●Name; Beatrice ‘Bea’ Labarre
●Model; Lindsay Ellingson
●Hometown; Fairhope, Alabama
●Likes; glitter, meaningful quotes, iced mint chip lattes, stuffed animals, puppies, the beach, maxi dresses, hi-lo skirts, matching mani-pedis, rose/white gold, pastel colors, signature raspberry + sandalwood perfume, kitten heels, popcorn
●Dislikes; liars, vapidity, the color orange, rule breakers, disrespectful people, messes, most fried food, beer, snow
●Family; Sarah Labarre, 21, Erin Heatherton; Candace Labarre, 48, Kelly Rowan; Brian Labarre, 51, Tim McGraw
●Bio; “Beatrice came out of the womb planning her first birthday party,” her mother always said as a neighbor came up and commented on how remarkable it was that Bea had planned the extravaganza that was the party in front of them. It was true – Bea couldn’t remember a time when she didn’t want to grow up and be an event planner at some big-time party planning firm. As soon as she could talk she was telling her mother what theme should be used, which color palette, etc. Her mother, being the typical southern belle that she was, fought it for a while, but it was soon evident that Bea knew what she was talking about, and was a force to be reckoned with.
After graduating from high school, Bea decided to take a gap year and figure out what it is that she wanted to pursue in life. She took a job at a party-planning firm, and has been there ever since. It’s what helped her pay for courses at the University of Alabama, enough for her to get a degree in business. Although the woman she worked directly under was a gem, and had almost immediately promoted Bea to a team leader as soon as she’d joined the staff, Bea still dreamed of doing something bigger. And that dream has kept her from pursuing anything – or anyone – else. Much to the bane of her best friend since practically birth, Sarah White’s, existence. She’d set Bea up on countless blind dates, and Bea went along, meeting some very nice men in the process, but for all of her practicality and organization, she still dreamed of finding Mr Right. And unfortunately, he hasn’t come along yet. And so Bea continues to throw herself into her work, and loving every minute of it.
●Answer in Character:
♔Tell us about you! What makes you unique?
That’s a really good question. I think it’s my drive – I’ve been doing this since I was little, and it’s always been the only thing I’ve wanted to do. I can take what a client wants and twist it into the most amazing party any of their friends have ever seen. One of my signature moves is the place cards. As expensive as it is, I hire a calligrapher to do one at for every event – a handwritten place card makes a guest feel so much more welcome, you know?
♔How did you get into the party planning business?
If my mother is to be believed, I fell out of the womb planning parties. Of course, that’s a slight exaggeration, but I did know very early on that I wanted to plan parties. What really solidified it for me, as embarrassing as it is to admit, is that movie with JLo, “The Wedding Planner”? I identified with that character so much, even at like, eight.
I guess how I got into the business is kind of just throwing myself in there. I started planning my own birthday parties, and then other kids birthday parties, and then parties their parents were having, and it all kind of snowballed from there. Modesty aside, I had a fairly impressive resume by the time I applied to Eleanor’s Elegant Events.
♔Why should you be considered for this competition?
Because, again with throwing modesty out the window, you want the best of the best. And while it’s possible that I’m not the best, I’m pretty dang close. And in the interest of full disclosure, I’ve kind of been obsessed with the events that both of the judges have planned. The opportunity to work with either of them would be a huge honor and I want the chance to show them that I know my stuff.
♔What will you specifically bring to this competition?
I’ll bring determination, a quest for perfection, and the ability to work extremely well under pressure. In my mind, there is no such thing as a disaster, just an opportunity to make something better than it was.
♔What was your most successful party?
Probably the graduation party I threw for myself and my best friend Sarah. We rented out a park, covered it in tents, wrapped the tents with strings of lights, and basically just made everything completely elegant while the adults were still there. When they left, and our fellow graduates had made their way over to our venue, the elegant, refined aspect was all but lost as the tables became places to set down your drink and forget about it, the lights went out so the whole thing was just illuminated by the strings, and the DJ spun well past three a.m. It took me six months to plan the entire thing, but it was so worth it.
♔Tell us about one of your Make It Work moments in your party planning career.
Hmm.... well, obviously any time the weather interfered with the event was a make it work moment. But probably the moment I look back on and can’t believe I pulled off is at a benefit I planned for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A party-goer became so drunk that he started a physical altercation with the host, and fell backwards onto the table of food, which then buckled and every single morsel fell to the ground, making it inedible. All before dinner had actually been served. So I’ve got about four hundred hungry people at this benefit, the host bleeding profusely from both his lip and nose, getting all over his tux, all while being on the phone with the police. Could be a recipe for disaster, but instead, I called around to every restaurant within twenty miles of the place, told them all to make their quickest dish and get it over to the venue as soon as possible, that they’d be compensated immensely (though most ended up donating as a tax write-off) as long as they could get it delivered within the next twenty minutes, which was about how long I was expecting the auction to go on for. I called four of the catering crew members over and had one get ice for the host, the other find coffee and bread for the fighter, and the remaining two clear the spilled food and reset the tables so that we had room for the new food coming in. I got on the phone with the police when the server took away the host, explained to them the gravity of the situation – the last thing that you needed at a benefit for sick children was a scandal with the law – and had them come arrest the man, but without lights or sirens. I sent my assistant to the room the host was staying to grab a clean shirt for him, and I swear to you, this all happened before the auction in the next room had ended. When they came in for dinner, no one was the wiser, and I even got compliments for serving such a variety of simple food, as many of the benefit-goers were used to fancy, stuffy food and welcomed the chance to eat chicken fingers and onion rings in their thousand dollar gowns.
♔What would winning this competition do for you?
Winning this competition would mean achieving my dream. It would open up doors for me that I would have never thought could be open, and I could finally start working on my destiny.
♔This competition is going to be no holds barred and very draining. Can you handle it?
I can handle it. If there’s anything I’m good at, it’s working under pressure. I shine under pressure. And I’m probably more determined than half of the others here. There is nothing that will get in my way.
●Activity level: I can probably do two or three sets a week.