Pull up a chair and allow me to tell you a little about myself and how Had To Be There came to be!


Vacations by Kelly

an Academy Travel affiliate, specializing in Disney Destinations and the Rest of the World


Video Memoirs

birthday/anniversary videos, sports banquet highlight reels, video yearbooks, and more!



Personalized announcements, party invitations, save-the-dates, thank you cards, and more!



Themed cupcakes and/or other special sweet treats for your party or special event!


Dance & Drama Classes

Is your child's school lacking a drama program? Interested in private dance lessons before your big day? Call us!


Custom Crafts

Need a gift with a personal touch? We have you covered! Coasters, birthday boards, and much more!


Digital Conversions

Declutter your life! Photo scanning and organizing.
VHS to DVD conversations.


Video Editing

Corporate training videos and advertisements. Turn your amateur footage into stunning cinematic masterpieces!

Kelly made my vacation planning so seamless! So patient with my endless questions - our vacation was amazing! Can't wait to plan the next one!!! Lauren Monroe, CT
Kelly - You did an amazing job on the video - you really made this 90th birthday celebration so very special. You captured moments throughout my mom's life that we will always treasure. Tricia Cos Cob, CT
Planning a birthday for a 13 year old boy is not easy!! They are too old for THEME parties and there is so much that is NOT cool. I asked for help with not only an invitation but the party theme. I had a Murder Mystery Party for eleven 13-year-olds (boys and girls) and Had To Be There provided me with an awesome invite as well as a story plot for the kids to follow. THANK YOU!!! The party was a HUGE hit. Jody Cos Cob, CT
At Christmas, Kelly created beautiful reusable dry-erase calendars as gifts for all the employees at our office. Not only was it a functional and thoughtful gift, but it was also very creative and unique. I have received multiple gifts like this from Kelly over the years. Her ability to craft unique gifts is a talent very much appreciated. It shows in her product how much time and care she puts into everything she makes. Griffin Waterbury, CT