Tuesday, January 31, 2012

EVEWilmington

Today is the LAST day to get your EVE2013 tickets for only $99!

Don't miss out on this amazing offer-- regular early bird prices will apply in the fall! Go to EVEWilmington to book your tickets-- you have until 11:59pm!

Looking forward to seeing you at EVE2013!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tour the PFI office... Part 3

Last photos in this series... for now. Just wait until we dig out the photos of the PFI warehouse!

The front conference room... and more samples, doubling as curtains!

Ann's office...
The back desk. In the main office, there's 3: one for Lindsay, one for Jenna, and one more... (mine, when I'm there!)

Stay tuned for the aforementioned photos, and for a tour of PFB!


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, January 27, 2012

Meet Kate!

Job title: Meetings & Experience Manager

Hometown: Rochester, NY

How she got involved with Planning Factory: "I read an article about Planning Factory in an (ah-hem) “oldish” edition of Delaware Today Magazine. I was immediately impressed and knew I wanted to work for that company! One thing led to another and I landed a summer internship and, well, the rest is history. Eight years later and I’m still here! (No longer the summer intern, thankfully!)"


Favorites:

- Cheese: Bulgarian Feta & Cambozola

- Drink: Dirty Martini with Blue Cheese Olives

- TV Show: Glee

- Event Equipment: Microphones & Walkie Talkies. Any of the PFI team members can tell you that I’m completely obsessed!

- Catch Phrase: “Sorry about your luck, Chuck!”

Least Favorite:

- Scary PFI Office Pranks:

o That time my office was plastered with animal photos and it took weeks to find each and every last picture!;

o The Halloween prop in the bathroom; it gets me every time!


Best event / favorite Planning Factory memory: I loved being a part of the Live 8 Concert in Philadelphia back in 2005. Planning Factory had the opportunity to decorate the VIP tents for the entertainers/musicians. It was the best/craziest/longest few days in the scorching summer heat, but it was an absolutely incredible experience to have been a part of!


Thing you're most looking forward to about 2012: I’m looking forward to celebrating Planning Factory’s 30th Anniversary this year. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what we plan on doing to celebrate later this year!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tour the PFI office... Part 2

First stop on today's tour... Cher's office! She is hard at work, as usual :-)


More of Cher's office. All of the artwork on the walls was painted by our art director / Cher's husband, Ed.


Kate's office! Note the EVEWilmington poster on the walls!

Stay tuned for the rest of the office next week!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tour the PFI office... Part 1

Welcome to our virtual tour of the PFI office in Wilmington, DE! Let's start with the front entrance, shall we?

The view from the front entrance into the right (main) office... gotta love the lips!

And the view from the office into the main entryway...

A view from the lips couch... that's Jenna's desk on the right.

The main work desk, and our front window. Lots of linen samples and design books are hanging out on those shelves!

Next up tomorrow... Kate & Cher's offices!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Airline Rule Changes

In case you have missed the news... the US Dept. of Transportation has tightened some rules for airlines, making it easier to understand airline fees and pricing.

The rules, which go into effect Thursday, make it easier to figure out how much plane tickets actually cost:
- All taxes and fees must be a part of the advertised price.
-All baggage fees and other surcharges must be disclosed up front.

Other changes taking effect:
- All passengers must be notified of delays of 30+ minutes, diversions, and cancellations.
- Price increases after purchase are forbidden. (Really? Can you believe they could legally do this before?)
- Reservations can be held for 24 hours without payment, or passengers can cancel with a full refund within the first 24 hours.

What do you think of the new airline rules? Do they make things simpler? Are there any other changes you'd like to see happen?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fun Blog du Jour

We are currently OBSESSED with the Apartment Therapy blog! They have a little something for everyone... interior design, organizing tips, house makeover stories, iPhone app reviews, and so much more!

And the best part is... the blog is updated multiple times each day, so there's always something new to read! It's just too bad they don't have an iPhone app of their own, for easier reading on the go...

Got any new blogs to share, PFI readers?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, January 20, 2012

Get to know the PFI Staff! Part 1

Starting today, the PFI blog will be featuring profiles of Planning Factory staff members. Today starts with, well... me!



Name: Liz
Job Title: Event staffer, blogger, various other things ending in "-er"
Hometown: San Francisco, California
How they got involved with PFI: "My uncle is Chooch"-- an old friend / employee of Cher's!

Favorites:
- Food: Burrata cheese
- Drink: Champagne
- Ice Cream Flavor: Black Raspberry Chip from Graeters. (This is the company Oprah gets her Butter Pecan fix from)
- Vacation Spot: Las Vegas, anywhere with a beach!
- Book: A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
- TV Show: How I Met Your Mother

Fun Fact: "I inherited my dad's amazing sense of direction. If I've ever been somewhere, I can find my way back. When I was 11, I directed my uncle to a house his sister lived in more than 5 years before--in a city I didn't live in, without a map! Sadly, thanks to iPhones and GPS, this is becoming an under-utilized skill."

Thing you're most looking forward to in 2012: Medical school applications (ha, ha). Seriously? Not moving to a new city! I moved to two different cities (Charleston and Philadelphia), both site-unseen, in 2011.

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time Is Running Out....

... to purchase your early-bird EVE2013 tickets!

In case you've missed it, tickets are only $99. That's all-inclusive, including a DJ, live music, 4-hour premium open bar, hors d'oeurves, a breakfast buffet, casino games, Champagne toast at Midnight... and of course all of our "surprises!" Last year's included glitter tattoos and a photobooth... what will this year's hold?

Don't miss out-- tickets go offline on January 31st at midnight... when they return in the fall, prices will be in the triple-digits! E-mail us or post to our Facebook page with any questions...

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dover Downs

We can't say it enough... we love working with Dover Downs & Casino! Not only have we had some amazing events-- including a corporate re-branding-- there over the past several months, but we have lots of plans for 2013!

The stage set-up is definitely one of our favorite parts...


It's a good thing we're busy working... or we'd be trying our hand at the slot machines!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Wilmington Photobooth Company

Have you checked out all of the fabulous photobooth photos from EVE2012, taken by The Wilmington Photo Booth Company?

To view and order photos of your debaucherous times at EVE, visit the website.
Username: eve2012
Password: nyechase5

Happy Viewing!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, January 13, 2012

The PFI blog...


... is taking Monday off for the MLK Day holiday. (If you have the long weekend off and want a spontaneous road trip, check out Blackwater Mojo & Ian B. Walters at the Wonderland Ballroom in D.C. on Sunday!)

Sure, it's a bank holiday, and often a day off from school / work, but just a photo to remind you of how the holiday got started....

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lewes Polar Bear Plunge

Hey PFI Fans! Was one of your New Year's Resolutions to get more involved with charities, philanthrophy, or are you just feeling generous? If so, we have a worthy cause for you!

One of PFI's friends and supporters, Ralph Cetrulo, sits on the board of the Delaware Special Olympics. As a part of their fundraising, every year he takes part in the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge. This year's goal is 25k! Last year, he was able to far surpass his goal and convince his wife to join the plunge. If he reaches his goal this year, his whole staff will join him!

For more information, see Ralph's fundraising website. Any donors of $1,000 or more will be invited to a steak dinner at Sullivan's Steak House in February.

He's almost there! Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated by all!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Amazing Race

Planning Factory Bermuda has an amazing event lined up this weekend... The Opening Gala fundraiser for the Ultimate Bermuda Experience., a spinoff of The Amazing Race.

The Gala will benefit the MS Society of Bermuda. Tickets are $100 / per person. For more information, check out this article.

Check back next week... we hope to have some amazing photos to share with you!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Year's Eve

Besides EVE2012, the PFI team had a 2nd New Year's Event!

Check out the photos on PFI's Facebook page, and check out Longwood Gardens' website-- one of our favorite places to hold events!

Don't forget to start planning for next NYE... Tickets are already being sold for EVE2013! Only $99 a person through the end of January.

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Practical Wedding


We've been talking a lot about Proposal Planning at PFI... it's certainly one of the hot new trends in the Bridal / Wedding industry!

And so is this website / book. Geared towards modern brides, whether you want a modern, traditional, quirky, or a just "you" wedding. Filled with great stories about wedding days and engagements... perhaps as inspiration for a planned proposal?

If you're at that point... don't forget to call PFI with all of your proposal planning and / or decor needs!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, January 6, 2012

Glitter Tattoos


One of the great "surprises" we rolled out at EVE2012 was our glitter tattoo station. They were a SMASH hit! With more than 3 dozen styles, there was a tattoo for everyone-- guys and girls alike!

PFI is now happy to be offering glitter tattoos as an add-on to events! They're a perfect addition for a Bar / Bat Mitzvah, or just any bash you want to glitz up a little!

Contact our office for more details, or check out EVE's Facebook page for more photos...

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Breaking EVE2013 News!

Got the January blahs? Cheer yourself up with a post-holiday present... EVE2013 tickets!

That's right! For one month only, PFI is running a special.. $99/per ticket! Book your EVE2013 today! It's never too early to plan ahead...

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Check out our Facebook page or EVE's website!

Hope to see you at EVE2013!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New Resolutions

Lose weight, eat better, exercise more, swear less, travel more... don't we all make the same resolutions every year? And never go through with them? Here's a great list of resolutions; some are geared toward 20-somethings, but many more are applicable to us all.

And if you're going to go the try-new-foods route, ignore the article and try THIS recipe for a brussels sprout slaw. It's fantastic!

Got any great resolutions to share with us? What's yours this year-- and will you stick to it??

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

EVE2012


Thanks to everyone who came out and had a blast at EVE2012!

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page and tag yourself in our photo album!

Stay tuned... we have some BIG news regarding EVE2013 coming up in the next few days.

Happy New Year from the PFI / PFB team!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400