Caroline Hurley, creative director of award-winning event company, Quintessentially Events, picks her favourite sites.

Caroline Hurley is an event production specialist with 15 years experience in party planning for the stars. She is the Creative Director of Quintessentially Events, a multi award-winning international event company she founded in 2005 with her businesss partner Anabel Fielding. The company is part of Quintessentially, the global luxury lifestyle group and thus networked to 52 concierge offices worldwide and 18 sister businesses.

Quintessentially Events has been voted in the Top 5 UK agencies at the Event Industry Awards 2008 and 2009, is recommended in Tatler’s ‘Party Guide 2011’ and is the sole recommended party planners in Vogue’s ‘Secret Address Book’.

Caroline has organised parties for a diverse range of clients and projects from glittering star-studded occasions to intimate celebrations and including a number of the UK’s leading social events including the Serpentine Summer Party, the ELLE Style Awards and the MTV European Music Awards. Recent clients include Gucci, Dior, Vogue, Keanu Reeves, Perrier Jouet, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sam Taylor Wood.

CAROLINE'S FAVOURITE SITES

This Is Glamorous - Each and every event that we organise and execute has to be entirely original and bespoke. When organising an event it’s essential that we explore the intermingling of everything that’s relevant to an event, from interiors, fashion, photography, design, art to travel so this site works really well for us. This user friendly site is a veritable visual feast and rich source of well-edited inspiration for events and weddings via A glamorous little side project.

Hot Dinners – The success of most events, as I’m sure you know, is proportionally down to the F&B so it’s really important that we are up to speed with the latest food trends and news. Hot Dinners is home to all the latest, hippest restaurant and food trends, essential for injecting events with that alchemical ‘nowness’. We always make sure we cross reference our suggestions with the site’s content before approaching our client as it’s always good to get an external second opinion.

The Nudge – A daily lifestyle publication and private review platform for Londoners. It’s a slightly more esoteric guide to what’s on in London. It lets you exchange and manage brief reviews with people you know on everything that’s happening in your City, and beyond. With so much content now available on the web it’s really important when researching, that collated information is reliable and above all reviewed by likeminded people. We always feel confident in everything that we read on the site.

Village Underground – A hot bed of new talent and performances from the rising star from the likes of Kyla La Grange and Lianne La Havas. We keep an eagle eye on the listings as many of our clients request that established / up and coming musicians perform at private functions and it’s our job to secure them. Villageunderground.co.uk keeps us up to speed with industry developments as well as enabling us to share and exchange the vibrant culture of London with that of other nationalities and cities. We are big supporters of their global reach as we have offices in a number of countries so it’s a handy reference point for most of our offices.

ELLE UK– A little everyday hit of fashion, happenings, travel, party perfect beauty and escapism. The editorial team have a sharp eye for individuality and with the site being updated consistently throughout the day we see them as a fountain of knowledge. Content is always fresh and visually attractive to the naked eye which makes it one of the go to sites for news and inspiration.

26 June 2012