We have had an AMAZING first year sharing whimsy with the world. We have learned so much. We’ve tried our hands at design, marketing, photography, accounting, building display pieces, and so much more. We’ve met other local business owners, bloggers, and supporters who have quickly become friends (and been thankful for many friends who have become supporters as well!). We have become pros at assembling mannequins and packing cars. We have lived, laughed, pinched fingers in tent frames, cried a little, laughed some more, and looked ever forward. When we sat down to discuss celebrating this milestone, we could think of nothing better than sharing our birthday wishes with some Minnesota families who could really use them.
We knew early on in The Whimsy Factory’s creation that we wanted to find a way to help organizations that make an impact on children in our community. We were privileged to be involved in Teagan’s Make-A-Wish reveal earlier this summer, and now we are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Wishes & More as the beneficiary of our Capes & Crowns event – a Superhero and Princess party fundraiser.
Wishes & More is a local charity serving ill children and their families across Minnesota. They bring a little light into what can otherwise be a pretty dark situation – basically, they spread whimsy. We are big fans of the amazing work they do, and urge you to read about some of the wishes and memorials they’ve made possible here. You may want to prepare with some Kleenex – I ugly cry each time I hear about these kids and families fighting so hard to persevere or overcome enormous obstacles. Wishes and More helps by granting wishes, providing a scholarship so that kids have something to look forward to and reach for beyond the wish experience, and also by providing memorials for children who enter the program but do not make it to see their wish fulfilled. If you are as moved by these actions as I am, you also might want to look into their volunteer positions and the annual Winter Ball, which I’ve had the pleasure of attending in the past.
On Sunday, October 18th Capes & Crowns attendees will be treated to games, crafts, refreshments, and other activities at the Shoreview Community Center. Special guest princesses and superheroes from the fantastic crew at Pretty Princess Parties will meet and interact with guests and pose for photos – be sure to bring your camera to capture the fun! Costumes, capes, & crowns are encouraged for the celebration. Follow our Facebook page and event group for exciting announcements, but be sure to get your tickets soon – at just $7 per person, with a minimum of $5 per ticket sold going directly to Wishes & More, we can’t guarantee how long they will last.
Whether your little one prefers capes, crowns, or both, we hope that we’ve helped add a little Whimsy to your lives this past year, and we’d love to see you at our first birthday party. Please join us in celebration and help to bring a little more whimsy to the world.
Don’t forget to play today! ~Heather