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If you’re looking for that knockout concept for your next event, why not take advantage of the popularity of the movie version of The Great Gatsby and people’s love of all things vintage?

Whether it’s a private party, product launch or corporate event, check out these ten event ideas inspired by the 1920s.

Ignite Your Creative Spark With These Event Ideas

1.Cabaret Evening

The roaring twenties was an era full of decadence and entertainment, so a cabaret evening would suit the 1920s theme perfectly, and will be a whole lot of fun for guests! You have a whole range of fantastic entertainment ideas open to you, like lounge singers, aerial acrobats or even risqué burlesque performers.

2.Murder Mystery Night

If your client’s looking for something unusual for a smaller group (ten to twenty guests is ideal), a 1920s themed murder mystery night will definitely fit the bill. This works well for both private and corporate events, but will rely heavily on participation, so your client needs to be sure that their guests will be happy to join in!

3.Secret Speakeasy

The 1920s was an era when prohibition was in full force, and parties had to take place in secret. Why not make the most of this idea and plan a speakeasy themed event? Including a secret code-word on invitations that attendees have to use to enter adds an extra bit of authenticity and fun to proceedings.

4.Jazz Night

A live jazz band will really let guests get into the swing of things; the 1920s were, after all, known as the Jazz Age. Out of all the event ideas inspired by the 1920s, this is just the thing for music lovers.

5.Dance Event

A 1920s dance with live music is perfect for capitalizing on 1920s fever, and when you’re thinking about the perfect venue for this, don’t just consider the obvious. Maybe there’s a slightly run-down hotel in the area that you wouldn’t usually consider as a venue, but that could be hiding a fantastic art deco ballroom?

6.Cocktail Party

For a glamorous cocktail evening, think decadence and style. 1920s cocktails like Mint Juleps are sure to go down well, and a champagne tower will make attendees feel like they’re in the home of Jay Gatsby himself.

7.1920s Canapé Party

If your event needs to be dazzling but on the informal side, work with your caterers to produce a 1920s canapé menu. Canapés really came into their own during the 1920s, as they were perfect for soaking up all that bootleg liquor!

8.1920s-Inspired Formal Dinner

This would work from anything from a formal gala to an intimate corporate dinner, and you can combine food, cocktails and décor from the era for a fantastic atmosphere.

9.Gatsby Garden Party

Garden parties were all the rage in the 1920s, so if weather and location permit, go crazy with the fairy lights and paper lanterns for an enchanting outdoor event.

10.Dress to Impress

For any of these event ideas inspired by the 1920s, having a dress code will only add to the atmosphere and enjoyment. You may think that people won’t like the idea of adults playing dress-up, but you’ll probably find that they can’t wait to slip into flapper dresses, ostrich feathers and zoot suits!

These are just a few ideas for planning a 1920s inspired event; if you think creatively you can combine a number of elements of theme or style to produce an event with your own personal flair.

I’d love to know whether this list has inspired your creativty, or if you’ve already planned a similar event. If so, was it a success? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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I bidder on, you bidder on $30, now $40…going once…going twice…sold!

I’ll never forget my first foray into auctions. Honestly, I had very little experience in this niche market of event planning. But I dove head first into making the Art for Africa event I was hosting a great one – complete with African drummers and dancers!

I worked with artists from the U.S. and Canada who donated their artwork, coordinated the entire event and auction and made sure the presentation the night of the event made people want to bid on every work of art so we could raise money to send Bella, a 15yr old girl I met in Rwanda, to school.

Planning a Lucrative and Exciting Auction

After managing this event I wanted to speak to an expert in auction planning. You’ll recognize my guest today because you’ve seen her before. Welcome back, Alex Durant from Durant Consulting! Alex shares her years of experience running huge auctions for her clients and gives you some great tips that you can use to plan a successful auction too – no matter how big or small your event is.

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It’s time to host a fantastic party, but do you really know how to start party planning? It’s not enough to throw together a punch bowl or bring in an ice sculpture.

What kind of food will you serve? Do you know how to get your guestsmingling at your party?

What is unique about your party that your guests will remember?

Whether you’re party planning for friends or clients, let us know how you transform your setting into a party to be remembered!

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I’m really excited to announce that a celebrity event planner is going to share her tips and trade secrets of event planning with you! Right here. Soon.

So, we’d like to hear from you. What topics will help you better plan your events, get your business started? What would you like to hear from an expert event planner?

Comment below the youtube video and we’ll answer your questions and address your comments!

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My goal with Event Planning Blueprint is to give you the information and inspiration you need to create a successful event. If you have a story idea or question you’d like me to answer in a future article or video, please let me know by commenting below.

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BizBash, an online editorial that provides event planners with the latest event news and industry design and style, recently had an article about 2013 event trends. What event trends are you integrating into your events?


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Melanie Woodward created Event Planning Blueprint based on her career as an event planning expert. With more than a decade of experience, she’s worked around the globe with companies such as Honda, CanWest Global Communications and HGTV. Woodward has managed events with over 30,000 attendees and planned events for everyone from celebrities to professional athletes. Event Planning Blueprint is a complete event planning system she developed that helps people pursue their dream of working in the event planning industry or starting their own event planning business.

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With the holidays just around the corner and decorations already on display in stores, it won’t be long before 2012’s holiday season is upon us and bringing with it the much awaited holiday parties. I, for one, always love a good party!

For me, the best part about planning is the actual planning itself and I like to get a head start on the preparations. First things first, I create a list of everything I’m supposed to do well ahead of time and prepare a simple hosting plan right from setup to cleanup. Here are a few items I recommend:

  • Impressive and easy food is the way to go! A stress-free food plan is complete with store-bought extras and do-ahead recipes that include a few sweets and savouries. Better yet, stick to finger-food and grab-and-go menus that require no utensils and less cleanup. I personally love mini gingerbread cookies, baked brie, meat skewers, crab and chive puffs, veggie and fruit platters, and mixed olives and pistachios. No matter what you do, people will always remember the food at an event so make it tasty! http://clicktotweet.com/g096P
  • Decide the cocktail shaker – Punch feels like a stuffy “cotillion” but some serve-yourself recipes are actually quite hip. I suggest you google one of these recipes:

Vodka Cranberry Cooler

Tequila Grapefruit Splash

Bourbon Ginger Snap

Winter Sangria

Spiked Sparkling Cider

Pineapple Mint Punch

  • The mood makes the whole difference – I am a strong believer in the fact that the mood of an event determines its success. Agree or not, music and lighting might be all it needs!
  • Music Mix favorite party tunes with traditional holiday tunes to make the gathering fun. After all, the aim is to infuse holiday cheer into the party without subjecting folks to mind-numbing tracks. Try these to get into the holiday spirit:

Brian Setzer Orchestra- Jingle bells

Trisha Yearwood- it wasn’t his son

Elvis Presley- Blue Christmas

Jose Feliciano-Feliz Navidad

Adam Sandler-The Chanukah Song

Eartha kit- Santa Baby

Bing Crosby- Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Nat King Cole- The Christmas song

  • Lighting Keep the bright overheads off. Go for amber votive candles instead, especially those that give off a temperate glow. Metallic accents are a good idea too since they bounce off light and are instantly festive. I tape the dimmer and light switches in fixed positions so guests don’t accidentally ruin the vibe by leaning on them.

Planning a stress-free holiday can be easy, but requires a bit of thought and planning.

In the comment box below, share your tips for creating a stress free holiday party.

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The wizard of blizzard hasn’t nipped any noses yet, but event planners are already putting their holiday plans in place. To top it up, 2012 is at its end with December barely a month away. I’d suggest you start your planning too if you haven’t already!

Insider Tip: Start planning your holiday party by setting goals and choosing the date, time and location first. This will keep you on-track with the entire plan, while making sure you don’t miss anything. Use this post to create your event objective:

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind:

  • Date ReservationStart by reserving a date for the party now. I personally prefer doing this months in advance and before venues fill their calendars with other holiday activities.
  • Party Theme and Ideas – Decide the party theme, the budget, how large the gathering should be, and whether you will have the food catered. Consider interesting themes like soup parties, caroling parties, costume parties or cocktail parties. For more ideas, brainstorm with friends and colleagues and choose something that is suitable for the audience.
  • Mood Enhancers – Create a welcoming atmosphere. Enhance the lighting and turn on the music. Lighting fixtures can serve as the actual décor as well. Select party soundtracks that popular and a favorite among the majority.
  • Guest list –The guest list has to be prepared well beforehand so you can plan for the party accordingly. Remember, the number of guests to invite will depend on the space and venue.
  • Menu Selection –If you plan to hire a caterer, make sure you consult with them and decide the menu well before the day of the party. I like the idea of creating a menu to match the party décor and theme or having food stations with popular items like perogies, soup, mashed potatoes, ice cream sundaes, raw seafood, or an espresso bar.
  • Invitations –Invitations should be sent out as early as possible so guests can RSVP. Make the invitation cards resourceful, providing the necessary details of the party like location, start and end time, dress code, date, and if they can bring a plus one.
  • Gather all the necessary supplies – Buy all the supplies needed for the party, such as paper goods, food, beverages, decorations etc. Make a list of essential items and be prepared to shop multiple times throughout the planning process.
  • Party Décor –The secret to planning a holiday party successfully is surprising people by giving them a whole new experience. Reinvent décor ideas to give the party a new feel. I like the idea of bringing the outdoors in (for example, turning the interior into an enchanted forest).

You don’t need a background in event planning to become an expert. If you have a knack for organizing and planning, you have the basic skills required to plan your own events (and get paid). Get started right now at www.eventplanningblueprint.com

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