4 Things You Need to Host a Kick-Ass Networking Event
We get the feels when we bring awesome people together. And as a catering company, that’s what we love to do best. Specifically, at networking events that we host, we get to hone our organizing and cooking strengths and showcase our dope company (if I say so myself), all while making friends along the way! At the end of the schmoozing and boozing, we get to sing ‘I’ll be there for youuuu (when the rain starts to pour)’ and trade contact cards from one industry whiz to another. When the time comes for us to recommend a flourishing florist or a one-of-a-kind venue, we’ll forward our clients to our new buds. At the end of the day, we accomplished the thing we set out for, and that is a community of people who can help each other out 🙂
Here are the key ingredients you’ll need for your spectacular event:
No one disagrees with the fact that good food and good company are two of life’s simplest yet greatest pleasures. Provisions is lucky to have Chef Kevin Castonguay and his amazing team of cooks who can all comfortably bang out beautiful, elaborate, and delectable dishes for our intimate gatherings. Food brings people together, and hosting can be as simple as making your favourite go-to recipes, done well with fresh ingredients. Or you could always shoot us a line if you need food catered at your next soiree! 😉
The next step in achieving a smashing networking event is in the setting. Master the art of balancing feng shui a.k.a. “harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment”. It’s in the energy of the room, how the decor changes the mood, and how people fill the space. You want people to feel warm and fuzzy inside, not cold and well, not fuzzy! Your setting should emanate the energy you want to feed your guests. Cue: refurbished exposed brick venue, gorgeous harvest tables, and charming table settings (Pinterest is always a good place to find inspo). Now it’s just (candle) lights, camera, and mingle!
Reach out to buddies and connections who can reach out to THEIR buddies and connections. Find people with differing skillsets who share a similar rockin’ vibe and aesthetic with you and your crew. Personally invite each guest and tell them why coming to your event would be ideal for them. For us, aligning visions with videographers, photographers, florists and tablescape designers allows us to collaborate and piece together an exceptional work of art, something that everyone can be proud of. Y’all get the opportunity to come together and show people the thing you do best!
Why did we throw this damn thing in the first place? Oh right, it’s because we want to make friends with everybody! The best thing you can get out of a networking event is the eventual barter-of-trades. What do I mean by that? For your next industry event, Provisions can give you an array of free desserts, if you can help us shoot some pics of our food. We’ll make you a tradesies. We’ll continue to do what we do well, in exchange for what you do well. Then it’s a win-win situation for both parties!
With these 4 ingredients, your next networking event is sure to be bomb-tastic! Plus, throw in a bit of your own personality and you’ll be soaring. And who knows, maybe we’ll even see you at your next one? 😉
Photos by: Saba Bokhari