Kristi Smith, Owner

Kristi has nine years experience in event planning. She owned Home & Away Concierge and Event Services in Silverton, Colorado where she organized special events, conferences, and weddings. In 2010, she became the Project Coordinator for a national nonprofit - the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) - located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Her role there allowed her to be hands-on in the corporate event planning process for annual NCHC conferences (2000+ attendees) in Kansas City, Phoenix, and Boston. She also managed all social media and volunteer training. In addition to planning local events for The Party Planner, Kristi was hired by the Community Resource Center out of Denver to serve as an independent coordinator for the 2014 Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days Conference and again in 2015-2016 for the Colorado Health Foundation's Statewide Listening Tour.

Kristi lives in Pagosa Springs with her husband and two teenage sons, but travels frequently to Wichita to see her daughter, son-in-law, and new grandbaby. In her free time, you may find her volunteering as the event coordinator for Seeds of Learning Little Black Dress Affair, serving as a committee member of the Archuleta County Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado and as Social Media and Website Manager of the local photography club, discussing a newly released novel in book club, showing strangers photos of her granddaughter, or hiking somewhere in the San Juan National Forest. 


The Party Planner draws on the finest local sources of furniture, lighting and accessories to transform community center gyms, parks, rustic lodges and mountain tops into magical settings.

The Party Planner is an event planning company in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and founded by Kristi Smith. She officially launched the business in 2014, but has been professionally planning events since 2007.


The Party Planner has become known for events that transport participants away from their everyday lives.



Pagosa's Party Planner Professional


The Party Planner orchestrates every element of the event, starting with  invitations through linens, lighting, flowers and table service.

The Party Planner will follow you anywhere. Kristi has experience in being a part of planning events all over the United States - rural Southwest Colorado's San Juan mountains, the suburbs of St. Louis, and first-tier cities: Boston, Kansas City, and Phoenix.

Leah Rausch,

Community Resource Center

"I would work with Kristi again in a heartbeat..."


"Kristi successfully worked with a planning committee of over thirty volunteers and guided their efforts in crafting the event, from hospitality to programming and marketing. She was the consummate professional and handled difficult situations with ease and grace. Kristi has a calm demeanor and positive energy and was always willing to take on difficult tasks."


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