Thursday, June 27, 2013


Love our Logo, It should look Navy so need to tweak it a tad.

Last year I thought it would be fun to get a big group to go to a Pumpkin Patch here in Charlotte. Once I picked one I noticed you could rent a tent for several hours and then my wheels just started spinning. I made little gift bags for each kid, rented the tent for two hours and arranged for sandwiches for the adults and bloodies/beer for our sanity. *For the record, Uncrustables were a huge hit for kids AND parents. was a BLAST! I really can't take credit because this specific Pumpkin Patch is freaking awesome. They have a huge sand box, a maze, a fleet of cozy coupes and tons to do besides picking a pumpkin. While we were all boozing and enjoying our kids shrieks of laughter one of the Dad's came over to me and we pay you, there is food and alcohol..and our kids are entertained? Its like a Fraternity for kids!

His comment stuck in my head for months so I called up my party planning extraordinaire friend and said we must meet for drinks. Several bottles of wine later TTZ was born. TTZ stands for Taming the Zoo, You Would Drink Too!

We created this group as an outlet for our friends with kids and for us to have fun events 6 times a year for parents and kids alike. It is also a selfish move on our behalf because we both love planning parties. And let's face it, once weddings and first baby showers are all over...all you really have to look forward to is big birthdays and sprinkles.

Our first event was kind of a test run for us to work the kinks out. It was very casual and at my house. Margaritas for Mom-a blend of Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day. We didn't charge for this event so we could get a good feel on how much these parties will cost. We haven't decided what we will charge per party but have agreed that this is not a money making venture for us. Maybe one day in the future it will be but for now we just enjoy the process so much we would rather break even!

I want to thank my friend Anna for going in on this with me. We are both so crazy with jobs and kids so we are probably nuts to do this but we enjoy it so much. My friend's husband crashed with us awhile back and he laughed that I was going to have drinks with a friend to plan a party 3 weeks in advance. Yep, that's us! And I also selfishly  use it as practice for taking photographs!
Maybe we will expand TTZ one day but for now it is just a fun excuse to get together with our friends and have a few cocktails! (and cookies!)



  1. SUCH a great idea Katharine. Seriously. We have some groups like this for grownups here in Richmond but nothing where kids are involved. I just love this idea so much!

  2. Soooo excited!! (Except for the whole wearing a bathing suit part..)