You may remember Artie Thompson as the creative connoisseur who served as the director of events on reality television show Chef Roblé and Co., but the celebrity event planner has talents that extend beyond what you see in the digital space. With over 20 years of experience working with high-end and celebrity clientele, Thompson has developed the eye and the diplomatic finesse that only comes with being a veteran in the industry.
Thompson started out as a cabaret performer at the “Don’t Tell Mama” piano bar in New York before eventually transitioning into the service industry as a waiter with Manhattan-based events company Great Performances. It was there that Thompson discovered his passion for event planning, and spent the next few months perfecting his craft. He quickly climbed the ladder to become the Operations Manager. His innovative techniques and positive report with clients enables him to become a go-to event planner.
Taking his growing brand to the next level, the entrepreneur started his own events and catering company Artie’s Events Inc., and thanks to his impeccable style he recently launched A2 Collections—a men’s bowtie and accessories line.
Thompson believes his willingness to learn and treat his staff of budding actors with respect that has allowed him to have longevity in the business. For those interested in event planning he suggests starting from the bottom as a waiter and learning how to give good service. “Stay professional and coolheaded as much as possible with your client. It’s all about service and relationships,” he advises.
Looking to host your own sensational soirée? Check out Thompson’s tips for planning a memorable party on a budget:
1. Be service-oriented. The worst thing when trying to put on a party is playing too many positions. You’re in the kitchen, fixing drinks, and trying to attend to guests. Hire a waiter or a chef so that you don’t look like you’re a madwoman or madman.
2. Dine-In. Go to a restaurant, order your own appetizer and entrée, and whatever that cost turns out to be that’s your estimate for how much it will cost to have guests come to your house. That helps with creating your budget.
3. Keep them dancing. If you can afford it, I would suggest you have one because they can judge people and can make your party happen. If you don’t have that you can use iPod mood playlist and go from there. You can play even play the latest music that’s hot. Our last event we played Beyoncé throughout the entire event.
4. Make Room. Depending on the mood clear out as much furniture as possible and if you have many guests coming over they need room to congregate. Also, get a couple of drop tables so that people can have a place to put their glasses; you don’t want them to put it on your furniture or nice tables. Finally, I also recommend flowers. When people come in the door and they see this great centerpiece, they know that something is happening.