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Planning The Christmas Party: 18 Steps to Organising the Perfect Celebration

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The job of planning the company Christmas party can often seem something of an unwelcome and scary prospect. You are not alone if that’s how you are feeling about it, as the time constraints and pressure of wanting to organise something that all your colleagues will enjoy can make it a stressful ordeal. One thing […]

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The Event Manager’s ‘Survival Kit’ Checklist

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Through my job I’ve come across loads of Event Managers on events and I’m always intrigued (and surprised) by the random objects they pull out of nowhere that can literally save the day – a bit like Mary Poppins and her bottomless handbag! When something goes wrong, I’ve noticed how experienced Event Managers will just […]

Entertainment Ideas to Make Halloween A Thriller – Part 3

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Now that you’ve got your guests in costume and in attendance (part 2), what will you do to entertain them? Haunted house The perfect once-a-year party activity for Halloween is a haunted house. They are easier to put together than you probably think. Create a wall by hanging black trash bags from the ceiling, and […]

Setting the Scene to Graveyard Smashing Halloween Parties (Part 2)

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In part 1, we honed in on a theme for your Halloween soiree, and now let’s take it to the drawing board. Spooky invitations In addition to covering the Five W’s, invitations are your guests’ introduction to your party concept. If your graphic design skills are not top-notch and you want to DIY, never fear! […]

Halloween Party Planning – Make It a Graveyard Smash Part 1: The Theme’s a Scream

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Halloween parties are one of the most fun to throw.  You get free license to get a little cheesy, a little loud, and have a lot of fun.  To make sure your October 31 shindig is a ghoulish good time, here’s some food for thought on choosing and implementing the perfect theme. Take stock Determining […]

Setting Up A Mobile Bar: Equipment

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I thought it would be a good idea to put a list together of the equipment needed to set up a basic mobile bar for an event. It’s not difficult to set up a bar and doesn’t take very long to do, but it’s really easy to forget a couple of crucial pieces of equipment, […]

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People Involved: Step 2 of the 8-Steps to Wedding Planning

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Welcome to the second part in our comprehensive series on how to plan the perfect wedding. By now, you should be underway with the basics such as choosing a date and setting the budget and are getting ready to get down to the nitty gritty. This second step isn’t groundbreaking stuff, but it’s still an […]

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The 8-Step Process to Planning A Wedding, Step 1: Where To Start

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Firstly, congratulations! A wedding day should be the most important day of any couple’s life and something that you should relish, so don’t let the planning put you off. We understand it can be a daunting prospect, especially as most people have little experience of organising an event for dozens, if not hundreds, of guests. […]

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How to Plan a World-Class Book Launch

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I’ve planned book launches for NYT bestsellers and for small books that were destined to only make a splash with a very narrow audience. Regardless of how big the book is likely to be, one thing is for sure: the publication of a book represents a massive milestone for its author. It’s the culmination of […]

Difficult Speakers

The 5 Step Process for Managing Difficult Speakers

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There is nothing more destructive to trying to put on a good event than difficult speakers. Short of your venue exploding the day before your event, anyways. We’ve all experienced it. From the big name keynote with a two page list of demands to the panel speaker that’s completely disorganized, handling difficult personalities comes with […]

Virtual Assistant

Why Not Get A Virtual Assistant?

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I read this book recently called ‘The 4hr Working Week’. It really is a blueprint of how to have the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of (I would highly recommend it). In particular, one invaluable eye opener was the ease and actual affordability of outsourcing some of my work a.k.a. hiring a virtual assistant (VA). Firstly, […]

Event Budget

How to Event Budget Like A Pro

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Budgeting for an event isn’t easy. As well as the initial venue costs there are many more additional costs to consider, including catering and entertainment and the scramble to make savings or minimise contingency pay-outs, among other things! Careful and calculated planning is an absolute must for your next event, no matter how big or […]