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Holiday Party Theme: Hollywood Holidays (Circa 1920s)

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2016 5:20:46 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning, holiday events, party theme

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Nearly 100 years after the fact, the rip-roarin’ 1920s are having a real moment. From fashion to music to movies, the Jazz Age is back in a big way, making it the perfect theme for a grown-up (but still infinitely fun) holiday shindig.

The 1920s were about recapturing joy, and combining that free-wheeling spirit with the warmth and togetherness of the holidays is a recipe for success. True, the 1920s isn’t exactly going to be a hit theme for a children’s party, but if you’re trying to impress clients, finally have some adult time with your friends, or turn your annual work get-together into something a little more special, then this take on a Hollywood holiday is tailor made.

This theme can be as affordable or expensive as you like. The real magic is in the planning: encourage your guests to wear period clothing (a few images of Gary Cooper, Charlie Chaplin, and Greta Garbo might help them nail the Hollywood aspect), provide some swanky surroundings, and never, ever, forget the music! In many ways, the 1920s are defined by their vibe – plot accordingly, and your party will be just as memorable.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Theme: A Guide For Your Company's Holiday Party

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 26, 2016 1:43:03 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning, holiday events, party theme

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Unlike the classic poem for which The Nightmare Before Christmas is based, the slightly ghoulish, slightly cartoonish movie classic from Tim Burton is not exactly the first thing many people might think of when deciding on a theme for their Christmas party. To disregard it as too silly, though, would be a mistake. Throwing a Nightmare Before Christmas holiday party may just be the most fun you’ve had in years.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, whose quest to spread Christmas joy actual puts the entire holiday in jeopardy. The movie offered viewers a contemporary take on Christmas and it was a massive hit. Kids dressed up as key characters like Jack, Sally, and faithful Zero, but more than everything people took away the idea that it’s okay to celebrate Christmas in a way that might seem a little… strange.

Honor Jack’s noble mission by meshing the spirit of The Nightmare Before Christmas with plenty of traditional Christmas magic. It’s a chance to be creative and push the boundaries of what a holiday party should really be. Whatever happens, it’ll be an event to remember.

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WARNING: Holiday Party Season Is Upon Us!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2016 11:16:19 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning, holiday events

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It's time to start preparing for the holiday season once again. That means you should be developing themes and lining up the appropriate venues before it's too late. You don't want to be the reason your company has to hold their holiday party in the CEO's garage. But don't panic, it's not too late. 

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9 Must-Do Tasks For Planning a Party With Out-of-Town Guests

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 12, 2016 4:17:19 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning, holiday events

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It's that time of year again. The holiday season festivities rest solely on your shoulders. If you get it right, you're everyone's favorite person. Overlooking details, on the other hand, can very quickly severely damage your reputation.

However, that can all be avoided if you properly plan your event so the process flows as smoothly as possible, especially when dealing with out of town guests.

Remember:  "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."  Benjamin Franklin

Here are a few processes you should add to your list of things to do in order to avoid headaches later on.

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When Your Event Budget Doesn't Cut It - How to Negotiate an Increase

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2016 3:15:00 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning

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The number one reason that most small businesses fail is a lack of funding, not talent. How does that apply to you, as you're planning company events?

Consider each event you throw as its own mini-business, and do not be afraid to ask for the budget that you need to make it happen successfully. Easier said than done? 

Here are the techniques that successful negotiators use to get the job done. Next time you need a budget increase, arm yourself with these tips! 

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6 Ways to Impress Your VIP Guests

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2016 1:48:18 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning

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You will often have special people attending your event — whether these VIPs are your speakers, industry celebrities, or just big donors, you can take steps to make them feel special. Simply identifying your VIPs is just the beginning; here are some things you can do to make VIPs really feel pampered at your event:

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Improve Large Event Security (without annoying your guests)

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2016 2:26:21 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning

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Most people understand and even appreciate the need for event security. People are less likely to get annoyed if your process moves rapidly and makes sense. Asking for credentials, having attendees pre-register and sign in, and sending guests through a quick security screening allows you to keep everyone safe without annoying your attendees. 

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How to Go Green At Your Next Company Event (It's Not the Cupcakes)

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2016 7:20:33 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning

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For the novice or seasoned event planner, a green experience that is more substantial than the color theme may seem daunting. However, with a few tips and proven protocols, you can plan a successful company event that's also environmentally friendly.
Conferences, trade shows, and company parties generate an enormous amount of waste, which is why "
green" events have gained popularity in the last decade as a way to combat the excessive drain of natural resources.

 

Think Green at Every Stage

Planning a green event means thinking eco-friendly at each stage. The best place to begin is with a list of questions. These may include but are not limited to:

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How To Use The 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) While Planning Your Event

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2016 12:48:37 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event planning

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To successfully plan and execute a green or eco-friendly event, it's essential to focus on the "3 R's" or the environmental concepts known as: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Following these important resource-saving concepts doesn't mean an event won't have the wow factor needed to impress attendees. In our more environmentally conscious society, any event that works toward sustainability and saving resources is impressive and impactful for attendees as well as the local community.

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Turn Your Events Green by Tapping Into Technology

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 9, 2016 4:03:28 PM / by Check In Easy posted in event tips

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The advancement of today's technology has made it easier than any other time in history to integrate eco-friendly efforts into event planning. One of the most impactful ways to go green at your next company meeting, conference, tradeshow, or other event is to reduce paper and print waste by embracing electronic technology.

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