We had the good fortune of connecting with Alison Witt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alison, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process for starting my business was to do something I really enjoyed while raising a family. I wanted to share my lifelong experiences and love for crafting with the world. My goal was to make life easier for parents, having access to quality materials and curated ideas for projects for their kids to do on their own. I always loved the idea of all the benefits from arts and crafts and what they have done for me and wanted to share enjoyment and engaging experiences with children. I have always had a fascination with crafting and putting crafts together from a young age, I loved the process of making something from scratch and turning it into something beautiful. For years putting my hand on anything and everything and making magic happen. I realized not only can I continue doing what I love but thought I could share my passion with others.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a small business owner and party planner, I have been offering unique and colorful craft parties to families in San Diego. I knew I found my true calling and loved every moment working with all the amazing families and creative kids. Kids loved creating projects such as fairy gardens, dream catchers, painting canvases, clocks, painting pillows and was able to cater to any theme a kid could dream of. When the pandemic hit, life changed drastically for everyone. Sadly, I was no longer able to host parties and run my business the same. I made a decision to transition my business model hoping to help parents make their life easier by sourcing the best materials and taking the stress out of what to do for your child’s next party. We created projects that can empower kids to create and explore with hands-on activities. Rather than preparing to throw parties, I started creating craft boxes for kids to complete at home and party boxes that are able to be used as a social distance activities.. Through trial and error and many hours of research, I have made each project special and unique. Kits include glue, paint, and high-quality art materials. Thus, making life a lot easier for parents when kids want to create art and have fun. Create Art is a concept of bringing art and celebrations together. We have enjoyed throwing art parties immensely and would now like to offer curated birthday parties and craft kits delivered directly to your front door. We will supply all quality materials, including step by step instructions, timelines and tutorials to keep a party running smoothly. We will do all the shopping and sourcing saving you time and money. Kids will create personalized works of art while having a fun, engaging activity to keep their creative minds stimulated. All parents will impress their guests with these crafty DIY projects. With one party box, we will provide everything to complete beautiful art projects and entertain your children along the way! It has not always been a smooth road but I do believe that every mistake that we make gives us a chance to grow and learn from. I used to be scared to try new things because I always thought that everything needed to be perfect but then realized that was getting me nowhere Now I believe if we do not try new things, we will never know what is in store for us. It is so important to believe in yourself! The largest hurdle that I was handed to me was when the pandemic hit. I went from a lot of parties to none. I had so many cancellations with obviously good reason but still knew I had to make a major change, For a long time, in the back of my mind I wanted to take my party idea to the next level by packaging the parties in a box and this gave me a push to do so. I believe every day is a learning curve but we have to do the best we can from what is handed to us. We specialize in craft parties for kids. We offer pre-curated craft activity party boxes that will be sure to entertain your kids and allow you to successfully host a colorful birthday party. These activity craft boxes will be delivered right to your front door! We tested the market and worked with thousands of kids to formulate a system that works and that we would like to share with you. We narrowed down the best projects and by trial and error, figured out how to make a party amazing with hands-on experiences kids will love. Not only will children have a fun celebration but will benefit from all the amazing things art can do. We supply a generous amount of quality art materials that has been hand-picked. No need to stress about how to entertain at your next party. We will take the preparation and guesswork out of it for you. Boxes will include step by step instructions, party timelines, tutorials and all supplies needed for kids to make an original work of art. Any theme is possible. Parties will be manageable for all different age groups. Kids will make pieces that will make them feel good and you will certainly impress the guests! I believe the most important characteristic about a business is to make sure that all your customers are happy. I believe that everyone I work with should be treated how I would like to be treated. I think my business is successful because we try to go above and beyond on all the details hoping to give a client a “wow” factor.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love all of San Diego but think if I had a friend visiting we would head down to the beaches in Encinitas. After swimming in the ocean, catching up on life and just relaxing we would walk around town and get lost in all the fun boutiques. We would then pick a fun small restaurant to have appetizers to share and have some drinks and listen to some live music. Le Papagayo, Buona Forchetta, Solterra Winery & Kitchen

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There is not one specific person that I would like to give a shoutout to but did find an amazing group friends, creatives and like minded people on Instagram!! I never thought I would meet anyone online but I do believe we all are each others cheerleaders, helpers and share a wealth of knowledge!. It has been so important to me to engaging with others outside my circle and make business so much more fun! There is such a wealth in having others help and reciprocating!

Website: createartparty.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/createartparty/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/createartparty1

Yelp: Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/create-art-a-party-for-kids-san-marcos-2

Other: ETSY https://www.etsy.com/shop/Createartparty?ref=search_shop_redirect

Image Credits
Mermaid garden and little girls in mermaid outfit painting turquoise https://andreasandnico.shootproof.com/ Girls with DIY Easter tees, stains Patrick day, pink garden and totes Shannon Johnson Three fairy garden and mom and daughter Ceci Johnson

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