Kim MacDougall so loves to throw parties that she opened a business to help organize them for everyone. Here\u2019s 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\u2019s birthday parties are the most common. \u201cYou select a theme and Here\u2019s The Party! provides everything, from invitations to goody bags, setup to cleanup, and everything in between,\u201d 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. \u201cThis is a great place to have a party \u2014 and then you don\u2019t have to clean up,\u201d Anglace said. \u201cInstead, you can go home and relax.\u201d \u201cI love the name \u2014 it says it all,\u201d McPherson said. \u201cYou\u2019re helping to create memories for children and families in this nice space,\u201d 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. \u201cIt\u2019s businesses such as yours \u2014 new ventures \u2014 that constantly breathe new life into the downtown,\u201d Purcell said. McPherson said upgrading the central business district is a process that\u2019s been ongoing for two decades. \u201cWe need to keep going,\u201d he said. Princess to sports themes offered The children\u2019s parties offer a craft, games, cupcake decorating, pizza, and beverage. Also included are themed invitations, paper goods and goody bags. The store\u2019s most popular party is a princess party with gowns for the girls to dress up in \u201cto make them feel like royalty,\u201d MacDougall said. Other themes include glamour girl, carnival, pirate, luau, construction, sports, and Ninja Legos. \u201cYou pick the theme and we\u2019ll run with it,\u201d MacDougall said. Anglace was intrigued with the hockey sticks on display during his visit, used for a party with a sports theme. \u201cI want to grab one and play the game myself,\u201d 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.