Warner Brothers and ‘In Style’ Golden Globes Party

For event planners, award’s season is as much about the after party production as it is the stunning gowns the women are wearing! Our friends at Biz Bash have done a fabulous job of capturing all of the highlights from this year’s 2015 Golden Globes Party for Warner Bros, NBC Universal and In Style Magazine.

Warner Brothers and ‘In Style’ Golden Globes Party.

I’m loving the diverse looks within each of these parties. The video projection and use of technology as decor is fierce. Check out the forest technology wall by Thomas Ford- it’s stunning! Be sure to also find the Plinko Game by Pandora – a fun way to create interaction for the guests.

What have you seen at an event recently that you loved?

Photo by Line 8 Photography

 

 

 

TSE 2015 – Where All The Event Planners Go!

If you were looking for anyone in the event industry last week, more than likely they were in Anaheim, California at TSE 2015 – The Special Event Conference and Trade Show; the largest industry conference for event planners, vendors and suppliers. I was very fortunate to have been selected to speak all three days. TSE is an annual tradition for the event industry. We attend for education, networking and inspiration. The trade show floor is a visual cornucopia of the latest and greatest decor, furniture and must-have products we can implement in our events. It’s also a great chance for us to network with friends old and new.

This year was particularly special because in addition to speaking all 3 days, I was also able to offer my new book, Permission: Stop Competing & Start Creating the Life You Want to Live at the Conference Bookstore. What a thrill to be asked to do a book signing during the conference, along side my dear friend, Marley Majcher – The Party Goddess!

My presentations included:

Day #11: Living the Good Life – 30 Day Challenge (Learning the Trade!)

For my 11th experience, I reached out to my event colleague, Sharon Mintz, Owner of Organic Elements – an award winning and regularly published – floral and design studio, and asked if I could shadow her team for a few hours. She was very gracious to have me pop over to her new studio and let me get my hands dirty! I’ve also been in awe of floral design and after seeing what amazing floral art Sharon and her team regularly produce and design, it was easy to know who I would want to train under!

As an event planner, my involvement with a floral team is to talk about a design and place an order. I really had very little knowledge about ordering, flower production, design and execution. On the day I shadowed the Organic Elements team, I was able to help prep a few upcoming projects.

My first assignment was to clean a dozen vases. Like many parts of the event industry, these are the tasks that are not overly fun but very necessary. The behind the scenes prep is what most people forget is necessary. Instead, they walk into a ballroom all set-up for the event and have little knowledge on what it takes to get it from a blank slate to a visual cacophony. It was very evident that the Organic Elements team is well prepared and organized. They have a very efficient system that enables them to work proactively versus re-actively. Kudos to Sharon for taking the panic out of event production!

My next task was to place gorgeous purple orchids in the clean vases. Kaitlyn, OE’s manager, was overly warm and generous in educating me about the process and why flowers need to be processed before they can be used in a design. She was also very complimentary of my ability to be a quick learner! Maybe a career in floral design awaits me in my next life!

My final task was to process a huge bunch of white roses. Thanks to Kaitlyn’s education, I now know that in order to get roses to open up, you must strip them of their leaves because the leaves hog the water as it moves up the stalk. Removing the leaves allows the roses to open and in this case, would make turning these beauties into petals to be tossed at the weekend wedding, a lot easier.

Here I was a novice being tossed into a team of professionals and they couldn’t have been more wonderful and supportive of my willingness to learn. What struck me, beyond their talent and beautiful designs, was the camaraderie amongst the staff. Sharon has designed a team that clearly works hard but plays hard together too. What a joy to be amongst professionals whom truly love what they are doing and they respect the team they are working with. I loved my time at Organic Elements and hope that my future blooms with another opportunity to work behind the scenes with floral designers.

Your take away from this experience should be to think about an industry you know little about but would love to learn and ask for an opportunity to shadow. Most companies always need an extra set of hands and they are very generous with their time!

Thanks Organic Elements team – experience #11 was amazing thanks to you!

 

It’s Time to Organize Your Closet!

Even though the calendar has indicated fall is upon us, and the weather reports in other parts of the country refer to something called rain and snow, here in San Diego we are still all about summer. That doesn’t mean I can’t dream of days spent wearing boots, scarves and heavy coats. We usually get about 5 days from October – February were we might actually pretend to have real weather!

Even though we are still wearing shorts in San Diego, I’m feeling very inspired to do a hefty closet clean out. At the moment, my closet is coming out to meet me every time I open the doors so it’s time to get organized!

Taking my own advice, I offer you my organizational clean-out tips, “Give, Get & Go!”

When approaching a re-organizational project, I ask my clients or even challenge myself to determine the following:

GIVE: what needs to be given away

GET: what gets to stay and will be worn / used

GO: what needs to go to the trash or recycling

If you make three piles and do a hard edit on every item, you will find yourself organized in no time!

Have an organizational tip? Share in the comments below.

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Image by organizing.ws

Day #10: Living the Good Life – 30 Day Challenge (Butterfly Garden)

Located in far east county of San Diego, on the campus of Cuyamaca College, sits a wonderful little gem known as the Water Conservation Garden, a learning laboratory atop 5-acres of natural landscape. My interest in driving the distance today was to catch the last day of tours at the Butterfly Pavilion.

I was able to enjoy the Pavilion without any other guests and was personally toured by Sonya, one of the Garden’s volunteers. She was quick to show me that the butterflies are hatching and we watched as a brand new butterfly expelled itself from its cocoon. For hours, a butterfly will stay attached to the cocoon, while trying to get blood and fluids pumping to their wings. What an awesome sight to see a brand new butterfly evolve into the next chapter of its life. The Pavilion is full of newly hatched butterflies and caterpillar’s with work still to do.

The Butterfly Pavilion is open from June to September, and offers daily tours. The Water Conservation Garden offers fascinating tours on the various themed gardens, and offers an on-site nursery so you can purchase water conscious plants.

I’ll let the photos from my tour highlight the joy of being amongst these wonderful creatures.

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