2017-YEAR-IN-REVIEW-FINALIt’s hard to find the right words to start this post. Simply put, 2017 was a game changer for One Stylish Party. But the funny part is that I am not sure I quite realized it until I slowed down at the end of the year to reflect on the last 365 days.

I was always moving from one project to the next, while balancing the demands of the retail and wholesale end of my business. I also spent time focusing on social media growth and producing more styled shoots than ever before. So when I broke 2017 by the numbers, it was definitely eye opening!

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I owe so many thanks to Brittany Gidley Photography for being by my side and helping to foster the growth for my business by capturing my work so beautifully. And I also want to thank Casey Nickels of Teaspoon of Sparkle and Devryn DiJohn of Cocktails and Spanx, for supporting my business and taking my party shoots to a new level with their food and cocktail styling.

I think the most rewarding part of the year was the media exposure that so many of my styled shoots received. Here are a few of my favorite 2017 shoots, along with the media placements many of them received.

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PRINT FEATURES

Mingle Magazine

  • Some Bunny is Turning One
  • Rescue Patrol Birthday Party
  • Backyard Wine Tasting Party
  • Little Red Caboose Birthday Party
  • Vintage Camper Christmas Party (COVER!!!)
  • Friendsgiving Dinner Party

Cleveland Magazine

ONLINE FEATURES

And of course, I can’t talk about 2017 without mentioning the 25th wedding anniversary party and vow renewal that I helped to plan for my parents! It was such a beautiful and memorable celebration with all of the people who mean so much to them. And the cherry on top was seeing the party featured on WeddingChicks.com.

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Whew, what a year! But I am committed to making 2018 even better. While I am not one to set New Years resolutions, I do love to pick a word for the year that helps to define what I’d like to accomplish as a business owner, a wife, a mom, a friend and a daughter.

My word of the year for 2018 is FLOURISH. The definition of flourish is to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way. This word really encompasses so much and can be applied to all aspects of my life. But at the root of it all, what I really hope is to thrive, to laugh, to love, to push myself creatively, to simplify distractions, to commit to positive changes and to keep learning (always).

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“You have to nourish your creativity in order for it to flourish.” – Kat Von D

It is a big word to take on, but I am looking forward to finding ways to flourish in the 2018! Do you have a word for the New Year?