Welcome to Spark the Occasion! This is my blog to share my ideas, tutorials, and free printables for entertaining.

I’m Nicole – a Midwestern native (having grown up in Michigan and lived in Chicago for 10+ years) who moved to the central coast of California last year with my husband and 2 pugs. This is my first winter without snow and so far I am thrilled!!

I have a degree in Computer Science and used to work as a software consultant, but am happiest when I am being creative and have always dreamed of having my own business. (My creative entrepreneurial spirit has been evident since I tried to sell my homemade ‘greeting cards’ in elementary school and Friendly Plastic jewelry at my middle school craft fair. I like to think I’ve progressed since then!) My online store – Spark the Occasion (coming soon!) – is where I’ll offer customized Printables and Party Packages for events like Birthdays, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, and Holidays. If you’re interested in working together, please reach out and I’d love to create something special for your upcoming celebration!