”Even if the classes stopped after the third session, I would still feel it was money well spent!” Traniessa W.

"I've learned so much from these classes and suggest that anyone connected with event planning to not miss out and take these classes!"
Connie M.

"I love the classes, they are worth every penny." Kathy K.

“Crucial to my development as a "novice" planner and well worth the
price were: Meeting with the Client; Pricing (especially); Contracts Dos
and Dont's.
Tyrheast R.

That's what our students have to say.


"Getting Started In Event/Party Planning"


presented by

Phyllis Cambria and Patty Sachs


owners of



You asked for it and now you've got it! 

Phyllis Cambria and Patty Sachs, industry experts, professional event/party planners, owners of PartyPlansPlus.com and authors of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party have put together the only complete teleseminar program to give you all the tools YOU need to get started in the exciting field of event/party planning. 



Each week you will dial up a special number to listen in and participate in a 55-minute teleseminar. We will lead you through all the steps you need to take to start your career as an event/party planner. Whether you are interested in starting your own business, working for another planner, or becoming an in-house event planner, this course will give you the foundation for success. 

The first 45 minutes of each seminar we will hold a lecture on that day's topics (see SEMINAR SCHEDULE below). This will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A period where we will answer questions you have previously e-mailed to us about that week's topics. We will answer as many questions as possible within the 55 minute time frame. Those questions not answered during the session will be answered via e-mail to seminar participants in the day or two following the session. If there is time at the end of the sessions, additional questions may be asked. Only those students participating will be able to send e-mail questions and receive copies of their answers. 

The classes will run one session per week (on average) given from 9 PM to 9:55 PM EST. The time schedule will be strictly adhered to as a special telephone trunk line is being rented for each session and we regret seminars cannot exceed the 55-minute time slot. 

Before each day's session, you will be given a special telephone number to access the seminar. This number will change each session. DO NOT share this number with anyone else. People attempting to enter into the conversation without pre-registering will be denied access. 

The seminars will be similar to a classroom setting with a lecture and Q&A at the end of each class. So that you can benefit the most from the program, we encourage you to simply listen. Extensive notes will be e-mailed to you in the days following each session. You will not, however, be allowed to record any of these sessions. The sessions are protected by the same copyright as the notes are.


Class size for each session will be limited to 20 participants to ensure the greatest benefit to those enrolled. At the end of the 16-week program, the seminars will repeat.  

Participation will be on a first come, first served basis. You may enroll in one class or the series. See ENROLLMENT FEE SCHEDULE below. 



If you are enrolled to participate in a session and are unable to make your scheduled session, we will supply you with the given notes and allow you to make up the class when it is repeated at a later date. There will be NO refunds. 


The semester has been broken down into 16 parts to give you an overall beginner's education in becoming a professional planner. We have divided the program into manageable steps you need to take to be considered an event professional.  

While some sessions may appear to be directed to business owners (as opposed to those who are working for a company as a planner), there will be components that will immediately (or will later) apply to every planner. 

These sessions, while complete, should not be considered all-inclusive to your education. A professional event/party planner knows that education is ongoing and should be obtained from multiple sources. There are very few industries which require skills as multi-dimensional and which run the gamut of multiple disciplines as is required under the event/party planning umbrella. This 16-week course will, however, jumpstart or advance your beginning party/event business. 

Once you have completed the entire series, you will receive a certificate of completion. 


The following is an overview of the course. An outline of each session will be sent to participants before each session to enable you to send in your questions. Each participant will further be allowed to submit questions to be answered by Phyllis and/or Patty. These questions and answers will be sent to all seminar participants so that everyone might benefit from this additional knowledge. 

Thursday, Sept. 11th, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

1.  Preparation/Education
bulletResearch, research, research
bulletVolunteering, apprenticeship
bulletConsultants, S.C.O.R.E. etc.
bulletEarn and learn
bulletAssociation meetings

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

2. Developing a Niche
bulletWhat options do you have (research, research, research)
bulletWhy a niche is good when you're starting out
bulletExpanding your niche

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

3. Business Basics ( Starting Up - Part 1)
bulletNaming your business
bulletDeveloping a business plan

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

4.  Business Basics (Necessities - Part 2)
bulletLicensing/Resale Certificates
bulletBank accounts (checking, savings, merchant)
bulletBookkeeping system

 Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

5.  Setting Up Pricing
bulletVarious methods of pricing
bulletWhat's the best system for establishing prices and why
bulletFinding out competitor's pricing
bulletRentals vs. purchases


Thursday, Oct.16, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

6. Contract Dos and Don'ts
bulletWhat should be in a contract
bulletOrder of signatures
bulletWhy an attorney is important


Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

7.  Finding Vendors
bulletWhere and how to find them
bulletWhat to look for
bulletSeeing them in action
bulletGetting recommendations
bulletNegotiating with them
bulletContracting with them

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

8.  Basic Marketing for all businesses (Part 1)
bulletBasic marketing materials
bulletThe rule of 3
bulletAdvertising on a budget

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

9.  Basic Marketing for all business (Part 2)
bulletPublicity and Promotion
bulletWorking to get your name out there on a budget

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

10.  Basic Marketing (Part 3)
bulletDoing research for specific clients
bulletFinding clients
bulletApproaching prospects

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

11. Meeting with the Client
bulletQuestions to ask
bulletGetting the answer to the budget question
bulletDetermining scope of work
bulletArranging for follow-up meeting

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

12. Doing A Site Inspection
bulletMeasuring the space
bulletDetermining room capacity
bulletDetermining the logistics of loading in and breaking down
bulletDetermining decor options/limitations
bulletWorking with electrical requirements
bulletIf lodging is provided, all aspects of terms
bulletMeeting with venue representative

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

13. Running the Event (Part 1)
bulletDeveloping planning timeline
bulletContracting with vendors
bulletExtra help


Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

14. Running the Event (Part 2)
bulletDeveloping event timeline
bulletContact sheets
bulletLoading in
bulletSafe set-up
bulletTear down

Thursday, Jan 7, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

15. Entering the Corporate Market
bulletWhen do you make the leap
bulletWhat can you expect
bulletHow are these events different
bulletWhy are these different than social events

 Thursday, Jan. 14, 2003 (9 PM to 9:55 PM EST) 

16. Marketing to a Corporate Client
bulletQuality Is Essential - Basic printed materials
bulletTestimonials/Reference Letters
bulletSpreading the Word-by-Mouth
bulletRegular marketing

You can begin the seminars at any point, get the notes for the missed classes and make up the phone calls in the next session.


To accommodate the budgets and needs of everyone, we have broken down the fee schedule as follows:


Name of Session
Date of Session

Per session fee:  $20*  each for two or more ( 16 sessions paid separately = $320*)

Reserve space for two or more sessions (or other payment as below)  Give the # and title of session reserved.

SPECIAL PACKAGE: "What to Charge" and "Contracts" $40.00 Includes two bonus reports and sample contracts.  Can get the notes now and then attend the classes when they are repeated..

Two payment schedule:  $137.50* per 8-weeks sessions (a $45 savings) You may split your 16 week payment or reserve any 8 weeks.

Reserve space for 8 sessions now   (or other payment as below )

One pay schedule  $250* for 16-week program (a $70 savings)      SPECIAL BONUS FOR FULL PROGRAM REGISTRATION!!  Patty Sachs and Dawn Hogan's Disk Deal (Value $50.00) 52 reports, forms and instructions for party/event planning. (Disk Deal list is here.)

Reserve space for 16 sessions now (or other payment as below )

Payments need to be credited to your account by the start of each session (if you are on a weekly payment schedule) or the beginning of the 8-week cycle or complete 16-week  program.

 To register, you may:


Use our secure PayPal™ system.  There is no fee for this service, in fact, you get $5.00 for signing on, and you can pay from your checking account or charge card.  If you are not a member of paypal.com click in below and learn all about it.  Once you have registered you will be paying into e-mail address [email protected]

 I accept payment through PayPal!, the #1 online payment service!


Send a check or money order payable to:

          Phyllis Cambria

          2250 Seagrape Circle

         Coconut Creek, FL 33066


E-mail or call in your charge card information to:

         [email protected] or  904-272-0959

Those signing up for either the 8-week sessions or the 16-week sessions will be given priority over those who wish to sign up on a per class basis.

Important: Please e-mail us to reserve a space, pending payment.  This will guarantee you a spot.  Indicate the number of and which seminars you will be paying for.

 **There is an additional charge per call which will appear on your long distance telephone bill.  Depending on the service you have, telephone charges should range from approximately $2.75 to $5.50.  (If you dial 10+10+220+1+area code+number, your telephone charge will be approximately $3.44 per session.) You must use a land line.  Complete call-in instructions will come upon receipt of payment with registration agreement.


If you have any questions that were not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact Phyllis Cambria or Patty Sachs at PartyPlansPlus@prodigy.net

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