Start Planning an Event Today

If you’ve never had the opportunity to plan, how about dipping your hand in the honey pot and kick-start your planning journey? Event-planning skills could potentially be useful at work, be it for your boss’s birthday or a farewell party for your colleague.

Your first event doesn’t have to be a big event; you could start small by planning and coordinating a get-together for your haven’t-seen-them-for-a-long-time friends! Here are some tips to get started.

Start small (but just start!)

Where do you start? Well, do you remember how your English teacher would always talk about the 5 Ws & 1 H? Planning is just an extension of that.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it is
”Who”, “What”, “Where”, “When”, “Why” (5 Ws) and “How” (1 H).

Now that you know, grab a piece of paper and pen, and start pondering on this!

What: Is it a reunion, a big gathering, a birthday celebration? The nature of your “What” will impact on the programme and activities you want to have at your event. Birthdays would always require you to include a cake and reunions often include big helpings of food.

Why: There could be a whole lot of reasons why you should meet up! But just to be clear on what your objectives are and work towards meeting it. We would think “because it’s super duper fun” is also a reason!

Who: This would be the people that you are planning to invite. For instance, if you’re planning a mini-reunion, the “Who” would be your friends.  Here’s a tip: If you’re not sure how many yet, come up an estimated number first. It would affect what you would need to prepare and the games you could play.

When: This would take a bit of coordinating on your part. Obviously, when you plan, you would want your friends to be free to turn up. Set a couple of dates, and let them pick one! Time is also an important factor: Day, night, evening, or full day should reflect on what you plan to do and your objectives of event.

Where: Outdoor? Indoor? A restaurant? A cafe? At an art gallery? Is it accessible? Do they serve good food? Are they good for big groups? Find a suitable place for your group size and purpose for gathering. And if you already have a location in mind, the next step is, of course, to check if they have space for your crowd. Make reservations if possible.

How: Finally! This is the most interesting part of the entire night. Whether you make or break the event, it all boils down to the activities that you include. Bowling, walk along the Helix Bridge, watch a movie, play card games together… The possibilities are endless! What I’ll usually do is pick a place that’s near recreational places so that after dinner, my friends and I can head down to a cinema for a few laughs. Maybe even go for dessert by the park later.

After you’ve brainstormed the 5 Ws & 1 H, congrats! You’ve just gotten yourself a rough draft for your mini-event!

The next step: Locating & executing what you’ve planned.

But that’s another story, so stay tuned! Happy Planning!

About the Authors: MUDD & NADD is made up of a group of events planners who identify themselves as Events Planning Sidekicks. As event sidekicks, their objective is simple – to plan & spread the love of events to others! This is done through their traditional events planning services (Events Planning Sidekicks), free daily events listings services (SG Things To Do Today), a day planning service and various events training programmes for youths (Events Sidekicks Youths).

Some of the projects that MUDD & NADD have been involved in include the Earth Hour Fun Cycle 2010, as a co-organizer for Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships 2010 held in Singapore, as well as an assortment of school events and activities for MOE Schools. MUDD & NADD is also passionately involved in training students in events planning and management, having conducted related workshops for National Library Board (NLB) and various MOE schools. You could find them on their Facebook here.

Related links: Mudd&Nadd website, Events Planning Sidekicks website, SG Things To Do Today website, Events Sidekicks Youths website

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