Packed Party’s founder and original party girl Jordan Jones learned a secret from her mother a long time ago: it’s much more fun to give than to receive, and it’s not what’s at the party, but who’s at the party that counts. This “who” doesn’t have to be a bunch of people. After all, we only have ourselves and a few good friends to count on, wouldn’t you agree? If you can’t treat yourself or a friend to a personal party every so often then we say it’s time for a little intervention.
Jordan has always found these things to be true and absolutely loves giving unique gifts to those closest to her. Combining her love for giving with her expertise in events seemed only fitting for a girl like her. Shortly after moving to San Francisco, this party girl was inspired with the idea for a Packed Party after she awoke from a dream, wrote all of her thoughts down, and established the company the very next day when she saw there wasn’t such a thing. Fun and uniquely themed gift packages that embody the singular idea that we can have our cake and eat it too was officially born right there in the middle of her tiny apartment.
What was the inspiration behind creating Packed Party? Moving to a new city and not knowing anyone proved to be a bit lonely for me, hence me having a personal Pity Party – the initial inspiration to create the party packages! Gifting can be expensive though and time consuming in a lot of cases, so I wanted to do all the hard work for people in assembling something creative, personalized, and leaving you feeling like you didn't break your bank. Each day in life we have a choice to pick ourselves up and start the party, so why not create a package to encourage women to show love to themselves and spread kindness to others?
Where do you see your business growing in the next 5-10 years? We have big plans to grow! Definitely more packages, more demographics, different types of party girl goodies outside of the care package space, and possibly an on-demand service in select cities. How great would it be to ping someone that you were having a rough day and the next thing you know you have a Pity Party package showing up at your desk? I'm really excited for the future of Packed Party!
Who do you consider your mentor(s) in business and in life? I wouldn’t say I have one mentor in particular as I seek a lot of different people’s advice in business. Bouncing ideas and asking questions has been really important for me in creating Packed Party. My mentor in life, as corny as it might sound, would most definitely be my father. He’s tough on me and asks the questions about work or life other people won’t. Having such a supportive and hilarious family has made Packed Party that much more fun to work on. When things get all too serious or stressful I can call and they’ll remind me I do in fact sell break-up packages and Pity Party packages.
If you could have lunch with any female, past or present, who would it be and why? Probably Ellen DeGeneres. My mom and I have watched her show forever laughing together, and she’s built such an amazing empire on her sense of humor and ability to spread kindness to others. I’d have so many questions about her story getting to where she is now.
We know it only takes one to have a Packed Party, but if you could throw your ultimate dream party, who are thefirst five people you'd put on your guest list? This is tough! A good mix is key, sort of like all of our different packages bringing different things to the party. I’d have to say Kristen Wiig because I find her hilarious, Tory Burch because she inspires me, Beyonce, well, because she’s queen, Jennifer Lawrence or J. Law as I refer to her (yes, I think we’d be besties), and last but not least, Mark Cuban.
What LUNA flavor coincides with your personality? Probably LemonZest! I’m definitely full of zest and can be quite sour at times when I’m hungry…Did I mention I love lemon-flavored anything?
As a young entrepreneur, what is the most valuable lesson you've learned along the way that you'd want other dreamers to know? Your first idea is always your best idea and there’s a reason people tell you to go with your gut- it certainly has worked for me in creating Packed Party.