A conversation with Missy Green’s Aunt in 1986 led to the start of Parties to Remember celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Starting with organizing children’s birthday parties with invitations, favors and decorations has expanded and grown into a rewarding service enterprise that has included ground breaking ceremonies and grand opening ceremonies, honoring dignitaries and entertainers in Reno and Washington, D.C., fairytale weddings in Ireland and the Reno celebration of the 60th anniversary of Israeli Independence. Themes for these celebrations include Pirates of the Caribbean, weddings for the men and women in uniform and the ghouls and goblins of Halloween.
Why Did You Create This Company in Reno?
There was a need in the community, outside of the hotel-casino environment, to provide wedding planning and event coordination to the general public. There were no listings in the telephone book for wedding planners or event coordinators in 1986, so those service listings were created specifically for Parties To Remember. These services can include invitations, favors, musical entertainment, venues, catering, flower arrangements, photography, video, rentals and consulting.
Is Your Company Growing? How, Why?
Parties To Remember has grown from an outdoor metal shed, holding an inventory of invitations, decorations and party favors for children’s parties to a separate office where Green sets appointments to meet with the wedding party, secretary or assistant to the boss of a business or a spouse wanting to plan a surprise intimate dinner for two in their home. In the beginning, Missy started with a clown that did face painting and animal balloons for the children’s parties. In the last 30 years, the “Party Family” has grown to include professional caterers, photographers, videographers, florists, chocolatiers and entertainers. To keep up with the growing local community, Parties To Remember reaches out and expands the Party Family, by seeking out the best creative people in their fields. This has allowed Parties To Remember the ability to always provide customized events that are completely one-of-a-kind.
What is the Company’s Greatest Achievement in the Community?
The company’s greatest achievement would be two-fold. The first would be the ability to use local Reno-Sparks and Northern Nevada business owners and individuals as the Party Family that have provided their products and services nationally and internationally. The second would be to work with the customer’s budget to create that “special” event and hear “You’ve taken my vision and made it a reality.” This has allowed Parties To Remember to provide fantastic events for each one of its clients.
What Do You See as the Most Important Thing Reno Needs to Continue to Grow?
The most important thing would be for more local businesses to support each other. This is what has helped keep Parties To Remember successful over the past 30 years.