Entertaining with a Flair - we serve the greater Indianapolis, Indiana area and opened in 2006. Pam Monahan, owner.
HOW WE GOT STARTED
When our daughter got married, I was one of those moms who thought I could do it all. I had worked for a florist in high school so I thought this was something I could easily do. I quickly realized that it was a lot of work and a lot of time. After the wedding and when we met with the photographer to view the pictures, I noticed that I wasn’t in any of the pre-wedding pictures. My daughter quickly reminded me that it was because I was the one running around getting everything ready. It was then that I realized that I missed out on precious time that I couldn’t get back.
A few years later, I was out and came across a beautiful set of antique dishes at a garage sale. I love vintage and realized how detailed and beautiful they were. Thinking about my past experiences with my daughter’s wedding and having hosted a few large dinner parties, I began leaning toward starting a company who could help those who “entertain at home.” I began shopping for inventory and opened “Entertaining with a Flair” by offering boutique tableware.
Being a rental company, we began receiving inquiries from brides. We started with chair covers and linens. A few years later, Pinterest hit the media and brides began asking for more color, textures and design options. Nicer linens came into play and we began creating custom accents for their tabletops. We wanted to offer our clients additional options by designing beyond the tabletop. I had past retail display experience and had taken a few interior design classes, so we began offering design and decorating services. As we grew, we realized that it was time to bring our designs into the centerpieces. I enrolled and completed my floral design courses and we started offering centerpieces as well.
Our centerpiece designs have branched out even further. We now offer themed centerpieces and corporate clients are part of our clientele. This has enabled us to do some of our most detailed design work - which we truly enjoy.
ART-RELATED- PRIOR TO OPENING ENTERTAINING WITH A FLAIR
Floral Work – 2 years; small floral shop
Retail Display – 9 years; LS Ayres Flagship Store
Interior Design – 2 certifications; IUPUI
Floral Design - 4 certifications; IUPUI
Professional Gift Wrapper – 1 season; Von Mar
Various Entertaining Seminars – Lazarus Department Store
PARALEGAL – CURRENT, PART-TIME
Real Estate Law – College of Mount St Joseph, Cincinnati
Commercial Real Estate Paralegal – various law firms, commercial brokerage firm and banks
Commercial Real Estate Closing Coordinator, AVP, The National Bank of Indianapolis
I primary meet with our clients to determine their needs and I design a plan. If needed, I pull in certain talented individuals who bring in their own experience and expertise. Some of their work is shown in some of our pictures, and I believe in giving credit where credit is due.
Lori Christy, owner of Elsie’s Flower Shop
FLORISTS - WEDDING PARTY FLOWERS and LARGE CENTERPIECES
Lori Christy, owner of Elsie’s Flower Shop, current