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Wearing a New Hat – Part 1

Wearing a New Hat – Part 1
When I attended the event planning conference last winter there was one speaker who talked about when she become a wedding planner she took it upon herself to learn all the different asptects of weddings. She took courses on how to become a florist, she can bartend, she can marry people, she can fit a dress or a tux. Whatever happens in planning a wedding she can do it, in case she has to. I think that is brilliant.
So yesterday I got my first taste of learning somehting new. Yesterday I worked alongside one of my dear friends and her staff as they catered a golf tournament for 150 people. I helped to set up the room which doesn’t sound so tough except that I really had no idea what the plan was because I wasn’t involved from day one in the discussions. We had a drawing to work with but still it is hard to envision unless you’ve been there for the talks. The only other challenge was that I arrived at 2 and everyone else started to arrive shortly thereafter and so did the golfers! Way ahead of schedule the golfers started to appear at 3ish which is a bit of an issue if you are not totally set up yet. But let me tell you, she has hired some of the best in the industry because they did not faulter. The food, the drinks the decor…everything went up smoothly and without flaw. 
What I learned yesterday…
1. the catering crew you hire for your event have probably been up for many more hours than you and quite possibly have already fed meals to several other clients 
2. carrying a tray is hard on your forearms
3. the catering crew like to get in, do their job and get out because they still have severl hours of clean up to do
4. serving is lots of fun…
I had never really served before and yesterday I got to help serve sliders, smashed potatoes and little samples of beer. When I asked what else I could do I was asked how much tray experience I have. I laughed and said none. So he handed me a tray and said go around and pick up all the glasses and plates. He suggested that I carry it with two hands to start because I’m new at this. I laughed and responded with “Ummm…no. I have to look cool like everyone else and carry it with one hand” and I did, with ease and grace I might add. I am pretty sure I smiled the entire time doing it. It was tough on my forearm but it was so much fun. I really enjoyed talking with all the people and I was entertained by the men who had a few too many beers. 
I will continue to work along side this team for the next little while so I can get more experience under my belt with the catering side of events because I still have so much to learn. I am going to take my smart serve and sign myself up for a bartending course. Then we’ll see how I feel about it and maybe take some cooking classes. I don’t love to cook so maybe I’ll hold off on that for a little bit because right now I am focussed on doing things I love, things I’ve always wanted to try, and things that bring me great joy. 
Next on my list after catering I think might be flowers. Any florists out there with patience who want to teach me how to make event floral arrangements?
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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