Boston Week: Welcome, Friends!

One of our favorite ways to welcome out-of-towners to an event is to have a nice gift waiting for them in their hotel room. This week we put together some good ideas for your very own Boston welcome bags.

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First and foremost – the bag. We featured the graphic from One Heart Boston on the pictured tote last week. All proceeds from sales of merchandise go to One Fund Boston, benefiting the folks most impacted by last week’s attack. We love the design of it as well. Unfortunately it’s currently sold out. Crossing my fingers that they restock!

The contents of this particular tote are meant to encourage folks to pack up and head out and explore the city. We included a laminated map we found at Barnes & Noble, a pre-loaded Charlie Card (Boston’s subway pass available through the MBTA), and a Boston-themed water bottle (Go B’s!). This one’s from Target, but you could also consider creating your own customized water bottle with your event logo or your monogram at Sigg’s  bottle design page on CafePress.

What would a city adventure be without snacks? And caffeine to fuel the day? For the coffee, we went with Boston Common Coffee Company, which gets rave reviews from some of our favorite locals. You can either encourage people to go out to one of their three locations (Downtown Crossing, Financial District and the North End) by including a coffee card, or you can include a bag of ground coffee for them to brew in their hotel room. We’ve also included some Boston Cookies (Laurie’s favorite, and also vegan!), and some homemade granola bars from Flour Bakery.

And nothing is much better after a day of sight seeing than a  bottle of Pretty Things beer. The bombers are big enough to serve two, and the beer is brewed by MA’s very own gypsy brewing company (they’re based in Somerville, but rent breweries around the area to create their fine product). Not to mention, it’s pretty delicious and something that is hard to find outside of the state.

We hope this gave you some good ideas! Are you putting together a welcome bag for your event guests? Tell us about it in a comment! Or email us at info@favoritedayevents.com!

~The ladies at Favorite Day

The Art of Lounging: 5 Tips for Creating a Lounge at Your Next Event

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Happy Friday, friends! If you’ve been following our blog you know that our goal is to make your next event (and your life leading up to the event) extraordinary. We hope to shed some light on details that you may not have thought of. One overlooked and underutilized element that I love is the lounge.

So what is the purpose of a lounge at an event? To facilitate ease of conversation. To provide a bit of a rest or escape from dance-mania. To have a place to catch up with an old friend. These are all great reasons. Another can be that they can be really beautiful.

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Here are a few tips on building your lounge area:

1. Find inspiration from permanent lounge and lobby areas. My favorite place to get inspiration? Hotels. The best part is that you can find images all over the internet. Google is your friend. For a formal look, go toward the fancier hotels. For more trendy, look at the boutique hotels. If you’re looking for a more casual look, you can look at lodge-style hotels or any hotel’s outdoor, beach, or poolside lounge areas. What types of furniture do they use? How do they help with easy conversation, or multiple conversations?

2. Bring the indoors outside, or bring the outdoors in. Planning an outdoor event? Don’t be afraid to bring interior items outside. Couches, lamps, etc. Unexpected and memorable. Conversely, you can also bring the outdoors in. If your event is inside, don’t be afraid to add lots plants, flowers and greenery.

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3. Decide whether you will rent, buy or borrow items to build your lounge area. If you are already renting items for your event, your rental company may have more comfortable furniture for rent as well and may be able to help you piece together a lovely lounge. Or you could skip the extra expense and use pieces that you already have. First, make sure you’re okay with moving them and having them being well-used for your day. For example, if you have a comfy patio set, you can incorporate that into your lounge. Seating is key, but make sure you have plenty of surfaces (for drinks and snacks) as well. You can also be creative. A table can be a table, but so can an overturned barrel or an old trunk. Seating can be couches, rocking chairs, poufs, or ottomans. Beanbags? Benches? Sure!

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4. Separate it a little from the noise. You want to make talking easy, but keep the area as part of the event. You can separate your lounge by keeping it away from the dance floor. You can also add some curtains or another kind of divider  to define the space more clearly.

5. Dress it up. Add throw pillows – a lot of them – for comfort, color and pattern. Flowers. Bowls of pretty snacks (snacks are very important). Then, light it up. Add candles on tables, lanterns, lamps. Hang a chandelier overhead. The possibilities are endless.

Are you having a lounge area at your next event? Tell me about it! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at renee@favoritedayevents.com.

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On Saving (and Spending) Money

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Hello friends!

I’ve been talking to a lot of folks lately about spending money vs. saving money. I plan a lot of parties in my personal life, and that means working with various family members and friends to pull something together. With so many hands, and so many opinions involved, it’s sometimes difficult to come up with a cohesive plan. With family especially, and other people footing the bill (or even part of the bill), its incredibly hard to not feel like you’re stepping on people’s toes.

Money is a sensitive subject, but if you are planning an event, chances are you’re worrying about it. I have a philosophy (and a few tips) about money though, and I figured I’d share.

1) Saving money is great. Saving money should not, however, mean buying the cheapest thing – UNLESS that cheap thing is exactly 100% what you want. There is so much STUFF out there. Some of it is cheap and worth exactly what you paid for it – not much. And some of it is expensive and terrible. BUT! Good deals exist. Give yourself time and do your research. The internet is such a big place. 90% of the time you can find exactly what you want for a price that’s within your budget. And if you’re having trouble, shoot us a line. We (especially Laurie) have super internet research powers.

2) You can save time, or you can save money, but it is incredibly hard to do both! If you start the planning process with a budget, you’re doing great. Have you considered budgeting your time as well? Set some deadlines for yourself that are reasonable. Don’t procrastinate. If you end up with a large to do list and a short time to plan, you will end up spending way more money than you originally anticipated.

3) Unreliability is a time and money waster. Think about your vendors (and potential vendors) and how reliable they are. Have you emailed 5 florists, but only 2 are getting back to you? If you feel that people are wasting your time, it is okay to move along. If you feel ignored before you put money down, chances are you will still feel that way after you book the vendor. Even if a that vendor is incredibly talented – putting money into a service or supplier that is unreliable is not a good investment of your hard-earned scratch.

4) DIY does not always mean saving money, but that is okay! When you DIY, you are creating something custom and completely for you! You don’t have to compromise. So channel your inner Martha Stewart, grab some friends, and get going. But please. Please please please. Give yourself plenty of time. DIY can be time consuming. A good rule of thumb – consider how much time you think it will take you and double it. And then give yourself some breathing room on top of that. And make sure to schedule champagne breaks.

5) It’s okay to be picky! If you are spending money, be it $5 or $500, you deserve to be spending it on something that you want and absolutely LOVE, and not something that you’re settling for because that’s all that is available. Again, budget yourself some time to find the exact pieces and services that you are looking for.

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