.com tracked 470 volunteers for a month to see just how they were using their smartphones and tablets. According to its data, 27% of smartphone users were visiting YouTube and a whopping 73% of tablet users were visiting that same site. In Just Media’s October article “Podcasting Is Bigger Than You Think” they write “Last year Apple reported that subscriptions of podcasts through iTunes had reached 1 billion. The analytics company RawVoice, which tracks 20,000 shows, said the number of unique monthly podcast listeners has tripled to 75 million from 25…
  • Event Horror Stories: Night of the Zombie Attendees

    Cvent Guest
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Did this episode sound familiar? Read below, and see how you can avoid a similarly gruesome fate at your events! Human beings are social creatures. They yearn for engagement—in fact, they need it. Live events are a great way to keep people engaged, but sometimes they aren’t enough to hold everyone’s rapt attention. If attendee engagement drops to scary low levels, be afraid, for you may have triggered a zombie apocalypse at your event. Now, the rules for zombies vary from movie to movie and there usually isn’t a cure once infected—but, fortunately, this…
  • Top 100 Meeting Resorts: The Vegas Edge

    Bruce Serlen
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A destination comfortable with its place in the Guinness Book of Records, Las Vegas is known for its long list of “firsts” and “mosts.” This week, 15 of the city's resorts placed in Cvent’s second annual 2014 Top 100 Meeting Resorts list, the most of any destination in the U.S.and Canada, as well as the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Mexico. Not only that, four of its best-known mega-resorts—all on the famed Las Vegas Strip—placed in the listing’s Top 10, again the most of any destination. With nearly 11 million square feet of meeting and…
  • A New York Neighborhood Halloween

    Bruce Serlen
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    At its heart, a modern-day celebration of Halloween is about kids trick or treating and all the related kid-friendly activities from pumpkin painting to costume making. In this regard, hotels in residential neighborhoods where kids actually live (in large numbers, no less) are bound to be a good source of ideas for planners looking to spice up (pun intended) their Halloween events. Located on the Upper West Side, one of Manhattan’s most established neighborhoods, the recently renovated 280-room Hotel Belleclaire does the holiday proud. This year, in fact, the hotel, which dates to 1903,…
  • How to Engineer Compliance in 3 Easy Steps

    Kristi Sanders
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Why are Americans so fat? Some people would argue it's because when we eat out (which is often), the portions are mammoth. Reduce the plate size, critics say, and we wouldn't be so prone to overeat. The Smarter Lunchrooms campaign against childhood obesity is testing this theory out. Newly designed school lunch trays (and lunch boxes) are structured in a way that make it easier for kids to eat well. For example, spaces for vegetables hold more food than the areas for protein, desserts or fatty snacks. The beverage area is square, so only a milk carton will fit comfortably. If you put…
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  • Extreme Home Makeover – Electionbuddy edition

    Dave
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I used to enjoy watching  show Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition.  And I also really like the makeover we have just released on electionbuddy.com.  We have revamped our home website, with a simplier, cleaner design and tried to showcase what you our millon plus voters and administrators love about electionBuddy.  Feel free to give us feedback on what you think! To celebrate the new website and also based on your feedback, we have decided to make even more features free.  You can now do printed ballots and custom ballots across all our plans including our FREE plan.  We hope you enjoy.
  • Customer Feature: Ridgefield High School case study

    Dave
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    I chatted today with Scott W  a student government advisor at  Ridgefield High School And while normally we don’t put testimonials up to protect and ensure the anonymity of our electionbuddy votes, Scott had a pretty interesting story to tell and he was keen to have us share the story about their student government elections.. I had asked him about whether he will be using our new electionbuddy candidate shuffle feature, and he noted that they are considering, but they have (what I thought) was a GREAT tool to encourage student government participation early in the process:…
  • Feature Focus: Customize your web link

    Eric
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    What is a Form Link? The Form link is: * The web address of your form * The address that you will share with your registrants / ticket purchasers * You can edit this link at any time – even after you have launched your form. Why use it? We suggest personalizing your Form Link so that it is easy to type and to remember. In fact you can share this link with your guests even if you are not finished editing your forms – your guests will only see the Countdown to open page. You can also change your custom URL and direct your guests to a different weblink at any time, even when your forms…
  • New Feature – Shuffle Candidate Order

    Eric
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    It’s true, first comes first. Believe it or not, the order of candidate names on a ballot has an impact on voting results.  “When the candidates are listed first, they have a real advantage.” said Jon Krosnick, co-author of the study and professor of psychology and political science at Ohio State, to the Ohio State Research Communications. ”Even in high profile elections such as the presidential race….name order on the ballot can make a big difference.”  According to Krosnick’s joint study with researchers from Stanford University and the University of…
  • The Extraordinary Mystery of the Missing Back-to-School Student Registration Line-up

    Eric
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    A student prepares for his September course registration, as always, an hour before the registration begins. But this year his school has decided to dismantle the long lineups and accept registrations online. Where previously there was a lengthy paper document overflowing with course listings, when he arrives online, he’s met with a single entry field – Student ID. He enters his ID and in seconds the form comes alive and several pieces of his student information filling up the form. He hardly has to do anything as his information is pre-filled: Parent Guardian Contact Information, Course…
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  • Tips to Improve Customer Relationships

    Caterina Mayer
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your CustomersAny business professional should know how to manage customer relationships and event planners have a unique perspective on these. ABCey has outlined five insider tips to help improve customer relationships and motivate your customer base to choose you over the competition!Customers Value Quality Over QuantityAs event planners, we are often in a rush to satisfy our customer’s needs quickly and present preliminary results as soon as possible. However, rushing in order to satisfy the customer could impact the results and the quality of our work…
  • ABCey’s Weekend Line-Up: San Francisco October 23 – 26, 2014

    Wendelle Co
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Whether your interested in a leisurely weekend of pumpkins and painting, or looking to have some fun with cocktails and a lunar eclipse, ABCey Events has got you covered! It’s everybody’s favorite topic of the week: ABCey’s Weekend LineUp!Off the Grid PresidioThursday, October 23th to Sunday, October 26th | 5PM – 9PM | Presidio Main Post Lawn | FreeWant a relaxing evening with friends, drinking beers and exploring new foods? The then Off the Grid: Presidio is the place to be. Kick back and enjoy the nice weather with lantern-lit dining cabanas, cabana style cocktail…
  • 4 Types of Content That Increase Brand Awareness

    Caterina Mayer
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    In this era of social media and online marketing, nothing is more important than valuable online content to get your brand’s name out there. Especially as event planners, we want to spread our events out the world. A wide online presence helps you reach a large audience. ABCey introduces you to the 4 types of content that increase brand awareness and help you to establish your brand in the market. Free ContentBlogs are a great way to provide your customers with information about your service or product. They are free and give customers an idea of what you offer. It’s even better if…
  • StartUp Monday: Loopd, the Event Marketing Wearable

    Niki Lotte
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:40 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 Events!Loopd, an event marketing wearable, provides personalized data to enhance your event strategy using the Loopd badge. By simply downloading the Loopd app, everyone at your event – guests, clients, vendors, planners, and you – can receive real-time data and analytics about your guests and event on your mobile…
  • ABCey’s Weekend LineUp: San Francisco October 16 – 19, 2014

    Niki Lotte
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    From short films to craft beers, San Francisco October 16 – 19, 2014 is full of events to see, taste, and hear! ABCey’s Weekend LineUp will reveal the most bumping beats and tastiest treats for you to enjoy this weekend.SF International Festival of Short FilmsThursday, October 16th to Saturday, October 18th | 7PM – 11PM; 5PM start time on Saturday | Roxie Theater| $11.50 per sessionIf you love short films, this three-day event is for you! All shows are 30 minutes or less and cover topics ranging from sacrifice to identity. Start planning with the schedule here.Noe Valley…
 
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  • 2015 ALHI Meetings Facilities Guide yours for free

    Plan Your Meetings
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It’s out! Associated Luxury Hotels International has released its 2015 ALHI Meeting Facilities Guide, a 190-page resource for meeting planners that identifies Four- and Five-Diamond hotels, resorts and venues designed for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions and exhibitions. Meeting pros, association executives and incentive/recognition specialists can contact ALHI for a free copy. The guide features more than 160 [...]
  • Poll names green-leaning Portolo best of the West

    Plan Your Meetings
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    For the second consecutive year, Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif., the city's first and only Silver LEED-certified hotel, has been named Best of the West 2014 by readers of Meeting Focus Magazine.
  • ISES awards 17 CSEP designations

    Plan Your Meetings
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    The International Special Events Society (ISES) is taking note of 17planners who earned Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) credentials in July and August The CSEP designation, established in 1993, denotes event professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability to perform all components of a special event. Those earning the CSEP, in alphabetical order: Alexandra Armstrong of [...]
  • Mile high adventures in Denver!

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We're holding our PYM LIVE Denver event in the Grand Hyatt Denver's 38th floor Crystal Peaks Ballroom. Incidentally, that's the tallest event space in the Mile High City! Read more...
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Oct. 22, 2014

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    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    In this issue: @atlantiscasino, @Bluemangroup, @EmeraldCoastCC, @VisitGrapevine, @LaFondaSantaFe and South Point
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  • 2015 ALHI Meetings Facilities Guide yours for free

    Plan Your Meetings
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It’s out! Associated Luxury Hotels International has released its 2015 ALHI Meeting Facilities Guide, a 190-page resource for meeting planners that identifies Four- and Five-Diamond hotels, resorts and venues designed for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions and exhibitions. Meeting pros, association executives and incentive/recognition specialists can contact ALHI for a free copy. The guide features more than 160 [...]
  • Poll names green-leaning Portolo best of the West

    Plan Your Meetings
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    For the second consecutive year, Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif., the city's first and only Silver LEED-certified hotel, has been named Best of the West 2014 by readers of Meeting Focus Magazine.
  • ISES awards 17 CSEP designations

    Plan Your Meetings
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    The International Special Events Society (ISES) is taking note of 17planners who earned Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) credentials in July and August The CSEP designation, established in 1993, denotes event professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability to perform all components of a special event. Those earning the CSEP, in alphabetical order: Alexandra Armstrong of [...]
  • Mile high adventures in Denver!

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We're holding our PYM LIVE Denver event in the Grand Hyatt Denver's 38th floor Crystal Peaks Ballroom. Incidentally, that's the tallest event space in the Mile High City! Read more...
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Oct. 22, 2014

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    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    In this issue: @atlantiscasino, @Bluemangroup, @EmeraldCoastCC, @VisitGrapevine, @LaFondaSantaFe and South Point
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  • 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…
  • PHOTO RECAP: POP Austin VIP Opening Party

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    A mix of artists, art aficionados, and the social set ventured to East Austin’s Fair Market for a speak peak at this weekend’s POP Austin international art show. As a first time visitor to Fair Market, I was immediately taken aback on how the warehouse was transformed into a chic gallery space, beckoning guests in from even blocks away.   The pop-up party continues all weekend with the gallery show and series of “POP Talks” from notable business owners, specialists, and artists. Tickets are on sale at the POP Austin website.  Schedule includes: Saturday, October 18: 12…
  • RECAP: La Dolce Vita’s 25th Anniversary

    Kevin Smothers
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Some things just get better with age. Case in point: Thursday night’s 25th anniversary of the La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, benefiting education programs at The Contemporary Austin. Held on the bucolic grounds of Laguna Gloria, the 2014 edition of LDV had the air of a fully matured event, free of the stress that can sometimes accompany such a massive undertaking. A great touch this year was the use of creative video mapping on the historic Driscoll Villa that visually illustrated the museum’s focus on educating people of all ages, courtesy of the talented team at…
  • Center for Child Protection Announces Celebrity Dancers for the 2014 Dancing with the Stars Austin

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In the beautiful home of Andra & Joe Liemandt on Mt. Bonnell Shores, Center for Child Protection hosted a home filled with supporters at their annual “Night with the Stars.” It’s here that we get our first look at the 11 contestants competing for the mirror ball trophy at this year’s Dancing with the Stars Austin, presented by Lexus of Austin. 2014 Dancing with the Stars Austin Dancers and Chairs Each celebrity dancer will spend the next few months preparing to dance in front of an always sold-out crowd in the grand ballroom at the Hilton in downtown Austin on December 7th.
  • GIVEAWAY: The Discover Great Music Lounge

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Have you made plans for Saturday October 4th after the ACL Festival? We’ve got the perfect party for you! Viacom Music networks CMT, MTV, MTV2, and VH1, in partnership with Pizza Hut will host the hottest party of the Austin festival weekend, The Discover Great Music Lounge at Austin on Saturday, October 4 from 9:30 pm – 2 am. Bonus points: it’s steps away from the festival at the American Legion Hall. Pizza Hut is celebrating the launch of their new Bacon Stuffed Pizza Crust with free slices, bacon cocktails provided by Bakon, a five-foot pig piñata filled with bacon…
 
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  • What is Missing from this Wedding Day?

    Randy Markus
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    courtesy of www.shockmansion.com Number one rule of thumb, your wedding day is supposed to be amazing. Traditional or modern, big or small, the wedding day is supposed to include everything and I mean everything you want or have dreamed of. And like with anything all within reason of course. If the sky is the limit for you and it’s in the budget, than I say go for it. Most of us can’t have a multi-million dollar, bells and whistle, every girls dream come true wedding day. Because simply said we just can’t afford it. That’s the materialism in us rearing its ugly head. And let me first…
  • Family Gets Gay Wedding Advice, Hilarity Ensues

    Andrew Maxwell
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    photo by paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com With more and more States overturning same-sex marriage bans, it’s only natural that we are seeing an increase in gay weddings.  This is particularly good news for wedding planners. In the gay community, what began as civil ceremonies has now blossomed into full-blown gay weddings. So it’s only natural that many people will seek out gay wedding advice. Not to miss out on an opportunity, the cast and crew of Comedy Central’s Key and Peele have put together a comedy skit: a straight family getting advice from a gay colleague on attending…
  • How to Find a Speaker

    Randy Markus
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    courtesy of jasonrowens.com We all know when you find a speaker that is the right fit for your event or meeting makes for some really good news. That just right speaker can help to set the mood and tone for any event or meeting. Hiring a speaker is an important step when event and meeting planning. It’s imperative to take your event requirements, unusual or commonplace, and match them to the meeting agenda, objectives and goals. There are a variety of reasons as well as a huge assortment of speakers that can fit the bill. Everything from a keynote speaker to guest speaker and everything…
  • Think outside of the Box for Unique Venues

    Andrew Maxwell
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    photo by Carlos Osorio Toronto Star When considering a location for their groups, many meeting planners look for unique venues to provide the wow factor. We are used to hosting or attending events at;  museums, art galleries and aquariums. And, don’t get me wrong, many of those venues are an excellent setting for the type of event that is being hosted. But, more and more planners are looking for that extra punch. Often it’s the attractions and events that a meeting planner uses to promote attendance for their meeting. One factor that I always try to keep in mind when proposing…
  • Halloween Party Planning, It’s Never too Late to Get Started

    Randy Markus
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Courtesy of justduckyerrands.com Do you want to plan the spookiest best ever Halloween party? You know the kind that will be talked and talked about well after the lights go out. Does the thought of Halloween Party planning frighten you just a little? Based on the telephone calls I have been receiving from friends the answer is a resounding yes. No need to fear. Halloween really is all about the fun, excitement and merriment. What kid or adult isn’t thrilled when Halloween is just around the corner? And who amongst us doesn’t love a great Halloween Party? Yes planning a Halloween party…
 
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  • 7 Questions For Meeting Planners When Contracting Audio Visual

    Pat Ahaesy
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
      Here Are 7  Questions You Should Ask Yourself : What is the purpose of your meeting? How big an audience do you anticipate? Will there be solo speakers, panels? Will there be Q&A? Will you be showing any videos or PowerPoints? Will there be more than one session in the room Will there be […]
  • How To Signal Your Gala or Lunch Guests That They May Begin Eating

    Pat Ahaesy
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    When your lunch or gala dinner has a plated salad or appetizer, pre-set, do you notice that most people are hesitant to begin eating for fear of being impolite? Frankly, this should not happen, ever! Here are some ways to avoid that awkward moment: Emcee, Host or Voiceover person announces, “please enjoy your meal” or […]
  • Top Reasons For Virtual Meetings

    Pat Ahaesy
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    According to an MPI Study: 1- Cost Savings 2. Reduce Time out of office 3. No attendee travel budget 4. Keep a meeting that would be canceled due to budget 5. Conference 6. Information-sharing across multiple markets 7. Global Business Operations 8. Business Continuity 9. Reduce travel demands on executives 10. Support last-minute meetings   […]
  • Four Most Hilarious Event Management Stories

    Pat Ahaesy
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Four Most Hilarious Event Management Stories Years ago, a client handled their own pre-registration and on site check in staffing. However, one day, their staff had a bad full of badges in holders and literally dumped them on the check in table just as attendees were starting to line up. We asked the attendees to […]
  • Why Did The Apple Webcast Fail?

    Pat Ahaesy
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    If you watched or attempted to watch the Apple Webcast you were probably disappointed as the broadcast would either freeze or cut out entirely. Biz Bash published an interview with various tech luminaries that had some excellent insights..  http://ow.ly/BzBHu The team here at P&V Enterprises consists of techies, creative and production people.  We have this […]
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  • Choosing Wedding Favours For Your Entourages

    Arwin Adriano
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The wedding is probably the best chapter of everybody’s life. Apart from the bride and groom, it is also exciting for the entourages, groomsmen, and bridesmaids. The ceremony is not complete without... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Money Saving Tips For Event Planners

    Arwin Adriano
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Organizing an event can cost a lot of money regardless of it being a small event or a big event that is why most Event Planners critically considers savings a vital part of the budget planning.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Make Money From Your Event Planning Business Model

    Arwin Adriano
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Each of us wanted to earn money from the things that we knew we are good at be it about your start up business or the service you could provide. But the question is How? Where to start? What should I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Be A Top Notch Event Speaker

    Arwin Adriano
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Being a top notch event speaker is not an easy job, it’s not just about talking in front of many people, and it’s not just about sharing your experiences or knowledge. Being a good speaker requires... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Be A Budget Friendly Bride

    Arwin Adriano
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Weddings are expensive; there is no doubt about it. You can try your utmost best to set a budget, but adhering to it is a whole other story. A majority of people end up spending all of their savings,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Estate Weddings and Events

  • Best Of The Southwest: A Guide To Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

    Josh Lew
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Desert near Albuquerque, image via Mike Tungate New Mexico is a land of rural desert landscapes, mountains, skiing, welcoming small towns and one of the longest histories of any state in the US. Most people who visit here are attracted by the charming culture-rich quaintness of Santa Fe or the world-class skiing near Taos. While these places are undeniably attractive, the area around New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, is also worth a look. Albuquerque mountains, image via mnchilemom Albuquerque boasts some stunning scenery: the city is literally surrounded by austere desert landscapes,…
  • Romantic Connecticut Wedding at Lord Thompson Manor

    Abigail Geer
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Tying the knot at our very own Lord Thompson Manor in Connecticut, Jen and Pat’s romantic wedding has swept us off our feet and left us feeling completely blown away with the immeasurable beauty of their big day. Capturing every gorgeous moment, we want to give a special thanks to the talented Nicole Chan Photography for sharing these breathtaking images, which as you can see are just simply overflowing with love. Whether you’re planning an extravagant affair with an elaborate guest list, or an intimate get together for only a few select loved ones, the Lord Thompson…
  • 4 Reasons To Honeymoon in Spain

    Suzy Guese
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    It is roughly nine o’clock in the evening and Spaniards are just waking up for the night. Tapas bars are filling with bite-sized morsels of the Mediterranean country. Beer, wine and sangria are flowing. Wind the clock back to the afternoon hours. We are driving through fields of golden wheat, interspersed with bright red poppies and a ruined castle or two. We pause to picnic under some of those ruins, castle ruins the mythical Don Quijote wandered on by with Sancho Panza. While nearly one year married, I’m beginning to wonder why we didn’t honeymoon here, a country who naps in order to…
  • Experiencing St. Barts in La Banane Style

    Elizabeth R.
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    These days it seems impossible to find bona fide style, but an exclusive 1950s Parisian-inspired boutique hotel stands out among the stock. La Banane on St. Barts is a retro-chic hotel made up of nine distinct and artistic bungalows that are nothing short of tres chic. Situated in perhaps the most elegant and exclusive of the Caribbean Islands, La Banane embodies the smart style of St. Barts. St Barts is the place to go for pristine white-sand beaches, soothing turquoise waters, and gourmet restaurants. While staying at La Banane, exploring the fabulous world of St Barts comes naturally.
  • 5 Reasons Why Maryland’s Grand Kentlands Mansion Should Host Your Next Event

    Suzy Guese
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Sparkling crystal chandeliers, ceilings that seem to stretch to the sky, hand carved molding, polished hardwood floors, mahogany paneled rooms, manicured lawns and fragrant gardens create the image for a grand, turn of the century dream. It is a dream that lives in imaginations envisioning such a setting for a wedding, party or even a business meeting. Luckily for those seeking such a 1900s dream, Kentlands Mansion exists on its turn of the century pedestal. Its elegant and romantic interiors make for an event space that requires very little imagination. The table has been set for a party in…
 
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    Endless Entertainment

  • 10 Reasons Why Some People Will Never Succeed, How to Host a Polished In-Office Party, and 8 Must See Tradeshow Booths

    Austin Walker
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Einsteins’ Favorites: 10 Reasons Why Some People Will Never Succeed, How to Host a Polished In-Office Party, and 8 Must See Tradeshow Booths As this week draws to a close, I would personally like to say, I hope everyone had a great week and that you all have the best weekend of your lives! To kick off the weekend and celebrate accomplishments from this past week, we have provided 3 must-read articles we’ve encountered over the past 5 days. Enjoy! Sincerely, Austin from Endless Entertainment. 10 Reasons Why Some People Will Never Succeed Something that we do not do enough in this…
  • 3 Best Event Lighting Ideas You’ve Never Heard Of

    Austin Walker
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Event lighting is arguably one of the best ways to make your event an exciting and memorable one; it has the power to make or break the audiences’ experience at a corporate event, dance, awards ceremony, and more! Along with being one of the greatest ways to get your attendees talking about your event and sharing pictures amongst their social networks for months after, event lighting is easily the most fun for event designers and lighting engineers to get creative with! Keep reading if you want to see some crazy ideas to drop the jaws of the attendees at your next event using creative…
  • 5 Must-Haves for AV Rentals

    Austin Walker
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    If there is anything in this world that we know for sure, it is that we completely understand how difficult it can be for an event planner to plan for AV rentals! With hundreds, if not thousands, of moving parts that come into play with AV rentals, not including the other dimensions of an event that are necessary to the success of the event. So, planning an event and don’t know where to start with AV rentals? We’ve got you covered! 5 Must-Haves for AV Rentals 1. Digital Mixers A digital mixer offers capabilities for enhancing vocals for performers, applying effects, and managing overall…
  • Einsteins’ Favorites: 7 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein, 5 Reasons Why Your Meeting Is Boring, and How Your Brain Processes Logos

    Austin Walker
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    It’s that time of the week for some Einsteins’ Favorites; on Fridays we like to share 3 of our favorite articles we encountered throughout the week with topics ranging anywhere from life hacks to event trends! This week we have 7 Life Lessons from Einstein, himself, 5 Tips on How Your Meeting May Be Boring, and The Connection Between Your Brain and Logos, enjoy! 7 Practical Life Lessons From Albert Einstein “Every so often, there comes a man who is able to see the universe in a new way, whose vision upsets the very foundations of the world as we know it.” In this inspirational article…
  • Event Decor: 3 Unique Ideas to “Wow” Your Attendees

    Austin Walker
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Though every event is different and may have varying themes, there are a few trends that are just recently breaking ground in the events industry that, we believe, has room in nearly any themed event! One of the largest, overarching trends, however, is interactive designs and layouts. With that said, we will be observing several different interactive event decor that includes event murals and chalk boards. Crazy, right? 3 Unique Event Decor Ideas to “Wow” Your Attendees 1. Large-Scale Event/Art Mural Event decor has the ability to make or break an event experience for your attendees at a…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • L.A. Weekender: Last weekend of Oktoberfest!

    Heather
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Things are about to get colorful at Fairplex this weekend with The Color Run 5k! Not to mention it’s the last weekend of our Oktoberfest so you know things are going to be memorable around here. Keep reading the L.A. … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Ambassadors at LACF

    Heather
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    We’ve said it before and we will gladly say it again: Fair volunteers are a vital part of LACF’s core. Behind the Fair exhibits and learning experiences are hundreds of volunteers, selflessly giving their time and energy to the FairKids Field … Continue reading →
  • Throwback Thursday: LACF in the 1930s

    Heather
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Throwback to the 1930s, when the Los Angeles County Fair was just getting its footing at Fairplex! At the time this photo was taken, the Fair was only 10-years-old or so. It’s crazy to think how much things have changed … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon

    Heather
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Only slight traces of LACF remains on campus, including this fun archway that led guests into Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon. All traces of our favorite animals are long gone (until next year!) but it’s fun to walk around reminisce … Continue reading →
  • Halloween DIY Ideas from Fairplex

    Heather
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Halloween is less than two weeks away and we are in full celebratory mode! Our Creative department knows how to make things look festive without the cheese factor and we wanted to share some of our fun DIY Halloween projects … Continue reading →
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • World Series 2014 Party

    Larissa Jaekel
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Host a World Series 2014 Party We’ve made it easy for you to invite your friends over to watch the World Series with this baseball invitation from Evite.   Decorations   If you are a fan of one team you can use those colors to decorate your game viewing area.  Balloons and streamers are an easy way to set a festive mood quickly and on a budget. Use team colors for your tableware or go with a baseball design We’ve made you free printables to use at your World Series 2014 party. World Series 2014 Free Prinable                  …
  • Pumpkin Flavored Cocktails

    Caroline Preble
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    October is all about the pumpkins, and what could be more perfect on a fall day than a pumpkin flavored cocktail! Here are some of the best pumpkin infused drinks that we have seen out there. Enjoy! Pumpkin Pie Martini (from Foodnetwork.com) Ingredients: 1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla (optional to give it kick) 1 oz. Pumpkin Spice liqueur (such as Hiram Walker) 1/2 oz. Kahlua 1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps 1/2 oz. half-and-half Crushed graham crackers Cinnamon stick (garnish) Directions: Add all liquids in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into large martini glass rimmed with crushed graham…
  • Unique Halloween Party Themes

    Caroline Preble
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Next Friday is Halloween, yay! Still trying to come up with a fun idea for you and your friends? Here are a few of our favorite unique Halloween party themes to help inspire you. Just click on any of the photo or text links to find lots of ideas for hosting a vampire party, a superstitions themed party, a masquerade party, or celebration with a heaven and hell party theme. Vampire Party Vampires continue to be one of the coolest of the Halloween gang. Why not invite your friends for drinks and some small bites…  Our vampire party page has lots of ideas for invitations, decorations,…
  • Tailgating Games

    Larissa Jaekel
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
      You’ve gotten to campus early to secure your great tailgating spot, but the kickoff isn’t for hours.  We’ve got you covered with this list of the top tailgating games Top  Tailgating Games   Challenge your friends, help keep the kids busy and work off those hot and spicy wings.  All these top tailgating games are fun to play, take up minimal space and are easy to transport.   Football Toss-Are you an arm chair quarterback?  Prove your skill with this football throwing accuracy game.       Beer Pong Tailgating Game  This one is for the 21+…
  • Party of the Week: Homecoming Party Ideas

    Caroline Preble
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    HOMECOMING At high schools and colleges all over the country, October is known for being the time to celebrate homecoming. Whether you are a current student celebrating with friends, or a graduate returning to reminisce about the glory days, click on this homecoming party ideas link to visit our party website and find  lots of ideas to help make your celebration more special. Get Decked Out For the Big Game Are you going to watch a homecoming football game? here are some fun spirit wear items we found at Stumps Party to get you and your friends ready to cheer on the home team! Temporary…
 
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • 5 Tips For a Unique Wedding Ceremony

    Jodi Cirrincione
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We tend to think of the traditional wedding ceremony as being set in stone. But the truth is, wedding traditions are constantly changing. Sometimes those changes are relatively subtle, while at other times they can be fairly dramatic. Either way, the evolution of the wedding service is constant and continual. Couples today should have no More»
  • Five Wedding Apps You Can’t Do Without!

    Caroline Eimerman
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    When it comes time to start planning your wedding, technology and smartphone apps are probably the furthest things from your mind. But tech has gotten into everything, and wedding planning is no different. Today, there are a wide array of wedding apps designed to make it easier to prepare for, and stage, the big day. More»
  • Tips for Building Your Own Wedding Websites

    Jodi Cirrincione
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Personalized wedding websites have become extremely popular with young couples who are planning their upcoming weddings. It’s not surprising, really. As a culture we have become increasingly tech savvy, and the world wide web has redefined what it is to be socially connected. So it was only natural that at some point the information revolution More»
  • Top Tips for the Father of the Bride

    Jodi Cirrincione
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Well, the long awaited day has come. Your little girl is all grown up. She’s engaged, and now she’s planning her wedding and her future with the new man in her life. It’s an emotional time for any father. But amidst all the mixed emotions, it’s time to think about the role you will be More»
  • Travel Tips – Organizing Travel Arrangements for your Next Event

    Caroline Eimerman
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Whether you’re planning a wedding, a business seminar, or a charity fund raiser, one of the more important things you need to consider is your guests’ travel arrangements. Certainly, you can leave your guests to their own devices, and let them find their own way to your event. But as a good host you will More»
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Reserved Seating BETA

    Yapsody
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it! Reserved Seating Beta Our Interactive Seating Chart helps you to: Manage seat rows and columns Auto generate seat numbers Copy row and seat sequences to quickly build your seating chart Assign colors to seat to represent different ticket prices Create a section Map with ease Manage holds and groups them by category Activate Reserved Seating Any reserved seating event put on sale by October 31st 2014 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
  • Yapsody Integrated Canada’s leading payment gateway – Moneris!

    Yapsody
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    We at Yapsody believe in integrating the best service providers and industry leaders to increase the effectiveness of our event ticketing system.  Since the launch of Yapsody, we have continuously released new features and services every month, and this time we are happy to inform our Canadian presenters that we have integrated one of Canada’s leading payment gateways, Moneris. Now Yapsody presenters in Canada can select from Moneris, PayPal, Braintree and Stripe. Moneris provides hassle-free, advanced, and secure service to over 350,000 businesses as well as simple procedures for setting…
  • Pay Later – A New Payment Method to Increase Your Profits!

    Yapsody
    21 May 2014 | 9:29 pm
    We at Yapsody are excited to announce yet another new feature called “Pay Later” for our event presenters; this will offer your customers an alternative option of payment method while buying tickets for your event.  The new Pay Later feature will offer you to add offline payment method in addition to credit-card-payment options and let you sell tickets online if you don’t have any payment gateway account. Also, by using Pay Later feature, you don’t have to pay any transaction fee or any service fee to payment gateway providers and you get the entire amount of event ticket sales as…
  • Yapsody Participates at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) 2014 Trade show & Convention!

    Yapsody
    16 May 2014 | 1:25 am
    Yapsody participated in the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual Tradeshow & Convention with Chubby Checker performing his all-time classic hits “The Twist” and “Twist Again” in the Yapsody exhibition booth. NIGA’s Tradeshow & Convention is the premiere North American Native Indian gaming event where Indian gaming executives, buyers, and industry professionals meet up in San Diego, California each spring to support the Native American Indian Gaming industry and celebrate Native American Indian sovereignty. There were hundreds of booths present at NIGA.  But thanks…
  • Pinterest is an awesome tool for event promotion!

    Yapsody
    9 May 2014 | 2:51 am
    Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networking websites.  It acquired 10 million users in 9 months and recently they unveiled their newest feature, Place Pins. In this blog, we will explain you can utilize Pinterest and its “Place Pins” feature to promote your event and get maximum exposure. Pinterest added a new type of pin called Place Pins, enabling users to map out the locations of all the items they share on their pinboards. For example, if you pin a photo of your event or the artist performing in your event, you can also add the venue location to a map on your board.
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    Event Planning Blueprint

  • (Video) How To Make Your Event A/V Foolproof

    Melanie Woodward
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Our webinar, “How To Make Your Event A/V Foolproof” was a hit! If you were unable to watch it live, you can see it here as A/V expert and event planner, Will Curran of Endless Entertainment, shares his immense experience and must have info for any event A/V needs. Will was named one of the Top 40 under 40 as an event leader and recognized by Inc Magazine’s Coolest College Startups. This is all before he graduated college!  He’s been producing events like Phoenix Comicon, Festival Block Party and Color Run since high school. Episode Topics: 01:53 Basic event A/V needs 04:39…
  • Boost Event Planning Revenue with Add-On Services

    Melanie Woodward
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Are you making the money you expected to make planning events? Would you like to make more money per event? Today’s post is about boosting your event planning revenue with add-on services. By the way, I’m not talking about increasing your fees for event services although, if you’ve gained experience and an impressive event portfolio, it may also be time to raise your rates. Extra Services You Can Add for Event Planning Clients What I’m talking about are extra event planning services you can offer your clients to help boost the bottom line for your business. Here are some add-ons your…
  • Learn To Be The Best Event Planner From The Best!

    Melanie Woodward
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    I’d say that many of my biggest accomplishments have come from having the support of a mentor. Someone to guide me, answer my questions and steer me in the right direction when I needed it. This has been true throughout my career as an event planner and a business owner and I now consider many of my mentors to be friends and each have had a profound impact on me personally and professionally. Event Planning is one of the hottest professions to choose, so how do you learn to be the best event planner from the best? We live in an age where it seems like one out of every five people have…
  • (Video) Is Event Planning Right For You?

    Melanie Woodward
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Our webinar, “Is Event Planning Right For You?” was a great success. If you were unable to attend, you can watch it here as Event Planner and Business Owner, Addie-Graham-Kramer, shares how to get experience in event planning, what skills you need, how to discuss ‘budget’ with your client, and more.   Episode Topics: 04:21 What skills do you need to be an event planner? 09:51 How family events can help you get started 10:28 How do you get event planning experience when you don’t have any? 13:08 How much money can you expect to make as an event planner? 17:09 How did you market…
  • 5 Tips to Increase Referrals and Keep Event Customers Coming Back for More

    Melanie Woodward
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Last night we had our first live webinar, Is Event Planning Right For You?, and I’ll be posting the recording on social media tomorrow so be sure to check our Facebook page. I’ll also announce the next free webinar later this week on social media. Now, how can an event planner maximize referrals and get repeat business? The long-term success of every business is dependant upon satisfying customers with exceptional service. But it’s even more critical to a service-oriented business such as an event planner than, say, a company that sells DVD’s. If I walked into a DVD shop in…
 
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    The Evolero Blog

  • Evolero Events – Diversity, Flexibility and Brands

    Tal Shoham
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Evolero Events and Recurring Events It’s been a while since we posted about the amazing events Powered by Evolero, it’s time to do it again and show the diversity and flexibility of the Evolero Platform. Evolero helps event organizers run and promote recurring events with a complete suite of tools that grows repeating events into brands.  Upcoming Powered  by Evolero Events California Israel International Business Summit will be held on October 22nd, at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA. Among the attendees executive leaders of international corporations, VCs and Israeli startups. Our…
  • The Best Growth Hackers Launch Events Like This

    Tal Shoham
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Evolero Events and Recurring Events It’s been a while since we posted about the amazing events Powered by Evolero, it’s time to do it again and show the diversity and flexibility of the Evolero Platform. Evolero helps event organizers run and promote recurring events with a complete suite of tools that grows repeating events into brands.  Upcoming Powered  by Evolero Events California Israel International Business Summit will be held on October 22nd, at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA. Among the attendees executive leaders of international corporations, VCs and Israeli startups. Our…
  • Top 10 Must Have Apps For #DLDTelAviv  v2.0

    Tal Shoham
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Evolero Events and Recurring Events It’s been a while since we posted about the amazing events Powered by Evolero, it’s time to do it again and show the diversity and flexibility of the Evolero Platform. Evolero helps event organizers run and promote recurring events with a complete suite of tools that grows repeating events into brands.  Upcoming Powered  by Evolero Events California Israel International Business Summit will be held on October 22nd, at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA. Among the attendees executive leaders of international corporations, VCs and Israeli startups. Our…
  • New Partnership with EVVNT

    Tal Shoham
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Evolero Events and Recurring Events It’s been a while since we posted about the amazing events Powered by Evolero, it’s time to do it again and show the diversity and flexibility of the Evolero Platform. Evolero helps event organizers run and promote recurring events with a complete suite of tools that grows repeating events into brands.  Upcoming Powered  by Evolero Events California Israel International Business Summit will be held on October 22nd, at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA. Among the attendees executive leaders of international corporations, VCs and Israeli startups. Our…
  • Techsytalk: Building an Online Asset

    Tal Shoham
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    Evolero Events and Recurring Events It’s been a while since we posted about the amazing events Powered by Evolero, it’s time to do it again and show the diversity and flexibility of the Evolero Platform. Evolero helps event organizers run and promote recurring events with a complete suite of tools that grows repeating events into brands.  Upcoming Powered  by Evolero Events California Israel International Business Summit will be held on October 22nd, at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA. Among the attendees executive leaders of international corporations, VCs and Israeli startups. Our…
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    etouches blog

  • 4 Ways to Get Your Community to Promote Your Events

    Kristen Carvalho
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Planning events is a team effort. You need to have a production line of tasks in place that will move projects smoothly from one person to another. Once the location is booked, you move on to finding your caterer, then you start planning your seating arrangements, then maybe you move on to marketing and so on. More than just having to coordinate with your team to get projects done, you need to coordinate with all your vendors and sponsors to make sure that your event goes as planned. Now, there is one integral part of your event team that often gets neglected or missed in the planning process…
  • 10 Bad Booth Staff Habits That Need to End Now

    Kristin Hovde
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Whether you are using a table top display or a 30 x 30 custom display, having the right people staff the booth will make a huge difference in how many leads, sales, and traffic received. However, just being a great salesperson is not enough to win over potential customers. Booth etiquette is equally as important as being excellent at speaking to attendees because, even if done unintentionally, there are things that you or your staff could be doing that are deterring people from even setting foot in your display. Refrain from making these 10 booth staff mistakes if you want to be a hit at your…
  • Titan Phone Booth Beacon Project Criticized in NYC

    Kristen Carvalho
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is a guest post written by Liz King of Liz King Events & TechsyTalk If you’re an event planner who hasn’t heard about iBeacon technology, it’s time you learned a bit about it. Gaining popularity this year, this technology allows bluetooth-enabled phones to pick up signals from nearby beacons. I’m sure the easiest way to think about this is in event terms. Let’s say you’re an exhibitor at a large trade show. You set up your booth and add a beacon. Then, when attendees with bluetooth-enabled smartphones walk by, you can send them a message. Promote…
  • How to Successfully Manage a Team of Event Planners

    Amanda Luppino-Esposito
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’m a pretty lucky woman. My day job is serving as events manager for a nonprofit organization whose mission I admire (my other gig is writing for and managing a blog about event planning – it really doesn’t get any better!). In my role as events manager, I oversee a team of event planners. Not only do I get to do something I love every day – plan events – but I get to mentor other planners and develop and grow talent for our organization. One of the key aspects of supervising any team is making sure that the whole team is engaged with the organization’s mission and understands…
  • The Art of Inviting for Events

    Kristen Carvalho
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was writen by Erik Peekel of Aaaaha! the Actor Factory in the Netherlands No matter what type of event you organize you will need to convince your invitees. How can you achieve that no one wants to miss your event?  Here are a few ideas that will help you to make your invitations more effective. Make it personal Make your invitees feel special. A lot of invitations are personalized, but still give you the feeling that it is a mass mailing directed at a mailing list. As an invitee you don’t feel you even have to respond if you cannot make it to the event. The right tone of voice…
 
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    Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment

  • B-52 Authorized Service Center

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    We are proud to announce that we are an authorized warranty service center for B-52 Professional Audio products including Prodigy DJ Workstations, US series amplifiers, Guitar amplifiers, and ACTPRO Active Systems.  B-52 Pro Audio systems are built in the US, here in Southern California, and are known for their excellent sound and competitive price points.  As always, we accept warranty service requests that do not fall under the abuse category with proper proof of purchase. Standard Warranty LIFETIME Warranty on Cabinet Construction FIVE-YEAR Warranty on High Frequency devices FIVE-YEAR…
  • Press Release – NEC Projector Authorized Service

    David Boyajian
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    In Q3 2014, Digitron Electronics joined the NEC Display Self-Servicer network. Our partnership with NEC display means better pricing and quicker service for our customers who need NEC Projector Repairs and NEC Professional Monitor Repairs. Digitron Electronics works with institutions like schools, hospitals, and event production companies to consolidate all audio visual repairs in one central location with one purchase order. We reduce administrative headaches, shipping mistakes, and increase convenience in times when broken equipment can seriously disrupt productivity. Press Release –…
  • FilmmakerFriday: An Aerial Shot of LA

    David Boyajian
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:16 am
     For our first #FilmakerFriday , we wanted to share something special. We love +Sony Professional Solutions of America‘s PMW-EX3 camcorder, and we love #LosAngeles  so here’s an epic aerial shot of LA’s majestic Freeways, Beaches, and Mountains by Mount Airy Films. We love the +Sony PMW-EX3.  Pay attention to the impressive image stabilization – according to the filmmaker, this was all shot handheld. Follow us for our weekly #FilmmakerFriday  & #MusicianMonday Features FilmmakerFriday: An Aerial Shot of LA is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for…
  • Press Release – Onkyo Authorized Service Center

    admin
    7 May 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Montebello, CA, 05/07/2014 Digitron Electronics is now an Authorized Service Center for Onkyo USA As of May 2014, Digitron Electronics is proud to announce that we have become an Authorized Service Center (ASC) for Onkyo products. We are now able to perform both in warranty and out of warranty repairs on Onkyo amplifiers, receivers, speakers, high-end home entertainment systems, and more. This authorization compliments our ability to service Yamaha, Denon, and other high-end amplifier/receiver systems. Digitron Electronics is proud to be Southern California’s primary destination for…
  • The Dreaded Err99 – Replacing the Shutter on a Canon SLR

    admin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Err99 is a catch-all code that has become the go to for fatal errors on Canon SLRs. You can read the history here, but Err99 can indicate a number of different issues including lens contact issue, battery failure, main board failure, as well as in the case of this Canon 30D, Shutter failure. Some solutions you can try at home: Clean the lens contacts and attach a new lens Try a new CF card Remove the time/date battery and the main battery. Replace the main battery with a new battery after 30 minutes. If none of these solutions work, it indicates either failure with the main board, or the…
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    The Grand Planner

  • 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.
  • The Top 3 Social Media Metrics You Need To Keep Track Of

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When you're using social media for your event, you'll be flooded with information about how your guests took your ideas and ran with them. But how do you make sense of it all, and what should you even look for? There are several metrics to analyze when it comes to social media, and they vary across the platforms, but they all essentially fall into these three categories:
  • 10 Things We All Hate About Corporate Events

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Corporate events suck. However, despite perceived notions of awkward interaction in the name of procedural socializing, these events have their benefits. No matter the type, they can strengthen morale, showcase new products and introduce fresh concepts. They create networking opportunities, optimize existing client relationships and create new business leads. They also require you to get up absurdly early, force you to succumb to the grips of lackluster cups of coffee and require your acute attention to speakers that could put a group of Olympic athletes into a sleep deeper than Sleeping…
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    Nimlok Resources

  • Nimmy Lost and Found Contest Blog

    Eric
    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

    Eric
    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…
  • after the show

    Patrick
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    after the show: 5 tips on post show marketing 2014-10-07 Eric Dyson With all that goes into planning for a trade show it can be easy to forget some fundamental marketing practices. However, overlooking crucial networking, promotional and sales opportunities after the lights have dimmed and the crowds have gone may diminish your return on investment. According to research conducted by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), 80% of trade show leads are never followed up upon. This is a huge number and it represents a lot of lost opportunities for business. How an organization…
  • six event marketing lessons learned in the classroom

    Patrick
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    six event marketing lessons learned in the classroom 2014-09-26 Amy Benes School teaches students a lot of things, but it also teaches teachers. After college, I had a wonderful opportunity to teach high school English abroad in South Korea. It was an extremely influential period of my life, and when I returned and jumped into the event marketing industry, I found myself calling back to six key lessons I learned as a teacher. your energy in is directly related to their energy out We’ve all had those one-year-to-retirement teachers who dryly moved through the motions of the day’s lessons.
  • Will A Portable Trade Show Display Help Grow Your Business?

    Amy Benes
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    will a portable trade show display help grow your business? 2014-09-12 Timothy Carter Every year companies experienced at trade show marketing plan out their budget for the upcoming season. When it comes to trade show and marketing events, companies end up being limited to how many tradeshows to participate in due to added costs for booth construction, shipping, set-up, travel costs and more. Portable trade show displays are an excellent option to increase the number of event marketing opportunities without the additional costs of shipping a larger and heavier trade show display. At the other…
 
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    Collection 26

  • The A-Z Wedding Guide

    Sophie
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Here’s a fun and thoughtful A-Z of some of the things that you need to consider when planning your dream wedding. Let’s get started… A: Attention to Detail Attention to detail is an absolute must; it’s something that we take very seriously. If you want your big day to go to plan then every little detail must be attended too, in a professional and organised manner. B: Bar Get the drinks flowing from a fabulous bar. Many people leave their drink choices till last minute but we advise choosing your beverages and ordering them in as soon as possible. C: Ceremony Consider how you want your…
  • THE EXPERT EDIT: How to make the most of your venue

    Samantha
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    It is a well-known fact that a luxurious selection of food and drinks in a unique venue underpins the most memorable of parties. We are increasingly tasked with designing events that reflect the individuality and interests of you, the host. We’re looking at some of our favourite luxury food, drink and venue combinations to provide you with party inspiration. Beer Happy Independent Breweries are proving to be an increasingly popular choice for guests wanting to celebrate in impressive stripped back venues, with artisan drinks on tap. With craft beers and ales brewed on site at Hackney’s…
  • Collection 26’s Colour Picks: Radiant Orchid

    Sophie
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple – one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” – Pantone Radiant Orchid was voted as the 2014’s Colour of the Year and, as the description hints, it’s the perfect colour to have at any beautiful wedding, we think it would work lovely during the winter months. It’s a fantastic symbolic colour that we love…
  • Creating A Luxurious Cocktail Party – Here’s How:

    Sophie
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    As it’s London Cocktail week we’ve been inspired to create Collection 26’s luxury cocktail party guide. We have our favourite cocktail in hand, a classic Whiskey Sour, what will you be drinking? We love a good party, especially when cocktails are involved. A cocktail party is the perfect sophisticated event, it’s a glamorous evening full of fabulous dresses, gorgeous drinks, swish men and lovely ladies. Slip on your favourite heels or dig out your most luxury tux and you’re good to go. But, how do you hold such an event? Well… here are a few ideas for you to consider:…
  • Grooms Guide: What Accessories Should I Wear?

    Sophie
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    So, you’ve chosen your suit. What’s next? Well… you need to pick your accessories. Here are some ideas for you to consider. Watches A watch is not only practical, but it can also be a fabulous addition to your big day. It will be an item that you’ll cherish forever; therefore, it’s important that you choose the right one. Luxury watches are the ones to look for. Not only will the watch have been crafted with passion but it will also last you a very long time. The design will be impeccable and hard to beat, it will look and feel incredible. Start your research by looking at Cartier,…
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    Blog

  • A New Halloween Mystery!

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Welcome friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Happy Halloween!  Playing With Murder is pleased to announce the launch of our latest Halloween-themed thriller, The Haunted Halloween Heist!  Set in the spooky forest known as Shufflemoore Woods, this mystery is easy to run and will make for a wonderful Halloween party!  The Haunted Halloween Heist features the following: Easy setup and game play, making the mystery suitable for any age of player; A simple, scavenger hunt based model that is sure to be a hit; An adjustable guest list that can accommodate any number of different…
  • Featured Mystery Party: Malachai Stout's Family Reunion for 75

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Greetings friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Today’s post is our Featured Party for the month of August: Jen Lyles ran Malachai Stout’s Family Reunion for a group of 75 (!!!) at her own family reunion.  In order to accommodate the extra large number of guests, Jen assigned each table a specific character to play, with two extra tables taking on the role of “detectives.” We here at PWM are really impressed with what Jen did, and it sounds like the party worked out exceptionally well.  Jen had the following to say: “We played in a hotel banquet room.
  • Featured Mystery Party: Jazz Age Jeopardy

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Greetings friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Today’s post is our Featured Party for the month of July: Ann-Marie Borden ran Jazz Age Jeopardy, and we’ve rarely seen anyone who put so much ingenuity and effort into preparation, decoration, food and costuming! Ann-Marie turned her kitchen and dining room into the Cat’s Meow Jazz Club where the mystery took place, with the murder scene itself set up in a separate room away from the party.  In addition to all the decoration, Ann-Marie’s party featured a Murder Cheesecake (shown below) and lots of other treats, as…
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    Party Swizzle, Inc.: Blog Posts

  • 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…
  • Best College Football Traditions, Trivia, Rivalries & History -- Part II

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We've comprised the best college football traditions, rivalries, history, nicknames, mascots, colors and fight songs of 8 top American universities including:University of NebraskaUniversity of North CarolinaUniversity of OklahomaTexas A&M UniversityTexas Tech UniversityUniversity of VirginiaVirginia Tech UniversityWest Virginia University
  • DIY Beach Decor & Nautical Do-It-Yourself Projects

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you are planning a nautical theme party or enhancing your home decor, I've put together some of my favorite DIY beach decor and nautical do-it-yourself projects and ideas for tasteful accents that are sure to please. Specifically, these DIY projects:Hanging DecorationsLife Ring Door WreathPainted Nautical Signal FlagsMod-Podge Nautical Cutouts on CanvasStarfish Wall Dangle Sisal-Wrapped Porthole MirrorTablewareNautical Napkin RingsNautical Drinking CupsNautical CoastersTabletop AccentsDecorative Wrapped CandlesSand & Shell Layered VaseHow to Tie a Monkey’s Fist Knot Beachy Wine…
  • Best College Football Traditions, Trivia, Rivalries & History

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We've comprised the best college football traditions, rivalries, history, nicknames, mascots, colors and fight songs of 10 top southern universities including:University of ArkansasAuburn UniversityClemson UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity of KentuckyUniversity of MississippiMississippi State UniversityUniversity of MissouriUniversity of South CarolinaUniversity of Texas
  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Mexican Fiesta Party Decorations

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you are gearing up for Mexican Independence Day on September 16th or planning a special Mexican Fiesta for your favorite crowd, these easy DIY party decorations are sure to get your creative juices flowing. There’s nothing I love more than creating the perfect decorative details to delight my party guests and make the occasion even more memorable. I've gathered a few of my favorite ideas that I hope you’ll enjoy that are both low-budget and simple to make:Hanging/Wall DecorationsMexican Chili Pepper PomGeometric Paper Garland Napkin FlowersFloral Ball MaracasPapier Mache…
 
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