Friday, April 30, 2010

Hats Off!

There are almost too may events happening around the region to discuss but perhaps the one that everyone knows is Point-to-Point at Winterthur. The event is held in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. Big hats, big tailgates, and this year big heat will all be part of the scene.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hooray for Hollywood!

We have been getting many requests for a Hollywood-style experience. And while our event designs are all custom we can accommodate a rental with some of our in-stock Hollywood signature decor. We have (apparently two of the few in the area) 6' wide by 25' long Red Carpets and the chrome stanchions that flank them. We also have a hand painted 8' tall x 16' wide "Hollywood Sign" hard wood backdrop as well. (2) 12' tall, (2) 9' tall, (2) 7' tall and (2) 5' tall white canvas palm trees work wonderfully for this theme especially when hit with colored light from our wireless lighting units. And don't forget our red lip couch- it totally says Hollywood!


Creating a special tabletop design for the Delaware College of Art & Design (DCAD) fundraiser. Going to make tabletop a piece of original art; build tablescape around colors, concept; add high-end chairs, amazing florals, china, crystal settings. Perhaps the winning bidder will "dine in the islands" at a very plush resort!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Planning Factory's Working with a Reality TV Show! Have you Heard???

If you haven't already heard, Planning Factory is working with a Reality TV Show called "Party Mamas." We're looking for Party Mamas OR Party Papas interested in throwing an event for their child.

Check out the article featured in the May 2010 issue of Delaware Today Magazine. This provides an overview of our partnership with Party Mamas and requests interested parties to contact the Producer, Stacey Jenkins, today!

Delaware Today Article: "Playing First String"

If you're interested or know someone who might be, tell them to contact Stacey or PFI today. Party Mamas will be filming this summer and early fall in Delaware.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Troll in the Closet

We all found this an adorable story, full of childhood innocence and compassion.

A friend was talking with another nurse acquaintance recently who told this story:

The nurse has a challenged son who is now 16 years old. A large kid for his age, he is now capable of being left on his own for short periods of time while his mother runs under 1/2 hour errands close by. Even so, she calls him frequently to check on him while she is out.

When she asked him during her first call how he was doing he replied: "I'm fine, I'm pushing cookies under my closet door to feed the Troll in my closet".
Now the Mom had never experienced any imaginary friends with her son before so she turned the car around quickly and went back home to check.

When she entered the room, sure enough her son was pushing cookies under his closet door. Asking her son to please stand aside, and fully expecting to see a small animal that had gotten in somehow, she opened her son's closet door.

Screaming and jumping back she discovered the "Troll" in the closet was a Small Person!

Apparently this man had stopped by as part of the Census taking process and when the son opened the door to him, the son was thrilled that he had a new friend and picked him up bodily and placed him in the closet and proceeded to feed him cookies under the door!

The census taker knew there was no harm meant and decided to wait patiently until Mom returned to "rescue" him. The two new friends parted- happily ever after.

Gala vs Gala

some say tomato some say tomata...

some say gayla some say gala...

except no one says tomata---it's really just an expression. but people really do say "gayla"...WHY!!????

Monday, April 19, 2010

Overheard at the WOW Gala...

Another successful (and record-breaking) fundraiser happened this past Saturday night, the DE HIV Consortium's WOW Gala . This event does a remarkable job raising awareness while having a spectacular time.

Many of our friends that attend are Gay and one special friend had this to say about another event he attended:

"I went to an event recently and there was a female stripper there and I just had to give her a $20 tip." (You're probably wondering like I was, why this Gay guy is tipping a straight female stripper.)

Wait for it....

He continued:

"We'll she had on the most spectacular shoes I had ever seen! They were gray snakeskin with a 6 inch chrome heel. I loved them!"

When I stopped laughing I had to tell him that was probably the gayest remark I ever heard and his reply was: "I know but I had to, they were great!"

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Proms are all the Rage!

The spring season has kept the PFI Team busy with multiple Prom Event Designs. We always enjoy it, as we all relish in all of our own Junior & Senior prom memories. You know the fond memories we speak of, right?

Like the Excellent Cuisine at the Venue:

Yikes, anyone have a Mylanta?!?!?

How about the awesome Decor?

What horrible Prom themes our student bodies selected!

Ooh, and what about those designer duds???


It's so nice to be in the position we're in now, to help make better memories! We're working on some truly fantastic custom-designed Signature Environments. Let us know if we can help work with you and your school to design a spectacular affair!

Stay tuned for photos... or visit our website for more information...!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Why hold a Social Event?

Social Events (just like Corporate Events) are held by individuals to acheive very specific goals. You may want to celebrate a family member's or an organization's acheivements and milestones. Perhaps you are interested in promoting your association's or organization's programs and want to reach out to an extended client base.

A Social Event brings people together and a professional planning company like Planning Factory International can help with all the elements that make the event a success. From the most enticing custom invitation, the just right venue and decor, to the perfect food and beverage menu and everything in between, we know how to make your Social Event a Special Event!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


For a real eye opener, read, "The Speed of Trust" - couldn't be more applicable in today's world.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Derby Day Events

The first Saturday in May is perfect for celebrating the Kentucky Derby with your friends and family. Here are some simple ideas to make your event fabulous:

  1. First call Planning Factory International to create your Derby Experience with signature decor and props, food & beverage menus, themed activities and entertainment.

  2. Create a Race Day Program. Use horse racing terms to outline your party details.

  3. Remind your guests to dress the part- Top hats, skimmers and derbys for the men and large garden party hats for the ladies (the bigger the better!).

  4. Encourage good-natured betting without exchanging money. Offer prizes to the winners (like your table centerpieces after the event). Or make it simple and put all the Derby horses' names in a cup, each guest pulls a name until someone pulls the winner- provide a small prize like a chocolate horseshoe or roses.

  5. Complete the party with time-honored Kentucky favorites like barbecue, fried chicken and of course Mint Juleps.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


We've been contacted by a reality show out of Canada who wants to work with Planning Factory Bermuda to produce a show featuring a fun, social event! It's called Party Mamas (and Papas); so if any of you are out there and planning something fun and exciting, please contact or ASAP to talk about this amazing opportunity!

Friday, April 9, 2010


Hey out there . . . it's getting closer! Your and my favorite date - April 15! News today is that 47% of Americans aren't paying anything to the Government this year. Get those "cards and letters" out by next week, especially if you're one of the 53% ! We need 'ya!

Signed, "Sarcasm Running Rampant" at PFI

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Unique Social Event Venues

While a large Ballroom with all the amenities might suit your event perfectly, some of you want something very different for your Wedding, Anniversary, Sweet 16, Quincenara, Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration.

Museums, Sports Arenas, Private and Public Parks, unfinished, raw Construction Space, Boats, Beaches, Mansions, Camps- anything the Planning Factory International minds can dream of, can be transformed into an event venue that matches your personality and interests!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Send Out Cards

Planning Factory International is a distributor of Send Out Cards. If you're interested in learning more about this FABULOUS company, please contact a PFI Team Member today.

What a great way to market to your clients, friends and family members with traditional greeting cards mailed directly for just $1.00. Did we mention you can upload your very own photos - we prefer our EVENT photos!!!


And who doesn't like to receive a letter in the mail?!?!?!

Further Proof That There Are NO COINCIDENCES!!

So I go to the Government Procurement Meeting yesterday. Why I do this, I don't know. You might as well put my head through a wringer. But not to eliminate any possibility, I attend and happen (here's the coincidence) to sit in front of someone from Bethlehem, PA. Why is this important you ask? Well, we did a small job in Old Little Town of Bethlehem recently, and so I wanted to strike up a conversation like, "hey, we were just in your town." Turns out this is a genius manufacturer of the coolest lighting products I've seen in a long time . . . totally solar powered and PERFECT FOR EVENT applications! We are already scheduling a site visit with them, but I have to ask, for what other reason would this lighting guy and me happen to be sitting next to each other? Ah, yes! The Universe at work. Because it's certainly not at work to deliver Government contracts!

Cher in real life 4/7/10

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Unique Bar & Bat Mitzvah Ideas

The Celebration Cake for your next social event can be the talk of the event! We offer custom creations designed with your theme, colors, hobbies and interests in mind.

Recently a client chose 5 different cakes that replicated her favorite Juicy Couture purse (pictured here), ballet dance shoes (with box), favorites DVD's, books, and gift wrapped presents. The cakes were made with her favorite cake flavors and fillings.

And don't forget Cupcake Cakes- these are the answer to serving the kids individually with very little waste. At a recent Bar Mitzvah our honored guest liked a tower of cupcakes in his favorite team colors that resembled a trophy when surrounded by candles (see picture).


It's 5:35 a.m. and I'm going to be off and running soon to attend the Philadelphia Economic Recovery Procurement Summit with Liz. Meeting people one on one; these are fun!

Monday, April 5, 2010

America's Most Underrated National Parks

Go into the wild and discover coral reefs, hanging glaciers, and acres of untouched backcountry.

By Reid Bramblett

There are 58 national parks in the United States, many of them unsung natural oases full of majestic beauty. And while the marquee parks—Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite—are well worth visiting, there are drawbacks, namely high admission prices and enormous crowds. An average of 26,542 people visit Yellowstone on a typical July day—nearly twice as many as Michigan’s gloriously isolated Isle Royale National Park gets in an entire year. The famous park also charges a $25 entrance per adult—much more than Isle Royale’s $4 admission price.

The other parks on our list may also be little known, but they too are singularly spectacular, each incorporating special features. So strap on your boots and get ready to hit the nature trails of some of our least-known national treasures.

Capitol Reef National Park - Utah

Capitol Reef was established around a massive, 100-mile-long wrinkle in the earth’s crust called the Waterpocket Fold (the “reef” in the park name). This awesome and colorful mountainous layer cake showcases 10,000 feet—and 270 million years—of sedimentary history.

Cool Fact: The most popular day hike—Capitol Gorge, down a twisting dry-wash canyon, past a majestic domelike outcropping, to a series of natural water cisterns—takes you through the hills that were once the hideout of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch.

Don’t Miss: The spectacular drive to the park from the west along Route 12, and the 1,400-year-old Indian petroglyphs on the roadside cliffs above the many orchards of Fruita, a historic hamlet where mule deer graze under the shade of cottonwoods along the Fremont River.

Congaree National Park - South Carolina

Congaree is a slice of the bayou just outside Columbia, S.C. Its some 27,000 acres of floodplain (the polite word for “swamp”) were set aside to preserve the largest remaining tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.

Cool Fact: This is serious forest, including some of the tallest trees (the loblolly pines can reach nearly 170 feet) in the eastern United States, forming one of the highest natural canopies in the world.

Don’t Miss: Free, ranger-guided weekend canoe tours on Cedar Creek, which flows gently around the knuckles of ancient bald cypress and tupelo garlanded with Spanish moss.

Biscayne National Park - Florida

Ninety-five percent of this colorful park on Miami’s doorstep is underwater. Save for 30 islets and a mangrove forest fringe on the mainland, Biscayne is 173,000 acres of Caribbean-clear waters that wash over the sea-grass shallows of Biscayne Bay—and the world’s third largest coral reef.

Cool Fact: There are 72 shipwrecks in the park. Six are part of a Maritime Heritage Trail opening in late 2010. The 112-foot schooner Mandalay (a posh windjammer cruiser sunk in 1966) is shallow enough for snorkelers.

Don’t Miss: Some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the United States. Swim with manatees and more than 200 species of fish—colorful coral-nibblers, toothy silver barracuda, and 500-pound groupers.

Isle Royale National Park -Michigan

This gorgeous park near Thunder Bay, Canada, is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater body, Lake Superior. Though it ranks as the fifth least-visited park (14,000 annual visitors) in the nation, it has the highest backcountry use. It’s accessible only by boat or seaplane and is one of the few national parks to close in winter.

Cool Fact: The isolation makes this a unique bio-preserve. Isle Royale has freshwater clams, snails, and insects in sizes and densities not seen elsewhere since the 1800s (bring DEET). It’s also the only place where moose and wolves coexist without bears to balance atop the predator pole.

Don’t Miss: A boat tour around some of the park’s 400 satellite islands, and a backcountry camping trip.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park -

The Gunnison thunders down the steepest mountain descent of any river in the United State s through one of the most spectacular and deepest canyons in the country. The less-trafficked North Rim has a great campground, at the lip of a nearly 2,000-foot plunge into the gorge.

Cool Fact: Stack the Empire State Building atop the Willis Tower (a.k.a. Sears Tower) and you’d still be two stories short of the canyon rim at Warner Point, 2,722 feet above the river.

Don’t Miss: Rafting the Gunny itself—a raging river of Class III to IV rapids sluicing though a canyon that’s often only 40 feet wide between mighty rock walls rising hundreds of feet—in the adjacent Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Dakota

This landscape of mythic western history, where Sitting Bull fought and General Custer hounded the Sioux, has the same eerily eroded badlands, shaggy buffalo, and bighorn sheep that draw crowds to Badlands National Park in South Dakota—but with half the visitors. Also: wild horses.

Cool Fact: In 1883, a 25-year-old politician from back East arrived in these parts to hunt buffalo. He started the first of several ranches (now part of the park) and began his extreme image makeover from scrawny New Yorker to strapping western adventurer (and future president) Teddy Roosevelt.

Don’t Miss: A horseback ride through the hills and badlands, splashing across the Little Missouri River.

Great Basin National Park - Nevada

This remote desert park in east-central Nevada has plenty of groves of gnarled bristlecone clocking in at more than 4,000 years old, as well as aspen, jackrabbits, and alpine wildflowers spread over 77,000 acres that range from the basin floor at 5,000 feet above sea level to peaks topping 13,000 feet.

Cool Fact: The skies over isolated Great Basin rank among the darkest in the lower 48 states, providing some of the best stargazing in the nation.

Don’t Miss: The glittering marble caverns of Lehman Caves, and the 3.4-mile round-trip hike to the Lexington Arch, a rare aboveground limestone arch that, at six stories, is one of the largest in the United States.

North Cascades National Park - Washington
Fifty miles from Bellingham on the Canadian border is a picture-postcard Pacific Northwest landscape of sawtooth mountains slung with hammocks of snow. More than 300 glaciers feed some of the country’s highest waterfalls, and wildlife, including the occasional grizzly, prowl the park’s old-growth forests.

Cool Facts: North Cascades is one of the snowiest places on earth and contains more than half of the glaciers in the lower 48 states. It also has the highest number of recorded plant species of any national park in the country.

Don’t Miss: A hike on the nearly 400 miles of trails—perhaps the stiff, 12-mile-round-trip Cascade Pass–Sahale Arm Trail winding through wildflower fields past waterfalls and glaciers with panoramas of some of the park’s 127 alpine lakes.

Channel Islands National Park -

Just offshore from developed SoCal lie the Channel Islands, five of which are protected as a national park. Fewer than 30,000 people actually leave the mainland to explore the islands themselves, where 175 miles of untrammeled shores make pristine breeding grounds for harbor seals and sea lions.

Cool Facts: Among the islands’ more than 2,000 plant and animal species are 145 found nowhere else in the world; they also have one of the best-preserved archaeological records on the Pacific coast, documenting 10,000 years of continuous human habitation.

Don’t Miss: A boat tour during whale migrations (blue and humpback in summer, gray from late December to mid-March) and a hike on the easy, 1.5-mile Anacapa Loop trail, which runs along the island’s dramatic ridgeline.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park -Alaska

At 13.2 million acres of Alaskan wilderness, this, the largest U.S. park, is six times the size of Yellowstone and larger than nine U.S. states—yet it has only two roads, together barely totaling 105 miles. Combined with its contiguous neighbor parks, the 24 million acres form the world’s largest international protected area, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cool Facts: The park has North America’s highest concentration of glaciers and encompasses nine of the 16 tallest mountains in the U.S. The park’s namesake, the 14,163-foot Mount Wrangell, is one of the world’s largest active volcanoes; on clear days, you can see it smoking.

Don’t Miss: A tour of the historic Kennecott copper mine buildings, followed by lunch at the New Golden Saloon in the funky former boomtown of McCarthy (pop: 42). Or, try rafting the Copper River or world-class fishing in Yakutat.

Did You Know This About PFI??

PFI entered the World Trade Center Memorial Competition with Mitchell Associates several years ago. While doing some research this weekend, I found our entry on line and thought you might be interested to see it. The design was based on creating a structure that was a replica of the human DNA, with an eternal flame at the top, representing the spirits of those lost in the World Trade Center disaster. Along with a lot of other descriptive info, here's our submission:

If you find the wording too small to read, please visit The Web for more information.

Smile & Say Hello

We're a huge fan of smiling and saying hello to anyone and everyone we encounter while working on-site. It's the best way to put people in a good move, ease tensions and create a productive work environment. The next time you're in a questionable mood - smile and say "hello" to a stranger. It releases tensions and puts you and recipients in a good mood!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Meet the PFI & PFB Team!

As we're on the heels of a holiday weekend, we thought today's post would be a great time to feature photos of the PFI/PFB team members through the last few years. At various client events, networking receptions, etc.


Here's a shot of the PFI team at the Best of Delaware 2009 Event:

Here are Cher and Ed at an event:

Kate, Lindsay, Cher & Susan at an event in the Bermuda:

PFI has a great tradition of holding Thanksgiving Tea at the Hotel DuPont every year - here's a shot of Lindsay and Dana at last year's event:

Here's Kate, Chooch and Liz at High Tea:

Well Bon Jour, creature from New Orleans! Here's Kate with a Mardi Gras Float:

Antonio & Dana are (dancing, miming, people watching?) working onsite:

Susan's keeping the authors safe and fans in order at the Delaware Book Festival:

Ed's always with one of the girls... here's an oldie with Dana celebrating the holidays in Bermuda:

Here's Lindsay checking out an "interactive" dance floor at The Special Event Show:

Here's Antonio, Kristina & Liz at a Hershey Park - we were on a Site Inspection, no, really:

Here's a great photo of Liz and Antonio:

A group shot - very intense:

An extreme close-up of Kristina and Kate:

We hope you've enjoyed our walk down memory lane. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for new team member photos!!!