At the beginning of this internship, Abby and I were told that we would have the opportunity to plan and execute our own special projects. The idea of having the freedom to focus on something that I am passionate about really excited me. I wanted to do something that mattered, so I spent a lot of time contemplating what to do. I ran through a lot of different ideas and struggled to choose one but one thing I knew for sure was that whatever I chose, I wanted it to benefit The Summer Food Program one way or another. I finally decided on a Murder Mystery Dinner Party to raise money for the program.

I started the planning by deciding on a theme for the party, which ended up being The Roaring 20’s. I then brainstormed ideas for the meal and decor, and found a game kit. With help from Maile and Micheala, I was able to plan out  and collect the materials I would need for the event.

We started decorating the week of the event. The first projects I started working on were the hallway and tables. The hallway consisted of a brick wall being made and putting together pallets, boxes, and bottles. The next thing I worked on, which took the longest (sorry Maile), was the line-up themed photo backdrop. I had to measure, outline, and then paint the design. After that was completed, I was able to finish setting up the rest of the decorations with the help of other team members.

The event itself went pretty smoothly. We had a lot of fun and I think the guests did as well.

I learned a lot from this experience. I learned about how much planning goes into an event, no matter the size, and how you have to make sure you plan out every detail. There were things I had to go over and think about that I never thought of initially, such as to where outlets are located in the event space or how much lighting we would need.

I also learned about creating a project timeline leading up to the event. Overall, this was a great learning experience and I am thankful for the opportunity!

–Elizabeth

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