My holiday party planning starts with an idea, later I daydream, throw in a few color palette options and pumpkin spice whatever and the planning begins to take shape. Take, for example, a recent event I planned for a corporate client- the theme was centered around Disney’s Magical Light Show. I envisioned transforming the venue into a mini Main Street by incorporating fresh garland, red ribbon, silver ornaments, the smell of fresh popped popcorn, warm sweet churros and holiday flavored frozen bananas, bringing the essence of the iconic street at Disneyland to life.
There are questions that need to be answer prior to planning an event, whether its for the coming holiday season or another. Before reaching out to a single vendor, I'll explore the purpose of the event, the age of the audience and the best way to entertain them while addressing the purpose of the event. Once I have answered these questions and I have an idea of what I would like the event to look and feel like, I source out the appropriate vendors. Florists, lighting teams, entertainers and caters all have their own styles, so its important when designing an event that you book the right vendors based on the overall style and theme you are trying to create. For instance, when ruminating on the Main Street concept, I knew I needed a resource like Larissa Rehder, Creative Director of Inviting Occasion, who has a warm and playful aesthetic. This tone was especially important as this event was to have a lot of children of all ages and who would certainly attend having a deep understanding of Disneyland and all its glory. Inviting Occasion selected the perfect floral and greenery to enhance that feel during this holiday party and was the perfect complement to all the activities layered in for the families to indulge in like face painting, caricature and balloon artists. My goal in designing a space is always to make the guests feel welcomed and inspired. It's the key to a great party!