- Sophie &Friends
Recently, I was asked by one of our large (and favorite) Event Planning Companies in SF to design a craft for an event at a Brazilian restaurant. Given the restaurant we wanted to create something that reflected Brazilian culture. It need to be fun, festive and colorful - a sort of “Carnival” feel. Our budget was slightly limited so I turned to my beloved Dollar Tree for inspiration. That’s where I spied these inexpensive “tiaras”, basically a foil headband with a cardboard back.
I love my older clients. When I say old, I’m talking about 11 and 12 years old. Why do I love them? Because at that age they have strong opinions, and always offer a challenge. They are savvy enough to use Pinterest, my frienemy, to share their ideas, but not so jaded that they can’t buy into the magical quality of twinkle lights and painted cardboard cut outs. It remains an age that is about fantasy, play, and giggling.
When it comes to party planning, I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love it because there are so many amazing ideas generated by it. I love it when images stimulate my or my client’s imaginations. It’s great to get a picture that illustrates what the client desires. It helps in guiding me to create the perfect event.
It can also serve to set unrealistic expectations.
Every year at this time, my team and I plan and run 4 holiday parties for organizations that support the homeless and at-risk population in the Bay Area. These events range from small gatherings in the center’s dining hall, to large events in donated mansions. Each event is very special and has it’s own flavor. One is all about making a stuffed animal, another about having quality time with Santa.