Our Schoolvite Vendors

15 Jan, 2019

Our Schoolvite Vendors

Our Schoolvite Vendors

One of the most important pieces to a party is the selection of vendors.  Which means finding vendors that not only provide great services but are also a good fit for you.  One of the great things about the Schoolvite website is that we have brought together dozens of vendors from all over the local area into a single place.  I think one of my favorite things about being involved with Schoolvite is the emphasis on the local community and economy.  Like I mentioned in a previous post, giving back to Manatee County schools is a huge benefit of Schoolvite, but the ability to highlight local small businesses and provide them with exposure is another great reason to use Schoolvite.  It provides an avenue to some of those businesses that you may not have been aware of in a Google search.  With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few vendors I have worked with in the past, and give you some questions you can ask when vetting a potential supplier.  This is just a few of the many local vendors available to you.  Your goals and budget might steer towards a completely different set.


What is your cancellation policy for inclement weather?
Is there an extra travel charge for my location?
(If renting an item) Will someone be available the day of my event for troubleshooting?
(If entertainment) What time will they show up, how long do they need to set up, and how long will their presentation be (if any)?


Venue: Lakewood Ranch Cinemas

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas is a great venue for your child’s next birthday party.  They provide an all-inclusive party for you and they even roll out the red carpet, literally!  Having a party here is great if the birthday boy or girl is a big “going to the movies” fan.  With your package, your guests will get entrance to see a movie of your choice, popcorn, soda, and pizza afterwards.  The only thing you would need to plan yourself, is the cake.  Which leads me to the next vendor…

Bakery: Storybook Cafe

Michelle at Storybook Café can create the cake of your child’s dreams.  Whether you have a picture from Pinterest or you want something completely custom, she is your gal.  She makes anything from simple cakes to multiple layered cakes and anything in between.  With lots of flavors to choose from and fondant options as well, you can get a delicious and great looking cake at an affordable price.

Storybook Cafe Princess & The Pea Cake


Storybook Cafe Cars Cake

Photography: Ruthann Pillsbury Photography

I always recommend a photographer for every event I do…even kids’ birthday parties. Having a photographer takes the stress and the job off your hands. You can enjoy your child’s party without having to worry about capturing all the fun and exciting moments yourself.  There’s nothing like getting the gallery back from your photographer so you can look back at what an amazing day it was celebrating another year with your growing kids.  Ruthann Pillsbury does a great job making those memories last through her photography.  She is so patient and sweet and does a great job working with kids.

Ruthann Pillsbury Photography

Party planning can be tough.  The right partners can make all the difference and help provide you with a memorable day for you and your guests.  We have brought together a great group of local businesses that can help you with all of your party needs, and at the same time support your local schools and community.  And if I can help you in anyway with planning your event please do not hesitate to email me.  Happy party planning!