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Wow. 2018, what a ride!

2018 was full of accomplishments for me and this business, but it also came with some new pressures and time commitments I had to learn to juggle and balance. I have learned that I can get very wrapped up in work. I love what I’m doing and who I’m helping. I see it making it a difference and I want to keep going and going. But I also want to be the best wife and mother I can, and I need to be present for them. I can take on a lot, don’t give myself grace that well, BUT I am damn good at recognizing and celebrating accomplishments, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do today!

A New Name and Brand Vision: Goodbye Confetti Party Plans, Hello Allison Carter Celebrates! 

 

Changing my business name was a tough decision. I loved Confetti Party Plans and the changes it made to my life, and the way I was able to help so many other women with it. And while those goals of helping women save time, stress, and money on their parties remain the same, I was feeling like I needed to have a name that reflects all of life’s little celebrations. I love giving ideas and tips on making the most out of all the little moments; turning the volume up on something you’re already doing to make it just a bit more magical. Parties happen a couple times a year, celebrations can happen everyday, and I want to be your go to gal for helping you make them as memorable as possible…in the easiest and most realistic way for you and your schedule! I can’t WAIT to see what 2019 holds for Allison Carter Celebrates! 

Forbes Feature Sharing My Story and Calling me a Party Planning Expert

The fact that I can Google my name+Forbes and an article written about me and my business pops up blows my mind. Never in a million years did I ever think such a massive publication would be interested in what I have to say.

The Forbes feature gave me a give confidence boost. It made me realize that everything is always a no if you don’t ask. There’s zero harm in putting myself out there and trying to spread my message of the importance of celebrating life’s little moments to as many as I can. 

You can read the Forbes article about me here!

Accomplishing a Major Goal: My First Featured Party in Mingle Magazine

I started my business almost two years ago (February 2017). To celebrate, my mom took me out to lunch. She gave me a sweet card and a copy of the most beautiful magazine I’d ever seen called Mingle. It was filled with beautiful parties and was so inspiring.

I went home that day and wrote in my journal, “I will have a party featured in Mingle Magazine.” Then I started learning about manifestation and visualization and I turned that into “I have parties featured in Mingle Magazine.”

Once I saw the pictures Rebecca Ellison took of Evie’s 5th birthday party, I knew that this was my Mingle party. I could see the pictures in the magazine. I knew exactly what it would look like and what I wanted to say in the article.

On September 14 (the same day I launched my podcast!) I got the email from the editor of Mingle that Evie’s 5th birthday would be featured in their winter issue!  Two days before Christmas I walked into Barnes and Noble and saw the issue on stands with my party featured inside!  Massive goal and dream come true!

Attending the Rise Conference in LA with my Best Friends 

The Rise Weekend Conference changed my life. It inspired me in a way I didn’t really know possible. It’s hard to describe the feeling of being surrounded by 800 other women wanting to live their best lives. 

I left Rise completely lit on fire and ready to take on the world. The first thoughts and steps of the podcast happened at Rise, I made some incredible friendships there, and I strengthed the bond I have with my 5 best friends who came with me. 

You can read all about my biggest takeaways and get more behind the scenes info about the conference here!

Starting the Memories in Moments Podcast

I am SO proud of this podcast!! This has been a dream of mine for awhile, but I didn’t think this would be the year to do it. Low and behold when Rachel Hollis was leading us through a meditation at the Rise Conference, me behind a podcast mic was the first image that popped in my head when she said to envision where we would be in a year. I kind of pushed it away with a “not now” attitude, but the signs of a podcast kept popping up everywhere! I decided to jump in with two feet and I am SO glad I did.

The podcast is inspired by the book, Memories in Moments, written by my mom, Susan Stone. It is all about timeless ideas moms can do with their kids to make their childhoods more memorable. I took that same idea and decided to give moms tangible tips and realistic ideas for bringing the magic back to our families through easy celebrations. I get to interview some amazing moms and have them share their tips also! It has been so much fun, and I love hearing the stories and seeing the ideas come to life with members of the tribe sharing with me! 

Head on over to learn more and to listen to the Memories in Moments podcast!

Celebrating Hudson’s 2nd Birthday Pawty: Come, Sit, Stay, and Play!

Our big boy turned 2 this year! Hudson is such a light in our lives. He is the best snuggler, makes me laugh everyday, and loves everything with wheels. He also is a major dog lover. A puppy party was the perfect theme for our sweet little boy. 

I have a full blog post of more information and darling pictures of Hudson’s puppy paw-ty if you want to check it out!

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Celebrating Evie’s 5th Birthday Party: In a Field of Roses, She is a Wildflower

This party will go down as one of my favorites. My dream of planning and cohosting a party with my daughter finally came true! She was incredibly involved in the planning of this party. She had very specific details she wanted like hanging flowers and a cake with a flower crown, and wanted to be very active in the creation of her flower party plan. Seeing her face when she saw it come to life was magic. It was worth every ounce of energy and glue gun burns that went into creating her flower wonderland. 

To see all of her party pics and learn more about Evie’s flower themed birthday party, head on over to the blog! This is also the party that was featured in Mingle Magazine!

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Adding a New Service: A Party Planning Consultation

I’m so excited to add this service to my business! When talking to my clients who were hosting a party after purchasing a party plan, I kept hearing, “I wish you could just come over and help me!” I decided to add on a service where I’ll Skype of FaceTime you about your party. You’ve got my eyes and ears for 30 minutes- I can see your space, help you brainstorm set up, walk you through your tables, place decor, etc. It has been really nice to help you in a more personal way, and I’ve loved getting to know many of you better!

I was able to consult on my girlfriend Nicole’s birthday party this summer and it was a blast. I helped set up her table as a giant charcuterie board which turned out absolutely stunning. 

Learn more about the party planning consultation call!

Hosting My Annual Favorites Thing Party: Rosé All Day

This is one of my favorite parties I host each year. It’s my gift to my girlfriends and I love the details that go into creating this fun night. Each friend brings 3 of the same gift, which is a favorite thing of hers. Then throughut the night, we play different games to determine how each of us gets to pick gifts. Everyone ends up leaving with 3 new, different favorite things. It is the best! I have all the details of how this works, including all decor, menu plans, etc. in the Rosé All Day Party Plan also.

My co-hosts, Nicole McKinley with Palm to Pine Design and Aleks Lopez, and I decided on a Rosé All Day themed party. I wanted it to have a vintage Palm Springs vibe and somehow convinced my husband to create a free standing wall I could turn into a gallery wall holding all of the Palm Springs pictures. It ended up exactly how I wanted it! I couldn’t be happier with how the party turned out, and of course, we had a blast, which is the most important part!

Grab your own Rosé All Day Favorites Thing Party Plan!

Working with Brands for the First Time!

It’s been really exciting to add working with brands to my business! I forming new relationships and collaborating with brands to create something beautiful. My biggest collaboration this year was with the gorgeous wine company, Le Grand Courtage. They sponsored the Rosé All Day party and my guests were raving about the wine they graciously provided! 

I was also fortunate to work with brands like Little Nut World and Gymboree this year also! I’m excited for more partnerships and collaborations as we start this new year! 

If you’re interested in working with me, please send me an email and we can chat!

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2018 was one for the books. I am proud of the steps I took in my business in 2018 and am incredibly motivated to start 2019. I’ve got some big goals and dreams cooking up and am ready to see them become a reality! Thank you for your support, encouragement, and trust in me as I create ideas, tips, resources, and party plans to help you host easy but memorable celebrations for your loved ones!

Cheers to 2019!

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