stay tuned for our 2019 speaker announcements
Our current selection of speakers have been hand-picked from the top influencers and party makers in the children’s event industry. A few spots remain for superstars whose product or brand inspires. For believers and trend-setters, that have found the path to success and want to share their story to help pave the way for others in our ever-growing community!
graphic designer & event Stylist
Jennifer Sbranti is a graphic designer, event stylist, and the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, one of the pioneer party planning blogs – launched in 2006! Her party, craft, and entertaining ideas have been featured in media outlets such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, People, InStyle Weddings, and Everyday with Rachael Ray. Whether styling a live event or dreaming up creative content for brands (such as Mattel, Coca-Cola, Hershey’s & more), Sbranti’s approach to entertaining is all about bringing the FUN... and doing it with style. Her favorite design “ingredients” are whimsy, wit, and “details that surprise and delight”. We simply can’t wait to have Jennifer on The Bambini Soiree Summit stage!
It’s no secret since the very start of Bambini Soiree, this firm was who we wanted to be when we grew up! I truly believe we all need someone to look up to, and Revelry Event Designers is just that for us! Edgar Zamora is the founder and lead designer behind the internationally recognized firm, famous for having an innovative design view, and being a master transformer of spaces. We consider them a beacon of progressive design, swell aesthetics, and perfection in execution. Edgar and his brilliant team have made Revelry an industry leader in decor of all kinds of celebrations! We could not be more thrilled and flattered that he make time from his busy schedule to come share his magic with us! Our hats are off!
The queen of kid’s party bloggers in the flesh- Fabiola joins us all the way from Brazil as one of the top Sponsors of The Bambini Soiree Summit. It was only 8 years ago that she launched a platform for curating ideas and innovations for the universe of children’s parties: Encontrando Ideias. Leading the way in social media inspiration, she has earned a coveted fan club of over one million followers that look to her to find and showcase the latest and greatest of the party makers industry! We all look up to her and now you have the opportunity to join her at a special VIP chat, and one of the breakout sessions!
Sonia Sharma Events is a prestigious design & event production company specializing in high end kid's parties in Los Angeles, CA. She is renowned for colorful and extravagant designs with a sophisticated vibe. Sonia Sharma's work has been published in the global market and her vibrant signature style has attracted A list clientele, celebrities and tastemakers. Her portfolio speaks for itself and she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
Event planner & venue owner
Yasniri’s entrepreneur spirit combined with her innate talent for event styling embarked her in an adventure when she decided to open Two Roses Events in 2012 (named after her two beautiful daughters Melany & Katlynn Rose). Her one-woman-show beginnings has evolved into a team of ten and four different venues in different locations throughout New York City in just six years. Her “Sky is the limit” quote is her daily reminder that there is more left for her to conquer. She joins the Bambini Soiree Summit from the Big Apple to share her skills on owning multiple venues, maintaining strong alliances with vendors, and staying committed to creating memorable events for her client base, all while continuing to expand her business.
A life-long graphic designer and lover of all whimsical aesthetics, Astrid is a mum of three, wife, and party addict. With a background in design in the realms of fashion, publishing, entertainment, and photography, she finally found her creative-outlet calling in PAPERplayground, founded after hosting her daughter's first birthday celebration 5 years ago. Realising there was a gap in the market for unique ways of designing and presenting personalised items, she created her own. From paperie design to party concept and all things in between, Astrid loves nothing better than creating, styling, and collaborating with like-minded creatives - while juggling the 24-hr duties of the most challenging yet best job there is: motherhood.
social media guru
Tori is a fashion obsessed dog mom living in Pittsburgh, PA. She’s been a social media consultant for 9 years, sharing her expertise with a variety of brands and non-profits including The Andy Warhol Museum. When her dog mom blog took off in 2016 she was inspired to niche down her social media consulting business to focus on Instagram marketing. Thus, InstaMistick was born! Tori’s work in social media, event planning, modeling, acting and community organizing all contribute to her prowess at helping women entrepreneurs grow their Instagram accounts. Since narrowing down to Instagram, Tori has also launched two online courses. Her signature program, InstaMistick, and a mini course called Planoly Perfection that teaches students how to plan out their feeds. Look for Tori… she’ll be the one with a big smile and wearing something pink!
Nathalie A. Cadet-James is the founder of Luxe Fête, a full service international event planning and design studio based in Miami, Florida. Premiere clients seek her services to plan, design, and produce their special events, not only in South Florida, but all over the world. A former attorney, she spent 8 years working at top law firms and clerking for a Federal Judge before she found her true calling. Nathalie is deeply passionate about telling stories, creating spaces that connect people and celebrating life. Featured in numerous national and international publications, she is recognized as an “industry innovator” and “event guru.”
Her innovative yet timeless approach to planning and designing events has drawn the likes of high clientele which include Hillary Clinton, Christian Dior, Gucci and Prada. We are thrilled to have her talent in the Bambini Soiree Summit speaker family !
We all know event designers and producers pack in a whole lot of creativity, hard work and hours to bringing ideas to life. Was there ever a time, when you were working on one of your amazing events that you asked yourself ‘why did I do or say THAT?’ Do you find yourself wrapped in anxiety, trying to get it all perfect and right? After all…that’s what the client wants! Have you struggled with the pressure you put on yourself trying to find that work/life balance? With over 20 years’ experience Dr. Harper combines the latest in neuroscience and psychology to help professionals discover how to hack into neural-plasticity (the ability of the brain to change) so that we can stay in control of ourselves in spite of all the things that go out of control in our lives. At the summit, Dr. Harper will help us SEE how our brain causes us to betray ourselves, tricking us into behaving in ways we “don’t want” in our careers, with our families and our partners. You CAN re-route these hidden patterns and gain balance and control in all areas of your life.
Laila is the brains and heart behind One Inspired Party in Miami, Florida. She has spent the last one hundred and fifty weekends creating kid parties that delight and “inspire”. Behind the scenes and on most weekdays you will find her taking her daughters to cheer practice, and playing the balancing act between busy mom and party boss lady. A big part of her focus since the very beginning has been structuring her business for growth, and so she has, over the last three years, accomplished just that! She joins us to share her growth and pricing strategies, and share her secret formula for calculating the worth of (our) precious time.
As an entrepreneur, Johanna found her design background, business know-how, and passion for stylish children’s celebration a perfect formula to launch Bambini Soiree Designs. Her child-like-vision approach to each project quickly placed the company and its exclusive rental pieces in a trendsetting platform for the US kid party decor industry. What started as an idea of one, quickly became a family owned and operated enterprise, as her husband quit the daily grind to run the operations and help manage their talented team. It is guesstimated that an average of 3000 cups of Starbucks are part of the secret to their success, but there are also hard-earned lessons and smart business decisions that have been integral to their boom. Hear all she will be sharing as a keynote and breakout session speaker at the Bambini Soiree Summit this summer!
This cookie queen has taken the kid party industry by storm with her award-winning edible art. Following her #cookielove dreams, she made the bold move to quit her day job as an office manager, and trade her sleepless nights for a full time position as owner of her own destiny. Today, you can track her famous hair bun in her Instagram feed, as she takes us all over the world, meeting the students of her decorating classes at Sweetie Academy! How did she do it, you ask! She will be answering this and many more questions at the Bambini Soiree Summit! We are all ears and we hope so are you!
Jackie, Internationally recognized event planner and the founder of Jackie Ohh Events, has designed and produced more than 300 Weddings and Events in her career. Having started her business at the young age of twenty-two, she built her success through her unconditional dedication to exceeding her client’s expectations. Fourteen years later, she enjoys the international presence and recognition her work has earned her in the Luxury Travel Guide, Knot Book, and Grace Ormonde, as well as features on CNN, Good Morning America, NBC, Univision and Telemundo.
As an award winning event planner, Jackie’s career continues to represent the epitome professional success achieved through hard work and a commitment to excellence in the luxury event arena. Till this day, Jackie curates elaborate events into unique experiences for both her clients and their guests.
When she is not working, you can find Jackie on the baseball field cheering on her sons team, baking and crafting, or spending time with her family.
ceo & co-founder
Julie is the CEO and Co-Founder of PartySlate, a photo-rich events website where leading event professionals share their work, build their brand and drive leads. Before founding the PartySlate, Julie held executive positions at top-tier digital agencies such as Razorfish, Vibes Mobile and Agency.com. With over 20 years of digital marketing experience helping some of the biggest brands in the world, Julie is excited to bring this expertise to the events industry. Julie received an MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. When Julie isn’t working, she loves spending time with her three children, reading celebrity biographies and watching guilty pleasure reality TV.
Owner and Creative Director, Tricia Smith Brown, officially launched TSB Planning & Design in 2013 - after spending more than a decade as an in-house event producer for distinguished brands including, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, XM Satellite Radio, Sony Music Group, Vanguarde Media and Lizzie Grubman Public Relations. TSB Planning & Design is a full-service event planning, design and production agency dedicated to creating celebrations that are visually and experientially exceptional. TSBPD specializes in distinctive events, ranging from weddings to over the top children's birthday parties to corporate launches. Tricia Smith Brown has become known for her innate ability to completely transform a raw, common space into an intimate, exclusive, surreal atmosphere. Her signature style exudes originality and combines clean and chic aesthetics with luscious color palettes, blooming florals and luxurious textures. Tricia has planned events for Oprah Winfrey and Friends on XM, Nickelodeon, The US Open, BET, The Rolling Stones, Live Nation, Bloomingdales, FILA, Cirque du Soleil, NASCAR, LVMH, Lebron James, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Spike Lee and Coca Cola to name a few.
Author & TV Anchor
Author and TV anchor Rebeca Moreno used the birth of her two children seven years ago to springboard the glam-mom blog that allowed her to stay connected to her devoted audience, inspiring them with trendy lifestyle and celebration ideas, all while raising her family. Today, “Mama con Glamour” has diversified its brand offering from printed media, to children party expos and even a popular television show, and thrives on a social media reach of over 400K followers. While residing in a country filled with political uncertainty, Rebeca models the importance of family and inspires moms to create a safe space to celebrate children, despite lack and limitations. She joins the Bambini Soiree Summit all the way from Venezuela to share with us her secrets on overcoming adversity and how to never, ever, give up on dreaming big!
Legal Counsel to Creatives & Entrepreneurs
Attorney Rob Suarez combines his legal training with his creative background to help creative entrepreneurs & innovative companies reach their goals and exceed their dreams. A founding partner of Trueba & Suarez, PLLC, a boutique intellectual property law firm, Rob counsels his clients through the legal nuances of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law in order to secure their rights and avoid stepping on the rights of others. Rob provides legal advice to some of the most innovative creatives and emerging companies in the arts, entertainment, digital media, tech, and manufacturing industries and is excited to have the opportunity to meet and speak with the many creative entrepreneurs at the Bambini Soiree Summit.
PARTY DIY DESIGNER
A mom, wife, artist, pink devotee and the girl behind The Creative Heart Studio. Since childhood, Lilly’s love for creating has grown, along with an extensive collection of brightly colored pencils! After college, she faced the challenge of how to best utilize her artistic talent with her training in exceptional education for children. In 2008, Lilly’s vision became the concept of her first company: I Heart Sugar Sugar, an event design and planning service specializing in kids’ parties. As an ever-evolving artist with a sketchpad always in hand, she yearned to create more. Lilly's imaginative flow led to the industry-first projects of Surprise Piñata and BALLOON MOSAIC™. Now, The Studio’s blog highlights festive inspirations and friendly DIYs to guide parents, planners and party professionals through a practical, memorable event experience…all made especially for little hearts.
A mom-trepreneur & laser cut queen, Lauren has managed to take simple materials like acrylic and wood, cut dreams into it, and build a successful brand. She is a Rise & Grind Ambassador, and wakes up each day to design and produce a wide array of party accessories that help event planners make celebrations a more personal affair for their clients. From princess monograms to bow cake toppers, Lauren (and her family) are the manufacturing, packing and shipping team behind her event branding signage studio. Her work has topped celebrity cakes, been featured on @people magazine and has swam with the sharks @thesharkdaymond. She is all about the power of positivity, and comes to Miami Beach from Tampa, to bring us some of her good-vibes-only mindset. We can’t wait to hear some of her inspiring lessons in successfully surviving business growth, and facing the challenges of running a boutique, family-run enterprise while wearing a cheek-to-cheek smile!
This cake-baker and business guru has managed to not only change our perspective on what socially-responsible, and made-from-scratch baking is supposed to taste like, but has earned our admiration for successfully scaling a business without losing any of its original flair and flavors. She has expanded her client base by offering not only traditional baked goods, but vegan and gluten-free options that have made her the go-to-baker amongst health-conscious parents in the South Florida market and beyond. She joins the speaker line up to share how it takes more than just talent to build a profitable baking business, and how you too can stand up for something that can help your brand stand out!
At the age of seven when most boys were picking up a bat and ball, Manolo felt most comfortable picking up a camera - clicking away and capturing the world through his perspective.
When he started his professional photography business in 2001, his goal was to capture images that mirrored his client’s personality and style. Almost twenty years later, he attributes his success to his ability to connect with clients at a deep level. It’s the client experience part of his business that truly makes him different from the rest, especially in a time when everyone with a cell phone and a set of filters is a photographer.
From the moment his first meets his client, he begins searching for what makes them unique. Part of his creative process includes extensive research into the subject to develop a deep understanding of who they are as a person. Most In Focus Studio shoots require two or sometimes three discovery and brainstorming meetings before a single photo is ever taken. This discovery process enables him to capture moments in a way most other photographers don’t.
He joins the Bambini Soiree speaker line-up to share the secrets and success behind his extensive client-focused mindset!
Founder of the largest U.S. based social media party blog, Raquel, has dedicated her efforts to searching and featuring top vendors, creative ideas, and children’s event products in @mae_festeira ! Her dedication to children’s event inspiration has allowed her to reach an Instagram following of 895K and growing!
She joins the Bambini Soiree Summit in search for more talent within our VIPP (Very Important Party Pro) attendees and to share with us the work behind her Insta-fame!
Mariana is a lot of things, but her most important role is being a vegan mother of not one, or two, but FIVE beautiful children, two of which are allergic to dairy. She founded Bunnie Cakes in 2009 after a failed attempt to find a vegan birthday cake for her oldest son who was turning 2. Like many of the bakers that bring children’s parties to life, she started out in her home kitchen with an old family recipe which she adapted vegan. <<<<<Fill this commercial interruption with hard work, dedication, and participating in Food Network Cupcakes Wars.>>>>> Today, Bunnie Cakes is what some would call a vegan bakery empire, complete with a store front, a workshop studio, and a line up of wholesale accounts including Whole Foods and select….yes, Starbucks!
A Miami native, Monica Pardo is the heart and mind behind Monica Pardo events, a full service event planning company that services south Florida and beyond. With a rolodex of clients including non profit organizations, professional athletes and celebrities, Monica has been able to succeed in this fast paced industry by exceeding customer expectations. Her concierge approach to planning, focuses on clients comfort and outstanding customer service.
With only 5 years in the industry, Monica was named 2017 Top 20 Professionals Under 40 in Miami by Brickell Magazine, a notable publication of the most successful up and coming executives in the South Florida area.
Prior to launching her own Event Planning firm, Monica was the president for Tutti Bambini Events, a boutique event firm in the South Florida area that specialized in high end social gatherings.
Personally, she places high priority on developing relationships to cultivate business opportunities for those in her network. Although her professional accomplishments are vast, she is most proud of her role as a mother to her bright son; Mason. In her downtime she brings her style, bows and matching sneakers with her wherever she goes.
Founder & Managing Director
A recognized innovator, executor, and experience advisor for notable clients worldwide, Karleen Roy is an authority on bespoke services for the most exigent of clients. Roy’s ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-octane environment was established at her alma mater, Howard University. Upon graduating Roy worked for Island Def Jam Recordings, Compound Entertainment, Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment and Bad Boy Entertainment.
The Vanity Group: A Luxury Lifestyle Management Company, was established in 2011 upon Roy’s decision to channel her corporate and luxury lifestyle management expertise, premier resources, and global capabilities into a dynamic, boutique company offering services to mirror the image of
modern style and quintessential living, crafting experiences only limited to her client’s imagination.
* Speakers subject to change without notice
LEARN FROM THE LEADERS
The top thinkers and leaders in the kid party industry are speaking at the Bambini Soiree Summit. Learn from entrepreneurs, innovators, and marketers who continue to push the business boundaries to reach new heights. Check back often as we continue to add new speakers.