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Expert Advice: A Pinterest-ing Idea: Get On Board for More Creative Events

By Mandy Volpe


A Pinterest-ing Idea: Get On Board for More Creative Events

If you’re a Pinterest user, you probably have a whole online scrapbook of food, décor and other ideas stored up for inspiration. Now’s the time to take all those pins and create a pretty picture for your next meeting or event. Here are a few ways to get started:

1. Set the table. When meeting with the venue, ask them for the name of their food provider, whether it’s an in-house service or a private company such as Sodexo or Aramark. Then head to Pinterest, search for the vendor and look through their creative ideas to see the types of events and plating they can create. Also ask the caterer if they have commonly pinned items such as mason jars, burlap or tablecloths that you can incorporate to complete your vision. Venues get Pinterest-worthy requests all the time, so go ahead and use what they’ve already got with a new spin.

2. DIY can be for YOU. Find novel ways to incorporate DIY elements into your meetings and events. As an example, Unique Venues included a very popular DIY popcorn bar at our recent Annual Marketing Conference. During sessions, attendees were excited as the buttery smells wafted into the rooms. As they adjourned to the hallway for the afternoon break, they discovered a buffet of toppings where they could create their own snack for a pick me up. It made for a memorable and Tweetable moment.

3. Look local. Use Pinterest to search for ways to incorporate local flair into your event, too. Since our conference was held in Nashville we searched for interesting ideas that included music, boots and Southern foods.

Pin It! Show us what you came up with using the hashtag #uvevents on social media. We’ll compile our favorites to share with you.