THE DIFFERENCE IS IN LE DÉTAIL : AN INTERVIEW WITH PARTY PLANNER EXTRAORDINAIRE NICOLE DE FEO
I have had the opportunity to work for several large companies, and while I enjoyed my time and experiences in those environments, I knew that I always wanted to have my own business and be my own boss. It was a dream of mine.
The answer is very simple, I LOVE to organize things! I also need to do different things, and having projects that are new all the time is a perfect fit for me.
There are lots of people who do events, but only a handful who do them extremely well. I admire Colin Cowie, he can make anything exquisite.
Honestly, I have been wanting to have a 20’s themed party for a while, so it seemed like the perfect time. I am enthralled with that era, women and men actually dressed up to go out and took a certain pride in their appearance that I think is missing today.
Sorry, but I can not.
Actually, it is not all that glamorous. I do have a good time at my job because I love what I do. After all the meetings with the clients are over and the actual event is approaching I usually spend my days doing the following;
Re-contacting the venue and visiting it if need be. Following up, with caterers, florists, press DJ’s,photographers, lighting, anyone who is involved in making the event happen. The day of the event I am in touch with clients as often as they need me, and hours before the event I am in place to make sure everything is perfect.
Then it is party time!!
What has been the strangest request thus far?
Fortunately, I have not had any strange requests. What is strange to one might be normal to another. I try my best to satisfy the clients wishes.
Luckily, no I have not.
In the Fall I am definitely feeling a funky disco party!
Definitely Oprah Winfrey. She thinks BIG! I would love the chance to make her dreams a reality.
They are an extremely important part of an event. What is a must for one client could be different for another.
I like to really listen to what the direction the client wants and then I go from there. Basic rules I like to follow are creating a signature cocktail for the event and making sure the food is event appropriate. Meaning it can be easily served and consumed.
You know what they say, “ location, location, location”. It’s not everything but it does help enormously to set the tone of the event.
I LOVE swag bags! They are a great detail and it shows the guest that you really have thought of everything.
This one is unfortunately, not always in my control; the guests. If they are there but not exactly, the liveliest bunch or worse, they do not show up at all.
A bad location.
The dress code is pretty important especially if it is a themed event. If really helps set the mood and tone for the event. If a host/ess has requested a certain attire, then you should try your best and abide by it. It is only polite.
Children’s parties are fun. The kids are normally easy and just happy to be having a party. However, the parents can get a bit stressed out. If you can assure the parents then all is well.
It has given me stores of patience that I never knew I possessed. I feel like if I can deal with two high energy young boys, I can deal with anything.
|Every angle is catered for!|
Thank you. I love shoes, so my favorites are Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. I adore all things Chanel. For clothes I like Diane Von Furstenburg and JCRew. I am so happy they have started shipping internationally.
Notting Heel and Charivari for shoes, Picibi, Bon Genie, Julia’s Dressing for amazing vintage finds and believe it or not, Zara.
I love that it is in the center of Europe.
I miss the ease and convenience of things.
Luxury is a very personal thing. I think something is a luxury if it makes YOU feel good.
I definitely believe in the accessibility of luxury. Just because something is exclusive does not necessarily make it luxurious and vice versa. It is all about how something makes you feel.
This is one of my favorite quotes, and it pretty much hits the nail on the head: "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." —Coco Chanel
At Le détail, with each new project I try to do something new and different, that is my challenge and my passion.
Creative, Determined, Loyal, Adventurous, and Independent.
|Following her Heart|
Happiness is being surrounded by people who love and support you, ALWAYS.
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