Don't let the pictures fool you: this is not a post about Christmas. It is a post about the rewards of working with a team to produce an event that is memorable and special. I have a fair bit of experience with this, and am proud of the work I've participated in, and its results.
I've helped execute large events off and on for the last four years, but there is something different about being the originator of the event. In the past, I have been a footsoldier at weddings, seminars, wedding- and baby showers, and been one of Santa's Sweatshop Elves for an entire season. What they all have in common are two things. First, there is a moment of tornadic chaos every time, where I feel like we have completely lost control of the event. Second, the chaos is followed by a supreme satisfaction, when everything is settled and the guests are enjoying themselves, oftentimes in ways unforeseen by the planners. They are smiling and laughing and chatting and sometimes dancing, and their happiness is my happiness. The gorgeous cakes, the beautiful brides, and I confess the Father-Daughter Dance gets me every time.