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 

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.