Written by The Kentish Mummy
When two creative Mum’s paths cross and they have many conversations about how their lives have changed since having children and juggling work alongside the journey of parenting, a dream is born.
Debbie had studied fine art and design at college and gained a diploma in visual merchandising and went on to work her way up to be a Store Manager. Lucienne had dreamed of pursuing a career involving her artistic side after finishing her art A Levels and fell into hairdressing. Both stayed in their jobs for years, gaining great experience and enjoying interacting with the public, though they both dreamed about working in the events industry, but they didn’t have the confidence to chase those dreams. Afterall, it can be quiet daunting.
When her children started school, it drove Debbie to leave her job and to get back to her creative side. In February 2020, Debbie followed her creative passion and opened a cart hire business that created balloon displays for events. Lucienne saw the displays and said it inspired and gave her confidence to say she would love to do something similar, so they collaborated and Dream Higher Events was created.
From thereon, there was no stopping. In the space of a couple of weeks, Debbie and Lucienne launched their business and collaborated with a network in the entertainment industry. Then came lockdown, a hold on all events, parties and social gatherings. What a challenging time to start a new business and for a moment they thought their journey had finished before it even started.
Realising how hard and uncertain this time is for children, especially with being Mums themselves, Debbie and Lucienne wanted to thank a special lady in in their community, who has helped their children through lockdown with her Facebook and YouTube channel, Teeny Boppers. So the Mums donated a rainbow arch to Teeny Boppers to use in their videos to entertain children.
A lockdown highlight, was the rainbow balloon garland they made to thank the Kings Hill staff at the local doctors surgery. It truly lifted spirits for those who have been working so hard during this difficult time, and there were even some happy tears shed.
A member of the public approached us to create a special display for the Swan in West Malling, to thank their staff for all their hard work in making and delivering meals to the vulnerable and supporting the community in this difficult time. Debbie said, “There are a lot of people doing so much for others and it is so lovely to be recognised. It is so endearing, to be able to bring joy and thanks through our work”.
Debbie and Lucienne have been very busy in between these projects making and delivering balloon displays especially for children who have missed out on their parties, it’s been such a pleasure to be able to still make their birthdays feel special. This is where their own children have really helped and inspired our ideas with their imagination, having mini apprentices alongside makes their job even more fulfilling. With all the orders coming in, this is also where they realised that having a team of two sharing the workload took the pressure off the work life balance and that they are still able to have quality family time.
So far it has not been without its challenges, due to the social distancing and having to work separately, suppliers being closed and delivery delays. They have managed to make it work and be successful and are adapting by creating new ideas and thinking outside the box.
The mumpreneur’s are looking forward to catering for bigger events especially when the lockdown is over. Keep a look out for them on your socials @dream_higher_events as they will be doing a free giveaway for a child who missed out on their birthday celebrations.