Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Welcome To The Chaos Calculator

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

EventBudgetOne of the most difficult details of any event is figuring out the cost. Hidden under our desire to throw a truly amazing party or wedding is a finite budget to accomplish it with. Usually, those looking to throw a party start their search online, to get a sense of what their event may cost.

The problem with turning online is that almost every event vendor keeps their pricing private, unless you contact them for a quote. This is completely understandable as it is difficult to generalize the price of certain requests when so many details have to be taken into consideration. With this  in mind, we at Organized Chaos have created a tool to help you get a ballpark estimation for your event – The Instant Planner.

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SF Symphony Centennial Gala Dinner and Afterparty

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The Glamour Girls attending the gala at the 100th Annv or the San Francisco Symphony.
Leticia Heading Janli Degenhardt Constance Adamopoulos of Organized Chaos Events.

How To: Holding a Silent Auction

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The art of hosting a silent auction is simple in design but requires a considerable amount of planning to be pulled off correctly. Gathering items for donation, getting volunteers to staff the tables and putting on an event to draw a crowd; these are the building blocks to hosting a silent auction. These fundraisers have an excellent ability to raise money for your organization or cause and with some tips from Organized Chaos your next auction is geared for success:

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Happy Pride 2011 San Francisco!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

In honor of this weekend being the 41st annual Pride celebration in San Francisco, we at Organized Chaos Events want to wish everyone a happy Pride. Here is a picture from last years VIP party that we planned, as we celebrate the community I urge everyone to have as much fun as possible and to please be careful!

How To: Tips for the Perfect Dinner Party

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Dinner Parties can be an amazing evening with friends, in the comfort of your own home, allowing for connections not easily attained in a restaurant and no conversations later on how to handle the bill. Why has this divine evening been so easily replaced by a night on the town? A few things have scared people away from hosting a dinner party, such as the amount of work to get your home ready to have guests, the prep work it takes to get a diner for 10-15 ready and the idea of handling the clean-up.

But have no fear, Madamopoulos is here with some tips and tricks to have you up and hosting in no time.

  1. Home Decor. First things first, take pride in your house or Apartment. Chances are you have some pretty unique things in your home that you enjoy, showcase them! there is nothing a friend or guest likes more than coming to your house and seeing that it isn’t an ikea showroom.
  2. Cheap lights, big results. Want to make a dramatic impact on the lighting in your home? Buy some simple uplight’s from Home depot, about $10 a pop and pick up some gel from a local lighting supply company or online, again about $10 a sheet. Cut the gels and place over the uplights to add an instant boost to the way your house is lit. Another tip, amber and pink lighting make everyone look better. This one time investment, can have results for years to come.
  3. Cook with your guests. Don’t worry about having everything cooked ahead of time. Have a cocktail with your friends while you finish up dishes with them. One of my tricks is to have everyone bring over a semi-prepared dish and then have them explain to everyone what’s in it and how to make it as they finish cooking it. This keeps prep and costs down while also sharing recipes with your friends.
  4. Have plenty of wine. The key to a good dinner party really is the wine. Try having a few, also try and have a port to serve with dessert or switch things up a bit by serving Pisco.
  5. Don’t set an end time. As much as you think this is necessary, don’t. Putting an end time on your dinner party isnt necessary, your guests will not stay all night and when the time is right they will leave.
  6. Clean up tomorrow. Don’t worry about cleaning up that night, it wont hurt to let the mess sit over night, and after a great party the last thing you want to do is clean all night. Take the time to relax instead and then in the morning it wont seem like such a hassle.

Plan your event one sensory detail at a time.

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

In the world of event planning we are only limited by our imaginations. We can transform any space into whatever we dream up. Warehouse venues can become Parisian Ballrooms and mansions can become outdoor indian markets. Through decor, lighting and food anything is possible. But what about that little something extra. That small detail that can really transform an event into an experience, the sense of smell.

What is your events Scent Story?

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New Northern California Professional Conference Management Association 2011 Board

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I have been brought on to the board of the Northern California PCMA as Director of Fundraising/ Bamies Chair. Congratulations (!) to the rest of the new board:

President: Brian Bouchelle

President Elect: Michelle Holmberg

Secretary: Benton Partin

Treasurer: Christine Zucconi

Directors of Programs:  Dana DePonzi-Haas & Devon Shaw

Directors of Membership: James Threlkeld & Gary Murakami

Director of Marketing: Stephanie Law

Director of Public Relations:  Patti Spaniak

Directors of Hospitality: Jennifer Brock & Pat Swan

Directors of Sponsorship: Pat Zollman & Jens Weiden

Directors of Awards and Recognition: Alexandra Carvalho & Alan Dravland

Directors of Community Service: Jodi Morrison & Dawn Bohlmann

Director of Fundraising: Constance Adamopoulos

Immediate Past President/ CLC  Garry Hallinan

 

Back row: Gary Hallinan, Stephanie Law, Brian Bouchelle, Alexandra Carvalho, Gary Murakami, James Threlkeld, Pat Swan, Jens Weiden and our Bin to Bottle host, Stephen McMichael. Front row: Patti Spaniak, Constance Adamopoulos, Michelle Holmberg, Devon Shaw and Dana DePonzi-Haas

 

 

From Ours to Yours

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Happy Holidays!


From all of us at Organized Chaos Events, we would like to wish you the happiest holiday season. Below are some friendly tips to ensure a magical holiday gathering.

  • Hire someone. Believe it or not, you could leave the preparation to a professional. Hire a caterer, or hold your party at a restaurant or banquet facility.
  • Think when you drink. Make sure to plan ahead of time if you or your guests will need designated drivers.Be Safe this holiday season and do all that you can to prevent any liability on your behalf
  • Create the mood. Decorate the room in seasonal deep reds and forest greens. Use candles and a fireplace to set the mood of serenity. Pick background music that is soothing and sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit.
  • Get a massage. You deserve it! Treat yourself to a relaxing 1/2 or full body massage the day before your guests arrive. Relieve those toxins that cause high-strung emotions so you’ll be in the party mood in no time.
  • Plan a party theme instead of a normal affair, organize the decor, invitations, entertainment, and food around one main idea. How about a Victorian Christmas, or Charlie Brown Christmas? A space-age Christmas with drinks served in lab beakers
  • Dress the part. As part of your party theme, encourage guests to come dressed up. Host a 1920’s theme and welcome flappers and gangsters. Perhaps add some humor to your holidays by having an ugly christmas sweater party
  • Require guests bring something. Host a buffet or potluck meal; or encourage everyone to contribute a few treats or beverages. Those who can’t (or don’t want to) cook can lend a centerpiece or other decorative item.

Happy Holidays with Constance Adamopoulos

 

‘Tis the Season

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

As of this writing we have launched our holiday  campaign to put your holiday event ‘On Ice’. What does this mean some have asked, No we aren’t suggesting an Ice theme, nor are we pushing for an increase in ice sculptors (although both are nice). What we are talking about is how to hold that annual holiday event and do so within your budget.

As we look to the current economic scene, we are still in a recession. Yes, business is slowly getting better, but as event planners we see budgets for events still tightly sealed with many restrictions. It is important to note that 80% of companies will be holding a holiday event, about 47% of those companies have drastically cut back their budget.

How do you reach such a guarded niche? Suggest ways to save money! One such way was to put your event ‘On Ice’. Save major money by booking your event in January. Venues are cheaper, vendors are more prone to discounts and you have no worries about interfering with the load of other parties your guests may have on their agenda. Let your event stand out, after the hangover has passed. January is a great time to reach out to your employees, your clients, your networks and bring them together in a time of celebration. What better way to inspire confidence in your company than to kick the year off right, and to do so within your budget.

 

You never hire an event planner to spend more money, you hire us to save you money. This is just one of our many ways to help you save and still deliver at this time of year. Stay tuned for our Instant Planner launch!

Mansions, Dentists and Wine

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Wow have we been busy lately!  From specialty tours, to vendor showcases, wine tastings and dental association gala’s the staff and I have been working hard to take care of clients, organize some spectacular events and stay on the bleeding edge of the social scene.

Here are some pictures of two of our most recent events, Enjoy and don’t forget to keep us in mind for your next event. (Start planing your holiday parties now, save some extra money on planning and booking costs in advance splurge a little on the bar 😉 )

California Dental Association SFMOMA Gala:

Pictures courtesy of Cody Rasmusen at www.rasimage.com

Cynthia at Organized Chaos Events worked hard with the CDA to produce their reception gala at their conference in San Francisco. Working with the clients request of a fresh sea food display, the colors of the new lobby art pieces and a local jazz group, she was able to make a swanky swinging sushi lounge to delight members of the CDA on their final night in the city. Guests aslo had private access to the upstairs gallery for a truly unique after-hours experience.

SF Winery Launch Party

Photo’s courtesy of Zoe Lonergan at www.zoelonergan.com

What could be better than a hosting a new wineries opening? Hosting a new winery opening on Treasure Island! Having a a new fully operational winery and event space in the city is always an improvement. The party was decked out with food and decor  from a few of our favorite vendors, the people where all industry insiders and friends of OCE, the party couldn’t have gone better (well maybe If I had had one more glass of their shiraz….)

See below for a slideshow of additional images from each of the events, and be on the look out for some of our future hip happenings.

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