Anti-Networking Holiday Party

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!

Big Thanks to our Sponsors!

Venue | Byzantium
Caterer | Custom Catering
DJ | Mixing Maryland
Photo Booth | BoothLove
Photography | J Thomas Photography
Live Music | Winship
Linens | Rentals to Remember
Mini Cupcakes | Cakes by Rachael
Donut Holes | Dudley’s Desserts
Cookies | Cookie Gals
Floral | Studio H Floral
Give-A-Ways | Melissa & Sam Huston 
Paintings | Kathy Dennin-Meagher 

Where did the Fall season go?

I knew I had a chaotic fall but thinking it and living through it was just not the same…

Here’s a quick glimpse of what I’ve been up to!

Sponsored A Night to Remember …proceeds to Kennedy Kreiger Institute

Hosted my sister’s Bachelorette Party in downtown Baltimore

Shopping in NYC…. 3 weeks before my sister’s wedding and I still did not have a dress…whoops

Baby Shower in Long Island, NY

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Whimsical Woodsland Wedding and the first time at a wedding I had to build a bon fire

[Click here to Elizabeth Fogarty Photography for the photos]

My Sister’s Wedding…formal post to follow with the professional photos!

  

Welcome Home Mr. & Mrs. Meyers!

Mascarade Networking Event

Halloween Rehearsal Dinner

Chic Wedding in Raleigh, NC

Surprise Birthday Party/Viewing Party

As the winter sets in, events are slowing down a bit but the admin work, and networking are picking back up.

While I try to regroup and begin planning 2015, I can’t wait to make the time to enjoy the holidays!

Tis the season to be appreciative!

While the snow was falling, I sat back and realized that even though I may no longer be a child, this is still a magical time of the year! Christmas shopping, cookie bake off, crazy lights, holiday parties, white elephant gift exchange, the list is endless! I love everything about the holiday season! I haven’t always been able to fully embrace the season because of working either retail, restaurants, or events but I enjoy this time of year!

Selby’s first snow!

Every year I like to ask everyone to be mindful of those working long hours during the holiday season. While you are consumed with the hustle & bustle, there is that salesperson that is working late when you forgot your mother’s gift, and the UPS driver that won’t get off until every package is delivered. How about those great company holiday parties? Cannot forget those caterers, servers, and all the other vendors that not only are working but you may not see them because they are showing up at 2 am to clean up or pick up their products. On Christmas Eve, you are slaving away in the kitchen and the knife slips, we should all be thankful for the nurses and doctors that are in the ER. Saying “Thank you” and being extra pleasant to those working goes a long way than you may realize.

 

 

 

 

Host the Best NYE’s Dinner Party!

Never would I have thought I’d have written an article for a magazine! Just a little over a month ago, I was approached by B Woman Magazine‘s editor to write an advice article. Since it was for the December issue, it was perfect to prepare something related to the biggest night to party– New Year’s Eve!

I couldn’t write an article without having the right inspiration, so I had to have a mini photo shoot to match! Thanks to my wonderful assistant, Natalie took my vision for the shoot and ran with it! Together we came up with a fun mix of items from VME’s stash, each others homes, and Target to create the perfect NYE dinner party!

Instead of telling you more about the article… CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE!

A special thanks to my friend Artemas of Artemas Photograpghy for stopping by last minute to take these great shots!

What day is it?

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.

View from 300 New Jersey Ave- Rooftop Venue!

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?”

Baltimore, MD - View from Center Club
Baltimore, MD – View from Center Club

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…