If you want to throw an amazing party that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg or take a gazillion hours to plan,
I’m your girl!
So….here we are. It’s ‘s (fill in the blank Mad-Lib style with the name of a relative or friend) birthday. What better way to celebrate than with a party?
But the last thing you want to do when you get home from your 9 to 5 (which is really more like 8 to 7 these days) is scour the internet looking for inspiration for your party. Let’s face it. You’ve already got enough on your ever-growing to-do list.
Or maybe you have absolutely no idea where to begin. All you know is that you want your guests to have fun.
So you start thinking about biting the bullet and hiring a party planner. It’s the only way you’ll be able to pull this party off without looking like an amateur.
But then you snap back to reality. Who wants to spend a small fortune on a party if it comes at the expense of the other things in your life? Like vacations, tuition, and that designer bag that you’ve had your eyes on, just to name a few. A few hours of fun shouldn’t add up to thousands of dollars.
Shoulders slumped in defeat, you decide it’s time to throw in the towel. Hey, who knows? Maybe next year you’ll be able to splurge on a party planner so you can do it right. Sigh.
and that’s where I pop into the picture…
…to tell you that you’ve always had the power to throw a party that you can be proud of. Kinda like a modern Glenda the Good Witch, minus the wand and poofy dress.
Over the Rainbow and Back is the party resource that provides planning tips, ideas, and tutorials for women who want amazing parties without hiring a pricy party planner.
here’s the thing
Even if you drop a few thousand dollars on an event planner, there’s no guarantee that you will end up the party of your dreams. Cue the record scratch.
Designers aren’t mind readers. Unless you can provide direction to your planner and let them know exactly what you’re expecting, nine chances out of ten, you’re going to end up disappointed. And out of a nice sum of pocket change. Ouch! I don’t know about you, but that’s not on my bucket list.
I’m here to give you the Cliff’s Notes to party planning so that you can skip the costs and the frustration and throw the kind of party that you thought only other people pulled off. Get ready, you’re about to become one of those people!
You can plan an amazing party, no stress, no fuss. You just need the right tools.
How’d I get here? Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or even a glass of wine (no judgment here!) and lemme fill you in…
L ooking back, my career designing branded environments and branded collateral for companies like Bloomingdale’s and Mattel provided the perfect storm for event styling. In fact, it’s mind-boggling that it took me so long to realize my calling. But I guess sometimes you need a ton of bricks to fall on your head to trigger your ah-ha moment.
In my case, the ton of bricks was my then four-year-old asking for a birthday party. My husband and I had always kept the birthday celebrations small, but now my daughter wanted us to step up our game for her milestone birthday. A perfectly reasonable request, but a game-changer nevertheless.
Since we were in the middle of reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the theme was a no brainer. I knew that a Mad Hatter tea party would send her over the moon.
Now is probably a good time to let you in on a little secret. I have a really hard time keeping things small. A really hard time. I like to dream big, and I love figuring out how to turn those dreams into realities. That means that any time I start a new project, there’s always a good chance that it will balloon into something exponentially larger. This party was no exception.
While to most, a 5-year-old’s birthday party might mean a trip to Party City, a few streamers, and some balloons, I immediately upped the anty. I started thinking of creative ways to bring the magic of Wonderland to life for our guests.
Just like that, I fell down the rabbit hole of event planning. But unlike Alice, I never found my way back. And now I’m here to help you celebrate all of life’s moments, big and small.
A FEW OF MY
Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string—cue the record scratch. Not that there’s anything wrong with that list, but I think this one hits a little closer to home. But feel free to hum the Julie Andrews version while you read it.
The Queen’s Gambit
Legends of the Fall
French fries, hands down
old-fashioned (hey, I’m a classic soul)
article of clothing
1 hit wonder
Harry Potter character
time of day
Clue (I ♥ Miss Scarlet )
Just Got Paid
Hermione – duh!
reading bedtime stories to my daughter
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