Holiday Gift Guide: Experiential Gifting with BienVenue!

This holiday season, give the gift of unique memories to colleagues, family or friends, with exclusive VIP experiences from BienVenue!

Shared moments, especially at a special event, are the ones that have the most impact with our clients and attendees. It's no wonder unusual team-building activities, special dinners, private parties, and galas are the most talked about elements of the many.

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Dec 4, 2019

All Hands OFF Deck: 3 Important Questions to Transform your Next Presentation

by Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster at No More Boring Meetings

Martin Luther King didn’t have one. Neither did Winston Churchill. Elizabeth Gilbert, in her exceptionally popular TED talk on nurturing creative genius, went without.

Three revolutionary presenters, and not one slide.

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Nov 6, 2019

Saving Seattle's Unique and Historic Event Venues

In 2014, Dhruv Argawal and his company, True Brands, set up shop in an unused, unusual space in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Since restoring the Fremont Foundry with love – he maintained much of the original character and incorporated art from the artists who originally used the space – Dhruv and his partners find themselves with a new passion and a new business on their hands.

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Aug 6, 2019

3 Ways to Maximize Investments in All Your Speakers

by Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster at No More Boring Meetings

Whether you invite professional keynoters, subject matter experts, breakout session presenters, or a combination of these speakers to your events, you invest a great deal of time and money.

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May 3, 2019

“What DO You Eat?”: A Planner's Guide to Dietary Restrictions

At the beginning of my career as a meeting planner I remember feeling burdened by attendees with dietary restrictions. I shamefully recall rolling my eyes or audibly sighing.  The lists seemed to get more specific and longer, going far beyond your common peanut allergy.

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Apr 8, 2019

How to Avoid a Fyre Festival Fiasco

What lessons are to be learned through the documentaries recently released about the doomed Fyre Festival?

From the planners’ point of view, SHW event managers say, there were so many warning flags predicting disaster from the event’s beginnings. All the warnings are discussed in both Netflix’s “Fyre” and Hulu’s “Fyre Fraud.”

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Jan 30, 2019

Pantone’s Color of the Year Is Here: Using Living Coral at Your Next Event

by Rita Mills, Director of Customer Engagement

I love when the Pantone Color of the Year comes out each year.

Honestly, it doesn’t change my life one way or another. It’s merely an interesting curiosity for someone who is inspired by color. It also can explain when I notice a surge in a particular hue out in the world.

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Jan 16, 2019

5 Days in... London.

We were lucky to work with clients in London two different times in 2018. It’s a great city for planning amazing programs, and it’s one of SHW President Brett Robertson’s favorite cities.

He and his wife recently returned from a trip from old Blighty, extolling its world-class public transportation system and famed English sensibility. Here are some of Brett’s recommended highlights.

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Jan 9, 2019

The Power of Thank You | Gratitude

by Marka Waechter, CEO

Camp Orkila | Source: Wild Tales Of

I was 15 when I spent the first of five summers working at magical Camp Orkila in the beautiful San Juan Islands.  Starting as a volunteer counselor, I quickly was promoted to a paid position as laundry lady-- much to the amazement of my mom, who’d never known me to run a washing machine. I enjoyed the camp environment and taking on.

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Dec 21, 2018

Holiday Appetizers from Top Seattle Chefs

Looking for a dish to wow your guests this holiday season? We spoke to five of Seattle’s top chefs and asked for their favorite fall recipes from off their menus, including Josh Henderson (Huxley Wallace Collective), Brian Clevenger (Vendemmia), David Nichols (Rider), Derek Simcik (Scout), and Zoi Antonitsas (Little Fish).

Check out some of their recipes below, or download a printable version.

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Dec 12, 2018

10 Awesome Gifts for the Conference Goer in Your Life

by Rita Mills, Director of Customer Engagement

Traveling for business can at once be fun and exhausting, interesting and monotonous, enriching and exhausting. I’m always on the lookout for tools that will ease time at the airport, allow me to work comfortably on the plane, or make a hotel stay as comfortable as possible.

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Dec 5, 2018

Top 10 Ways to Reuse a Conference Tote

It seems nearly every conference these days gives attendees tote bags to collect collateral and swag. Convenient for those few days, for sure. But those conference totes collect in the closet. And do they multiply? It seems that way.

Here are a few ways to upcycle those bags, and give them new life.

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Nov 29, 2018

5 Days in... San Francisco.

San Francisco is one of our favorite cities to operate programs, and just might extend our travel for an extra day or two to explore. Here are some of our go-to highlights when we’re in the City by the Bay.

1. Land’s End Trail

By far the best hiking trail in the city. It will make you feel like you’re hiking a rustic coastal trail, not a city path. Trails intertwine along the cliffside from.

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Nov 21, 2018

Inside the TEDxSeattle Attendee Experience

TEDxSeattle returns to McCaw Hall on November 17, with a “Tall Order” of ideas worth sharing.  

A slate of compelling local speakers is sure to spark thoughtful discussions and connect people in meaningful ways. That’s why we were thrilled to continue our partnership with TEDxSeattle to help expand the reach and effectiveness of this event.

We hope we’ll see you there.

Not sure what.

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Nov 13, 2018

How to Choose Between In-House and Outside A/V Resources

In the events industry, there’s no shortage of audio, video, and lighting companies to choose from. One big decision event planners often struggle with is when to use a venue’s in-house A/V provider versus when to venture outside and hire a third-party resource.

As with anything, there are benefits and drawbacks to both options. Event planners need to understand what is most.

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Oct 23, 2018

How to Build the Perfect Haunted House

Nothing says October more than a spooky haunted house! Not only is it a fun fall staple, but an imaginative ghostly manse also can be a great way to promote your business or treat your employees and their families. At SHW, we love working with our clients to design and produce creative and interactive haunted houses, appropriate for all ages. Want to get started on your own?

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Oct 10, 2018

How Lighting Can Transform Your Event

Thoughtful lighting design can make a huge impact on the success of an event. Not only can lighting transform the look of a space, it can amplify your message, set a mood for your audience, and infuse energy into the room.

As event planners, we look for ways to engage as many senses as possible to create an impactful experience.  Unfortunately, many planners overlook lighting as one.

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Sep 26, 2018

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – and Pedicabs: How to get around in Portland

The tales of traffic woes in Portland are true. But don’t let that keep you from visiting this wonderful city.

As the 22nd fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country, Portland is growing at a good pace. With about 30,000 new folks moving to the area each year, the impact is construction detours, road closures,  and more cars. Traffic is no fun. 

One of the joys of Portland is how easy it.

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Sep 6, 2018

Unique Hotels: Are They Right for a Corporate Program?

As event planners, we know the right hotel can make or break a program. With so many to choose from—and each unique in its own way—matching clients to ideal hotels based on service level, group size, location, rates, and desired experience is a complex process.

Individual travelers now opt more for the “wow” factor when choosing a place to stay. Should corporate groups consider these same.

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Aug 23, 2018

Well, There Are the Goats.

If someone asks what gives Portland its friendly yet quirky reputation, goats come to mind.

Source: Lonely Planet

Portland was the epicenter of the pygmy goat yoga craze a few years back, and there’s a beloved community of 14 goats that is a must-see stop for locals and tourists alike. The latest on Portland’s goat craze? Goatgrams. A service where two dwarf goats show up with a bouquet of.

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Aug 10, 2018

Outdoor Team-Building Activities Perfect for Summer

Whether you’re traveling or want to get out in your home city, team-building activities are a great way to get your staff out and about—and summer is prime season. Fast-paced race around the city? Relaxing day in the sun? There’s something for every organization! Here are some of our favorite outdoor team building exercises.

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Jul 11, 2018

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate. Secrets to Hosting a Last Minute Holiday Party.

The holiday season is coming up quickly, and there’s a lot of pressure to host a great party. We get how easy it is to forget, or get too busy. You don’t have to stress though-- there’s still time to plan a holiday party that people will be talking about for years with some helpful tips from the pros here at SHW.

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Nov 21, 2017

How Events Like TEDxSeattle Come to Life: Blogs Worth Sharing


“We chase ideas, not speakers.”

That’s the goal of TEDxSeattle, says Lee Gibbs, co-chair of the speaker team. “Notoriety isn’t nearly as valuable to us as a new idea that will ignite our audience’s imagination and allow them to see the world in a fresh way.”

TEDxSeattle returns to McCaw Hall on November 18 with 14 local speakers who will address this year’s theme, “Changing.

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Nov 8, 2017

Welcome to the Dockside!

SHW is excited to bring you our new weekly blog, featuring new trends in the events industry and some of our tips and tricks. From topics like “why incentive travel is important for your business” to new technology that could give your event an extra boost, there’s a little something for everyone.

You may be asking, though, why call it The Dockside? The Dockside is a term we use here at SHW.

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Jul 11, 2017

New Home, New Look, New Ownership

We’re pleased to announce a few exciting changes here at SHW! As we head into our 40th year, there’s a lot to celebrate and share with all of our friends.

New Home Friday April 14th, we unplugged for a couple of hours to make the big move across the street. Operations will resumed as normal Monday, April 17 in our new space at:

100 West Harrison Street, Suite S-370Seattle, WA 98119New Main.

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May 1, 2017