Beyond Photo Booth Props… WCB Event Packages!

I’ve been an avid crafter my whole life (hard to notice, right?) and even though they say to really be an expert at something you must do it for 10,000 hours, what I tend to enjoy the most are new challenges and brand new projects I haven’t tried before. On the business side, this has turned into an actual “craving” for opportunities to bring people’s visions to life, and do something brand new to add to my portfolio – and this is a legitimate business move as well, because some people are very clear about what they want, but others need and want guidance on what to do and need a visual aid to understand the concept. So, whenever someone inquires about a custom item (especially if it’s something I’ve never made before), I’m EXTRA eager about turning it into a project.

Because of this, I wanted to look back on the events and items I’ve done so far (other than photo booth props), as a sort of recap. This is a really good reminder for me too, because I sometimes doubt myself and when I haven’t done something, I let the fear of taking the leap hold me back. Without further ado, here are some items from custom orders (which I probably had little to no idea of how I’d tackle them when I first said “YES!” but took the plunge anyways ๐Ÿ˜€ ), which together make quite the spunky “event packages”:

  • First, everything I made for my friend’s nautical baby shower, I’d never made before. This was my catalyst.
  • Diana’s Superhero Baby Shower was a HUGE project for me to take on, especially because it required a lot of digital production, which I’m not an expert in, but I figured it out nonetheless:
  • Emily’s Alcohol & Drinks “Baby is Brewing” Baby Shower (have you noticed the baby shower theme here? Pregnant customers really trust me! lol)

Beer Tap & Beer Pong Banners, and custom-designed photo booth props

  • Decorated letters. These have taken over my life and I absolutely love to make them. Diana (from the Superhero baby shower) asked me if I could make them, and I promise I had no clue where I would even start. In each name, there’s usually at least 1 letter that absolutely terrifies me and I leave it for last… and so far, that one turns out the best! Here is the first letter that terrified me and I fell in love with:
Oh Bruce, how I love thee. Thou helped me discover some abilities I did not know I possessed. Marry me?

Oh Bruce, how I love thee. Thou helped me discover some abilities I did not know I possessed. Marry me?

  • Reserved Seating signs for Wedding Aisles – a panicked event planner with a last-minute bride request and a deadline is a crafter’s best friend. I said YES to the, er, Reserved Sign challenge (which she had an ultra clear vision for and I had to replicate them EXACTLY to the T, and she LOVED!)
Down to the thickness and style of the ribbon, these were exactly to the bride's standards!

Down to the thickness and style of the ribbon, these were exactly to the bride’s standards!

 

  • Bridal Suite door sign for a pretty in pink Bride! Glitter and everything, exactly what the bride wanted ๐Ÿ™‚
A bridal sign to keep male guests/friends from entering the bride's quarters without permission!

A bridal sign to keep male guests/friends from entering the bride’s quarters without permission!

And many, many more! That’s the good part about having such a baby business: pretty much everything people request is a brand new concept I haven’t worked on before. I hope to continue growing more and more excited every day, and I thank Pinterest for giving people ideas they want to trust me with โค

 

A Superhero Baby Shower Out of a WCB Comic Book!

When my friend Diana approached me about doing some items for her baby shower, I never expected what would come out of our first meeting. At that point, I had mostly only made photo booth props, and was itching for someone to request items I’d never made before to start building a portfolio of my work, and in turn, feel a little more empowered when asked if I could do something. Saying “yes I can” is coolย and all, but saying “yes, I have!” has a very different ring to it, and it can really influence the outcome of the conversation.

So here I am, expecting Diana to ask for some photo booth props… And that turned into a two and a half hour meeting! Truth is, when she started naming each item, I didn’t have the slightest idea of what it would even cost to make them, or what price they went for because she gave me no insight prior to the meeting so I couldn’t research them, but I was still so excited to do this!

After that meeting, I did the research, shopped around for prices and options, did a digital design, created my first official quote and invoice templates… It basically legitimized my process for custom orders and gave me a lot of perspective on working for all future orders, especially custom ones. She requested:

  1. Superman Style Banner
  2. Cupcake Toppers
  3. Candy Bar Signs
  4. Veggie/Fruit Station Signs
  5. 8 x 10 art
  6. Centerpiece Accents
    1. Comic Book Thought Bubbles
    2. Superhero Babies
    3. Baby Oliver Stars
  7. Photo Booth Props
  8. Superhero Logos

And a few other things we went back and forth on but due to the event location restrictions we weren’t able to do. Like I said, I got to work right away investigating every item (commonly used materials, price points, production time, etc.) and once Diana approved, I started the assembly. I had a few challenges, especially with some of the digital stuff (I usually work a lot with my Cricut machine to design, cut, and layer items. When it came time to print stuff, it was hard to figure out/find items with good resolution, and I had to come up with ways to fix them once printed), but thankfully, it all worked out!

Here’s the gallery with all the items in their final look ๐Ÿ™‚

 

And for the moment of the delivery, I added a little something to my standard Thank You sticker, you know, for the super occasion ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Event Planning – “Ahoy Baby Max” Nautical Baby Shower

Who doesn’t love a nautical theme? I mean, really, I’m surrounded by anchor-loving people – and it’s completely understandable. The nautical theme is so versatile, gender-neutral, and truly timeless… What’s not to love?

When my friend told me she wanted to have a nautical-themed baby shower for her baby boy Max, I got to pinning stuff on Pinterest right away. There are so many ideas for “Ahoy it’s a boy,” that you really can’t go wrong with this theme. My friend wanted to do a navy + yellow color scheme instead of the typical navy + red combination, which made it a bit more original. We made pretty much everything from the diaper cakes to the popcorn cups, and had a blast with it all. Here are the highlights –

Decor

Cookies by Something Sweet Miami

Photobooth Props

To purchase a set of these Nautical Photo Booth Props, head over to the listing on my Etsy page, WCB Craft Studio.