It’s that time again! The weekend is here and we’ve got lots of exciting events lined up. Looking for a day out, good laugh, good eats, or even a date night? ABCey’s weekend lineup has you covered with all the best events to kick-off your days!
1. Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid
Friday, September 18, 2015 | 5pm-9pm | Oakland Museum of California | $7.50 entrance fee
Come out to 10th Street and indulge in all that is Off the Grid! Every Friday at the Oakland Museum of California experience night life the food way! Food trucks, lights, and live entertainment can all be expected at this event. Bring some friends and celebrate TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday)!
2. Free Krispy Kreme Day 2015- Talk Like a Pirate
Friday, September 18, 2015 | All-day | 1575 Sullivan Avenue, Daly City | FREE
Balling on a budget this weekend? No worries! In celebration of International Pirate Day, Daly City’s Krispy Kreme will be hosting it’s FREE Krispy Kreme Day. Put on your best pirate impression and get yourself a free original glazed donut! Great way to sweeten up your Friday!
3.Chris Brown Concert
Saturday, September 19, 2015 | 7pm | Concord Pavilion | Starting at $110
Looking for a good show this weekend? Chris Brown is coming to the Concord Pavilion with special guests including Kid Ink, Fetty Wap, Omarion, and Teyana Taylor! A concert filled with R&B legends you don’t want to miss out!
4. Comedy Fest
Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 6pm | Shoreline Amphitheater |Starting at $26
Come out to Shoreline Amphitheater this Sunday for some good laughs! Dave Chappelle will be head lining along with special guests including Chris Tucker, Tom Segura, and many more! Ease off some of that work week stress and tag along with friends!
5. Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders Football Game
Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 1:05pm | Oakland Coliseum | Starting at $44
Who doesn’t love some Sunday night football? Grab your football fans and head out to the Oakland Coliseum for some good fun! The Oakland Raiders will be facing the Baltimore Ravens in their second game of the season. Make it a day out and tailgate before the game!
Tired of your same old party giveaways? Want to send your guests home with something unique and useful? ABCey Events has got you covered! Here are five fun and easy DIY mason jar party favors sure to end your parties right!
1. Care Package
Send your party goers home feeling cared for! Home essentials such as hand sanitizer, nail clipper, tissues, etc. can make for great care package favors! Make it a first aid kit or glam it up for the girls and add in mani/ pedi utensils!
2. Hot Chocolate Kit
You can never go wrong with hot chocolate favors! They’re appealing to the eye and easy to make and store away. Simply grab your favorite hot chocolate powder (we love Nestlé), layer peppermint candies, and top it all off with some mini marshmallows. Yum!
3. Flower Arrangement
If you’re looking for a classier mason jar idea, the flower arrangement is perfect for your event! Use a clear or colorful jar and let your creativity soar. Add in your favorite flowers (fake or real) and you have yourself a cute little favor and/or centerpiece!
4. Cookie Jar
Cookies are a great way to say thank you! Stack up your favorite store bought or homemade cookies in a jar and wrap a cute label or bow around the top. Send your guests home with a smile!
5. Tea Kit
Nothing is more heart warming than a jar of tea essentials. After a long party, who wouldn’t want to kick back and relax to a nice cup of tea? Package in a few tea bags, a cinnamon stick, and maybe even some honey!
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Bizzabo is an event planning platform site that simplifies the managing process for event planners! It contains many features to boost sales and keep ticketing, emails, agendas, networking, etc. of an event organized! Through ticket sales and access to social media, Bizzabo allows individuals to not only plan, but create buzz for their event! Agendas and emailing features also add to the convenience by keeping all important dates and documentation under one threshold.
“Own Your Event” is the motto at Bizzabo and their goal is to cater to your event the way that you envision it. It doesn’t just stop at promoting an event. Bizzabo encourages users to build better relationships and a successful website to bring in clientele and maximize opportunity!
Here’s some top reasons why Bizzabo is great for event planning:
1. Build Your Website
2. Promote and Sell Tickets
3. Expand Your Community
4. Mobilize Your Event Planning Experience
Event managing is never easy, but with the right tools your planning can be stress-free! Booking venues, hiring vendors, and planning your event size can be managed at the tip of your fingers. ABCey Events has complied 5 apps to simplify event planning for your next occasion!
Get organized in the office or on the go! Evernote is an app that works as a filing cabinet. Brainstorm notes, vendor ideas and important venue research is easily stored, filed, and saved and can be accessed later on different devices. You’ll never have to worry about clutter!
Scanning important documents has never been so easy! ScannerPro allows users to take pictures through a smart device or phone and create PDF’s. As an event planner, distributing information is key to great communication. You’ll never have to worry about getting to a computer at the last minute to send out files. With ScannerPro, documents are easily shared!
Writing a check or transferring money directly from your bank account can pose some security issues. Venmo is an app that allows you to transfer money with the click of a button without the worry of theft! Venmo is a third-party platform that safely transfers and stores your money at your command. Simply, request or pay money out to an individual or vendor and cash it out to your personal bank account when ready!
Hosting a conference or party that involves ticket sales or registration? Eventbrite can help your event run smoothly! Guest lists can be hard to manage with the flow of an event. Eventbrite allows attendees to purchase tickets online and even register via smart device. Go green and make your event paperless! Track statistics and party guests through the app. Share features also allow you to inform family and friends of your event!
5. Super Planner
Be a super event planner/ manager! Super Planner acts as your personal calculator making sure your event stays on budget with venues, vendors, etc. Nobody likes an overcrowded party, with this app capacity is calculated to the tee! Organize and execute your event without unnecessary space or staffing!
Looking to host a party with family/ friends, but don’t want to spend a ton? ABCey Events encourages you to get creative! Maximize your fun and minimize the costs with these 5 DIY budget ideas sure to liven up your party! How do you party on a budget?
These DIY speakers are great for the last minute party go-er! Attach two paper or plastic cups to the ends of a toilet paper roll, cut holes for the sound to echo, and you have yourself an easy invention for your party tunes!
2. Disco Ball
Cut your old CD’s in different squares and glue them to a styrofoam ball. Attach a string and let light reflect! It’ll definitely be the center of attention at your next dance party!
3. Party Lights
Ping pong balls make for a great light decor on your regular set of Christmas lights. Simply take a pair of scissors, poke a hole on one end, and attach it to the bulbs. Lighten up the party, literally!
4. Photo booth
Who needs a professional photographer when you can snap shot your own fun? Stop by your local dollar store, round up some of your favorite funky props, and pose with your friends! Take great quality pictures on your own smart phone and share them.
5. Candy Bar
Create a candy bar table sure to satisfy all your guest’s sweet tooth! Pick a theme and let your crafty side come out. Mason jars are a great and unique way to contain your favorite candies. Buy your favorite sweets or make your own cake pops and chocolate covered pretzel stick!
Having trouble getting your employees on the same page? Need to build a stronger, more connected corporate team? ABCey Events has compiled a list of team building activities around the Bay Area sure to get your team interacting in fun, new ways!
1. Mr. Treasure Hunt
Get your team out of the office and on an urban adventure! Mr. Treasure Hunt is a scavenger hunt that emphasizes problem-solving and team work. Bring out the competitive spirit of your employees with clues, puzzles, and races throughout the city! Locations include Peninsula and South Bay, SF Neighborhoods and Museums, Marin, North Bay, Wine Country, and East Bay.
2. Urban Putt
If you’re looking for a unique experience to share with your employees, then Urban Putt is the place for you to host your next team building event. SF has brought a new concept to miniature golf– playing indoors! Choose from 14 obscure mini-golf courses and let the games begin. Pick teams or play one on one. Either way it is sure to be a great time with fun and food!
3. Paint Night
Take part in a relaxing night over drinks and paint! Paint Night is a great opportunity to bond with fellow co-workers and friends. No painting experience needed! A performing artist will guide a lesson where your group is free to let out their inner Picasso, all while sipping a cocktail or two. Locations are spread throughout the Bay Area at your favorite local bistros. Click here to find your closest Paint Night!
4. Food Truck Challenge
The Food Truck Challenge is a hands on activity sure to get your team’s creative juices flowing! Hosted by TeamBonding.com, The Food Truck Challenge is a culinary competition where individuals are divided into groups and encouraged to create their very own fast-food truck. Market, promote, and allow your ideas to come to life! At the end of the day, share and enjoy the gourmet foods you’ve created!
5. Nerd Improv
Get your corporate team to break out of their shell! Nerd Improv is a great way to foster interaction and good communication skills with your employees! Through building exercises and improv, your team can learn better work ethic and build open relationships. Inquires can be made here for your next event.
Hosted by San Francisco State University’s Pacific Leadership Institute flagship program, the Fort Miley Adventure Challenge is a challenge obstacle course consisting of cables, ladders, and ropes within the woods of Golden Gate Recreational Area at Lands End. Fight through physical, emotional, and mental challenges together to build a stronger team! The event takes place every first Sunday afternoon of the month.
7. The Go-Game
Too busy to plan an extravagant team building event? The Go-Game simplifies the fun! Choose from indoor, outdoor, or training games that enable competition and growth for you and your team! The accessible app makes team building easy and convenient. With the help of The Go-Game team, you’re sure to come out a more improved team– in and out of the office.
8. House of Air
Take flight at your next corporate event! House of Air is a trampoline house offering team building facilities for all ages and skill levels. Activities include games, planned activities for your party, food, and dodge ball. Experience the art of bouncing with your team! Located in the Presidio of San Francisco.
9. Mystery by Design
Do you know the people you work with? Mystery by Design is a great way to break the ice all while solving a mystery! With more than 20 plot lines and twists catered to your event, you’re sure to be a stronger group by the end of the game. Get into character and let your imagination take over. To have the “crime of your life!” click here.
10. Laser Quest
Laser Quest laser tag is another fun way to bring out competition and fun with your employees. Run through lighted multi-leveled mazes, dodge laser bullets, and strategize the best ways to conquer the quest! Located in Mountain View. Book your next quest here.
Fourth of July is just around the corner! Save yourself the struggle of planning a party and join in on all the Bay Area fun. From fireworks to parades, ABCey Events has put together a list of events sure to get your weekend line-up going! What do you have planned?
1. 4th of July Spectacular! (Mountain View, CA)
Saturday, July 4, 2015| 8pm | Shoreline Amphitheater| starting at $38
The San Francisco Symphony is hosting its 29th annual 4th of July Spectacular event at the Shoreline Amphitheater. The orchestra will perform The Sound of Music as a tribute to the anniversary. Tickets are now available. Event starts at 8:00pm with fireworks scheduled to take the sky by 9:30pm!
2. Coca-Cola July 4th Fest 2015 (Vallejo, CA)
Friday, July 3, 2015- Sunday, July 6, 2015 |10:30 am- 10pm | Vallejo, CA| $64.99
Looking to spend your 4th of July weekend doing more than watching fireworks? Six Flags is hosting its annual Coca-Cola July 4th Fest! In celebration of Independence Day, fan favorite rides are set to open an hour early, so everyone has more time for weekend fun! At the end of each night, enjoy a fireworks show! Tickets and season passes are now available.
3. Fremont 4th of July Parade (Fremont, CA)
Saturday, July 4, 2015 | 10am PM | Fremont, CA | Free
The city of Fremont is hosting a 4th of July Parade in the Warm Springs District! Expect to see lots of beautiful floats, musical units, and guest celebrities. Parade is set to start at 10:00am with festivities to follow!
4. Alameda County Fair (Pleasanton, CA)
Saturday, July 4, 2015 | 11am |Pleasanton, CA | $17
Rock the red, white and blue at the final weekend of the Alameda County Fair. Spend the day participating in fun carnival activities and stay until the sun goes down for the 4th of July Fireworks Speculator. They are promising to deliver non-stop, dazzling fireworks set to music preformed by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Fireworks will begin approximately around 9:30. Don’t miss out on fun for the whole family. Purchases tickets here.
5. The Fillmore Jazz Festival (San Francisco, CA)
Saturday, July 4, 2015- Sunday, July 5, 2015| 10am-6PM | San Francisco, CA | Free
The annual Fillmore Jazz Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy Street. Jazz music, culture, and cuisine will be provided. Bring your family or grab some friends. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!
Sending an Evite or Facebook invite can be a little tricky! Not everyone replies in a timely matter and sometimes it’s hard to get a hold of people with tight schedules. Plan for your gathering in an organized fashion! ABCey has put together some tips on how to successfully send an online invitation for your event!
1. Make a Guest List
First things first, know who you want to reach out to! It’s important to know who you want to include in your guest list. Family? Friends? Friends of friends? It’s important to take into consideration all those who should or will be present at your event! Rough estimating with numbers is a good start before jumping into an invitation.
2. Create the Invite
Short, simple, and to the point! The key to creating a perfect invite (especially online) is to keep it to the point! Nobody likes a lengthy description. Staying true to the “Who? What? Where? When? and Why?” should make it easier for guests to understand. Create your invite in a timely fashion. Your invitation is sure to be ignored or forgotten about if you send it 2 months in advance… 1 month in advance is your best bet!
3. Check-In with Your Invitation
Don’t create your online event invitation and expect people to reply! Always make sure to update your invitation with “Don’t forget!” or “Save the date!” ‘s from time to time. Reminders can help people remember your event! Also reaching out to guests individually may help you to get a better understanding of who will be present.
4. Get Creative!
Sending an invite isn’t solely about spreading news to people about your event. It’s also about getting them excited for the party/meeting that’s to come! Add pictures and use fun phrases when trying to publicize it! People are drawn to things that are pleasing to the eye. Have fun with it… Besides, this is an event to look forward to!
Event management is no walk in the park. From vendors, to clients, to caterers, to conferences, to meetings… there’s so many components to planning! Sometimes it’s tough for event managers to stay organized. But with the development of event planning apps such as Wunderlist and Basecamp, there is no doubt an event can flow efficiently! ABCey encourages you to manage your events at the palm of your hands without worry of lost post-it notes or hand written to-do lists!
1. Wunderlist is an online tool and app that allows you to input tasks and to-do lists for yourself and other colleagues. We recently discovered Wunderlist and in our experience, it has shown to simplify the process of planning! It allows you to check mark what is done, know what needs to be done, and also make separate folders to keep everything organized! It’s a great way to jot tasks down while on the go or even help to overview components of an event.
2. BaseCamp is another essential tool for an event planner. Not only does it allow features like Wunderlist, but it also enables you to appoint tasks to fellow colleagues. Communication is made simple with messaging features so you can easily contact your people when important jobs or problems may arise while planning. Communicating with people across country? No problem! BaseCamp even allows the correct time zone to be correlated to fellow business partners. Deadlines will be met accordingly and less stress will dealt with.
The Wunderlist and BaseCamp apps can definitely simplify an event management job. These are just two of many great tools for event planning. Know any other helpful apps? Let us know with a comment or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter!