January has started out with a 2 week break and, so I added this into my coat check blog. It’s normal for shows and touring bands to slow down around the beginning of the year. It gives us working people some time to do normal things, and take those needed vacations.
Also, this is the time where company’s who can’t squeeze in a Christmas party, they do them in January.
I actually worked one last night. A very large corporate party, for a well-known business. They had picked San Francisco as their destination so there were a lot of people nationwide flying in for this party/convention/awards ceremony. And from what I understand there was more than one location.
I happened to be working the coat check in one location. And upon my arrival, the production was fairly big.
There was the greeters, the check-in desk with 5 checkers, the caterers, wait staff prepared with white and red wine, and ME!
And I knew this was a fancy event when the pipe organ player arrived! Yes, the location had a pipe organ. And there are very few people who know how to play them. What a gig! I was quite excited about that.
I walked into the coat check room and was greeted by fancy gift bags…gold and blue gift bags, gold tissue paper in a nice blue bag. And there were hundreds. I was surrounded by a secret departing gift for these fancy party people. Over the course of the night, the bags got me thinking, reminiscing about when I was a kid. You would go to a birthday party, party your brains out and to top it off when you got picked up sometimes the birthday girl/boy would have a party favor for you to take home. I was reminded of of a lot of Hello Kitty from the 80’s, and Bonne Bell Lip glosses in the sliding container.
And I realized that the parting gift, depending on the host or hostess the idea and custom was there in my youth and still present to me as an adult. Who doesn’t love a gift bag! And, when you become an adult sometimes the idea gets combined in a ceremony of some sort where you are recognized and get an award or even It’s something to commemorate the event, that you can take with you that has some purpose most likely with some logo, but who cares.. I am always up to see what’s in the schwag bag and as a person of function I will take the bottle opener or pen or Rolex watch.. ha ha
The annual shows that air on television like the Oscars, Grammy’s, and the AMAs, I would venture to say that those parting gift bags are choice to have. But, I have to say Oprah Winfrey. Yes Miss O, she get’s the biggest props because with her show she was able to have shows where she was giving away gifts she liked and just to get the ultimate trump on the parting gift she told the audience..” You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car.”
So if you never thought of it.. it’s part of the party. It’s always been one of gestures of gratitude that a host works on.. (sometimes it causes stress) , and the giftee is always surprised to get it. That is just how it works. It’s part of the social – marketing cloth that this country has woven.
Who doesn’t love a gift! I bet if you think back you’ll remember a party favor that made you say WOW!
And just to let you know I was given a bag, and it was a new JBL bluetooth wireless speaker how cool!
Until Next Time,