As Desiray Mitchell’s golden birthday approached, her family realized that a grand celebration was not an option.
Desiray would turn 10 on August 10 at the height of the pandemic, but her parents would make sure that a little night’s sleep at their house in Broussard with over-the-top decor still feels special.
“I’m a Pinterest mom,” said Tinesha Mitchell with a laugh. “My daughter didn’t expect it to be the way it is because I’m extra. I like going out everything. She was so excited and enthusiastic.”
Mitchell and her husband created a stunning TikTok-themed glamping display – glamorous camping – with custom air mattresses and A-frame tents that gave Desiray and her guests their own sparkling spaces during sleepover.
“It was kind of fabulous and unexpected,” said Desiray.
After an overwhelmingly positive response from friends and family, Mitchell wondered if she could turn the pretty party into a business model. She found many slumber party scheduling companies around the country but couldn’t find any in Acadiana.
Pretty Glam Sleepovers was born.
“I wanted to share this with other people to help them create memories,” said Mitchell. “That’s really the goal of Pretty Glam Sleepovers: to create memories.”
The mother-daughter duo has planned more than 60 slumber parties since September. Each party comes with two mattresses, sheets, tents, lanterns, bed trays, and decorations. They also offer add-ons and custom requests.
Mitchell and Desiray plan, build, and tear down a few parties every weekend, and sometimes ask Desiray’s father to help with the bigger events.
The family business has grown quickly and sometimes they have to turn people away as this is not a full time gig for Desiray’s parents. Mitchell works as a case manager for people with special needs, and her husband works as a machinist and is in the National Guard.
“The hardest part is telling people no when I can’t put them on the schedule,” said Mitchell. “I can only do so many in one day because it takes at least an hour to set up.”
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Mitchell’s favorite part, by far, is a customer’s reaction after the slumber party decorations are put up. She also loves planning topics alongside her daughter.
Mom can’t decide on a favorite topic. Her top favorites include the mermaid, TikTok and rose gold themes. Her daughter’s favorite is the rose gold theme.
“I like the sparkle and the glitter and the balloons,” Desiray said.
Mother and daughter are always thinking about new topics or ways to help others implement their own concepts.
Desiray’s latest idea is a theme based on the popular online video game Among Us. Mitchell’s latest idea is a range of adult bachelorette party themes.
“I learned to just have fun,” said Mitchell. “We actually enjoy it. I’ve always enjoyed working with people, and I like being able to develop my creativity freely.”
Mitchell and her daughter learn the basics of the business through Pretty Glam Sleepovers. Desiray said she’s saving most of what she earns but has bought some outfits and books with her new income.
“I’ve learned to work hard and run a business,” said Desiray. “What I like best is having fun and just being with my mom.”
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Desiray’s TikTok birthday theme was inspired by her love of the social networking app, which she loves to watch and post dance videos on. She has taken dance lessons for eight of her ten years.
When she’s not dancing or helping her mom plan slumber parties, Desiray loves to read. She has just completed fifth grade at Martial Billeaud Elementary School, where she was a member of the Million Word Reader Club and the 200 Accelerated Reader Point Club for her accomplishments.
However, Desiray doesn’t plan to focus on reading, dancing, or party planning when choosing a career.
“I want to be an orthodontist or a dentist when I grow up,” she said. “Right now I’m going through the braces phase and it’s fun – I mean, not really when you can’t eat your favorite foods, but I like going through the phase when the shape of your teeth is changing.” “
For more information on Pretty Glam Sleepovers, please visit facebook.com/prettyglamsleepovers or prettyglamsleepovers.com.
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