When I was a nanny for a family of nine, scheduling the seven children was always the top priority. Ensuring that each child was where they needed to be was very important when dealing with a family of that size. It requires organizational skills, which are also a crucial component in event planning. Being organized when planning an event for 7 or 500 requires a lot of attention to detail and coordination.
I remember a time when I taught a class of eight two-year-old. It was an event that changed my life forever. This is where I really learned organizational skills. When I first taught this group, I remember thinking, “how tough can a class of eight two-year-old be?’” Well, I learned quickly, how crazy it can be, and how you always have to be one step ahead of them. This is another quality of event planning, being on your A-game is absolutely essential. Planning an event takes a lot of organizing, mainly when you are dealing with someone’s celebration. There are a lot of moving parts when planning a party.
Another essential component is timing. Mostly because you are the one person people are looking to direct them. You are the one making sure everything is seamless. Making sure decorations are on each table, caterers are prepping and preparing food for the party, and deciding where a gift table should go. Those are essential details that an event person needs to manage. I was able to hone that skill when I was a Girl Scout Troop Leader. My job was to help organize a Back-to-School supply drive. This was a fundraiser to help children in need by collecting supplies to do art projects with at summer camp. I was in charge of this drive for many years. It was my responsibility to make sure each school had a collection box and to receive permission from the school principal to allow the box to be in the school for collection of those school supplies. Then when I moved from Ohio to New Jersey, I became the Service Unit Manager for Nutley Girl Scouts. I was in charge of planning Daddy-Daughter dances, camporees, and a holiday craft bazaar. This is how event planning for children really became a part of my life. During this time, I was still planning the school supply drive from New Jersey for the Ohio Girl Scouts.
So, this is how my career and love for planning events evolved. Before my mom became ill, she said to me “you are wonderful with children, and you love doing events, why not make a career of it?” Then when she passed, I took her advice, and that is how CK Loves Events came to be. I have created a business in which I am incredibly grateful to be able to love and cherish the uniqueness of each event being planned. I think when we share our passion with others, we allow people to see the real us.