Any event can be a learning experience
At Atlas Party Rental, we are constantly looking for new ways to engage our clients. We provide traditional one-on-one consultations to customers that include advice on trends, fads and great event ideas.
With that being said, we wanted to create a new approach to the event world that allows us to observe it through fresh eyes. The result was our “Mr. Event Blog.” We realized that there are amazing events happening all the time. We wanted to figure out a way to learn from these events and share those lessons with our clients.
Mr. Event is a real person. However, his true identity is a secret — myster-y-vent … get it?
Mr. Event attends parties ranging from family gatherings and weddings to large corporate events. Mr. Event is not an event professional,
so when he notices something at an event, we know that it is truly something special.
Mr. Event writes blog posts for Atlas each week, which post on Wednesdays. Each time, he talks about what he observed and what he has learned from the event. The blog posts automatically are posted on the Atlas Party Rental Facebook page. In fact, the Mr. Event blog now is among the top three sites that help refer people back to the Atlas Party Rental website.
In December, Mr. Event wrote a column about an anniversary party he had attended at a friend’s house. To read the full blog, go to atlaspartyrental.com and click on “blog” at the top of the page.
“I recently had an ‘I would have never thought of that moment’ at a friend’s 25th anniversary,” Mr. Event wrote. “Both my friend and his wife are architects. They design buildings and homes. Despite their artistic and visionary natures, my friends happen also to be somewhat simple in their personal lives. They aren’t extravagant, nor are they flamboyant in their tastes. I knew that their anniversary party would be perfect without being showy.
“I was right. The gathering took place at their home (which, of course, they designed and built). There were many people there: family, friends, business associates, etc. Food stations had been set up in different parts of the house. At first, I couldn’t figure out why they hadn’t decided on a single buffet area or something similar. When I got closer to the first station, I discovered why.
“When I picked up the plate I was surprised to see that it was a triangle shape. I’d never seen a plate like that before. All of the food at this station had also been cut and shaped in the form of a triangle. The shapes were natural; it wasn’t as if they had taken a hamburger and pressed it into a triangular shape. There were pies, quiche and the like.
“Across the room, a food station was set up with oval dishes. Again, the food had been prepared to naturally match the shape of the plate it was being served in. As I stood at this station and looked back at the ‘triangle station,’ I realized it had been placed below two magnificent wooden beams that started at the floor and met each other at the ceiling in the shape of a triangle.
“Similarly, the other food stations complemented some feature in the home. Rectangles, hexagons, squares, cubes … you name it.
“I had been to my friend’s house many times. I had always admired the beauty of their house. I had seen everything before, but this was the first time that the shapes of the house started to stand out to me. All that time I had never seen it for the piece of art that it really was and it finally took some shaped dinner plates to open my eyes. It was art. Plain and simple.”
Here is a summary of what Mr. Event learned at this party:
- Simple things can make any party incredibly unique.
- Mr. Event’s friends were architects and always paid close attention to detail, particularly shapes. Their home was a testament to their architectural vision and so was their party.
- Different food stations had been set up throughout the house. Mr. Event noticed that one station had triangle shaped plates. He then noticed that the food at the station also was cut and served as triangles. Another station had oval-shaped dinnerware.
- As Mr. Event continued to observe, he saw that the food and plates had been chosen to match a particular architectural focus in the house like a triangle archway.
The hosts, he learned, were thoughtful in their party planning. They took time and care in preparing for their party and used different elements of their personality to enhance the guests’ experience.
This blog shows us that people don’t have to go over the top to make an event memorable; they just have to be creative and stay true to themselves.