Natalie Thomas: What’s in Your Bag?


Natalie Thomas is the founder of MTG Hospitality, an events and customer service firm specializing in full-service venue management. MTG currently manages a beautiful wedding venue in northeast Washington, D.C., — The U.S. National Arboretum — that was recently named the fourth most unique wedding venue in the United States by Brides magazine. They also manage a corporate meeting space in Dupont Circle owned by local Realtor groups.

Thomas first learned the fundamentals of customized VIP concierge service while working as a staffer in both Senate and House congressional offices. Thomas’ first events job was in 2004, coordinating Fox Entertainment Group’s D.C. events, including movie premieres for congressional members and CEOs and the American Idol party for congressional staff. Thomas recently served as Vice President of Membership for the largest Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Chapter, Potomac.

And because Thomas and I are friends on social media (and IRL), I know that when she’s not at work, you can find her either curled up on the couch watching reality TV (mainly Real Housewives) with her adorable cats or looking impeccably chic while enjoying dinner and drinks with her fabulous friends.

Thomas was a panelist on my 2022 EventCamp panel, What Planners are Really Looking for in a Venue. I was able to chat with her about her work, her cats, living a vegan lifestyle, and of course, what she regularly carries in her bag.

The bag:

A functional yet stylish backpack.

The items:


You can often find me at our outdoor wedding space, The U.S. National Arboretum, in Washington, D.C. Sunblock is essential when you work long hours, running around in an outdoor area.

Packable poncho

Did I mention that I’m often working at an outdoor venue? Well, it’s not always sunny here in D.C., and I have to be ready to weather any storm.

Megababe Thigh Rescue

Trust me, ladies, this will change your life. Kate agrees.

Change of socks

Having a fresh pair of socks makes a huge difference when running around in sneakers all day. Or if you have to change from regular shoes to sneakers.

Antibacterial wipes

After what we just went through for the past several years, this one should go without saying. But I do have to admit that I’ve been carrying these long before 2020.

Red lipstick

I’m a Texas girl, and there is nothing better than a fresh coat of red lipstick to brighten your mood.