Monday, December 14, 2009

International Work & Play

December is one of my busiest months! I'm leaving today for an international job I have been eagerly anticipating. That’s why I like to make a big deal out of Thanksgiving and hand out presents early because I'm always away working for Christmas. (Though, don't get me wrong. One of the things I'm most thankful for this year is that my company keeps growing.)

Key people from my staff are coming along with me (actually, they’ve already left for the job), but I’m also hiring a crew of folks locally. The pictures you see throughout this post are from a previous event we did internationally. You can see the army of people it takes, in the picture above, to set up the spaces.

I love working at home in New York City, but I also appreciate working internationally because it gives me an opportunity to meet other cultures and find out about their customs and traditions.

My favorite thing to do is to design so it's very exciting for me to see the job being born. It normally takes six months to a year to plan out one of these international extravaganzas. Throughout all those months I'm orchestrating all aspects of the event, but traveling to the job site and evaluating the production crew allows me to see my imagination come to life. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.

Of course, it’s going to be hard working straight up to the holidays, but the great news is that immediately after this job is over, I'm going on vacation to one of my favorite places in the world--Maldives. Don’t worry, though, you’ll hear more from me throughout this month.

This week, we’ll be talking about some possible presents you can buy for your loved ones and a new way to use gift wrapping paper as décor. Happy travels (whether you’re just driving down the street or flying across the world).


  1. Dear Preston,

    It look's like a lot of work, but you make it sound so pleasing!!!!!
    I wonder how you handle major set backs while planning a party???
    Do you freak out or yell or throw things or are you zen like on the outside and just deal internally???
    I would love to see you by the pool in the Maldives.....


  2. Exciting & Intimidating at once!

  3. AHHH The Maldives.. I agree probably no better place to relax.. fill a day with rubbing your feet in the whitest sand and watching the world go by - luck you !


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