Another birthday party to plan. Probably should plan an anniversary party for your parents. Need to have a party for the boss? Throwing any type of party can give one hives, but Paradise Party Planning, a new company founded by Windham residents Karen Petcher and Robbin Frost–Alden, can take the pain out of parties, giving clients the opportunity to enjoy the event stress free.
The two friends decided to start Paradise Party Planning because of their skills with organizing and throwing parties. Petcher is the detail partner. “I like to plan. I like details and I like people,” she said.
“She’s very good at organizing events,” said Frost-Alden. “She’s hosted several events that have been flawless.”
The company handles everything including birthday parties for young and old, bridal showers, anniversary parties or any other memorable event.
Petcher got her experience planning events through her own children, Girl Scouts, as an elementary and high school teacher and as a class advisor for four years at the high school. Frost-Alden has a background in medicine, but is enjoying life as a stay-at-home mom to her 7-year-old at present.
Parties organized by Paradise Party Planning can be elaborate or simple. For everything from researching a theme, decoration, goodie bags, invites, cake and food, they can put together a party from start to finish or just the decorations. The client decides.
“We can do a single part of planning the event. We can help with venues, catering, entertainment, all the way to handling the clean up,” said Frost-Alden. “It’s sometimes very stressful planning a party.”
“You can enjoy the party and enjoy making your own memories,” Petcher said.
They feel their specialty is children’s parties, but are excited about helping anyone throw a memorable bash.
Frost-Alden has taken over the office part of the business and helps at the events. She called herself the business support.
Prices for parties are calculated on a case by case basis and Petcher and Frost-Alden advise that potential clients call for a price quote, but they said that prices are comparable to parties held outside the home at places like Jokers or bowling. They are willing to travel all over Maine and New Hampshire. Their schedule is flexible. They will work with a client to make everyone happy and will also work within a budget.
Depending on the venue chosen and the type of event, it is advisable to call as soon as possible for reservations with Paradise Party Planning.
To introduce themselves to the community, Paradise Party Planning is hosting four tea parties in the upcoming months for children from ages four to 12. The first is September 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windham Veterans Center. Each event will have planned activities, food and tea. Parents are invited to stay, but it’s not required. The cost is $20 if registered by September 18th and $25 the day of the event.
The other events planned are a Halloween tea on October 24, a Turkey tea on November 21 and a Christmas tea on December 20. All events have two seatings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For more about the company or to book services, call Robbin at 632-4558 or visit them online at www.paradisepartyplanning.wordpress.com.