Update

So things have been pretty busy in Socialize-Land. There have been some exciting developments and weeks that proved a little more than stressful. But all-in-all things have been enjoyable.

The BIG news is that I took Socialize full time in October! When I first got started back in October of 2010, I had a part-time job (read: safety net) planning events for a local non-profit. It was great but wasn’t really leaving me much time for developing my business.

Then, in August of 2011, a friend recommended me for a contract job to plan a large conference. After a few meetings, I landed it! The project requires 20 hours a week for six months (part in their offices and part from home – yay!). So in October, I left my part-time job and started working only under Socialize! The project will end in April/May so keep your fingers crossed that there is enough to keep me busy after that.

In the meantime, I’ve worked with some wonderful brides, put on several corporate events and meetings, helped with a baptism celebration and even did a “Get the Party Started” package. My sister is getting married in May so there’s been a lot of fun planning that with her. And there’s plenty more in the works for 2012!

In the News

Well hello there! Yes, Socialize is still alive and doing well! As you might have guessed, it’s been keeping me busy. But more to come on what’s been going on in my little event planning world.

But today, you just need to check out a Des Moines Register online article where I’m quoted (on behalf of Socialize) on how Pinterest is helping brides to plan their weddings.

You’ve heard of Pinterest, right?

In case you need more inspiration – you can check out my boards here.

I believe I recently mentioned that there was some planning going on for my upcoming (gulp!) 30th birthday. There’s a semi-tradition among my friends to throw a surprise party for this milestone birthday but I couldn’t let someone else have all the fun planning!
The theme is a little… out there. But it came to me during a moment of inspiration when chatting with some friends about an ad one of them saw for a cotillion in Missouri (long story). And “The Dirty Thirty Debutante Ball” was created. You may be wondering, “What does a ‘Dirty Thirty Debutante Ball’ look like?” An excellent question. Guests are encouraged to dress up as a dirty debutante – which is whatever they want it to be – give it a whiskey tango twist, a rocker edge or glitz and glam it up. It’s basically their excuse to wear whatever you want! The ladies will be happy to embrace this but I realize some of the guys in attendance may be a little hesitant. Which is fine but they have been challenged channel their inner Keith Richards-David Bowie-Elton John-Prince fashion sense.
But determining how the invitations, decor, entertainment all tie in is the current project that you may see a few posts on in the next month. First up, invitations. You may have noticed, I like to create my own.

More for the fun of it than anything else – there are plenty of a-mazing designers out there I should be using! A little more of my “handiwork” can be found here and here. Please note: this is only when somewhere between 5-20 invitations are being sent. Any more and it would be put in the hands of a pro. Naturally, I wanted to have a little fun creating the Dirty Deb invites. But I’m trying out some Photoshop fun instead of hand-crafting (centering, folding, gluing, etc.). The final product will be revealed later, but here is where some of the inspiration has come from:

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You may be seeing a color scheme here…
I hope to have an inspiration board up soon. But I do want to know – what do you think a Dirty Thirty Debutante Ball would look like?

I have another guest post over at the Cafe di Scala blog today! Check it out for my second round of tips on holding a private event. Special thanks to Phil and Cafe di Scala for welcoming me to their blog family.

Be sure to let them know you want to see more from Socialize!

Welcome!

Break out the bubbly! The Socialize Blog has a new home! You can now get you fix here on this sparkling new www.socializeevents.com website. More pages with some pertinent information about our services will be added soon so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, check out the latest post for some Thanksfeast decor inspiration!

Check It Out!

It’s another exciting day at Socialize! Word just came that this blog was featured here as one of the Cafe di Scala‘s favorite local blogs of the month!

I’ve also been asked to do a guest post for them – so look for that coming soon! In case you haven’t heard Cafe di Scala is a fabulous local restaurant that offers something Des Moines could use more of – an opportunity for an exclusive experience.
Don’t get me wrong, private party rooms are great and perfectly meet the needs of most events. However, there are times when you want the the space to be completely your own. Cafe di Scala will open their lovely victorian mansion doors to private groups on nights it is not open to the public (Sunday through Wednesday) for lunch and dinner.

In addition, the staff will consider closing the restaurant just for you on a regular business evening (Thursday through Saturday) depending on the number of guests and budget. Fab food, an award winning wine list and a unique experience. What more could you want?

Well, I’m afraid the last few weeks have been all about Socialize. Not to worry. I’ll get you some more event planning tips and tricks soon enough!

It’s time for the big reveal! My friend TJ has been hard at work crafting the perfect look for Socialize and our fab look was finalized this week. So it’s time welcome our lovely little logo to the world! 
 Hooray! Now watch for the next edition to the Socialize family…www.socializeevents.com

It’s a big, exciting day at Socialize! A little paperwork, a signature and a trip to Iowa’s Secretary of State office and the government now has one more business to watch over. We even get letters after our name. That’s right Socialize, LLC has officially been born!
The final draft of the Socialize logo also popped into the inbox today and will be available for viewing shortly. Stay tuned!!

In the meantime you can find inspiration at the Socialize Blog or contact us at kelly@socializeevents.com / 515.344.3364 to start planning your next event!