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Looking for an Alternative

Looking for an Alternative
I recently offered my services, to the school my daughter attends, to help them decorate for the grade 8 graduation. The theme they chose was Hollywood. I have in stock some fantastic black and silver items that I knew would be a great addition to what they already had planned.
When I arrived we laid out all of our decor and talked about the overall plan for the look of the gym. We decided we’d best start with the chairs so we could work around the largest occupied area. The kids pulled the chairs out and everything came to a halt in my mind. The chairs are all different colours and certainly did not match the theme.
Luckily in this instance I was able to run home and grab our white chair covers (and prayed they’d fit) so that we could unify the look. The covers didn’t fit perfectly but pretty close. The covers were exactly what the gym needed. In this instance, because the covers didn’t cost them anything, it was possible to make it happen. However, in most cases, schools can’t afford to rent chair covers for something like a graduation, especially a grade 8 grad.
I am constantly thinking about my company…when I sleep, when I drive, when I eat…I am always planning, coming up with new ideas and reassessing what I did to ensure that it will always be the best. In this particular case I was reassessing what we would have done if we hadn’t had access to chair covers.
In this case, my alternative to chair covers would have been to coordinate the chairs. So the chairs they had were yellow, red, blue and I think green. I would have lined the chairs up by colour to help make the room look more unified rather than colours all over the place. A second alternative I have recently read about would have been to use plastic table cloths from the dollar store to create chair covers. You cut the table cloth in half and wrap it around the chair, tie it with a ribbon and voila an elegant, inexpensive alternative to formal chair covers.


Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.


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