Planning a party for a small company or group can be a challenge. Often there’s not enough people or not enough budget to pull off something truly marvelous. Several Des Moines business owners decided to address that issue; the current trend of pop-up shops and pop-up eateries inspired the launch of DSM Pop-up Parties.
“Not only is it fun and unique to makeover a venue for a pop-up, our concept reduces the cost for each party because expenses are bundled,” explained Gina Cramer, owner of Make It Happen Events. “These parties are perfect for a small business’ holiday party or even a group of friends that wants to get together without the hassle of hosting or the impersonal feel of a restaurant’s party room.”
DSM Pop-up Parties’ first foray into the Des Moines event scene will be holiday parties. Lunch, dinner and cocktail parties are available to book, December 3-15. The private pop-up parties all include beautiful décor and centerpieces, customized invitations, amazing food and desserts and holiday tunes. Suppliers and vendors have been carefully curated specifically for these parties to create an amazing experience.
Because the details are already arranged and all facets of the party included, there are no additional surprise charges. Lunch parties average $40 per guest and can accommodate 10-30 guests for a sit-down meal. A dinner party averages only $60 per guest and can accommodate 20-30 guests for a sit-down meal. A cocktail-style party with high-top tables and appetizer-style food is only $45 per guest and can accommodate up to 75 partiers.
Live music, appearances by Santa, entertainment by a stand-up comic or magician, candid party photography and other options can be added on for an additional fee.
“It’s really the easiest party you can throw. You pick the date and type of party. Tell us how many guests you’ll have and approve the menu we suggest. Then you show up and can enjoy the party without worrying about setup, vendor management or cleanup,” Cramer said.
Cramer is one of the five concept creators. Andrea Hansen, co-owner of Venuefox, Ryan Kolder, owner of On The Spot, Courtney Tompkins, owner of JustCourtney Productions, and Tara Dudley, owner of Plant Life Designs, are the other organizers.
Hansen said, “As many great ideas do, this one bubbled to the surface while imbibing with friends. The five of us were chatting about how easy Venuefox makes organizing an event and how costly and overwhelming it can be to throw a party for a small group while also brainstorming ideas for our companies to work together. Ta-da, DSM Pop-up Parties was born.”
The holiday parties in December, dubbed “Cheers to the Holidays,” will kick off the collaborative fun but the group hopes to pop up around town for future parties.
“This time we’re in the East Village. Maybe next time we’ll secure a pop-up location in West Des Moines or maybe it’ll be outdoors. We want to keep parties fun and interesting,” Dudley said.
For more information, visit www.dsmpopupparties.com or email DSMPopUpParties@gmail.com.
DSM Pop-up Parties is the fun, easy way to throw a party for friends, colleagues or staff in Des Moines. The venues and themes will change but the details will always be taken care of for you. To learn more about the concept or check out the next pop-up party opportunity, visit DSMPopUpParties.com or Facebook.com/PopUpPartiesDSM.