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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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?

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.