How Etsy Helps Me Host

(Derek is on vacation and I was thrilled when he asked me to be a guest contributor. So let me introduce myself, my name is Sommer Smith and I am the Sales and Marketing Manager at Boom Goes The Drum) I am not an expert designer, a DIY aficionado, or a professional chef, but I love to entertain in my home and I can make a mean cocktail (I have the trophy to prove it!). But thankfully in my line of work I have been surrounded by experts in all things food, floral, digital art, design and events; basically masters of creating amazing guest experiences. So on the weekends I enjoy taking the things I have learned from my expert colleagues and applying them to my modest and comparatively small-scaled dinner parties. Recently, I needed to up my game. A dear friend is expecting twins and I will be hosting her baby shower. To make it high stakes, this same friend hosted my baby shower and it BLEW MY MIND. I have to nail this. For months I have been planning and admittedly have started and stopped many themes.  I blame this on blogs like PoppyTalk, Vintage Revivals, and Rifle Paper Co. for sharing irresistible ideas . My challenge is always execution – financially and visually. My usual budget is minimal, but my aspirations are high. I need to get creative when it comes to bringing my vision to life and keeping my credit card from going bananas.   The source I always go back to is Etsy. For those who are not familiar, “Etsy is a marketplace where...