Helpful Insights on Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Event

Did you know that furniture is crucial in having a successful event? Pieces of furniture can help you achieve the theme you’re trying to achieve or create for your event. They can also make your event look enticing to attend especially if you have posted in your social media wall pre-event photos of your venue all ready complete with attractive pieces of furniture.

Coming up with the right furniture for your event need not be expensive. You can either borrow the items you need or rent them from a furniture hire company. In order to pick out the perfect piece of furniture  for your event, you must consider the following factors:

Cost – Budget is key in determining the kind and the number of furniture that you can pick. Choose from a variety of furniture that suits your budget. If the first company you approached offers only high-end pieces of furniture, transfer to another company that offers cheaper pieces.

Color and Style – Generally, it is best to select furniture pieces that blend well with the theme of your event. However, some designers advice that furniture pieces can also the focal point of the entire venue. If you wish to do this, you may pick a furniture with bright color and with a different style. Make sure though that its style complements the venue’s architectural style.

Material – Are the attendees of your event mostly children? If yes, don’t select furniture pieces that are made of expensive materials like leather and suede. It would be best to pick items that are scratch and spill resistant.

Durability – Perhaps, you need a couple or more couches for your event. Make a mental calculation of the number of times they will be seated upon, how many hours they’d be used and how heavy or light your guests would be. All these are important in choosing durable furniture pieces  that won’t break at least until your event ends.

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Know the Best Way to Deal with Being Overdressed

Let’s start with  a scenario.

You’re  a new hire. You’ve been in the company for barely two. Then, you’re instructed to attend a company event. Because you don’t want your co-workers to think that you didn’t care about the event, you arrived in a black dress and heels and only to notice that every one else is his  or her denims, tees, hoodies and runners.

Being overdressed cannot definitely bring an awkward and uncomfortable feeling. And it can keep you from enjoying the event or party especially when all eyes are on you. But, what are you going to do to ease the awkwardness?

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First of all. take a deep breath and accept that you dressed and you look differently from others. Then, have a change of mind and attitude. Don’t let the feeling of awkwardness overrun you!

The label “overdressed” is often just a state of mind. You must be comfortable about the way you dress as long as it is not offensive to the people around you. Dressing well is a good trait because it gives the impression that you don’t take important invites lightly and that you value how you would look like in front of many people.  If you cannot bring yourself to be comfortable about looking overdressed, here are some things you can do before attending an event.

#1 Ask whether there is a dress code. Dress codes will give you an idea about the right clothes to wear. Some events don’t announce dress codes though. If you have friends or co-workers who will be attending a similar event, ask what they’d wear so you can at least gauge what attire will make you look overdressed.

#2 Do some research. Is this an annual company that you’d be attending? Check event photos and videos from last year if you’re shy to ask your team leader what exactly to wear. These will show you the attire of your last year’s attendees.

#3 Dress safely. This means wear something flexible. Choose an attire that is acceptable for formal, semi-formal or casual gatherings. For example, a pair of dress shirt and dress pants would be better than wearing a suit.

Six Ways to Get Corporate Sponsorship

Are you new to corporate sponsorship? Corporate sponsorship is popular these days because it is a reliable means to earn money specifically if it is accomplished the right way. Newbies in the industry might find it hard to succeed in their first project. Hence, waste of effort, money and time can be expected. All these can be prevented from happening again in your succeeding projects. How? Observe these tips.

Identify your audience – Refrain from sending blind proposals. You must know right away the people to whom you’ll ask for sponsorship. In connection to this, you must aim at gathering a lot of people from a specific group to your event. For example, invite professionals who could be the target market of the product or services sold by your sponsors.

Create sponsorship levels – Each level must be distinct from each other especially in terms of benefits. This strategy can entice previous sponsors to move a level up each time they take part of your new events.

Contact a lot of people – Call all potential sponsors you know. Promote your event as a wonderful opportunity to market their brand. Your spiel should  vary depending on the size of the company that you’re speaking with.

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Follow-up – All your potential clients may not respond positively during your first phone conversation. Don’t be shy to call for the second or third time. Most sponsorship deals are acquired through follow-ups.

Build a good relationship with your sponsors –  What are you going to do once your sponsors have given the money you need? Don’t just drop them. Show them that you value their support. Send ‘Thank you!” notes and greeting cards whenever possible.  Be willing to help them in return as long as it won’t destroy your reputation.

Give your sponsors overflowing publicity – By sponsoring your event, sponsors expect that you will help market their products or services. Announce their brands again and again in the entirety of your event. Promote their brands on regular occasions.

 

Catering 101: How Much Food is Enough for Your Event

Running out of food is definitely an embarrassing situation for any event host. Hence, it is important for hosts to know the expected number of guests beforehand. When invited people don’t respond to RSVPs, event hosts or organizers are usually forced to make estimation of how many guests could be coming without notice. This results to overpaying and throwing out of leftovers.  And the hosts are just left to remark “What a waste of food and money!”

If you’re a party host or organizer, check out these tips that can help you identify how much food is enough for your event. That is without starving or stuffing your guests. 😀

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Preparation is Key

The number of guests is not the only factor that you should care about when it comes to having your food catered for an event. You should also consider the event’s length, the event’s type and the kind of food to be served. A cocktail party, for example, will require less entrees and desserts compared to a lunch or dinner party. A variation of  food in ample amount is needed if your guests will be staying for hours in your party – like it involves a program. People eventually get hungry in an event which lasts more than a couple of hours.

Use a Guideline

The kind and time of the event you will be hosting primarily dictate whether there’s a need for you to serve appetizers, beverages breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or desserts. Use the following guideline to get things right.

Appetizers:
– evening function with no dinner
– at least 10 – 15 pieces per person.
– if to be served buffet style, add more pieces
– pre-dinner appetizers must be 3 – 5 pieces per person
– pre-dinner appetizers should be lighter food options
– pre-lunch appetizers must be 1 – 3 pieces per person

Beverages:
– at least 3 beverages per person
– coffee drinkers consume at least 1 – 3 cups of coffee

Breakfast:
– 2 beverages on average – either juice, coffee, tea, etc.
– main entrée (about 5 oz.) per person
– two side dishes, including bread
– 3 – 5 pieces of cut fruit per person
– 2 pieces of pastries only

Lunch:
– hors d’oeuvres 2 – 4 per person
– main entrée (about 5 oz.) with 2 – 3 sides, including a starch and a dessert
– pop, beer, lemon water, etc.
– sandwiches 1 -2 per person

Dinner:
– 3 – 5 hors d’oeuvres per person
– main entrée (5 – 7 oz.) and 2 – 3 sides, either veggies, beans, pasta, etc.
– small portions of bread, salad, or soup
– Always have water, along with other beverages.

Desserts:
– 1 – 3 servings per person
– one slice of cake, tart or pastry, or 4 oz. of a creamy dessert, i.e. mousse.
– for a large variety of cakes, serve smaller portions
– serve flowing coffee