Hello! Welcome to my world, the beginning of what I believe will be a successful business venture in event planning. You may be thinking, “who wants to read another wedding blog?” Lucky for you, this is not your typical wedding blog. This blog is a platform for the world to read about and follow me, a young woman embarking on the frightful and unpredictable journey of entrepreneurship. So hopefully you will be right here with me reading about my ups and downs, my successes and failures and give me some support and inspiration while I try to make it in this competitive business.
Let me start off by introducing myself. I’m Blair, and I invented fondue. Kidding. I actually started my company, The Boutique Group, two years ago while a stay at home mom, up to my eyeballs in poo, and one brownie away from leaping off the GW (means George Washington Bridge in NYC speak). I was totally losing myself to mommy hood and needed an outlet to express my independent and creative self. While my roots are in reality television production (100 greatest kid stars.. yea that was me), I could no longer deal with the 16-hour days, the crappy pay and the excessive partying. Well, the partying was actually pretty great. But to my point, that life wasn’t aligned with my new life – wife, mother and also the fact that I wasn’t really that great at working for other people anyway. So, I decided to combine my love of television production and parties and voila`, The Boutique Group was born.
When starting this company, I had a vision of providing a great service that accommodates everyone’s needs and budget. I have a love of food (Mac n Cheese is my world), design, flowers and all things festive. So I took what I knew, what I thought I knew and my unemployment check and set out to achieve my dreams. I took a chance and it’s actually working out, sort of.
Anyway, a year after landing a couple of events here and there, not making any real money and barely surviving, I took a freelance corporate planning gig. There, I met this amazingly talented girl from Boston, that I call Sara. We were an instant hit from the start and besides the fact that she is a Red Sox fan, hates all things girly and pink, and likes Tracey Chapmen; we had great chemistry and worked well together.
So me being short on event staff for a wedding and not having any money to pay someone other then in free booze from the open bar (ok, I’m really kidding this time, I totally don’t do that, only sometimes), I recruited her to work the event with me and we’ve been working together ever since.
Now two years later and two kids later, my husband hasn’t left me yet, I still haven’t lost a pound (gained some actually but who’s counting?) and my business is still standing. Thank God for that. I can also now happily announce that Sara has officially joined The Boutique Group as my partner. We are now two fearless females (I know, I know. This title is so over used, but it’s true) on a mission to build this small start-up company into a well-established fruitful business.
We’re building on the foundation that I already set in place and reinventing ourselves with a new logo, new website and new brand. And although there is A LOT of competition out there (these days everyone is a event planner), we are going to do it differently, and do it better (way better)!
So look out world, The Boutique Group is here to stay!