ABCey Presents: 10 High Tech Photobooth Trends of 2018

Besides your swag bags, photos taken at your event are the best memorabilia any guest could have. Photobooths are a great way to get your attendees involved and can be the perfect social media marketing strategy too! From artful product design to social enablement, these photobooth experiences are designed to seamlessly complement your brand and maximize visibility and engagement. ABCey has compiled a list of 10 high tech photobooth trends of 2018 that you can try at your next event!

 

1. 360 Degree Photobooth

360 Degree Photo Booth
Picture from Pixperience

With a rig set up around, your guests can take a picture where you can view it from all angles! This creates an amazing photo-op for groups or singles, and creates an interactive component with the photo. Pixperience has some great 360 photobooths for your events!

 

2. Projector Booths

Projector Booth
Photo from Mega Booth

Instead of having to single still backdrops, spruce it up a little with a projector booth! You can switch up the backdrops for every photo and can also personalize it for every person! Ask if your guests want to upload one of their videos for a background or if they want to choose one from the set! Either way, guests are able to interact with whatever background they choose to create the perfect photo!

 

3. GIF Booths

Animated GIFs (pronounced “JIF,” like the peanut butter brand) have completely permeated, and in some cases, taken over social media! Let your guests create record a short and fun, animated photo to let them remember what a great time they had at your event. We even had our very own from Bosco at the Sephora VIB Rouge SF Flagship Launch, and our guests had a blast using it!

 

4. Light Painting Photobooth

Photo by SnapFiesta

Painting with lights. It’s an unforgettable photo op! You can use these lasers to write words or draw shapes in midair and the photo captures it all! It creates an amazing effect and allows you to get a little creative too! What will your light say?

 

5. Hashtag Photobooth

#Hashtags #Are #Everywhere! Who can resist them too? They are a fun way to help others find pictures similar to the one you posted. With this booth, you take a photo with the event hashtag and the hashtag printer will print a copy of the photo with the hashtag to put up on the mosaic wall! It’s a great way to personalize every photo with unique hashtags from your attendees!

 

6. Flipbook

A picture is worth a thousand words. This flipbook is a way to tell a whole story through a stack of photos. By printing frame by frame, these photos look as if the guests are moving, allowing you tell a story or show some dance moves, too! Giggle and Riot have super cool flipbook photobooths for your stop motion stories!

 

7. iPad Booths

iPad Photo Booth

These little iPad booths are nothing new, but have really started to gain popularity lately! People are realizing how fun and convenient these photobooths are! You are able to take the photo and send it to yourself, without any hassle or wait. It also doesn’t need to be manned all night long, so you can focus on the other aspects of your event!

8. Mirror Booth

Mirror Photo Booth
Photo from Unique Events

Don’t you wish that you can see yourself while you take your photos so you know you look good? Here’s the answer to all your prayers, the mirror photobooth! With this, you can see your own poses in the mirror while it takes your photo! Say goodbye to awkward poses and stray hairs you missed when you checked yourself out!

9. Video Photobooth

Video from Bosco

These photobooths are amazing because you can make a short little clip, featuring you! It’s the perfect way to show off some of your dance moves or let a little of your silly side out. And, you can send them directly to yourself!

 

10. Ball Pit Photobooth

Ball Pit Photobooth
Photo from SnapFiesta

Who doesn’t love a good ball pit? Let your guests relive their childhood memories by diving into a pit of balls to take the perfect photo! It’s the optimal time to let your inner child out and capture these moments of joy!

 

What’s your favorite high tech photobooth? Are there any we missed? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

 


ABCey’s San Francisco Weekend Lineup 6/21-6/24

It’s almost Friday! ABCey brings you this week’s San Francisco Weekend Lineup with the top events in the Bay Area! It’s going to be packed with lots of LGBT pride!

Weekend Lineup: Giants LGBT Night

Pride backpack
San Francisco Giants LGBT Night

June 21st | 7:15pm |special event ticket package |AT&T Park

Celebrate the Bay Area’s rich LGBT culture with the San Francisco Giants! If you purchase a special event ticket package, you’ll get a ticket to the evening’s Giant’s game, access to a pre-game party, and a limited edition gift. Part of the proceeds will go towards supporting local LGBT-focused non-profits!

SF Pride Parade Celebration

People dancing in colorful apparel at SF Pride celebration
San Francisco Pride Celebration

June 23rd | 12pm-6pm |Tickets|Civic Center Plaza

It’s that time of year again! Come out to all the festivities to prepare for the 47th annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride! There will be inspirational speakers, music, food, and more to get you excited for the parade on Sunday.

Pink Mammoth Block Party

Pink Mammoth Block Party Facebook Coverphoto
Pink Mammoth Block Party

June 23rd | 12pm-9pm |$15-$20 Cover|119 Utah St.

The 6th annual Pink Mammoth Block Party will be happening again this year! Join in on the fun and wear all the pink you own. There will be lots of dancing, musical stylings provided by Thomas Jack and Pink Mammoth residents, and food! This year will feature the upcoming interactive Tree of Life and the Trolley Stage with a historic San Francisco Cable Car operating as a stage. Visit the Pink Mammoth Facebook Page for more info.

SF Pride Parade & Rally

People marching at SF Pride Parade
San Francisco Pride Parade

 June 24th | 10:30am-6pm |Tickets|Embarcadero to Civic Center

Want to really show your pride? Make a sign and come march in the parade or cheer on the crowd! There will also be festivities like inspirational speakers, music, and food to enjoy as well. This event is a special tradition that’s near and dear to SF’s heart, so join in and wear your brightest apparel!

Frameline 42, International LGBTQ Film Festival

People viewing films at the International LGBTQ Film Festival
San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

Ends June 24th | Times Vary |Tickets|Castro Theatre

The film festival that came to town on June 14th will be closing this Sunday, June 24th! Come see some groundbreaking documentaries, cinematic classics, and heart-warming films. Don’t miss out on the longest-running, largest, and most widely LGBT cinema film exhibition in the world!

Whether you want to showcase your pride by joining a crowd in your brightest outfit, viewing an LGBT-related film, or by enjoying some baseball, there are plenty of ways to show some LGBT pride this weekend

Are you excited for Pride Weekend? Let us know which event you’ll be attending in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!


ABCey’s Weekend Lineup 7/14-7/16

It’s almost Friday! ABCey brings you this week’s Weekend Lineup with the top events in the Bay Area for the upcoming weekend! There is everything from craft fairs and trunk shows to pop ups and block parties! 


Weekend Lineup: Renegade Craft Fair

Weekend Lineup

July 15th-16th | 11am-6pm | Free Admission | Fort Mason Center Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

If you love arts and crafts, then this is the place to be this weekend! Over 300 craft makers and designers will be in attendance to show their creativity for this one-of- a kind shopping experience! These vendors will include modern handmade merchandise such as jewelry and accessories, art, fashion, ceramics, candles, illustration, stationery, home decor, cookware, apothecary, and much more!

Burning Man “Beyond the Fence Trunk Show & DJ Party”

Weekend Lineup

Saturday, July 15th | 12pm-6pm | Free Admission | The Great Northern, 119 Utah St., San Francisco, CA

Who’s getting excited for Burning Man?! Shop while you dance to DJs at this years trunk show as you prepare for the desert. Over 30 designers will be selling merchandise perfect for the desert that will make your Burning Man experience one to remember!

SF Etsy Pop Up

weekend lineup

Saturday, July 15th | 11am- 5pm | Free Admission | Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA

Etsy is popping up in San Francisco! Come shop from the SF Etsy team or take a crafting class at the heart of the Ghirardelli Square! If you’re planning to stop by for the crafting class, you must RSVP! 

Menlo Summerfest

weekend lineup

July 15th & 16th | 10am-6pm | Free Admission | Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, California

Summer is here and that means it’s outdoor festival season! This two day event includes live music, art, delicious food and beverages, home and garden exhibits and a lot of fun activities for kids!

Summer of Love Dance Party

weekend lineup

Saturday, July 15th| 7pm-10pm | Free Admission | 50 Moraga Ave, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA

Get your groove on and celebrate the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary! This dance party will play your favorite tunes from the 60s as you get to cruise back in time! There will also be face painting, henna tattoos, classic photo booths and much more!


What events will you be attending this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter page!

 

 

 

 

 


ABCey’s Top 10 Live Art Performances

ABCey’s Top 10 Live Art Performances are a must have feature at your next event! These captivating and unique performances will bring your event to the next level! We cover everything from sand art animations  to live mural painting to water light graffiti!

1. 3D Sidewalk Chalk Art

Live 3D Graffiti Art

3D Street Art is a fun attraction to incorporate into any outdoor event! This family friendly art is a show that kids and adults will both love! It’s the perfect performance to include in almost any event! 

2. Sand Art Animations

Charlene Lanzel, a famous sand artist, creates amazing live performance using sand, a light box and a projector. This funky performance is the ultimate way to bring your event to life!

3. Speed Painted Portraits

Speed Painting

Rock Demarco does speed paintings that are finished in under 10 minutes! These fast-past paintings are fun for everyone and make the perfect personalized party favor to send home with your guests!

4. Glitter and Glue Art

Glitter and Glue Art

Everyone loves glitter! So why not include a Glitter Art Performance at your next event? This amazing art would make the best addition to any event!

5. Water Light Graffiti Paint

Water Light Graffiti

Antonin Fourneau uses Water Light Graffiti to by using LED lights and water. This interactive and unique type of art will wow your guests and create a beautiful show in the process!

6. Custom Shadow Show

Live Art Performances: Custom Shadow Show

Wow your guests with an extraordinary shadow show! This unique performance is a sure way to create a memorable event that your guests will never forget!

7. Digital Paintings

Live Digital Paintings

Jeremey Sutton combines technology and painting to create this art masterpiece! Digital Paintings are a cool way to integrate technology into your event!

8. Graffiti Art/Live Murals

Graffiti and Live Mural Painting

The Graffiti Kings create live murals with graffiti at events all over the world! Watch the artists in action as they spray paint huge incredible portraits right in front of your eyes!

9. Projection Mapping Live Performance Art

Projection Mapping Live Performance Art

Incorporate new projection mapping technology into live art performances for the ultimate experience at your next event! A Dandy Punk performances are great for any occasion!

10. Live Art Performances: Art Exhibitions

Live Art Exhibitions

Allen Axelrod’s interactive art performance is an awesome show to include in any event! This unique and fun work of art will definitely impress any audience!

 

What’re your favorite live art performances? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter?

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Your Fab Fourth of July Check-List

As we approach 2017’s Fourth of July weekend, ABCey has made the ultimate check-list for your perfect patriotic party! Here are 10 of our favorite recipes, decorations, and party must-haves for your greatest Fourth of July yet! 

fourth of july celebration

1. USA Rice Crispy Treats

Everyone loves a tasty treat at a party! These colorful rice crispy treats are perfect for your Fourth of July gathering! Plus they are great for all ages & the straws add a perfect touch

2. Festive Donuts

These patriotic donuts look too good to eat! The festive frosting is an easy add-on for the perfect dessert

3. Confetti Balloons

Next, instead of ordinary balloons, try these confetti filled balloons for a unique and sparkling touch to your event!

4. Star Spangled Sangria

Sangria is the perfect summer drink, so why not customize it for the Fourth of July! Add some colorful fruit to make your cocktail look & taste delicious!

5. LED Star Sunglasses

Light up the party with these great LED star sunglasses! They glow in red, white and blue colors and are perfect for night time when the fireworks are displayed! 

6. Perfect Utensil Holder

Here’s a great way to display your table wear for this American holiday! Grab some patriotic-colored plastic forks and spoons to pair with these festive mason jars

7. Trendy Garland

Garland can be used for any holiday or event! Add some color around the house or outside with this red, white and blue tissue garland by Etsy

8. Fourth of July Fantastic Photo Booth

Grab some confetti & sparklers to set up an unforgettable photo booth for you & your guests! These DIY firework poppers are the perfect accessory for your event photos!  Find how to make them here

9. DIY Ring Toss

If you’re having a backyard BBQ or party, this easy-to-make game is perfect! It’s great for guests of all ages and super decorative for any backyard gathering! Here is how to make & create this festive game. 

10. Summer Smoothies

Cool down with some refreshing & heathy smoothies for this hot holiday! A great alternative for sangria for the youngsters under 21! Here is the link to some delicious smoothie recipes that are sure to get you in the Fourth of July spirit

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How are you celebrating the Fourth of July? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter

 

Sources: CoolGlow, Etsy, Brit + Co, Guest of a Guest, Country Living, Etsy, Tell Love and Party, Everyday Dishes, Brit + Co


Snapchat’s Newest Feature Snap Map for Trending Events

Here at ABCey Events, we like to stay up to date on all the latest event and social media trends! Last week Snapchat launched their newest feature Snap Map, and continues to lead the way as the one of the most innovative social media platforms. Snap Map allows anyone to connect with nearby users and trending events. Read on for tips on how to use Snap Map to find the hottest trending events!


How Snap Map works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvl82FfnUvw

Its easy to get started! Open the app, simply pinch to zoom out, and view the map. Once you are on the map, you will notice “Actionmojis”  which are friends choosing to share their location with you.

Snap Map

Beyond friends, Snap Map highlights trending events happening nearby.  You will also notice “heat” colors on the map which indicate the amount of snaps being uploaded at an event. The more snap stories uploaded through the our story feature the “hotter” the event!

Snap Map is an entirely new way to browse content and discover the most popular events. It connects you with friends and nearby users seeking adventure! We love the Snap Map feature because it helps us stay in touch with friends and broadcast our most popular events! What will Snapchat come up with next?


Have you tried Snap Map? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook or Twitter!

 

 


ABCey’s #TechTuesday: Candy Mechanics

#TechTuesday highlights the best and brightest ideas in the tech world.  In today’s #TechTuesday, we feature Candy Mechanics, a 3D scanning CNC Chocolate machine.

Candy Mechanics

Candy Mechanics 3D Printer

 

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Candy Mechanics has a created a hand-held portable 3D scanner, which is used to scan a persons head. After this is completed, the scan is created into a 3D model by using a ‘Candy Carve’ to sculpt the head out of chocolate in under 5 minutes! These chocolate treats are the ultimate addition to any event!

Candy Mechanics

These personalized and delicious chocolates are a fun gift that your guests will love! This new technology allows people to create their own face as a 3D chocolate Lolpop. Candy Mechanics also has customizable Candy Cards, which carves personalized letters onto chocolates. Candy Cards and Lolpops would make the perfect party favor for any occasion! Bring these fun chocolates to your next event with their Mobile Candy Card and make your event truly unique!

What do you think about Candy Mechanics? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook!

 


ABCey’s Weekend Lineup Pride Edition 6/22/17-6/25/17

It all about LOVE this weekend! ABCey brings you the Weekend Lineup for the best pride events happening in the Bay Area! Let’s kick it off with a sunset cruise and end with the annual Pride Parade!


Weekend Lineup: Gay Pride Sunset Cruise

Pride sunset cruise weekend lineupJune 23rd | 6-10pm | General Admission $65 | Pier 40, 89 King Street San Francisco, CA 94107

On Friday evening the Pride Sunset Cruise will set sail past and underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Skyline. The cruise will also be stocked with a full bar and DJ! Spread the love and don’t miss this awesome event with a beautiful view and great music!

19th Annual Pride Brunch

Pride Brunch weekend lineupJune 24th | 11am-2pm | General Admission $75 |Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Come brunch for a good cause at the annual 19th Pride Brunch. There will be auctions, raffle prizes and unlimited gourmet buffet.. yum! Whats even better is the proceeds will go to support the SF-based Positive Resource Center!

Pride at the Armory

Pride at the armory weekend lineupJune 24th | 9pm-4am | General Admission $75 |The Armory, 333 14th Street San Francisco, California 94110

Pride at the Armory will be the biggest pride party in SF history! There will be lots of dancing, music, and cocktails.

Pride Celebration

Pride Celebration weekend lineupJune 24th&25th | 12-6pm | Free Admission | Civic Center Plaza

The Pride Celebration is one of the biggest events this weekend! This two day event will be filled with inspirational speakers, performers, music, and more! Don’t miss this!

Pride Parade

gay pride parade weekend lineupJune 25th |10:30am | Free Admission | Market Street from Beale to 8th

This weekend will end with the world-famous parade! The Pride Parade will have over 240 parade contingents celebrating the LGBT community and diversity. Be apart of the thousands attending the 47th Annual Pride parade this year!


Will you be celebrating pride week with us? Which event are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!


ABCey Presents: Top 5 Event Planning Apps

Smart phone apps have become increasingly beneficial, especially in the event planning industry. There are many apps available now that can help event profs become more efficient in their day-to-day tasks. Here are ABCey’s Top 5 Event Planning Apps that are crucial for staying up to date on all the latest event trends

1. Super Planner

event planning apps technology

This useful app is a great business application tool for the professional event planner, including calculators for venue capacity, staffing, catering, staging, projection and dance floor, as well as useful tips. ($9.99)

2. Boomset 

event planning apps technology

Boomset focuses on event registration. Easily check attendees in with their QR scanner. Event organizers can also use this event app to print badges, or create wristbands. It also has integrations with other event management platforms so that event registration is as painless for organizers as possible. (FREE app) 

3. myParties 

event planning apps technology

“myParties” is simple and extremely easy-to-use event planner app. It lets you organize your party with utmost convenience. You can schedule times, make invitations and have the much-needed control of the bills. (FREE app) 

4. Social Tables

Social tables app event planning

Social Tables is a super efficient check-in tool. It provides a fast, professional and secure alternative to Excel or paper event guest lists. Their web-based app also makes 2D or 3D diagramming and seating charts easier. (FREE app, monthly service pricing)

5. Monefy

Monefy app event planning

Monefy aims to remove all the clutter from tracking expenses. It allows you to view graphs, export data, and sync to Dropbox. The app makes it easy to manage all of your event expenses in one place. Event planning is an on-the-go job, having an app like this is a godsend. ($0.99) 

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What event planning apps do you use? Have you tried any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook & Twitter pages! 

 

Sources: Social Tables, Bizzabo, iGeeksBlog, Ticketbud 


ABCey’s Startup Monday: Otto

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Otto, a technology- based truck that enables self-driving. 


About Otto

Otto

If you happen to see a commercial truck with no driver, this may be the new startup Otto! This new technology allows drivers to take a break from the road and let the truck do all the driving. Truck drivers now have the ability to eat lunch or even take a nap on long haul drives!

The development of this technology continues to increase as the need for freight steadily rises. With the shortage of truck drivers, this self driving device will help the trucking industry with their deliveries. These deliveries provide events with the necessary goods needed such as chairs and tables. Without this delivery, the event may not go as planned as people would not have anywhere to sit!

Last year, Otto had it’s first successful shipment using the technology of the self-driving truck with delivering 50,000 Budweiser beers and I mean, who doesn’t love beer?

Another great characteristic of Otto, is that they are always looking to enhance their transportation network. The modern technology is advancing at a rapid speed, as they desire to fulfill their mission.

We love that Otto wants to always take new approaches to better the future, just like ABCey Events!


Are you interested in Otto? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!