Local event planner shares some ideas for designing your own New Year’s Eve party.
Cassie Hendrickson knows how to make an impression. The micro-event planner initially gained a reputation for her intricately executed balloon garlands, but the party was just getting started.
Hendrickson launched Pretty Creative Events in 2021 from her Otsego home. Soon, her colorful balloon garlands filled nearly every room. That’s when she knew it was time to move her growing business elsewhere.
Today, Pretty Creative Events operates from a warehouse space in Plymouth, where her two children, Delilah (3) and Dash (7), gleefully join in on the fun alongside her event planning team.
“They love blowing up balloons, and Dash loves to do the tear downs with me,” Hendrickson says. “He’s great at holding doors.”
With a focus on small events, such as birthdays and showers, Hendrickson says her usual clientele is a hostess with the mostest. “Usually, it’s people who love to throw elaborate parties but don’t have time to coordinate it themselves,” she says.
Hendrickson says she works in collaboration with her clients to narrow down their list of must-haves, whether that’s balloons, a beautifully designed dessert table or artful centerpieces.
“We kind of do it all: creative balloon installations, flower installations and luxury backdrops. Every client receives a very custom experience,” Hendrickson says.
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun
The Vibe: Vintage yet timeless
The Color Palette: Black, copper, cream and gold with touches of greenery
The Highlight: A balloon garland with an interactive countdown “You could do a balloon pop every hour, on the hour, and in every balloon there’s a conversation starter,” Hendrickson says.
Take Me to Funky TownThe Vibe: Fun, fresh and oh-so-sparkly
The Color Palette: Silver and gold
The Highlight: Introduce an element of whimsy to the evening by transforming your bathtub into a bar cart.