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.
Thinking of rewarding your team with a group cruise? You’re in luck! Seattle-based Holland America Line has launched a new package called “Incentive Choice,” which offers special pricing and amenities, such as savings on suites, verandahs and staterooms.
Incentive Choice amenities include:
When it comes to food trends, one day you’re a tasty treat sitting with the cool kids at the table, the next day you’re not. It seemed like it was just yesterday (or was it, in fact, just yesterday?) that the mighty cupcake was the new black among snack and dessert trends. Kale anything was a must-have. And remember the cronut? No? Yeah, neither do we.
Our catering experts reveal the latest fads, tell us which foods have gone bad and offer tips for stocking your snack bars and dessert trays.
For many event planners, “Let’s have a golf tournament!” are terrifying words. Golf tournaments are complicated affairs with many moving parts. Literally. (OMG! What if someone drives a golf cart into the lake?!) Then, there’s the weather. If the storm of the century is expected, you can always tent an outdoor wedding, but not a golf course. And what if you don’t know much about golf?
Not to worry. Even if you think a scram- ble is what you eat for breakfast and a mulligan is Irish stew, you can still plan and execute an amazing golf event.
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.
With winter comes the hectic holiday season full of parties, events and meetings. But the season also brings resolutions and a desire to get your life in order. Everyone organizes differently, so we’ve found four unique ways to keep track of your schedule.
Thinking theme this Halloween season? Turn to some of the Northwest’s top costume shops to create a character from their catalog of disguises. Whether you’re thinking glam, ghoul or something in between, these denizens of dressup can help you find the costume of your dreams—or if you’re feeling fiendish, your nightmares.
Fun fact: The first event I ever planned was a haunted house fundraiser in my garage when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I have no memory of which charity I was raising dollars for—or even how much money we raised or how many neighborhood kids attended—but I remember all the planning details.