One of the best birthday presents I received last week was sitting in my inbox. The photos from the Anti-Networking Holiday Party from December! I was thrilled!
Well over a year and half ago, my friend Ryan, of Mixing Maryland and I had discussed put together an event…what kind? We had no idea. We threw around the idea of a giant New Years Party, a fundraiser… you get the point. Finally, I had an opportunity when I was talking with a venue about hosting an industry event to help them get the word out. I tossed the idea to Ryan if he wanted in on it and as we brainstormed, he came up with a genius concept- ‘Why not a anti-networking party? We are always talking shop so why not just have fun for once?’
This was when we agreed to host a ‘Anti-Networking Holiday Party’ for our fellow event industry friends. The entire point of this party was to for once just enjoy ourselves and not sweat about passing out business cards. The best part was the response from everyone & their excitement that made it all worth it! Plus, it didn’t hurt that the evening ended in a dance-off!
Ryan & I had a great time coming up with fun aspects to the evening such as a ‘Selfie Wall’, Holiday Cornhole, Ice Sculpture, Hot Chocolate Bar, and much more. Don’t you worry though! We are already working on the 2015 Anti-Networking Holiday Event to make it even better than the first!
Time has gotten away from me since the fall and I didn’t even realize I hadn’t made it to any networking events since October! I have no idea how I got to the point where I had people actually asking where I’ve been. Luckily, last week I was able to make it a priority to attend two events where I was able to catch up with some of the best event professionals in the DC-Baltimore Metro area!
Tuesday was Metro Event Specialist‘s first mixer of 2014 and it was wonderful to reconnect with some of my favorite DC vendors. This organization puts on events for 300 of DC’s best event professionals throughout the city to showcase different vendors in unique venues. Last year, I was asked to be the lead planner for their February Mixer and it is one of my favorite events I’ve ever done to date. [Click here for photos]
Then on Thursday, My Flower Box Events hosted a launch party to celebrate their new studio. Everything was gorgeous (not like I expected anything less from them) and the rooms were filled with vendors chatting each other up. The last time I was at their studio was in December and the transformation is unbelievable! They created an amazing consulting area that is very charming and inviting. I’m looking forward to the next time I take a client to see them!
Last week seemed like I was able to compact a month’s full of appointments and meetings in just 5 days.
Tuesday, I met with a venue that would like to expand and review possible marketing options. This may be a great opportunity for 2014 which is fantastic because I love DC! Let me just say they have one amazing view of the city that can easily sell the place on its own.
Wednesday, I had back to back meetings all day, which I sometimes try to do for practicality purposes, but it tends to get exhausting. Two of my meetings were with new vendors- a production company and a photographer. I love networking like this because I can make connections within the industry and establish new relationships beyond the business card exchange. Not to mention it is great to expand my portfolio of vendor options for my clients. After those meetings, Wedding 411 invited me to have lunch, along with a few other planners, at The Center Club in downtown Baltimore. For someone that has lived in Baltimore her entire life, the views are still breath taking at The Center Club.
After running all over Baltimore, I was able to sit down and enjoy a nice dinner at The Red Star in Fells Point with my good friend, Jaime. It isn’t often we get to catch up, so once a month we try to grab dinner or coffee to share what is going on in our lives. Most of the time I have to ask, “What day is it again?”
As the week is winding down, Thursday I had a menu tasting by the caterer Bowl of Cherries for a June wedding. Can I just say I’m completely okay with the perks of my job including menu tastings? Delicious! Afterwards, I met up with some amazing vendors to catch up at Crush Kitchen & Winehouse in Annapolis. There just happened to be a wine tasting there that evening! Shucks…
Friday and Saturday were a blur between running errands, a linen appointment with a couple, and quality time in front of my lap top. If I can find the time to have dinner or watch the Ravens game with my family, I try to squeeze it in!
Even after such a crazy week of meetings and then the follow up work that accompanies each of them, I can still say they were all positive and productive! Not a bad way to roll out into the weekend…