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Great tips for choosing vendors for international events

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“10 Must-Ask Questions When Choosing Local Suppliers for International Meetings” by @carolkrugman http://bit.ly/1FrRzna Let’s start with a simple premise: No matter how expert you may be, no matter how many years you have been managing meetings, you should not attempt to plan and execute a meeting overseas without help from local supplier partners. If you think that you can do everything alone, as you may be doing here at home, then stay home. Get local support lined up and you will save time, money, and, quite possibly, your job. Here are my top 10 questions to ask before you...

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10 (Harsh) Truths Nobody Tells You About Being an Event Planner – By Becki Cross

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So funny – and TRUE! In this post Becki explores the downsides of our work as an ‪#‎Eventprof‬. This is essential reading for anyone training to be an Event Manager or starting out in the industry and should strike a cord with all Event Planners. This light hearted post is a special thank you to our friends and loved ones who put up with us day in and day out and love us anyway, despite these foibles and our unconventional jobs! Read more at...

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Calling it Quits in Five Easy Steps – Breaking up with your Exhibit House

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How do you call it quits with your exhibit house? Exhibit-marketing pros weigh in with this five-step guide. Covering everything from prebreakup precautions to successfully shacking up with your new partner, this how-to handbook will help you and your program move out — and on. By Linda Armstrong Neil Sedaka had it right. Breaking up is hard to do. Initially there’s the emotional and sometimes financial turmoil of simply making the decision to split. But then comes the entire “leaving” part, which often includes finding a new place to live and maybe even establishing...

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Holiday Party Planning – F&B Formulas Quiz

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

With all of the upcoming holiday parties over the next few months, take a minute to check out the “Party Planning” quiz from EXHIBITOR magazine. It’s a good little refresher for how many drinks and apps a person consumes on average during a reception! See how well you score on the quiz! http://www.exhibitoronline.com/topics/article.asp?ID=1645&catID=31 No matter what you celebrate ~ enjoy your...

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Holiday Gatherings – Will you “dance outside the ballroom” this year?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s that time of year! Holiday gatherings are taking place all over – will yours stand out for being a memorable location? What makes an event memorable? The people? The food? the signature cocktail served? How about the location? Was there: * A fabulous view? * Really cool decor? * Something different about the room? See our list of different types of venues located here in the San Francisco Bay Area. http://bit.ly/1vcgyUg Feel free to add / contribute other suggestions and I’ll add them to the list. (Please include contact info if you have it.) If you have done or...

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Meet the Planner – Lisa Gentilin, PhD, CMP

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Read the Message Blocks interview with Lisa from @FancyShindigs. She’s an industry veteran who also teaches students. http://blog.messageblocks.com/meet-planner-lisa-gentilin/ Message Blocks is a digital platform that allows teams to organize information and plan...

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Let us follow the trend to “blend and coordinate”…

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

A dear Aunt of mine, who is an interior designer, has been trying to break me of the type A, “everything must be even and equal” syndrome since I was 12.  I must say, over the years I have gotten much better at designing in 3s, and blending colors from the same family – but it’s still a struggle. 🙂 Oddly enough, what dear Auntie has been telling me for years, is an event designing trend now.  An easy way to spice up a boring meeting space is to use a splash of color. Now, let’s take that 1 step further – why not use different shades of the same color...

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The Piggyback Trend in Meeting and Event Planning

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

I am often asked by my clients how they can still throw a “Fancy Shindig” when their budgets have been cut for an event. “Piggybacking” has been around for years in the hospitality industry, but it seems to have become a new trend these days with so many companies needing to do more WOW with less money for their events. It’s a budget trick I have utilized for clients for years now to help save them money on things like food and beverage, decor, av and room setups/flips. Image by Von Glitschka So what is Piggybacking you ask, and how can it save you money at your...

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Kudos to the Event Planners of American Idol!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 45 comments

I was watching an episode of American Idol last night from the city auditions. Yes, I AM that far behind on my TV….and yes, this would be my answer to, “what reality TV show is your secret guilty pleasure”. I mean who doesn’t dream of being on stage rocking it out when they are singing in the shower?? The exception is that I know to stay in the shower. But, I digress. The episode was from the auditions in Oklahoma City, and the estimated number of folks attending the auditions was 9,000.  That is 3 zeros. 9 THOUSAND!  Can you say, “crowd control”!  As I...

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A new year – a new website – a new adventure

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Good afternoon all! As we start a new year, we are looking forward to the possibilities a clean slate provides. We are excited to announce the launch of our new website! Check it out at www.fancyshindigs.com. A big shout-out goes to Dariush Rouhizadeh for his designer’s eye, and to Emily Grimm for her customizing and coding.  THANK YOU! You’ll also see we have opened registration to several exciting training courses for event planners. Classroom hours count towards many certification and re-certification CEUs (continuing education units). Check back often as we are always adding...

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