The Planning

The Planning


FêteFone Turns Up the Audio With Unique Telephone Stations

Forget about greeting guests with the same old guestbook. FêteFone lets guests speak for themselves with unique telephone stations. Event planners can go to and select from more than 25 styles that fit their event décor. Once selected, the FêteFone hub arrives at the planned event location at least two days before the kickoff. The best part about the design? No telephone line is required. Guests can pick up the phone, hear greetings from hosts and also leave messages.

Turn Imagination Into Reality with EverBlock

Add a creative touch to your next event space with EverBlock, a building system comprised of oversized plastic blocks that can be constructed into nearly anything imaginable. Blocks come in a wide variety of colors, ensuring the ability to match any logo or theme, and they’re environmentally friendly in addition to being easy to set up and take down.

When It Comes to Flexible Dependability, Take McDonald's as an Example

I spent 10 years working for an online university that put on monthly academic conferences for doctoral students. Because these conferences are required as part of students’ degree programs, it’s essential that there’s consistency in programming and experience, regardless of where in the country or world the conference takes place. A robust planning system involving templates with details for hotel specifications, audio-visual orders, speaker preparation materials and other documents promises success month after month.

How To Dress Up Your Backyard

Summer is the best season for entertaining. After a long winter and an unpredictable spring, you can always count on summer to host your outdoor event. You can’t beat the late nights filled with warm breezes, the smell of bonfire, and late night chatter. The key to a successful summer night is planning and preparation. Here are some affordable DIY trends that will make your backyard event the talk of the town. Happy planning!

The Empty Suitcase Campaign Helps Implement Meaning Into Planners' Agenda

The idea for the Empty Suitcase Campaign began in 2013 when Shawna Suckow, CMP, founder and chairwoman of SPiN: Senior Planners Industry Network, and her friend, Colleen Abernethy of Platinum DMC Collection, went on a trip to Nepal. “We heard of a doctor in Nepal who offers an annual eye clinic in a remote area and needed used prescription eyeglasses. Through Colleen’s connection with the Lion’s Club in Minnesota, we brought a suitcase filled with over 200 pairs with us,” says Suckow.

Event Survival Must-Haves to Ensure a Great Evening

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first event with Meetings + Events. I had a great time and learned a lot; however, there were several things I wish I had at my disposal to ease the evening. After some reflection, I have come up with an event survival kit filled with various items to help make sure your evening goes off without a hitch. Then you can worry about the potential big problems, instead of how uncomfortable your shoes are and when you will get to finally take them off.

Time into Pixels Instagram Booth Allows Guests to Pocket their Photos

Time Into Pixels, owned by Gregory and Irina Burt, offers a fun alternative to the traditional photo booth while also encouraging social media participation at events. Using a live hashtag printer that recognizes your event’s designated hashtag, attendees are able to pick up prints of the pictures they’ve posted to Instagram and Twitter within one minute. The cost starts at $649 and varies depending on customization and how long the event goes.

The Amazing Hondo: Magic with a Message inspires creativity

Meetings and events are sometimes long and stressful. Often, the magic needed is just that: magic. That’s where The Amazing Hondo comes in. He not only entertains, but also inspires. “I encourage people to find out what their magic is—to find their value in life,” says Hondo Hughes (aka The Amazing Hondo), magician and inspirational speaker. “You can’t communicate anything until you get your audience’s attention.”


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