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Community Highlights: Meet Sydney Francois of Sunnyside Parties

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sydney Francois.

Hi Sydney, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Sunnyside Parties started because of my daughter’s 1st birthday! The pandemic started and I became a stay at home mom around the same time after getting laid off of my job. I always knew I wanted to do events but I didn’t want to work for someone, so I decided to launch Sunnyside Parties in August! It was a rough beginning but I was hopeful! I joined mom groups near me and whenever someone had asked who knew someone to decorate or balloons, I was the first to message them and some responded willing to let me decorate and some people never responded, but that was fine! I knew I was new to the event world but I had a philosophy: you won’t have a portfolio if you never put yourself out there. Then one day, an amazing mom reached out to me about her son’s 2nd birthday and how she needed a balloon garland and that was the start of Sunnyside Parties. We continued to show how much potential we have and we continue to book!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was not a smooth road; financially because we were working on a single income and having to be careful of the next move financially to make sure it’s not a flop. Also, the pandemic was another challenge, we launched in 2021, hoping the hospitality industry was going back full time because we did not see a future in gatherings again when we were looking into the business in May.

As you know, we’re big fans of Sunnyside Parties. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Sunnyside Parties is an event decorating and planning business. We service Central Florida… We decorate from First Birthdays to Weddings. We specialize in balloon decorating and we are known for having voluminous balloons and one of a kind decor. What sets us apart from others is our service, we make a one on one connections with our clients and we promise to make their dreams come to life. We offer different decorating services such as balloon garlands, walls, archways. Different backdrops such as greenery backdrop, arches, and more. Plus, we are starting customizable treat bags and more to come!

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Something surprising that many people who know Sunnyside Parties is that it is a one person operation and we work out of an apartment! We make it work with utilizing every space possible!

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