Friday, February 25, 2011

What's In My Bag?

Ever wondered what you'd find in an event planner's bag? Jes gives us the skinny on her must-haves and shares her tips on essentials for hosting a great event!

"As an event planner, my favorite accessories aren't hoop earrings or a fierce snakeskin belt - it's a small black backpack filled with geeky necessities that I need within arm's reach. When I go to an event, my black backpack is filled with vital items, such as the party timeline, a vendor contact list, emergency numbers of the local police or fire station, lipstick, lip balm, and makeup for touchups, breath freshener, a snack bar, walkie-talkie, an extra battery for a walkie-talkie, cell phone charger, a calculator, a flashlight, some Band-Aids, deodorant, a flicker for lighting candles, a measuring tape, and three pens (in case the other two don't work).

I think every host should also have a stash of emergency gear. If you have poor eyesight, make sure to bring along extra contact lenses, saline solution, or an extra pair of glasses. Always have something on hand to freshen your breath, even if you have to steal mints from the bathroom. As a host, stay hydrated and make sure you smell nice and clean from your armpits to your mouth. If your event is outdoors, pack some sunglasses, sunscreen, a sun hat, and bug repellant. As far as jewelry is concerned, play it simple and elegant. Wear pieces that aren't cumbersome or that will dangle into the punch bowl.

Being a good host is a valuable skill set to master because it involves major multitasking and keeping cool under pressure. Once you've mastered parties, you can master anything! Having said that, here's the most important part: Parties are supposed to be fun, and hosting parties should be fun as well. Being a host means you've got friends and family to celebrate with, and that's a good thing. So think positively, and try not to get bogged down in all the details. A good host is not a diva or a stress monster. She's out there in the party, knocking back a drink and having a blast." -JG

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