Hey pals & gals!
Wondering what I’ve been up to all these long days that I haven’t been blogging? Well, you’re about to find out! I had my very first Yelp Elite Event last week, and it went smashingly enough for me to want to brag about it! I actually started writing this post the day after my event, cause I was so excited to share it, but the week got away from me with other things (like making sure I’ve got all my ducks in a row before Sean and I leave for IRELAND ON FRIDAY! EEEEEEE!!)
So as I mentioned in my big job announcement post, part of my new position as the Northern Virginia Community Manager for Yelp is planning events for my awesome Elite Squad. This means partnering with awesome local businesses to showcase some of what they have to offer in a fun, unique, hopefully themed (YAY!) event every 4 – 6 weeks. I planned my first event with the amazing Carlyle Club in Alexandria, and I honestly don’t think it could have gone better. Welcome to Yelp’s Roaring into the Twenties!
It was a Jazz Age affair that I think even Gatsby himself would have been proud of. The Carlyle Club served us a smorgasbord of appetizers, as well as an awesome pasta bar (which, sadly, I only got to sample from off of Sean’s plate, but the tortellini was awesome!) and hooked us up with some nice drink specials, too. I actually had first learned of the Carlyle Club from a Style Me Pretty blog post (are you really that surprised I follow a wedding blog?) and it really is as spectacular as it seemed in the wedding photos. It’s got this art deco, old-school vintage nightclub/lounge kinda feel, with black booths and a really cool bar that lets you watch the stage.
Of course, speaking of the stage, the real highlight of the event was Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palmettos, a period jazz ensemble that I got for the event. Best. Decision. EVER. Doc Scantlin is a real big band ringleader straight outta the 20s/30s, and his wife Chou Chou is like Betty Boop reincarnate. She was so much fun, interacting with the crowd, and even pulled some of the guys onto the stage to help her with a number!
A few people even ended up cutting a rug during the event, which was awesome to see.
Yep, my parents included, hehe. I was very proud of them for showing up in their 20s-inspired gladrags, hehe.
Truth be told, I was amazed and SO happy that a LOT of the attendees came in costume! It made everything that much more fun — I knew all that practice I put into forcing people to dress up for my themed birthday parties would pay off! 😉
Actually, it was a bit of a family event (aren’t they always with me? Haha) since as you can probably tell from the watermark, my brother Ben was there doing his thing as amazing photog too! He and Taylor set up a photobooth that people had a good ol’ time in, and where those that didn’t dress up got a chance to don their feathers and pearls, hehe.
So yes! The event was a success — so far I’ve got 25 reviews for the event on Yelp (yep, I get JUDGED on our event skills as part of my job, oyyyy!) with a solid 5-star average, which is awesome! Since it was my very first event out of the gate, I definitely learned a lot about what to focus on, change, and manage better for next time, too. I’m really fortunate to have the support of my fellow Community Managers in DC and the Maryland ‘Burbs, too. It’s really nice having two CMs so close by (usually it’s a lot more spread out), so we can all help out during each other’s events, bounce ideas off each other, and the like.
Together, we form the Yelp DMV Triforce of Courage! It’s a good thing. 🙂
And, of course, Sean was also faithfully there, helping me throughout the entire thing. He deserves an Unpaid Intern of the Year award for all the help he (somewhat begrudgingly) gives me with this new job, hahaha.
So! I deem Yelp’s Roaring into the Twenties a success, and can’t wait for my next one! Of course, before the next event comes, I’m off to Ireland for an epic vacation, and then off to Oregon a week after I come back for an epic family reunion. SO GOES THE SUMMER OF EPICNESS! Here’s hoping I can crank out about 20 chapters of my book on the plane rides, since I’m not sure when I’ll have time to write otherwise! Gulp.