“How are your parties always so ‘sweet’!”
I know what she meant. Anyone can plan a party but infusing it with more than the food, drink and entertainment is what makes it “sweet”.
I never planned to be an event planner. I’ve always wanted to be a hairdresser from Age 12. It was considered a No No and I was told so! Years later I owned a wig business! I come from a family where every birthday was celebrated and every significant one was party-fied by my mother that great woman!
When I had my children their parties was so well sought after and St Raphael's mum’s will bear me witness. On one occasion their invites were scrolls. I would open a file with plans and budget sheet, vendors, ideas and vision sheets😎
I further honed my craft turning Party Packs into Magical boxes, interesting, colourful, unusual and quirky! Once I was contracted to create a gift pack for a 10 year old and I sourced Bazooka Chewing gums and created an old school vibe. My Children all had unique events from Party Buses to Limo Parties, Paint Ball to Laser, Skating parties to Red Carpet events.
Back to the sweetness…..❤️
Rule 0: This applies to all events, know your client, (create a requirement form), Have an initial consultation, know your budget, work within this. Budget drives everything. Just to let potential clients know. I save you money when you give me a budget! That's it. Every good planner will tell you that having a budget means less time is wasted in sourcing event suppliers, venues or experiences. I also aim to work within it and where possible have a bit left over!
For destination events. Additional Rule is: Always gift an experience to all your guests. We have had City Tours, T -Shirts, Dinner and Lunches, Zumba/Aqua Zumba, Cruise etc gifted to guests by celebrants. They’ve paid a lot to follow you wherever you’ve dropped a pin in the map sometimes at great expense to celebrate and honour you . Honour and thank them in return.
Always have a professional Videographer and Photographer. I have guests who resist videography tell me later that they wish ...