HOW TO MAKE YOUR NEXT EVENT A HIT  

People are always asking us what they can do to make their event pop…

Here are 5 of our favorite add-ons that have

been the highlight of parties we’ve worked on!


unnamed-21. GIF MAKING PHOTO BOOTH

Photo booths are on our list of favorites, and companies like The Bosco and PHHHOTO have taken it to another level with their booth that creates animated gif images. Yes, it’s a gif making photo booth and it’s the ultimate fun party toy. The iPad camera starts a countdown and then records a few seconds of footage, which are looped into a GIF and uploaded online. You can beam them onto a wall with a projector at the event, share them on social media or browse them from your phone from a custom URL.

At the Urban Compass holiday party, the gif booth was the only camera that people lined up for.

2. FANCY A COCKTAIL

If you have the budget, consider hiring a mixologist to make specialty cocktails during your event. Mixologists are versed in the craft of mixing drinks and use fresh ingredients and herbs to concoct them. We believe it’s the best use of your budget once you’ve secured the basics like venue and food. A Great American Gibson, a Cranberry Colins, or a Smoky Negroni, who wouldn’t dig that?

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3. LIVE MUSIC

Music brings a certain energy to your event unlike anything else you can do. A solo cellist, a jazz pianist, a string quartet, take your pick of live music or go with a DJ. Our friends over at Gigzolo take the work out of finding the right musician. Their site is an online marketplace where you identify, listen to, and book musicians and live entertainment for events in NYC.

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4. BLACKOUT

Everyone needs some black lights in their life now and again. We had a client who wanted something edgy for their event, so we created a blackout themed party using only black lights to light the space. We had glow sticks and white decor that gave the space an exciting vibe.

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5. BUBBLES FOR ADULTS

Bubbles may be primarily for kids but they’re fun at any age. One of our favorite out of the box add-ons has been a bubble show- so get creative and try something new for your next gig.


Guest Blog Post Written By:

Michelle A.

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But…Where Is The Free Wi-Fi?

When you’re on the go every day like we are, you want to find the best places with free wi-fi to access all of your super important emails. For us we have even found places like 16 Handles and The Apple Store…see below pictures for proof 🙂

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Unfortunately, finding free Wi-Fi is not as easy as one would expect in NYC. It’s a well known fact that you can get free Wi-Fi at Starbucks, but that can get noisy, overcrowded and just plain old. Well, free wi-fi seekers, today is your lucky day because we’ve created a master list of some of our favorite spots to work from in NYC. You’re welcome.

East Village

Van Leeuwen

Cafe Moca

Wayside 

Greenwich Village

Kopi Kopi

16 Handles

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

West Village

Prodigy

Grounded

Nomad

Refinery

Ace Hotel

Culture Espresso Bar

Hells Kitchen

The Cafe Grind

Work Out. Sweat It Out.

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Let’s be honest – we’ve all made excuses not to go to the gym. “But I’m tired.” “But I need a manicure.” “But I missed Game of Thrones and need to watch it before I read what happens on Facebook.”

Since starting Eventurously, we’ve struggled with making fitness a priority in our daily routines. We easily get caught up in our work, and attend networking events in the afternoons/nights. But since starting to work for ourselves, we’ve realized that it’s vital to take a break during our busy day to get physical and work up a sweat. As the great Matthew McConaughey says, “sweat every day, no matter what”.

While writing this blog post, we turned to our friend Miki Agrawal and her book “Do Cool Sh*t” for our “startup sweat” inspiration. She writes about the healthy components of staying in shape, and the importance of physically pushing yourself for mental healthiness. It’s not diet and exercise, she says. It’s the ability to mentally reframe these terms and think about them in a whole new way. “Reframe the word diet and use the word power. Reframe the word exercise and use the word release”.

Since taking her advice, we’ve incorporated a “startup sweat” session into our daily routines. Some may find an easy “fix” like wearing Spanx or baggy clothes, but at some point sooner or later we’re going to have to get naked, and we may not be alone. We have found that the easiest way to get to the gym and boost our individual confidence and motivation is the support from one another. Finding a gym partner not only makes sweating more fun, but also holds each party accountable for going to the gym.

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 Working out releases endorphins (natural uppers), and relieves stress and tension to improve your mood. So think of working out as a way powering up your body and releasing all the bad toxins – definitely something you don’t want to avoid!

Now think…how are YOU powering up your body on a daily basis?

Event Blog Highlight: The Preppy Planner

Fact: there are thousands of event blogs on the interwebs these days. Fact: as event planners, we are always seeking out creative and fun event ideas, but are easily overwhelmed with the amount of unorganized information available online.

Insert: The Preppy Planner! Megan (aka The Preppy Planner) has one of the best event blogs we’ve stumbled upon. Megan is a southern girl 110% who draws inspiration from companies like Lilly Pulitzer & Vineyard Vines. Along with the event ideas and themes, she shares great DIY crafts that can easily be incorporate into any event.

We immediately became addicted to Megan’s blog, and reached out to her to learn more about her story, her experience as an event blogger, and what to expect next for The Preppy Planner!

Eventurously: Tell us a bit about yourself! What’s your story? And how did you end up blogging about all things events?

The Preppy Planner: Looking back on how I came into the events industry is an interesting story. When I was looking at colleges and picking a major I was not looking at hospitality and events programs (nor did I even know they existed). So, you are probably wondering how I ended up in events? Well, if I had to write down everything I did in high school and college in terms of clubs, leadership roles and internships you would see why. Every organization that I was a member of I was usually the one who planned the activities, managed the schedules, finalized the details, and kept track of everything. Without realizing it I had gravitated towards every planning, event or creative role. I (finally) came to this realization that I wanted to work in events sometime during my junior year of college and since then have dived into the events industry head first!

After I finished college (and started the inevitable job search) I started to get a little bored. I didn’t have all the extracurricular activities occupying my schedule anymore and was missing out on being involved in the planning and organizing of everything going on. I needed a creative outlet, and fast! That is when I started looking into blogging. It didn’t seem that hard to start and it seemed like the perfect solution to my current lack of events. I guess you could say the rest is history! Everything I share on the blog is everything I love: holiday celebrations, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, races, tailgating, festivals, crafting, cooking, planning and more!

E: What’s the most interesting event you’ve ever blogged about?

TPP: I would have to say that I have blogged about some pretty cool things over the years. From bachelorette parties to backyard BBQ’s and fall football games to birthday parties, I have loved every event I have shared on the blog. I don’t know if you could call this the most interesting event, but one of my most favorite events that I have shared would be my best friend’s bachelorette party weekend. It was only a few months after I started the blog but I had so much fun sharing everything I did to plan and everyone had such a great time!

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E: What’s next for The Preppy Planner?

TPP: The great thing about my blog is that it allows me to share my love for events, is flexible to my schedule and has the ability change and grow as I gain more experience in the event industry! Since I started the blog, almost two years ago (I can’t believe it has been that long!), I have already grown my social media footprint to include Pinterest, Twitter and most recently Instagram. I would have never guessed that I would learn so much about the events industry through starting a blog!

While blogging is only something I am able to do in my free time right now, over the next few years I would love to be able to transition into a position that would allow me to create, plan events, and blog full-time. Even though I try to plan out everything to a “T” (it’s the perfectionist in me!) who knows what will be next for me in the events industry!

Topi: The Only App That Connects Everyone At Any Event

Company Name: Topi

Website: topi.com

Twitter: twitter.com/topi

Facebook: facebook.com/topiapp

Have you ever been to an event and needed a reason to start a conversation with another attendee? Have no fear, Topi is here! Before introducing yourself, the Topi app allows you to access relevant content about the event and the people attending, to encourage engagement.

Topi searches LinkedIn and Facebook profiles to let attendees find interesting people to connect with. One of it’s coolest features, “geo-fencing”, allows guests to search other attendees physically located at their event. Once guests have created their own profile, Topi offers a “WhatsApp” style chat for both 1×1 and group discussions.

Eventurously recently sat down with Topi’s COO Eric Francois to learn more about what they do, and how they’re currently transforming the event technology industry…

Eventurously: What Is Your Favorite Topi Feature?

Topi (Eric): Difficult to decide – there are a few!  Debating between geo-fencing and interest-based group conversations… hum.  Will go with the chat rooms.  They’re meaningful because it is replicating in the app the way we meet new people in real life – it almost always starts in groups (before moving to a 1×1 format) and having a “connector” is essential to break the ice or simply to keep the conversation going.

E: What Topi Accomplishment Are You Most Proud Of So Far?

T: Also a few of course – we’re a young company so all major milestones mean a lot.  I will say being selected as the official networking app for Social Media Week comes very high up on my list.  It is a global, well-known event with a wonderful, tight community and we were proud to add our technology to further engage its members.

E: What’s Next For Topi?

T: A very long list of improvements and cutting edge features.  We’re very tech focused but also cognizant that whatever we do needs to have value for event goers, event planners, sponsors, etc.  For example live translations in chats – cutting edge and at the same time valuable for attendees from all over the world to interact.  All items on our roadmap fulfill this key goal. We love to push the envelop and collaborate with creative minds… so watch out for many cool features soon.