The Planning

The Planning

-The Planning-
BY Janet Fullwood

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TOOL BELTS FOR PLANNERS

Simultaneously juggling smartphones, two-way radios and clients’ requests can now be a little less stressful, thanks to a line of holsters by Circle T Designs. These industry tool belts can hold a standard two-way radio and a smartphone, leaving you hands-free to direct traffic and sign off on change orders. Designed by event planner Cindy Thompson in collaboration with designers Mo & Co Bags and Leather Girl Kelley, the holsters come in a variety of colors and materials—from pleather to leather.

DoubleDutch Introduced New Features

DoubleDutch’s iOS and Android apps just got better. The company, a dominant provider of mobile event applications, recently introduced two new features for its apps that use iBeacon and Bluetooth LE location- based mobile technology. One such feature, Head Count, tracks attendance based on guests’ proximity, while the other, Network Nearby, allows attendees to see when interesting people are near them. Both are available for event planners to use at conferences, trade shows, meetings and more.

Living Centerpieces Grown in Oakland

Centerpieces don’t get any more sustainable than the Garden-in-a-Can from the Oakland-based company Back to the Roots. The cans or mason jars of flowering basil, dill, sage and cilantro were used as table decorations at a San Francisco entrepreneur summit sponsored by Inc. Magazine, at a forum of the nonprofit Social Venture Network held in a San Diego hotel ballroom and, not coincidentally, at the wedding of the brother of the company’s co-founder Nikhil Arora.

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!

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.

It is Time for Planners to update their playbooks & engage silicon beach

Silicon Beach is the name given to the tech corridor that spreads across Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey and Playa Vista. Silicon Valley giants like Google, Facebook and Yahoo! have established outposts here. Meanwhile, there are more than 1,000 tech startups in LA, according to RepresentLA, which maps tech companies in the area. Also in the mix are homegrown online enterprises such as Snapchat and The Honest Company, the Santa Monica-based eco-sensitive household products company that was launched by actress Jessica Alba.

Painted Vine brings paint-and-sip movement to Truckee

The latest trend in team-building and fundraising events: paint-and-sip gatherings, in which participants—provided with canvas, easel, paints and brushes—shed their business- world identities (wine helps) and are guided through the experience of creating a painting based on a still life, a photograph, a landscape or other theme.

Color Your Contacts With Mini Business Card Holders

Collect and consolidate business cards in style with this fashionable Colorful Mini Card Book v2 available at MochiThings.com. This compact yet effective organizer has 30 slots and comes with three index cards to help you sort your collection. Offered in a variety of six colors, the book can match any style and always looks professional with a leather cover and durable rubber band to keep contacts in place.

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