It's My Party
For Kimberly Schlegel, having fun is serious business. So serious that the 24-year-old Dallas socialite turned her favorite hobby--partying--into a money-making venture.
It happened almost by accident. When Schlegel was organizing her own social debut party two years ago, her family had to buy every last item for the 600-guest affair. When it was over, the debutante realized she had a ready-made inventory. The upshot: RSVP-Soirée, an upscale event rental business and one-stop party shop. Whether it's a cozy brunch for two or a swanky shindig for 2,000, Schlegel can furnish everything from calligraphy place cards to Grecian statue vases to silver-beaded dessert plates. She'll even send out invitations and manage the replies. And her online social events calendar is helping put her in the center of Dallas' social swirl. "I love making people have fun," says Schlegel, who hopes to do $1 million in sales next year and open two more outlets in Dallas before hitting Atlanta and New York. Sounds like the party has just begun.
By Naween A. Mangi