Sherri Foxman’s Dirty Little Secret Websites for DIY Party Planning

  Here are some websites that are the world’s best kept secrets…(besides party411events.com and party411.com, of course!)… Special Events/Private & Corporate
  • Special Event Magazine—OMG, I love this magazine (specialevents.com).  Check it out for the latest and newest of what ‘s going on.  From photos of award-winning table settings to food ideas and entertainment, this is a site that will get your juices flowing.
  • Catersource Magazine—great ideas for food, tablesettings and more.
  • Event Solutions Magazine—another great resource (event-solutions.com).  Photos from hottest parties, menus from the likes of Wolfgang Puck…
  • Floral Design Magazine—if you need ideas for your florist and/or client (not that Cleveland doesn’t have some of the most talented in the country), this magazine is a great resource (floraldesignmagazine.com).
  • BizBash—tools, photos, vendors, references, sources and the hottest items on the market (bizbash.com).
Non-Profit Galas and Fundraisers
  • Go Fund Me—This site has a way to list your fundraiser and raise $ online.  However, look a little further, and you’ll see what other organizations are doing to raise money.
  • Sign Up Genius—another great way to collect money and volunteers, etc.  Again, read between the lines for great ideas. (signupgenius.com/nonprofit/50-creative-and-easy-fundraising-ideas).
  • Razoo —this site lists events and what they have raised divided by cause (razoo.com/p/fundraising-ideas).
  • WriteExpress—not sure how to write a solicitation letter for your event, silent auction or ad book?  Here’s how (writeexpress.com/fundraising.htm).
  • npEngage—how to fundraise using social media.  There are a plethora of sites, but this is concise and gives you some insight (npengage.com/event-fundraising/the-real-roi-fundraising-with-social-media/)
Bar Mitzvahs (but the ideas apply to any event, trust me!)
  • Mitzvah Market  (mitzvahmarket.com)—I know these girls and they are great.  These are fabulous ideas (no matter what the event).  Check it out and you will be inspired.  They have a newsletter—sign up.
  • Mitzvahlicious—another great site with great ideas.  A current blog post is about place cards made out of matza (matzah, matzoh–however).   I swear!
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