I was TICKLED when Microsoft asked me if I wanted to help them host a dinner for Alt Summit. I’ve always loved dabbling in event planning, so this was a fun treat!
As a quick review, Alt Summit is a 3 day conference in SLC for design, lifestyle and fashion bloggers. On Wednesday night sponsors host mini parties all around the city. Because the conference hosts about 500 bloggers, the small dinners are a great way for sponsors to help smaller groups get together and meet some friends before the MADNESS begins.
I was asked to help make the bloggers feel welcome and spoiled and connected to the Microsoft brand. The products they wanted to introduce were Outlook.com and the Surface (their tablet) so I wanted to make the dinner about personalization–as that is what these products are all about!
I partnered with the FABULOUS Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral to have her create individual headpieces for each guest. She also created the gorgeous centerpieces and the eucalyptus garland. SHE IS A GENIUS. I cannot recommend her enough.
Then I BEGGED the great and marvelous photographer Heather Zweig to come out of graphic design retirement to create a giant placemat for each table. I love how the placemats made the space and tables feel cohesive and connected. I’m not gonna lie, I thought I was pretty much a genius for thinking of it!
I chose fun quotes about individuality and personality to accompany the floral headpieces at each place. The placemats worked as a sort of map for where everything should go. Glittered mirrors sat on top of encouraging phrases like, “You look fab” and “Look at yo’ fine self.”
I placed a pom-pom wrapped (I hot-glued all the pom-poms on!) Microsoft Wireless Arc Mouse on top of adorable “mice” drawn on the placemat.
I even provided bobby pins (glittered of course) so that people could secure the flowers in their hair using their glittered mirrors. I put the mirrors on little muslin bags so guests could take them home as a party favor! I do not believe in party waste.
All in all it was a wonderful dinner and working with Microsoft was a DREAM because they basically let me run wild! Thank you!!! Everyone seemed to have a lovely time!
In the next few week I will share some more detailed how-to’s inspired by this event! But thank you for letting me drone ON AND ON about all the little details. As they do make me SO GIDDY!
Can I just say the KEY to making this FUN and not a horrible STRESSFUL experience was pulling together an AMAZING team. Heather Mildenstein not only took all the photos (both before the event and then during) but she helped me carry things and set things up. Which I desperately needed in my pregnant state. Ashley Beyer was so sweet to work with, she was creative, helped me with colors, and totally consulted with me on EVERY little detail to make the event cohesive. And Heather Zweig saved my butt in the last hour with her beautiful placemat design.
I could have tried to do ALL this myself. I have floral and graphic design background, and a DSLR. But by letting go of the reigns, and involving experts in each area, it truly was a PARTY.
SO what I’m saying is, COLLABORATION is a blessing. And I happen to know a lot of angels.