Planning Events with Black Businesses

Event planning is an involved process. It requires a great amount and communication with the vendors that you pick. From weddings, to birthday parties, you’ll spend a lot of time explaining exactly what you need from who and when. It’s time that we’d prefer spending with a Black business owner.

Choosing Black vendors means being intentional about your spending. Events can be costly, so why not place that money with someone in the Black community to sustain their business.

For some skillsets, having a Black vendor definitely has its benefits. Black photographers may be more knowledgeable about how to adjust lighting to flatter your family pictures. Black makeup artist and hair stylist are going to come prepared to glam up your bridal party. Black owned catering companies often specialize in the types of cultural foods our guests want to see at events. While a Black DJ might be more responsive to the kind of music that you want played. Most importantly you’ll be able to find a vendor that is comfortable in your space, among your family and friends.

We partnered with Aya Educational Cooperative to bring together a Black Family Weekend this summer. The event utilized local Black owned businesses and I’d recommend each one of them for your next event.

Merch from FXPromoWear

FXPromo wear has your customize your event merch covered. The tote bags that we purchased were high quality, and fit the site description perfectly. Other options on their site include custom mugs, pens, apparel, and even pizza cutters. Just about anything you can think of can be customized with an image or logo of your choice. The customer service was quick and the process was all completed with ease.

Shirts from RoyalTeez

It was so special to have event T-shirts for our family weekend. It really made us feel like community. I think back on all the good memories every time I see how the design pops on the royal blue color. We had a variety of children’s sizes needed and even requested a few last minute- but RoyalTeez came through and got us what we needed on time and without any issues.

Custom Paint Kits from Art X Stephanie Morales

Canvas paint kits were the perfect make and take activity for our event. We purchased 3 custom designs. Each kit came with the paints, brushes, and instructions needed. Stephanie delivered such a special product for our event. The parents had a great time painting the keepsake. It was relaxing and fun to see everyones creativity.

Child Care from A-List Nanny Services

We wanted to make sure that the parents could sit back and put their feet up for a portion of Black Family Weekend. That’s where A-List Nanny Services came in. They sent 2 staff and lots of activities to keep the kids entertained. Music and bubbles! The kids had a blast!

Catering From Dancing Kitchen and Lil Reds

Finding a good caterer was key to having a successful event! Dancing Kitchen and Little Reds pulled through with their responsive customer service and ability to accommodate all food preferences and restrictions. Both caterers were able to do both gluten free and vegan options that everyone enjoyed. There was plenty of food for people to have seconds and to take a plate.

Special Guest Adefua Cultural Education Workshop

Adefua was our special guest for the weekend. They brought so much joy to the event! The drum performance was educational and interactive. The kids played along on various instruments and learned to dance along to the music. If your looking to add energy and culture to your event, Adefua is where it’s at!

Yard Games from Over The Moon Parties

Buying activities to keep your young guest occupied can be costly. And since this was a family weekend, we wanted to make sure that there was enough to keep the kids entertained. Over the Moon offers party rentals including popcorn and snow cone carts, chocolate fountains, and cotton candy makers. We opted for the lawn game rental, complete with giant Jenga and an oversized Connect Four.

Amanda Williams
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