Interview with Jeanne Benedict

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing party expert Jeanne Benedict,and I loved talking all things parties with her! Below is a summary of all the fabulous entertaining topics we discussed on our phone chat! Hope you enjoy learning more about Jeanne, she’s a rockstar!

Where did you first develop your love for entertaining?
“I’ve always had a passion for parties, I really like the joy of seeing the look on someone’s face when an event is personalized. It has always really thrilled me, whether it’s a bridal shower or a birthday party. I never thought I’d be an entertaining-party person. I did a gingerbread house making video in 1994, and it was placed on the back of S&H Sugar boxes. ” And as we have discovered about Jeanne, the rest is history!

What is your favorite event or party to design?
” I really like bridal and baby showers.” Jeanne shared with me how fun bridal and baby shower are because you can “max out a theme”.  “Anything can be applied. I like kids’ birthday parties too.  I like dinner parties – enjoying amazing food. It begins with taste and presentation backs it up.”

Have you noticed any new trends in parties and events?
“Going greener, much more hand-crafted, because you can buy everything you want at Michaels. Using paper and printables is a big trend. People are really getting sophisticated with their graphics. Designing it from scratch with printables. Candy buffets can be really expensive but because of blogs and more information, people are getting really savvy with their wallets and really understanding how to get more artistic and take more risks.   A little more minimilast and more designer.”

What is your one piece of advice for up and coming entrepreneurs?
“Make you sure you love and listen to people. Don’t think you can do everything yourself. You have to have your original voice. Have your own style and commit to it. Get help when you need it. Listen to suggestions, take the criticism to heart, don’t get offended. Be yourself – be absolutely yourself – no matter what anybody says.”

What are some of your Favorites?
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Cream Sauces & Eggs Benedict
Favorite Dessert: Bread Pudding

Jeanne Benedict has been seen on The TODAY Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The CBS Saturday Early Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show, and more! To learn more about Jeanne, visit her site here. Watch clips from these shows and more fun videos from Jeanne here.

Check out these fabulous smore ideas from Jeanne! We can’t wait to try these recipes, they would be great for a camping party.

Smore Recipes from Jeanne Benedict

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