How to throw an awesome networking party
My husband is a mortgage broker so networking is his middle name and he kicks butt at it, seriously people love him...then there's me.... awkward, and introverted ,small talk is just not natural for me , usually when he drags me to these events, I make a bee-line to the bar and then look to see if the home owner' s have any pets I can play with, if they don't have pets ... then I will look for children to hang out with ..kids and pets are safe.. they don't judge . If none of these are an option ..then I take out my phone and take photo's of the event. But for this event, my husband wasn't the only one networking.. now that I own a design business ...well I needed to network too.. I hate .. absolutely hate to talk about myself and brag about myself.. I really sound awful .. because well it isn't easy for me.. If you compliment me I will tell you that I recently gained a bunch of weight or something .. so I really bombed at the event as far as my marketing went ( I will stick to word of mouth for now ) BUT I took some great photos to share with you . My friend Becca is a real estate agent and she put on the event, she is also an amazing designer so inspiration was EVERYWHERE.
First you want to start with a gorgeous invite like this one
Then you want to give a bunch away to business owners, tell them to invite at least 5 other business owners ..because..NETWORKING
You want to pick a venue that has a lot of character and beauty, preferably outside, in this case the home owner ( Becca the agent) has a beautiful home and yard
Next you want to enlist some sponsors to pay for stuff, unless you want to foot the bill yourself ( it can get pricey ) If you do get sponsors you want to spotlight them at the party so your guests can see. This host printed out a pretty sheet that matched the invite and framed them in vintage frames, then she put them on a table near the entryway. This also served as a place for the guests to leave their business cards .
Let's talk about decorating for the event, which is my favorite part
|Candles everywhere! She used hurricane vases and mason jars|
Candles look elegant even when they are not lit, so when the party started it was light out and the sun glistened on the glasses and then when the sunset. the lit candles looked romantic and it helped people see around the pool
Instead of long tables she opted for round ones covered with white linen, not only do they look stunning, it offered a gathering space for small intimate conversations
On the grassy area of the lawn she grouped seating areas for larger groups
|Here they are lit up at night|
Everywhere you looked there were candles tucked in every corner
The Bar area is super important , because well people like to get their drink on and the area can be pretty too
Using natural elements like fresh flowers and fruit add color and texture and aroma
Pineapples in a bucket next to the bar not only look beautiful they also mean Welcome
Lavender is so beautiful and smells awesome but it's also edible , the bartender garnished the drinks with a branch .. God is in the Details !
I didn't get pictures of the food but it was small plates, shrimp cocktail , sandwiches, chips and dips, fruit and bacon wrapped scallops
And there was a Raw Bar, apparently people love this..so if you can swing it , I highly advice
Vintage Crates borrowed from yours truly makes great serving trays , just line with plastic and add ice
oh you can't forget the entertainment
a jazz band of course perfect for dancing
So there it is, I hope you can use some of these ideas for your next party and happy networking!
Thanks Becca for the inspiration ! Check her out Becca Ewald Remax Realtor