In 2000 after co-founding a company that specialized in theme parties, I opened my own business in the inflatable industry. I rented a warehouse slot in Kansas City, KS to store my inventory and would bring home the moonwalks to clean them after each event. I ran Creative Carnivals & Events out of my home office and my husband and I would bring our three kids to the warehouse on Thursday nights to load the one truck we had for the weekend events. I had one employee, Aaron, that would run the jobs for me. I would keep my events on a paper calendar and would mail all the contracts.
When I opened CC&E, the internet didn’t exist and so once everything moved to online I had to adapt by coming up with a short website address without a symbol. Sondra has always been a hard name for people to remember, so I would always just tell people to call me the “Carnival Lady” and that is where our website address and email came from!
Creative Carnivals & Events is a family owned, local, small business. My husband, Kevin runs the warehouse and my son Scott works with him. My daughter-in-law Becca, is our Talent Coordinator in the office and staffs all of our talented entertainers for our events. We also consider all of our non-related employees as family. Our office gets extremely busy and setting up inflatables is no easy task. We work hard to create a fun office environment where everyone enjoys coming to work. Our goal is to pass that type of energy, excitement, and personal relationship on to our customers and the over 1000 events we handle each year.
Safety has always been a priority for me since starting my company. If I don’t own it, there usually is a reason why. I never purchase an inflatable the first year it is released to ensure the safety of the product. My husband and I attend our industry convention every year in Orlando to add new products and services to the over 400 items we offer our customers. We like to see them firsthand to make sure they are high quality, safe, sturdy, and can be easily cleaned and sanitized. We provide entertainment to so many loyal customers, we like to always have new games and inflatables to change the look of the event year after year. We also like to buy products that we can package together for a fun themed event. I strive to make CC&E a unique party rental company that offers our customers a one-stop-shop, custom event where they can choose from attractions, inflatables, games, entertainers and concession items.
Creative Carnivals & Events has been planning and providing service to our customers for over 20 years. During that time my knowledge and experience has grown immensely and I have even custom designed a completely wheel chair accessible obstacle course. I now have a warehouse of my own with a fleet of company branded delivery trucks and vans. As industry standards have changed, we have changed with them. We fully insure the liability of our inflatables and are Kansas Amusement Ride complaint. We inspect, clean and sanitize our equipment after use. We have expanded our inventory to include photo booths, mechanical bulls and two trackless trains. We proudly serve the entire Kansas City Metro area and deliver throughout the Midwest. Our focus is always on our local Kansas and Missouri customers. My team helps to make your event successful, memorable and works to get you the most with your budget. I would love the opportunity to help plan your next church outreach, school carnival, corporate picnic or backyard party. Let us show you what makes Creative Carnivals & Events the best inflatable party rental and entertainer company in Kansas City.