Event Planning Is Going to Give Me a Brain Aneurysm

Planning this reunion has to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.

It’s a hard lesson to learn but it is extremely difficult to make everyone happy. Especially when working a full-time job, attempting to do math, appeasing the masses, and trying to look pretty doing it. It’s beginning to seem as if every little thing I’ve done thus far has begun to unravel.  After being stressed  for months over all of the details, I found out this morning that we are around $584 over budget! Definitely not an easy blow to receive at nine in the morning and four days before the actual event.

Honestly, my biggest fear is failure. Failing not only my classmates but also myself. After all of my hard work and dedication towards making this happen, will I be remembered as the girl no one asks to help out again or as the unsung hero of something great that almost didn’t happen?

I’d like to think that if everyone who had RSVPed had bought their tickets, the reunion wouldn’t be in the place it is now. But then again, it’s easy to place blame and much harder to shoulder it yourself. Maybe next time (granted there is one!) I’ll listen less to the complaints of everyone else and lean more towards what I think is practical. After all, when everyone wanted cheaper tickets, the request was obliged, even to the detriment of what is now an event on the precipice of collapse.

For now, I’ll have to try to keep my head above water. Continue sending emails and struggling for a hand-hold. The only good motion is forward motion and I’m bound and determined to make this occasion a reality.




10 Year Reunion

It’s 2013 and it’s Time for My Dreaded 10 Year Reunion.

Actually, I’m not dreading it at all!  A few years ago I attended a 10 year with an ex-boyfriend of mine and ended up having a blast. He was 5 years older than I was and apparently everyone his age was dating someone my age so it ended up being one big fun party.

I mean, dressing up and drinking in fancy places? COUNT ME IN!!


So a few weeks ago I was contacted by one of my old ’03 classmates who was apparently in charge of getting this event together. Keep in mind that the year is almost over and I haven’t been available for a single planning meeting. He stated that he’s been very busy and unable to accomplish venue planning and other details. No problem! I’d love to help and LOVE planning parties.  He then informs me that the set date for the reunion will be Aug 24 – IN 46 DAYS!! Now, I could have just said it was impossible but I do so enjoy a challenge!

After finding a venue only to have them cancel one week later because they were opening a restaurant within the next few weeks, I’ve managed to secure a new one that I KNOW won’t be going anywhere – The Marriott Downtown. I’ve helped secure a DJ, buffet, and even set up an online pay page all while trying to keep the Facebook page updated and appease all of my former classmates.

If if sounds like I’m patting myself on the back, I suppose I am a bit. All this planning isn’t near as easy as I’d thought it would be but I’m thrilled to be feeling such a sense of accomplishment!

Now with the event only two weeks away, I’m starting to feel slightly apprehensive. Will enough people buy tickets (at this juncture, we only have one couples ticket bought out of 50 people!) Will everyone show up? Will there be enough food? Is the room too small? Do I need to make a speech? I secretly hope so! What if the DJ is too loud? Am I over-thinking everything? Possibly. Truth is that I just really want everyone to have a good and memorable time. At the same time all of this makes me wonder,

Am I becoming too concerned with all of the planning details to a have a good time at my own reunion??

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I’m guessing that we’ll just have to see how things are going within the next few weeks. And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to update you!