Event Planning Services Meet-Up via Twitter

With the increase of technology, computer programs and applications, the world continues to get smaller and smaller for all industries, including event planning services.  One day, I was twittering around and ran across wedding event planner Carlo from Carlo at Your Service.  Her recipe for a Watermarkitini caught my eye and we have been communicating ever since. 

As a wedding event planner myself, I know the importance of using social media to increase awareness of my event planning services.  Plus it is fun to communicate and get to know others in your industry around the country as well as the world.  It is a great way to share information, pick up a recipe or two and learn about what your colleagues are working on in real time.

Carlo has the extra challenge with her event planning services because of her location, Detroit, Michigan.  Unless you have been hiding under a rock this past year, you know the challenges facing Detroit, economically and socially.  Their new mayor, Dave Bing, is working towards the positive revitalization program of Detroit and Carlo is part of the large and expansive team assisting in this effort.  Her wedding event planner “hat” is multi-faceted allowing her to develop her service skills to reach a new market and teaming up with Mayor Bing is one way she has diversified her business.  In fact, according to Carlo, “catering to people or taking care of people isn’t a stretch – you give them the same excellent service that you would want to pay for. I love taking care of people; to the point where they’re amazed at how well they’re actually being cared for.”

Another crazy small world aspect about event coordinators meeting up via social media is the fact that Carlo used to work in Los Angeles.  In fact, that is where she got the bug for event services and learned what it takes to provide excellent service, a trademark of any professional in the event services industry and something I discuss in my book, Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget

As event coordinators, we talk all the time about what is working for us in the moment, what our goals are for our businesses and what we have learned from working in the event services business for so many years.  It is crazy how much we share in common even though our businesses are 3,000 miles apart.  The fact that we both like to create signature drinks for our events as well got us both laughing and of course, I have to share her Watermarkitini recipe with you. 

The Watermarkitini was created as the signature cocktail for an event showcasing the upcoming luxury condominium real estate development project, The Watermark Detroit, owned by: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing & Trucking magnate Roger Penske.  The recipe is as follows:

1 shot of Absolut Vanilla Vodka
1 shot Bols Banana Liqueur
Cherry pomegranate juice
Pineapple juice
Cocktail shaker
Crushed ice
Maraschino cherries, drained and rinsed in water
Orange slices
Pineapple chunk
Cocktail swords

Directions
Fill cocktail shaker with 1/4 of ice.
Add vodka.
Add banana liqueur
Fill cocktail shaker with cherry pomegranate juice to 1/4 of the top
Shake well
Pour cocktail into martini glass
Top with a splash of pineapple juice
Spear sword through pineapple chunk, cherry and orange – place on the rim of martini glass
 
Makes 2 cocktails

So next time you are tooling around on the internet, think about all the options there are in meeting new people, discovering information and learning about a new recipe or two.  After all, if two event coordinators from opposite ends of the country can help one another, think of the endless opportunities in all aspects of event planning services.

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