A look back at 2010 and glance into the future

Twenty Ten was an eventful year for me. I started this year working really hard towards a goal of moving up in the company at which I work. I was traveling with the company doing hiring and training. And, while I loved that part of the job I hated being away from home and hated coming back to the every day grind of the job. The longer I waited for the position I wanted the more I realized that the position was not for me. I guess that all the comments from people telling me that I needed to be in the event planning field finally got through my thick skull. So, in April 2010 I decided to step down from my role in my company and instead step into the event styling field slowly with this blog.

A Well Crafted Party’s First Post, “Let’s Party” was published on April 26, 2010.

I fell in love with the idea behind the name “A Well Crafted Party.” I really love crafts and creating items with my hands (or computer). And, I really love parties. I thought the whole idea fit me and my goal to a T.

Since that first post in April the blog has grown to have 30 followers, 136 Facebook Fans and over 11,000 page views. While I know that might seem small to some bloggers out there I am overwhelmed with excitement… I never thought the blog could go this far! It makes me really want to continue to create and share on the blog. It makes me want to improve and expand! Thank you so much to each of you lovely readers. I hope that some of these past 90 posts have inspired you in some way. I would LOVE to hear any feedback you may have for me and the blog.

To look back on this year a bit I thought I’d put together a few of my own “TOP of 2010″ lists.

Top Posts of 2010
based on page views
1. Free Printables: Mini Cupcake Toppers 
Top Blog Moments of 2010
based on my own personal memory in no particular order

1. Having one of my parties being featured as one of 
Catch My Party’s Favorite Parties of the Year!!!
My Viva Las Vegas Party is one of 24 amazing parties being featured over at Catch My Party’s Blog
I feel honored to be included and as always… I love the Catch My Party site! 

in the category of Halloween Parties—All Ages.  My “Mad Tea Party” won the prize!
This was my first contest to enter for one of my parties and it was so much fun!
3. Having a wedding I styled and a tutorial featured on Eat Drink Pretty.
It was such an amazing feeling to have one of my favorite blogs feature my work!
4. Having several of my parties featured on Catch My Party
This party hosting site has been such an inspiration to me and I have been super
excited to see several of my parties featured on either the front page or blog. 
If you haven’t checked them out yet… now is the time!
5. Hitting 100 Facebook fans (now 136 and counting)! 
I was so very excited to see so many new faces now following the blog. 
I’m glad you are here! 
 Now…for 2011

The past few weeks I’ve been working very hard on a few projects that will have to stay under the hat for a bit. I’m over the moon about the changes and opportunities for me and this blog that will be happening in 2011. I can’t do it without YOU… so, please leave me comments or e-mail me about things you like, want to see more of, could see less of… etc.

A Few Resolutions:
When I was younger I would write one resolution for every year I have been alive. I’m too old for that now… It would take forever to remember what the resolutions were much less keep to them! So, I just want to leave a couple resolutions I have for this blog:

1. A Blog Redesign!!! I’m not happy with the way the blog looks right now. I was super proud when I FINALLY finished all the elements, but that was for the start of a small project.
I want to give the blog design a much needed makeover and the attention it deserves.
2. To finally take the final step into the Event Styling field and opening my own shop. I am in the process of creating product and preparing myself for the legal side of owning my own small (very small) business. This has been taking up most of my brain the past few months… 
I hope to see it through this year!
 3. Create more tutorials for do-it-yourself projects and more free printables. Those are things I look for in other blogs (along with inspiration) and I hope to provide more of those things for my readers.

Happy New Year to you all! 
Thank you for reading A Well Crafted Party! 
—Always, Jenni   

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