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Fancy events + no sleep + small children = help?

Family trip coming up, and I need advice on helping my five-year-old daughter manage sleep-deprivation and jetlag. In the context of a wedding weekend, with all the attendant social and behavioral expectations. With bonus similarly-aged relative who brings out her most rambunctious side. What can I do by way of scheduling, boundaries, etc., to keep this sane while still being polite? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Nail color inspiration for wedding guest outfit?

What outside-the-box-color nail polish would best accent a black cocktail dress (with silver accent beading) and silver shoes? [more inside]
posted by shelle on Jul 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Summer Solstice events in the East Midlands of England

I'm having a difficult time finding interesting summer solstice (June 21st) events in Derbyshire, Leicestershire or Nottinghamshire this year. By events, I mean actual solstice-related events e.g. traditional customs or folklore rituals, morris dancing, pagan events, or astronomical things. Either are there any, or (even better) are there online listings for such events?
posted by Wordshore on Jun 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Professional dress for an early evening "Gala"

I've been invited to attend an anniversary dinner/fundraiser for a regional nonprofit advocacy group. I'll be attending as a guest of a work-related higher-up, and the event will doubtless involve a bunch of professional networking small talk. They're calling it a gala... but the event starts at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30. What on earth do I wear? [more inside]
posted by Kpele on May 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Events on the National Mall

Is there a site that tracks events happening on the National Mall? [more inside]
posted by grateful on May 20, 2014 - 2 answers

DC caterers

I volunteered to plan an event for Saturday, 3/29 that will include dinner for about 40 adults. For the most part, planning is in good shape, but we still need a caterer. We're probably looking at a budget of $300-400, serving around 9pm, no booze. There may be a possibility of using the venue's caterer, but I want to get a feel for fallback options. Anyone out there have a good caterer for me, or advice around hiring caterers in general? I have never done this before.
posted by jameaterblues on Mar 17, 2014 - 23 answers

What was the last major racially-segregated event in the US?

Does anyone know what the last segregated event was in the US ? I'm curious about "major events", say around 10,000 people. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Feb 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for event, rigging, stagebuilding work.

So this November I worked on some freelance event gigs throughout NYC-- it was similar to the film production work I'm looking to get into, required some related skills and I worked alongside some people with experience in the film industry. I've been looking high and low for similar work-- stage building, rigging, that sort of thing. Following that seasonal gig, I tried to look on Craigslist, Indeed, even Mandy for related event work but was lost-- despite the fact that I'd worked with people who seemed to imply that they'd found event work through similar avenues. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Feb 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Timing is Everything

Afternoon WeddingFilter: We're trying to work out the timing for an afternoon wedding with a reception meal, and would love your advice and experience. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 24, 2014 - 21 answers

Any good event spaces in San Francisco?

Looking for an event space in San Francisco for Thursday, November 21st. I'm looking for something that can fit 60-80 people. It's for a developer-focused meetup event. Have you been to a good event in SF? Do you know of a good space?
posted by TimeDoctor on Nov 12, 2013 - 3 answers

What to do around NYC 11/22 to 11/24

Know of any fun activities for the weekend of 11/22-11/24 somewhere around NYC? [more inside]
posted by cali59 on Nov 11, 2013 - 5 answers

I want to wear a petticoat.

History/literature freak here. For the longest time, I've harbored a secret desire to go, in full costume, to an "historical" event that was 100% historically accurate. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Nov 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Is there an event site that allows sending reminder/confirmation links?

Looking for an event attendance tool that allows personalized confirmation links to try to reduce no-shows. [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Sep 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Positive messages in Union Square

I'm going to an event in union square NYC where we'll be writing positive messages on poster board and holding them up in public for day/mood brightening purposes. I'm looking for inspirational things to put on my sign. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Running my own midnight movie

I've got a notion to organize a movie screening of some sci-fi movie at a local theater, and sell tickets. It seems to me that the easiest legal way to do this is to buy the performance rights and rent a screen at a franchise theater. Assuming I know ahead of time what those costs are, Kickstarter could be the ticket sales mechanism. [actual question inside] [more inside]
posted by 4th number on Jul 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Event space for a (smaller) Memorial Gathering near Orange County, SoCal

My mother recently passed away and we are looking to rent out a function space to have a gathering for 25-30 friends and relatives to get together, have a little lunch, trade stories, and generally remember her. Low-key is the general idea. Looking for recommendation for locations (hotels, inns, converted barns, restaurants) around North Orange County, California — or web resources that will have good listing of the same. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Jul 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Can Google Calendar give more details with mouseover?

Here's what I want Google Calendar to do: I want it to show any event details with a simple mouseover on the event, instead of a mouseover just showing the title of the event. As it is now, to see details I have to click and scroll down to the Description field, which is clunky and sucky. Is there a way to make a mouseover happen?
posted by zardoz on Jul 8, 2013 - 1 answer

Looking for a site for people to share photos/comments after an event

I'm Looking for a site for people to share photos/comments after an event, in as easy a way as possible, ideally without having to sign up with a password or use facebook. [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt on Jun 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Do I have to spend thousands to stream-and-record quality audio & video?

Live streaming video from Conference-setting in Dallas. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jun 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Eurovision me, Montreal!

I really want to watch Eurovision on Saturday! Ideally, I'd like to do it in a divey bar, possibly a divey gay bar. Is it possible to live my dream in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on May 15, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I manage a seating plan for a 2,500 seat theatre?

My work is holding an event in a 2,500 seat theatre. The actual invitations and ticketing are not a problem, but we need a way to plan where the various VIPs, media, public etc will be sitting. [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on May 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Best Calendar EVAR!

I need a calendar that allows me to filter events by categories - additional requirements after the jump. [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Mar 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Brain Art Dance Thing Seeks Name

Help name this event: It's a day long event starting with an art show, leading into an evening of music and experiential art, and it's aim is to celebrate the creative works of those with mental illness. The higher goal is to destigmatize mental illness and educate attendees about the services available in the community. I like Revisionary Ball but someone else has claimed "Revisionary". Any ideas out there?
posted by Gusaroo on Feb 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Ideas for a singles event?

Looking for activity ideas for a singles night in a small restaurant. What doesn't make you cringe? [more inside]
posted by ceiba on Dec 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me understand event handling in different browsers

Question about Javascript, Backbone.js and clicking forms. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Dec 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Analysis software for event planners?

I'm an event planner. How do I analyze my events? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart on Nov 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Find Me A Birthday Venue and Theme In Portland, OR

K. So my big 3-0 birthday is on Saturday, December 8th, and I'm looking for a good place in Portland (like a semi-private event room in a resturant/bar) to host folks for several hours. Let's say 7-10pm. More specifications inside... [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Nov 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Ultimate Schwag

A client has asked me, of all people, to suggest some awesome schwag ideas for a major international advertising event next year. At this event, every booth has schwag, and we want the schwag that will outschwag all other schwag. The booth will be handling 800+ people a day, and focused on "interactivity", so the schwag in question should be customizable on the spot. We have 6+ months to get whatever it is ready. Essentially, the sky's the limit. Name your ideal schwag. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Nov 17, 2012 - 30 answers

What are the must-hit events for a San Francisco Halloween?

Please help us experience an American-style Halloween in the San Francisco Bay Area (ages 20s-30s). For us I think this means finding the most highly recommend of: 1). A big event crammed with people in their best arty / sexy outfits (like SEAF Seduction, or Decompression if it were reinvented as a Halloween event), 2) An amazing haunted house, 3) Maybe a corn maze or similar? What are your strongest recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on Oct 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Super-important-room Names

The Situation Room. Mission Control. The Batcave. Give me some more super-important-room names. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Sep 25, 2012 - 56 answers

What, when, and where -- easily updated

Looking for software/service that will let us publish an event's schedule to mobile devices. Difficulty: the schedule isn't decided until the morning of the event. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Sep 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Recovery from trauma - help me educate myself?

I was in a traumatic event a few years ago which was followed by shock and near complete amnesia. Recently I've been getting memories back, and, following different triggers, experiencing physical and emotional exhaustion. Help me understand what to expect, and how best to deal with it ? (More specific qs after the cut) [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Aug 23, 2012 - 11 answers

I can do this. I once promoted a dinner party that got 15 people. So, I just need to do that again, times 100.

I suddenly find myself in a position where I am trying to promote an event to get thousands of participants. But I have never promoted an event before, and I have no budget! Help me get some ideas on how to get the word out. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Aug 17, 2012 - 9 answers

How do you know to cancel an event if the rain hasn't started yet?

When should you cancel an outdoor event because of rain? When the chance of rain is 50%? 75%? When there is a little lightning bolt in the picture? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Jul 15, 2012 - 12 answers

All dressed up and nowhere to go?

Help me find or create a calendar of events in Orlando that would be suitable for a couple in a tuxedo and gown or cocktail dress. Not just things that are in the near future, but year round types of things! [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jun 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Can Jimmy come out and play?

I've been failing on getting some friends to go out and do stuff with me, and need some help figuring out what I can do to get better success. [more inside]
posted by garlic on May 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Help my audience avoid having to choose me over the Giants.

How do really good and thorough event planners find dates with the fewest conflicts? I am in San Francisco, planning music events, and would love to find a comprehensive calendar including major festivals, concerts, bridge closures, naked marathons, sporting events, etc. Failing a comprehensive calendar, what main Bay Area calendar resources would you use?
posted by purplefiber on May 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Planning a Non-Wedding Reception

Help me plan a 10-year anniversary party (to be on par with a wedding reception) for my boyfriend and myself. Specifically, what might our guests expect from the evening? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Where to host an afternoon of boardgaming in Austin?

Where in Austin can I host 25-45 people for boardgaming between 1-6 PM that will cost me less than $300? [more inside]
posted by Zorz on Apr 9, 2012 - 9 answers

How to serve alcohol at a semi-private event?

I'm throwing an advertised dinner party for which guests will pay a fixed price. How can I serve alcohol? [more inside]
posted by pieliza on Mar 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Small time event insurance

What can you tell me about event insurance requirements for a small-scale one-off theatre production in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by transient on Feb 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me make sense of the facebook

I'm in charge of inviting people to Facebook events for a small nonprofit. We've started tracking the number of people that say they are going and maybe going on Facebook vs. the number of people who actually show up to the event. It looks like of the people that say they are going or maybe going to an event about 50% actually show up. Is this a normal show up rate? Has anyone done statistical study on this kind of data? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Jan 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Something like CiviCRM/Events/Contribute but simpler...

I've been suckered in to finding a web app that will take a list of users, and flag up any who haven't paid subs by a set time. WorldPay (or similar) integration is required. My only thought is CiviCRM... can you suggest something better and easier to use? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Nov 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Pick A Place To Party

I want to rent an event space in NYC. Where do I start? It's basically a wedding reception without the wedding, I'd like it to hold about eighty people, with an open bar and using my own caterers. It should be three hours booked at least. I'd like it in Manhattan but totally open to nearer Brooklyn and Queens. What do I need to know and where should I go in getting a space for late October? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Aug 18, 2011 - 3 answers

What should I charge for a charity shopping event?

What should I charge for a charity shopping event? [more inside]
posted by mgarnhum on Aug 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Put it on your tab.

How can I make money (or at least get my tab paid for) organizing outings and events at different local bars, restaurants, theaters, etc? [more inside]
posted by maloon on May 22, 2011 - 2 answers

What life changing events are predicted or will happen in the future?

So disappointed with the Rapture. What real, life changing events are scheduled or predicted that I can add to my calendar? [more inside]
posted by cashman on May 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Catering a Baltimore area wedding

Do you have recommendations for caterer in the Baltimore, MD area for my sister's wedding? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Apr 30, 2011 - 6 answers

European festivals in July?

I'm trying to find something offbeat/curious/adventurous/ quaint to do in Europe in mid-July. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Apr 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Ideas for activities for a largeish group of faculty/students

I am on the planning committee of an annual event held by my grad program in which the students and faculty do various activities and performances, play games, and generally make fun of each other. I need some ideas, preferably involving laughter and/or making the faculty do slightly embarrassing stuff. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Mar 28, 2011 - 5 answers

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