1. Help plan parties and events for friends and family such as birthday parties, anniversaries, reunions and weddings. You can also volunteer to plan events at your current place of work or at your church such as picnics, lunches, dinners, holiday parties, meetings and conferences. For an event that involves decorations or a theme, make an inspiration board. For events where timing is important, practice your skills by creating an event time line. Any kind of event, meeting or party planning experience will expand your skills in organization, event timing, event design, logistics and working with clients.
2. Work as banquet or catering staff for a local catering company, hotel or venue. This is one of the best ways to get quick experience with events. It involves hard work but exposes you to vendors, venues, food service, business, weddings and the logistics of how events work.
3. Create table designs at home. Use fabric, tablecloths, napkins, plates, chargers, glassware, candles, stationery and flowers to practice table designs at your home. During the holiday season, you may have the perfect opportunity to be creative and design a beautiful table for a family or holiday dinner. With Valentine’s day approaching, you could set a special table for your significant other or display a cute dessert bar for your kids.
4. Volunteer for a nonprofit organization and assist with planning their events, galas and meetings. Not only do you get to volunteer for a good cause, you will gain very valuable event planning experience and make connections that can help with your career.
Real world work experience in any industry is important for your future in event planning. Learning how to act professionally, how to communicate respectfully and how to interact with coworkers and colleagues are skills that everyone should have, regardless of the industry. Being a strong writer is essential as well since you will be writing proposals, emails and blog posts. Real world work experience exposes you to life in an office and to working with a variety of people which is extremely valuable for your career as an event planner.