Just Call Me the Event Planning Bag Lady!


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?



The Lonely Event Traveler

As I sat alone eating my three chipotle shrimp tacos at a west coast Westin in the desert, I realized that traveling for business is far less glamorous than what I imagined growing up.  I thought I would travel to exotic locations, waited on hand and foot,  luxuriate with friends on someone else’s dime and oh… get some work done eventually. In reality, traveling for work means a lot of high wifi fees just to access your email remotely, sitting in airports for hours because of delays and airplanes even longer because some woman in first class decides she absolutely must to get off before we take off, checking into amazing hotel rooms and open your window to find that you have a view of the dumpster and the parking lot, lots of long days with meetings and most importantly spending a lot of time alone!

Even though it can be a little lonely traveling for work, I love every moment of it for one very important reason; The end result is an amazing event.


Chic Looks for Real Fêtes

Chic Looks for Real Fêtes

The March “Chic Looks for Real Fêtes” spotlight is on D.K. Stewart. What does one wear when attending a modern chic wedding in Brooklyn – the hipster capital of NY? This House of Dereon dress of course! This stylish fashion blogger knew how to keep it trendy and fun! Never be afraid of color. Even though it is someone else’s special day, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t turn a few heads yourself!
Check out D.K.’s blog http://dani-dk.com/ for more fabulous looks from this fashionista!

If you are interested in being featured in “Chic Looks for Real Fêtes” email Neakai@chicfetes.com with a picture and type of event you attended.

Excited to see how you all turn heads at your next event!

Heart Knows How – Jem Warren

Have you ever been at a crossroads in your career and didn’t know which path to take? I sure have. It took a lot of courage to start my own business and follow my dreams. No matter how much may stand in your way, follow your heart and you’ll never make the wrong choice. Check out this song by artist Jem Warren. Love the message! You can check out his upcoming show dates on the link below. http://www.jemwarren.com/events.html

Love Concierge by Chic Fêtes

Have no time to plan a special night out for your sweetie? Are you getting frustrated with the plethora of options or lack of available reservations?  I am offering a concierge service for Valentines day.   Give me a call today and I’ll handle all of the logistics for your special night! What happens after… well that’s up to you.

Check out my website for more details… www.chicfetes.com/loveconcierge

The Love Concierge

The Love Concierge

If These Event Walls Could Talk…

It is not often that you meet someone who inspires you to fight against all odds and follow the road less traveled toward your own success. In 2012, I had the pleasure of taking a Special Event Management course -my first course in the NYU Meeting, Conference and Event Management certificate program- taught by Annette Babich; a 20 year veteran in the event industry.  While we did learn the fundamentals of special event planning, Annette also made sure to share her wisdom and crazy stories from her years planning events.

I left her class feeling like I could definitely start my own event planning business and eventually leave the 9-5pm corporate world behind me. She inspired me to go for it and I hope she can inspire you as well. I asked Annette recently to share some of her insight  with my readers. Check out what she had to say below.

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