Thursday, 13 May 2010

Mad Week

Don't feel like my feet have touched the ground this week. Our phones have been so busy my colleague made me laugh saying that customers were not even giving her enough time to go to the toilet before ringing again.

Hate to get excited before time but it feels like me have really made a break through and getting some great customers both private and corporate.

This week I am organising the most important event of my career, my mum's memorial service. I won't go on about it as I don't want this blog to be sad, however my mum meant the world to me and as a tribute I want to make sure everything is as special as it can be.

Had so many messages of support, cards, emails, calls etc which are all much appreciated. However, it was one of my face painters who summed it up best, "So sorry to hear your crap news", and she is right, it is unfair and crap, there I've said it. I don't feel I will ever be the same person again.

Back to party news, we have a booking for a FA Cup party tomorrow evening. We organise the families children's parties and they have come to us for their grown-up event. What was a small gathering has turned into a marquee, music, catering, bar etc really good business and they are such a lovely family.

Next week we have two big parties - Nursery Rhyme and Alice in Wonderland, both lovely themes.

I have some exciting meetings too, one with a potential person to run the shop, another with a techy guy in relation to the website and a buying trip, will need a holiday by the end of the week.

Put in a fab around the world proposal for the shopping centre, hope we win as it has gone to competitive tender, tried to be as creative as possible.

Right signing off for the evening as still have some emails to answer.

Night

Katie x

Friday, 7 May 2010

Who Am I?


I know this is supposed to be a business based blog but I also think it is important to share my personal experiences with you, as behind every business is a human story.

I am a mum of three, Isabella age 9, Max age 5 and Jake age 1, they keep me on my toes and I love them to pieces. However, I also have a real passion and drive for my business and I often think it keeps me sane. My events experience comes from working at The Economist Newspaper for 6 years, here I got to travel and organise some fabulous big budget events. A job I loved but once the children arrived, I needed something which allowed me to do all the important things with them too.

I don't long to be a millionaire or take over the world, I would love to build a brand, be the best I can be, be able to combine a career with still being around my children and contribute a decent income to take the pressure off of my hard working husband.

It hasn't been easy but I honestly believe that now we are the best at what we do. We have parents who come along to us and give us an open brief, just turning up on the day, we take the pressure off them. Then we have those who want to be involved with us at every step and we are happy to work like this too.

Our clients range from everyday parents to celebrities and people at the top of The Times Rich list, with budgets from £200 to £40,000. Believe it or not.

What I am excited about is the growth in our corporate work from banks, shopping centres, retail chains, hotels, football clubs and pr companies to name but a few.

Our wedding activity pack was recently listed by confetti.co.uk and we hope to develop further own branded products in the near future.

Our online shop is just starting to take-off and we will be listing some new products very soon.

We pride ourselves on our creativity and every week we are completing new proposals which are bespoke for our clients.

So there you go, when I think about it I love what I do and hope you will too!

Bye for Now

Katie x

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Big Sigh of Relief



The VAT return has been finished now, all ready for my nice Mr accountant man to get it electronically sent tomorrow so we don't receive a fine. It also means I can concentrate on the more fun and creative stuff, much more my bag!

We have our first racing car party this weekend with one of our favourite entertainers. This particular entertainer has performed for number 10 and the number one lady in pop, not the GaGa, I mean Madonna and her children.

This racing party concept came from some research I did into the US party market, they surely are a few steps ahead, we took a theming image and created an invitation, an entertainment package and theming ideas.

Right going to have some down time now, before it all starts again tomorrow.

Night everyone x

And She's Off ...........

Not a very exciting day to start the Blog really, with a day of administration. Invoicing, booking forms, contracts and generally dotting lots of i's and crossing those t's, all very important stuff when you are planning a special birthday party.

Finished a fantastic Toy Story 3 proposal last night, our favourite photographic agency created a wonderful mock-up of a green screen photo opp which both the parents and children will love.

I have to say I am getting more and more addicted to twitter, have found some fantastic new ideas on there, as well as some new clients, even better!

Tomorrow I have to get a Charlie and Choc Factory proposal out, this is very popular at the moment, also finalise a Be My Bear Sleepover Party for a very lucky Nintendo DSi competition winner and also start planning a party in Blackpool for another winner, this time from a fashion retail chain. Hope I get to go to the Blackpool one, will be a nice night away for me (normally looking after 3 children).

Anyway, first blog over and out, promise to make it more exciting and packed full of new ideas with the entries I post over the coming months. Plus if you have any questions on the "hot" themes, or want your party etiquette questions asked, please post here or email me katie@lesenfants.co.uk.

Bye for Now x