It takes a lot of planning and imagination when a planner has a event to execute. Some might think that it might be the cost factor, but there is an awful lot of elements that go in to an event. There is everything from the venue, the food, the decorations , and that is just the beginning. Last week, we got to experience the world of event planners at Biz Bash.
Biz Bash is a place where event planners and vendors can network and exchange ideas. But it just isnt a an event, its an ongoing directory of venues, vendors, and idea people to assure the event the best outcome. Cities like Washington, Los Angeles, and New York also have such events. We all have one thing in common, we all want our events to be unforgettable and fun. People came in from all over the country to Chicago as either a vendor or event planner. The event started with a pre party at John Barleycorn River North. This allowed participants a chance to relax before the big event.
Wednesday morning, Merchandise Mart was transformed into a trade floor. Vendors consisted of venues and restaurants soliciting potential customers. As we strolled along, we noticed some very familiar names like the Hyatt Regency and Rockit Ranch. All of the vendors found clever ways to catch the guests attention with cute treats and games. I actually won a bottle of wine from Rosati’s Restaurant and Jen won two passes from the folks for Opening Day at Wrigley Field from Wrigley Rooftops. Not too shabby I must say.
It wasn’t just eating delicious food and drinking cocktails. The conference also included experts in the event planning field like Sam Toia, President of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Debi Lilly, A Perfect Event, and Cassius Wright of Venue One. These and other professionals focused also on marketing and the importance of social media on the industry. A light lunch was also provided from the folks at A Pure Kitchen Catering.
After this, it was party time. Attendees got to attend the holiday party complete with snacks from Jewell Events and great entertainment from Magnificent Events. Cuvee was the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of networking.
It isn’t a Chicago event with out Garrett Popcorn. The famous caramel and cheese corn mix is usually a staple in goody bags at the finest Windy City events.
The folks at Rockit Ranch were great. They allowed attendees to play a game so they could win gift certificates and discounts for their own events. Of course, we had to tell them how awesome we think they are.
I have been to a few events at Castle. They let attendees sample some of the foods they serve. As a newer place, it is quite popular.
Check out this fun way to serve maragaritas from the folks at the Museum of Science and Indsutry. Great for a geek party!
The party kicked into high gear with these really cool glasses filled with beverages. Everyone was given either little crowns , hats, or sparkly santa hats. Speakers educated while patrons were entertained by great groups like Four C Notes.