What are the steps to making a special event for the first time?

Question I received from a graduate student on Quora: I am a recent Hospitality graduate with no hands-on experience in creating a special event. I took on a project for a company that I am interning for, and I am expected to plan a carnival event.


How do I get started planning this type of event? What tools should I use? What should I look out for?


Ah exciting times.. this is the beginning of your hands-on experience!

First step is to get as much advice as you can… tick. You’ve started that. Great.

Get free advice first

Feel free to check out the Free Advice section on my Event Kit. There’s lots of tips and checklists. You can also download free planning advice and milestone checklist here: Event Kits.

Plan your time from NOW to EVENT DAY

Planning properly is KEY.
Once you know what you want to do for your event, and how long things will take, and the proper order to do them in… then you start getting everything organised.

I know it can be overwhelming at first, but look around and see what other people are doing. Use the free milestone planner from my website to get a list of what you need to do, and by when.

Get the tools you need

Ok so what will you need to organise your event… here’s a pretty neat list that sums up what every event manager needs.

Have a look at this list and see what you already have, and what you might need to create…

…alternatively you can get them ready-to-use in the Event Management Pack by Event Kit.

And then JUST GET GOING...


Rachella Thomas