Taking time to have fun

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By Kirsten Laskey

VaLynn Purvis always had a knack for fun. From an early age she had an interest in games and activities with children and families.

This interest in fun led her to establish her own business, Party to Go! in Los Alamos. The business was formed two years ago. In the past, she has participated in Fourth of July Carnival at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church and offered balloon animals and games at activities at Chamisa and Pion elementary schools. Party To Go! offers its services at family and high school reunions, and kids’ birthday parties.

Purvis provides balloon animals, face painting, magic tricks and other carnival-related items such as parachute games, gunny sack races and milk jug tosses.

She added she hopes to make the business “bigger and better” by offering activities for teens and adults.

Purvis doesn’t offer these things alone; her family gets involved in the fun. Her daughter, Kelani, 13, paints faces; son, Clayton, 11, does balloon animals and helps with all games; and other son, Russell, 9, performs magic tricks. She added she looks forward to inviting her daughters Melia, 7, and Leana, 5, to participate.

Involving her children in the business not only teaches them new skills, but also allows them to help others have fun.

“The whole reason why I enjoy doing this is basically watching kids having fun, watching adults turn into kids and having fun also,” Purvis said.

While there are many rewards, Purvis said, “I’m learning there’s a lot more to a business than I realize.”

She said one of the hardest things was locating resources in order to enhance her business. However, Purvis said she has gotten some great assistance, particularly from the Chamber of Commerce. She credited the chamber as being “fantastic” with helping her promote her business.

Purvis said it’s important to have local resources in order for businesses to grow and get stronger. It’s what will help keep businesses in town, she said.

Purvis said she is also working with Home Run Pizza to offer birthday packages in the future at the restaurant. She has also teamed up with Patty the Clown, who also provides balloon and magic tricks.

Other plans include offering her services as a photographer for parties. She explained growing up, her family offered river raft trips and she would take pictures of rafters. As a result, Purvis said she hopes to again capture people’s moments of fun.

Party To Go! offers a lot of value to the community. “I think it’s easy to get caught up at work and the daily things in life,” Purvis said. “(It’s important) to remember to have fun for themselves, their families and kids. It provides an opportunity for people who don’t have the time (for fun), to call me up.”

To contact Purvis, call 672-2202 or e-mail at partytogo@gmail.com.