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5 Tips on Hosting Planning a Southern Event from HBCU Founder

We love supporting HBCU’s and were so excited to hear about the Annual HBCU Women’s Empowerment Brunch in Memphis,TN.

On June 5,2016 the Memphis HBCU Women Alumni Hosted the first Annual HBCU Women’s Empowerment Brunch in Memphis,TN at the Belle Restaurant in Downtown Memphis. The event was This event was the kick off of HBCU Alumni Week in Memphis.

The purpose of the event is to unite with other HBCU Women and salute the HBCU Women for their contributions to the community! You will also have the opportunity to learn more about how you can get involved with the HBCU recruiting initiative.The Memphis HBCU Women Alumni invited alumni out to celebrate your love of HBCUs. Our theme this year was “HBCU Women on the Move.” We profile 30 HBCU Women that are making a difference in their fields.

The HBCU Women of Empowerment Founder LaToria Howard-Anderson is a native Memphian and 2000 graduate of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge,LA Howard-Anderson is a true advocate for HBCU education and currently serves as the Southern University Memphis Alumni Chapter President. Howard-Anderson feels that unity is important among Alumni to keep HBCUs relevant within our community for minority students to understand the HBCUs are great selections for higher education. The event coordinator T L. Williams, a native Houstonian and a graduate of Tennessee State University.

We loved their event and are honored to have 5  Tips on Hosting Planning a Southern Event from the founder.

1. Select a theme that will excite your guest about the mission of the event, and select speakers that will motivate your group to attend a possible future event.

2. Send out invites about 10 days in advance and include an RSVP date so friends and have time to check their schedules, and you have an accurate head count.
And don’t forget to send out email or text reminders a few days beforehand. Social Media post are also key.

3. Selecting the perfect venue is everything for a Southern brunch. I would advise the coordinator to select three possible venues and do a checklist to see which venue will accommodate the group. It’s important to keep the decor doable. Additional items such as place cards on the tables are great ideas for the guest, try to avoid overly complicated decorations.

4. Brunch and alcohol have become somewhat synonymous. We’re not insisting that you provide liquor with your mid morning meal, but you know your guests. If they enjoy an occasional drink, consider brunch-time classics, such as mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys.
Set up a bar area so they can help themselves to libations

5. Things happen. People get sick at the last minute and there’s always someone who simply forgot to RSVP. The power of positive thinking — deciding that you’re not going to let certain events upset you — can go a long way toward preventing a meltdown so you can have a fabulous time.

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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