My family and I are entering what is my insanely busy season at work. I have to say: I truly, deeply dread this season every year. I know that one day, not too far in the future, I’ll be in tears, convinced that I won’t be able to pull it all off.
Yesterday, I mentioned an interview I was preparing for this summer. Today, you get to listen in! The interview was part of Monique Brown’s Total Woman Summit, and of course it’s free to you.
Back in August, I was preparing for an interview, not really knowing what I’d be asked. I was brainstorming questions about party planning so I could jot down some answers. And then I had a horrible thought: “What if she asks me about being hired as an event planner…” Because — yikes — that’s not […]
A few years ago, the Vice President of Special Projects built my first free-standing party backdrop from PVC pipe. You can see it in use in my Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party. This system — sometimes called a pipe and drape system — is terrific because it allows you to put a backdrop anywhere you need […]
I thought I’d share how I pre-stage my dessert tables. I do this for every party, as early as possible, and it helps me know if I have ordered the right desserts and how it’s all going to fit on my table.
So with all this good fortune, and everyday life, what did I do? I got really, really stuck. Sometimes, we don’t know how to manage everything we’ve been given — even if we’re really excited about all those things.
Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it. When you’re not thinking about your next party, or cruising Pinterest. But instead when you are doing something active.
I’m excited to announce that I’m now offering a new party planning eBook! For almost a year to the day, I’ve offered Birthday Party 101 as a free incentive to my blog subscribers. This was a 60+ page book chock full of party advice, worksheets and to-do lists — all designed to make planning your […]
On today’s long to-do list was a simple Valentine’s Day classroom treat to share with you, but the best laid plans and all that … Tomorrow, promise! (We did score the last of the heart-shaped Peeps at Walgreen’s, though. Go us, go us!) So here’s a quick peek into what kept me busy this weekend.
I’m working with a few clients right now on custom party plans and a party kit. I’m also planning my own daughters’ 9th birthday party. So party budgeting is top of mind for me right now. And one of the decisions I had to make for myself today was, “Do I really want to make […]
If you’ve waited too long to plan your child’s birthday party, but you still want a custom look, here’s what you need to do to make it happen.
I’m sharing some tricks of the trade … the “how did she DO that” kind of tools that party planners turn to. Not that you can really call any of these items “tools” in the true sense of the word. Here are my top 9 weird but indispensable party tools.
We had a little bit of perfect storm recently with work, health issues, school and activities starting, parties, and just stuff. I decided that the girls had to come first, and took a little blog break. At the same time, I’ve put a lot of effort into getting the party supply craziness under control and […]
Why do I have a party shop? Why do I blog? Why I am on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PInterest and Google+? Connecting with you in all these different ways? This may be news, but it’s not for the money. It’s to make birthdays easy.
I’m excited to publish the results of our first reader survey! I’ve loved reading your responses — especially to the question about why you celebrate birthdays. I chose my favorite response, which was actually also a very common sentiment. (Read to the bottom to see our giveaway winner — thank you to all who entered […]
This past Saturday night was our Night Owl Sleepover, and as always, I learned a few things during this party. A few of those things I learned the hard way. Here’s how to host a slumber party without losing your mind.
“Oh my gosh! How did you think of that?” It’s one of the questions I hear after parties sometimes, and it’s so sweet. But of course, parties don’t come to me full-blown. Creating the details is work, but I do have a trick to make brainstorming your next party ideas easier. (And P.S. you have […]
You know I love an at-home party, but sometimes space does not permit. So this year, we’ll have our party at our subdivision’s club house. So let’s talk about the importance of at least one site visit.
But how can you make a commercial party space special? It’s a question I get pretty frequently and it’s a steep challenge. The best I’ve ever seen it done is from Anders Ruff, and so I’m thrilled to welcome Maureen Anders to the blog today for a special interview!
As much as the girls help with my parties and see every aspect of their creation, I sometimes wonder if they really understand what it is I do. So, tonight while they were in the tub, I had a captive audience to ask them some questions.