We had the good fortune of connecting with chloe garner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi chloe, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from Ft Worth Tx. I grew up in a small suburb of Ft Worth called Forest Hill. I became a mom at 17. During those 9 months I experienced every emotion possible at 17. I was scared, unsure of myself and my capabilities of raising a child so young. I was disappointed in myself, embarrassed, and I felt having a kid had diminished my dreams and aspirations of going to college and figuring out what I wanted to become. But out of all of those negative feelings I felt about myself came my motivation, my drive, my determination that I would not become all the things that society made teen pregnancy to be. That big shift in thinking came January 15th, 1999. Senior year, 4 months before Prom, 4 months before graduation I welcomed the girl that I owe it all too Ms. Paige Brooks. Once I saw her little face, I knew it was time out for my pity party. I had to grow up because I knew I couldn’t fail her. With my determination and drive I graduated high school on time with my class and I had a plan to take care of my daughter and myself. With this drive, determination, and motivation came more responsibility and a sense of I’m grown! I’ve always had this thing about people telling me what to do and not wanting people to take care of me. Especially now that I have this baby, I was grown so I was not trying to hear none of that. I quicky figured out that if I wanted to be grown and make my own decisions, I could not do that in my parents’ home, so by the age of 18 Paige and I were out on our own and I was making things happen as a young single mom. All my life I saw my parents get up and go to work so quite naturally I knew in order to make it happen for us that’s exactly what I had to do.
I landed a great job at then Southwestern Bell and that afforded us a very nice living. From now AT&T I learned the art of customer service and being on time! These two things are very important with event planning. I take pride in being able to provide great customer service to my clients and being very prompt.
I truly believe that having a child at 17 groomed me into the person I am today simply because after the feeling of defeat, embarrassment, and disappointment I learned that I did not want to ever feel that way again. It built me to become someone that takes L’s as lessons and Blessings. It created an outlook on life for me in a way that all I can see or focus on is the light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dim or dark it may seem as long as I keep pushing through that light will continue to shine and get brighter and brighter the closer, I get to it. My journey has given me the tenacity to fight through all barriers and always find the silver lining in all things. The silver lining in having a baby at 17 is that you grow up fast, become a responsible adult early, struggle to make it, then at 40 you’re able to sit back do what you love and help guide your 23-year-old into adulthood all while sipping a glass of wine!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being a creative soul at heart it wasn’t too hard of a decision when I decided to go into planning events. I love to party, and I love all things PARTY!!! I love to see pretty! I’ve always been the one to decorate all the office parties or come up with concepts. I would decorate my co-workers’ desk for birthdays and my kids’ parties were always on point. So, it wasn’t surprising that I finally made a business out of it. I had been told for years by many that I needed to start a business planning parties, but I was not up for the challenge. One concern I had was because I really do love doing parties, I never wanted it to become a JOB. I was also comfortable with my guaranteed check from my 9 to 5 and to be honest I just didn’t want to put the work in. After quitting AT&T and being unsure what was next, I decided to put my passion to work. The decision seemed like a no brainer. It’s something I love to do and I’m actually good at it so why not. This was my opportunity to do something I love to do. So, in May of 2021 I did my first event and that was the birth of Luxe Soirees by Chloe’. What sets me apart from others I believe is my heart. My attention to details, and the love for what I do. I like things to be pretty and nice. I strive for perfection. I would not give or do something for a client’s party that I would do or have at my own personal party. I take pride in providing a service that represents my brand, I am a Luxurious brand which provides top notch service and a luxurious look. The past year has been hard. As most would say your first few years are hard. I’ve learned so many lessons over the past year it would take up an entire page to tell, but my most important lesson so far is realizing everybody is not your client and be okay with that. I would like the world to know that Luxe Soirees by Chloe’ is more than just the person decorating your party it is a brand that is on to some amazing things in the future.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Man, if my friend is coming in town for a week and I had to show them around, it would probably be a pretty boring week. I dont do a weeks’ worth of anything lol! My prayer would be that they come during a time when something is going on. But just to answer the question for breakfast we would dine at my house my husband makes the best grits ever! I’m willing to put up wagers and him up against any of these chef’s that’s out here cooking grits. I like BBQ and lately I been on Terry Blacks BBQ in Deep Elum so we would definitely have to hit them up. While at Terry Blacks we can explore Deep Elum and they can see the dope grafitti art. We would hit up the Daquiri shop for some fire chicken wings and a daquiri. I love Hookah so we would hit up a Hookah spot. For a night spot we would go to the Parliament bar in uptown and see some bomb mixologists mix craft drinks and pray it rains while inside to get the happy hour drink prices. I would look to see if there would be any good comedians at the Improv. I like live music so I would find a spot one night to go listen to some music. I would take them to Drakes of Hollywood or Dakotas steakhouse for a fine dining experience.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is to my husband Mr. Timothy Garner. He has been so supportive throughout this journey. After spending 19 years and 7 months at AT&T I decided that I no longer wanted to work at AT&T anymore. I wanted to do something different. When we had the conversation, his response was baby whatever you want to do I got you. For that I am so thankful and grateful that he was in full support of me following my dreams without me really knowing what that dream was. For that I am forever grateful.
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