With the holidays and family get-togethers on the horizon this month, in this edition, one of First in Service’s clients is telling us all about her family’s recent trip to Egypt and Jordan—which included three generations traveling together! Speaking of trips, sometimes the best way to enjoy a business trip is to add some fun: Our co-founder, Erika, gives us the lowdown on her recent trip to Australia, where she did just that. And, finally, with Thanksgiving just a few days away we’re sharing a few favorite recipes—from F1S offices around the world. Happy Thanksgiving from our F1S family to yours!
The secret is being able to draw out what the client really wants, according to Vida, who’s been an event planner for 30 years. “Come for an occasion and we’ll create the event” is their motto.
The team recently returned from New Orleans where they transformed the French Quarter into a “Big Bash in the Big Easy” for 300 guests of ad firm Agency 720 and Chevrolet.
The visionaries turned what was originally a ‘standard reception’ into a mind blowing extravaganza starting with a grand marshal marching band procession down Bourbon Street, and ending at the Wax Museum (aka voodoo dungeon), where partygoers mingled with voodoo priestesses, burlesque dancers, jesters, and big head characters. Voodoo doll makers, bone readers and a Zydeco band, as well as a lavish buffet, kept the revelers entertained through the night.
Corporate events are not their only specialty. It’s any creative challenge because “we have good events karma,” admits Vida. Thirty minutes after a chance meeting with celebrity wedding planner David Tutera at an LA mall, they got a plum assignment from his WE tv show “My Fair Wedding.” They had five days to create a Hollywood glamour-themed wedding for 150 guests. Not only did they pull off the extravagant soiree, but they also ended up catering for the crew.
While living in different states, the ladies are used to traveling the country for clients. Mona splits her time between events and her corporate work running the F1S Los Angeles office. Vida is based in her native Chicago. They’ll reconvene this summer for a big family trip to Lithuania to celebrate their roots.