What a successful event needs: Putting together events–elements known and unknown, is a little like making stone soup with whatever your pantry will yield. Timeline? Check. Systems up and running? People where they’re supposed to be? Parking issues mitigated? Bouncers bouncing? Restrooms inviting? Who loads in first? Which power outlets? Where do you stash staff valuables? Valet here? Coat check–hangers! Warming kitchen, utensils, signage–what kind and where? Permits pulled? A/V set up, sight lines, breaking down food and drink stations to enable better traffic flow. Where are you going to sell things? Do they have cash? How are credit cards being processed? Where is your petty cash? Pens? Sharpies? Think giant multi-generational family on a long, long vacation with glamping, fancy event, and hanging out with friends in the wilderness all included. Herding cats, my friend, herding cats….
There is something magical about events. Somebody once said to me, “Jan, life is not a party, You’re lucky if you get to go to one every now and then.” I disagree. Plus, I don’t have to fret about outfits–they’re usually pre-determined.
Thank you for kind words, Betsy.
Love this story. And I love living in an age where these conversations happen.