The time has finally come to bring out the costume you’ve been planning all year because it’s officially HALLOWEEN. This year’s holiday falls on a Saturday and a rare blue full moon — which calls for a long night of extra spooky celebrations. As much as we love to go all-out on costumes, binge eat our fave candies, and pull out all the stops on the office and home decorations, Halloween 2020 will be slightly different this year. But different doesn’t mean canceled. We need to get a lil’ creative to continue spooky szn (social distance style), and that’s why we’ve come up with some ideas to not let the Halloween fun die this year.

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Here are 5 ways to virtually celebrate Halloween with your staff, friends, or family while in quarantine:

🎃Virtual costume contest: there’s no need to let your Oscar-worthy costume go to waste. Be sure everyone who joins in on the call is dressed and ready to go in costume. To make it a real contest, send out categories such as scariest costume, funniest costume, or most creative costume. Have all attendees vote during the call using the poll feature or private chat feature, and organize prizes such as e-gift cards for places like UberEats or Amazon. May the best costume win!

🎃 Virtual games: curate a list of Halloween themed games to be a part of the night’s itinerary. Escape rooms, murder mystery, online tarot card readings, Ouiji board experience — your options are endless to select games that will maintain the creepy tone. These games will challenge, scare, and bring everyone together! By the way, we have suppliers that offer amazing game experiences from escape rooms to murder mystery challenges so you can keep up the dark vibes!


With the pandemic outbreak, things have been moving fast and we’re here to help you keep up. While event planners are agile, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ways to plan in a world we’re not so used to yet. We’ve been working hard to listen to you, and to adapt to our everchanging new reality.

We ultimately believe human connection is unbeatable but we’re all about the here and now. We’ve spent the past few months bettering our product (and ourselves — lots of at-home workouts and bread baking).

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At the beginning of the pandemic outbreak, we took the time to connect with some of our clients and potential clients. While conversations flowed, our “discovery program” formed naturally. Our discovery program is made up of planners from top companies who test our new features and give us feedback on how we can make it even better. Through 100s of discovery calls, we realized planners needed an easy tool to connect their teams and event attendees, without putting anybody at risk. …


Summer 2020 has been different for all of us, to say the least. Instead of a summer filled with music festivals, office 5–7s, jet setting, and endless beach days, we’ve now embraced cottage weekends, many (maybe too many) nights at the driving range, and countless outdoor activities. Despite our summer adventures differing from our usual, we’ve all made the best of it. As we notice the sun beginning to set a little earlier, pumpkin spice szn creeps upon us. So let’s take the time to celebrate the last of our new summer norm, and end on a positive note — safely of course.

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We came up with the ultimate guide to throwing the best & safest end of summer-COVID friendly party. While we’re not talkin’ corporate events, there’s a little event planner in all of us so we wanted to spill the tea on all things from cool parties to tips on how to keep everyone safe.

PARTY IDEAS

To really WOW your guests and bid this summer (a bittersweet) goodbye we’ve come up with some ideas to exit summer 2020 with a bang.

Movie night

Drive-in theatres have been popping off this summer, bringing us back to an era we all wanted to be a part of. Even better, now, you can bring the drive-in theatre to your home. Set up your outdoor theatre by using a projector on the side of your house or garage and host a screening of your film favorites. Plan a girls' night watching Mean Girls, have a scary movie marathon with the Halloween franchise, or a total action-packed night with your fave Fast & the Furious. Be sure to have ample amounts of space for the screening so you and your guests can all properly social distance. Get cozy with a cute lounge set up to set the mood. Need deco inspo? Check out our End of Summer Party Pinterest board for ideas to create movie vibes. Don’t forget to prep all the best movie snacks to munch on during the film! Make it a true movie theatre concession stand heaven and have a table lined up with all the best movie treats. Go all out — serve popcorn, a variety of candies & chocolates, nachos, and hot-dogs. …


As strict lockdown guidelines are beginning to lift, we’re finally starting to think about reigniting the distant memory of IN-PERSON events. It’s safe to say that we are all beyond excited to ditch the Zoom fatigue, however, as we begin our event planning processes, we must keep in mind that in order for our events to run smoothly, we need to be on our safety A-game. Remember that over these quarantimes, your guests have likely developed a heightened sense of germaphobia, and they will pay close attention to their risks of infection when deciding whether or not to attend your event. So, it’s imperative that you communicate and implement COVID-19 proof safety measures so that all event-goers can enjoy each other’s company at ease.

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We understand you’re nervous to get going, but we’ve come up with an extensive, yet concise safety checklist for you to refer back to as you strategize for your post-COVID celebrations.

Size Up Your Risk: First and foremost, you need to assess the risk that COVID-19 might be transmitted at your event. Particularly, if you’re a corporate event planner, the spreading of the virus at one of your events could quickly turn into a PR nightmare. So, working on a comprehensive risk assessment strategy will not only help you make more informed decisions but also sleep more soundly at night.

To measure the risk, you should consider many different factors. Recognize that the chance of infection will increase with the number and age of guests, the location of the event and if the event is held indoors instead of outside. Once you’ve accounted for these, you can make more knowledgeable decisions on what safety measures you will take. …


These past few months of quarantine have put a serious strain on the events industry. Our social gatherings have been limited to (many) virtual happy hours and socially distanced picnics, which have forced us to adjust from our usual hustle and bustle. It’s safe to say that we’re all starting to miss authentic human interaction.

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Thankfully, there’s a glimmer of light at the end of this tunnel. As gathering restrictions ease-up, we’ll soon have a better idea of when events can start again. In the meantime, we’re (im)patiently waiting for the green light on hybrid events. It can be difficult for planners to keep virtual guests engaged, that’s why this new way of planning is the way to go.

Luckily, we’ve researched, listened, read, and talked over just about everything Hybrid. We’ve got you covered with the 7 best ways to create a memorable event for both in-person and virtual attendees.


If you thought a pandemic would stop the event planning industry, think again!

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Meet Sara a 29-year-old event planner for a well-funded tech company. She’s been mandated to plan an event to ‘welcome back’ the team after working from home for way too long. The big issue here? The company has offices in 3 different cities with over 200 employees. Hoping to impress her coworkers, she’s been scrolling Pinterest and Google-ing non-stop. Sara is struggling to find a way to bring everyone together and make them feel united again. How can she make this a memorable event when there are still so many restrictions on gatherings? Sara’s not alone. …

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