After two years of writing and planning, launch week for my book, My (Part-Time) Paris Life, was upon me. And that meant it was party time!
I had visions of an überglam affair like Carrie Bradshaw’s book launch in season five of Sex and the City—a press-worthy smash with a VIP guest list in a sexy location. But there was one giant catch: I had two pennies to rub together…and I wasn’t a character on television. But when I get an idea in my head, I’m like a dog with a bone. If there’s one thing seven years of working at People magazine taught me, it’s two things: 1) go big or go home, and 2) there’s always a way to get it done.
This is the point in the journey when you realize that all your acquired skills from careers past, which had seemed divergent from your current path, turn out to be exactly what you needed to make it happen.
I wasn’t famous, and I didn’t have Samantha Jones to plan my party like Carrie had, but I did have mad marketing and design skills, and a head full of ideas. My biggest idea? To share my launch party with other launch brands, and create a launch to end all launches. Why shouldn’t my big moment be shared?
The event space was the New York element in my Paris-New York party theme: a new condo building, NINE52 in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen district, offered me a giant duplex apartment with three large arched windows and a mezzanine where DJ Chambray All Day spun French-inspired tunes all night.
While Carrie Bradshaw served cosmos at her book party, I had Club Rayé Champagne, a brand new label bottled by the Prunet-Guinard vineyards in France, and generously donated courtesy of Club Rayé Paris to make the party as chic as SJP’s.
It helps to have friends in the business, and my friend Chef Camillo Sabella generously gave me a helping hand planning the menu, the flowers—the whole shebang. He even broke his vegan chef rule to create an amazing French-inspired charcuterie platter among other things. God bless him, I was so stressed during the planning, I even stalked him on his vacation in Italy. But for a guy who plans banquets for 1000 people, my little shindig was a breeze for him.
Pastry chef Breanne Butler made adorable cookies with my book cover on them (can I call them “bookies”?), and her new launch brand, Ella V candy rings, were stylish party favors, yummy sugar bling too beautiful to eat. But we did, anyway.
I couldn’t have created this party without all my amazing partners. And I’m very lucky that many of them are my friends, and that we could celebrate our new babies together. Sometimes when you want to achieve a dream, the best idea is to make it bigger, bringing in others who can help make it happen, and share in the success.
It was six weeks in the making and it was over in a blink of an eye. But from what I can tell from the photos, everyone had a very glamorous time. And it was pretty damn close to my Carrie-esque dream party.
Ok, it wasn’t star-studded, and there were no paparazzi. But was I wearing couture that Carrie would envy (Comme des Garçons—bought on consignment!), and I did have a tiny red carpet, with over 75 VIPs. And by VIPs I mean the very important people in my life. I couldn’t help but wonder (as Carrie would say), isn’t that what really matters?
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well look at you!…so glam
somewhere up above your Mom and “the bold soul” are looking down and saying….you done good girl.
Thank you, Debbie!
Hi, Lisa! How wonderful that you could have this marvelous celebration, it sounds just perfect to me. Your book gave rise to lots of reflection on my part – our experiences are different and yet there are many points in common. I’m still meditating and a review will bubble up soon but until then, I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. Brava for a job elegantly done and here’s to your new life! Maybe we can meet up in Paris again – I will be there for two weeks (end of January-early February) and possibly in April (I’m also spending three weeks in Israel and a month or so in Royan). Bises, Sara Hopkins
Thank you, Sara! I hope you will review it on Amazon, too. Those reviews help so much. Private message me on my FB page about Paris: https://www.facebook.com/myparttimeparislife/
I will indeed! There I am known as Words Can Be Music
Congratulations on a creative and fabulous book launch. Heading to Amazon to order a copy/ absolutely love that book cover and amazed how perfect it looks on the cookies. What detail!
I know! Those cookies were deelish! And the cover came out so well—all edible! Thank you for buying my book!
Congratulations Lisa!!!! How exciting and everything looked perfect for your launch party…..Loved all the pictures!!! I can’t wait to read the book!!! I have it right here next on my “to read” pile.
I love that I’m on the “read pile!” Thank you! If you like it, I hope you’ll write a review on Amazon for me!
Félicitations Lisa. You look gorgois!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. As a like long francophile, I adored reading about your joys ( and travails) of your Paris experiences and agree that the transcendance to a more beautiful world is certainly worth the effort. On a more personal level, I could relate to being a New York career gal who shared a profound, but complex relationship with my mother.
I greatly admire your courage in pursuing your dream and making it come true. You are a true inspiration!
I travel to Paris every year and planning on going in January. Would love to meet up with you for a drink if you have the time.
Thank you so much, Mary. I will ironically be in NYC in January! But I’m so happy you liked my book and hope you might write a review on Amazon for me. It helps so much. Bisous, L
Perhaps our paths may cross at one point.