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SPOOKY INVITATIONS In addition to covering the Five W’s, invitations are your guests’ introduction to your party concept. If your graphic design skills are not top-notch and you want to DIY, never fear! A photograph of a famous villain, creepy spider, or pumpkin can double as a postcard. Some postal guidelines may apply, so check with your postal service to be sure your invitations get there. You can also cut or punch a teethy bite or two fang wounds with scissors or a single holepunch, and then it is just a matter of choosing the right paper and printing your invitations. For emai...


Halloween parties are one of the most fun to throw.  You get free license to get a little cheesy, a little loud, and have a lot of fun.  To make sure your October 31 shindig is a ghoulish good time, here’s some food for thought on choosing and implementing the perfect theme. TAKE STOCK Determining the right theme for your party is easy if you take the basic factors into account:  party elements, age of guests, and budget.  Does your event have to center around the kids trick-or-treating, a fundraising goal, or a certain group interest? Is there a neighborhood, movie screen, o...


Hiring an event planner is similar to hiring an assistant, friend and manager all wrapped up in one. They are going to work closely with you for several weeks, months and days to make sure your event is exactly like or better than what you imagined, so you want to make sure you hire the right person for the job. With that in mind I think it is safe to say that you should interview and evaluate a few different planners before choosing the right one to make your event a reality. To help guide you through this task I have gathered a few key questions you should ask your event planner prior ...


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2013

Your event will only be as good as your management skills are behind the scenes, regardless of how great a host you may be. Don’t forget about the people who are actually putting your entire event planning into action on your behalf. Communication is definitely the key here and having everyone on the same page as to your ideas is crucial to ensure smooth running. ORGANISE MEETING TIME  Always do yourself the favour of arranging sufficient meeting time with any vendors, contractors or venue event staff leading up to the event and on the day of the event itself. Don’t rush these meeting...


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Sep
2013

Let’s face it - it’s sometimes a challenge to deal with a drunk friend or family member; though, it’s sometimes necessary when someone insists they are ok to drive, a fight breaks out, or a group of people are doing something unsafe at your party. Do your best to deal with each situation without putting yourself at risk. Stay calm. Don’t argue with the intoxicated guest. Don’t embarrass the guest, especially in front of other people. Invite the problem guest to an area away from other guests, where you can talk. Deal with the situation in a calm, friendly way. Spe...


Just because you are holding your event offline doesn’t mean you can’t market it online! An online campaign can supplement your standard local event promotional tactics – which usually range from reaching out to local media to mobilizing a network of local brand advocates. There are a number of great ways that you can utilize social media to get the word out about your local event. The important part of the equation is to link these efforts to a broader promotion plan, and let your online activities supplement your typical media promotions. Strategic use of online marketing ca...


  When organizing an event, you are confronted by many decisions. However, choosing a venue is the one decision that will have the largest impact on your event. Critical planning information, such as the date for the event, is dependent on the venue you select. Understandably, making this choice can be a bit intimidating as it can be hard to know what to look for when selecting a venue.   Before you begin your search, there are a few things you’ll want to have a strong understanding of:   Budget Number of attendees Type of event (formal, high-tech, etc.) ...


Serving alcohol is a common way to enhance your guests' enjoyment at a fundraising event. It can create a more festive atmosphere, encourage more participation and even amplify donor generosity. If you do decide to serve "adult beverages", take careful steps to protect your organization and ensure all your guests can enjoy the event responsibly. Here are five best practices should you decide to serve alcohol at your next fundraiser: Keep the focus on your event   Whether you have an open bar or host your fundraiser auction items event in a place that already serves alcohol, ...


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Jul
2013

If you know your stuff about the Events industry, you will know that it is constantly changing and evolving and it is rare for event trends to remain a trend in the following year. Whilst keeping up-to-date with what is new and popular can be exhausting, it is also extremely crucial to do if you wish to be successful in this industry. Worried? Don’t be – if you’re struggling to know what the event trends for this year are, then continue to read on! 1.) IBEACONS Developed by Apple, iBeacons are low-powered transmitters which can sense the proximity of nearby iOS devices – once t...


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Jul
2013

Social media plays an important role throughout the event planning lifecycle, from early event promotion to event follow up. Having a social media presence is a great way to advertise upcoming events, take a multi-faceted approach to customer service by answering questions about your event, and track what people have to say about your event – are they enjoying it, is the food yummy, are the performances or speakers what they were expecting? While we most frequently talk about using social media to get information out, event professionals are often using it organically to gather informatio...