Thursday, May 27, 2010
Where Is The Sassi Sammi Going?
Let's be clear...Sassi is still around, she is just getting ready to go full force with Party City and some other REALLY cool opportunities. I have to say I've just gotten back from the most AMAZING trip to the Bahamas with my new partner in crime Party City! It was amazing! I met over 35 editors from the US and all of them were just amazing people. The "Fam" trip aka familiarity trip, was held at the amazing Wyndham in Nassau. This hotel is absolutely a gem. The property is fabulous and there is just so much to say it might takes days to describe. However, I am going to give you a glimpse as to what the experience was like. Party City has been around for over 25 years. They are America's largest party supply retailer in the US. Most of us when we think of Party City think of party supplies such as balloons, gift bags, theme parties for our kids or various events such as Cinco De Mayo or a Hawaiian Luau. And any color plate, napkin, utensils etc...you know..Orange plate and orange napkins, or maybe you spiced things up and tried a table with 8 different set-ups! Even growing up I remember being able to go to Party City to get supplies for parties when my mom was away on business and we were in high school. Yep, I did have parties and we were under age..I never did anything too terrible..A Pina Colada or Boones Farm was pretty much what we drank our senior year. I think if I touched that stuff now, I would lose it. We cannot forget the wine in a box either! Franzia or something like that...What was it called again? Do you remember drinking it? It may have been what 10% alcohol but it was sweet and cheap and well, it got the job done. Anyway back to this amazing trip. The room I was in was the largest penthouse which was about 2500-3000sf. I was sad that I didn't have the family to enjoy it. I did have one of my senior planners/assistants Karen with me. She was great with setting boundaries and making sure I didn't go bonkers with working too hard. I didn't listen to her about 80% of the time...But still love her! The goal of this adventure was to show the event gurus "media wise" that Party City isn't just a supply store anymore. It's a planning playground. It's all about thinking outside the box. I think we can all agree that is not a problem for me. I think my favorite part of the trip was watching each editor look around the room, cameras going off nonstop you would have thought they were tourists from Nikon taking photos of various celebs on the red carpet. The entire table was 100% PC except for the linens and the floral. Do you want to see this? I can post photos..You will not believe your eyes. Funny the President asked "where did some of this come from?"..I said in your store. You begin to have so much product and so much to choose from it's easy to say, wait..where did you find that? I did take the whole PC experience in as I was designing table scapes for the trip. We displayed coordinating candy bars for both the wedding shower mock up and wedding.This is something you have to check out at Party City's super stores..They now carry the containers of various sizes and colors, colored candy to match your theme...Custom name stickers for example.. Chinese takeout containers for candy, monogram tags on the actual jars..Iridescent gum balls in a pearl white..Black gum balls..OMG talk about beyond fabulous. You just have to go! I guarantee you go in to one of their super stores, you will leave with items that can be used for home entertaining nonstop. They have an entire custom invite, place card, thank you cards and menu dept for so many occasions..I just have to add that you will never look at them the same. We are now working on recreating the wedding section. I know you gals like the swanky, mod, clean and cost effective items. Let's be honest, we don't have the deepest pockets at this point in time and you need to have options. My goal as PC's Spokesperson and Celebrations expert is going to take you to the next level. Show you ways to wow people like I did and start some new trends that you are not going to want to miss. I amazed myself. And this fueled me to fester better ways to help you see through the eyes of a planner. I am going to walk you through every step of the way...I will be in the stores with visuals and online for plan-o-grams, color charts and how to make your event look the way you need it too..I guess what I am trying to say is that I want to plant the seed for ideas and let you finish off what you want in bringing your vision to life. You need to "own" your event. We are just there to help you! All with-in your budgets ladies. I hope you hear me loud and clear on that one. I'm making this process affordable for any budget. If I could fool over 35 editors into thinking this was all new plates etc that were better than plastic paper etc..You will have no problems following my ideas on how to do the same thing. You have my promise. Every question was "Is this Party City" I said yes..Well what about this..Yes that too..Ha! I am so excited to begin our next shoot with tablescapes for 2010. The bridal aisle is going to have items that you must have. Color galore and as elegant or as whimsical as you choose. Party City has so much to offer and I couldn't be more excited or honored that they are going to allow me to take their company to another level. I see this as being a long term home for me. They are an amazing company and I am just so happy to be there. Thanks to my "agent" Tanya at Burns for finding me for this. I know the gals at Zimmerman were also asking to work with me when they decided to have a face and expert for PC. It was an instant match the minute I walked into corporate. They have been so receptive and welcoming with my ideas and goals. All of the years I have invested in this business proved to pay off. My goal was to work with products and now I will have a change to add my own flavor to the mix. I cannot think of anyone being more lucky to work with such an ambiitous, open arms company. I do have many new things to chat with you about, but want to save things for later. For those who have been asking about a press release party for editors and various media means, we are working on it. I will be showing many different items that you will be happy and excited to be a part of. After this trip I now have over 30 contacts that are going to working with me and PC to show you the next level in wedding planning 101.. I hope you have your seat belts on because this gal isn't stopping for anyone.. By the way, for those who have asked about the book, it's still in the working..I hope to share more very soon! Until next time, keep your eye on this blog..I am going to start having my assistant keep you updates starting in July. And I will be "tweeting" about some awesome things that are coming up! Yes. I did give in for a personal assistant. Do you have any idea how hard it is for someone to NOT come in and want to be a planner? i am always willing to assist my staff in accelerating their careers. But it's been a nightmare with finding someone who doesn't want to do anything but assist another. Have any great ideas? I do have Karen and sadly, she is really happy being an engineer..She needs a mental challenge. I 'm not saying that planning doesn't cause mental issues. It can and is not for the weary. You are all wonderful and I thank all of you for following me on my journey and for the ones who just come in to look..Please sign up..We have over 5000 views daily and I promise I will keep all info exciting and I won't hold back on crazy wedding situations. I know you love this the best! This year I have had some good ones..Worthy of this book. Be Well and Stay Fab Sassi Girls xoxo Sam
I devote my time to ensuring our clients recieve fab service. There's another "calling" for me. To give back to my peers that aspire to be the next "best" fancy pants somebody! Those who play it safe standing behind me, will fail. I do serve as a warning to others and yes, I'm nutty. It's who I am & it's not going to change, as it works. Feel free to comment & join me on what could be the best road trip EVER!
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