Todd Fiscus

The top event planner in the South on tequila, Dolly Parton and ballsiness

Influential Todd Fiscus on tequila and ballsiness

Todd Fiscus of Todd Events
Event planner extraordinaire Todd Fiscus counts Dolly Parton among his fantasy dinner guests. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon

It just isn’t a party without Todd Fiscus. Not a memorable one, at least. The owner and creative director of Todd Events is known for lending a healthy dose of chic to celebrations both oversized and intimate.

He has orchestrated everything from extraordinary weddings to the city’s most memorable charity events, including Two x Two for AIDS and Art, the Art Ball, and galas for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Recently Fiscus was crowned one of the top 35 event designers in America. He is the only South-based creative on the list.

Fiscus has moved beyond the mere moniker of “party planner” into the realm of “life excursionist.” We would love for him to art direct our daily life, but, in lieu of that, discovering what he loves about room service, tequila and Dolly Parton will have to suffice. 

What is your chief characteristic?

It probably would be my obnoxiously loud laugh!

Your idea of happiness?

A weekend off. I’d like to stay in bed all day on a Sunday and have no place to go either Saturday or Monday. My ideal would be to check into a hotel with room service and black-out drapes and ultimate access to any movie or TV show I wanted — as long as [my partner] Ceron is there.

Your idea of misery?

Doing a big party in cold, pouring rain with an unhappy client, and I can’t do anything about it. My version of hell would be that.

Your favorite food and drink?

Of course I want tequila, be it tequila and soda or a good ol’ margarita on the beach. With food, I love spicy. I don’t have a go-to [cuisine], but my No. 1 is a margarita and a really great ceviche. Any day — I don’t care if it’s 40 degrees outside.

Your favorite motto?

The most famous quote I love is Winston Churchill’s, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” But I would say, “Keep calm and ignore the bullshit.”

Your favorite heroes in real life?

My hero would be anybody who did what they thought was right and didn’t care what anybody thought. I’m not that person; I’m always so worried what people think. People who move forward boldly and do so with righteousness.

If not yourself, who would you be?

Dolly Parton. I think she’s funny and talented, and she doesn’t give a shit what people think. She’s always been at the top of the list for my fantasy dinner party.

What is your favorite pastime?

I’d go someplace where there’s sun and sand and watch time pass.

What do you love most about Dallas?

The grandioseness of it. Everybody says everything’s bigger in Texas, but that mentality, to me, fits Dallas a little bit differently. I love the ballsiness of it all, how Dallas goes for it. I love the art culture here. I like the people that I’m friends with and work in the arts communities here. 

What would you change about the city?

I’d probably throw a wrench into the gossip-moving wheel. The gossipy Chatty Cathys — I feel like I get stuck in these conversations and think, ‘Why are y'all talking about people like this? Its not very nice!’ I want Dallasites to be more open and less chatty.

What makes a true Dallasite?

It’s a combination recipe: You have to be gutsy, you have to have a good sense of humor, and you have to have a little bit of good taste.