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Life & Work with Kristi Harmon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristi Harmon.

Hi Kristi, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It started off as getting a few of my girlfriends together for a pick me up. I loved how it helped them so much, that I wanted to have them more often, and then my creative mind wanted to make them more elaborate and special, to help others know how special and important they were. As time had gone on, despite having other jobs and obligations, I always wanted to come back to parties. It just became my thing. Several years later, I realized that many people around me struggled to find dancing events close by. My husband and I started thinking about creating a dance hall, and then got the brilliant idea to add dinner and entertainment to it. People started getting really excited about it and kept asking us when we’d do it. I was thrilled that this was something that people wanted and that I loved. My husband, Mark, helped me get started and that’s when CELEBRATE Good Times was born. Pretty wild!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Well, it’s been difficult for me find “what I wanted to be when I grew up”, ya know. I enjoy many things and have always loved to learn about everything. So, I had to try a lot of different things before I realized that large-scale events was my calling. I love to work hard and do things right. So, I had many different things I could be good at, but I never ended up loving any of them, until I got into wedding planning – then I knew I was headed in the right direction. Even after I officially started Celebrate Good Times, it’s been tough to learn all the things needed to move this business forward: I needed to learn business marketing and advertising, how to be successful in social media, business networking, did I want an LLC or sole proprietorship. It was fun at first, because of my love of learning, but after a while, I just wanted to play; to party and have fun, but when I found in-person networking, oh! I could start to play, again! I could share my vision and my party ideas with others. And seeing their eyes light up, made it all worth it. It propelled me forward and it still keeps me going!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Celebrate Good Times is a dinner club company that specializes in large-scale dinner, dancing, and entertainment events. We are most known for our unique immersive luxury events. Our upcoming events include a Disney Dinner and Karaoke Night at the castle-like interior of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building; an Arabian Nights dinner theater with a fire blower, snake charmer, belly dancers and henna Tattoo artist; and our annual Venetian Masquerade Ball at the Utah State Capitol, featuring a contortionist, carnival entertainment, orchestra, and operatic auras.

People want to experience different cultures and times, dress up and essentially step into another world. It’s intriguing, exciting, and enchanting- and that’s what we create. But not just once or twice a year, we put these on monthly.

Being a local Utah-based company makes it easier for Utahns to find these unique and exciting events, by following just one company, instead of constantly searching for events in Utah from national companies that travel through. And then getting spammed from them with all of their other national events that don’t apply to you. I would get so excited to receive an email about an upcoming event, only to be let down when I discovered it was in the middle of nowhere or in the neighboring state.

All of our events are in the Wasatch Front and most of the time in Salt Lake City, making it easier for adults to get out and have fun on a regular basis.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Not to overcomplicate things. I don’t mind working hard to get things done, but I’ve had to remind myself as I was learning that “There’s got to be an easier way.” There’s so much technology and resources available from others that have already figured out the best way to do the business side of things in my line of work that I can call upon, instead of trying to create it from scratch and fine-tune it myself.

It helps me to enjoy the fun side of the work more. And that to me, is invaluable.

Pricing:

  • Disney Dinner and Karaoke -June 24th: $100
  • Downton Abbey High Society Dinner-July 30th: $112
  • Arabian Nights Dinner Theater-Aug 20th: $155
  • Austenland (10a-10p)-Sept 10th: $165
  • Venetian Masquerade Ball-Oct 8th: $100

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