If you're attending a conference or a party and your staying at a hotel - do you get a little excited when you see a gift when you walk in the room? Let's be real, I do. Many times, because I'm the event planner, the hotel will send me fruit, wine, water (which is actually a good one, because you can never get enough), or chocolate.
I love it when the hotel sales manager calls me to ask specifically what my client might enjoy. By doing this, I know that they will go out of their way for them. One of my clients, who was a new mom, was blown away because the sales manager left some prized reading material for her. We're talking People Magazine, Us Magazine, Vogue - perfect for a mama who is away for a few days working. She still talks about it because it was unique and different.
One of my favorite things to do is put together a festive package for guests. You can spend a lot or a little. They can be customized with printing or you can do the same thing for each person. They can be location or theme specific. There is so much that you can do.
We're working on one for a client right now. It's not breaking the bank, but it will be meaningful to the evening, unique, remembered and look like we spent a million bucks.
Here is a great round up of room drops, welcome gifts and favors that could be used for a wedding, party or corporate event.