Face the Fun Parties and Events is run by me, Jade alongside my alter ego, Jelly Jade!
How did I get to run this super-duper party business and meet wonderful people like you?
Well, after having my youngest son in 2012, I did not want to go back into retail where I had been for 15 years so it was time to put into practise the skills I had learnt along the way and pursue a dream I had never thought would happen. With the help of my friends, and parents at my eldest son's school, I was able to offer a free party to see how good I was! Turns out, I wasn't too bad!
I actually thought I was the worlds greatest face painter, with a history of being creative and doing face painting at my first ever job at the age of 16, but I could cringe knowing how awful I truly was and how sorry I am to those Mums who let me paint a huge black Batman all over their child's face!
I decided I needed to train and learn some important skills in order to be great at what I do! I trained at The Face Painting Shop in Stanford, Essex at intermediate level and I also trained at beginners level for balloon modelling at Havering Adult College.
My Mum helped choose our business name, a friend of mine helped design our logo, and we were open for business!
Our first year saw me network like crazy, making new friends along the way and attending every event possible! Some events were really beneficial, others were a waste of time, so much so that I thought I could do a better job myself!
And so, our 'and events' title was added to our business name and in 2013 I trialed a vintage fair, craft fair, and Christmas fair.
In 2014, I launched my Events business with an exhibition of small, local businesses and booked in 10 events that would take place across the year. These included a charity night, 4 pamper evenings, 4 wedding fairs, and a craft fair! Not all were successful but those that were we have done again and again since!
Alongside this, my party entertainment was thriving and we face painted at huge local events including the Collier Row carnival, (which we helped organise!), the Mayor's events, Christmas lights switch on, local parks and was even contacted by a Towie cast member for their party!
2015 saw Jelly Jade being launched in Havering and Redbridge. The party world was being slowly over taken by Princess and superhero mascots that I wanted to find something unique to offer our customers so that they had more variety. Combining my love for rainbows, music and magic, Jelly Jade offers a unique style that no one else offers in our area as well as my bubbly personality (or so I have been told!) and history of working in a nursery for 2 years.
This year also saw our most successful events to date including over 300 people attend our Halloween ball, and over 100 brides to be attend our Havering Wedding fairs which we are extremely proud of!
In three years, I have juggled bringing up two boys, and I married my best friend, Dean, (more about him below!) all whilst building my empire. I am established in Havering, so much so, that I get recognised whilst doing my shopping, (maybe it's time to stop dyeing my hair bright red?!) and have made a huge community of parents as friends, who book me year after year and keep me on my toes!
All I want to do is keep children believing in magic, with the world today the way it is, our children are the ones who can make a difference to the next generation and it is vital their imagination is given the opportunity to thrive! So I am always looking at ways to keep the party as fun as possible!
Now, my husband Dean is so supportive of what I do, and he is our resident DJ for when our customers need a disco! He has over 15 years experience in the industry and always has the latest equipment and music to give you the best experience possible.
By day, he is a local government officer, by night the lights come on, the music plays and the passion shines through!
My father has been in the music industry for over 40 years, so Dean and I compliment each other in the business, when you make an enquiry for a disco, it is usually me you will speak to first, having picked up a lot of knowledge from my dear Dad!
If Dean is already booked for the date you have in mind, my Dad is on hand to take his place.
As we are a family passionate about music, we love to listen to your requirements and fulfil them. We strongly believe that we know what we are talking about when it comes to entertaining your guests, so sit back and let us do the hard work!
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