My Favorite Things - Number One


I always say that I have so much in common with Oprah. We both love to talk, are inherently extroverts, battle our weight.. Ok, so that's probably where the similarities end! But I love love love Oprah and I definitely love Oprah’s Favorite Things list! I used to fantasize about what it would be like to be in the audience as she distributed her favorite truffles, underwater ear buds, fur lined hooded sweatshirts and fuzzy new pajamas! Who didn’t want to be a part of the whole “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car” movement? I know I did! Whenever I find things that I’m literally obsessing over I think to myself, “If I had a Favorite Things list this would definitely be on it, hands down!”

So, I decided that my blogs will all be centered around this theme of the one and only almighty Oprah and will feature all the things I’m obsessed with about event planning!

Welcome to the inaugural blog my fellow Mitzvah moms, brides to be, Pinterest fans, 40th birthday party throwers, corporate event coordinators and people in pursuit of event planning greatness! My first favorite thing is a unique vendor in the DMV area called Fluffness! Yes, that’s right, Fluffness!!

What is Fluffness you ask and why is it one of my favorite things? Fluffiness is a company founded by two of the most creative and generous individuals, Tatiana Podoliako and Viktoriya Riley that features hand-spun organic cotton candy in 15 custom signature flavors like Champagne, Café’, Banana Split, Smores, Fruity Pebbles and Unicorns’ Breakfast! All of their flavors are kosher, vegan, gluten-free and contain no artificial flavors or colors.

I recently interviewed owners Tatiana and Viktoriya about their inspiration for creating their company. They explained that cotton candy has been an obsession for Tatiana but she found the artificial dyes were giving her headaches until she accidentally came across organic cotton candy. “The idea of a mobile cotton candy cart catering events of all sorts came naturally after that. We just thought it’s delicious, it’s organic and it’s so fun” they said. The idea of creating freshly spun cotton candy for kid’s parties seemed like it would be a hit but what they didn’t realize was that adults loved the idea too! Since its inception in 2015, Fluffness has catered a wide range of events from birthdays to weddings, retirements, corporate outings, bar and bat mitzvahs and baby showers.

Their favorite part of their job is the joy they bring to people of all ages at events! In addition to creating a magical atmosphere with their freshly spun cotton candy, they also love how interactive and mesmerizing the process is to guests at every event. Tatiana and Viktoriya both chose Queen Bee as their favorite flavor which is a perfectly balanced mix of rose and honey, just a right amount of sweet and floral.

One of the best things about Fluffiness is that they will create a custom color and flavor to match your theme which I just LOVE! They’ve had clients integrate their cotton candy into cocktails and mocktails, in all sorts of desserts, as unique party favors and in mini fluffs on the dessert buffet. They love using edible toppings to incorporate the theme of the event from edible color coordinated glitter to one of a kind event specific flavors, the possibilities are endless! A recent favorite of theirs was an edible wafer disc with a logo, slogan or even hashtag! They even bring themed cotton candy carts to your event that will add a special flair to your next event!

Ari Jones