About a year ago, I threw a 5th birthday party for my daughter. While I “think” it turned out great – homemade aprons, spoons, cookie decorating, piñata, snacks, etc., I can’t really remember much of it at all and I have absolutely no pictures to look back on. I was simply too busy trying to make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything, that all the guests were taken care of, and that the event went smoothly. I didn’t enjoy it at all and I vowed never to do it again.
All that said, I am not a fan of parties at establishments that do the whole thing for you. As a self-proclaimed pinterest mom, the regimented schedules, loudspeaker announcements to eat cake, establishment led renditions of “Happy Birthday”, and impersonal nature of the whole thing is not really my style.
Not knowing which direction to turn, in the past year, I have somehow managed to talk all 3 of my other kids out of big birthday bashes in return for a bigger gift, a piñata with friends, and a party sometime in the future…I know, poor kids. Now, however, I have the answer to my birthday party problems – Party Host Helpers! I can throw my pinterest mom parties and still enjoy the events!
So, “What does Party Host Helpers do?” you might ask. Well, everything it takes to make your party go without a hitch while you sit back and enjoy the event. Think wedding coordinator for corporate events, fundraising events, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, bridal showers, baby showers…you name it!
Party Host Helpers set up party space, greet guests, put out food, take coats, serve drinks, … and the list goes on. Whatever it is that will help make your party worry-free, that’s what they are there to do.
While Party Host Helpers has been around for a few years in cities across the US, it has only had an Austin presence since March of this year thanks to Austin Regional Manager Alison Spring.
A stay at home mom of 4, Alison is now busier than ever setting up a business that will allow party throwers to enjoy their parties. We asked Alison what drew her to Party Host Helpers and her response summarized my own thoughts on throwing parties.
After hosting her 7 year old’s birthday party at a “loud, germ-y, dangerous, and expensive bounce house venue” last year, Alison decided she was not doing it again. While the venue had it’s perks – very little set up and clean up and virtually no logistics planning, the upsides did not outweigh the noise, grime, and cost. She had a hard time enjoying the party and decided the next event would be at home. But, she had to find a way to enjoy the next event, her family, and her guests rather than running herself ragged. So, she began to research a way to hire someone to help host a party and ran across Party Host Helpers, a national party staffing company.
After realizing Party Host Helpers didn’t have an Austin presence, Alison sent an e-mail to the owner of the Company, Renee Patrone. After a few conversations and a chance to understand their business model, she was sold. She quickly signed on to roll out the Austin regional branch. “I’ve been a stay at home mom for the last 5 years, and I was finally feeling ready to get back into the working/adult conversation world” Alison said. The timing was perfect.
Since setting up the Austin branch in March, Alison has worked with Kendra Scott, Austin Mom’s Blog, the Thinkery, Ryan Companies, as well as several private parties. “Our goal is to revolutionize the art of entertaining. Order the cake, order the catering items, order the Party Host Helpers, relax and enjoy your party.” Business is good and Alison is having a great time.
This month, Loanables is partnering with Alison and Party Host Helpers to give away 4 hours assistance at your next event, a $160 value. Whether you are having a neighborhood barbecue or big fundraiser, this is your chance to really enjoy your next party rather than spending the whole event running around making sure everyone else is having a good time.