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It’s all my mother’s fault

Written by Jennifer Hansen

Welcome to Gracious Events’ (sorely overdue) new website and labored-over first blog post! I agonized for weeks about what to write—just ask our website creators Robert Parsons and Alyssa Giacobbe of RPD Inc. Should we use the space to talk about how much we love social media, and our addiction to Pinterest? How about a post detailing all the ways we can save you money on your event? But then it hit me that although, yes, we should tell you these things—and we will—first, I wanted to reveal exactly whose fault it is that I am where I am today.

It started with an observation/directive not long after I came to Boston, some 20 years ago. I was just out of college and, naturally, wanted to set the world on fire. But after listening to me complain about yet another dead end job, my astute mother said this: “You really should go into hospitality. You’d make a great event planner.” The ever-sweet daughter, my response was, “Where do you come up with things like this? You have no idea what you’re talking about!” Honestly, I had no clue where she would get such a ridiculous idea. Sure, I was always planning girls’ weekends away, our next family vacation, anyone’s birthday or wedding…But really, why would she say that?

Finally, I took her words to heart (she’s still surprised) and got a job planning events for the Boston Harbor Hotel, and now here I am living the event planning dream. So even though I still don’t always listen as well as she thinks I should, I will always thank Mom for knowing who I am and “gently” pushing me in the right direction.

Now let’s hope my daughters listen to me just as well!

It's All My Mother's Fault!

“I’m not sure work is supposed to be this fun.”

Written by Jennifer Hansen

When I first started GEM, it was just me doing it all…well, me and my poor husband, along with family and friends who would kindly offer (read: be forced) to help when I was melting down. Now I am so fortunate to have two great employees who not only make my life easier, but make me laugh—and in this business, it’s important to be able to do that once in a while (if not more).

I could describe in detail their accomplishment and styles, but in the true spirit of event planning, in which we seek inspiration from everything around us, I’d like to introduce you to the GEM team, Tania Atkinson and Nicole Mitsakis, through the fabulous technological phenomenon Pinterest.

Jen's Pinterest Board

Tania's Pinterest Board

Nicole's Pinterest Board

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