Yelp’s Grand Experiment

I can now add the title “Event Planner” to my resume! I am thrilled, I always dreamed about throwing fun parties for a living but I didn’t actually think it would pan out. I did a bit of trade show marketing at my last few jobs but somehow Interactive Voice Response and Wind Turbine related events just doesn’t sound as sexy to the parties I throw now.

My last event was held at Trademark Drink + Eat, an eatery dedicated to handcrafted cocktails and adding innovative new spins to classic American comfort food. Because of the restaurant’s proximity to the US Patent & Trade Office and it’s science geek chic decor, I decided to theme the party “Yelp’s Grand Experiment.”

Guests noshed on nibbles such as a shrimp bouquet topped with beet mousse and cantaloupe caviar (served in petri dishes!), pretzel bites served with cheese melted on a Bunsen burner, beakers filled with apple cider floats, and candy bacon. We also hosted a cocktail lab where Yelpers learned a few tricks of the trade and were then invited to take a hand in creating their own cocktail mixes.

Enough talking…I’ll let the photos talk for themselves!

Hopefully, my wedding will be just as fun!


Suburbanette Finds a Side Job

Lately I have been feeling unsatisfied with my full-time office drone lifestyle.  Don’t get me wrong – – I love my clients, my company and the unique challenges I face on a daily basis but it just isn’t enough.  I need a part time job that does not allow me to slowly die in front of a computer for the rest of my life.  Some ideas I have come up with:

  • Corporate lunch packer – Creating healthy and delicious box lunches that fellow office drones will look forward to eating all day long.
  • Virtual Kindle Library – Loaning out all of my favorite books virtually (unfortunately this is now a real service but keep in mind that I was the original keeper of this idea)
  • Food Truck Purveyor – Even though this would probably end up being a full time gig and I would be stuck in a small space by myself for hours at a time I still secretly hope to own one.  I even have the coolest truck name idea ever!
  • Professional Thrifter – Basically a treasure hunter, as a professional thrifter I would shop estate sales, abandoned storage units, and garage sales all day long.
  • Furniture Refurbisher – Turning drab into fab – – one day at a time!  This idea was inspired by the blog Better After.
  • Recruiter – If I worked for a company that offered cash incentives to refer new employees I would totally utilize my social network to a) work with my friends and b) earn some money honey!
  • Waitress – The world’s most thankless job but the last time I did it I lost 20 lbs!  It’s like getting paid to lose weight.
  • Pho Shop Owner – I totally have a concept and plan but the only thing standing in my way is my inability to make pho.

If you could have a side job what would you do?

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