My theory is that if you look confident, you can pull off anything – even if you have no clue what you’re doing. – Jessica Alba

Even as I sit here writing this post, I still can’t believe how amazing my weekend was.

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For three years, I have sat in classrooms and listened to professors talk about how to be successful in the real world of hospitality. This weekend I got to put all of that advice, everything I’ve learned, to use.

Saturday night, I produced my first event as a professional. I got to hang out with 150+ AMAZING people from the ItWorks! company and we had a great night filled with drinks, music, and friends as we celebrated the beginning of a new year and everything that 2017 will bring.

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First of all, I have to give a BIG thank you to Gennesis and Andy Boyd, two of the greatest clients a girl could ask for. The two of them are so inspirational and they are living proof that your dreams can be achieved with hard work and passion. Working with them has been a great experience for me, and I hope I was successful in giving them the night they were looking for.

I learned a lot throughout this process, good and bad. I learned different things, tricks that I can use to improve in the future, and I realized certain things I did that I won’t do moving forward. ย Getting that first event under my belt was just the beginning.

Leading up to Saturday, I booked the DJ and the Photographer, I booked the venue and placed the catering order. I ran into a few bumps along the way, but hey, that’s how life works. Friday and Saturday, I ran around Tampa like a mad woman. I think I visited every Party City, Target, and Home Goods in the area, at least twice each. Before I knew it, the room was cleaned, set-up, decorated, and every item had been checked off my list.

I was so nervous, but then it was time. Guests arrived, the DJ played, the drinks were poured, and we all had a night to remember.

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This may be wrong to say, but standing in that room, looking at the party surrounding myself, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I was able to look around at everything in that room and know that it was taking place because of me. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces, the full hearted laughs, and the crowds of people dancing along the music is the reason I wanted to be an event planner in the first place. Helping those people to create their special memories is worth all of the work I put into the night.

I am now officially an event producer, and I am SO EXCITED to see what the future holds for me. This weekend was only the beginning for me and what I can do.

If you ever need an event planner, I’m your girl ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Written by jazmynpatterson

just a small town girl, living in a beautiful world

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