As mentioned on my sidebar, I’m mom to a beautiful, just-turned-one, little girl. No, she still doesn’t sleep through the night; and yes I spoil the heck out of her. I’m working full-time, but hope to stay at home starting sometime within the next few years.
|Husband’s 30th Birthday|
|Saltenas at Husband’s Birthday Party|
It seems as though there’s always a party to prepare for in my household. Husband and I have been living in our house for almost three years now, and we’ve held at least five parties at our home and several other parties at other locations. We both have big families, so the parties also tend to be HUGE.
I’ve always enjoyed hosting these parties; especially the creative aspects. I’ve designed my own invitations and created my own decor. Planning T’s party really got me excited though. Children’s parties have so many more outlets for creativity. My current job just doesn’t fulfill this creative desire. After a lot of soul-searching, and a lot of looking at my past, I’ve come to the decision that I’d someday like to start a party planning business of my own.
This decision probably shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. For several years during college, I worked for two different catering organizations. At first, I worked for a small catering company that produced beautiful events. After the first summer working there, I went and got a job with the catering staff on my college campus. While I didn’t work for the on-campus caterer for long, I worked at the small company off and on for several years. I loved being a part people’s special events and seeing how everything can come together in such a short time. Working there let me to one conclusion: I do NOT want to be a caterer. I love food, and I love planning menus, but I am just not into the actual food prep and execution. My idea of garnishing a platter is scattering berries and spiky attempts at herbs sticking out of the corner of the platter. It’s just not my talent.
|The Spread at T’s Baptism in November|
I was always a front-of-the-house kind of girl. I loved helping a blank slate of a room or tent transform into a lively, unforgettable event. To be fair, I worked for an AWESOME company. Working there was brutal, but rewarding. It was small and intimate, and was well rooted in word of mouth business. And after twenty-plus years in business, the owner of that company decided to sell her business and enter into a more than well-deserved retirement.
(Disclaimer: I’d feel like I was cheating if I didn’t also disclose that the owner of that company was also my stepmother. Yes, that’s right. I worked for my stepmother. It wasn’t always easy, but I can’t tell you how much I learned from her. She has been a mentor to me in a million ways, and she’s always the person I go to when I need help with a party.)
|The Cake at T’s Baptism|
Moving on now…I’ve realized during the planning of T’s party that if I’m going to start my own business, I need to get some more experience. What her party has taught me is that I have a long way to go. I’m so inspired by the stylized events thrown by Hostess with the Mostess and Kate Landers; but I’m nowhere near that level. So I’ve taken on a challenge: I’m going to spend 12 months planning and executing 12 children’s parties. I’m hoping that this year will help me work out some of my kinks (ahem…time management) – and if I’m not sick of party planning in a year, it will be time to start writing a business plan. Hopefully you will join me in this endeavor. Point out things that I’m doing right and what needs to be improved. In turn, I hope that others are inspired to create truly special events for their own little ones.