You know you’re an event planner when…..(2)

There were almost 1500 answers to the question “You Know You’re an Event Planner When….?” when it was posed to a network of event planners. The responses made us laugh but mostly because experience is a hard teacher and often being an event planner has nothing to do with the glamorous image portrayed in movies like “The Wedding Planner” and more to do with shows like “World’s Dirtiest Jobs” but when you love it, you just LOVE it. Now, anyone who knows the Premier Event Connection crew knows we love to laugh so we couldn’t help but come up with our own “been there, done that, no it’s really true” humorous experiences of being an Event Planner. So with that in mind, the Premier Event Connection team is busily compiling  our experiences and we will be posted them here on our blog one at a time. We hope you enjoy a humorous look into our lives.

You Know You’re an Event Planner When……

… are sitting in your living room at 3:30 pm on a Friday surrounded by hundreds of plastic Easter eggs that need to be stuffed and hidden by 8:00 am the next morning.

Imagine if you will, bags upon bags of small toys, rolls of stickers and so much wrapped candy your teeth ache just from looking at it all. Now imagine hundreds of multiple colored plastic eggs. Your mission….. to fill those hundreds of eggs, separate them into three different bins and get them to the assigned on site event planner for each location that the Easter Egg hunt is being held so they can get them hidden by 8:00 am the next morning.

Literally every inch of carpet and open space in our living room was covered with the eggs and all their fillings. There was so much stuff that there wasn’t hardly a place for us to sit and put them together. And of course, we had to develop a process for stuffing the eggs because we had to make sure that each egg got an equal amount of candy and toys. Simple right?

  • Step 1: count the number of empty eggs you have.
  • Step 2: count the number of pieces of candy you have.
  • Step 3: count the number of toys you have.
  • Step 4: count the number of stickers you have.
  • Step 4: divide the number of candy, toys and stickers by the number of eggs and get a number of items to put in each egg.
  • Step 4: stuff the eggs.
  • Step 5: Divide stuffed eggs equally into three rubber tubs.
  • Step 6: deliver the rubber tubs to the three planners who are going to be the on site contact at three different locations for each Easter Egg hunt.

Easy – except when you are looking at mounds of supplies to count and put together when there are only two of you to make it all happen. However, the crew at Premier Event Connection isn’t one to look at a daunting task and give up. Instead we settled in and got the ball rolling. That being said, we aren’t above a little recruitment either. One by one as different family members made it home they got pulled into the “stuff the eggs” party. Never mind that we had to keep the  kids from eating the candy or playing with the toys, help was help.

Several hours later we had completed the project and had two different piles – one was all the trash and one was the mound of eggs. A quick division of the eggs into their perspective rubber tubs and a thrown together label of masking tape and black marker with location of their destination printed on it and all that was left was to deliver the eggs to the appropriate event planner.

Funny how when you watch a small child’s eyes light up from finding an Easter Egg you forget the hours of work it took to create that one perfect moment for them. I guess that is the reason we do this….because child or adult, that look of enjoyment on someone’s face when you have provided a “perfect moment” is what keeps you going as an Event Planner, especially when you find yourself doing things in limited time frames that you never imagined yourself doing.

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