WHY WOULD YOU NEED AN EVENT PLANNER ?

Photo courtesy of Event planner Sonal Shah

You know the holiday season is here when you start  receiving more than the usual  invitations for birthdays,weddings and  end of year parties and  maybe even invitations for  Christmas .

If you are hosting any of these celebrations and are planning on doing everything from scratch,you may wan to reduce your stress and anxiety levels by hiring a planner-an event planner.

Hiring an event planner might seem like a luxury but you may be surprised by how much they can reduce the anxiety that comes  with  event planning .

On this post we thought we might give you 5 great reasons why you might need an event planner this holiday season.

1.Saves you time

A good event planner is a pro at getting things done efficiently and on time.

They will save you the time spent on looking for vendors and suppliers because along with their experience they have with them a network of trusted suppliers and vendors that they have worked with,people they know can deliver on what you need for your event.

And just incase anything unexpected happens,then an event planner will always have plan A,B,C ad infinitum.

2.Saves you money

In my time planning events ,I have found out that there is always room for negotiations and what gives an event planner leeway as well as an edge is their ability  to negotiate,they can get you discounts on  rack rates and this is because of  the relationships they have developed over time with various suppliers and vendors.

It is easier to discuss discounts  with people you have had previous business dealing with than with total strangers,leverage on these relationships event planners have when thinking of holding an event.

3.You will get the right people doing the right job

Sometimes it is very difficult to gauge a vendors or suppliers ability to get the job done if you have no experience of having worked with them before.

An event planner due to their  diverse network as well as experience with vendors will point you in the right direction on whom you need on your team in order to pull of a successful event.

4.You will have a more successful event

Event planners thrive on details-the little details that everyone else overlooks is what planners get their adrenaline rushes from.Ensuring every little thing is in place and imagining all the possible things that could go wrong and ensuring contingency plans are in place is what makes for a successful event.

As the host of the event,you may not have all the time to worry about all the nitty gritty details of your event,let an event planner do the worrying  for you and ensure your event is successful.

5.You can enjoy the event

There is nothing like hosting a great event and you cannot enjoy it because you are busy ensuring that behind the scenes everything flows smoothly.You event forget to eat because you are busy handling all the event details by yourself you have no time to be a great host.

It would be great to have someone that thrives on adrenaline and the little details handle all the anxiety and stress for you,right?

That photo right there,we fell in love with it and it came courtesy of Sonal Shah an event/party planner.You can find her on Facebook.

 

WHERE TO FIND GREAT DECOR PIECES IN NAIROBI

Decorating your home is something that never really seems to get done and if you ever find yourself on Google , asking where to find great furniture and decor pieces in Nairobi,worry no more because I thought a list would make it very easy for you .

It is quite interesting to see that sometimes the piece you have been looking for is hiding right under your nose and  its my hope that this  home owners guide on where to get furniture  pieces in Nairobi will be of help.

Something about Nairobi ,like in most towns is that you have to know where to get quality items from trusted providers .You would rather spend more on quality than go cheap and have to keep replacing a furniture item like a couch,dining table or a bed.

You want to be sure that you are spending money on something that will not need fixing every so often.

1.H.Kahenya Interior Design

A great home decor project starts out with a consultation,preferably with an interior decorator and though there are many who claim to be decor experts,I must say you need to follow H. Kahenya Interior Design Firm .

I like their fresh and fun approach to home decor and you will to when you see the beautiful work they have been able to do on the projects they have done.

The Interior Design consulting firm is based at Westlands and  offers both consultation services and finished items ,decor supplies and  has a YouTube channel where they share decor ideas and advice,you may want  really do need to follow them on Facebook and subscribe to their YouTube channel as well.

2.Odds & Ends

If there is a place that has really great furniture pieces,it is Odds & Ends ,they have great furniture and their show rooms are a feast for the eyes.Check out their Jaipur range of furniture,I have a particular liking for the pieces in that particular range and most likely it’s because they have found a way to marry wood and iron give this range a rustic appeal that i find very enthralling.

3.Ngong Road

On your way to Karen using Ngong Road,you will find a lot of furniture shops with beautiful pieces displayed and it’s always a struggle for me   to keep my eyes on the road when they are so many beautiful pieces of furniture to look at.

You will find outdoor/ indoor rattan furniture as well as dining /living room pieces that you might not find anywhere else at very  affordable prices.In choosing some  someone to work with use an individual you have been referred to ,see the work they have done and get commitment in terms of  delivery time.

And just after the furniture shops ,when you think you have seen everything ,you will find beautiful clay outdoor furnaces,hanging baskets of  live flowers  and bright and colorful flower pots  that will look great in your garden  in addition to other landscaping supplies like red soil,manure and landscaping rocks.

4.Mr Price

The Mr Price outlets are in most upmarket malls in Nairobi and if you are looking for unique decor items like center pieces,cushions,throws,candle sticks and a wide range of smaller items that do not include furniture then this is the place for you.

Their range also has cutlery and crockery pieces that you will not find anywhere else,a few weeks ago I was able to find pancake batter dispensers at their outlet at Sarit Center in Westlands.

Their wall hangings and bathroom accessories are especially appealing as this South African brand is not afraid of color and if you are looking to add pops of color to your home,then this is a place you must visit.

5.Game Store

Last but not least is the Game Store at Garden City,they stock a variety of hard-to-find-anywhere-else kitchen utensils and decor pieces you will like .It may be worth the long drive to this side on town as Garden City has adopted pop up shops that have  a very stylish mix of items that you may consider for your home or next decor project.

You must have places you shop for home decor items that have not made it to this list,share them with us in the comments below and we will definitely pay them a visit .

HOW TO WEAR CAPRI PANTS

Over 65 years after Capri pants came onto the fashion scene,they are seeing a re emergence.

They are the close fitting calf length tapered trousers you have been seeing around town.

And like all good things they have a story that starts in Europe in 1948.

Sonja De Lennart named them after a famous island in Italy and they were first worn by one of my favorite movie stars Grace Kelly.

Over 65 years later they still remain a fashion classic.

So who can wear them  how do you wear them?

Capri 2

Anyone can wear Capri’s,for shorter people like myself think of creating a long vertical line with your silhouette inroder to create an illusion of height.

Stick to plain ,straight leg cuts and steer clear of cuffs and pockets if you are short.

Capri’s are best worn with tops that fall just below your waist line not further than that.

Capri’s are best worn with stilettos especially if you are short to give you some height.

Choose capris in colors that complement your skin tone,classic colors like  black,grey and white work for most skin tones.