A 501(c)(6) professional organization in Appleton, WI, Valley Home Builders Association (VHBA) consists of more than 600 member companies associated with the residential construction industry. VHBA coordinates the annual Parade of Homes & Condos, Winter Wonderland of Homes and VHBA Home Expo & Parade of Remodeled Homes.
The Fire combats artistic snobbery with an all-inclusive array of creative building blocks. Inside the studio’s downtown location, rows of paints and unfinished ceramic pieces line countertops, and an old-fashioned television set leisurely recounts its favorite Lone Ranger episodes. Large work surfaces and a play place for kids ensure that both children and adults have room to take creative risks. Cavalier creators can paint pottery, craft mosaics, or cobble together a transparent 10-gallon hat with glass fusing (the average project is between $10.99 and $25.99). Pottery painters select their objects from a selection of plates, platters, and other decorative items, then begin painting with the help of a color consultant.
Member of the American Society of Photographers, Tracy Van Zeeland draws upon 16 years' worth of camera-wielding wisdom to capture classic snapshots in a fun and casual atmosphere. The photog passes the one-hour session patiently clicking away as children relax and play, producing prints that ensnare the saplings' innate sweetness while sidestepping temper tantrums prompted by puppets speaking ill of that big shot Big Bird. Customers can choose one outfit and one backdrop, so suit up a squirt in their Sunday best and settle them on a white wicker chair, or maroon babes dressed as cubs on a desert island in their sea faring finery. Directly after the film frenzy, pintsize patrons and their parents peruse a deluge of digital prints on a big-screen TV to select the snapshot for their color 8"x10" print, ready in two weeks. Multitudinous clans can have up to three snapshot subjects, with an additional $5 per each child. Tracy also conquers newborn and family portraits, senior pictures, and more.
Whether guests need to dance or kids have to bounce, Fox Cities Party Rental's got it covered—either literally, with one of its spacious tents, or figuratively, with a dance floor or bounce house. These soiree specialists can handle myriad party settings, from garden weddings to beachside festivals. Depending on the event, clients can rent traditional decor elements such as elegant white china or opt for more whimsical touches, including snow-cone machines and cotton-candy makers.