It’s time, once again, for another Favorite Day Q&A! This time Laurie sat down with Renee, the super mastermind behind Favorite Day Event Production, to see what really makes her tick.
Renee: Ask me anything.
Laurie: OK, first question. In one sentence, who are you?
Renee: I am a multitasking ninja supermom with the power to leap small buildings in a single bound.
Laurie: Obviously. I love it. Now, business question! What made you want to get in to the event business?
Renee: I have always loved entertaining guests and cooking for people, but I took a job out of college – and after some serious temp work – with a small consulting firm that required me to plan some pretty involved corporate events. That helped me realize how really detailed the whole event planning thing is. I didn’t realize how fun all of THAT could be until I planned my own wedding. After that I wanted to bring some of the more fun pieces into the corporate stuff I was doing for my day job. Since that isn’t always possible – I decided that I should do something on the side. That was long.
Laurie: Planning events is fun, got it.
Renee: Ha. I’m also not too bad at it.
Laurie: And so modest!
Laurie: If you, personally, could only focus on one thing while planning an event, what would it be?
Renee: This sounds completely boring, but the checklists and managing of people. I love the details and the decorations, but if you don’t organize everything nothing is ever going to get done. At any given moment I have at least 5 to-do lists going. I’m a freak.
Laurie: But an organized freak. Let’s get a little less serious.
Renee: I like it.
Laurie: Now, I know that you are a pretty seasoned traveler, so, if you could travel anywhere (for free!) to plan an event where would you go?
Renee: Oh god. This is hard because I have about a million places I want to go. The first thing that popped into my head was Morocco – The architecture alone is a huge inspiration. And the spices, and the colors. And everything.
Laurie: I love Moroccan everything!
Renee: OK it’s decided – let’s go.
Laurie: Yes! OK, think for a moment about the best party you ever threw. Describe it in 3 words.
Renee: -classy yet ridiculous- Actually I think that describes most parties I throw?
Laurie:I was thinking that, too. Also, I think that this should describe every party.
Renee: So true.
Laurie: If you could plan an event for a celebrity who would it be and what type of event would you plan?
Renee: I have a complete girl crush on Kristen Bell. And I think it would have to be something like a Halloween party where I could get really goofy with it.
Laurie: Fun! She’s having a baby now, I hear. Maybe she needs someone to plan a baby shower!
Renee: WHAT? I didn’t know this. I need to catch up on my celebrity gossip.
Laurie:Switching gears a bit. What was the last book you read?
Renee: I am reading two books right now. Storm of Swords (one of the “Game of Thrones” Song of Ice and Fire books, for all you non-nerd types), and An Everlasting Meal which is kind of amazing. Everyone who likes cooking should read it. I also just read a Dr. Seuss book, but I do that most nights.
Laurie: I want someone to read Dr. Seuss to me at night.
Renee: I can call you tomorrow? Story time Skype date?
Laurie: Anytime! Alright, home stretch! For your birthday your husband is taking you out to a fabulous surprise location. You arrive and remove your blindfold. Where are you?
Renee: If he did a good job planning – I am in Italy where he has rented us a villa with some friends where we can drink wine and eat food and relax.
Laurie: This sounds great. I’ll let him know so that he can get to work.
Renee: I appreciate it. He’s gonna need some help.
Laurie: OK, final question. Ready?
Laurie: You’re a super spy that has just been compromised and you need to leave the country and take up a new identity. Where do you go and what is your new name?
Renee: How did you find out? This conversation is terminated. Your computer will self-destruct in 5 minutes.
Laurie: Ha. You caught me.
Renee: Do I still have to answer?
Laurie: Only if you want a chance at a normal life.
Renee: I am Violet McNotaspy and I have disappeared into the jungles of Costa Rica.
Laurie: Fabulous! That’s all I’ve got! Thanks!
Renee: Excellent! Thanks for the interview it was lovely!
We’ve got some great posts in the works. Look out for our Thanksgiving series starting tomorrow!