& Company

{ About Stacey }

I’ve been crafty & throwing parties for as long as I can remember.

When I was little my mom owned a ceramics business. She sold her wares at craft fairs and taught classes in her studio in our house. I can remember playing under the table at the fairs and when I was older making my own items to sell. At that same time my sister and I were always playing tea party with our dolls, everything had to be set just right and the food perfect. And at age 8 I was cooking dinner several nights a week – always having a hard time sticking to the recipe and wanting to mix it up a bit.

If I had only known then that I should follow my heart and stick with the favorites, I would have saved a lot of time. But I guess the experiences I had along the way are what make me so successful in what I do today.

So where did my adventures take me after tea parties and craft fairs?

First to California State University, Chico – where I perfected my abilities to work and play hard as well studying communications and getting a BA in Information and Communications Studies, basically I learned to talk!

After college I moved to Seattle and spent some time as a nanny. While living with the family I really learned to love setting a table and plating my yummy culinary concoctions. The dad of the family I worked with introduced me to the ramekin and serving dishes and now I own more than any one person should, ask my husband!

During my time in Seattle I also helped manage a bed & breakfast near Alki Beach. I would take over the inn while the owners took vacations, usually 1-2 weeks at a time. I was 100% in charge of the place, except for changing the sheets and cleaning the bathrooms. I would greet the guests, be their concierge and cook them a gourmet breakfast for them each morning. The owner and I even wrote a little cook book for the guests. Ahhh, I miss my days at Villa Heidelberg.

Before I left the Pacific Northwest I started my own business, Simply Stacey. I helped families with whatever they needed help with, mostly child care, home organization, kid’s craft projects and decorating their homes for the holidays.

Sunny California began to call my name!

In 1997, I moved back to San Francisco and worked for several years as a high tech project manager and website producer, riding the dot com boom. But I got restless and decided I needed to try something different. After a little traveling on the East Coast, I settled into a position managing a small graphic design firm. I was always envious of the designers and the fact that they got to be creative everyday, while I crunched numbers and managed schedules.

In 2002, a simple Valentine’s card project launched Stacey & Company. Then over the next two years I made handmade notecards – which I sold at local street fairs, designed invitations for my friend’s weddings and started doing a little catering and party planning – anything I could find to give me a chance to be creative while bringing home a paycheck. After I had my first baby I decided that I should try launching Stacey & Company as a full-fledged business.

A friend of a friend led to another gig and before I knew it, I was running a busy studio full time (or at least part time mom / part time small business owner). I designed my first full scale wedding in 2006 and haven’t looked back.

Today Stacey & Company specializes in events & celebrations of all kinds!

From custom invitations, catering, floral and decor to full service planning and on site coordination – for everything from baby showers, 80th birthdays, weddings to kid’s parties, bar + bat mitzvahs and corporate events. You name it, we’ll do it and I LOVE every minute of it.

Each day brings new clients and new challenges, each one different and unique. I’m so lucky to have gotten back to the place where I get to do what I love everyday and I have been able to pull together a team of like minded folks who are also following their dreams and filling their lives with joyous celebrations!