Palm Springs Birthday Brunch
Spring is a time of celebration for us at Copper Creatives. We started our company in the Spring, we both have spring time birthdays, and because of this we decided to throw ourselves a little birthday party and invite our favorite ladies.
So why Palm Springs?
To tell you a little more about us - Joanna has always had a very passive relationship with "birthdays" while Jessica goes HARD.
Usually I have the theme picked out for my next birthday before the current one has even happened. Last year while I was gathering decorations for my party I found the cutest flamingo straws and thought "Yes Palm Springs party sounds fun!" (see straws below)
So that started the catalyst to create the ultimate Palm Springs Party. We also doubled up on the event and hosted a Palm Springs Wedding Inspiration Shoot beforehand - using our ceremony backdrop as our photo booth space and dessert space as our "Party Time Table"
The Cannon Room has such great light and windows that even though we had snow a few days before it felt warm and sunny inside - channelling our West Coast vibes.
Erica from Folie a Duex events also created bright and captivating floral arrangements to make the room feel alive with color. We wanted to incorporate pinks, teals, oranges, and yellows.
Also over the last year I have become super close with Ela from Event Espresso and was ECSTATIC when they offered to serve coffee at the event. These are some of the most delicious drinks and they jazzed them up with sprinkles, whipped cream, and of course the infamous flamingo straws.
We knew we wanted to have a signature drink, so they brought their pistachio syrup to create the "Pistachio Mocha"
When it came to choosing a menu for the event I tried to choose items that were affordable, delicious, and required little preparation. For $100 we were able to cater the whole event, thanks to the money saving prices at Aldi.
My aunt made all the cakes, with a tropical theme including - Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Lemon Cake, Rum Cake with Berries, and SunDrop Cake.
For drinks we served mimosas with fresh oranges and lemons and offered cucumber-lime infused water.
Makin Whoopie Kitchen provided the Earl Gray Whoopie Pies and Scones.
ONE YEAR OF COPPER
Wow. It's been a year. That is so crazy to think - especially when this was just a thought in the back of our heads and has been a side project for so long. Even now with it growing and expanding we are finally able to put in adequate time.
Even with stealing an hour or two here or there to create content, we are thrilled to see all these amazing lady bosses following their dreams and help them in any way we can. Over the year we have taken promotional photos for so many businesses, made websites, took creative consultations, and are FINALLY able to start offering services.
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Even at this event we had someone come up from the street that was following us on Instagram and saw us advertising it, and talk with us about starting her own macrame business. It was in that moment that we really realized how meaningful Copper was to people who are just starting their businesses and or are looking for a safe space to bounce ideas and get the ball rolling.
Being surrounded by women who were excited and happy to be tagging along - we have never felt more energized to continue pushing to create a community that benefits all.
I like to say I'm a quarter of a century old. It sounds more archaic than just saying 25, and if you know me I revel in having an old soul. Like Jessica said, I'm not a huge birthday person. I prefer a nice dinner at a new restaurant and watching my favorite Cary Grant movie. Even so, it was a good mile marker to reflect on where I have been and where I am going.
I'm halfway through the English graduate program and getting my masters, and almost one year into being a full-time wedding photographer. I've learned that balancing it all is much more difficult than I had thought it would be. I have to adjust to balancing my time between my business, grad school, my family, and my personal health. I have had to learn hard lessons about being okay with okay. That is really hard for me because I'm a perfectionist and OCD at that. I have all these dreams of how to grow my business and see it grow, but with papers to grade and papers to write, I have had to move that to the back-burner. This year's hurdles and hustles has greatly humbled me. I feel like I'm just beginning to understand the art of humility, to be okay with asking for help, and not feeling guilty about my limitations.
This 25th year promises to hold more balancing and more change and more learning. I hope to develop healthy habits, physically, mentally and spiritually as I figure out how to "do it all". I'm looking forward to the summer as I finish renovating my living room and office, start gardening again, and take a little vacation.
Man - I'm joining that dreaded "27 club" and hopefully not in the "I'm going to die way" - although I have to say I've been very afraid since 2 days after my last birthday I broke my leg. So I'm literally keeping my eyes peeled for danger on the horizon.
But if we are being real and optimistic (which is so weird for me) 27 is looking promising as hell. I am finally a Full Time Business Owner (WHHAAAA??!!)
And am finally making strides to my ultimate goal - Girl Boss/Lady Photography by weekends - Writer by weekday. After 5 years of re-writing, and editing, and tossing it out, and re-writing again I am happy to say I have a finished draft of my first novel and am starting the process of querying by the end of the year.
I'm also traveling my little butt off. Just looking at my calendar makes me tired and excited. My husband just started a new job which has allowed me to take a little bit of pressure off (if I could let myself) and I'm in the process of redecorating my home and creating a studio space and official office in my newly finished basement.
By all accounts I'm living the freaking dream and it's so scary ya'll. But I'm ready to embrace happiness and bliss (at least for a little while).
And yes I have a theme for next year's birthday but it's a secret so you'll just have to wait and see.