Playground Chatter with Steve Kemble, America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru

Welcome to Playground Chatter! Our blog series, where we get to profile and chat with some of the best executives in town! Sure, we could ask about all their fancy business stuff but since we are fun monsters, we want to know how they spend their spare time on the playground of life! ______________________________________________________________________________ Your Name: Steve Kemble
Your nickname?  Sassy!
What is your grown up job? Grown Up Job- America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru Lifestyle work in Parties, Weddings, Fashion and Design
How can we find you?
Facebook: A Dose of Sass, by Steve Kemble (fan page); Steve Kemble (personal) Twitter:      @stevekemblechat
Instagram: Steve Kemble
Pinterest:   Steve Kemble
 Steve Kemble.
Tell us where you spent your childhood years. Is there one year you remember most?   I spent the majority of my childhood in my birthplace, Dallas, Texas. The year I remember most was when I was in junior high. We did a theatre production of the Wizard of Oz and I played the Tin Man! I was not very good a memorizing my lines (neither was anyone else for that matter, lol!) so it was truly a very customized version of the production. The first time I really watched it on TV years after our production, I told my parents….wow! they have really changed it since we did it! They replied, no- y’all really changed it when y’all did it! To this day, when I see a woman in ruby red heels, I get the biggest smile!
Favorite part of the playground to hang out in?  My favorite part of the playground to hang out in was the swings…I really thought one day I was actually going loop all the way over the top bar if I kept trying!
Lunch pail, brown bag or did you buy lunch?  My favorite lunch pail was aluminum and Land of the Lost.
What would be your ideal recess today?  My ideal recess today would be Happy Hour- 10, 2 and 4!
Does your company encourage recess for their employees?  YES!, I encourage recess for my employees, even power naps are fine- just no snoring!
If I deemed you Playground Monitor for the next 15 minutes, how would you rally your employees? What activity would everyone participate in?   If I was the Playground Monitor I would have everyone grab a brightly colored hula hoop and we would have the most amazing fun energizing our bodies to Taylor Swifts mega-hit, Shake It Off’! Encouraging everyone to ‘Shake Off’ whatever is bothering them!
What rules did you learn on the playground that you still utilize today? The most important rule I learned on the playground was to share, as everyone wanted time on certain playground items. Even today I use what I learned! For example, while at the airport and using a charging station, I charge my phone for a while and then even though sometimes not fully charged, I left others use the community charging station.
When does time disappear for you? Talk about your hobbies.  Time disappears for me when I escape to my backyard…away from my phone, computer, TV, and social media. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening. I have to admit, there have been times while frustrated over a certain individual or situation I have named a weed after them…you have no idea how amazing the feeling of pulling that weed and tossing it away is! It’s like I just ridded myself of the frustration!
Steve Kemble 2 What is one area of your life where you need more recess?  The one area of my life where I need more recess is on weekends! I tend to work on the weekend because I am able to accomplish so much without interruption. Yet doing this takes me away from family and friends on many occasions.
What is your authentic intention (that thing that you really, really want to do or accomplish?) What are you doing to get there?  I really want to get to a point where I can start taking from Fridays at Noon through Sunday for me and my loved ones. I am working hard to design my work week so that I can do just that. For now, it means my work day starts earlier- but that is ok, I am realizing how valuable ‘me time’ on the weekends is, to energize me for the coming week!
What can you do to design your life to better incorporate more recess?  I have learned that if you want me recess in your life, then you are the one person that can make that happen. And I have learned that by planning ahead it really can happen. I now block certain times and days on my schedule and I stick to it! I promise 99% of the time things work out. For example, you find out that meeting that just had to happen on Tuesday at 2pm, really is just fine happening Wednesday at 10am, etc.
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Fifty Shades of Fun!

When something as big as Fifty Shades of Grey is hitting the big screen, we would never miss an opportunity to create an unique experience around the opening of the film! On February 13th, The Henley Co. produced a Fifty Shades of Grey launch party in San Diego.

The evening was fifty ways of fabulous! Guests arrived to a red carpet and photo backdrop thanks to Party Spark. They then were escorted to the private theater to watch Fifty Shades of Grey. I think we can all agree…we smell a sequel! A few lucky winners walked away from the event with official Fifty Shades merchandise, a boudoir session by True Blue Photography, intuitive energy healing certificates by Jeannie Ballard and the grand prize, which was a 2-night stay at The Heathman Hotel, the hotel made famous by the movie.

To continue the evening, all guests were invited to an after party at Side Bar San Diego. Bon Affair was on hand to help guests cool down by enjoying wine spritzers.

A special thanks to all of our partners for helping to make the evening a great success!

Later’s Baby!


Warner Brothers and ‘In Style’ Golden Globes Party

For event planners, award’s season is as much about the after party production as it is the stunning gowns the women are wearing! Our friends at Biz Bash have done a fabulous job of capturing all of the highlights from this year’s 2015 Golden Globes Party for Warner Bros, NBC Universal and In Style Magazine.

Warner Brothers and ‘In Style’ Golden Globes Party.

I’m loving the diverse looks within each of these parties. The video projection and use of technology as decor is fierce. Check out the forest technology wall by Thomas Ford- it’s stunning! Be sure to also find the Plinko Game by Pandora – a fun way to create interaction for the guests.

What have you seen at an event recently that you loved?

Photo by Line 8 Photography




TSE 2015 – Where All The Event Planners Go!

If you were looking for anyone in the event industry last week, more than likely they were in Anaheim, California at TSE 2015 – The Special Event Conference and Trade Show; the largest industry conference for event planners, vendors and suppliers. I was very fortunate to have been selected to speak all three days. TSE is an annual tradition for the event industry. We attend for education, networking and inspiration. The trade show floor is a visual cornucopia of the latest and greatest decor, furniture and must-have products we can implement in our events. It’s also a great chance for us to network with friends old and new.

This year was particularly special because in addition to speaking all 3 days, I was also able to offer my new book, Permission: Stop Competing & Start Creating the Life You Want to Live at the Conference Bookstore. What a thrill to be asked to do a book signing during the conference, along side my dear friend, Marley Majcher – The Party Goddess!

My presentations included: