Friday, October 29, 2010

Pearls of Wisdom One Year and Six Days Later

Oh my! It is hard to believe it has been a year and six days since I started this blog for Kate Landers Events, LLC. I strongly considered some sort of exquisite blog first birthday celebration. 

After all, your support has been tremendous and there is no one else in the world, other than my dear family, that I would rather celebrate this occasion with other than you.

I considered a *huge giveaway* (thankfully have been blessed with those weekly), a free imprintable (did that awhile back too)...I wanted to offer you something spectacular as a thank you for taking the time to read my posts, to care enough to take the time and leave a comment or write me an e-mail or share my posts with your friends and fans. I also wanted to make sure I expressed to you how very much YOU have impacted the last year of my life. WOW. I never thought possible that within 12 short months I would be introduced to so many brilliant, beautiful, talented, creative and inspiring people. I feel truly blessed and know that you are one of the greatest gifts this blog has given me--other than providing me with an outlet to express myself creatively!

Then it occured to me, the greatest gift I feel I have to give to you, is to continue offering the very best inspiration I can. Continue to introduce you to lovely women entrepreneurs, share a few DIY party tricks here and there, let you in on some of my favorite resources, feature some smashing parties designed by others, and of course continue to create and share with you my newest signature parties, designed to ***inspire you***.

A giveaway will only reward one of you when I want to reward you all--it's like giving a party favor to only one guest--and that simply doesn't suit my fancy!

 A free printable is lovely and I certainly hope to offer you one again--but again, on this occasion, I wanted to offer you something unique and extraordinary and designing printables is not what I am known for doing best as so many others do.

Then the perfect idea struck me: I am going to give you some pearls of wisdom that I have been given over the last year and six days, that I hope might save you the trouble from learning "the hard way"!!! After a few e-mails every week from people starting similar businesses asking me "how did you do it, how should I start?" and the hundreds of responses of those wanting to learn how to start a business in children's party planning and design, I decided this is probably the greatest gift I have to give.

1. Time is one of life's most precious gifts. Don't forget to factor in time spent creating, designing or styling, as well as the time it takes you to write those detailed e-mails and online searches and international phone calls finding exactly what your client needs to make their party perfection. Factor time into your profit margin.

2. Be prepared to change your business plan, again and again. Learning to let go of what you initially created and THOUGHT was going to be the right way to go may very well not be. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Let go of what doesn't work, hang on to what does, and forge ahead with your innovative new plan. This is the only way to stay one step ahead.

3. Never undervalue the importance of branding your business. Know how you want to brand it, and come up with creative strategies to implement it. Branding is hard work, time consuming, but crucicial to your success.

4. *Help others*. I cannot express this one enough. While I do not undervalue the importance of sharing your accomplishments to build a strong reputation, it is extremely important that you work together with others in your industry, networking, building relationships and helping each other.

5. Originality is key to your success. It is your passion, your style, your talent and uniqueness that will give your product and design its own place within the market. And if you ever, EVER find inspiration from someone else, be sure to properly credit that person for whatever bit if inspiration they gave you.  Side note: you are creative, your are talented, you are unique: rely on that more than anything else when you create something.

6. Don't forget the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Apply this in all that you do.

There are about a hundred and one more lessons (at least) I could share with you, and I am sure you have many you could share with me (please feel free to comment with lessons you have learned!), but maybe I should save those for my book....

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for being a daily dose of sunshine in my life.

Oh, and the winner of the set of 8 fairy tiaras from Nicole of Tradewind Tiaras is Leticia!!! Leticia, please e-mail me at right away in order to accept your prize!!!


Kelly - The Party Dress said...

Happy 1st Birthday, Kate! xo

Southern Princess said...

Congrats on your one year! I love the idea of providing your Words of Wisdom, which I really enjoyed. I am in the very early stages of starting my own bakery and I agree that branding is going to be very important. Keep up the great work! Your friend at

Ivona@SugarsticksParties said...

Happy Blog- birthday Kate! Thank you for another inspirational and insightful post, your knowledge and wisdom are greatly appreciated :)

JenniB said...

Congrats on year #1 and here is too many more years! Great post and thanks for the advice!

Latisha Horton said...

Happy First Bloggy Birthday Kate! Thank you for taking the time to share those inspirational tidbits of information.

Many blessings to you and I wish you and your business continued success.

xoxo, Latisha Horton

Sharnel said...

Such great and sincere pearls of wisdom Kate.
Happy 1st Blogaversary

Cocktails and Cupcakes said...
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Cocktails and Cupcakes said...

Happy, happy birthday! Your blog has provided so much inspiration to all of us. I look forward to seeing each new post. Congratulations!

Kori Clark said...

Happy Blog Birthday Kate! I love your wisdom!

The Seaman Family said...

What a delightful post! Thanks for the wisdom Kate!

Jennifer Birkhead said...

Congrats Kate :)
I take on board all your pearls of wisdom, thank you so much.
Here's to many more years of the inspiration you provide:)

Dawn said...

Happy One Year Kate!! Love each of these pearls of wisdom...I too am trying to start my own party design and styling business, so each of these things helps to guide me and give encouragement...thank you Kate!