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The Black List August 2011

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Brave, Brave Man

What would you do if someone were to set you up on a blind date?  You don’t know what the other person looks like.  You don’t have a chance to speak to the other person before the date.  And you’ve never met the “setter upper”.  Oh, and you know that the date will be on a blog and Twitter.

Takes a brave men to step up to the plate on this one.

Marcus decided he was adventurous enough to try it for my 30 Dates in 30 Days experiment with my friend, Kristy.  I was mostly impressed with Marcus not showing any concern about what she looked like…impressed because he’s a pretty good-looking guy himself.  And, although he would probably never say this, he was probably relieved when he saw her.

You might ask why I’m not having the potential daters to interact before I set up a date…it’s really the hope that both sides will go into the date with an open-mind and not have any preconceived notions about the other person.

I don’t know if this is a love connection yet, but there was enough interest that both Kristy and Marcus are interested in a second date.   I arranged for them to meet for dinner at Victory44 (funny choice, as I’ve not even dined there yet) on a recommendation on Twitter by someone following this madness.  A lot of conversation and according to both of them, a lovely dinner.  So, Marcus, I think the next move is up to you.

(You know how much I love food, so I had to post images of part of their dinner).

Taking Time to Socialize

Often times wedding season becomes so engrossing that the planners forget to take time to relax.  I said this a few years ago that wedding planners in this town get along.  They call each other for advice.  They give a helping hand whenever they can (like Amy Rubins from Fete Perfection helped me with set up recently).  They share recommendations for vendors they like working with.  I’ve always said that sharing with your competitors shows a lot of confidence.

Although I don’t do weddings anymore, I love the grace and style of the planners in the Twin Cities and wanted to have some time to socialize with them without it seeming like an “industry event.”

When I saw Chef Stephen Trojahn (from the Graves 601 Hotel pedigree) of Gastrotruck, he mentioned that they were getting more and more catering gigs and he wanted to get in front of some planners.  Well, okay, this sounds like a great premise for party!

The intimate and beautiful event space, The 110 North Loop Loft, was a perfect location.   We could serve alcoholic beverages AND have the food truck pull up and cater the event.

A small event, but oh so fun.  We made Meghan (recently named editor of Minnesota Meetings & Events) an honorary wedding planner and allowed her to attend the event.  In fact, one of the games we played was “Stump the Editor”, but she got almost all the answers right (perhaps because of the sister publication of Minnesota Bride).

Noah Wolf Photography was kind of enough to swing by on his way to a photo shoot to snap a few photos.

As the pictures show, Gastrotruck can do both sophisticated, more formal cuisine, as well as sophisticated street food.

Thank you to Mi Mi Design, Magical Moments, Fete Perfection, Urbane Montage, b. Inspired Events, Oh Happy Day Events for mixing and mingling.  And thank you to The 110 North Loop Loft for hosting the event and Gastrotruck for catering the event. And thank you to the Radisson Plaza Hotel and W Minneapolis – The Foshay for putting items in the swag bags!  So much fun and we have to do it again very, very soon!

A Desired Guest

As an event planner, I give a lot of advice on being a manner-minded host. Often times, hosts stress about their guests not knowing proper etiquette. So let’s go over some simple rules to follow in order to become known as a desired guest.

Attire: It is fine to inquire with your host about the dress code. But NOT on the day of the event. More than likely, the host has her hands full of set-up or last minute details.

Who is Invited?: It is impolite to ask a host who else is invited to the party. It should be enough that you were included on the guest list.

May I Bring a Guest?: Unless the invitation is addressed “and Guest”, plan on attending the gathering solo. But don’t worry, most hosts are careful to ensure their guests aren’t in a roomful of strangers.

Prompt RSVP: If you have ever planned a party or event, you know that the guest count affects all of the planning (floor plan, budget, catering order, etc.). Be a desired guest and promptly send in your RSVP.

Show Up: If you accepted an invitation, show up! Yes, life does happen and sometimes you may not be able to attend unexpectedly. However, if you have accepted, make every attempt to attend. Your host went through a lot of work (and probably funds) to entertain you.

Being Punctual: Never arrive to a party early. The host is probably applying last minute touches and having a guest arrive before the scheduled time may cause some unnecessary stress. On the other hand, being truly tardy to a sit-down dinner is rude to the host and the other guests.

Be a Social Butterfly: A desired guest does not stand in the corner waiting for people to introduce themselves. I struggle with this as an introvert, so now I look around to see which guest appears not to know the other guests and introduce myself.