Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Creative Outlet

I am well aware that this will be my third post in less than 24 hours. Just pat me on the bag and call me an over achiever. I am waiting up for Jimmy. He had to bowl tonight to make up from missing last week and I am starting to think he went by the bar on the way home and is now currently at Jack in the Box. I have been car-searching because I think it may be that time.

Anyways...I have to share a passion of mine and something I'd desperately like to pursue professionally, on-the-side. And by on-the-side, I mean while I am not fully emerged in stay-at-home-momness. Actually it's two things and both revolve around children. Gasp - I know. You'd think I'd like the little things.

1st - Party Planning! I have shared this with several people in the past but y'all, I love to plan children's birthday parties. Seriously. It's so bad that I have MacKenzie's first birthday pretty much planned and it's 3+ months away. I also have her second, fourth, and 6th or 7th! JD's birthday is also somewhat planned out for next year and also already working on 2 different parties some time between ages 7 & 9. How crazy is that?!

I just love planning unique parties that are just as much fun for the kiddos as the parents. I am not a Disney theme kind-of-gal. At all. I've spoken about this before. I'm all for a "Bob the Builder" or a "Thomas the Train" party, minus the Bob and the Thomas. Anyways...I'd so love to go into the business of planning children's birthday parties. I'd seriously love it. It's something I think about constantly. I do feel like I have some great resources: cakes - check! invitations - check! goody bag supplies - check! I have sat down at my computer several different times to create a blog in regards to party planning and then come up short. I have no idea how to even get started in something like this. I just know I love it!!

2nd - decorating kids rooms! Again, another passion of mine. I absolutely love redoing my kids rooms. This all started with MacKenzie's room that is suited for a princess. I had such a good time putting it together and still walk in their smiling because of how much fun I had while doing it. It's the epitome of shabby chic and one she can really grow with!

I am almost done with JD's room! I *love* it and so does he! It's quite possible that it will be my favorite when I get done, but that's only because it's so boyish without being too much! It's all surf-themed and bright and fun. It really has come together better than I ever imagined! I am just waiting on a few more decals and a shelf. This weekend Jimmy and I are going to Home Depot to figure out how to bring our curtain idea to life. It's going to be a "tiki hut" but we are still in search of the right materials. I will post pictures when I am finished!

Oh, and one other thing about the kid's room. I am pretty dang thrifty as well. I don't like matchy-matchy, but I of course want it to all flow together. I have used etsy to my best ability and had so many custom made things for such great prices!!

So...this is where I am right now. So desperately wanting to follow one of my passions and not sure hot to get off the ground! Any advice? Hopefully only time will tell...

7 comments:

The Barfuss Family said...

Stephanie - I think those are great ideas! You know you have some friends who probably dislike both of those. I say you put some pics, ideas together in a blog post/email with a few package options. Get word out to people and you might be surprised where it leads you! If you happen to have a friend ask you to do their party, have some cards made to pass out at the party and keep spreading the word. The beauty of something like that is you could take on only what you can handle.

Go for it!

Amanda said...

I think you could totally take off with this stuff. You know your blog friends will promote you! I certainly would! I for one hate party planning so I will keep you in mind. Love you!

Amy said...

OK...We were just talking about this today !! I'm sending you an email...

The Silva's said...

I could use some help when the boys' birthdays come around!! We don't like the whole character theme thing either!!! Oh, and decorating, we will have to talk, I am re-doing the boys room right now, skater-ish themed, and i know you could help with the baby's room!!! Oh, that just made me realize that I have 11 weeks left to put that room together. Scary thought!!!

Melissa said...

Yep, its time! I can totally see this going in a positive direction!!! You are great at it! Oh and by the way, Snap Shell's room is surfer themed too! He and J.D. would totally get along, but you don't find that out until chapter 3!

Alison said...

Hi There...I checked out your site from Pink Armchair and just had jenny do my blog...anyways...I do kids birthday parties here in Co and would love to give you advice on how I started etc...you can check out my website which has my party choices, what is included etc...I have been going for a year and it is sooooo fun...so check out my blog...there is a link on the right to my site and contact me if you want...just email my website...i will help an any way I can...Alison

Alison said...

oh yeah my blog is www.teammarien.blogspot.com or go to pink armchairs and it is on the main page as a new site "Team Marien" Alison