Stephanie Eckman, Party Designer & Stylist
It might not add up that Stephanie Eckman, a full-time accountant, would also have a party planning and decorating business. Her friends and neighbors know, however, that all one has to do is walk into her home on any given holiday, and it’s easy to see why her passion for festive occasions has translated into Tulsa’s only Party Darling.
Specializing in smaller events, The Party Darling provides party planning and decorating services for baby showers, birthday parties for children and adults, and most other events with a guest list of less than 50. “I first meet with each client to come up with a unique theme, and then plan the perfect custom party,” explained Stephanie. “We provide all elements of the design, such as backdrops, props, balloons, paper goods, favors, invitations, and banners.” The Party Darling also provides custom graphics and party printables, such as signage, cupcake toppers, drink labels, favor tags, stickers, and other party supplies to add that personal touch to your event. “Typically clients provide their own refreshments for parties,” according to Stephanie, “but through other business partners, we are able to provide the cake, cupcakes, cookies and other sweets.”
Stephanie always had a love for decorating, and while she started out in interior design, she changed her major, and pursued an accounting degree. “I love entertaining and decorating my home, and friends started asking for my help in planning their kids’ birthday parties,” said Stephanie. “So, I decided it was a good time to get into the ‘boutique-style’ party business, and the Party Darling was born.”
While there are many event planners in the Tulsa area, The Party Darling is unique in that they cater to smaller events such as children’s birthday parties, which can become a chore to plan for today’s busy families. “When it comes to kids parties, I often advise people to ask their child what kind of theme they would want,” according to Stephanie. “Websites like Pinterest give all sorts of ideas, and no matter what kind of party your child imagines, we can make it into a theme that fits.”