Archive for November 21st, 2007

Running Your Party On SENIOR Time

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

I entertained at a Thanksgiving luncheon today for 300+ Richardson, TX older adults. It is an annual event the city puts on for their “seasoned citizens.” Local officials, police officers in uniform, and a host of volunteers donned colorful aprons to serve turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings to a very appreciative crowd of Seniors. It was a delightful day. It was also the best-managed Senior event I have ever attended.

As I drove home afterwards, I was wondering why this particular party stood out in my mind. My conclusion? The timing – from start to finish – was all geared to the guests of honor: Seniors. How?

1. It was a luncheon. (Many of these folks don’t drive at night.)
2. Though scheduled for noon, it really began at 11:45. (Seniors come early.)
3. 2 serving lines and dozens of servers got the meals to each table in a hurry.
4. Speeches were short; doorprizes were plentiful.
5. My program (on The Big Band Era) contained many “old favorite” songs.
6. Then, 90 fun-and-food-filled minutes later, it was over.

Almost any gathering could be improved somehow (nothing is ever really “perfect.”) But – in terms of audience satisfaction – this day came preciously close to scoring a “10.”

So, the next time you host a gathering of “mature folk,” please remember that the biggest single secret for success is keeping your clock attuned to “Senior Time.” (well, that – and a chorus or two of “Mairzy Doats.”)