Business specializes in weddings
When working in the party store business, one of the first rules is the show must go on.
At one wedding, Party Affair owner Donna Solbrig crushed her finger when it got caught between a chair dolly and a metal building railing at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion.
When she went to get stitches at the emergency room, she told the nurse she had to leave once the stitches were put in.
“The beer’s coming!” Solbrig said as she left to finish her obligations at the wedding and make sure her client had what was needed.
Solbrig has owned and operated Party Affair since 1993. The former cosmetologist grew up in Fredericksburg and first got into the party business when her brothers both got married a month apart.
“There was nothing for them to get locally, so I decided to open up a party supply store and gear it for that,” she said. “However, it took a turn. Instead of doing children’s parties, I ended up going toward weddings. Someone asked me, and I decided to try. I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Party Affair also handles corporate parties, birthday parties, anniversaries and funerals in short, whatever the client’s needs are. Solbrig estimates that 90 percent of her business comes from weddings.
In the 23 years she has been in business, Solbrig remembers a few unforgettable weddings.
She recalled one that was an Irish and Western theme that took place on March 17.
“We did the gift table with a cauldron with a rainbow,” she said.
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