The Planning

 
-Expert Advice-
BY Carol Galle, CMP

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InitLive: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Melissa Pinard, marketing manager, InitLive

EventCollab: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Megan Powers, marketing director, EventCollab.

EventCollab is an event-planning software created for event people by event people, filling the need for a tool that makes for easy collaboration with all stakeholders.

Event Trends & Tips From Bar & Bat Mitzvahs

Michigan event planners tend to tap Pinterest and industry blogs for insight into the hottest trends. But they might want to also start consulting their colleagues specializing in bar and bat mitzvah celebrations.

FêteFone Turns Up the Audio With Unique Telephone Stations

Forget about greeting guests with the same old guestbook. FêteFone lets guests speak for themselves with unique telephone stations. Event planners can go to fetefone.com and select from more than 25 styles that fit their event décor. Once selected, the FêteFone hub arrives at the planned event location at least two days before the kickoff. The best part about the design? No telephone line is required. Guests can pick up the phone, hear greetings from hosts and also leave messages.

Turn Imagination Into Reality with EverBlock

Add a creative touch to your next event space with EverBlock, a building system comprised of oversized plastic blocks that can be constructed into nearly anything imaginable. Blocks come in a wide variety of colors, ensuring the ability to match any logo or theme, and they’re environmentally friendly in addition to being easy to set up and take down.

Local Chefs Dish On What Makes Party Food Memorable

Food is an essential part of any successful event, but doing it right means thinking beyond shrimp cocktail and chicken breasts. Why miss an opportunity to make your guests’ experience a memorably delightful one? MIM+E talked to local experts about the hottest catering trends that will transform your event from ho-hum to heroic.

Presentation and Pinterest

With the popularity of Pinterest, caterers are being pushed to another level as party planners bring new menu requests, complete with photos and even recipes.

How To Dress Up Your Backyard

Summer is the best season for entertaining. After a long winter and an unpredictable spring, you can always count on summer to host your outdoor event. You can’t beat the late nights filled with warm breezes, the smell of bonfire, and late night chatter. The key to a successful summer night is planning and preparation. Here are some affordable DIY trends that will make your backyard event the talk of the town. Happy planning!

Pump Up the Party With Distinctive Entertainers that Let Guests Take Center Stage

Entertainment is all about the experience, and increasingly guests want that experience to be a personal one. “Groups don’t necessarily want to sit in their seats and watch a performance; they want to be part of the entertainment,” says Renee J. Lewis, CMP, president and partner of Infinity Management Group in Brighton.

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