Just Call Me the Event Planning Bag Lady!

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Any event planner will tell you that sometimes it is absolutely necessary to carry what seems like a million things with you.  Whether it is the day of an event, a consult with a new client or a site visit for an event that is a year out, you always seem to have a ton of things on your shoulders as well as in your hands.  Who wants to look like that awkward person fumbling with 10 bags? I sure do not.  In an effort to consolidate, I went on a hunt for the perfect tote bag to put all of my things in.  Although tote bags are the new “it” thing for the  eco-conscious set, most of them are not shaped correctly or sturdy enough to properly hold your precious event materials. So what is this little ole event planning diva to do?

Lucky for me, one of my favorite former professors at NYU – Annette Babich – recently created a handbag line that is perfect for the working lady (or man) who is constantly on the go.  As a busy event professional, she understands the struggle of having to juggle multiple items at all times and felt there was a need for the perfect carryall.   She was kind enough to send me her signature “Life is an Event” tote bag and boy am I grateful! I have already used it a few times and was able to fit a ton inside while being able to stay chic. I like it so much that I wanted to spread the word! You can purchase the one I received as well as two other versions on her website http://annettebabich.com/tote.html. Stay Chic!

Tote Bag inside

tote bag outside

Should the Show Still Go On?

Boston SkylineMy heart goes out to those in Boston who were injured, killed and/or dealing with the shocking events that have transpired over the course of this week.  The entire city is on lock down while they search for the second suspect in the bombing and residents are not allowed to think about leaving their homes until they catch him. While watching the news reports, I began to wonder, what if you had a huge convention or event taking place and something like this happens. What do you do?

I looked on the Boston CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) website yesterday and on the homepage were a few sentences notifying visitors that almost every venue and hotel was open for business with the exception of two. Apparently it was business as usual.  When I checked again today, I noticed that the same message was posted.  Correct me if i’m wrong, but isn’t the entire city on lock down? How can it be business as usual? I understand the city’s need to continue operations to generate revenue however, at what point do we make the call to cancel events due to unforeseen and tragic circumstances?

In a situation like what occurred at the marathon, an event planned at nearby venues could possibly be cancelled with minimal penalties due to force majure.  Basically it’s up to the planners and the decision makers responsible for an event to make the call as to whether to postpone, cancel or just let the event continue in spite of what is happening around them.  Obviously if something horrific takes place at the venue where you are hosting your event, the decision is simple; You will cancel your event. You wont have a choice. However, if the event takes place at a reasonable distance what would you do? Is is disrespectful to host an event when people are still recovering from a bombing and scared for their safety? Or does it show the city’s resilience to move forward in spite of what is taking place around them? Would you still attend an event if you had already arrived into town or would you skip it?

What do you think? Speak on it?