Wednesday, February 6, 2013


"But that's going a little too far, don't you think?" - Mary Poppins

The point being... "What is Pretty Little Parties?" Well the answer isn't that simple.

  We've all seen these AMAZING projects on Pintrest and think "I can do that!". 
So you hit up the dollar store where the blogger claims that you can get everything you need for the project. LIES! ALL LIES! They may have one thing you actually need, but none of the main items you are looking for. So you begrudgingly head on over to your favorite craft store and pay full price for the rest because you didn't bring your coupons and you are 100% determined to pull this thing off! So instead of $5 later, it's $50 later and you get home. 
You get everything laid out and ready to go, pull open your pin and begin. MORE LIES! Whoever typed this up MUST do this for a living! It's not that simple! Aren't there any "tips & tricks" in this thing? This is so not worth the stress! Then when you are finally done your "masterpiece" looks like something your pre-schooler made! Your project belongs on a Pintrest Fail Blog. (And then you grab a glass of wine.)

So here comes the tricky part. Your adorable little daughter comes to you with stars in her eyes asking for an Alice in Wonderland birthday party. So your first instinct is to hit the web for ideas. Pintrest is the obvious starting point. Flashbacks of your failed project come to mind and you panic! (reaching for the bottle of wine) You can't do these things? These are professionals that cost thousands of dollars! Your daughter is going to be so disappointed. Your friends and family and all the other parents will talk for years about your failed attempt at creating Wonderland. AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

OK, that's where we step in! What we are is YOU! We are moms who want to make our little ones happy! We are women who want to impress everyone with the "Party of the Year"! We are filled will lots of great ideas...but we are the Professional Party Planners who can execute the perfect party for you without spending thousands of dollars!!!

Now take a breath (or another sip of wine) and give us a call or send us an e-mail! We will take your daughter's dream for an Alice in Wonderland birthday party and make it a reality. As moms we know what you are going through! We are here to help without breaking the bank!

Since this is a "get to know us" post, let us tell you a little bit about who we are as moms and what our experience is!

I am Ali: a mother of one very precocious almost 5 going on 15 year old daughter and a wife of 10+ years. As a wedding planner for over a decade, I have put together thousands of weddings. Weddings are the coming out parties of your 20's & 30's. After my daughter was born, I took my love of wedding planning and focused it on her birthday parties. (But I still do weddings!) Unfortunately once a year just doesn't cut it for me! I have a million and one ideas, but only one child to bestow my genius on! So I started helping friends with their ideas and now I want to help everyone else too! Erin is my "other half" and I cannot imagine doing this without her!

I am Erin: mom to two kids, a cat and a dog and happy wife to my awesome husband for the last (well, I'm not going to tell you because then it will be harder to lie about my age).  Years of different customer service positions and owning my own custom children's clothing business somehow prepared me to plan weddings.  And that is what I've been doing for the past 7 years.  While weddings are my passion (obsession), planning birthday parties and showers has become my new love and creative outlet.  I'm fully convinced that  "professional crafter" has always been my calling.  One that I share with Ali (along with the other half of my brain)

Pretty Little Parties was Co-Founded by Ali Hamper and Erin Gilday as a solution to cookie cutter birthday parties. There is nothing wrong with a cookie cutter party! There is nothing wrong with going to the store and picking out the pre-made pack of invitations and decorations. There is nothing wrong with a store bought cake! However, for just a smidge more you can have something unique and personal! THAT is what Pretty Little Parties is all about!

"What kind of services and products does Pretty Little Parties offer?" Well I am glad you asked! We have created two different "party pack" structures to help maximize your budgets and to fit your needs. The Perfect Pack and The Perfect Mini Pack allows us to create the invitations and decor for you leaving you with the set-up and execution. Premiere Little Parties is the division of services where we do it all! We can do as little as you need us to or you can have us dot the i's and cross the t's. After an initial consultation we would be able to provide you with a quote of services.

"Why do a blog?" We feel this is the best way for our fans to get to know us and our company. We will be taking a journey with our new baby, so much like parenthood we want to document it all! Good, bad or just meh we shall share it all! Along side our journey we will also be discussing party etiquette, tips & tricks and inspirations for what we do.

We plan to publish weekly (or more often if something exciting happens)! We invite you to join us on this journey, provide us some input or suggestions. We only ask that you be gentle with us. Pretty Little Parties is our baby and we love her! But more importantly, we love you!

HUGS & LOVE!!!!!
Ali & Erin

PS- Don't forget!!!!  The best way to support our economy is frequenting local and small businesses.  (hint hint).

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