Be honest…if someone told you they were a multi-cultural event planner (MCP) would you have any clue what they were talking about?
Would you assume they were referring to their own background or that they loved the theatre or art?
I’ve seen a few puzzled expressions when I tell people what I do.
And even when I break it down, there’s still some hesitation that a planner who specializes in multi-cultural events is really right for them.
Diversity is everywhere so planning a diverse event could and should appeal to everyone.
It doesn’t matter if you weren’t born in some exotic part of the world or that you have no idea what your family traditions are.
We couldn’t exist in this world without interacting with different cultures every day.
From the travel wish list you wrote when you were younger, to the local Chinese, Italian, Indian or Greek restaurants we visit on the weekends, to the nationalities of our favorite sports stars – diversity is not just something someone else experiences - it’s a part of all of us.
So, why not reflect that part of you at your next event.
Here are a few practical ways the talents of a multi-cultural planner (MCP) can come in handy (particularly when it comes to your guests):
1) Occupy the little ones
We’ve all seen those lame kid tables right? The one with the crayons and coloring sheets that end up all over the floor. How about something engaging or interesting that will actually entertain your kids for more than 5 minutes?
A MCP could find someone to teach them Chinese calligraphy or get a photo booth where the kids take pictures wearing hats or costumes from different cultures.
Our job isn’t just to take care of the adults – we can make it a great experience for the kids too.
2) Impress the drink connoisseurs
There’s not much you can do that's different with alcohol right? Wrong.
Instead of the familiar brands of wines and liquors your MCP could put together an authentic rum, vodka or any other kind of liquor bar featuring selections from around the world or a wine tasting from a particular region.
(They can also organize taxi’s home for those who’ve had one too many!)
3) Pleasing the Old Folks
We all know that sweetening the oldies at a wedding or milestone event is one of the best ways to eliminate drama.
How about impressing them with incorporating a family tradition or having a tribute to a loved one who couldn't be there?
It doesn’t have to be as obvious as a mariachi band playing Mexico’s national anthem. A MCP can help you do this in a subtle and respectful way that won’t overshadow the event’s primary theme.
4) Minimizing the awkward moments
When two cultures come together and might be meeting for the first time, it can be awkward city!
There’s fear in the unknown, especially when it’s a little diverse, but a MCP can reduce this potential tension by finding fun and entertaining ways to showcase both cultures. The ultimate goal of a good MCP should be to create an inclusive and engaging event that brings people together.
5) The Talk of the Town
Everyone thinks their event is unique, but is it really?
How much more unique can telling your own story be or incorporating authentic cultural elements that the majority of your guests will be surprised and amazed by.
A professional MCP will help you create a truly unforgettable experience.
Your guests will see, hear and feel something they may have never witnessed before.
And that means your event will live on long after the last thank you card is mailed out.
Would you ever consider hiring a multi-cultural event planner? Or have you or someone you know used one before?
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Culture-vulture, passionate event planner, devoted wife and mother of two. Oh yes...and a witty Brit who loves palm trees and planning parties!!!.