Now that you’ve seen the good parts to the party this weekend, are you ready to hear the dirt about what went wrong? Here goes:
Time Management: This was the most project-heavy and labor intensive party to date. I literally worked every day for two full weeks on projects for this party, and that included barely any cooking! The Husband (who isn’t as used to this type of lifestyle as I am) was getting upset that I wasn’t as available as he’d like. At one point I got so frustrated, that I wrote down the following:
“I have to figure out a way to put together a party without quite so many DIY projects. Most of my parties these days are on a fairly modest budget; and this is a part of the children’s party market that I’d like to specialize in. That has meant a lot of DIY items and projects, but as long as I’m working full-time, I just can’t keep it up. I love adding so many special touches-and I can’t stand the idea of not doing absolutely everything I think of; but something’s got to give. Three months into this year-long challenge I’m realizing that my family is missing me, and I’m missing them.”
|In order to stay out of my SIL’s way in the kitchen, I cut flowers in the bathroom. I found out about halfway through the party that several arrangements were still on the bathroom floor when guests arrived. Oooops!|
Now, I don’t want anyone to take that paragraph the wrong way. I still love putting together these parties; and hope to continue. What is becoming clear to me is that I need to figure out how to scale my work to the time I have available; and to become more efficient in the way I do things. This may mean that I only offer specific products at first instead of full-scale event design. So far, after every single event, I have said to myself and my family “I need a staff”. Until I can afford to pay someone for their help, it’s just me, and I need to respect my time as well as my family’s time.
As far as time management went on the day of Little Bear’s birthday party; I totally blew it. Part of this was due to the travel aspect of the party and that I had to pack many items unassembled. That, plus some last minute errands the morning of the party resulted in a party that started much later than the time on the invitation. Thank goodness the guests were all family and close friends. This is why I’m not yet charging for my work!
Backdrops: I’ll admit, I had fun with backdrops this time. Although there were more than normal, I think they were fairly successful. I would, however, like to find a faster way to attach my fabrics to the backdrop materials. Currently I’m just using duck tape. Anyone out there have a better solution?
|Wondering about the color of the frosting? That was a bit of a mis-communication between me and my SIL…..|
Develop a Comprehensive Plan: Let’s just say this is still a work in progress. I’ve got a basic outline that I’ve been using, and it keeps getting updated with each event. Hopefully I’ll come up with a final plan outline that works for me 9 times out of 10.
Budget & Tracking Expenses: Again, I’d put this in the work in progress category. I have started to keep a log of purchases in my event plan document and though I’m not 100% consistent, most items to make it into the document. On a side note, I’m currently estimating that the parties I’ve been doing (January’s party aside) would cost a client anywhere from $700-$800. It seems to me that this might be outside the budget for most families. I’d like to put together some parties that would reflect a more modest budget; but I’m not exactly sure what other people would consider a budget party. What would you consider the average price a parent is willing to pay for their child’s birthday party?