The Planning

The Planning

-The Planning-
BY Cheryl Reid-Simons

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Maker Movement is a Natural Fit for Meetings and Events

Our industry is rife with examples of ingenuity, inventiveness and the independent spirit, so it’s not surprising that meeting and event planners are embracing the growing maker movement, which focuses on the do-it-yourself—often technologybased—artisan community. The maker movement is well represented in the Northwest and off ers both team-building opportunities and venue options for corporate and private groups.

InitLive: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Melissa Pinard, marketing manager, InitLive

EventCollab: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Megan Powers, marketing director, EventCollab.

EventCollab is an event-planning software created for event people by event people, filling the need for a tool that makes for easy collaboration with all stakeholders.

Holiday E-cards With Style and Heart

It’s November already—can you believe it? Time to start sending out holiday party invitations. For a more eco-friendly route, check out Seattle-based Greenvelope’s new Colin Cowie Holiday Collection. Cowie is one of the country’s premier event planners. A regular contributor to the Today show, he has planned parties for celebrities, such as Tom Cruise, Jennifer Anniston, Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Lopez.

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 fetefone.com 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.

What's on Tap for the Drink Menus of Area Events?

Retro Mad-Men-Inspired affairs are on the way out. Modern, swanky, dressing-up-and-wearing-heels private cocktail parties are in. Ginger beer is cool, and the classics aren’t going anywhere. That’s the word from regional bar catering companies.

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