Workshops. Par-tays. Eat Drink Create events (woot woot!). They're all so much fun. I've received a few emails asking about event planning tips. What works? What doesn't work? While I've done a few Eat Drink Create events, I don't consider myself an expert. Not at all. BUT I wanted to share a few things that have helped me turn our EDC ideas into full blown celebrations... cuz if I can do it, so can YOU.
01 TEAM UP. It really helps having another person on board. I couldn't do any of these events without Lexy. Her skillz, expertise, and brilliant ideas are invaluable.
So gather your peeps. If there's an aspect of the event you're not 100% confident about, like decor or styling the tables, find someone who loves decor and styling. Delegating can save you time and save your sanity.
02 TIME, TIME, AND MORE TIME. Give yourself plenty of time to plan, fo sho. When working with sponsors and vendors, you have to give them enough time to plan and carry out your requests. Like making 75 mini cupcakes (I'm still dreaming about those Happy Cakes cupcakes from the holiday EDC!). Plus some folks might say no. And that's okay. Why? Because you've given yourself enough time to contact other awesome folks.
We usually give ourselves a solid 2 months. Make a list of everything that needs to get done and then each day do a few things on that list. It may seem (IT IS) overwhelming at first, but it all comes together, I promise.
03 GET A PHOTOGRAPHER. Very important. I always think I'll have plenty of time to take photos. Nope. Never do. With setting up and then, ya know, actually talking with our guests, there's really no time to take photos. I barely get a few instagrams in! So having a photographer there is crucial. If you really wanna take things up a notch?? Get yourself a videographer. You won't regret it.
04 DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK. I'm always so grateful for the positive response from the local community when planning EDC. I've found that local stores and restaurants want to help! They want to be involved! So don't be afraid to ask that local bakery if they'd be willing to donate cookies. Or your favorite shop if you could host your party at their awesome store. Chances are, they'll be interested.
This goes for online asks, too. Reach out to that amazing etsy shop or online store. It's always worth asking. I mean, for our first event ban.do donated pom pom flowers for everyone!! What the what, I'm still excited about that one. So ask, k?
05 THE DETAILS. Food, drinks, decor, goodie bags, music, activities. These are the little things that really make an event come alive. The details are my favorite part. They shape the whole experience. AND as a blogger, it's what you'll share and what you hope others will talk about and share, too... and take instagrams of :)
Needless to say the details are important. Think about them, plan them with care, think outside the box. Oh and HAVE FUN. Cuz that's the whole point, right?
So tell me... do you plan events? Do you want to? What are some of your event planning secrets? I'd love to hear from you!
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Photos by Kate Donaldson Photography.