life isn't average. neither are we.
Don't Breakdown from Wedding/Party Planning Like Katy Perry!
Kristina Chau - Friday, August 20, 2010
"Katy Perry admits the planning of her wedding is taking its toll."- OMG Music

lanning a party should be pretty simple, right?  You put together a guest list, send out an e-vite, compile an iPod playlist and put out some nibbles.

Depending on the type of celebration you want to throw, this may be sufficient. However, with momentous events like a wedding or a milestone anniversary or birthday, how can you enjoy yourself if you're doing all the work?

Professional event planners are hired for their expertise and knowledge of the industry, and will give your special event the attention it deserves.  

Here are some other reasons why you should consider hiring an event planner:

 Besides being highly organized, type-A personalities, we event professionals are creative individuals who work with you to design your special event so that it is unique to you.

 We have established relationships with different vendors in the industry, which on its own, saves you time a
nd money from making the arrangements (i.e. venues, caterers, entertainment, etc.)  

 A responsible event planner will help you create an affordable budget, review all contracts, and make sure that all of your expectations are met.

 Event planners will be on-site at your event to make sure things are running smoothly. From creating the right atmosphere, to ensuring the caterer is on schedule, to working with the band or DJ, we take care of it all!           

 If you're on tour like Katy or just live outside the city you want to hold your event in, a professional event planner can make it happen without you even being there!

 Lastly and most importantly, an event planner saves you time, energy and stress and ensures you are a guest at your own party.

So be the life of the party and don't be like Katy Perry (which is a good thing in so many ways), and consider hiring an event planner!  

With love from your party guru,

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!

DIY Destination Wedding Guestbook
Kristina Chau - Friday, May 07, 2010

In honour of two friends who have just gotten married (Congrats Amy & Roy!) and another two who will soon be tying the knot destination wedding style, here’s a cute and 'not your average' DIY project I shared with them:

Instead of picking up a traditional guestbook to bring with you to your destination wedding, create or purchase postcards from you destination for your guests to sign.

Affix pre-paid postage and leave them scattered on a table with a note asking friends to write a message of advice, a funny anecdote or a good memory from the trip.  Personalize it to your tastes and have fun with it! 

Appoint someone in your bridal party to collect the postcards and put them in the mail for you.  That way when you and your husband/wife get back from your honeymoon, you have something to look forward to!

To finish off this “not your average guestbook”, purchase a scrapbook or photo album to place them in as a nice keepsake from your wedding.  

Amy & Roy had a wedding logo designed and created their own personal postcard pictured below:


For the life of the party,

not your average party