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The Top 14 Websites for Throwing an Awesome DIY Event

The Top 14 Websites for Throwing an Awesome DIY Event

Throwing an event without hiring a professional event planner can be a daunting experience. First, there’s the fear that no one will show up. Then, there are the overwhelming logistics, the details, the guest list, the delegating of tasks, the food and drink, the music- it just goes on and on. Thankfully, plenty of people have been there before. Here are some great websites that will help make your event incredible. Skip the Google search and consult this list to throw the best DIY event ever. Cheers!

1. Ticketleap Events University

    You could be preparing for a professional, big-time event, or you could just be planning a backyard get-together. Whatever your event’s scale, Ticketleap has advice on topics like how much alcohol to order, how to get people chatting, how to get the word out on Facebook, which hashtag to choose, and how to sell tickets. There’s even info on what to do after your event. You can share your own advice here, too.

    2. Doodle

      A resource for getting everyone’s schedules lined up, Doodle works particularly well for event planning committees. Or, you can use it to schedule the main event. You provide the details and potential times for the meeting, and your invitees let you know when they can make it via Doodle’s app. There’s a free version and a professional, paid version.

      3. Event Transportation Systems

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        Need to set up a transportation service for your attendees? If there’s alcohol involved, designated transportation could literally be a life saver, and your guests will be eternally grateful. Event Transportation Systems operates all across North America and can provide transportation for events of any size, although they specialize in the big ones. ETS has a full range of vehicles, from vans to sedans.

        4. Event Marketer

          This site is an educational resource for businesses seeking to market through events. Or, if you’re a marketer who wants to learn about experiential event marketing, you can find a ton of info here.

          5. Rosenberry Rooms Blog

            Throwing a baby shower, a kids’ birthday party, a holiday party, or a themed party? Susie Fougerousse’s Rosenberry Rooms blog is full of design ideas, recipes, crafts, activities, and inspiration. Here, you can see exactly how party ideas come to life, with a wealth of photographs and posts from people who are really doing this. You can submit your own helpful articles, too.

            6. Ustream

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              With Ustream, you can create your own streaming video channel for your events. If you’re just throwing one event, you can use the free version. The difference between this and a Facebook or Twitter stream is security. UStream offers secure streaming for you to share with only the people you want to see it. Or, create a public channel and share with the world. You can also record and share later.

              7. Pinterest 

                Pinterest is a huge digital library of photos and images. It’s a repository of ideas with tons of pins related to just about any type of event you can think of. This is helpful for coming up with design, decor, and theme ideas. Oh, and it’s free.

                8. Bonjour Events and a la Reg

                  Bonjour Events has event planning tips, resources, and templates. In the tips sections, you can learn everything from how to set your table for a dinner party to how to throw an eco-friendly wedding.  You can find venues and vendors there, while Bonjour’s sister site, a la Reg, offers event registration, donation, and volunteer forms.

                  9. MOO

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                    MOO’s primary event offerings are invitations and flyers, with tons of stock templates and styles to choose from. If you’re throwing a business event, MOO can also do note cards and business cards. MOO’s specialty is Printfinity, with which you can feature different artwork on every piece of stationery. Upload your own images or use MOO’s.

                    10. Amsterdam Printing

                    For seminars, conferences, and other business-related events, Amsterdam Printing engraves all manner of accoutrements with your business logo. Everything is customizable, including the eco-friendly tote bags. You can even customize candy wrappers, chocolate boxes, and fortune cookies. Customized pens will help attendees remember who threw the event long after it’s over.

                    11. Events from Facebook

                    Ok, so this isn’t a website, it’s an app. You’re probably well aware of Facebook’s potential for getting the word out about events. The Events from Facebook App is specifically designed to take that to the next level, with an interface dedicated to all things event on Facebook. This makes it easier for people to connect to your event without wading through other distractions on the social network. If you’re not posting your events on Facebook yet, Events from Facebook wants to change that.

                    12. Sonic Bids

                      Your event could rock, it could swing, or it could croon. Sonic Bids lets you pick through a whole bunch of criteria to find a band for your event. Whatever type of band or solo artist you’re looking for, you can probably find them on this site.

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                      13. PlanningHelper

                      Need a caterer? PlanningHelper has advice on that. Need to work on budgeting? PlanningHelper has advice on that too. Need to learn about virtual meetings? Accommodations? Site selection? Planning Helper has details on pretty much everything revolving around events, and you can download checklists, tools, and timelines for free. Voila!

                      14. Local Catering

                        This is a massive directory of caterers. The search function lets you include a lot of very specific information on your event, such as the date, number of guests, location, and type. From there, Local Catering narrows it down to show you the most applicable caterers in your area.

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                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                        1. Work on the small tasks.

                        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                        2. Take a break from your work desk.

                        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                        3. Upgrade yourself

                        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                        4. Talk to a friend.

                        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                        7. Read a book (or blog).

                        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                        8. Have a quick nap.

                        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                        9. Remember why you are doing this.

                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                        10. Find some competition.

                        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                        11. Go exercise.

                        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                        12. Take a good break.

                        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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