Thursday, March 4, 2010

Meeting Planners Annonymous

Hi.  My name is Charmaine.  It's been almost a year since I planned my last meeting. 

"HI CHARMAINNNNNNNE!"

Last night I attendede a little gala (industry event) hosted by MPI.  (Meeting Planners International).  Okay, so it wasn't a GALA per se.  It was an event at the Discovery Museum in Santa Ana with a silent auction. 
They had strolling tables (these are girls dressed in ridiculous costumes around which a table is built).  They move throughout the space and serve hors d'eouvres on...uh...their table which basically looks like an enourmous skirt.  I used to want to BE a strolling table.  You can't be a strolling table if your over the age of 25.  Life is so unfair.

It was a remember-youth theme. Tray-passed hors d'eouvres were "kid" inspired including shot glasses filled with ketchup and 5 french fries poking up like sticks, grilled cheese triangles, mini-corn dogs, baby sliders.  It was a cute idea that should have remained "an idea". 

I appreciated going along with my new work colleague, the lovely, the heavenly (in more ways then one) Kristin.  We worked together formerly.  Watching her, having blossomed into a gifted planner, was a real treat.  I knew her when she was just a grasshopper in the crazy world of event planning. I felt like a proud mama. 

After the event we skipped off to The Geisha House. It was a dissappointment. But when a strolling table bores you...you're obviously hard to impress!

8 comments:

Char said...

Glad that you're out and about. It always helps to stay busy. Good on you!

Vicki said...

Food is so over rated....

Ha ha, hope you had some fun getting out anyway. And good for your friend coming up in the planning world. Makes me think of my daughter...a total airhead goof in high school. Now a top Manager for Cabelas..whoda thunkit. Have fun!

LL said...

Sheesh... I go away for a little while and you not only post, but get a job to boot! What's next? You gonna start dating again and writing about it?

As for the bikini in that last post... I seem to remember a picture of something that would most definitely work for just such an occasion. :ewink:

♥ Braja said...

I'm wondering what the girls at the Geisha House were wearing; possibly something infinitely more interesting than tables....

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Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

I would love to go to an event with strolling tables.

SSP said...

oh meeting planning is not as much fun as it used to be - they are all so much more concerned about attrition and pick up and per person minimums...it is making me crazy...and they don't pay enough.....but i do like the idea of grilled cheese triangles...mmmmmm i am on a diet...

Alison Joy said...

Strolling tables, how do they not walk into things and not spill? Must be a talent you are born with. Sounds like you had fun!