Swing By and Catch a Fly

When our favorite client, Adams Jenkins and Cheatham, asked us to help make their latest event a home run, we wanted to knock it out of the park!

In contrast to previous events that focused on team building, the AJC employees were invited to bring their entire family to this event!  We coordinated with the Richmond Flying Squirrels staff to organize all of the tickets and parking to make getting to the game with children in tow as simple and easy as possible.

Next on-deck was some custom flair! We always make exclusive buttons for each of their events so they not only have a memento of the occasion but they can also visually track how many events they’ve been to during the year.

Since it was a predictably hot and humid night (it is August after all!!), we also had custom AJC misting water bottles made for everyone to take home.

The game ended with an extra sweet touch! We loaded the bases with custom baseball and turf cupcakes that everyone went “nutz” for (remember, flying squirrels loves nuts).

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
Babe Ruth

“Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there.”
Bo Jackson

Level-Up: The Circuit Arcade Bar

Carley and I recently had the pleasure of hosting a team building event for our good friends at Adams, Jenkins & Cheatham , a CPA firm based in Midlothian, Virginia. You may be thinking, what is a group of accounting professionals doing having a party during tax season?!?! Our answer – enjoying a well-deserved afternoon out of the office to recharge and power up!

Our venue of choice was The Circuit Arcade Bar , known for their enormous 50-tap, self-serve beer wall and huge selection of throwback arcade games. It was also a gorgeous, sunny day so The Circuit staff opened up the garage-style doors so the AJC team could enjoy some fresh air and easily walk out to the Carytown Burgers and Fries truck we had parked just outside.

We are so thankful to the generous AJC partners for not only hiring us to throw this lively event but also encouraging us to make a splash with custom touches that truly made it a well-executed team building experience. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the way it turned out!

The AJC team
The Adams, Jenkins & Cheatham Team – we 💚 them!
Live action pac-man!
Pac-man photo props – cheeeeesse!
Some ladies of AJC!
Some of the ladies of AJC!
Chomp Chomp Custom Pac-man Candy
Chomp Chomp + Bonus Points custom candy favors
Game Over! Custom glasses designed by Carley were handed out at the end of the event.
Burgers anyone? There was a toppings bar on the side of the truck.
One of our favorite venues – The Circuit Arcade!!
John shooting hoops – too bad he wasn’t eligible to win the basketball competition…
Blinky, Pinky, Inky & Clyde are on the look-out for Pac-man!
Custom Pac-man cake & cupcakes by SmallCakes Cupcakery + Creamery
The power up station featured totally delicious baked goods, custom candy favors, beer glasses, and tokens.
Jennie + Carley welcomed guests, distributed VIP passes + kept the arcade tokens flowing…
Greg McQuade meets Best Fete Yet & Adams Jenkins & Cheatham
CBS 6 on-air personality Greg McQuade even stopped by for a venue tour. We thought he might take us up on our party invite!

Our first fete!

When we started dreaming about party planning and brainstorming how we could turn our creative ideas into a business, we kept coming back to the fact that we KNOW how to throw amazing events. BUT, we didn’t always get the amazing photos or special time with our guests that we truly craved. I remember literally racing for my camera at Jennie’s daughter’s fourth birthday as Vivi stared horrified at the beautiful sparkler candle buzzing in her face.  Not the response Jennie had hoped for, but the rest of the room couldn’t help but laugh at the situation while singing happy birthday. This lead to  our a-ha moment! Who was taking photos of small family events like birthday parties? And, was there someone out there that could take care of the hosting duties so Jennie could just mingle with her guests?

We had discovered our niche! Even a mom that LOVES to throw unique, Pinterest-worthy parties and has everything ready-to-go ahead of time, didn’t quite get to enjoy it as much as she should or capture it the way she had planned. Insert our vision, a team of multi-tasking, creative mamas that can help you rock party planning and knock out all those last minute details that have a way of sneaking up on you. And, we’ll photograph all of the special moments that you’re too busy living – because that’s what life is really about, right? You can always light up your Instagram and Facebook feeds with our snapshots later on.

Just so you know, we are not your typical event planners. We aren’t searching for that once-in-a-lifetime wedding type gig. We want to help every day moms, LIKE US, who just want to enjoy the party and revel in the fact that the rest is taken care of. Whether it’s a birthday celebration, anniversary, or baby shower, we firmly believe these parties don’t get the concierge service they deserve.

So, back to the brainstorming portion of this post…while telling a good friend about our business idea, she said “I NEED YOU! My husband and I will be throwing a BIG  fortieth birthday party and I would love to hire you!” From there, we met with Patty to discuss party décor she would need to order, plan some easy-to-serve menu items, and  help her decide on the floor layout – food and beverage stations, seating arrangements and where to set up our photobooth (spoiler: it was a HUGE hit!).

On the day of the event, we arrived early, plated and arranged food (complete with fresh clippings from her garden for added drama), set up the decor, and welcomed guests. Throughout the evening, we restocked plates, snapped hundreds of photos, and even surprised the hosts with a custom game designed to complement their party theme – did we mention it was a costume party? Last but not least, we supplied champagne jello shots as a special door prize!

The event went off without a hitch and the guests were delighted by all of the extra touches. But, most important, the typically hands-on hosts got to ENJOY the celebration with their friends and family. Our idea was a smashing success!

Thanks again to Patty and Tim for allowing us to join their party! We can’t wait to be a part of yours too.