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Friday, December 04, 2020

Female Foodpreneurs: Tabana Islam on her journey to T Decor and Cheesecake & Co.bd

I am Kazi Tabana Islam, owner of T Decor Event management and Chhesecake & Co.bd. My journey with T Decor began in January 2017 mainly out of passion. I remember being highly inspired by the process of event planning during my own wedding back in 2014. The details that go into making a wedding so grand and perfect was very fascinating to me and I realized how much I enjoyed being a part of it. During my time at University in London, I would often find myself being drawn towards researching and looking for inspirations for wedding décor on any platform I could find.

In the years following my wedding, I started planning small tea parties, birthday parties for my daughter and anniversary events for my family and friends. Before I knew it, people had started noticing and appreciating my work. Eventually, I was requested to plan my best friend’s niece’s birthday party at Gulshan Club for 100 guests and it was an instant success. Everyone loved my work, calling it ‘tasteful’ and ‘elegant’ and really appreciated my ideas. That was my first official event and there was no turning back after that. 

Having completed my degree in Law, I never thought I would end up pursuing a career in an entirely different area as Event Management. Initially I was getting a lot of offers for small events like birthdays and engagement ceremonies but faced difficulty in targeting the bigger events like weddings, because the market was very competitive. I felt it was difficult to survive in the industry, given there were already so many renowned event planners. But with our hard work and dedication, we have managed to complete 70 + successful events as of today, covering all the famous venues of Dhaka like Westin, Radisson, Le Meridien, Six Seasons and Lakeshore Hotel.

Having completed my degree in Law, I never thought I would end up pursuing a career in an entirely different area as Event Management. Initially I was getting a lot of offers for small events like birthdays and engagement ceremonies but faced difficulty in targeting the bigger events like weddings, because the market was very competitive. I felt it was difficult to survive in the industry, given there were already so many renowned event planners. But with our hard work and dedication, we have managed to complete 70 + successful events as of today, covering all the famous venues of Dhaka like Westin, Radisson, Le Meridien, Six Seasons and Lakeshore Hotel.

One of the memorable events for me was when I was invited as a guest speaker for one of the most renowned schools of Dhaka, on their career day program, to share my journey towards inspiring the youth. It was a huge achievement and a major milestone for my career. In the early days, I struggled to balance my work and motherhood, since I had a 1 year old depending on me. It is never easy to leave kids behind and go to work, but I had the blessing of a very supportive family who looked after my daughter while I had to be away.  

Through this journey I have come across some amazing people who have become very close  to me. I’m honored by the clients who loved and trusted me to make their big day as beautiful as possible. Seeing their satisfaction and heartfelt messages after each event has only given me more motivation to keep this going and to challenge myself further. I would love to find myself amongst the top 3 leading Event Planners in Bangladesh one day.

Besides event planning, I am also very passionate about cooking and baking and have had a keen interest in it from a very early age. The past few months of lockdown due to Covid-19 has given me plenty of time to try out new recipes, one of which has been Mango Cheesecake that got very popular among my friends and family. I was encouraged by my friends to start taking orders, and within less than a month I sold almost 100+ shots of my Mango Cheesecake and got an overwhelming response from my clients. Now I am operating an Instagram account called Cheesecake & Co.bd and have plans to continue it for the love of baking. 

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