Emily: Event Sign Designer

Name: Emily

Age: 34

City: Mobile, Alabama

Side Hustle: Little Lawn Party

Do you have a website or store?: With the power of social media I haven’t needed anything more. Facebook and Instagram provide the perfect sharing forum for Little Lawn Party.

How did you get started?: Facebook actually. I saw some friends post pictures of their kids with lawn parties in other cities, and it sparked something inside me. I wanted my kids to have it on their birthdays.
At the time I was struggling with the lack of self-accomplishment as a full-time mom. Staying at home was becoming redundant, and I was desperate for a creative outlet (besides my adult coloring book). I thought this is it! I had the time (sort of) and resources to make it happen.
I got in touch with Montgomery Yard Party through a mutual friend and drained her of all she knew about the business. Lucky for me she was more than willing to walk me through everything. I launched Little Lawn Party 2 weeks later!

When/where do you work?: We have a storage house in our backyard that I call my “she-shed” where I paint, saw, and store my signs. You can drive by any given afternoon and see my boys running around in their diapers/undies covered in paint.
Setups are at night (usually after dark), so I creep out after I get my kids to bed to spread some morning joy around the city. I do pick-ups during the day with my kids. They love ‘partying.’

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Logistics. There are a lot of moving parts, and it can be time consuming to make sure I dot my i’s and cross my t’s so I don’t double book something. And with a 1 and 3-year-old, quiet time to think is sparse.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?:

JOY. So much joy! You can see it in the faces of every recipient I post pictures of on social media. It’s been so fulfilling to gift people smiles. Isn’t that what God asks us to do for our neighbors?
Growing older is a gift at any age. I lost my dad at the young age of 58. I know God graced me with this opportunity to draw attention to His beauty in every day we have here on earth. #celebrateeverything!

Who is your greatest supporter?: My mom was on board right away and still gets so thrilled when she drives by a party. It took some time for most people to understand the concept of propping painted plywood in people’s yards late at night.
My husband has been a rock as well. I couldn’t do anything without his support.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My kids, hands down. Selfishly, I wanted them to have this to wake up to on their milestones. I’m pretty sure it’s how my 3-year-old knows his numbers.

Have you received recognition for your work? Have you heard of Keep Yo Side Hustle?

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: That it continues to bring joy to all ages throughout our city.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

If you are passionate about it and believe in it, so will others. Nothing is more satisfying than succeeding at something you’ve dreamed up. Follow your heart. Go for it!

See the joy from Little Lawn Party on Facebook or #celebrateeverything with Little Lawn Party on Instagram. If you would like to connect, collaborate, or learn more, reach out to Emily via email here!

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