Curated Moments Karen Sawyer

Curated Moments  

Karen Sawyer Events

By Alisa L Brock

There are certain elements that are embedded in the most memorable and joyous moments of our lives. These elements captivate us so much that we choose to make room for them in our brain space and attach ourselves to the feelings those moments evoke. Those moments often become our happy place and remind us of what makes us smile as we seek to re-live feelings that resemble such joy. Well, when it comes to creating moments like this, Open Works member and certified event planner, Karen Sawyer, is a master of the elements and a curator of the moments that take our breath away.

With 15 years of experience in the event planning industry, there is no wonder why her clients walk away happy, recommending her and wanting more.

Her business, Karen Sawyer Events, has four departments that cater to the needs of her clients: Changing Faces 4 Fun, The Balloon Boutique, Picture This and Skeeta The Clown.  That’s right! From body painting to balloon decor and from photo booths to live entertainment, Karen Sawyer Events is a one stop shop.


Although they specialize in children’s events and balloon decor, Karen Sawyer Events has the ability to accommodate all  types of events. Her company has covered entertainment for events like former vice president Joe Biden‘s Summer Press Party and  Jon and Kate Plus Eight. She’s even been an alternate on  the reality TV show Skin Wars, where she was able to display her body painting skills.


After 15 years of business, her company now services over 250 events a year, and her team has grown tremendously in size.

“I have access to all types of talent that I book out… If they are really exceptional at what they do; I invite them into my team. ”

Much success has found its way to Karen Sawyer Events, and it all started with making a difference in the life of a child. For 17 years Karen Sawyer was a  foster parent for Baltimore City Social Services. In that time, she has had over 50 foster children in her care.

In an effort to make the children she fostered birthdays moments they’d remember, she’d throw them parties and entertain the guest. People would attend and love it so much they started to request her for their own parties.

“Before I knew it, people were asking for my services, and I had a business.”

Even still, Karen continues to make a difference and bring joy to the youth in our communities. You can find her right across the street from us at Greenmount West Community Center this holiday season with balloons and one of her team’s naturally bearded Santas. Or, if you’re around Open Works, you’ll get to see her brightening up our makerspace with the site of her freshly inflated balloons dangling in mid air, as she prepares them in her microstudio.


“I love the energy here! I love that I’m working with other creatives… I love the diversity.”

We love ya back Karen. We love ya back!

Q: What’s the best advice you ever received and took?

A: “There is perfection in imperfection.”

Q: What advice would you give to future makers with similar interest?

A: “Just take a chance. Find something you enjoy so much that you’ll do it for free, but you do it so well people will pay you for it.”

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