‘Tis the season to party, but for some ‘tis the season for planning parties.
With the holiday season just around the corner (literally), we speak to party planner Denise Tan, who gives an insider’s scoop on planning an exceptional party. While everyone is scrambling to execute their Christmas and end-of-year parties, Denise provides a few tips to achieve a successful party without breaking a sweat.
One half of Idea-Inn (www.idea-inn.com), Denise shares with us her ‘partying’ life and whether it is all that glamorous as they say. She also tells us the best places in Singapore to pick up DIY items, what to wear … Well, you get the picture. - Trixie
Tell us more about how you decided to be a party planner and why chose this career path.
It was a childhood dream job for me and I’m very thankful to meet someone who has a same dream as me in my previous company. She is my current business partner, Sylvia. Having a business of my own has always been what I wanted to do. Hence, Sylvia and I took the opportunity to turn our dream into a reality.
Name three party ideas or concepts you’ve received from customers.
1. A white and blue birthday party with a touch of Alice in Wonderland
2. Shanghai night for a 25th anniversary party
3. Vintage rustic seaside wedding dinner
Out of all your parties, which was the one you had most fun planning and why?
A 60th surprise birthday party which we planned with the children, while planning the wedding of the elder son. A very friendly and easygoing family, it was a great honour to be trusted for two very important family occasions.
What are three items you cannot leave your house without when you go on a site visit to the event venue?
1. My iPhone – for navigation and to take photos of the venue
3. Esprit Umbrella
If you had to plan your own party, would you plan it yourself or would you ask someone else for help? Why?
I will plan it myself. Because I love the party planning process e.g. planning, conceptualising, shopping for stuffs, doing personalisation for individual friends, decorating the place, cooking and etc.
Describe your ideal party set-up.
A table covered with white table cloth, lined up with a row of gold tiffany chairs, lots of candle lights and a mix of short and tall white and green table centrepieces
Where do you derive your inspiration from when you plan parties?
Could you share some websites you get inspiration from?
Karen Tran Florals
Papeterie Party Designer
Amy Atlas Events
Share a few tips for those planning their own parties this holiday season.
1. Inform your guests early as they might have several parties to attend in this holiday season
2. Be bold and try something different e.g. different cuisine, venues
3. Have a budget in mind. It will help when deciding on the priorities
4. If you can afford it, get professional help to lighten your load and give you the freedom to enjoy the party
Where are the best places to scour for DIY party items in Singapore?
Middle Road. There are shops that provide a good range of party items at reasonable prices. Shops such as Daiso, Spotlight and some party shops in the shopping malls offer a unique range of items if you are looking for something special.
What will you be wearing for parties this holiday season? Describe your ideal party outfit.
A one piece dress/jumpsuit, with heels or flats depending on the venue, an eye-catching pair of earrings and a sling bag. It’s important to not have too much to allow for easy movement.
What is a manageable guest size for a party?
For a DIY party, 80-100pax is a good size.
What is the best way to decide on table seating?
Categorise it by group.
What are good party favours that will work for girls and guys?
Food, of course!
What will be your ideal Christmas party be like? and Why?
A rainy day with cool weather and a table spread with good food. No seating arrangement, everyone just sits around the comfy sofas to enjoy the food and watch a Christmas movie together
Must have décor:
(1) Traditional Christmas tree with red and gold decor with presents gathered around the tree
(2) One matching Christmas round garland at the door.
How would you describe your job as a party planner in one sentence?
It is my loving playground.