How I've Changed the Way I Plan Events in the Drought Era
The room, set for a gala, looks gorgeous: tables dressed in glittery linens, exotic fl oral centerpieces, chairs draped and sashed, multiple glasses sparkling like diamonds at every place setting.
It’s breathtaking, for sure. But if that room is located in California, there’s something very wrong with this picture.
It’s all about the drought.
Brainstorming sessions are a great way to bring employees together, and get fresh ideas on projects that might be lagging. To ensure your meeting is on the right track and set up to be the most effective, think about following the below tips.
Bidding on and reserving hotel rooms and meeting spaces can be tedious for planners. The typical process includes filling out individual electronic request for proposal (eRFP) forms for different hotels, which can take upwards of 30 minutes.
The National Conference Center, one of the largest meeting and training facilities in the country, compiled a list of the top meeting and event planning apps by combing through all those offered and chatting with industry professionals. Below are their results.
Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.
Event bags are always a hit with guests. And while most parties can’t live up to the standard of celebrity gift bags (This year’s Academy Award gift bags included $20,000 worth of merchandise featuring a private dinner party at Morton’s steakhouse and a pair of Beamer Video Phones), us ‘regular people’ can have just as much fun with gifts for our guests. Themed bags are a consistently good idea, and we have just the thing for your upcoming spring soiree.
The craft cocktail movement is changing the way people drink at events. There’s soaring demand for creative, quality cocktails. That demand is being met by caterers and hotel food and beverage teams who can now serve hand-crafted drinks with top-notch ingredients and presentation—without guests having to cool their heels while the mint is muddled or the lemon peel zested. Today’s most innovative bartenders or, as some prefer to be called, mixologists, have moved well beyond stirring martinis or blending margaritas.
Last weekend I did an urban hike of the “Miracle Mile,” a swath of LA’s Wilshire Boulevard that’s not far from where I live. I’ve driven and walked this stretch hundreds of times, but we often overlook things in our own backyard so I decided to sign up for the cultural and architectural walking tour, a program of A + D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles.