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All things events from the creative minds of Reid Rodell.

Back to life: Recuperating after travel #traveltuesday

I’ve just returned from Brazil and an activity-filled excursion. Recall that I am an event planner and my non-vacation life is about to become hectic with events and meetings to the end of the year. How in the world will I recuperate? Well, I have a few tips:

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5 of my favorite resources for home entertaining.

I have a few trade secrets from my career as an event professional that I employ at home for entertaining everyone from family and friends to clients to children’s play dates. They are an important part of my arsenal and can make even last-minute events at home successful and memorable.

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Legacy Clients Part 3: The wedding gift that keeps on giving.

Event planners are fortunate when they can use their gifts and talents to serve one family for multiple events and even generations. I refer to those clients as “legacies.” Decades ago, it was a standard practice for families to use the services of the same caterers, planners, florists, and more for generations. It promoted loyalty and sustainability within communities and for the businesses. Black communities thrived on that practice.

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Legacy Clients Part 2: The bridal shower gift that keeps on giving.

Event planners are fortunate when they can use their gifts and talents to serve one family for multiple events and even generations. I refer to those clients as “legacies.” Last week, I published Legacy Clients Part 1 that began the story of clients that have become gifts to me as an event planner. This post explains more.

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Inspiration from my Instagram feed.

I love to inspire and offer new ways of thinking about life, hospitality, and events. I’ve chosen three of my Instagram posts to share, and encourage you to share yours in the comments as well as share mine should they move you with your friends.

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Legacy Clients Part 1: The bridal shower gift that keeps on giving.

Event planners are fortunate when they can use their gifts and talents to serve one family for multiple events and even generations. I refer to those clients as “legacies.” Decades ago, it was a standard practice for families to use the services of the same caterers, planners, florists, and more for generations. It promoted loyalty and sustainability within communities and for the businesses. Black communities thrived on that practice.

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Wellness on the road for the traveling event professional.

We are constantly surrounded by food and drinks that are filled with lots of empty calories. It is easy to pack on the pounds as an event planner. We are also often stressed though it does not show up in client interactions; it will however show up in how we live and breathe off the job. Traveling can exasperate any of our wellness issues. Here are a few ways to manage wellness on the road.

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7 ways to create luxury with a small budget.

Fear will tell us that a small budget is a curse. Small budgets can be a challenge to event planners, but in a good way, depending on the event and client. Here are seven ways to create luxury with a limited amount of money to spend.

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Luxury events can be simple.

Equating the word “luxury” with heavy details and complicated décor is often common with clients. They want the most for their budgets even at the expense of overpowering what could be a memorable event. Truth is, luxury events can be lavish, memorable, and simple. Quite simple.

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Dinner1865

Dinner1865 is by far one of those events that will always be memorable to me for many reasons. Read my op-ed on the importance of celebrating Juneteenth on the Ark Republic. 

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Welcome!

Welcome to my site and my upcoming blog that will cover everything from events to my wellness journey and encouragement to other event professionals to my musings about food, life, and being a #gaydad. Stay tuned.

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