All images via Victoria Gloria Photography
Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful bag of confetti? There is something about it that is such a joyful celebration of life, love and passion. Which completely aligns with the personality of Jessica, head honcho of The Confetti Bar. We think the perfect description for Jessica is a bright ray of sunshine on the rainiest of gray days. It doesn’t even take a second of talking with her before you can feel her smile seeping right onto your face. We have to admit, we totally covet her confetti creations and we could not be more excited to share more about this lovely lady!
The concept of your business is simple, yet it is so original. How did you decide on confetti?
Confetti…it’s like the quintessential symbol for celebrations, right? It’s colorful and whimsical and fun and magical – everything you generally want a party to be. So why not really make it something special?
Well that’s what I thought when I decided to start The Confetti Bar, and once I had my idea, it was full steam ahead to actually turn it into a business!
What is your creative process for coming up with new mixes?
I can be inspired by just about anything – a picture I see on Instagram or Pinterest, a theme that pops into my head, listening to music or watching a movie. My brain is in constant confetti-mode! Once I have the idea, I then just try to translate that feeling or idea using my medium of color and texture.
When working on custom creations how do you gather inspiration from your clients?
Sometimes people will send me inspiration boards or pictures, or I can use their website/logo for ideas. The process for custom is similar to any of my mixes – taking an idea or theme and translating it via color and texture.
Everybody loves a little sparkle in their life; how do you keep sparkle in your day to day living?
I love to incorporate fun colors, glitter, and sequins into my wardrobe whenever I can, whether it be jewelry, clothing, or an accessory. Some days I like to keep it simple, but it makes me happy knowing I have the option to wear some sparkle whenever I want 😉
What is one DIY project that you’ve done that went horribly wrong?
I once tried to make some resin pendants, and wasn’t precise enough in my mixing so they turned out sticky and wouldn’t come out of the molds. I’m also not very good at making pom poms.
What has been your happiest moment as a business owner?
I absolutely love any time someone tells me that seeing my photos or receiving my product made them happy. It’s cheesy and corny, but it’s the truth! Confetti is supposed to be fun, so when I hear that it made someone smile it lets me know I’m doing something right!
Following up on that, what advice do you have for twenty-somethings that are looking to start their own businesses? What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
My first piece of advice is just to start. It may not be fancy or perfect, but at least make one step towards creating something. Even if you just keep a notebook and jot down ideas, it’s a way of brainstorming that will ultimately lead to your big ideas. Take that first step, and then just take it one more at a time.
Some of my biggest challenges have been just learning how to run a business – things like taxes and bookkeeping and what paperwork I need to file where – it’s enough to make you crazy! But just be persistent, do your research, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Who do you look to for guidance during tough times?
My whole family is really supportive and I know I can go to them anytime I need some advice, and my husband in particular keeps me in check. He usually takes the brunt of my frustrations and venting when things get overwhelming, but he can usually offer a different perspective (or back me up! haha).
What do your days away from the confetti office look like?
As I’m sure any entrepreneur will tell you, there is no such thing as a vacation! I am 24/7 thinking of confetti in some way, and I don’t think I will ever be able to turn that off. But I do try to make an effort to save weekends (when my family is home) for non-confetti things, like going shopping or watching Netflix or reading a book. I love what I do, though, so it doesn’t always seem like work.
When you think of the twenty-something years what word comes to mind?
Growth. While I may only be halfway through my twenties, the past 5 or so years have been full of change, both good and bad. I got my undergraduate degree, I’ve experienced terrible loss, I’ve gotten married, I’ve started a business, and I’ve changed my entire outlook on health and wellness. Through both the good and the bad, I really think I’m at the point where I’m just starting to realize who I want to be, and I continue to grow into that person every day.