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Melissa Dooley on Activating Dupree House for Unique Events in Smithfield NC

In this episode of The Best of Johnston County Podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting with Melissa Dooley, the events and marketing coordinator at the Dupree House in Smithfield. Melissa brings a wealth of experience to her role, having worked in the travel industry and event planning for several organizations before joining the Dupree House team in October 2022.

A Hidden Gem in Downtown Smithfield

The Dupree House is a 120-year-old restored home transformed into a unique event venue. Located in the heart of downtown Smithfield, this charming space is perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 70 people. From bridal showers and baby showers to birthdays and corporate retreats, the Dupree House offers a picturesque setting for any special occasion.

Melissa takes us on a virtual tour of the venue, highlighting its period rooms, large back porch, and beautiful pergola. She also shares some insights into the house’s history, from its days as a private residence to its recent incarnations as a day spa and restaurant.

Tips for Planning the Perfect Event

As an experienced event planner, Melissa knows a thing or two about creating memorable celebrations. During our conversation, she shared some valuable tips for amateur event planners, including the top five things that should be on every event checklist.

Melissa also discusses how the Dupree House partners with local caterers like SoDoSoPa and allows outside vendors for services like florals. This flexibility ensures that each event at the Dupree House is truly unique and tailored to the host’s vision.

Exciting Events on the Horizon

Looking ahead, Melissa shares some of the exciting events that are in the works at the Dupree House. From Mother’s Day brunch to a possible fall concert series on Sundays, there’s always something new and exciting happening at this versatile venue.

Other upcoming events include a trunk or treat at Halloween and an ugly sweater contest during the holiday season. Melissa’s goal is to activate the space and let people know that the Dupree House is now available as an event venue after its history as a restaurant and day spa.

Discover the Magic of the Dupree House

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind setting for your next event, look no further than the Dupree House in Smithfield. With its charming atmosphere, flexible event spaces, and expert coordination by Melissa Dooley, this hidden gem is sure to make your celebration unforgettable.

To learn more about the Dupree House and hear Melissa’s insights on event planning, listen to this episode of The Best of Johnston County Podcast. You won’t want to miss this fascinating conversation about one of Smithfield’s most unique and enchanting venues.

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