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This edition features My Little Party Place celebrating their 1st anniversary in their Berkeley Heights party space. 

My Little Party Place is a party space offering all-inclusive onsite planning for your child's special day! Weekday arts and crafts, special events, Summer and School's Out Workshops. Some of their party activities include slime making, spa days, pizza making and canvas painting.

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Marisa Colllazo, owner of My Little Party Place, is celebrating her one year anniversary in the Berkeley Heights party space by hosting a 1st birthday party on Sunday, January 20th and you're invited!

"Our guests will be making personal pizzas and ice cream sundaes -- and of course - will participate in some other fun party activities," said Collazo.

Admission is free, but voluntary donations of any amount will be accepted, which will go directly to Moms Helping Moms pdf- a baby supply and diaper bank collecting diapers, wipes, and baby hygiene items for local families in need. All sizes and open packs of diapers are welcome. People can also donate online by clicking here.

For more information and to register for the 1st birthday celebration, visit:

What is unique about your business?

Our all-inclusive party experience allows a parent to stop in, make selections for the special day, and book the party. That’s it! We arrange food and beverage for parent and child, completely decorate our dedicated space in any theme, provide cake, cupcakes, activities, crafts, and favors for each child. It’s all included when you book with us.

What is most important for people to know about your business?

When you book an all-inclusive party with My Little Party Place, you are relieved of the stress of planning, organizing, setting up, ordering food, cake, decorations, buying and assembling favors, arranging entertainment, cleaning up, and hosting a group of children in your home. That means you just show up and enjoy your child's special day. Each all-inclusive package includes favors that you'd find on Etsy, handmade right here in-house! 

Your party planner, Marisa, works very closely with you on a completely personalized party, no matter the theme. You will have direct access to her by cell phone from start to finish.

What sets you apart from your competition?

My experience in event planning and ultra high net worth sales across three business sectors has ensured that I provide the best service and client satisfaction - no matter the type or size party you have in the space. My reviews and recommendations all testify to that, and to my unparalleled commitment to making sure that children leave feeling they had the best party ever, and that parents feel they made the best decision hiring me to plan their child's special day.

Why did you choose to get involved in this business?

I worked for years as Event Manager at a private club on New York’s Park Avenue, and as Catering Manager at Fordham University, before I burned myself out, and decided to give the events space a bit of a break. I entered Corporate America by way of Citi Private Bank, where my roles in Sales and Risk Management required holding all kinds of securities licenses, and cold calling some of the most prominent attorneys in New York. Shortly after my son was born, I left Citi to work as Director of Operations for Pollaro Custom Furniture, a museum quality furniture maker, whose pieces reside in the homes and yachts of some of the wealthiest people in the world. While great, the job required travel, sometimes long hours, and a business brain that never shut off. Stressed, tired, and feeling like THE worst working mom ever, I decided to leave my job to try to make my dream job a reality.

Over the last 14 years I continued to plan parties part-time, all the while hoping for the opportunity to open my own shop on the main street of some great little town.  Now here, I am in the great little town of Berkeley Heights, doing what I love.

Business Hours: Monday - Sunday: Visits by appointment; available by email at and phone at 908.464.3876. 

My Little Party is located at 472 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. 

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