By Libby Hopkins

PartyAtMyHousepersonJaime Gukeisen of Brandon wants the community to come and party at her house. No, Gukeisen is not having a community party, but she is opening a new craft business called Party At My House. She loves throwing parties and making crafts with her five daughters, so she decided to turn her love for crafting into a business.

“I love giving gifts and I thought it would be great to open a store where people can shop for gifts,” Gukeisen said. “I love making decorations for parties and making crafts.”

Crafting is becoming increasingly popular as people want to make things on their own as a way to save money. Crafting is also a way for families to spend more time with each other. Gukeisen wants her crafting business to be something her family can do together along with teaching them how to run a family business.

“I involve my daughters in everything I do, so I wanted to teach them how to run a store,” Gukeisen said. “I think it’s good for them to know how a business works.”

They work on all the party designs together. “Someone tells us what kind of party they want and our minds become consumed with ideas,” Gukeisen said.

Gukeisen is also looking for other crafters in the community to sell their items in her store. She is more than happy to lease a space in her store and help others make money for themselves.

“My hopes are to get more local vendors involved with the store so they can succeed in this business as well,” Gukeisen said.

Party At My House will have its two-day grand opening on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

“So far everyone that has come in the store loves it,” Gukeisen said. “They are glad I am here and they said this area needs something like this place.”

She also plans on donating some of her profits to local charities.

“Every month we are supporting a different charity because I want to support more of them in the area,” Gukeisen said.

To learn more about Party At My House or become a vendor, call Gukeisen at 679-0120. For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page at The store is located at 408 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon.


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Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.