life isn't average. neither are we.
Where has the summer gone?
Kristina Chau - Thursday, August 05, 2010
Hey party people!

I'm sooo sorry I've been MIA for so long!  June and July have passed by in a blink of an eye, leaving me no time to blog.  

But, now that I have some breathing space, here's the rundown of what's been going on in the party world and what's been keeping me so busy!

June 6, 2010 - simply divas.  Not Your Average Party was proud to support the 5th annual simply divas at the Berkeley Church.  This simply stellar fundraiser raised over $15,000 in support of Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME)! 

June 19, 2010 - Mitsubishi City Chase.  Not Your Average Party was contracted to be a Course Manager for this urban adventure race.  Teams of two competed by making their way to various Chase Points around the city by foot or on public transit.  It was super fun!

June 30 - July 2, 2010 - TD Victoria International Jazz Festival.  Festival execution is another one of Not Your Average Party's forte so when Armstrong Partnership asked me to head out to Victoria to ensure TD's sponsorship activation was in place, I jumped at the chance!  As you will see - I even got to spend Canada Day here!

July 3 - July 5, 2010 - TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  The next leg of my west coast trip was to head over to Vancouver to once again be the point contact and oversee TD's sponsorship activation.  Have I mentioned I love my job?!

 July 9-11, 2010 - TD Sunfest.  This festival in Victoria Park in London, Ontario is one of the best cultural festivals I've been too!  I was once again the lead contact for TD's sponsorship activation which included a TD misting station, a Monster Mural for kids to paint, balloon giveaways and free eco-friendly bags from TD Friends of the Environment.  What a great weekend!

July 14, 2010 - A Commitment to Toronto - Karen Sun Campaign Fundraiser.  Not Your Average Party was proud to support Karen Sun, City Councillor candidate in Ward 19 for her fundraiser at Meta Gallery (pictured below).  This contemporary art gallery on Ossington Avenue between Dundas and Queen Street was a great space to house this event, as Karen being the recognized community leader she is, is passionate about supporting local businesses.


 Franklin Templeton Investments Outlook and Opportunities Forum.

 As if all the above wasn't enough to keep me busy, during the    months  of June and July I worked alongside the awesome marketing  team at  Franklin Templeton Investments to ensure their annual forum  was a  huge success - and it was!  

 What makes this corporate event unique is it takes place in Roy  Thomson Hall instead of your typical convention centre.  This great  space normally houses musicians and artist of all genres, so it offered a  bright and creative environment for this annual event , giving it a "not  your average" touch!
 If you think your emotions are taking over your investment plan, you can see a replay of this special presentation and get investment advice from top Portfolio Managers by visiting BNN.

So there you have it!  Can you understand and forgive me now for not posting?  Anyhow this party guru is now working on an exciting fundraiser for SKETCH, which will be held on October 13 at Polson Pier. I will be posting updates here, on Twitter and on Facebook so keep checking back and enjoy the party.

For the life of the party,

*Note - I had to take out mention of a wedding client due to a pending publication on it in a high profile wedding magazine.  Hopefully it will make it in and you can read all about it there!

Industrial Chic
Kristina Chau - Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Last night I attended an annual industry event called Industrial Chic held at
The Fermenting Cellar in The Distillery District:

I love attending and planning events here as it can hold up to 600 people for
a cocktail reception, making it a great venue for large weddings and corporate
events - especially since this unique raw space can transform into something
spectacular each and every time.

It was a fun time re-connecting with friends in the industry, making new ones
and meeting fellow tweeters in person.  One person to note is Jared Golberg
of 5th Element Events.  Jared designed the invitations and the 5th Element
Events team also designed the look of the event - great work you guys!

Below are a few pictures of the event but I have to apologize in advance for
the quality as they were taken on my Blackberry.  Another reason I so want
the iPhone4 - how about it Apple?

Complimenting the event were the great cocktails and the delicious culinary
samples from some of Toronto's top caterers.  While all of the food was
delicious, I have to say that Presidential Gourmet impressed me the most
by creating an unusual, but tasty pairing:

Presidential Gourmet
- Ontario Asparagus with Milford Bay Smoked Trout
with a La Minute Creme Fraiche Ice Cream.  I also love that this dish was
made from all local produce so it falls within the 100-mile diet.

Encore Catering - Madagascar Chicken Breast with Bulgar Salad Garnished
with a Lemon Cayenne Crostini.

10tation Event Catering - Nova Scotia Lobster on a Bed of Roasted Organic
Beets with a Tarragon Vinaigrette.

Daniel et Daniel Catering - Seared Tuna Nicoise, New Potato, Haricot Vert,
Grape Tomato, Black Olive Caper Berry & Quail Egg.

All in all, Industrial Chic was a lot of fun and definitely a perk of working in the
event industry.  Thanks to the team at the Distillery District for hosting this fab
event and to all of the great vendors who participated!

For the life of the party,

not your average party