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Our Story

Sugar and spice and everything nice? Not in our world. We have rough and tumble, tea party and sword fight, cuddle and punch girls. Six of them, between the two of us. Plus, a boatful of little nieces and nephews, all who love dramatic play, games and adult interaction.

Our kids love birthday parties at home – Rock Paper Sprinkles style. Meaning, birthday parties with costumes, imagination, and a marathon of games. Our kids start planning their birthdays months out. The excitement builds and builds. What will the costumes entail? What interactive games will be played? What party favors will be discovered during these games? Should the guests be superheroes training to defeat villains or princesses visiting a slew of different fairytales? 

We obviously love our kids and the creative process of birthday parties, so we have obliged our children year after year – even with wailing newborns, tiring jobs, debilitating illnesses, and long-distance moves. Honestly, it’s exhausting (and expensive) to DIY an at-home party from start to finish. It takes a lot of time, energy, money and knowledge. There’s the time it takes to buy, make or borrow materials. There’s knowing which party games are duds (despite what a party blog might recommend). There’s having a plan, rain or shine. The “to do” list goes on and on. Rock Paper Sprinkles eliminates this work load for you. 

We’re not the typical “party in a box” company, selling hundreds of dollars of paper goods for your table and walls. We have the pretty decorations, but it’s not the sole focus. Our parties are bursting with creativity and activities, to provide a very personal and fun experience between parents and child and friends.

About Us

Cara

Cara

Hometown

Springfield, IL

College Major

Engineering

First Job

Financial services consulting: machinery & equipment appraisals 

Places I've Lived

Chicago, St. Louis, Pisa (Italy)

SOMETHING FEW PEOPLE
KNOW ABOUT ME

I played Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and performed in many local musical theater productions.

HOW WE MET

We worked for the same company, a few cubes away from each other.

BIGGEST "OOPS" PARTY MOMENT 

When I tried to stuff 200 red, helium-filled balloons into a minivan on a windy day. I was chasing down stray balloons across the parking lot (I only lost a few). And they still made the best impact.

PARTIES I'D LIKE TO THROW 

Sports (and their mascots), drama party, wizarding magic (a la Harry Potter), magical creatures in Greek mythology

FAVORITE THING ABOUT
ROCK PAPER SPRINKLES PARTIES

The costumes!

Courtney

Courtney

Hometown

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

College Major

Politics and Economics 

First Job

Supply chain for outdoor apparel, footwear, & equipment company

Places I've Lived

Palo Alto, Princeton, San Francisco, San Diego, St. Louis, Dublin (Ireland), Salt Lake City, Chapel Hill, and more...

SOMETHING FEW PEOPLE
KNOW ABOUT ME

I threw myself my own surprise birthday party as a tween. I loved it – the planning, the party, and none of the drama.

HOW WE MET

We were both newbies in St. Louis - a move we both made for our husbands' careers.

BIGGEST "OOPS" PARTY MOMENT 

When I thought transferring 400 live ladybugs into keepsake insect containers was a good idea. The kids loved it.

PARTIES I'D LIKE TO THROW 

The list is infinite: crazy birds being crazy, a spin on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Oregon Trail in birthday party form, vampire bunnies hopping through different holidays, a party full of just villains

FAVORITE THING ABOUT
ROCK PAPER SPRINKLES PARTIES

The children who stay in character for days after our parties end