Kim MacDougall so loves to throw parties that she opened a business to help organize them for everyone.

Here’s The Party! at 549 Howe Ave. celebrated its one-year anniversary last week with, well, a party and a ribbon-cutting.

The Shelton resident describes her business as a one-stop place to have a themed party or special occasion, such as a shower. Children’s birthday parties are the most common.

“You select a theme and Here’s The Party! provides everything, from invitations to goody bags, setup to cleanup, and everything in between,” according to publicity material.

'You don't have to clean up'

The anniversary event was attended by Board of Aldermen President John F. Anglace Jr., Alderman Eric McPherson (who represents downtown), and Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell.

“This is a great place to have a party — and then you don’t have to clean up,” Anglace said. “Instead, you can go home and relax.”

“I love the name — it says it all,” McPherson said.

“You’re helping to create memories for children and families in this nice space,” Purcell said.

Many of their comments focused on the revitalization of downtown, and the role that small business owners such as MacDougall are playing in that process.

“It’s businesses such as yours — new ventures — that constantly breathe new life into the downtown,” Purcell said.

McPherson said upgrading the central business district is a process that’s been ongoing for two decades. “We need to keep going,” he said.

Princess to sports themes offered

The children’s parties offer a craft, games, cupcake decorating, pizza, and beverage. Also included are themed invitations, paper goods and goody bags.

The store’s most popular party is a princess party with gowns for the girls to dress up in “to make them feel like royalty,” MacDougall said.

Other themes include glamour girl, carnival, pirate, luau, construction, sports, and Ninja Legos. “You pick the theme and we’ll run with it,” MacDougall said.

Anglace was intrigued with the hockey sticks on display during his visit, used for a party with a sports theme. “I want to grab one and play the game myself,” he said.

MacDougall now is working on some end-of-the-troop-year parties for the local Girl Scouts.

Parties with up to 50 people have been accommodated in the 1,300-square-foot venue. Events usually last two hours and most occur on weekends.

The rooms also are available for rent for those wanting to plan their own event.

MacDougall has a full-time job with a construction company as an office and project manager.

She is assisted by her husband, John, who also works in construction, and daughter Elizabeth, a Shelton High sophomore. Learn more at 203-924-5559 or www.heres-the-party.com.