Owner of Tea Parties Inc. helps people celebrate safely during the pandemic

Who says you can't celebrate safely? A new wedding and event planner details just how she gets it done

Teanna James stands in front of her home office. James is a wedding and event planner based in Brampton, Ontario. Courtesy Teanna James

The pandemic has changed the way people celebrate. 

As COVID-19 rules and regulations fluctuate, it can be a challenge to celebrate one’s special moments. Extensive event planning is needed to ensure proper protocols are in place. 

Teanna James, 23, is a wedding and event planner that understands the process of celebrating a milestone during the pandemic. 

As the CEO of Tea Parties Inc., James collaborates with her clients and tackles the challenges of keeping up with protocols and restrictions around both indoor and outdoor gatherings. 

“The biggest challenge I faced in running and starting a business during the pandemic was keeping up with all of the rules,” James said during a phone interview. “I usually plan events from a couple of months in advance so trying to keep up with what’s allowed vs. what will be allowed in the future is always changing.”

James’ business is all about celebrating love and life’s special moments. It started with helping friends and family plan their birthday parties, and then turned into a side hustle. 

“I’ve always loved event management, and I was in project management before. I worked in that field right before everything happened,” she said.

James’ planning process starts by gathering information about her client’s event, then she establishes the style and aesthetic of the party by brainstorming with her client and walking them through different ideas. The final design of the party is based on their individual wants and needs.

Amina Awisse recently hired James to celebrate her daughter’s third birthday in her backyard. With an assortment of balloons, specialized catering and a scaled-down guest list, the party was successful. “The party was amazing, high class and breath-taking. We loved the view at sunset,” said Awisse.

James said some events are more difficult to plan than others due to ever-changing pandemic rules and restrictions, including a stay-at-home order that prevented weddings from taking place at all.

“The restrictions for weddings have been all over the place. It’s been really hard to keep up with,” James said. “I always have to create a couple of backup plans and an ideal plan just in case we get shut down again or just in case the limit goes down from 10 to 5 people or what not.”

Sharon Blemano, a 25-year-old Brampton resident, raved about working with Tea Parties Inc. to plan her big bash. “My 25th “Champagne birthday” celebration exceeded my expectations,” said Blemano, who celebrated in April.

Large number of decorations sit in Sharon Blemano’s living room in time for her 25th birthday celebration COURTESY TEANNA JAMES (@teapartiesinc)

“Teanna’s ability to be flexible and creative in order to fit into the event specifications speaks to her professionalism and passion for her business. She created customized event arrangements to fit the theme of a cream, pink and gold bogo theme, which many complimented. We are excited to work with her in the future.”

James has worked hard to create a list of vendors she can work with and rely on for items such as catering, photography and stationery. These details tie it all together to make the perfect event.

“I’ve had so many people tell me that this was their vision and they would have never been able to create it themselves,” she said. “It’s about making your dreams come true.”

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Posted: Jun 12 2021 4:45 pm
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