When someone says, “Party”, all I can think about is the menu, because I love to cook. When it came time for my baby shower in 2013, I immediately started planning the menu, because I’m one of those people that actually enjoys spending hours in the kitchen preparing for a party. I settled on a beach theme for my baby shower and dove headfirst into the menu, while Shanti took charge of the party decorations. Having attended Shanti’s Elf party, I knew she was capable of transforming a room into a wonderland, but when the day came for my shower, I was awestruck.
I was born and raised in small-town Texas, and moved to Austin in 1999 to attend The University of Texas. It was love at first sight with the town and with my husband, who I met during my senior year in the most Austin way, while he was singing in a band and I was in the crowd. After a brief stint as a telemarketer for a modeling school (where I met and became friends with Shanti), and then working as a corporate chef, I survived three years as a Special Education and 7th grade Language Arts teacher where I honed my organizational & planning skills, and learned a great deal of patience. When I had my son, Cameron, I began looking for ways to work from home so that I could spend as much time with him as possible, but I also wanted to do something I loved and was good at. Since friends and family were always asking me for themed menu ideas for their parties and asking me to make playlists to match their party’s occasion, and since Shanti was born to craft, it seemed only natural that we join forces to create Party At Your Door.
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I have been crafting and sewing for as long as I can remember, but my first taste of themed party planning started in December of 2009, when I turned my house into a winter wonderland inspired by Elf, and threw one legendary party! With paper chains and snowflakes hanging from every inch of ceilings, the house quickly turned into a scene from the movie.
I’m really just a small town girl, living in the farmland of Iowa (that’s how the song goes, right?) and made my way to Austin in 2005, fresh out of college, eagerly clutching a BA in Music Business. The Live Music Capital of the world seemed like a pretty good fit for music business, but after years of managing local and major label bands, and touring the country in a smelly van full of boys, I was ready for a change. Though the music business may seem far from the party industry, it is actually very similar! There is tons of attention to detail needed, lots of late nights, event planning, marketing and social media, fundraising, and the knowledge that no two events are ever the same!
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