We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa & Teemu Orkamo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melissa & Teemu, what is the most important factor behind your success?
For The Party team it is about loving what we do!

Everyday we get the pleasure of working with our machines, designing and making products that we love. The added bonus is that we have some wonderful clients who enjoying working with us, allowing us to add some magic to their special occasions and celebrations.

We are known for our design style and the quality of our products and service – we are human though but we try our very best to make each client feel like they have our full attention and focus.

What should our readers know about your business?
The Party is a creative design boutique, dedicated to bringing people the best in personalised party accessories and gifts. From cake toppers, handmade decorative signs, personalised gift tags and much more, each piece is lovingly handcrafted by The Party’s team of amazing designers, who are here to make your celebrations unique and special!

The Party is delicately different to other party supply shops and websites in the market, pouring love and attention into every item, customising many of their products to your specific requirements, ensuring your celebration is practically perfect!

The majority of items are 100% sustainable, made from wood and other recyclable materials, meaning you can use and reuse many of the products over and over again!

The Party are obsessive about quality and creativity. This isn’t your typical online service, the Party is all about being personal and customer service is paramount. They love being able to use their design know-how to create something truly unique and special for people.

The Party finds it very rewarding when clients provide feedback on the items ordered. A large number of orders are from repeat clients and referrals from their family and friends. This is very rewarding.

The Party was established in 2016 with slow but steady growth, It has not always been easy – especially with the current Covid situation as this has severely impacted the events industry. Other challenges have been high costs of having a legally licensed business in the UAE; these costs have delayed growth expansion plans.

Lessons are a daily occurrence and part of the growth process with any business.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Dubai is a city that never sleeps! It needs to be seen by day – and by night! It is a multi-cultural city that caters for everyone, from cuisines to experiences it really is all available with many options to fill the days. A week may not be enough!

If you were to visit we would fetch you from the airport and take you down Sheikh Zayed road – best seen at night with all the lights. Iconic buildings will be seen all along this road from the new museum of the future, Emirates Towers, the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab to the Palm. During the day the size of the highways and buildings can truly be appreciated.

The itinerary would follow with waterparks, 5 star hotel pool days and cooler evening BBQ’s in the desert. A spot of high-end mall shopping could be added once the tan has been topped up.

Ferrari World could be an option, whilst in Abu Dhabi a visit to the Grand Mosque and Lourve is a must.

Back to Dubai for a day out on a water taxi from the Marina Mall to the creek in old Dubai. Walking around the spice souk and the Bastakiya, a historical district in Dubai.

Before you leave a desert safari would be fun to do with some late afternoon dune bashing followed by at evening of entertainment under the stars.

Dubai really caters for all interests with the best time of year to visit during the cooler season when more can be enjoyed outdoors.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our shoutout would be to our families and close circle of friends, They have believed in us unconditionally and allowed us the time and space to grow our business, We have really “fallen off” the social calendar since we started the business….they have been extremely understanding and our biggest supporters during this time, listening, encouraging and even lending a hand when needed. Knowing we have had this support structure and people that have believed in us has given us the confidence to keep going and doing what we love.

We are a family business and are very lucky to have our talented sister-in-law as part of our team, She is an important part of who and what we are, with her style and experience.

Website: www.theparty.ae

Instagram: @_the_party

Facebook: @thepartyuae

Other: hello@theparty.ae

Image Credits
Photo credit to : iFlair Photography for the baby with the crown Cheese pins : Jon Sinclair Donut bar : Berni and Bindi

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