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!
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!
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.
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…