Oh Hello there!
Welcome to my crazy, nonstop world of events, weddings, flowers, dinners, and most recently, online shop! If we haven’t met yet I’m Andrea, that’s me down there.
I am the girl who has always loved planning events, and back in the day I actually used to have a blog called Simply Pink. Yes, I really loved the color pink and I was all about simple. Neither of those things have really changed. I suppose it was a lifestyle blog, and a source of inspiration as I got my business, Cinta Events, off the ground.
Fast forward 5 years and that little blog has fallen by the wayside, but the side hustle of Cinta Events has grown, little by little, into what it is today. Are you wondering what exactly we do here at Cinta? Well let me tell you a bit about where we started and how it’s evolved.
Cinta Dinners was our original name, and it started out of a love for cooking, dinner parties and community. I LOVE getting everyone around one big table visiting and sharing all the latest gossip or just talking about the little parts of the day. When I was going to school at Oregon State I would host Monday night dinners and do exactly that: cook and gather everyone around for what, in my eyes, is the perfect way to spend an evening.
Now don’t get me wrong, I can hold my own in the kitchen, but in my friend group everyone knows who the real chef is. Enter my sidekick Jereme. On a road trip home from Canada in 2011 we dreamed up what would become Cinta Dinners. Jereme would create the menu, and I would make desserts, design a decor theme, and create the floral arrangements. It turned out to be a match made in heaven, and for the last 6 years we have been happily entering homes, cooking amazing dinners, setting beautiful tables, and giving clients the experience of being loved on and taken care of.
Over the years as I’ve grown as a person, Cinta has also grown. Two years into the dinners I started taking on more jobs exclusively creating floral arrangements. My passion has always been for weddings and as more time has gone on I’ve been so blessed to help brides with florals, event design, and coordination of their big days. It’s been a wonderful experience growing my business and adding more to Cinta Events.
This brings us to last summer. As I was planning my own wedding, I started to realize how grand I wanted the day to be, and I figured some extra income may be a good idea to help pay for it all. Let’s be honest, my biggest motivation was to make enough money to pay for my newly purchased wedding dress, which happened to be double my budget. *oops*. I was already planning to make my own wedding totes, so I thought I could try to sell them and maybe earn a little extra money.
So that’s when I decided to open an Etsy store. I didn’t think that I would be able to make that much money from my store, but hey every penny counts right? I am still in utter shock at how quickly it has grown! I just recently passed the 1,500th sale mark and did it in under a year. It has taken over my life in ways I never could have imagined, and for those of you wondering, I did pay for my dress! So yay for that!
Oh did I mention I also have a day job? Yeah I’m a bit busy over here.
So to recap, what does Cinta Events do? Well, we do everything. We will throw you a dinner party, plan your wedding, or get your whole squad looking great with tees and totes. We love it all and as Cinta continues to grow we hope you come along for the ride!
This blog is not only going to be a place to keep up to date on the everyday happenings, but also a resource. A place for advice on running your own online store, tips for throwing your next party and so much more. I can’t wait to see what we build here together, so until next time…
Ta-ta for now!