Who’s Who: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Hello and Happy Who’s Who Tuesday!  Up this week…Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes!

Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee's Petite Cakes

Sometime in mid-March, I actually featured Lynlee’s Bunny Hole Push-Up Pops in my post “Picks for a Bunny-tastic Holiday“.  I try to keep up with the party scene and really enjoy all the work that the event stylists put into their tables and parties, and when I saw that Easter Egg Hunt styled by Lynlee in the Spring Issue of The Party Dress Magazine…well I had to include it in that bunny board!

Easter Egg Hunt

Anyway, let’s back track a bit….  Remember that Dreamers into Doers event I blogged about when I first started Daily Bits?  I’ve referred back to it quite a few times because so many of the fabulous women I have spotlighted (and will be introducing in the weeks to come) are part of Martha’s Dreamers.

Well, up until that event in March, I had only really kept up with Lynlee’s work through Facebook; I know there are the other social media outlets like Twitter but I have only been able to really keep up with things through the one and typically go cross-eyed with the other (lol).  Luckily, I had the opportunity to meet Lynlee in person at the event, where we shared some giggles and photos and whatnot…and I’ve asked her to take part in Daily Bits so that you, too, can get to know this sweet lady 🙂

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child, I wanted to be a singer/rockstar when I grew up!  I’ve always loved to sing and annoyed my little brother all the time…whether it was in my room, the car or all throughout the house!  Though I am not pursuing this career as an adult, I have to admit…I’m sure my current neighbors might have their own complaints! 😉

Silly Old Bear - Winnie the Pooh

When did you start your business and what inspired you to do it?

I started my business back in 2010 shortly after I threw my daughter’s third birthday.  I had always loved planning parties and decorating cakes/cupcakes with frosting, but I had not tried my hand at fondant.  When we had decided on a cowgirl theme, I wanted to do something a little different for her cupcakes and started searching the internet for some ideas.  I came upon a tutorial to make three-dimensional fondant horses and decided to tackle my fear of fondant and give it a try.  I left my career as a retail buyer and ever since, I have been enthralled in this love affair with both fondant and parties and have been so fortunate to have been able to turn it into my new career!

Come Fly Away - Pan Am

What are the most important business lessons you have learned so far?

I would say the most important lesson I have learned thus far has been to be able to adapt and change my plans and goals as necessary.  Having a business plan to lay out the road map for where you want to go is indispensable…but when business and demands change, it is vital to be able to re-route and change directions to stay on track for the bigger picture. Constantly re-prioritizing is also key for not only a business, but to attempt to achieve balance with your home life as well! I also feel that social media is an invaluable tool for the modern business…be it small companies or large corporations, especially when it comes to advertising and promoting your brand, as well as networking and developing relationships with members of any industry.

Pirate Fondant Toppers

 What has been your favorite project so far and why?

Such a difficult question, as the list of favorites in terms of both fondant work and parties is long…but I would say that to date, my absolute favorite project was my daughter’s Finding Neverland party to celebrate her fourth birthday party.  I loved incorporating the decor and beauty of the Victorian era with the imaginative play of the classic Peter Pan story to allow the kids imagine and believe!!!  I have a special place in my heart for children’s themes and parties because of this notion of “believing” and the sheer happiness that comes from it.

Finding Neverland - Peter Pan

Random quirky question here….  If you were an animal, what would it be and why?

If I were an animal, I’d have to say I’d like to be a French poodle. I have an affinity for anything French and this iconic animal epitomizes elegance and intelligence and the overall “ooh la la” city girl way of life! ♥

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Who’s Who: Bee*s Knees Parties

In April of 2011 – a week or so after I had joined the MS Dreamers Into Doers Community – I received an invitation from Dawn Menon of Bee*s Knees Parties to join a few local Dreamers for an informal dinner in NYC, which she was co-hosting with Khaliah of The Party Muse.

As I was brand new to business ownership, I jumped at the opportunity to meet others who were in the same boat as I was – creative entrepreneurs with small businesses.  After a memorable evening of laughter and get-to-know-yous…sharing and discussion…as well as a surprise visit from Amy Atlas (surprise for us, but coordinated by Dawn and Khaliah), I left the restaurant with a spring in my step and new friends in my heart.

This week I am spotlighting Dawn and Bee*s Knees Parties in our weekly “Who’s Who” so that you, too, can get to know this fabulous woman who imbues each of her parties with incomparable style.

Dawn Menon of Bee*s Knees Parties

A Bit About Dawn

Dawn Menon has been a children’s event planner for the past seven years.  She first opened The Little Tea Company in 2005, which was an on-location birthday party company that served the NY area.  During that time, her parties were strictly dress up tea parties for little girls.  After she and her family relocated and her third son was born, Dawn took a year off from the party planning business.  During that time, she saw a change in the business and decided to refocus and re-brand.  Dawn felt it was time to offer unique parties for little boys as well, so she opened Bee*s Knees Parties in 2009.  Over the past three years, she has had the pleasure of planning events for her fantastic clients, as well as family and friends.

Barbershop Party, 2011 (photo credit: 2 girl phototique)

Do you have any mentors that have helped you along as you built your business?

Since day one, my husband has been my biggest supporter and fan.  He helped me build my little company to become what it is today.  Because he works in finance, he is my “business Yoda” and my go-to guy whenever I have a dilemma.  As far as mentors, I admire from afar…I am a big fan of women who may have taken a risk and never looked back.  For me, those women include Sara Blakely (creator of Spanx), Lilly Pulitzer (clothing designer), Rachel Stephens (photographer), and Amy Atlas (lawyer turned internationally known “Sweets Stylist”).

Minnie Mouse First Birthday, 2012 (photo courtesy of 2 girl phototique)

What are the most important business lessons you have learned so far?

After doing children’s event planning for some time, I love that I am still learning and – to me – that is one of the biggest lessons in itself.  One should not proclaim that they already know everything in their field.  Things are always changing and if you do not evolve, your business will suffer.  I believe having a strong vendor list is also key when you are in event planning.  When you trust your key vendor’s level of work, that is one less thing you have to worry about, or micromanage.  I am happy to have built a strong network of vendors, who have become my friends.  Through these vendors, I have also learned about their side of the business, which is so interesting to me.

What did you think you were going to be when you were growing up?

Definitely Wonder Woman.  By age 4, I had so many pairs of Wonder Woman Underoos because I insisted on wearing a pair everyday.  I even had gold wrist cuffs made out of aluminum foil.  I was convinced I would be called to help someone and I wanted to be ready!

French Frog First Birthday, 2011

If you were a rock star, who would it be and why?

I would have to say Tina Turner.  I admire her resilience to every obstacle that came her way, as well as her intense work ethic and drive.  In comparing that to my business reputation, I love the idea that you don’t necessarily have to be constantly talked about or in the public eye, but people know about you, and when you do surface, your talent shines because it is solid and timeless.

What do you like to do in your free time?

While raising three boys and running a small business, free time is not something that I have an abundant amount of…therefor, I need to use it wisely!  I love shutting off the world when we go upstate to the family lake house, and re-connecting with my boys, husband and nature (as well as catching up on wedding and trade magazines!)  I also enjoy visiting new restaurants, catching up with friends, going to quirky thrift shops, and exploring new towns, especially towns that have quaint Main Street shops and eateries.

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