The Planning

 
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BY Melissa Sersland
 
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BY R. Chad Dove

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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.

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.

Build Group Ties That Bind With Team-Building Cooking Events

One of my favorite television shows to watch is Master Chef Junior—that Gordon Ramsay-spearheaded competition, which pits incredibly talented mini-chefs against one another in a race to produce professional-caliber works of food art. Often these culinary savants perform with startling professionalism when working solo, but struggle when presented with a team challenge.

Infuse Your Next Event with Local Tequila & Agave

El Big Bad restaurant and event space has a reputation for its Texas-sized selection of tequila infusions. One step inside the historic downtown Houston eatery and it’s clear why the venue is known for tequila. A full bar loaded with top-shelf spirits stretches the entire length of the upstairs dining room.

Book a Luxury Suite for a Memorable Event

Are you looking for a unique corporate outing? If you’re planning an executive retreat or employee incentive event, SuiteHop will help you impress even the most persnickety clients.

SuiteHop, which has a regional office in Dallas, is a marketplace for luxury suites located at more than 200 sports and entertainment venues across the United States. Using SuiteHop, you can book luxury suites or individual seats in luxury suites — all of which were previously unavailable to the not-so rich and famous.  

Must-Have Apps for Planners

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.

Instagram Inspiration

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.

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