Women Who Move Detroit – 2020 – Special Section
The Party Carriage
527 Lewis St. | Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 841-8292 | thepartycarriage.com
As the mother of three children under 9, Andrea Sevanthinathan understands the stress of hosting children’s parties. When her daughter started school and began attending friends’ birthday parties, she noticed there were few venue options for kids, especially girls.
That gave her the idea for The Party Carriage, a mobile business with a 25-foot, state-of-the-art trailer with activities such as karaoke, dress-up, crafts, and face-painting.
Three years ago, Sevanthinathan, along with her husband and a cousin, started The Party Carriage as an alternative to standard party venues and home birthday parties. “It was hugely successful the first year, but we had to dock the trailer for the winter. Losing out on business for nearly five months isn’t good, so we decided to move our operation indoors and opened the Indoor Palace in 2018,” says Sevanthinathan, who’s also a part-time nurse practitioner at Karmanos Cancer Institute.
The Indoor Palace has an arts, crafts, karaoke, and dress-up studio on the first floor. A parents’ lounge on the second floor lets adults watch a live feed of the downstairs party.
“In developing The Party Carriage, I talked to (other) parents and got input and ideas,” Sevanthinathan says. “The connections I made fueled the creation and growth of The Party Carriage.”
While The Party Carriage has an internet and social media presence, Sevanthinathan says word of (little) mouths is quite convincing. “Parents who come to their daughter’s friend’s party pick up a flyer because their own daughter wants to have a party with us.”