The Planning

The Planning

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BY Marcia L. Callaghan


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!

Event Survival Must-Haves to Ensure a Great Evening

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first event with Meetings + Events. I had a great time and learned a lot; however, there were several things I wish I had at my disposal to ease the evening. After some reflection, I have come up with an event survival kit filled with various items to help make sure your evening goes off without a hitch. Then you can worry about the potential big problems, instead of how uncomfortable your shoes are and when you will get to finally take them off.

How to Host a Pop-Up Event and Keep Them Guessing

Pop-ups are now appearing in almost all sectors of business, from retail and dining to entertainment and the arts. These special, limited-time events are a great way to attract attention and buzz with relatively limited means and budgets. We talked to several experts and experienced planners about the popularity of the trend and how it’s best utilized—and also received some tips for how to execute them yourself to get the most bang for your buck.

GPS Before You Hit the Road

With five of the 20 most congested U.S. roads right here in Chicago, according to the latest Urban Mobility Scorecard performed by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, guests may need help finding the fastest routes to your event, too. Waze, a real-time GPS navigation app, does just that with help from locals: More than 265,000 Chicago-area users (aka Wazers) driving 55 million miles report 588,000 traffic alerts each month to the benefit of fellow commuters.

Color Your Contacts With Mini Business Card Holders

Collect and consolidate business cards in style with this fashionable Colorful Mini Card Book v2 available at This compact yet effective organizer has 30 slots and comes with three index cards to help you sort your collection. Offered in a variety of six colors, the book can match any style and always looks professional with a leather cover and durable rubber band to keep contacts in place.

The Holidays Are Here! Hosting Tips & Deals to Wrap Up

Hello readers,

From our Illinois Meetings + Events family to yours, we wanted to wish you a very happy holiday season. Now that decking the halls and spreading good cheer are underway, we also wanted to give you the gift of insider info when it comes to holiday entertaining and finding the best deals.

First is a list of the top 10 foodie trends for hosting your parties, courtesy of Paramount Events:


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