The dynamic event industry enables ABCey to keep an eye on unique event startups that will help create an unforgettable experience! Here are five of our favorites that can inspire you to start planning your next occasion.
1. EventWith: When planning an event, it can be overwhelming to determine who handles each task. With collaborative planning on the rise, this user-friendly service assists you in deciding when the event will take place, who brings what, and the budgeting needs. Specific features include the division of group lists and tasks in a timely fashion! Check out how it works by watching the video: EventWith – What is it all about?
2. Boomset: Guest list check-in becomes a lot simpler with this innovative service! Forget long lines, now you can check guests in within seconds. Additional services offered include badge printing, and an opportunity to make a donation right then and there through Stripe or Paypal. Pricing is quite affordable for the services you will be provided with!
3. TableCrowd: If you are new to a city, industry, or hobby, it can be tough to find others that are alike. Find those with common interests by meeting and eating! It is simple to start a table, and all you have to do is a pick a restaurant and theme. The service will tell members all about it, and you can also invite friends! Options to join a table that already has a set location and theme is another easy option.
4. Seats.io: Developing the seating chart for an event can be a daunting task. Make your seating chart in a fun and simple way! This service provides an online seating chart drawing tool that can create rows and automatic seat numbering. With the click of the mouse, guests can choose their own seating. The seating charts are also available on any smartphone device for your guests to have full access to!
5. SlideKlowd: Presentations can serve as important elements at events. In order to keep your audience engaged, share your slides to any device! Real-time audience responses can be captured, allowing you to follow up with your participants and create an interactive environment. Guests can ask questions and submit comments for you to respond to. Presenters also have the ability to monitor attention levels and receive direct feedback from their audience!
These 5 event startups can bring innovation to your next event and make it stand out amongst others! Which would you use to leave a lasting impression?! Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook & Twitter!
With the week finally winding down- we want to know, what do you have planned this weekend? At ABCey, we are always looking for the best excuse to get out and enjoy what the city has to offer. Take a look at what we’re most excited for!
FEATURED EVENT: 2014 Edwardian Ball and Faire: |Friday, January 17th-Saturday January 18th| Regency Ball Room, San Francisco| 8pm-2am| The elegant, whimsical and musical Edwardian Ball takes place this weekend at the Regency Ball room. Set in an imagined Edwardian era it blends classic ballroom with fine art, live DJs and costumed attendees in edwardian dress! It is considered one of the not miss events of the year, come and join the fun.
1. Road Show|Thursday January 16th- Sunday January 19th| Eureka Theater, San Francisco| 8pm: Looking for a good laugh? Come out to Eureka Theater this weekend to catch Road Show, a story about the American dream and two brothers searching for the next way to strike it rich spanning from the Alaskan gold rush to the Floridian real estate boom it is sure to be filled with laughter fit for everyone!
2. FOG Design+Art| Saturday January 18th- Sunday January 19th| Fort Mason Center| 11am-7pm| Hosted by SFMOMA FOG is celebrating 100 years or art and design, this year will feature prominent 20th century and contemporary art and dealers. Come out to the Fort Mason Center to enjoy in a wide variety of art, discussions and performances. Tickets can be purchased online for $15 or at the door for $20.
3. Swap O’ Rama-Rama: |Saturday, January 18th| American Steel Studios, Oakland, CA| 1pm-4pm| Swap O’Rama-Rama is a non-profit clothing swap and DIY workshop that takes place in over 100 cities world wide. This Saturday come out Oakland, no admission necessary, and not only learn new crafts, but learn new ways to repurpose anything from house ware to clothing and beyond!
4. Good Food Awards Market Place: | Saturday, January 18th| Ferry Building, San Francisco| All Day| Come out to the Ferry Building this Sunday to get a taste of the winners of the Good Food Awards. This sunday, the winners will be showcasing their products for the public, tickets to the market are $5 at the door and it will be open all day. Come out and enjoy the sunshine and flavors!
5. Civic Symphony Concert: |Sunday, January 19, 2014 | Sir Francis Drake Hotel | 1pm| The San Francisco Civic Symphony was founded in 1931 and is the oldest community symphony on the West Coast. On Sunday they will be showcasing their work at the ballroom in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel for the public. Come out and enjoy the sounds of Tchaikovsky and Strauss among other works, it’s free for all ages!
As 2014 quickly surfaced, event designers made their predictions for hot trends as well as tired ones. At ABCey, we love to keep ahead of the curve on emerging trends, especially in event design. Here are predictions from some top event designers based on three design elements: theme, props, and color palette.
Leslee Bell, founder of Decor & More: Themes can truly set the tone for an event. Leslie says ‘Cirque’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ are themes that will remain popular in 2014. Stand-up receptions will continue to go for the club look, using colors such as grays and blacks to make the setting more enticing than the basic white on white. Circus is a theme that is predicted to be on its way out. As far as props go, Leslie believes the bolder the prop, the bigger the impact. Oversized props such as mirrors, moveable walls, and giant walk-through frames will add depth and drama. She also believes bold, tropical colors are in for the next year.
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Matthew David Hopkins from 360 Design Events: Aligned with Leslee’s predictions on color palettes, David believes bold colors are in, not only for 2014, but for the next few years. He says combining metallics is what’s hot for this year. A mix of gunmetal and gold or copper is in. What’s out: orange is a color that is fading, and won’t make an impact on your 2014 event. Metallic tableware and tinted glass will be found on tabletops at events in 2014. According to Matthew David, a neutral linen combined with a pop of color is “very now.” He also suggests to keep an eye out for cobalt glass, as it will be very prevalent over the next couple years.
Edgar Zamora from Revelry Event Designers: Mixtures of ‘trend’ and ‘Old World’ make unique themes for 2014 events. This theme can be executed by using wood, mirrored, and antique tables. This can create an unforgettable dining experience for 100 – 200 guests. Shabby chic is a theme that is tired, and will not be seen in 2014 events. According to Edgar, guests are looking for events that bring elements with legacy and history. Trending color palettes are basic whites with pops of lavenders and purples.
James Douglas from Shiraz Events: Rustic modern is a hot theme for 2014. This new trend is compiled of raw materials with wood finishes, and a color palette of black and silver. Mason jars, wood coffee tables, and vintage barn pendants can create a rustic setting with a modern twist. Black and gold decor is in, while pleated stage skirting is out. What’s up and coming? Furniture and various decor pieces with neon lining.
Themes, props, and color palettes are each important design elements that add to any event! What do you think of the 2014 predictions from these event designers? Do you have any predictions of your own? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!
Did you know that 50% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution ever year, but only 8% actually follow through? If you’re having trouble sticking to those resolutions like we are then you’ll love these apps! We’ve rounded up the Top 5 resolutions made by Americans and found fantastic mobile apps to help you succeed!
1. Losing Weight/Getting Fit: Don’t let habit and excuses get in the way of your fitness goals! San Francisco’s very own GainFitness is an app that puts every tool in the palm of your hand. With downloadable fitness packs you can tailor your workout to your needs and restrictions while tracking your progress. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself!
2. Read More Books: Still have that stack of books you’ve been meaning to read? Or maybe a friend just suggested a great read but you can’t bring yourself to actually begin? This is where ReadMore comes in. Keep track of your reading list and your habits all in one simple app, we love being able to power through our reading lists with it.
3. Spend Less and Save More: Want to keep track of your spending habits and find out where you can save money on everyday expenses? Mountain View, CA based company Mint is just what you need. Mint keeps track of your accounts and spending habits showing you exactly where your money goes. Its perfect for everyday use or party planning on a budget!
4. Get Organized: Do you have a million things to do in a day? Sounds like we have a few things in common! Use Wunderlist to organize your day and get make sure every task is completed flawlessly! It recycles repeated tasks as well as syncs and updates to all your devices!
5. Staying Sharp: In our crazy day and age maybe you are focusing on making 2014 the year you begin to keep your brain sharp. Tablets and smartphones are the perfect travel toy to keep your ‘thinker’ sharp. Try one of our favorites, FitBrain with games and tasks that help you keep your brain sharp and eager to learn new things!
Every January Las Vegas becomes home to Techies and Gadget Junkies alike for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, otherwise known as CES. This year, we are bringing you our 5 favorite things from CES out of the 3,200 exhibitors, developers and suppliers!
1. Razer Nabu: The Nabu Smartband is leading the pack in the ever growing fitness field. Packaged in a stylish design it combines smart watch capabilities with a host of fitness tracking features! This lifestyle accessory combines the two features with a 7 day battery life, meaning less time charing and more time using the product for everyday tasks. The Nabu does everything from transmitting calls and texts to monitoring activity and sleep patterns for a healthier lifestyle.
2. Samsung Curved Television: Equipped with an Ultra High Definition display Samsung is tackling the concept of morphing screens head on. The debuted an 85″ flat screen television that can convert into a curved screen with the touch of a button. Currently Samsung is working on a product line of morphing and curved screens, look out for those later this year.
3. Ford C-Max Energi: Ford’s thought process on the new Energi concept is to take your charging station with you. How you ask? By creating a solar powered car! With built in solar panels on the roof of the small sedan Ford estimates it will be enough to power 75% of the average driver’s trips. The alternative fuel trend is no longer a trend, the Ford C-Max Energi makes it apparent it is now a way of life. Check out the video here.
4. Pebble Steel Watch: Wearables are the trend for 2014, with many calling it the year ‘nerd fashion’ goes main stream. Pebble has been around, but have taken this wearable smart watch to the next level. The digital display is complimented by a stainless steel or matte black metal band, a far cry from plastic straps on other smart watches. It gets better, at $249 it is not only within range of many high end watches, it begins shipping at the end of this month!
5. Vuzix Eyewear: Google may already have competitors lined up, willing and eager to take Google Glass head on. Vuzix is no exception, tackling Google Glass on. Combining Eyewear as well as headphones it creates a ‘full emersion’ experience. Although it may not be quite ready for mass consumption, it’s obvious that wearable eyewear is the next thing in smart technology. Tell us, what stood out to you at this years CES conference? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!
Looking for some fun events to attend this weekend? San Francisco has tons to offer! We have a comedy experience, an IT training session, a prom-themed Sweet 16 launch party, an exhibition of paintings by Bay Area artist, Karen Barbour, tons of shows at the Rickshaw Stop, and an opportunity to shop local at the Jack of all Trades Market!
FEATURED EVENT: Jack of all Trades Market| Saturday, January 11th | 11am – 5pm | Jack London Square| This season, take advantage of the opportunity to shop local at the Jack of all Trades Market! This great event has unique vendors such as mobile fashion trucks, underground food startups, and over 100 local craft and antique vendors! In addition, you can enjoy food tracks, live music, and craft beer. Just a 15 minute ferry ride away from San Francisco, spend your Saturday outdoors at the market!
1. Rickshaw Stop 10th Anniversary | Thursday, January 9th – Sunday, January 12th| 8pm |Rickshaw Stop| Come out to celebrate the Rickshaw Stop’s 10th Anniversary of rocking the San Francisco music scene! The former TV studio has a full bar and food service. Check out this vintage space which also includes foosball and Skeeball tables, and an awesome balcony! The Geographer date has sold out, but don’t worry, there are plenty of more artists! Tickets are still available for The Spits, Mikal Cronin, Yacht, Leslie & the Ly’s, and more. Get tickets and additional info here!
2. “No Should be As Friendly As Yes” New Work by Karen Barbour| Friday, January 10th | 6 – 8pm |Fouladi Projects| Attend a compelling exhibition of paintings by the Bay Artist, Karen Barbour! Karen’s portfolio is a blend of figures and abstractions, and utilizes a combination of ink, oil, gouache, and collage. Her sketchbook is made up of innovative thoughts and drawings that are eye catching! Come out and appreciate this San Franciscan’s art, and get a sneak peek here!
3. Prom Night: Redux | Friday, January 10th | 8pm – 12pm | Roxie Theater |Looking for a fun themed event for the weekend? The prom-themed Sweet 16 launch party for the 16th Annual SF IndieFest also serves as the kick off party for the I Was A Teenage Teenager teen-themed film series, which will be screening January 10 – 14 at the Roxie Theater. DJ Junkyard of Litterbox and DJ Shindog of New Wave City will provide the tunes to bring out those 80s style dance moves, and Out of the booth photobooth will provide you with images to hold on to memories of those tiaras and tuxedos forever! To get in for free, you can simply join the Facebook fan page and you will be added to the list. Tickets are also available at the door. Want to learn more? Visit the SF IndieFest 2014 and I Was a Teenage Teenager!
4. Intro to HTML5 – IT Training | Saturday, January 11th | 10am – 12pm | Training and Entrepreneurship Academy| In today’s day and age, it’s important to stay current with the always changing world of technology! Are you a beginner who is looking to learn more about web programming? HTML5 for Beginners is a web programming class that will provide you with useful tools to make life in the technology and business world much easier. Start your Saturday with this can’t miss educational event that will give you the resources and confidence to be successful and tech-savvy!
5. Mortified Live | Saturday, January 11th – Sunday, January 12th | 7:30pm | DNA Lounge |Ever think reliving youthful years of your past could provide entertainment? Come out to the DNA Lounge to enjoy a truly comical experience! Mortified adults will read their letters, poems, and teen diaries in front of a group of total strangers. You do not want to miss this 2 night event! Listen to the fun narratives of others while thinking of your own hilarious memories from your teenage years. The first night takes place right here in San Francisco, and the second night takes place in Oakland. Get your tickets here!