Dreamy and Easy Holiday Decor!

Hi everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been very busy with the holiday season this year. Last year, it was just a blur. This year, I can notice when it’s Monday or Friday at least! I’ve been working hard are getting ideas for decor that are natural and reusable to save money and to be friendly to our Earth, and I’m happy to say that I found it!

As you know, I like to use items from around the house  that I already own, and get some accents to make it more special and make it distinct depending on the occasion. This year, unfortunately, I won’t be decorating my home because I will be traveling to see my dad in PA, meanwhile some of my family is in Chile, and my mom is in Paris having the time of her life. So, I had a little fun at work and prepared a package for my clients this holiday season which included the decor. We didn’t have too much in the budget for this, but it gave me the opportunity to resort to other things that I would probably have purchased otherwise.

I looked on Pinterest (always!) for inspiration and I loved the idea of using holly berries and cranberries. These berries have the perfect shade of winter red for decor and they look absolutely stunning with pinecones, and different leaves. The challenge was, where to get these berries at a reasonable price and not stealing them from people’s yard? I went to different stores and I hated the plastic look and honestly, it is not the most sustainable option either. After brainstorming for a couple of days, I had my aha moment! I work at a golf club! We have so many different trees, pinecones to decorate an entire block and holly berry trees everywhere! I also realized that I need to get out more and just grab a golf cart and drive around the course more often…

I also purchased vases in different sizes that I used to put a small branch of the holly berry with water and I topped it off with  real cranberries, which I purchased from the store, and added a floating candle on the top. The end result was amazing! I loved how everything looked! The good thing about the holly berries and the cranberries is that since they are submerge in water, they get to hydrate, and then after using them, I drained the water from the vase and leave the holly berries in the vase overnight and yes, they get dry, but once you put them in water again, they look just the same. The cranberries were drained and put in the fridge to keep them fresh. So you can keep using them as often as you need and no one will know that you are reusing them!

I think it’s the perfect idea to save money and be a little kinder to Earth!

What are your ideas to decorate for the holidays?

 

Holly Berry TreeHolly BerryBerriesPinecones With love,

Natalie

Food for thought

Hi all,

I’ve been horrible at writing these past few months, and I know I should be writing about Halloween decor ideas (oooppss) but with changing jobs, trying to enjoy our bipolar autumn, and trying to organize my trip to Chile for this Christmas,  and also celebrating the birth of my nephew (!!!), I’ve had not thought about a good topic to write about until a couple of weeks ago…

As you most likely have read, heard, or talked about in the past few months, the main topic now is how our world is deteriorating due to our lack of interest, knowledge, resources, and/or technology available to us. I had written an article a few months ago about how you can do little things to have a meeting that is a little more sustainable and there you will find that there are ways that everyone can do to accomplish an event with a little less footprint.

In the event industry, there are lots of ways to be more green when having any type of event such as meetings, lunches, weddings, birthdays, conferences, etc. One option and a starting point, would be to find vendors that support and are advocates of this movement. Not many people know or do their research about this topic and they go on about their lives not thinking about the little things they can change in their daily lives that leave a smaller footprint on Earth.

I, for example, was not knowledgeable about this topic until about two years ago, and since then, I started recycling, trying (and very, very hard) to bring my own bags to groceries stores, consume less things that are not needed in my diet (sadly being very unsuccessful some days), etc. and it might  not sound like anything, which you might be right if you are thinking that, but I am in a way helping and I think that counts a lot more than knowing about the damage and not doing anything about it. The changes are not easy, but now that I know about the problem, it makes me feel more conscious about something I would do in my daily life and I try to change it.

It’s the same in the events industry. When planning a small meeting, it would be good to use bamboo or compostable plates and eating utensils, or even having your own plates that can be easily thrown in the dishwasher to be available for the attendees. For larger events, look into recycling and food donation programs that vendors already have and are eager for you to ask about it!

The less we consume, the less will be purchased, the less will be produced, the less harm we cause.

I hope you liked this article and I would love any feedback!

Happy Halloween!

With love,
Natalie

Award Dinner Tips

Hi everyone!

Last night, I attended my first  event with MPI Potomac Chapter, and it was one of the greatest and touching events that I’ve attended in a while. They were recognizing and giving awards to the most outstanding members including planners, suppliers, etc and introducing the new board for the coming year.

The first half of the event was the awards session. This session was very organized and thought through. They used the idea of “story telling” to communicate and present all of the speeches they had prepared. Honestly, I thought it was brilliant and touching. Everyone loves thinking back to everything they’ve accomplished as a team throughout the year, and having the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped them grow as a person and professionally.

The second part of the event was the reception, and it was gorgeous. The Carnegie Library is amazing! I had attended events there before, but I had not been to one in over 2 years, and it was a pleasant surprise to see it again and remember how beautiful it is. The food was spectacular, and I liked the idea of having a reception instead of a sit-down dinner because it gives the chance for everyone to mingle and walk around instead of being stuck in a chair and having to talk to the same group the entire night.

In my personal opinion, I thought it was great. I had the opportunity to meet great people and learn more about the association.

What you should take from this article is that a very thought through event where the planner thinks about the needs and wants of the clients and reviews the events from previous years to identify areas of improvement is very important. Since all of the people who planned this event are professional meeting planners, I am sure they reviewed last year’s event to see what they could do better this year. Last night’s event was touching as well as fun. It definitely created a memory and a positive feeling for the attendees, including me.

I hope you liked my post and find it helpful. Until next time!

With love,
Natalie