Knock Knock! The time has finally come to launch the special something we've been working on for so long now - The Doorstep Necklace! This one-of-a-kind delicate necklace is the first of its kind and we're so excited for it to finally hit that special step you call home. I wanted to share some background on this necklace as I think a few of you might resonate with my story and how we came up with this piece.
If you didn't know I started Packed Party off my bedroom floor in 2013 after moving to San Francisco and didn't know a soul. I was 23 years old, I was totally friendless in a brand new city and at a job I disliked. Sounds a little depressing, right? Ha! It wasn't that bad, but I did come home every day from work missing home, my family, and all my friends that felt so familiar. My doorstep I grew up with, like so many people, served as the setting for so many amazing memories. School dance photos, play date pick-ups, first days of school departures, or life chats with my dad always happened right there on the three steps leading to our home. When I started Packed Party I didn't fully realize the emphasis I was putting on starting the party at your doorstep, but as we grew I realized why I kept going back to "The Doorstep". Of course yes, our packages and fun arrive right to your doorstep as shown on our site for you to start the party, but it a doorstep is the first step you take to home. It's a place so many people keep closest to their hearts.
When Packed Party was created I knew we'd be doing more than just packages. Maybe no one else believed me in the beginning, but I always kind of had an idea we were meant to do more. Our goal? To create a community of Party Girls who empowered one another to start the party in life for themselves or someone else with fun and unique items that made someone's day. The Doorstep Necklace will totally do just that. We’ve spent so much time finding the most delicate and daintiest of chains to use, and going back and forth dozens of times on how we wanted everything on the door to look from the shape to the letter-pressed card it sits on. We had no real "rush" to create this necklace, I knew we were the first to do something like this, so I wanted it to be absolutely perfect.
Jewelry is so personal. When you ask someone about a piece they wear each day they'll most likely answer with a story of who it's from or a story of how they got it, never necessarily a designer. This was something I always took note of watching a lot of my friends talk about the pieces they wore each day. Even ones with the designer pieces never necessarily said it was from a designer, but who gave it to them or what it meant to them. Think about it! There's a chance you probably do the same.
The Doorstep Necklace is meant to do just that. Each hand-engraved number is carefully etched into each necklace to represent where you call home and what it means to you with a story or unique set of numbers. Kind of fun to think no two necklaces will be the same, right? Whether it's you and your husbands first apartment or home, your parents old house, or the first place you got to call yours, this necklace is for anyone who values home and wants to keep it closest to their heart.
My hope is that you wear the necklace proudly and tell your story to anyone who asks what your doorstep means to you. I think we live in such a busy world where it's easy to forget where you came from or the doorstep that grounds you, so it’s important to me to keep home closest to the heart. While I do value the numbers that decorate the doorstep of the home I grew up in, I knew I wanted my tiny maid's quarters apartment numbers on The Doorstep Necklace I’d wear to show where Packed Party began.
Stay tuned as we'll be starting a series featuring women (yes, YOU could be featured) on our blog showcasing Party Girls who wear The Doorstep Necklace and what their numbers mean to them! I’m confident you’ll like this series and hearing inspiring stories of numbers adorning so many confident and kind women’s necks. Tag us in your photos wearing The Doorstep Necklace on platforms like Instagram (we’re @packedparty) and we will reach out with a few quick questions on what your doorstep numbers mean and feature you on our blog! Thanks so much again for believing in us as we enter this next chapter of Packed Party! We're so incredibly excited to continue to grow and have a TON more we're bringing you this fall, so stick around because I can promise you'll like what you see.
Quick Snapshot: Palm Spring Best Bebs Weekend Must-Do's
Stay: The Saguaro or The Parker Palm Springs
Brunch: Normas (inside The Parker Hotel) Pro Party Girl Tip: Order the donuts!
Shop: Deja Vu Room Vintage Finery
Lunch: Viceroy Party Girl Pro Tip: Bring a swimsuit here to hang by the pool before lunch - it's intimate and fun!
Pool: The Saguaro Pool (shown above)
Dinner: El Jefe for mexican food/tacos!
*All Photos Created Exclusively By Vero Suh*
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Watching the Bachelorette last night (for the first time since the beginning mind you) something occurred to me. I sat there listening to the final two men speak to Andi, this season’s bachelorette, and it was so clear where her heart lay. Yep, the bad-boy. Yeah, you know exactly which guy I am talking about if you’re watching the show. If you’re not, not to worry, you can keep reading because this is hardly a re-cap. What I realized was that I wanted to marry a nerd.
Our girl, Andi, like most women, has her heart set on the bad-boy “ex- athlete” (what does that even mean as a job title), er, dare I say bone-head? Anyway, she’s into the guy, yet keeps saying it’s almost like there’s something about him he’s not showing. Girlfriend, that’d be your GUT. Hey, I can’t blame her for getting a bit caught up in this mans looks and smooth talking some. Haven’t we all pined for this guy at some point in our lives. He’s that “untouchable one”. The guy all the women flock to because of his looks (I almost typed locks here). Yes, the ones with good hair so happen to catch our eyes when we’re feeling our most shallow too. I know this guy well because I once dated him. Not only did I just casually date him though, I found a way to convince myself I actually loved the boring surface man. We of course had some great times together, he wasn’t so bad on the eyes, and all of my friends seemed to be envious, but I felt hollow when I was with him, and extremely insecure. Funny, because he too was an “athlete”.
It seems Andi and I are both suckers. Well, her present, me past, but hey, we all come full-circle at some point, right? I’m not here to say all athletes are bad guys, not at all. What I’m saying is you don’t date someone for their title or their looks. Yep, I went to college and learned that. Thanks for the degree, dad! Kidding. But, really, if you want to find true love, the one you find after you already love yourself, you need to hit up the wallflowers, girl. It’s true. There’s a large box of men titled “un-wanted toys” for some shallow reason or another sitting in the back of your mind. Maybe the guys been friend-zoned, or maybe you’re just not attracted to him in “that way”, one of my old favorite sayings, but I guarantee you he has more character and integrity than any one of the “A-Team” guys you always seem to fall for. Trust me, after twisting my arm trying my hand at seeing a few self-proclaimed “dorks”, I have a list of new restaurants I’ve tried, and sights I’ve seen simply because he, “thought I might like to try it.” See the key word in there is thought. There was an actual thought that went through this man’s head that wasn’t about himself, but instead completely about me.
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Are you the coined gift giver of your friends? You know, the one who always plans the birthdays in your friend group not so you can drink the champagne, but so you can perfectly assemble the most fabulous gift? You can't help it, you're flipping creative and it's fun to bring your Pinterest board to life any chance you get.
Why do I ask? I'm that friend. Guilty. Hi, I'm Jordan and I love making gifts. Yep, I'm the annoying gift friend. What? You kinda hate me? Okay, fine you don't hate me, but a small part of you cringes every time one of our friend's birthdays rolls around because you know I'm bringing serious heat with my gift.
Let me explain bringing the heat in the gift arena further...Bringing the heat does NOT mean spending boat-loads of money, let's be real here, no one is able to afford designer gifts for their friends in their twenties. Bringing the heat when it comes to gifts means being the most thoughtful in whatever capacity you can. Say for instance you're a lipstick connoisseur...you own every lipstick known to man if you will. Michael's Craft Store is just down the street, so what's keeping you from grabbing a big white canvas, sharing your lipsticks with your friends and having each of them kiss the canvas and sign their name? "Twenty-Five Kisses For Our Fave Ms." Easy right? Just takes a bit of creativity (or Pinterest) to guide you.
There's something so fun about assembling something creative for a friend and seeing their face when they receive it. The whole, "you did THIS for ME???" makes all those nights your friend listened to you whine about (insert annoying dude name like Derrick) not quite as annoying anymore. See, being the gift giver friend isn't so bad, right? Whether you're using it to pull yourself out of the mess you've created all year leading up to your friend's birthday, simply because you love crafting, or just seeing the joy it brings to your friend - being the gift giver pays off, party girls.
Do you have a birthday coming up for a friend? Someone you've been meaning to thank? I may or may not know a few ways to creative ways to say both! Just saying.