Monday, October 6, 2014

Darth Vader Client Event

 I whipped this little event up for an adult birthday in less than a month. I absolutely love doing geeky themes so this was a real treat. The client's only request was that Darth be the exclusive focus. Enjoy!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Budget Breakdown for Custom Childrens Parties.

There are very few things that I enjoy more than designing and creating custom birthday events for children. Its tons of work on my end and in most cases somewhat of an investment on yours. There seems to be a lot of misunderstand from locals about what an event cost to create and often times thats not taking into account what a professional charges to create those services. I have been meaning to do a price breakdown on the blog for some time now. Its not meant to be abrasive but rather to shed light on some of the confusion. I sometimes get what I call "sticker shock responses" from a few that inquire. I also have those that understand how much of a savings it is to actually hire a planner verses purchasing or creating every single item ones self. A dessert table can be made to look WORSE for cheaper.or cheaper for cheaper lol..but thats not what we are talking about. We are talking about a QUALITY dessert table with custom pieces. Custom ANYTHING is not cheap..let alone an entire dessert table. I will break down an adorable bee birthday party I did last year for an adorable client. A picture is worth a 1,000 words. Here is the setup.
                                        I started with a room roll. Thats the yellow you see in the background. Nothing is worse than having a beautiful table against an ugly wall! I often do parties at rec rooms and that comes with the territory. I used 2 room rolls at 19.00 per roll. I wont bother with tax here. Right from the start you are looking at $40. Next we have a beautiful custom table skirt with tons of tulle. I rent these from my vendors. If you were to purchase one for a 6ft table without hiring a planner you are looking at $250.
                             Custom printables are a big part of any event. I work with designers to have these images (often times one of a kind specifically for YOUR event) There is typically a $50+ design fee plus the actual cost on printing large posters for the backdrop. Considering the backdrop itself, posters printed, fabric etc usually comes to right around $150. Notice I have made no mention of time. This is strictly what it would cost a consumer to throw this particular event for their own child.
                           There are also printing costs for bottle wrapper, food tents etc. Assuming most people have a standard printer I wont bother to calculate that charge.
                                              Water bottles and paper straws $12
                                Custom created cupcake stand $45
                                Cupcakes $12
                                Fondant Bee toppers $ 15
                                Custom Cookies $45
                                             Fondant Cake $50
                                             Wooden cake stand $ 47
                                              Glitter frame $15
                                  French Macarons   $35 per dozen
                                   Stand $22
                                 Felt bee table drop for birthday girls table $55
                                  Bee tissue pom and addtional poms $40
                                  Edible bee centerpiece on childs table $65
                                  Fuzzy bee centerpiece on main table $15
                                  Cakepops $25
                                  Tables rentals $20
                                         Fondant covered brownies $30
                                         Display plates for all desserts $25
                                 Display case $55
                                 Grass mats $38
                                  Favor boxes $25
                                  Custom jewelery favors $50
                            That comes to a grand total of $ 1181
That is the amount if you were to do a custom party very similar to this one. This does not take into account your gas and other miscellaneous supply costs. If you hire a planner this also doesnt take into account their time or talent. An average one table dessert party like the ones you see on my page is almost always $1200. more than one table and that amount goes up significantly. Again one word. CUSTOM. Items made just for you for YOUR event is not the same as buying a similar item without customization. I always include 3 custom desserts with my events and often times the cake is included as well. I have many rental items at my disposal. That is where it really does become cost effective for the client to hire a professional. My average price for a party of 12 people is between $600-$800. Sounds like a lot until you look at the breakdown. Hope this sheds some light for those not familiar with the party world.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kal-El's Superman Party!

 I feel like I have been waiting to plan this party ever sense my first born took his first breath and we named him Kal-El!  The day finally came! This event was my largest under taking and without a doubt my most sentimental party thus far. I wanted to pull from all elements of Superman. Vintage, modern, and especially the most recent Man of Steel movie! I knew I had to narrow down to 3 tables. Trust me, I could have easily done more!
  For the first table I knew I wanted to incorporate his feature in our local newspaper bc that was such a special thing for them to feature him and cover why Chris and I decided to name our children after Superheros. I decided to mod podge the article (bc who am I kidding we bought like 100 papers) to the backdrop and then showcase one of his portraits over it. The table represented The Daily Planet....Clark's job with the newspaper. I wanted superman elements all over the table...bc Clark is really Kal-El. :) I just didnt want anything overt or commercial looking so I focused on various aspect of his life. One of my favorite details of the main table was the simple satin table cloth hinting at Superman. My most favorite had to be Clark's "office desk" complete with professional nameplate in the front. I also placed Kal-El's article on the desk, along with a coffee mug in his likeness. If you look closely at the post card on the "Clark" desk you will also notice there is a post card. It says "wish you were here"....its a picture of Krypton. :) Perfect reminder of "home" at work.
    My next table would cover Clark's/Kal-El's young life in Smallville, Kansas with Jonathan and Martha Kent. I wanted to showcase everything that made his early years special. The backdrop was based on a very emotional moment in the movie for me. A young Kal-El, being raised as Clark in a conforming but mostly loving world, amongst a clothes line in the middle of the country, with a make shift cape made from a sheet hanging to dry he found his identity. Even as I child he some how understood his calling and that scene foreshadowed it. I had an amazing artist I found online paint her version of that scene on canvas for me. I then bought shirts and carried the clothes line element all the way across the backdrop.  For the cookies, I had farm and Kansas elements, I also requested quote cookies. I got about half way thru opening them and got to the cookie that said" the worlds too big mom" Not going to lie I cried like a baby :) There was also a dog in that scene that can be seen running with Clark  as he plays on the farm. I wanted this event to represent Kal-El in the same way so I had peg dolls created in the likeness of our 3 dogs. Everything felt so personal. It was just what I envisioned.
  Lastly, and just for fun I made sure to have a candy table. Sugar can be the enemy for parents so what better than a kryptonite table to indulge their sweet tooth and sent them back home lol! So wrong I know! The green really popped and I think it was the perfect note to end on!
 This was a huge milestone birthday...the big 5....not sure how much longer he'll want us party planning momma making a dessert table fuss over him so I knew I had to make it extra special. These beautiful images were created by Danielle McCann. Ill post the web verions soon but I wanted to post this size on the blog since I print it looks better in my blog books! Enjoy!