We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Small and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, what do you attribute your success to?
The greatest factor behind my success is the support of my friends and family. I could not be where I am now without the people in my life who have given up their free time to help me organize, deliver, and create everything that goes into making my parties the best they can be. They have shared my story, booked me for events, networked for me, and recommended me to countless clients. Without them, I would likely be struggling to get off the ground at this point.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Party Jess Productions offers full service event planning and event rentals. We pride ourselves on being able to work with any budget and focusing solely on events under 50 people which allows me to fine tune my services to meet a variety of specific visions. Starting an event planning company in the middle of a global pandemic may have seemed like a pretty crazy idea to most, but we were able to use this to start out on a smaller scale and learn how to perfect my skills and learn the ins and outs of navigating the inevitable hiccups in any business. As events have amped up again, I’ve been able to grow my services in a way that is manageable while never sacrificing the quality of service and product Party Jess offers. Smaller, socially-distanced events allowed me to nail down my process and organize my systems. I hope that when clients across greater Houston see Party Jess, they realize they are getting a specialized service to fit their particular desires and to make their party a perfect fit for them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think that the quickest way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach! Being a foodie myself, I would base my ideal itinerary around enjoying Houston’s cultural experience through food. I am also a bit of a closeted “nerd” and I find that the Houston Museum District has so much to offer for anyone’s interests. We would definitely start with brunch at Lucille’s then spend some time at the Houston Museum of Natural Science checking out whatever new latest exhibit is in town. After a fun day at the museum we would head to Hotel ZaZa for some drinks on the patio, followed by dinner at MF Sushi. Some other must eat spots would be Street Food Thai Market on Cavalcade which has some of the best Thai food in the Heights, La Lucha for the amazing fried chicken and oysters, and Serca Wine for a wine tasting experience they wouldn’t forget. I’d hope to give them some insight into all of Houston’s fun little pockets of town as well. Being a Heights resident myself, I would begin on 19th street with some coffee at Boomtown, shopping at Manready Mercantile and A&G Antiques, and throw in a fun cardio-based dance class at Dance House Fitness. I’m a regular there and although I can’t promise I’m always on beat, I can always guarantee that I always have a great time and a great workout! Montrose is a can’t miss location to pop into after a day at the museum. There’s a great sense of walkability and a fun day to be had bar-hopping and finding some great live music. The best thing about Houston is that it has variety and a great sense of culture, so I would hope to further tune my weekly itinerary to the specific interests of the friend who is visiting. It’s no secret—Houston is the greatest city in Texas and that’s why Party Jess made it’s home here with the greatest people, food, and sense of family found in the Lone Star State.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Easily, my husband. John’s unwavering support has given me the gift to make this fearless jump in my career. It was a huge financial decision for us to decide that I would leave a successful career that I spent over a decade building and start a party planning business. I had plenty of doubts, especially given the current factors working against group gatherings, but he has supported me and uplifted me through it all.