My Potato is Too Big!

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APR 1 2015 Posted By Posted In Humour

My Potato is Too Big!

APR 1 2015
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Potatoes by Vera Kratochvil

You know that point when an event has gone off without a hitch and you’re just about to pat yourself on the back? At this point you might hold your breath waiting for someone to say something negative about the event and hoping that you didn’t miss anything. You might start imagining all the things you might have missed, and you frantically start going through your mental checklist just to make sure nothing was overlooked. And then it happens. A guest approaches you and says “Everything was great…” and then it comes, “BUT.. my potato was too big.”

You take a second to process this, wondering if this guest is joking. You realize the guest is indeed serious and seems to be concerned that everyone’s potatoes were too big. You think to yourself “then don’t eat the whole potato” and “most people don’t complain about too much food…”.

Finally, you have a moment of realization: this is the “Goldilocks syndrome”. In the event industry, there are often individuals who feel it necessary to complain based on their personal preference of how the event should run. Try not to take this personally. Eventually, we all realize that no matter how great an event is, someone’s potato will always be too big.

Amusing aside: Let’s hope our Goldilocks guest never meets this potato: 18 Foot Fork gets Visit from 16 Ton Potato

APR 1 2015 Posted By Posted In Humour

Musical Centerpieces

APR 1 2015
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Christmas Table Decoration by Petr Kratochvil

At one of our seasonal events, guests were greeted with elaborate décor… and free drink tickets. Not surprisingly, some guests really committed to getting extra tickets, and even tried such antics as coming in again with a different jacket on, or with a different group of guests. Fortunately for the client’s bar tab, our staff wasn’t born yesterday.

However, after already making three such attempts, it seemed one guest was intent on making a lasting impression. While we had our backs turned, he managed to stash a floral arrangement under his jacket and sneak off into the banquet hall. We immediately noted the missing flowers and sent our most intimidating staff member – a whole 5’1” and 100 lbs soaking wet – after him to recover the flowers.

It was almost comically easy to spot which table had an excessive amount of centerpieces. The culprit and his friends looked on sheepishly as the staff member picked up the flowers and announced, “I will be returning this to the front now”. Somewhat caught-off guard, one of the tables’ members exclaimed, “You actually came back for it! Are we really blacked listed already?”. Our staff member simply smiled and replied, “Have a nice evening”, and then sashayed off with the floral arrangement, leaving the table suitably chastised.

Every event will have guests that want to take a memento home with them – regardless of whether they really need it – so don’t be surprised if floral arrangements, centerpieces, and other décor items grow feet and relocate. As a general note, budget for a couple of these self proclaimed “souvenirs” if using rental items; or as an extra touch, simply purchase the centerpieces and allow guests to take them home.

APR 1 2015 Posted By Posted In HumourLessons learned

Hey it’s my Girlfriend!

APR 1 2015
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One of our staff was managing an out-of-town event where the attendees were bused in and provided with some “free” time for shopping or whatever else they pleased after the event. In this instance, the “whatever else they pleased” led to an interesting afternoon.

About an hour after dropping everyone off, our staff member was politely informed by one of the bus drivers that some of the attendees had taken off to a local establishment to enjoy a few refreshments. Knowing that these individuals might be more “effervescent”, she quickly decided it was going to be best to keep one bus exclusively for people who had really enjoyed the day.

Later that afternoon, a particularly cheerful group of attendees boarded their bus to head home. Once everyone was ready to depart, our staff member was checking on the driver of the bus. She had stepped up the bus stairs and was greeted by a man who had managed to get a bloody nose. He joyfully exclaimed “hey, it’s my girlfriend!” and proceeded to follow her off the bus and chase her down for a hug. In true event manager form, she maintained her composure and helped him back onto the bus, wished them all well, and waved as they drove away.

At any event, there will be guests who really let loose. Most times they are happy and friendly and just looking to have an enjoyable time. As a planner, you of course want guests to have fun but also to arrive home safely. And so, it is always best to plan for alternative modes of transportation, and to anticipate a certain amount of exuberant “compliments” as well.