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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From Wisconsin to NY With Love

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5oz Factory

If you are from Wisconsin, you’ve definitely had cheese. And cheese curds. And cheese melts. And you’ve loved it.

When you moved to NYC, you had concerns about the East Coast’s lack of understanding and appreciation of such cheesy foods. Well fear no more, fellow Big Apple Wisconsinites, 5oz Factory (24 West 8th Street) is here to curb your cravings. Even if your taste buds haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing cheesy heaven, proud Wisconsin native Dan Schuman has opened his Greenwich Village doors to give all New Yorkers the opportunity to do so.

5oz Factory, which specializes in Wisconsin cheese melts and frozen custards, sources the dairy straight from Wisconsin.  Their overstuffed sandwiches come oozing with heaps of cheese, meat and veggies. We wanted to know more, so we  sat down with President and Founder Dan Schuman to ask him a few questions about his new adventure.

Eventurously: What was your inspiration for starting 5oz Factory?

5oz Factory: The inspiration was my childhood treats and loving dairy from Wisconsin and the catalyst for me actually opening the doors to a restaurant was that I didn’t think NYC had what I loved and it was generally hard to find frozen custard or a casual environment to enjoy melts.

E: What is your biggest win so far?

5oz: I think our biggest win is the satisfaction of customers that have tried our product. Understanding that not everyone is going to like your product as people have different taste buds and expectations, but the customer that appreciates what we are doing really enjoys what we have in my experience so far.

E: Whats next for 5oz Factory?

5oz: Continue strategic growth of our current location and determine what might be the next step after that. Really remains unknown as we react to the weather and other unexpected variables and our learning about how to make our experience better day in and day out.

 

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!