Event Planning 101: The Catalina Wine Mixer from 'Step Brothers'

Event planning isn't a piece of cake. In addition to managing a seemingly endless list of details, event planners must handle everything surrounding an event. Very few movies capture the insanity of event planning as well as Step Brothers managed to with "The Catalina Wine Mixer." In the hilarious movie Step Brothers, 40-year-old Dale Doback (played by John C. Reilly) and 39-year old Brennan Huff (played by Will Ferrell) are spoiled, unemployed men living with their parents. When Dale's father, Robert (played by Richard Jenkins), and Brennan's mother, Nancy (played by Mary Steenburgen), meet, it's love at first sight, which is followed by marriage. As a result, Dale and Brennan are forced, reluctantly, to become step brothers. In this classic comedy, Dale and Brennan take sibling rivalry to a whole new level. Ultimately, the self-serving ways of these stepbrothers result in the total separation of the family. Later as employed adults, Dale and Brennan realize the role that their shenanigans played in the demise of their parents' relationship. Brennan seizes the opportunity to rejoin the family by event planning for "The Catalina Wine Mixer," which is an annual sales party for his firm. Surprisingly, the mixer is a smash success under Brennan's guidance, and everything goes almost exactly as planned. Due to a vocal and talent malfunction of the booked band, the two step brothers are forced to perform an impromptu remix of "Por Ti Volare", which leaves the audience in awe. As the event coordinator, Brennan was responsible for everything at the mixer. Like a puppet master behind the scenes, Brennan's responsibilities included booking the band, working with the caterers to ensure the food and wine were in place, file for permits for the event space and creating and adhering to the guest list. Even with all the planning, event coordinators know Murphy's law always waits in the shadows: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." As a result, event planners must be ready for the unexpected. While Step Brothers got several facets right, there were a few miscues regarding planning an event. For example, it's simply unfathomable for an underachieving, immature man to morph into an event planner overnight. In all actuality, most event planners have earned either an associate or a bachelor's degree in hospitality management, business management or a similar curriculum. Some event planners are the result of years of understudy experience, which is the same as on-the-job training. Either way, rarely does an event planner go from a couch potato to planning large-scale events. While there are no personality requirements for any profession, those responsible for planning an event are extremely focused and have a diligent work ethic. They are able to work well under pressure and effectively handle multiple tasks at one time. Photo Source: Flickr [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf]

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Elliott J. Curry is a writer, public speaker, husband, and proud alumnus of the 2013 NCAA Football Champions, Florida State University. Even though he chose to major in Finance at F.S.U., his natural flair for communications led him to join F.S.U.'s public speech and debate team. At the 2003 Novice Nationals, Elliott realized his true calling was in communications as he earned three national rankings. Ten years later and several botched career attempts, Elliott holds an education in the highest esteem. Elliott states, "Having an education has had an incalculable impact on my life. The most valuable but least emphasized education I gained was actually about myself. I've learned if you merge your passion and the activities you enjoy, you'll never work a day in your life." View all posts by Elliott Curry →