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January Letter From the Editor
by Pamela Rothbard

Happy 2019!

So, maybe you’ve heard, the country is in the middle of a polar vortex — and Chicago is in the thick of it. While I can’t venture outside, I can escape my frigid surroundings by swooning over dreamy events, curled up by the fire, clicking through images of celebrations I wish I’d been invited to. Take this “hidden garden” dinner party, this candle-drenched Malibu wedding, and this 1980s prom-themed corporate event that has me regretting tossing my shoulder pads.

I love browsing our events, because every celebration has a story to tell. In fact, it was at just such a celebration that I happened upon this very job. I was at the home of friend and PartySlate co-founder and CEO, Julie Roth Novack, for a Labor Day BBQ when she shared all that was going on at PartySlate. Over grilled meat and salad (more of the former, less of the latter), I got excited about her idea of inspiring and connecting party hosts with the perfect venues and event teams.

All of that led to many months like this one, where I got to speak with a trio of amazing event planners to gather advice and insight. Colin Cowie shared his insider tips for wow-worthy milestone birthday parties, Bryan Rafanelli pulled back the curtain on creating meaningful fundraising galas, and Michelle Durpetti took us behind the scenes of her own Palm Beach nuptials. I delved into five soirées celebrating hit Broadway show “Hamilton”and actually got to attend a unique event, Non Profit’s Night Out in New York, meant to inspire successful charity event planning.

I have a lot to look forward to in the months ahead, including delighting in your gorgeous celebrations. So many events are uploaded to PartySlate each month that we started a campaign to share our favorites. Keep an eye on your inbox next week for our January picks (including one at the Bachelor mansion). Our front row spectator seats also mean we’re able to spot innovations — see our top 19 party trends for 2019. Also take a quick look at the celebrations that overturned my opinion of PANTONE Color of 2019: Living Coral.

So, let’s raise our mugs (it’s definitely too cold for glasses), and toast to another exciting year of celebrating and connecting with each other.


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About the Author

Pamela Rothbard is the editor at PartySlate. She loves seeing all of the creative and meaningful celebrations produced by the events community — and writing the stories behind them.