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Archive for November, 2013

Tutorial: How To Create A Facebook Event Page

Watch my screencast tutorial below to learn the basics of creating a Facebook event page!

Ready For A Beer Exchange?

Want to have a get together with your friends but tired of the same old parties?

How about a beer exchange?

Angry Orchard

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Here are the rules:

Choose A Location: Your house? Your best friends house? Despite the name of the party, try not to have your beer exchange at anything other than one of your friends’ houses.

Invites: Send out cool funny beer themed invites or just let your friends know via social media. Either way, make sure you only choose friends over 21 and include the time, place, and rules.

Rules: Speaking of rules, here they are! Each person brings a case of their favorite beer (24 in a case). Something interesting or exotic, but nothing you would see at a common frat party.

The idea is that you give each person, 12 attendees, 2 bottles from your case. Try to get everyone to explain why they chose the beer (or cider in my case) that they did and where they first tried it. At the end of the exchange, you go home with a case full of tons of different and interesting beers for the price of the original case.

Just remember that the number of attendees is up to you! Maybe you and your friends are just hanging out and want to have a mini beer exchange. Go for it! Grab six friends and six six-packs.

And maybe you’ve read all of this and the final reaction is still: Beer? Gross. That’s fine too! Just switch the beer for something else. Like your favorite wine or desserts.

Good luck!

Planning a Road Trip

So, you’re not an event planner. No big deal!

We all need to know how to plan. And I can show you how to properly plan for everyday life. Like a road trip!

My best friend Buddy and I recently took a day trip to Washington D.C. (before the shutdown, go us!) And despite only lasting a day, that trip was one of our most thought out yet. So I’m here to share with you the basic steps of any road trip.

Meeting Pandas at the National Zoo

Meeting Pandas at the National Zoo

 

Planning Ahead: Do some research first! Decide where you would like to go and then find out how much gas you’ll need to get there. Save up enough money for gas, food, and souvenirs if you wish to buy them. If you are planning to visit specific places, make sure you know the hours and days they are open as well as their entrances fees. In our case, we planned to visit the National Zoo plus the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial. They close at 6 on Sundays and admittance is free.

Scheduling: Make sure the day works for everyone hoping to go and that you all ask off for work. Buddy is always off on Sundays and I was lucky enough to have off so we chose a Sunday. I also brought my laptop and textbooks with the hope of getting homework done in the car. (It didn’t happen but a girl can dream.)

Make a List:  Write down all the places you plan to visit and then rearrange them based on where they are located so that you are making the best use of your time. Create a really basic itinerary of how long you would like to spend at each place so that you don’t run out of time.  Buddy and I took the metro and headed to the Zoo first since it was on the way to the National Mall. Once we got off at our stop we circled around the Smithsonian Museums. We chose which animals we would like to see and which museums we most wanted to visit beforehand to save us time.

Social Media Use: Check in on Foursquare everywhere you go. It’ll be a fun way to share with your social networks where you are and users will share tips about cool things in your area. Take pictures to upload later but don’t miss out on the experience! The trick to this one is knowing your online friends. If your road trip will take several days, be sure you’re okay with all of your Facebook or Twitter friends knowing that you will not be home. Have a house-sitter or a friend pick up your mail and maybe leave a light or two on at your house just in case.

I told you. You don’t have to be an event planner to plan. So get your pens and notepads out and begin that road trip!

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