THE MOST VALUABLE THING IN THE WORLD
On some occasion, I overhear parents (dads mostly) grumbling about, asking:
“Why do we have to spend so much for our child’s birthday? He won’t even remember it anyway.”
This point, upon further introspection, has some truth into it. And because it literally goes against everything I stand / work for in Party Magic (if everyone believed the dad, I would have no job!), I thought about it some more. And the answer goes something like this:
Because of the Internet and the great technological advances we’ve experienced lately, we now live in a world of digital abundance. And whatever is abundant, approaches free (or close to it). We can download songs for free, download free e-books, and even watch great quality shows for a fraction of its price 5 years ago (Netflix).
So in a world of abundance, what is valuable?
The answer is: human attention and time.
This is an incontrovertible fact, because no matter what we do or invent, there will always be 24 hours in a day.
One can also argue that an enlightened form of human attention is experience. And you can expect (in fact, I would bet my name on this), that as we move on to the future, the price of experience will continue to increase (weddings, anyone?).
Now here’s a question I’d like to throw back to you:
How would you value this experience?
Welcome to Liam’s Hundred Acre Wood.
THAT ENGLISH GARDEN LOOK
What makes a great party?
I say that a great party makes people forget that they are in a function room, a hall, or a tent, and makes them feel as if they are transported to a different place.
One of the guests remarked during the party that it felt like she was having brunch in England.
This is exactly when the magic happens!
Another reason why I find this event magical is because it has that perfect combination of being elegant, classy, or “adult-y”, and fun, whimsical, or “kiddie”. In my opinion, this is where most stylists can get things wrong: either their parties are too loud, colorful and kiddie, or it’s too serious, minimalist, or too elegant (in other words, it looks more like a wedding than a children’s party).
The best parties are the ones that are stylish to the eyes but doesn’t make you forget that you are still in a child’s party.
THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD CONCEPT
Some of you might find the characters in these photos familiar. That is because we are celebrating the birthday of Liam, the little brother of dear Rafa, who I blogged about it in Rafa’s Day In The Park.
Not all of the credit for this party belongs to me, as the concept of “Hundred Acre Wood” was the idea of my client, mommy Lorce. Being an architect and designer, Lorce has always had her own ideas of how her party would look like. And intuitively she knew that a classic Winnie the Pooh theme would meld perfectly well with an outdoor garden venue. Knowing this, we’ve already won half the battle.
To be young and carefree: Winnie and friends greet Christopher Robin as he arrives in Hundred Acre Wood
As a party concept, a classic Pooh is a wonderful theme to work with. If you study the artwork, the drawings and color are soft and romantic, almost impressionistic. In a world of high-production computer graphics and 3D images, I think that 2D sketches and artwork like these will remain freshly appealing to everyone. [Read more…]