Kitsap says ‘Aloha’ to new event planner

Lori Ann LaFontaine brings a wave of energetic Hawaiian fun to the Kitsap area with her new business, A Touch of Perfection-Personalized Event Planners and Caterers.

LaFontaine has been an event planner and caterer for friends and family for years and decided it was time to offer her services to the community. She typically uses bright tropical colors in her decorations that add a Hawaiian sparkle to any party. Her energetic and fun attitude shines through as she creates personalized decorations with vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow.

“There are not many people in this area who provide casual, fun, and personalized, yet affordable, event planning and catering. My motto is sweet, simple, and special,” LaFontaine said enthusiastically.

But this is not her first business. She and her husband, Kim, have been in the contracting business for 20 years and own TRI-STAR Installations, Inc. which specializes in floor and window cover installation.

Her son, Nick, a junior at Central Kitsap High School is on the football team. As a team mom she catered team events several times. Last year Nick and a group of friends organized a teen dance at the Pavilion that brought in more than 700 people. Teen dances, until then had not been well attended she said. LaFontaine helped the group and it was that event that got her thinking about getting into the event-planning business.

While she specializes in event planning and catering, she also enjoys making personalized gift baskets, leis, silk flower arrangements and detailed decorations.

LaFontaine recently created a colorful “Fun in the Sun” Hawaiian theme party complete with a bubble machine, hand-made candy leis, and a Hawaiian limbo pole. The materials used to make the leis comes straight from Hawaii, which make them sweet and original.

She also planned and catered a “celebration of life” party that was held at Woodward Middle School on Bainbridge Island that had an attendance of 600 people.

One of her upcoming events includes an Eagle Scout ceremony on April 24 for John Winsper. She will be decorating for a patriotic theme and will cater to 50 guests. LaFontaine plans and caters fun parties ranging from “Sweet 16” parties to weddings and everything in between.

LaFontaine, who has a degree in marketing and interior design from the Chaminade University of Honolulu, moved with her family to the area from Hawaii in 1997.

“We moved to Kitsap County because we wanted to give our children better opportunities in terms of education and I also like the suburban feeling of Kitsap,” LaFontaine said.

She also is involved in the community. She is director for the Central Kitsap High School Booster Club, a member of the board of directors for Whaling Days, former president of the Silverdale Outrigger Canoe Club, and member of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. LaFontaine has spent many hours distributing and donating a total of 750,000 granola bars throughout Kitsap County, including to schools, food kitchens and sports organizations. For this year’s Whaling Days, it will be her job to plan and cater the VIP night. She will create the menu for the event’s dinner.

“I do this because I really enjoy it and it’s great fun, and I’m definitely looking forward to planning upcoming graduation parties,” said LaFontaine.

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