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Tips for overcoming small dinner party challenges

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.

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Thank you, Preston Bailey

I would imagine that if I were given an unlimited budget for my own version of Oprah’s Legends Ball, I would have to ask Mr. Preston Bailey to be both my event designer as well as one of the legends in my profession I’d fête.

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Providing the personal touch for 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.

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Vintage wedding practices worth reviving

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.

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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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