We're enjoying these cooler days so much! #springforever
A People Party Productions is a promotional business that creates cross promotional and creative marketing opportunities through our fun customized events, social media networking, and creative marketing services.
We love local + handcrafted + entrepreneurs + artists & musicians + social media + community events + we have a special place in our hearts for the food truck scene!
Mission: We believe fun promotional events + social media benefit everyone involved!
We're enjoying these cooler days so much! #springforever
We're undone by these daisy tulle socks by @lirika.matoshi. Would we wear them? Probably not, but we cannot stop admiring. If it were up to us, spring would be year round with a couple fall months in between. Which season would be yours year around?
We had the best time live streaming with @culturalocal_abi yesterday! We learned that Cinco de Mayo isn't the Day of Independence for Mexico, but more about the victory of a battle where all odds were stacked against them. Our battles may look very different today, but we're celebrating all the people in our lives that have gone before us with courage and confidence, and are hopeful we can do the same! #cincodemayo #stayup
We are back and happier than ever to introduce another #meetthemakermonday — Do you want to know why? Because this week’s makers not only make beautiful products but they remind us of our worth while at the same time supporting women walking through suffering!
Meet @the worthy.co with Co-Founders Melissa Ice and Sarah Bowden!
How and when did The Worthy Co start? || We officially launched as a non-profit social enterprise in May of 2018! The Worthy Co is an extension of a non-profit in Fort Worth called The Net, which has served women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction since 2012. Over the years, we saw survivors struggle to obtain employment due to their criminal records or struggle to keep a job due to the trauma of exploitation. We wanted to pave the way for women survivors of sexual exploitation to have access to dignified and sustainable employment. || Melissa Ice and Sarah Bowden are the co-founders of The Worthy Co.
How has The Worthy Co grown over the years? || This question is hard because we have come so far from where we originally started in 2017! I would say the biggest way that we have grown is that we have purchased and renovated a building off of Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth that will soon be the retail, office, and production space for employees of The Worthy Co! COVID-19 has made our timeline uncertain but we are excited to get in the space as soon as it is safe and continue growing with the mission to employ and empower even more women survivors!
What have been some challenges you’ve faced while owning this business? || One of the biggest challenges of a non-profit social enterprise is balancing the mission with the business! At the end of the day our priority is people over profits, so sometimes that means that we can’t always make the best “business decision.”
What is your favorite aspect of being a business owner? || Owning a socially conscious business allows us to provide dignified employment for survivors of trafficking and I love that we get to support them in such a tangible way!
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Greetin the weeken like 😎🌞 #weekendvibes
#tgif - give us all the floral bead art, but these - these are perfection. Also, catch our live stream with our girl @misstayrayhay of @thegreenroomabilene up through tomorrow! We're all about the real talk. 😎🙌🏼 #flowerbeads and #livestreams
We've had a blast navigated this time with our Instagram Live Stream Series talking all things Small Biz from brides to social media strategies and just to touch base with our friends. Here's who we'll be hanging with next, plus who we've had time with so far! Add a reminder to your Google cal and join us for our upcoming dates @apeoplepartyproductions. Your company is always a blast! 🤗 #appphangs #smallbiz #appplivestream
Happy midweek! Our girl Kendall has put together an amazing list of things we think you can and should still enjoy well after this quarantine is over! She's the best! ⤵⤵⤵
It’s been well over a month in this new life we’ve discovered! It’s been a roller coaster of emotions — anxious, confusing, slow, productive, restful, lazy, depressing, thankful, joyful in the little things — to list a few. As we continue in this uncertain time together, taking steps forwards and backwards, we wanted to take some time to reflect. What are some things we’ve learned to love? If you haven’t found something yet, it’s not too late!
Check out our blog for 30+ things to do during quarantine and to continue to do as we move towards reopening the world. 🌈☀️🌎 http://www.apeoplepartyproductions.com/blog
We are so excited to get back to our #meetthemakermonday series w/ a very dear friend & talented artist Jackie O'Bosky of @flour_and_flora_. We've loved witnessing her journey as a creative entrepreneur. Her passion for people & persistence in searching for the right path has led her to the perfect product that is brightening so many people's lives one donut at a time! We've had the pleasure of working w/ her at several APPP markets. Swipe for a peek.
More from the Maker:
When did you realize your love for art? || I remember getting in trouble as an elementary school kid in art class because I could never wait for instructions. I simply couldn't resist a blank piece of drawing paper.
Did you always know you wanted to teach art at some point? || I always thought I'd teach art way later in life, but when I moved here from my hometown of LA, I decided I wanted something full-time & fulfilling: to teach & inspire middle school students. It's such a difficult time for them; art was my way of teaching them to accept & celebrate their differences.
When did art become a business venture for you? || Teaching was very demanding & I needed an emotional release/brain break, so I began painting watercolor florals during my lunch breaks, conference periods, even the lunch detentions I facilitated. One of the lunch detention students mentioned "you should really sell these as floral posters." That's when I decided to sign up for my first #peoplepartycraftfair.
We've loved witnessing your journey as a creative entrepreneur through your booth setups at our markets. What are some key things you've learned about marketing + selling your art work? What helped you through this process? || Simply from trial, error, & reflection. I went through a lot of random products; florals on gift tags, posters, greeting cards, pets on Christmas ornaments, I even designed my own collection of floral fabrics through an awesome DIY textile company called Spoonflour. I used all my market experiences to interact with customers/vendors & analyze why people would buy certain things & why they needed it. I asked myself questions like How is this creating value for this customer? Is this art print a hassle because it doesn't come with a frame? Are these dog ornaments selling because it's nostalgic & people would do ANYTHING for their pets? It's strategizing & trying to not take anything too personally!
You reached a point of discovery where you found your "surface." Can you tell us more about that experience & how you feel about the success of your current medium? || After trying so many different design endeavors I felt I was at a dead end. I thought designing my own fabric was it for me & that I'd found my way, but craft fair goers would pass my fabric covered embroidery hoops w/out purchasing & say "These are so beautiful, you made this?!" It's a hard hit when someone says, "You're so talented!," but doesn't need your art or product. At the time it wasn't easy to hear, but I actually remember Jen saying, "Maybe you just haven't found your surface yet." But once I found myself painting on donuts, the complements turned into sells! I was booking orders for life's best celebrations: birthday parties, bridal showers, study hall parties, Sunday brunches, & more! It was an overwhelmingly positive response!
How did you come up with the idea of painting on donuts? || When we found out I was pregnant w/ our first baby, I decided to resign from teaching for a much needed break. One night this past January, I woke after dreaming of a beautifully painted royal iced bundt cake! I'd never seen watercolor floral painted on a cake. I learned very quickly that the watercolor technique looks gorgeous on anything royal iced because it's such a smooth and flat surface. So I followed my pregnancy dreams & started painting on cake donuts! Honestly, I remember almost not trying it, because I had already tried painting on so many things w/out having the success I'd hoped for! But it turns out I booked up a full week of orders within the first 2 days of launching my business, Valentine's Day of 2020.
Your also expecting for first baby! Yay!! What do you anticipate for this next season? || We are so excited to welcome our baby boy this summer! With the craziness of being pregnant during a global pandemic, my expectations for this next season are much simpler now. We anticipate sharing life with our friends & family on a normal basis and having a healthy chunky baby boy to love and dote on! I also look forward to getting to back to all my donut orders for when people are getting together face to face again
Do you have any tips for other artists trying to find their way? || Find your dream team! Find a few people who will remind you of your worth & talent & who will push you to keep going after the missteps and disappointments. Actually there truly is no MISSTEP - be open to the idea that every move you make forward is a win leading you to YOUR SURFACE or YOUR THING.
I'll leave you with this too:
1. Chase the kind of art/ medium you love & excel at.
2. Be humble to walk away if something just isn't your thing.
3. Look to make people's lives better w/ what you're making in some way- big or small!
4. When you find yourself nose-deep in a pint of Ben and Jerry's after a bad craft fair or sale, breathe a prayer or positive thought & start over again the next day. This off-day is a step you took FORWARD on your successful art journey. You've got this!
This was so much fun to get to be a part of! Can't wait for the next one!! Way to throw a party @arkonelm 🎉🎉🎉
Our Food Series in February featuring Chef Ben Starr. Oh what fun we had with our amazing guests! Photo Credit:A People Party Productions
Omg omg omg omg !!! Happy Earth Day!!! #daisies🌼 #ourfave How are y'all celebrating and enjoying our beautiful planet today?
Thanks to our small business sponsors Envy Beauty Studio & New Remedies! Thank you to our special guests Alex Russell of The Local | Brittany Suell of Ezer Snacks | and Jennifer Cheung-Navejas of Hashi Teppan | Thank you to our musical guest Andrew Holmes
Mocktails or cocktails, we're giving three cheers to this beautiful spring Sunday!
Welcome!! Head on over to our Instagram today for our first ever Virtual Pop-up Market today in our live streams from 1pm - 4pm! Swipe to see the vendor times + tune in for some amazing giveaways!! ➡ For starters tag your friends in separate comments below to let them know about today's pop-up! Every tag before 4pm is an entry to win one of our Makers + Creators canvas bags! We'll announce the winner tonight!!
This virtual pop-up is a fun way we can support the Makers + Creators during this time of cancellations and postponed events. ⚡🔸〰🔺.
So flip on our Spotify playlist (link in bio) and
enjoy shopping handcrafted items such as jewelry, apothecary, apparel, accessories, home goods, artful goods, + more! See you soon!!!
#apppvirtualevents #apppevents #peoplepartycraftfair #quarantinepopup
Missing everyone during these crazy times, but April is looking up! Excited to hang with y'all this weekend!! 🎉🎉🎉.
4.18 || TODAY! ⚡◀🔸〰
IG LIVE STREAM POP-UP MARKET || Shop our live stream lineup of vendors from 1pm - 4pm #handcrafted
4.20 || MONDAY⚡◀🔸〰
APPP LIVE STREAM SPRING MIXER || Join us on Facebook Live at 2pm w/ @alexterrellrussell @ezersnacks and @hashi_teppan talking Focus & Flexibility. The first 25 to join and leave a comment will receive a small biz swag bag. 🎉🙌🏼 Link in bio.
APRIL & MAY || IG LIVE STREAM SERIES ⚡◀🔸〰
Retail, Art, Wellness, Brides. Watch our stories for all dates & times. #appplivestream
APPP MIXER ➡ 4.20 || Dropping all the SWAG BAG goods right here for all to see! Be one of the first 25 to attend our FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM during our APPP Spring Mixer THIS Monday and everything you see here is yours!! Say whaaaa? All you have to do is give us a shout out in the comments during the live stream to let us know your there! If you happen to purchase an optional ticket online, then guess what! Your name is already on one!! 🙌🏼 This is going to be a great time for engaging and connecting with some of our favorite people on the topic / challenge of FOCUS & FLEXIBILITY, especially during these trying times. Swipe to see these amazing gifts. And support these amazing small businesses that make all the cool things possible by liking their pages! Tag a friend that needs one of these!! See you there! || 4.20 / 2PM CDT on FACEBOOK LIVE #apppevents #apppmixer #apppvirtualevents #swagbags 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Another fun short. #momlife
Google defines #meetthemakermonday as @apeoplepartyproduction’s amazing weekly posts that are necessary for your sanity... ok so that’s maybe not entirely true but we hope they bring some joy to your Monday’s! What’s bringing you joy during this hectic time?
This week for our #meetthemakermonday series I am introducing Jen, the amazing founder and creator of APPP! I’ve had the privilege of working along side her since last fall and it’s been a blast. Keep reading to get to know Jen a little better! - Kendall
What is APPP? What does APPP do? || A People Party Productions is a promotional business that helps small businesses gain exposure and genuine fans through our digital social networking + pop-ups events. We love curating cross promotional opportunities + creative marketing strategies. We also provide marketing services such as consulting, social media management, and content creation.
Who is behind APPP? || APPP is myself, Jen, working from home (with kids at the moment). I also get to work with the best interns + volunteers from time to time!
What is the heart behind APPP? || I have always loved handcrafted + vintage + shoplocal. It's what I found makes the cities I love so cool & unique. I also can't NOT tell everyone I know about all the cool things. I'd say the heart behind APPP is sharing what I love with others and connecting others to others that I think would love each other!
Why is it important to support local makers + creators? || They are the fabric of what makes a community so fun and unique! You'll also find that what you get from a craftsman or maker is qlty you can't find anywhere else. Heart & Soul is what you get.
You have two adorable kids, what’s it like being a mama and a business owner? || It is the biggest challenge, I think. Finding balance is so hard when there's so few hrs left in a day, and then I freak out that I'm missing out on these younger precious years feeling spread so thin, and I only have two! You get the flexibility, but it's not always easy to find the balance. But I hope they'll look back and see that they are my reason.
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We love local + handcrafted + entrepreneurs + artists & musicians + social media + community events + we have a special place in our hearts for the food trucks! - 2016
A People Party Productions is a promotional business that exists to help small shops and creatives gain momentum and direction for their brand through meaningful connections. We create cross promotional and strategic marketing opportunities through fun customized events, social networking, and creative marketing services such as product photography and social media management. We specialize in our curated Maker + Creator market known as the People Party Craft Fair with over 50 vendors, artist, live music, and specialty booths. Our most recent event series is our qrtly mixer that was curated to bring Creatives together to be encouraged and inspired through hearing the stories of others. #peoplepartycraftfair #whereyoulive
APPP is Jen Harmel, co-founded by husband Forrest Harmel in 2013. Forrest coined the name at their first unofficial event when it was clearly a celebration of our friends and their creativity. Over the years Jen has continued to develop the APPP business brand and platform with a growing network of makers and small business creatives. Jen is also a momma of two to little Forrest Reign, 3, and Amora Joy who is now 8.
A People Party Productions all started with a desire to generate a crowd and exposure for local musicians and artists.
Our first event started off as a live music event with some friends at a coffee shop in 2012. Naturally, the venue had a great turnout and we wanted to do it again! So we did! The next fall APPP invited local creators to join the fun with another lineup of local musicians. It felt like nothing less than a people party...production! It was the first official People Party Craft Fair and it was magical!
“Today felt like walking through the streets of Santa Fe, only it was right here in Abilene, TX!” - 2013 APPP Vendor
From this place, over 50 of our vendors have either launched their business, strengthened their brand, and/or have gained more exposure and experience as a vendor.