Events Director Hannah Corey is at the Center of the Party at 190 Sunset
When asking, “Where’s the party?” in Edmonds, you’ll likely hear Hannah Corey’s name somewhere in the answer. As the Events Director for one of the busiest private events venues in Edmonds, Hannah is both the center of the party and the calm in the middle of the storm. It takes talent and skill to manage a successful event, and Hannah is blessed with an abundance of both. She’s also a treasure trove of advice when it comes to tips for planning a successful party or event. She took some time out of her busy schedule to share her story – and also some of those valuable event planning tips!
● What drew you to the position of Events Director?
I have worked in the service industry since my first job at the age of 15 as a busser at a restaurant. When I was finishing up high school, I had been working at our local golf course as a server/cart girl for the last several years. Thanks to my school counselor, I learned about the Central Washington World Wine Program and was sold on what I would be majoring in for my Bachelor’s Degree. To complete the program, every student was required to pick a minor that was complementary to the Wine Industry. After doing some research of available programs at CWU, I settled on Event Planning due to my interest in hospitality. After working as the tasting room manager at Scarbough Winery, I began a career in event planning. I managed over 300 annual events in five different event spaces at Redhook Brewery. After that, I went to work for The Alexis Hotel in Seattle, where I was in charge of multiple events. Then about a year ago, I was dining at 190 Sunset and noticed they had an event space. So I inquired at the bar and met the management team, who informed me that they are actually looking for someone to head their events department. And so here I am!
● What are some of your secrets to running a great event?
It’s critical to have an eye for detail and to pay attention to the little things that make a great event. All of those “little things” come together to create one successful celebration, meeting, or gathering. Avoid last minute planning; time is your friend here. Also, take notes! If you think of something important, write it down, so it won’t slip your mind when the time comes.
● What’s the advantage to letting a restaurant host your office party or private event, verses catering an event yourself at a rented space?
Leave the worry and execution to us! Being a fully equipped food service establishment, we have most everything we need in-house to host a perfect event, and we provide professional service on a daily basis. We are a one-stop shop when it comes to hosting a dinner, reception, celebration of life, office party, or even just a casual happy hour. We offer a consistent, quality menu, along with award-winning cocktails, and we can serve parties from 20 to 120. Everything is ready to go. The best part? No set-up or clean-up for you and your guests! So you can enjoy your time and then go home feeling relaxed and happy.
● What’s one of your favorite memories from an event at 190 Sunset?
We had a wedding reception with a restaurant buy-out for 100 guests. These were return clients from a private birthday party we hosted for them earlier in the year. They loved the food and the service so much that they were set on coming back to 190 Sunset to host their wedding. They utilized all of our spaces (our main dining room, our private dining room, and our newly expanded patio) for a cocktail hour followed by a buffet-style dinner. There was a photo booth, a DJ, and a dance area. It was incredible! I loved seeing how diverse our space can be, even with such a large group attending. After the event, the client sent me a very kind note that read, “Thanks, Hannah, for a great night! You and your staff were awesome! The restaurant looked beautiful and everyone loved the food. We’ll definitely be planning more events there in the future. Hope you can take a few days off for all your hard work. Thanks again!”
● What makes 190’s events spaces special?
Wow – where do I begin? We have the largest deck in Edmonds with gorgeous landscaping and fire pits that create an ambience you just can’t find anywhere else in town. We also partner with the incredible Cascadia Art Museum right next door to offer our guests exclusive access to one of the most unique private events venues in Edmonds and Snohomish County. Then there’s our live entertainment partnerships. Thanks to our Summer music series, “Sunset Live,” and our Sunday Jazz Brunches, we’ve formed strong ties with acclaimed, local musicians. We also partner with other sources of entertainment, including casino nights, karaoke, photo booths, DJs and more, to offer our guests a wide range of entertainment options for their private events.
● So how soon should people plan to reserve event space for the upcoming holiday season?
Now! Depending on the event, the general suggestion for reserving a venue space is anywhere from 3-6 months ahead of an event, so it’s already time to book those holiday events. Typically, once Summer is over, people start planning for the holiday season and events spaces fill up quickly. If you’d like more information, we’d love to hear from you! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.