One of the best compliments I have ever received was from a new friend who said, “Anthony, you know when to put your oxygen mask on first.”
All things events from the creative minds of Reid Rodell.
I rely heavily on the expertise of my florists, Lee’s Flower and Card Shop, in choosing flowers for client events, and even personal events.
I’ve curated a few posts from my Instagram feed to demonstrate how I have been able to turn nearly naked to naked event spaces into successful events for clients. Event design is not easy but it is predicated on being able to see the possibilities as you translate a client’s vision. A client will see an empty, sparse space and I will see a completed event that makes them happy.
I have been retained to plan all types of parties to fête almost every rite of passage imaginable: birthdays, weddings, births and more. The one rite of passage I have yet to plan is a passport party. I have even planned travel-themed events, but never a passport party. As much as I love to travel, you would think that would be natural to want to plan a party that celebrates and enables others to travel.
If you’ve ever seen the Sex in the City movie, you will recall the moment Carrie walks into the New York Public Library and realizes she’d found the perfect venue for her wedding to Big. Museums have the same effect on me. Some people will see relics of the past and exhibits, and I will see unlimited event possibilities.
Hosting a small dinner party can be almost as challenging as planning a big event at home. The devil can be in the working parts, which can appear simple enough on the surface but hard to execute. Recently, I planned an intimate dinner party for clients, where functionality was as important as the menu and other details, including the guests.
In August, I celebrated my 45th birthday in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil) with a group of my closest friends. Some of my friends have been in my life since childhood while others are “instant” friends I have met over the span of my adult life. It was an extraordinary experience not simply because of the destination, but rather because of the people.
When was the last time you scoured through old family photographs? Everyone should take the time to sit with elders in a family to look at old photos. There is much to be learned from them such as traditions and practices no longer in use.
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.
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.