Top 5 Horror of 2015

Top 5 horror of 2015

2015 was a fantastic year for horror, below My husband and I put together our top 5.

Patrick’s favorites:

  1. It Follows
  2. We Are Still Here
  3. Krampus
  4. Goodnight Mommy
  5. What We Do in the Shadows

RUNNERS-UP: The Visit, Unfriended, Creep

My favorites:

  1. It Follows
  2. Goodnight Mommy
  3. We Are Still Here
  4. The Gift
  5. The Visit

RUNNERS-UP: Creep, Krampus

You can listen to our Til Death Do Us Part podcast, a weekly horror discussion between husband and wife, where we discuss in more detail here.

What are YOUR favorite horror movies of 2015? Contact us at

❤ the shark


Shocktober 2015

Shocktober 2015

Every year, I anticipate the start of October. Shocktober is my favorite season of the year!

The spirit of Shocktober is to try and watch as many of the below films as you can, knowing in advance that it’s probably impossible to watch a movie every single night. Trust me, we never get through the list.

While my husband and I put this list together, he wrote about it on Kotaku and I am reposting here!

  1. Goodnight Mommy (Theater)
  2. Unfriended (VOD/DVD)
  3. Cooties (VOD)
  4. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (VOD/DVD/Streaming)
  5. Westworld (VOD/DVD)
  6. Deep Red (DVD)
  7. The Visit (Theater)
  8. Jacob’s Ladder (DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  9. Knock Knock (Theater)
  10. Contracted: Phase 2 (VOD/DVD)
  11. We Are Still Here (VOD/DVD)
  12. Cub (VOD/DVD)
  13. Don’t Look Now (VOD/DVD)
  14. The Devil’s Backbone (VOD/DVD)
  15. Crimson Peak (Theater)
  16. Stage Fright (VOD/DVD)
  17. White God (VOD/DVD/Netflix)
  18. The Lazarus Effect (VOD/DVD)
  19. The Tenant (VOD/DVD)
  20. Poltergeist [Remake] (VOD/DVD)
  21. Them (VOD/DVD)
  22. Insidious: Chapter Three (VOD/DVD)
  23. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Theater)
  24. The Falling (VOD/DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  25. Starry Eyes (VOD/DVD/Netflix)
  26. Invaders From Mars (VOD/DVD)
  27. Under the Skin (VOD/DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  28. Lyle (VOD/DVD)
  29. Black Death (VOD/DVD/Netflix/Amazon Streaming)
  30. Magic (VOD/DVD)
  31. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (VOD/DVD/Netflix)

If you’re looking for even more movies, here are my husband’s published lists from years past:

Happy haunting!!

❤ the shark

Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s day is one of my favorite holidays. Okay, I love all holidays, but St. Patrick’s day is special. Not only am I Irish, but I love celebrating my family traditions, dressing up in green, watching the local parade, and enjoying plenty of pints with loved ones.

Follow Reinventing Events’s board St. Patrick’s Day on Pinterest.

While Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is actually a religious holiday, most people celebrate the Irish culture proudly.  Steve Gimbel wrote a beautifully written article about What We Are Really Celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day and put it best:

When it is said that on St. Patrick’s Day “everyone has a little Irish in them,” it acknowledges the ways in which we are a better culture for having added another set of experiences.


Now that you’ve learned WHY you should celebrate the unofficial holiday, here are some  Irish activities that you should check off your list this weekend:

  1. Wear green, the more, the merrier! Shamrocks are a bonus. Also, it saves you from getting pinched if you’re not wearing any!
  2. Make some delicious Irish food that you can share with your friends and family! Some of my favorites include: corned beef and spinach pies. WARNING: this link will make you hungry.
  3. Rock out to some excellent Irish music. Check out this Spotify playlist: Irish Imports.
  4. Attend a local parade. Support your local community and all of the people who put time and effort into the parade. From the creative floats, Irish dancers, and candy that they pass out, it truly is a fun experience that is family friendly! Not sure what’s happening near you? Check out this helpful resource.
  5. Learn how to pour a black and tan. Watch this excellent YouTube video.
  6. Brush up on Irish lingo:
    Irish Slang: boozer
    Translation: pub
    Suggested Usage: The party’s down at the boozerIrish Slang: local
    Translation: the neighborhood bar
    Suggested Usage: Let’s meet down at the local at IrishIrish Slang: craic (“crack”)
    Translation: a great time
    Suggested Usage: St. Paddy’s Day was mighty craic this year.Irish Slang: sláinte (“slawn-cha”)
    Translation: cheers
    Suggested Usage: Another pint! Sláinte!Irish Slang: wrecked
    Translation: exhausted
    Suggested Usage: After last night, I’m wrecked.

    Irish Slang: snog
    Translation: kiss
    Suggested Usage: One more pint and I’ll get up the nerve to snog her.

  7. Create a Irish pub crawl! This can be a great way to get some friends together and explore the local pub scene, especially if there are a lot of Irish bars in your area. Make a list of the pubs you want to visit in advance, then make a rule that everyone needs to have a pint in each pub you visit. Make sure to order something Irish such as a Guinness or Harp (beer), Magners or Smithwick’s (if you like cider), or ask for one of these Irish whiskey drinks. As you toasts your friend’s, make sure to say “Sláinte!”
  8. OR…consider having a home party! Make sure to watch an Irish movie, such as my favorite, The Leprechaun!

How do YOU celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Leave a comment below, I want to hear from you.

the shark


Shocktober 2013


First of all, I’ve stolen this list from my husband. It’s my favorite time of the year and I hope to watch ALL of the movies on this list. Enjoy!

  1. Insidious: Chapter Two (2013)
  2. Event Horizon (1997)
  3. Trick ‘R Treat (2007)
  4. Bad Milo (2013)
  5. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
  6. We Are What We Are (2013)
  7. Dark Touch (2013)
  8. Noroi: The Curse (2005)
  9. Hell Baby (2013)
  10. John Dies at the End (2012)
  11. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  12. Pet Sematary (1989)
  13. Come Out and Play (2012)
  14. Escape From Tomorrow (2013)
  15. +1 (2013)
  16. Maniac (2013)
  17. I Spit On Your Grave 2 (2013)
  18. Would You Rather (2012)
  19. Videodrome (1983)
  20. Severance (2006)
  21. American Mary (2012)
  22. Screamers (1995)
  23. Carrie (October 18)
  24. Razorback (1984)
  25. Shrooms (2007)
  26. Dead End (2003)
  27. The Dinosaur Project (2012)
  28. Ghostwatch (2012)
  29. Scenic Route (2013)
  30. Hellraiser (1987)
  31. The Last Days on Mars (2013)


❤ the shark

Born to Plan


kt_planningAs Miley Cyrus says, “we can’t stop.” Event planners are addicted to planning. There is no end to our madness! I plan what I am going to eat, what my weekend adventures are, what I’m going to wear, my life and everything in it. I’m addicted. Like Charlie Sheen is to #winning, event planners are to #planning. We don’t know how to stop doing what we are good at. Here are some of my tips, tricks and advice for planning:

  1. You have to take time to make time. Use your calendar and schedule out your day. Break down what you need to accomplish and block out chunks of time in your day to work on those items. Our team uses Asana for our project management for client work. Some of our team is also using it for their personal tasks too.
  2. Be proactive instead of reactive. It’s a whole lot easier to accomplish goals and objectives by planning for them. Think ahead and try to consider all obstacles.
  3. Don’t get stuck always preparing and never doing. Always continue the idea with an action. Be a doer! You’ll feel more confident by accomplishing tasks as you are planning for more.
  4. Prioritize. Take time to review what needs to get done today VS what has to get done this week. Make a list and number from most important to least. Our CEO, Karen Hartline, loves to write out tasks on brightly colored post-it notes that she sticks all over her monitor and desk. As she completes a task, she crumples up the post-it and tosses it in the wastebasket. Physically tossing out the task after it’s been complete is rewarding for her. I love making lists and crossing them out as task are completed. If I don’t get to something that day, I highlight it in a bright color to remind myself to add it to tomorrow’s list.
  5. Reward yourself for GTD’ing (getting thing done). Working hard deserves a high five. Go for that mani/pedi, buy that new pair of shoes, and order that $7.99 movie OnDemand. Treat yourself.

I’ve always got a plan for everything. And if for some reason I don’t, I have the instincts to think quick on my feet and come up with one. Most of my friends look to me to figure out plans when we hang out. Paying the bill at dinner, I’m usually the one taking charge, collecting money, and making sure that there’s enough gratuity included. It’s not only out of habit, but I generally like being able to plan it out. It’s a valuable trait that I take for granted. I’m proud to be a planner.

What do you like to plan? Do you have any planning tips to share? Feel free to tweet @reinventevents or @katetheshark using #planning and share your ideas.


2013 goals



A new year brings new goals! Here’s mine for 2013:

1. Create a recipe book
2. Make French press coffee weekly
3. Run a marathon
4. Inspire more people to get active
5. Teach miss pixel a new trick

❤ the shark