Beccy Blogs: Summer is coming, look busy!

Afternoon all,

My mum has told me how appalling my grammar is (spelt that wrong, oh the irony. Note: Grammar not grammer), apparently there are somethings that even spell check can’t help. So I can only apologise in advance (fairly sure this is an excessive use of full stops) if you are currently crying at my failure grasp basic SAT’s level SPAG.

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I thought I might actually write a blog that is a helpful events. Well, I’m going to try to be helpful anyway.

Beccy’s Top Five Tips for a Fandabby Summer Party (it was going to be Ten but hey, I’m not that good…yet!)

  1. Come on, we’re in England, the top tip was always going to be related to weather. As we all know, and have it drummed in to us from about the age of 4 ‘you can never rely on the English weather’. You need to have a plan A for the best case scenario and a plan B for if everything goes to pot weather wise. Preferably ensure that plan B is quickly implementable.
  2. Lighting, striking the balance is more difficult in Summer as it stays light for longer and longer. If you are partying in to the early hours of the morning, you can however assume that it will be dark. Candles are a perfect option as they also provide a bit of warmth in the early hours, they are easily moveable so they don’t have to be out at the start of the party. You can pretty much find a candle for every occasion, just ask my candle drawer.
  3. Don’t put any unnecessary strain on yourself. You have two options here: One hire a fantastic party planner such as Jane Clynes Events (see what I did there?), there is no easier way to lessen the stress of a party by leaving it in the capable and creative hands of a party planner. Orr…if you really have to do it yourself (a foolish option really), don’t go overboard with every kind of salad known to man, I promise no one will cry if you don’t provide a red pesto and aubergine salad. I made that up, I have no idea what kind of salads there are, I’m more of a burger and chips kind of girl. On a serious level, you don’t want to be so exhausted from all the prep work that you can’t think of anything better then going to bed as your guests arrive.
  4. Cocktails are the way forward. That isn’t just because I have an unreal love for cocktails but because spending your night playing bar host is no fun. Make up a batch of two or three cocktails and your guests can help themselves. The perfect way to do this is using a large drinks dispenser such as the 8 litre Kilner jar. It also looks stunning filled with fruit etc. and doubles as a centre piece. Obviously you will need to by other drinks in but keep it simple with bottled beer and wine. 
  5. Playlist, my personal opinion that it is your party and therefore your music choice. However, after an hour of S Club 7, Steps and Busted, my friends may disagree. If music definitely isn’t your thing ask a friend in the know to put a playlist together or Spotify has a great range of ready made party playlists for every occasion.

TTFN.

B xxx

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Beccy Blogs – Is the tassel worth the hassle?

 

Tassle

First off, I’d like to point out that I thought I had been the true definition of a creative genius with that title, but after a quick google it turns out that I’ve probably just heard it somewhere before.

When you tell people you are off to do a degree in Events Management, the usual response is ‘oh…right’ or ‘your going to uni to be a party planner?’ or for the more blunt among my friends ‘right, so your off on a 3 year lark’.

Events Management courses are growing in number year on year, with a boom in the last decade, but is it worth it? Truth is that yes, you can go in to event management without a degree and be successful but for what it is worth, just by simply going to uni, I have learnt a wealth of life skills that I would never of learnt by staying at home. However, prior to going to uni, the majority of my Google searches were along the lines of ‘is an events management degree worth it?’ due to its reputation as a Mickey mouse course.

Are we fighting a loosing battle? 

The degree itself covers a broad range of topics focussing mainly on project management and logistics. Therefore lending itself as more of a business degree than anything. However, universities will often not recognise it as such and put it in with the Hospitality and Tourism department rather than the business school, which is a kick in the teeth from the word go. Now, this broad range of topics has it’s pros and cons:

Pro’s: if in another 2 years time I get out and decide that Events Management is not where I want to be, then I have a good chance of getting in to a different job as there are lots of transferable skills and modules.

Con’s: Does it truely give those that want to go in to Events Management all the skills they need? After nearly a year on placement now, I can officially say the only thing I have really used from my first year is the risk assesment  I did as one of my assesments.

It’s all about the experience! (sung in your head to ‘It’s All About the Money – Jessie J’)

One thing that is unanimous (spelt that right first time!) among all of my google searches is that the thing that makes your degree worthwile is all the practical experience you get along with it, wether that be on your placement year or through volunteering whilst studying. The opportunities that open up to you through the university are incredible, you’d be in the minority if you couldn’t find work experience that you were interested in.

Given my time again, would I come to university and study Events Management, probably. A lot of it is all about the people you meet along the way both professionally and in your personal life.

TTFN,

B x