This week’s Creative Contributor is Jennifer Tetreault, founder of Passion for Parties! If you can’t guess by her company name what Jen loves, it’s throwing parties (especially for kids) and providing inspiration for other party hosts and hostesses. She didn’t tell me this specifically, but I really think cake-decorating might be her number 1 talent. Take a look at some of Jen’s parties below and you will see what I mean! Read on to learn more about Jen and her passion for parties and be sure to check out her website for some great inspiration!
My kids were definitely the driving force behind my decision. I was working a full-time job and pretty much spending all of my earnings on childcare…while someone else got quality time with my kids. I’ve always had a passion for crafting, decorating, and really anything that allowed my creative juices to flow. My hubby and I talked long and hard about it, and finally decided that trying to turn my hobby into a business was worth a shot. Five years later, here we are!
What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
Providing inspiration is by far the most rewarding part of my work. Nothing compares to the notes and pictures that I receive telling me how my ideas played a small part in creating a special memory that will last a lifetime. That is just heart-filling for me. It reassures me that I’m doing exactly what I was meant to do.
Do you have any advice for other working moms?
Hmmm, this is a hard one! Finding a good balance between work and home is a big challenge. I suppose my best advice for other moms would be to remember what’s really important. Work will always be there, and our kids will be grown and gone before we know it. Remember to take some time each day to unplug from work and reconnect with your family.
What is your most memorable party design project?
Definitely my Cake Boss-inspired party! I had such a great time styling everything for that event and it all just came together perfectly! There were so many cool elements included in that party, but my all-time favorite was the DIY ruffled aprons. They were beyond adorable!
If you could style a party for anyone in the world, who would it be?
I’d love to style parties for children in need. I think it would be incredibly rewarding to provide them with an experience that they otherwise might not have been privileged enough to have.
What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?
Oh, boy! I actually have a notebook that I jot things down in because I am inspired by so many things. My inspiration comes from everywhere…colors, a décor item, a design on a paper napkin…you name it. I see possibilities everywhere!
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
My husband and I got married in Key West and then took a cruise for our honeymoon to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. It was the trip of a lifetime!
Where in the world are you dying to go next?
Somewhere overseas is calling my name. Ireland, Italy, or Australia sound wonderful!
What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects?
Yes! I just opened a new division of Passion-for-Parties.com…a stationery shop! This is where we offer custom invitations and printable party collections. The shop is brand new so there are only a few collections listed right now, but I’m busy behind the scenes designing new lines, and I’m adding new designs every week!
Now, just for fun:
Favorite Food – C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E.
Favorite TV Show - Parenthood (LOVE that show)
Favorite Movie – The Notebook
Favorite Weekend Activity – Doing anything…or nothing…with my hubby and kiddos
Favorite Musician/Band – Brad Paisley and Martina McBride