As a professional party designer for 30 years I have dreamed up and executed hundreds of themed centerpieces and party settings. Now retired, I often get asked for advice and help by friends and relatives who want to make their birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, etc. something special but have no idea where to begin. They usually end the request with the fact that they don’t have a whole lot of money to spend.
The media and design gurus of today constantly tell people that they do not need to pay a professional to design their parties, that they can do the work themselves at home. While this is in many cases true and in many cases provides wonderful results, in many more cases people end up with exactly what was promised– homemade-looking centerpieces and decorations. My goal for PartyPlotz is to provide people with the ideas and instructions that allow them to create events that look ‘as if’ a professional designer were involved.
I often tell people that nothing I do is difficult. I envy people who can draw, paint, and sculpt. I can do none of these. My true talent is the ability to look at something and figure out how to make it (or something that looks convincingly like it) and usually out of stuff that is lying around my studio or available at the local dollar store. If you can use a scissors, a paintbrush and a wire cutter, I can teach you to do what I do.
The one thing I want to mention in closing is TIME. People often wonder why hand-made items are so expensive when the materials they are made of are so inexpensive; for example, a beautiful sculpture may be made out of nothing but paper and glue. Artists, like everyone else, are paid for the materials used in their product, their talent and their time. Making one centerpiece is going to involve some time. Making it look great is going to involve more time. Making the next 10 centerpieces is going to involve 10x more time or a lot of willing friends. If you don’t have one or the other, you might want to think about hiring someone.
As I progress with this new blog, I will be posting ideas for specific projects and tips on making your event a success. Right now, I would like to leave you with some pictures from my portfolio. Please enjoy and let me know what you think!