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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Hello lovelies! It’s been a while since we’ve had a blog post because we’ve been busy planning EPIC events! But worry not, just like Slim Shady- we’re back.

We’ve been working on a brand spankin’ new event coming to OKC on March 31st– April 2nd called Design Appetit. At one of our planning committee meetings not too long ago, a committee member brought up a million dollar question: How do we get the word out and get people to come to our event?

An unspeakable amount of hard work goes into planning an event (especially this one because we’ve been planning this shindig since last May). We’ve got awesome entertainment scheduled and delicious – FREE – food, but none of it will matter if only 50 people show up. Not to mention, we would actually end up losing money if that happened, and it’s called a fundRAISER not a fundLOSER – am I right?!lonelybirthdayparty-e1428417619931

How to Get People At Your Event

There’s the obvious: Social Media. Some of our clients create a Facebook page for their event and then create an event from that Facebook page where they can invite people to RSVP. You can do the same kind of thing with other social media platforms too! Patrick Shea, a marketing manager at HubSpot makes the point in a webinar that social media should complement all of your marketing efforts when it comes to promoting an event. Incorporate your Facebook and Twitter links into your email invites and newsletters. But make sure you’re consistent with your posting on social media. There’s no point in sharing your event’s social media links if you don’t have quality content being shared. Post the link to purchase tickets or pictures of entertainment and auction items that will be at your event to get people interested in coming!

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Partner with Industry Organizations and Use Your Sponsors. Lot’s of times our committee members have connections with people in industry organizations who are more than happy to promote our event through their mailing lists and newsletters. This way, your event will be shared with more of the community than it ever would have with just your committee sharing it.
You should also have your sponsors spread the word to their friends. Getting 100 people to bring 10 friends each is way easier than getting 10 people to bring 100 friends each. Make sure to give your sponsors and industry partners a template, so all they have to do is personalize it and send!

Personal Invites. While social media is a sure way to get your event seen with little work on your part, the BEST way to get people to come to your event is to personally invite them. Anything from a phone call to an email to a coffee meeting telling them about this EPIC event that you are a part of and you think they would really enjoy it. When you reach out to somebody like this they are more likely to come 1. Because people have a hard time saying no to your face and 2. Because they feel like you genuinely want them at your event55359263

Here’s the thing though, if you get people to come to your event YOU. HAVE. TO. DELIVER. If your guests have an awesome time at your event they’ll bring their friends next year and your event will continue to grow!e70e1ee937f9d3071fbbbb5b477a8cb7078e1a5bdb5d3b2e3ec9704f8462c64a

There are so many other ways to get people to come to your event, but those are just a few that we like to use. Until next time, happy planning friends!

Shop ’til you Drop

Police officers often have a bad rap (especially as of late) and the good that they do often goes unnoticed, but not this time. This week I am featuring one of our long time clients, The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL).

          PAL is a juvenile crime prevention program providing educational and athletic activities for all children, primarily those in high-risk neighborhoods. OKC PAL brings youth under the constructive influence of responsible adults and police officers that volunteer their time as positive role models. OKC PAL is dedicated to reducing crime by providing safe, healthy alternatives for children from high-risk neighborhoods. PAL exists with the belief children can stay away from negative lifestyle choices such as gangs and drugs when offered positive, healthy alternatives. PAL is not like any other program. It is driven by a philosophy of teamwork, fair play, courtesy and consideration for others.

Every year, PAL receives a grant from Target that allows them to take 20-25 of their PAL kids Christmas shopping.  Target gives each child $100 and they’re accompanied by a member of the Oklahoma City Police Department for a 1 on 1 shopping spree (a man in uniform pushing my shopping cart around? YES PLEASE). It’s a great event called Shop with a Cop. It’s Catchy AND it rhymes. Cute. This year it took place on December 11th and Epic Events was lucky enough to get to be a part of it. We doubled as paparazzi of the event and part of Santa’s workshop in the back wrapping everybody’s presents when they were done shopping.


I had the pleasure of wrapping Angelica’s presents (we were doing the “unicorn power” pose in that picture) for her parents and 3 siblings. She even remembered to get a little something for her dog. Every kid we talked to said they were shopping for gifts for their family members. If they had money left over, then they would buy themselves something. HOW SWEET IS THAT?!

This wonderful organization is always looking for volunteers! If you’ve been looking for a way to get involved in the community and give back, PAL will be starting their basketball season and they are in need of volunteer coaches for 6th grade boys and girls basketball. The season runs from January 9th – March 5th, 2016. They practice at least once a week and they have a game every Saturday morning.

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‘Tis the Season

We’ve got some EPIC clients doing EPIC work to better our community this holiday season (and every other season too, duhh). With that being said, these next couple weeks I’m going to feature a couple of our clients who definitely deserve to be on Santa’s Nice List.

Youth Services for Oklahoma County (YSOC) was established in 1972 by a group of visionary leaders, YSOC continues to positively impact the lives of thousands of children and families in Oklahoma County each year. YSOC provides professional counseling and a variety of innovative behavioral and educational services to meet the specific needs of troubled young people. Their services are designed to foster self-esteem and resiliency, to preserve and enrich family life and to instill a sense of community in a child, family and the community-at-large.

This month, YSOC is having the  “12 Days of Giving”. This event will run from December 1st – December 12th. They are asking for in-kind donations and/or monetary donations in order to have clothing, food, etc. for the Shelter, SKIL (Supporting Kids in Independent Living) Program , JROC (Juvenile Re-Entry of Oklahoma County) kids and to stock their pantry. So, If you’re feeling the Christmas Spirit this holiday season, or are trying to get off Santa’s Naughty List last minute, they have a few drop off locations:


If you aren’t able to give something tangible, fear not! Stay tuned to find out how you can help a non-profit by giving your time! Santa doesn’t care how you give, as long as you give something.


My First Born

I normally try to stay away from talking about Epic Events and myself in blog posts and give my readers something they can learn from and can help them when planning their own events, but today will be an exception.

Thursday, September 3rd 2015 was a milestone for me in my event-planning career. On that day, from 7:30-11, a brand new event called Flight for Futures benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County took place. This was the first event that I have been a part of from the very beginning to the very end! I helped this event grow from a tiny baby idea in somebody’s noggin to an EPIC 500 person, tens-of-thousands of dollars raising PARTAY, and it all happened in 3 months! Which is cray cray. Just to give you some perspective, we’ve been doing an event called Fight Night benefiting the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League for 10 years and it takes us almost 6 months to plan the event every year.

Since I kind of feel like Flight for Futures is my baby, I imagine the planning process of this event and being pregnant/giving birth have a lot of similarities. Weird? Maybe? Maybe not? I spent 9 (3 months. Same thing) long months giving this baby (the event) the nutrients (scheduling/securing vendors, budgeting expenses, etc) it needs to make sure it comes out healthy (successful) with my loving husband (the wonderful Flight for Futures committee) by my side to feed me Funyuns (solicit sponsors AKA bring in the $$) and tie my shoes for me (sell tickets) because I can’t see my feet. See the similarities now? Giving birth (the actual event) was a whirlwind of emotions and went by so quick, but the baby (event) came out healthy (we raised TONS of money for BGCOKC) and happy (EVERYBODY had a great time).

Here are some pictures from the night of the event because I’m proud of my baby.

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Searching For “The One”

Guess who’s back?! That’s right, yours truly! Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past couple months. Epic Events is in the midst of an EPIC event season, and all this event planning has got me slacking on my blogging…and sleep. So here’s the post you’ve all been waiting for! That is…if you read my last blog post. If you didn’t, shame on you.

So you’ve decided that you need an event planner, but how do you choose “the one”?

Just like when you’re searching for “Mr. /Ms. Right”, you need to meet your event planner face-to-face so you can find that “spark”. After you meet them, or better yet, while you’re meeting them, ask yourself these questions:

Do they seem organized? This may seem like a stupid question because it’s like “all event planners are organized, it’s their job…” In a perfect world, yes. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world; otherwise, I’d have Beyoncé’s body and would be married to John Stamos. Yup, John Stamos. There are event planners out there that just can’t seem to get their lives together. Some ways you can tell is if they are late to meetings, keep asking you the same question after you’ve already answered it 20 times, or take their sweet time responding to your emails, phone calls or texts. Always annoying with anyone, especially when you’re paying them…but we’ll talk more about that in a sec…


Are they well connected? Do they have good relationships with vendors and caterers in your city? The answer to this question could be the difference of a couple hundred dollars of expenses for you! If they aren’t well connected, it could also be a red flag that they are hard to work with…or maybe they have had their heart broken before and are afraid of commitment, or maybe “it’s not you, baby, it’s me”…Oops, got a little off track there.

Are they flexible? HA! See what I did there? 😉 But seriously, how available is this person to you? If you call and leave a voicemail, do they get back to you an hour later, or a week later? Do they work around your schedule, or do you have to change things to accommodate them? They should make you feel like you’re the only client that they have, even though you’re probably not (DISCLAIMER: if this is the case with that love interest, kick them to the curb ASAP).

Last but certainly not least, will this event planner give you a good Return on YOUR Investment? Are they worth what their fee is? If you feel like they aren’t doing very much work for the price they are charging, then move on! Just like when searching for that significant other, will they take out the trash and rub your feet after a long day at work? If not, then move on honey!

Bet you never realized how much event planning is like being in a relationship, huh? When it comes to your event, consider this the most important relationship you’ll have because, just like that little cutie you’ve been eyeing, if they don’t complement and enhance your life, they’re only going to cause stress and who the heck needs MORE stress when planning a party or falling in love?!? Until next time friends!