Feste Practices #2
There has to be a better way.
by Brenna Gilbert | November 10, 2021
My friend Lindsay has the kind of southern accent that is so soothing to listen to that it sometimes makes you miss what she’s saying for a second.
“Wait, did you just say that you used your wedding planner for your daughter’s baby shower?” I sputtered out over my margarita (salted, on the rocks, obviously).
“Well, it was that or figure it out on Etsy, and I have a full-time job,” she shrugged casually, as though she had not just short-circuited my entire brain.
Welcome to the Thunderdome. You want to have a great event. It needs to be effortless, be nice enough that your friends will Instagram it, be original and tasteful enough that it’s not cheugy (yea, yea, I hated it as soon as I said it), but you also want to live your life and not spend your entire weekend hand-embroidering heirloom gourds.
Choose your own event adventure.
You can pay a full-service event planner. And honestly, they’re amazing. They will hold your hand. They will handle every vendor. They will have ideas you’ve never dreamed to do. But it can be very expensive, and I can assure you, they feel very intimidating for a casual dinner party or for people who haven’t entertained before. I have a 25 year old brother who lives in Salt Lake City. There is no way he is calling an event planner for the next time his in-laws are in town.
Or you can DIY this. You can troll the darkness of the intrawebs for décor, sort through thousands of Etsy postings, pull together boxes from Amazon, brave the big box stores for Home Goods treasures, and style this yourself. Somewhere in the middle, you may have alienated your loved ones because they are not using the heat embosser the way that you imagined (true story: heat embossers are magic, but quality control is important.)
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