4 Steps to Having a Successful Event

The success of any kind of event depends greatly on the preparation done by its organizer. As an organizer, you must be able to cover all the event details from start to finish. Are you organizing your first event? Here are some tips that can help your event planning work like a breeze.

Set clear objectives. To begin, define the kind of event you’ll be holding. For example, you want to setup a school fundraiser event. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of this fundraiser?
  • What are the specific goals you expect to accomplish?
  • Who will attend? Who are your audience?
  • Who will benefit from this event?

If you find it difficult to set objectives, seek the help of your colleagues and trusted friends. They might be able to see your ideas from a different perspective and provide helpful suggestions.

Make a checklist. Your checklist should not only include the materials and equipment you need to purchase and rent. It must also include the step-by-step guidelines to organizing and executing an event. This will help you  not to miss any important procedure or transaction before and during the event. If you’re clueless about the items to include in your checklist, download a free template online and just add other items or action points which may be necessary for your event.

Develop a financial blue print for your event. A budget must include all your expenses  like food, insurance, materials, permits, printing,  rent, speakers, security, etc. It should also include revenue opportunities like donations, sponsorship, ticket sales and online fundraising. Read this detailed infographic from School Fundraising to discover how online fundraising can help you run a successful event.


Unexpected expenses are inevitable. Plan your budget ahead of time so that you will have enough money to cover such expenses and continue on with your event.

Plan your marketing strategy. Great publicity is key to a successful event. There are many different methods which you can use to let people – specifically your target audience –  to know about your event. Determine who you want to attend and then target your advertising accordingly. Research about the type  of advertisement that will work best for your target audience. If you’re going to have paid advertisements, consider them with inexpensive fliers, email marketing and word-of-mouth.

You can have a successful event by observing the above-mentioned tips. Don’t be dismayed if your event’s turnout is lower than expected. Turnout is a great indicator, but not the sole indicator of success. If your event was able to achieve its chief purpose, it’s already a success.


Quick Insights on Dressing Up for a Beach Party

Summer is around the corner and you must have received a bunch of beach party invitations already. Here are some tips which can help you look good in all the beach parties you plan to attend.


Always stick to the theme of the party.  Opt to be in a casual or relaxed outfit; never  turn up in a formal or semi-formal outfit. If you’re considering to swim, make sure to wear a dress that is easy to take off. Choose a dress with a summery hue for you to blend in the atmosphere well. As for your swimsuit, choose one that’s appropriate to your body type. No matter how great your body is, never wear a thong because this might cause other people around you to feel uncomfortable. Bring a nice cover up that matches your swimsuit.


Avoid  wearing too many accessories in the beach. Wear few pieces of jewelry which are easy to remove in case you want to go for a swim. As for your footwear, wear flip flops or flat sandals because it is easy to walk in them on the sand. If you’re attending a day-time beach party, you will need to make sure you’re protected from the sun’s harsh rays. Carry a large straw hat along with your sunglasses and sunscreen lotion. Don’t forget to bring a cool-looking beach bag where you can place all your stuff.

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Three Easy Ways to Have a Post Valentine’s Day Celebration

vdayWeren’t you able to celebrate Valentine’s Day on time? Don’t fret because there are millions of people around the world who share the same experience. You can still celebrate your love for your special someone, friends and  family days or weeks after Valentine’s Day. After all, you don’t have to wait for special occasions like this just to remember love all year round.

Enjoy good food during couch time.  Are you always busy with work? Is couch time the only opportunity you can spend time with your partner before going to sleep? Make it special by preparing some pizza and champagne to go with your end of the day talk. You will be surprised that you don’t actually have to  be in an expensive restaurant just to enjoy a heart-warming meal.

Go on a picnic on weekends. Picnics  are dependent on the weather often times so make sure to check the weather forecast before you leave home. To make the preparation easy, choose summer food items  which are transportable and won’t spoil quickly. Consider olives, cheese, crackers, dips and fresh veggies, or if you want to keep it super simple, fish and chips saves on dishes. Go to a beach or a park you’ve never been too for your picnic.

Schedule a dinner date  at home. Do you want to spend a good time with your family and friends? Host a dinner date at your house. Even if you’re hosting this special event, you need not cook and prepare all the food for everybody. You and your guests can take turns in cooking. This will make your dinner date more enjoyable and memorable.


Key Points in Planning a Birthday Party for Centenarians

Planning a birthday celebration for any centenarian takes sensitivity. Quite possibly they are frail and mobility challenged. The location of the party must take this into consideration.

Discuss the party with the birthday celebrant. NEVER THROW A SURPRISE PARTY for someone this age. Together, work up an invitation list of friends and family members.

Know all you can about the birthday celebrant. If she is in a wheelchair or in ill health, hold the party at their home. If she lives in a nursing home, coordinate with the administrator for this very special event. You need to know about all allergies and limitations. For instance, if she can’t hear, don’t waste money on music.

Plan the food. There may be rules to follow if she lives in a nursing home. If you can hold the party in a private home, consider hiring a caterer. An alternative is to ask friends to bring a dish. The hostess supplies only the Birthday Cake and drinks.

Use the dining table with her best linens and china for a smaller group. Many centenarians are especially fond of their possessions and will have fond memories at dining table set with her beautiful china and silver.

Buffets will be difficult for senior citizens. If there is a large group of guests, put the food on a buffet or dining table, but have helpers serve the seated senior citizens-especially the birthday girl. Be sure to have a non-alcoholic punch or soft drinks as the celebrant or the elderly guests may need to avoid mixing alcohol with medicines.

Bake the celebrant’s cake. Top it with letter candles or put three large candles for 1-0-0 on the cake. Western tradition allows for 100 small candles on the cake, but she probably cannot blow them all out, and this will make her feel bad.100th bday

Entertainment should be appropriate for senior citizens. Children’s choir is a favorite. A violinist or pianist could provide background music as well as a set program.

Consider hiring a photographer or videographer. Copies of these mementos will be cherished by all members of the family.

Dress. Work with the birthday celebrant on dress for the day. Make sure has a current hair cut or hair style. Fix makeup for ladies and choose a great looking outfit. Buy a tiara for the birthday girl. Party supply places have fun ones with the number 100 prominently displayed. A funny hat for a birthday guy sets the party mood. They want to look and feel good for this special day.

How to Eat Healthy At Holiday Parties in 2016

holiday-partyHoliday get-togethers and parties often include food that isn’t the healthiest as well as high calorie holiday drinks and alcohol. It can be hard to stick to your healthy routine with all of the temptations and treats at your fingertips. There are easy ways to enjoy all of the festivities and visit with friends and family without getting out of control with your eating and drinking. Use these three tips to help stay on track.

Eat a well balanced snack before you go. This is one of the most important tips to help you stay on track at holiday parties. How many times have you waited to eat before you go to a party so you can eat all of the fun holiday food? Usually, postponing eating only leads to eating more than you normally would. Make sure you don’t go to a get together hungry! Instead, prepare yourself a well balanced snack before you go. This way, you won’t be starving when you get to your party and the chances of overeating are much less. It’s best to make something that contains all three macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates and fat. Enjoy a 100 – 200 calorie, well balanced snack before you head out. A meal replacement shake, meal replacement bar, small side salad or soup are easy ways to provide all of the macronutrients needed without eating a big meal. Eating your snack ahead of time ensures your getting a healthy mini meal and will help balance out blood sugar levels to avoid cravings. When you get to your holiday party, enjoy a few treats but don’t overindulge. You should be less likely crave all of the bad snacks but can still taste a few treats and have a fun holiday beverage if you’d like.

Stick to whole food. Sticking to whole foods as much as possible should help you avoid all of the processed treats with ingredients you may not be aware of. Prepackaged, pre-made hors d’ oeuvres often contain refined sugar and unhealthy fats. These types of ingredients can lead to a spike in your blood sugar because of too much sugar or too many calories. This will lead to wanting more and more of those unhealthy treats. Instead, try to stick to whole foods as much as you can. Vegetable trays with dips, protein bites and skewers and healthy fats like nuts and seeds are great options to pick from. Yes, you can still choose a few unhealthy temptations but if the majority of your food comes from healthier choices, you’ll be less likely to overeat the bad options.

Stay hydrated. Keeping yourself hydrated will reduce the chances of dehydration and also reduce the risk of mistaking thirst for hunger. Sticking with the general rule that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces will help you remain hydrated. Drink pure water for hydration – no caffeinated or sugary drinks. Dehydration can lead to your body holding onto water which in turn may lead to gaining weight and pushing the number on the scale up. Alcohol and high salt foods may lead to dehydration if you’re not continuing to drink your water on a consistent basis throughout the day. When you’re at a party, a great rule of thumb is to have one glass of water for every glass of alcohol that you have. This can help you stay completely hydrated. In addition, many times we think we’re hungry but we’re actually thirsty. If you continue to drink your water, the likelihood of you mistaking hunger and thirst and overeating might be much less.

Four Things You Need to Do to Avoid Catering Problems During Your Event

catering probsProblems can happen on your special event no matter how professional your chosen caterer is. While obstacles are inevitable, they can be lessened if not totally prevented through utmost preparation. In connection to that, there are pieces of information which you should provide your caterer as your big day comes near.

Give your caterer at least three different contact numbers. If it is six or twelve months out from your wedding and you have locked in a caterer and contracts have been signed, it is difficult to see ahead and to know exactly what is going to happen on the day. If something happens, for example; the chef gets lost or involved in a traffic accident, the caterer will need to be able to contact someone. They will not want to be phoning the bride, groom during the service and add a memory that should not be there.

Check parking availability on-site. This sounds like an obvious one, but it is so obvious that it easily gets missed. Also, a party at a private residence for thirty or more guests, plus a band, plus other entertainment can easily fill the parking spaces up fast. If possible try to save your catering company and other professionals at your event, a parking space nearby, even it is just for loading and unloading only.

Research about amenities on-site. A caterer is bound by certain health and safety laws, such as having running water to wash their hands and many others. The local caterers in your jurisdiction will also be bound by similar laws and regulations. If the catering site is remote then your caterer would need to know if there is electricity, running water, toilets, shelter from the elements and more. All of these potential problems are easily dealt with if your caterer is notified beforehand.

Let your caterer know about the final headcount. Final numbers and late comers are not a problem, as long as the caterer is made aware of it. A simple phone call the day before just to touch base with the caterer is fine. As a procedure, your caterer should include some extra food at no extra cost to the client. This should be in their costings. The amount included extra is dependent on the types of menu and the number of guests. Your caterer should do this for a number of reasons, firstly in case of extra numbers. Secondly they should cater extra food in case of any accidents. As I mentioned before, accidents do happen sometimes and your catering company need to have something up their sleeves. Lastly, if the correct numbers arrive, there are no accidents then you will just be provided with the extra food.

How to Make Yourself Beautiful for an Event

Preparing for an event is not all about choosing the best clothes and accessories to wear. It also includes the proper care for your skin so that you will look beautifully radiant on a special day. In connection to this, you must aim at having a fresh face and pretty hands and feet.

How to Have a Fresh Face

1. Wash your face using a mild soap and warm water.
2. Massage your face using a deep cleansing cream.
3. Cleanse it off with a cotton wool soaked in rose-water.
4. Massage yourself for 10 minutes starting from your neck.
5. Take a steam of 5-7 minutes.
6. Use an abrasive scrub and wash off rough and dead skin cells and extract the black heads and white heads.
7. Apply a more tightening and soothing mask with peppermint and camphor. Wash off after 15 minutes.
8. Moisturize your skin with a light cream.

How to Have Pretty and Soft Hands

1. Take warm water in a bowl with drops of liquid soap, lemon juice and few drops of almond oil.
2. Remove nail polish and rinse your hands with warm water.
3. File your nails, and apply cuticle cream or petroleum jelly in the cuticles.
4. Soak your hands in the bowl of warm concoction you created in Step 1.
5. After 10 minutes brush your nails, dry your hands and gently push the cuticle back using a stick wrapped with cotton wool.
6. Moisturize them and apply nail polish.


How to Have Pretty Feet and Toes

1. Remove nail polish.
2. Rinse your feet with warm water and apply cuticle cream or petroleum jelly on the cuticles.
3. Soak your feet in the basin with warm water,salt,few drops of liquid soap, almond oil and lemon juice for 20 minutes.
4. Brush your nails and scrub off the dead and hard skin with pumice stone and dab dry.
5. Push the cuticles back using a stick wrapped in cotton wool.
6. Apply moisturizer and apply nail color that looks elegant on your feet.