I remember the night as clear as day.
It was one of our first events, and my husband and I were doing a mock-up of how the dessert table would look like for that party (the theme was Cat in the Hat). After displaying all the dessert jars and containers, and having been satisfied with the output, I told my husband to pack things up.
And then the unthinkable happened.
The table was one of those foldable ones with the bendable legs. My husband, perhaps in his rush to set up the table, forgot to lock the legs. So when he moved the table in one direction, one leg suddenly gave way, and all the glass jars fell on the floor in a loud crash. Amidst the heap of broken glass, my husband and I simply looked at each other in mute dismay, too tired to even produce a single squeak.
That was back in 2013, more than five years ago. Thankfully, everything turned out pretty good in the end:
A dessert set-up I will literally never forget: Xavi’s Cat in the Hat Party
As you might have guessed by now, that was NOT the day that I became a better stylist. It was actually the night that I learned how to avoid being a bad one!
A NEW YEAR, SOME NEW REFLECTIONS
When I think about the year 2018, I only feel blessed. Yes, event styling can be a cruel mistress. She’s demanding of your time, quick to judge, hard to please. But underneath it all, if you put in the work and do things right, event styling is possibly one of the most rewarding jobs of all time:
2018 was also the year I felt that Party Magic had crossed some kind of threshold. In other words, I felt that we had soundly beaten the 2017 version of Party Magic. Knockout punch in the first round, really.
Some highlights from our year:
2018 was the year we first styled a Filipino-Chinese engagement (also known colloquially as tinghun). It was both an exhilarating, and terrifying experience.
I believe that all people are innately attuned to stories; facts and figures leave you with that cold, calculating feeling, while stories and people make you feel warm. Tell a person a good story or joke, and watch it spread like wildfire.
For a tinghun celebration, I believe it is also very important to convey a message, and a story. For this setting, it only makes sense to create a montage of family photos, from both sides (the bride and groom). It is also essential that the photos include at least 3 generations: the grandparents, the parents, all the way down to the grandchildren (including the siblings of the bride and groom).
If you present all of this within a rich and ornate setting, the story comes out effortlessly:
Party Magic also partnered up with Delightful Little Darlings for a pro-bono photoshoot for the children of Cancervants. Despite how hectic the styling calendar can be, I wanted to find a way to give back. Thankfully, Den of Delightful Little Darlings contacted me, and I gladly said yes!
The brave people at Cancervants work hard to promote awareness and garner support for pediatric cancer patients. Part of their activities is raising awareness and money to support the medical needs of various children with cancer. For more information, click here.
2018 was also a year of experimentation; the Party Magic team and I were able to pull off parties that we would never thought was possible.
Such as, Ellie’s Gymtastic 7th Birthday: [Read more…]