The people behind the parties

A look behind the scenes at two event planners who spend months organizing high-profile and high-stakes diplomatic shindigs.

Embassy Photos: Kristen Shane
The Chateau Laurier's Kathryn Davis and the Museum of History's Isabelle Lamoureux.
Kristen Shane
Published: Wednesday, 09/10/2014 12:00 am EDT

Hundreds of diplomatic receptions take place every year in hotels, banquet halls and ambassadors’ backyards. For the host, it’s their country’s time to shine after sinking thousands of dollars into the event, with hopes of leaving a lasting positive impression on their guests. But a couple memorable hours of drinking, eating, speeches and networking take months and often several full-time staff members to plan.

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