Family Reunion Planning Made Simple


Do you have a Family Reunion coming up in 2011 or 2012? Not sure where to begin? Now is the time to get started on planning.  Join me for a 3 hour workshop to help guide you through using the proper planning tools for a fun-filled, successful, event.

Long time, event planning professional and entrepreneur Elaina M. Whitley presents ‘Do-It-Yourself Family Reunion Planning’, targeted towards Event Planners and individuals who are planning their own Family Reunions. This workshop will help alleviate some of the stress involved with dealing with family reunion planning that most of us have experienced.  Learn real-life experiences from a successsful, event planning veteran of more than 15 years.

  • How soon you should begin the planning process
  • Creating a planning committee
  • Menu planning, budgeting, registration
  • Raising funds to help off set expenses
  • Choosing the best hotels, restaurants and venues
  • Fun activities to accomodate the whole family
  • What should you charge the family to attend
  • When is the best time of the year to host a family reunion

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The single, three hour workshops will be held in Atlanta at Dunwoody, Buckhead, Vinings or Atlantic Station between April 13th, 2011 through May 16th, 2011.

$149 registration fee includes: Planning Materials, Tip Sheets and ‘Enjoy Yourself Events’ folder. For more information and to register, please visit:


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Let Them Eat Pie. Mini-Pies Are the New Cupcake.

Remember when it seemed like cupcakes were at every single event that you attended…

Well now, it’s all about pie…

Not just any pie… cute, li’l mini-pies.

Apple, Cherry, Peach, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Key Lime

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of cupcakes but yayyy I’m excited for the change.

Yumyum! Let them eat pie.

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Atlanta 2nd most social networking city, Men’s Health says Read more: Atlanta 2nd most social networking city, Men’s Health says | Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Business Chronicle

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 2:01pm EDT

Read more: Atlanta 2nd most social networking city, Men’s Health says | Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta was ranked the No. 2 most social networking connected city in the U.S.

Men’s Health magazine compiled the socially networking cities list based on the number of Facebook and LinkedIn users per capita, overall Twitter use, and traffic generated by the big social networks. It also based the list on the percentage of households that use chat rooms and blogs.

Cities were given a letter grade between A and F. Washington ranked No. 1, followed by Atlanta and Denver. The worst out of the 100 cities? El Paso, Texas, which received an F.

Here are the top 10 social networking cities:

  1. Washington D.C., A+
  2. Atlanta, A+
  3. Denver, A+
  4. Minneapolis, A+
  5. Seattle, A+
  6. San Francisco, A
  7. Orlando, Fla., A
  8. Austin, A
  9. Boston, A
  10. Salt Lake City, A-

Read more: Atlanta 2nd most social networking city, Men’s Health says | Atlanta Business Chronicle


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Pretty Girls Rock Art, Music and Fashion hosted by DJ Traci Steele


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Event Professionals and Consumers To Celebrate At ‘It’s My Party’ – Event Planning Expo Extravaganza

Join ‘Enjoy Yourself Events’ for ‘It’s My Party’ – Event Planning Expo, a celebration of sharing event knowledge, resources and networking for event professionals and individuals who enjoy planning events for friends and family. Open to the public.
Elaina M. Whitley

Elaina M. Whitley


PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 05, 2011 – Atlanta – On Sunday, August 7th, 2011, hundreds of event professionals throughout the southeast region are invited to meet at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Hotel from 11AM – 7PM for a celebration of sharing event knowledge, resources and networking with each other as well as individuals who enjoy planning parties and events for friends and family.  Attendees will enjoy live entertainment for the whole family and have the opportunity to view demonstrations such as simple cake decorating and floral arranging. Vendors will have yummy food and dessert samples on display that may be the perfect fit for your next event. The expo is open to the public and all ages are welcome.

‘It’s My Party’ is the perfect opportunity for the hospitality industry and event suppliers to display their products and services on a large scale to potential clients and consumers. Each vendor is expected to meet with hundreds of guests, automatically growing their contact list on-site. Attendees will be able to book event services from vendors on the spot at a discounted rate. Products will also be available for purchase at discounted prices.

Whether you are a professional planner or consumer, this is the chance for you to get trendy, creative event ideas and meet a host of event suppliers including: event planners, wedding planners, party and event rental items, caterers, pastry chefs, florists, event entertainers, event designers, photographers, deejays, event venue owners and more from the southeast region.

“This will not be your average bridal show” says Elaina M. Whitley, ‘It’s My Party’ event producer and host. While I enjoy attending bridal expos, they sometimes lack the resources which are necessary and helpful to event, meeting and party planners. I’ve been working on this event for a very long time and I’m very excited to finally introduce it to my fellow event professionals, clients and the public.”

Guests can participate in hands-on demonstrations and mini-seminars every thirty minutes. Early-arrival is highly recommended as seats are limited and expected to fill-up quickly. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. Early-bird tickets for attendees are now available starting at $5 for ages 3 and up and can be purchased at Children under 2 are free but must be registered.  All attendees will be eligible to qualify for free give-a-ways courtesy of our vendors and sponsors.  The first 100 adults and 50 children (ages 3-11) to purchase tickets online will receive a special goody bag upon arrival to the event.  Tickets at the door will be $15. Parking at the venue is $4.

Advanced ticket discounts are available for event professionals belonging to organizations  and associations such as: ISES, MPI, NACE, APA, AACWP, etc.  Proof of valid membership  is required.  Discounts also available for ‘EP 101’ certified students.  Discounts for on-site ticket purchases will not be honored .

Vendors are encouraged to take advantage of the early-bird registration fee starting at $299.  Vendor fees may vary depending upon size of booth needed in addition to products or services being displayed. The first 10 vendors to register by April 1st, will have their company logo displayed on pre-event marketing materials and the event banners to be displayed at the venue. All vendors will be listed on the event pamphlet to be distributed to all attendees.

Maximize your marketing potential and exposure by becoming a sponsor.  Multiples sponsorship levels are available for $150 – $5,000.

For vendor forms and sponsorship package information, please contact Enjoy Yourself Events at 404-274-8812 or

Media: Contact Elaina M. Whitley at 404-274-8812 or

‘It’s My Party’ – Event Planning Expo will also be making stops in Charlotte on Saturday, September 17, 2011 ( and Mobile on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 (  Future cities include: Augusta, Tampa, NYC area and more to be announced.

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Enjoy Yourself Events was established by Elaina M. Whitley in 2006 after planning events for friends and family for more than 10 years. The company has worked on and/or hosted: Sweet Auburn Festival, Taste of Atlanta, Restoration, Networking For a Cause, Event Planning 101 Certificate Workshop, We Love the Kids and Sweet-Touch Pamper Me Party just to name a few. Enjoy Yourself Events is an event management and entertainment firm specializing in small and large-scale event planning, event marketing, public relations, celebrity bookings, small business coaching and professional coaching. Visit Enjoy Yourself Events is based in Atlanta with offices in Tampa and NYC. The company provides services nationally.


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7 Tips To Help You Plan Your Friend’s Baby Shower

I love to host Baby Showers and have done quite a few for friends and clients. I even hosted one for my best friend who is a guy.  Most ladies who I know have either had a Baby Shower thrown for them or have thrown one for their friends. Baby Showers are generally very smooth sailing because once you know what the mom or parents-to-be like as far as themes go, the rest of the details fall into place.  If you still aren’t convinced that it’s a pretty easy event to put together, here are a few tips and ideas to help you along:

1. If the honoree is a friend of yours, then you probably already know what he/she likes as far as favorite things and what the new baby’s nursery theme will be.  The theme may be a favorite cartoon character, favorite sports team or favorite color. If you would rather remain neutral or if the parents-to-be have yet to decide on a nursery theme, then you may want to go with a brunch, tea party or buffet-style lunch and include mom’s favorite colors.  The important thing is to go with what the mom or parents-to-be are interested in. This is not about what grandma, auntie or best friend likes. The Baby Shower is all about the parents-to-be.

2. Composing the guest list should not be a daunting task. If this is a family Baby Shower, then invite close friends and family. If the guest of honor is a co-worker, then invite co-workers that he/she is close to. Either way, you don’t want to upset the mom-to-be by inviting someone whom she isn’t very fond of. A Baby Shower is a happy occasion and the last thing you want to do is upset the mom at her own party. Keep one thing is mind, even though the average pregnancy lasts around 9 months, that time frame is not the same for every woman. Plan for the baby shower to happen somewhere around 7 or 8 months. If the mom has to travel a long distance for the shower, then plan for the 5th or 6th month of pregnancy.

3. The theme can be used throughout the planning process and carried out in the invitations, decorations, food, games and party favors. If you are creative, have fun making invites by hand, using baby items such as bottles, rattles, pacifiers, mini-footballs, etc. The sky is the limit! There are a ton of websites that not only offer ideas but sell cute, ready-made and personalized invites, games, favors, candy and food as well.  I have come across some moms-to-be that want to be hands-on and help with the party. If this is the case, let her assist with making invites and/or party favors. This sometimes happens when the mom-to-be is on bed rest or is already a stay-at-home mom with prior children.

4. The menu is very important for this party. Women sometimes are sensitive to certain foods during their pregnancy and some foods should simply not be eaten during pregnancy. Yes, the food menu should be based on the above. I’m not saying to ignore the likes of the guests attending the party but you don’t want the mom-to-be to get sick either. There should be a variety of foods that she can choose from on the menu.  Finger foods are the most convenient for baby showers.  There is so much going on as far as everyone asking mom a zillion questions about her pregnancy, playing games, and opening presents.  Choose appetizers that can be eaten at room temperature or order some of those 3-foot subs from the deli with a couple of cold sides and call it a day. If she has been craving any special foods, you would be a rock star if you included them on the menu.  And of course, no alcoholic drinks should be present. I have hosted and attended showers, where alcohol was available. In my opinion, it should be totally omitted. Guests can survive for a couple of hours without cocktails.  A fun idea it to make a big bowl of punch the same color as the theme that everyone can enjoy. Throw some teeny baby rattles in it, fruit cocktail or colored iced cubes and no one will miss the alcohol.

5. Deciding on what the parents need for the new baby will require a little help from mom and dad-to-be. If the mom has some time on her hands and is able to, ask her to choose one or two of her favorite stores, then go online to create a baby registry. Baby registries are simply the best way to go. If you leave it up to the guests to choose what they want to bring, the parents will most likely end up with 3 baby strollers, 5 tubs and 100 bottles of baby wash. Trust me, I have seen it happen. Yes, the stuff may be returnable to the store but who has time for that. Besides, the person that gave the gift may get offended if mom wants to return the gift for something else. I have seen it all! Creating a baby registry will also allow dad to participate in choosing items and this gives them something that they can do as a couple.

6. Now a days, men are not only welcome to attend Baby Showers but are encouraged to be present. Be sure to keep the fellas busy during the shower so that they do not get bored. Have food on the menu that they can enjoy and do not let them get out of playing the games. (LOL) When it’s time to open presents, the mom and dad-to-be should both have chairs and take turns opening the gifts. Most of the time, I find that the dads want to participate and not be left out. The women usually get so much of the attention throughout the pregnancy, so this is a time for dads to feel some love from friends and family.

7.  On the day of the shower, have a couple of people on hand to help with facilitating games, serving food and drinks, keeping the gifts organized and cleaning up. This should be the last thing that the parents-to-be should have to worry about. If the Baby Shower is taking place at their house, they should not have to set-up for the party and definitely not have to clean-up afterwards. This is the day for them to be spoiled and relaxed. It may the last time that this will happen for a lonnngggg time.

The main thing is that the Baby Shower be as fun as possible.  This is a party that the parents will remember for the rest of their lives. Not to mention, the baby will get to see the pictures and memorabilia one day and he/she will know that they were loved before they were even born. That’s the best!

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Sweet-Touch Pamper Me Party

Singles, couples, males and females will luxuriate in a day of pampering, grooming, shopping and sweet treats. Parents, no worries, there will be licensed, day-care providers on hand to care for your kids while you enjoy yourself.

Sweet-Touch Pamper Me Party will take place on Feb 12 at The Metropolitan – 675 Metropolitan Pkwy. Atlanta. The event will be hosted by Elaina M. Whitley of Enjoy Yourself Events. She is a reputable event planner known for elite and VIP events in Atlanta and New York City.

The event will take place from 12:00pm until 6:00pm and will feature local vendors displaying everything from jewelry, handbags, natural bath & body products, men’s and women’s accessories, clothing, environmentally-friendly candles, an array of desserts and more. In addition, professionals will be on hand to offer pampering and grooming services for men and women such as mini-manicures, mini-massages, make-up and eyelash application.

For ticket and vendor information, please visit:



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4 Things To Consider Before Planning Your Next Event

As a professional Event Planner, I get many questions regarding how and where to begin planning birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, etc.  Some think they have it under control and then realize that there is a lot of work involved because of the many steps to consider throughout the planning process.  Planning an event is not only time-consuming but can be overwhelming as well. There are many little details to think about before the planning stages begin. To save yourself a little stress, here are 4 things to consider before planning your next event:

  • Think about a realistic time frame in which you have to bring this event together. Can you really make it happen within 30 days, 6 months, 12 months…?
  • Budget ($) is a huge factor when planning any event and is usually the deciding factor in how much time is needed to bring it all together.
  • What is the interest level for the event? If it is a public event, who is your target audience? If it is a family event, such as a family reunion, it’s a good idea to send out an informational message via email  just to see what kind of feedback you get.
  • Appoint a few team members than can assist with different areas of the event such as: Managing invites & rsvps, Decorating committee, Food menu, Securing event location, hotels, transportation, etc.

Happy event planning!

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About Elaina M. Whitley

Founder, CEO, philanthropist, and renowned and award-wining event planning expert, Elaina M. Whitley, has been in the event industry for more than ten years. Starting out in New York City, Elaina’s professional career began in the event industry when she was hired as an event coordinator for ‘X-Factor Entertainment’. Because of Elaina’s endless efforts within the entertainment company, ‘X-Factor’ became prominent in the coordination of all community entertainment events. Elaina coordinated a host of events for the company, including an annual community talent show, which she implemented during her time of employment.

With the natural born talent to coordinate events, Elaina had established herself as an event planner in New York City and wanted to accomplish more.  Attending The Wedding Institute and Georgia Washington University, she obtained her certification as an event planner. In 2006, Elaina relocated to Atlanta, where she founded and created ‘Enjoy Yourself Events’. Effortlessly blending right into her new environment, she began to coordinate VIP events, celebrity events, and a host of others. As a result, ‘Enjoy Yourself Events’ has created a reputation for itself and has provided event coordination and management, marketing services, and entertainment booking for the following events:

  • ‘Sweet Auburn Festival’ – VIP Reception & Awards Luncheon Coordinator
  • ‘The GodzGirl Network ‘Holy’wood Retreat’ – General Event Coordinator
  • ‘Liv Loud Empowerment Tours’ – General Event Coordinator
  • ‘Restoration’–Atlanta Flood Benefit Concert –VIP Liaison & Green Room Manager
  • ‘Fame UK’-General Event Coordinator and Manager
  • ‘Event Planning 101 – Certificate Workshop’ – Host and Producer
  • ‘We Love the Kids’ – Host and Producer

The distinguished event planner is determined to not only host events for clients but the community as well. She has produced a number of events to collect goods and raise money for various charities such as ‘Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless’ and ‘Genesis Children Shelter’.

With her expertise in the event industry, Elaina has created the highly regarded 1-day certificate workshop, ‘Event Planning 101’.  Since the first workshop was conducted for the public in May of 2010, Elaina has decided to share her experiences with other eager and aspiring event planners in Charlotte, Atlanta, Columbus, Columbia, Houston, New York and cities around the country.

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