About Me

“Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.”

-Mason Cooley

photo of JanineMy name is Janine, and I’m at my happiest when I’m planning something – anything – within the framework of a theme.  Parties have become my signature.

I’ve been married for 27 years to a man who encourages me to express myself creatively, and recently has even started suggesting themes for our next gathering!

I honed my party planning skills on our children’s birthday parties, which were always different from the big-box party-store themes.  As they grew up, so did my parties.  I’ve taught seminars on planning your own co-op summer camp with theme days to MOPS groups and home-schoolers, done events for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, fundraisers for churches and schools, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, birthday parties for children and adults, holiday parties, and many parties “just because”.  I’ve been known to buy a pair of shoes or patio glassware, and then plan an entire party around them.  It is definitely my passion (and perhaps, borderline addiction).

Now, as empty-nesters, my husband & I throw parties for our family and friends, who love coming to my parties, and also often let me help plan theirs!  From their perspective, they think I’m doing them a favor, but from mine, they are doing me the favor – giving me an outlet for my creative planning impulses.

People often wonder why I never pursued a career as a professional event planner.  The truth is that I love the creative part (planning the thematic elements and the flow of the party), but I have no desire for the logistical part (contracts, budgets, venues).  What I’ve realized over the years is that it’s not usually the thought of hosting an event that overwhelms you; it’s the planning of the details.  A solution I found for this was to form an LLC to become a paid party consultant for events & fundraisers, where I consult with you to create a custom theme for your event, providing all the detailed elements of the theme, and leave the execution of the actual party to you, or your hired helpers.  And just like that, My Party Muse, LLC was born!

I have lots of tested party themes, and many more that I just haven’t had the time to try out.  So, allow me to be your party muse.  All of the parties I have already done are free on my website for you to recreate.  Spend some time here perusing www.MyPartyMuse.com for inspiration, themes, details and planning tips.  If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact me with your idea or event needs – I’d LOVE to create something new for you!  Either way, throw a party to be remembered, and let me know how it went!  I’d love to hear from you!