Wednesday, December 28, 2011

EVE Reminder

EVE 2012 sure is coming up fast!

Today is the LAST day for several of our hotel discounts. Some run until Friday, but book now, to ensure you get the hotel of your choice! The packages are, of course, listed at EVE Wilmington.

Ticket prices are going up on Saturday to $152/pp. You can still purchase tickets online, but we will also be at the Chase Center on Friday and Saturday for ticket sales and pickup!

We're SO excited to roll out our surprises and ring in New Year's EVE with everyone!

Planning Factory International

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Easter Eggs

If you got a new iPhone 4S for the holidays, you've probably spent a lot of time playing around with Siri. As you've probably noticed, there are a lot of fun questions (and wacky answers) that can be pulled up. Such as, "What is the Meaning of Life?"

Of course, Google does the same thing with its' Easter Eggs. Try typing in "What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything" into the Google search bar and hit "I'm feeling lucky." (hint: Google instant has to be turned off.)

Have a favorite holiday gift that's too cool not to share? What does Siri suggest for a gift?! (We still think the best gifts in town are EVE 2012 tickets!)

Planning Factory International

Friday, December 23, 2011

More Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you're still searching for last-minute gifts (and you've already bought EVE2012 tickets!), The Washington Post has a great article on last minute, inexpensive gifts.

We especially like the bit about charitable donations... not only is it wonderful to help those less fortunate, but it also appears the writer took some ideas from this year's holiday episode of Glee! (Substitute "pig" for "goat" and you've got Finn's gift to Rachel!)

Any great last minute gifts to share? Or is it the thought that counts? (Mom says "no," of course!)

PFI will be out of the office today and Monday. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Planning Factory International

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Manners

The holidays are always a stressful time... houseguests, parties, gift-giving, family drama... and in the days of the e-mailed thank-you note (if someone writes it at all!), good manners can sometimes be hard to find. Thank goodness for Emily Post!

Check out her Holidays & Celebrations page for tips on handling children, office parties, and so much more. We especially love the video post on setting the holiday table! (Perhaps with things rented from PFI?)

Got any great holiday etiquette tips to share? Or do you think thank-you notes are a thing of the past?

Planning Factory International

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

EVE2012 Hotel Blocks

The first of the EVE Wilmington 2012 hotel block deals are set to expire in one week! Have you booked your hotel room for EVE 2012 yet? Check out the web page for the details on room discounts at Wilmington Downtown Courtyard by Marriott, Hotel DuPont, Sheraton Suites Wilmington, and more!

Or, are you going to chance it with HotelTonight? What are your plans for your overnight on NYE?

Planning Factory International

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

PFI Holiday Party

We're taking the afternoon off... it's time for our annual PFI Holiday Party & Potluck! Turning off the phones, opening a bottle of bubbles... and enjoying the best co-workers anyone could ask for!

Any great work holiday traditions? Tips for spicing up next year's party? Do share... but we won't see it until tomorrow! :-)

Planning Factory International

Monday, December 19, 2011

Last Minute Gifts

Hanukkah begins tomorrow... Christmas is on Sunday... anyone looking for a last-minute gift? EVE Wilmington 2012 tickets are a great way to cross people off your lists!

You can book online at RegOnline, or call Planning Factory directly (302.656.8400) for assistance. Don't forget, there's still a discount for booking early-- so if you want tickets for yourself, get 'em while they're hot!

Happy Holidays (and Happy EVE!)

Planning Factory International

Friday, December 16, 2011

Oldies but Goodies

Some old PFI event photos for your viewing pleasure...

Can anyone guess where these events were held? Who knows, there might be something more than brownie points for the correct answer! (Hmm... we love brownies!)

Planning Factory International

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gift Wrap Ideas

Make your packages look just as pretty on the outside as they are on the inside! Sunset has 8 unusual gift wrap methods for the holiday season.

We like the idea of using pretty cloth to wrap a gift. But, you can take it one step farther... we love wrapping a bottle of wine or fancy olive oil in a pretty dishcloth. Voila! Hostess gift wrapped and ready to go.

Any creative methods of wrapping to share? Or do you prefer traditional holiday wrapping paper and bags?

Planning Factory International

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Lifestyle Blog

PFI is following a great blog... At Home with Kim Valee.

This blog is perfect for anyone who loves home decor and entertaining... Kim has great tips on how to do it fast... with flair. She's got it all: centerpieces, recipes, DIY, and even an iPhone app! Hot tip: check out the section on organization. Lots of brilliant ideas!

Sure wish we'd found this blog sooner! Got any other blogs for us to follow?

Planning Factory International

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Amtrak Travel Deal

Looking for a summer getaway? Amtrak is now offering 25% of select routes for travel in May, 2012. Book until December 31st, and get deals on trips like the Pennsylvanian. Perfect for all of us Pennsylvanians! (Or Delawarians!)

Anyone planning any spring getaways yet? Will you be taking advantage of these deals? We will!

Dreaming of spring....

Planning Factory International

Monday, December 12, 2011


Have you checked out our Pinterest site yet? See photos of past PFI events and current inspiration for future events. Like above!

(Or, start your own pinboards and show off your ideas and styles.)

If you need an invite, e-mail

Happy Pinning!

Planning Factory International

Friday, December 9, 2011

Win a free EVE ticket... again!

So, no winner emerged from the last EVE2012 ticket giveaway... we'll be trying again on Monday morning. This time, instead of checking out EVE's page, look for the photo and clues posted around pages we "like."

Photos will be posted early in the AM on Monday. First person to correctly post the answer on EVE's wall wins the ticket.

Bon Chance, and see you New Year's Eve!

Planning Factory International

Thursday, December 8, 2011

That Ring Thing

You learn something new every day! The Chicago Tribune just published an article about proposals... because December is the most popular month to get engaged. (The holiday season is so festive, of course!)

Well, the down-on-bended-knee is traditional... but now more and more grooms-to-be are hiring event planners to help orchestrate the proposal, right down to props and backdrops! What an interesting way to make an unique statement.

If you should find yourself in said situation... don't hesitate to give us a call. We can supply the decor and help you roll out the red carpet... literally OR figuratively!

Planning Factory International

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Free EVE2012 Ticket!


Be the first to identify the location of this photo, and win a *free* ticket to EVE2012!

Hint: It's somewhere in the state of Delaware.

Post your guesses on EVE's Facebook page. Good luck!!

Planning Factory International

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sweet Treats

Planning Factory is gearing up for our holiday party / potluck in two weeks... and that means baking for some of our elves!

Chooch, a beloved member of the PFI family (and uncle of a current staffer!) brings amazing dishes from his mother's recipe collection each year. Here's one to share:
Gertrude's Christmas Cookies:
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 cups sifted all - purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
2 cups quick oats
2 cups rice cereal
1 cup yellow raisins


Cream butter and sugars until fluffy, add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Sift together flour, salt and soda. Add to cream mixture and mix well. Add oats, cereal and raisins, blend well. Drop by tsp. onto greased cookie sheet 2” apart. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 12 to 15 minutes.
Any potluck suggestions for the rest of us??

Planning Factory International

Monday, December 5, 2011

Travel Time

Holiday Travel Tips

We sure are getting excited for the holiday season here at PFI! If you're traveling to see loved ones over the next month, here are some things to keep in mind.

-- USAirways has been posting travel tips on their Facebook page and website.

-- JetBlue is offering JetBlue AMEX cardholder a free (alcoholic) drink on any flight, just for showing your card.

... and, of course, it goes without saying that arriving to the airport early during December is a must! Got any other holiday tips to share with us?

Planning Factory International

Friday, December 2, 2011

EVE 2012 New Pricing

Just a reminder, EVE Wilmington 2012 prices went up this week. It is now $132 / person or $120 / person when you buy 6+ tickets.

Also, we just booked an AMAZING band for EVE. Find out who they are on Facebook or our blog! We promise you don't want to miss their incredible performance--all night long!

See you on New Year's EVE!

Planning Factory International

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Goodies

It's December... and rumors are swirling around the office about cookies, potlucks, and such.

Thanks to Cher's generosity, PFI got off easy this year and didn't have to bake any sweets for Thanksgiving. Our good friend, Chef Dana (of Desserts by Dana) made us some wonderful pumpkin cake and sweet potato pie.

Here's a new recipe we're just dying to try: White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread.

Got any favorite recipes to share? Or are they closely guarded family secrets?

Planning Factory International