Swipe Right for an MC

[3 minute read]

Let’s get real for a minute – a lot of times an MC (Master of Ceremonies) seems like a nice to have. I mean, we can just have James over in Marketing do the introductions and announcing, right?

While we all love James, and he is super engaging, reality is he has a lot of other projects right now and during the event he is going to be busy entertaining guests.

So…maybe that MC doesn’t sound so bad right now? Let’s talk about what you can expect from an event MC.

01 Engage the Crowd

The key to a successful event of any kind is keeping the audience engaged and having fun. This is where an MC excels. We connect with the audience and ensure they are alert, engaged, comfortable and getting the most from their event experience.

02 Make Your Life Easier

We’ve all been there – you are scrambling backstage because your CEO is supposed to go on next and he is no where to be found! Quick! Stall! While James from marketing may freeze up, an experienced MC is well versed in stalling techniques and will make the few extra minutes seem like an intended part of the event. Now, where is that CEO?!

03 Keep Everyone Informed

There are always a few planned (and unplanned) announcements that need to be made and neither James nor your CEO wants to do it. And you would rather die than get on that stage. It’s times like these where an MC can be incredibly helpful. What can the audience expect from the event? Who are the sponsors? Someone found an iPhone! Where is lost and found?

For an MC its more than just telling the audience what the WiFi password is, it is about delivering these details so it feels like it is part of the show, not an afterthought.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of an Event MC at your next event, contact us! brooke@second-banana.com

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Projection Imaging is Everything!

[3 minute read]

I saw this post from World 3D Mapping and was immediately drawn in. What a fun and eye catching way to welcome attendees into your event! Imagine projecting branding onto the event space or creating an immersive experience indoors with projection mapping. The opportunities seemed endless. So, what is projection mapping?

According to Frank Gatto & Associates, ‘projection mapping uses technology to project objects onto a surface. Using this kind of special technology, everyday objects are transformed into a display surface for video projection. These objects could be as complex as an entire landscape, or as simple as just a few shapes that help to enhance the ambiance of a room.’

Endless Events wrote a fantastic article about projection mapping at events. They remind us that we don’t all have to have large, 3D and expensive displays like Freightliner’s world recording breaking projection on the Hoover Dam. Endless even has a Pinterest page for more inspiration! [read more here]

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Trash Decor, You Fancy

[3 minute read]

I recently started buying most of my clothes from second hand stores like ThredUp and it has changed the way I approach everything in my life. That empty coffee can could be…a piggy bank? Or maybe a vase? Or what about a birdhouse? Up-cycling, recycling and sustainability are at the top of our minds but, how does this apply to events?

I stumbled across this eye catching post from Rafanelli Events about a recent UNICEF gala. Using color and lighting they turned trash into decor. It got me thinking…how else are #eventprofs getting creative with sustainability?

Intel decor at one event became the giveaway at the next by up-cycling the signage into really cool messenger bags. [Read more in this BizBash article]

Then I came across David Stark Design and was immediately obsessed with his work. Specifically the Robin Hood Benefit, where he designed a beautifully colorful, immersive and thought provoking sustainable experience. My favorite element were the thousands of backpacks lining the walls which will, after the event, be donated to students. How heartwarming is that?!

If you want to learn more about recycling decor after an event, check out this QC Event School article. [read more here]

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Go Bananas: A Kickoff (FUN)draiser

Everything in me wants to throw a huge party to launch Second Banana, a dream of mine that came to fruition. I am so excited to get out there and MC events, host celebrations and help take events to the next level and when I am excited I want to partayyyyy. But, I decided to do something a bit different and use this launch as an opportunity to give back to the community. Throughout the year I have been volunteering at Jean’s Place, transition housing for women in the Portland area. We come in once a month and cook the women a meal and entertain them with BINGO (including all the great prizes!). So what better way to launch Second Banana than by producing an event to raise money for the wonderful women at Jean’s Place?

If you want to join the event will take place on Wednesday, December 4th at Starday Tavern starting at 7:00pm. Thank you to all of our sponsors including: Starday Tavern, 5 and Dime, Atlas Pizza, Off the Griddle, The Beauty Collective, The Lodge Bar, Char Pizza, Ginger Salon, Parlee Vodka, Dots Cafe and Henry Higgins Bagels.

UPDATE: I am happy to report that we raised over $1,500 for the women at Jean’s Place. The Portland community came together and we could not be happier. Thank you for all your support! We look forward to making this a yearly event!!