Some of the most memorable events I coordinated involved serving breakfast foods for dinner! It started years ago at an early evening child’s birthday party by offering breakfast stations complete with waffles, eggs, bacon, assorted cereals and juices just to do something different. Everyone knows adults like to eat off the kids’ buffet but this was ridiculous!
Next came an evening bat mitzvah with a make-your-own omelet station, pancakes and fun toppings, fruit parfaits, a cereal and yogurt bar, among other morning fare, alongside a cappuccino cart. Another big hit.
How many variations of fish, chicken and beef can you offer before your guests have truly seen it all?
Soooo… at your next celebration or business dinner… consider serving a beautiful plate with two eggs any style, toasted brioche, tropical fruit, sautéed spinach, Lyonnaise potatoes, a side of pain au chocolat, freshly brewed coffee or loose leaf tea and an orange cream mimosa! I guarantee… no one is going to miss the filet mignon. xoy
I love what I do. I love helping people coordinate beautiful and memorable celebrations, successful corporate functions and non-profit benefits. More than anything, I love when my clients and I are able to incorporate a charitable element that allows their guests to have a great time while contributing to a good cause without effort.
During Jack’s party, guests could write notes to SPC Amy in Afghanistan through Soldier’s Angels, a non-profit group supporting soldiers deployed around the world. At the end of the evening, we collected almost 100 postcards. Amy sent this photo of herself with all the notes and a letter expressing her deepest gratitude and happiness. How fantastic?!
Let’s continue to find ways to make a difference with your special events. I love what I do. xoy
If you’re like me, with a summer birthday when everyone is away on vacation or at camp, chances are your celebrations don’t usually include a lot of people. When I was little, my parents rarely had birthday parties for me because everyone was always away (hence my overcompensating by becoming an Event Planner!). They promised to hold something in September, but then school started and you get the drift… When I was in my teens, it was important to be out at a restaurant or club to celebrate… but again, it depended on who was in town! When I hit the “decade” birthdays… I celebrated with travel, high teas and day trips…trying to create bigger memories with special people.
The birthday truth has finally hit me… it really only takes ONE person to make me feel special. Wink. Happy rockin’ birthday to me. xoy
Summer has always been the most popular time for weddings. My theory is that summer is mostly comprised of sunshine that should accompany love, it comes with a celebratory feeling associated with no school and vacations, and an increased chance of friends and family who are able to step aside briefly from their commitments. I am…a hopeless romantic and enjoy working with brides and grooms. I take my collaborations with soon-to-be married couples seriously so that they may bask in the sunshine on their very special day. With love… Yvonne
It was my honor and pleasure to coordinate the silent, live and online auctions of the John Varvatos Benefit for Stuart House co-chaired by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck and with a special performance by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The Rape Foundation’s Support Council, the John Varvatos team and I collected over 300 valuable items over 5 months, including experiences, to auction off for Stuart House — the UCLA Rape Treatment Center’s internationally recognized model program serving sexually abused Children. The event raised just over our goal of one million dollars! An incredibly rewarding project for me…
Some celebrations can seem “cookie cutter” with the same formula for a 4-hour event. How to spice things up?? I am a big fan of incorporating surprise elements in the form of live entertainment. I just coordinated a jungle-themed bat mitzvah where guests were greeted by a biologist with a simple, beautiful macaw. Adults and teenagers mingled with a sloth, serval cat, capuchin monkey, tortoise and other exotic animals during cocktail hour, all with trained biologists. This was not a petting zoo! We offered a sophisticated way to enjoy a jungle-like atmosphere. And the best part…animals belong to a non-profit refuge center where all proceeds go to take care of abandoned animals. :-) Let YOUR animal instincts shine at your next event!
The pressure to “celebrate” New Year’s Eve can sometimes make us lose sight of what I think we should really be doing. It’s not about purchasing the right streamers or paper plates that say “2013.” It’s about knowing that whatever the new year holds, we should continue to be grateful for what we have, focus on health, happiness and charity. So if you’re getting together with friends, family, colleagues or just plain remaining indoors in pajamas… it’s all the “right” celebration! Happy New Year!
Welcome to my new website! I often explain that what I do is not rocket science nor brain surgery, but if I can help alleviate stress for clients who are planning an event, help them avoid financial mistakes by offering good choices, help pay attention to budget and lastly, offer a bit of creativity(?!), then I will have done my job.
Looking forward to a NEW YEAR full of exciting collaborations with all of you!
Cheers and best wishes!