Holy crap! I could not be happier with how this event turned out! Unlike the four other “Search for Your Awesome” events, this one was entirely in MY CONTROL! So obviously, it brought together every dream element and person I’ve ever wanted for a party!
And there’s a video of it too!
This part of the “Search for Your Awesome tour” (read more about that here), was connected to the blogging conference that Bing helps sponsors called Alt Summit. Traditionally the sponsors can host a dinner for 50 people the night before the conference. In the past I have designed two dinners for Microsoft, a fun sparkly one here, and the “Be Brave” dinner.
They are always at a restaurant, in winter, and poorly lit. Haha. So I was excited for this summer session of Alt, because 1. the lighting would be better and 2. Bing was kind enough to let me plan the WHOLE thing. Usually I come on to the scene after they have chosen a restaurant.
The fist question I ask myself when planning ANY event is, “Why are we throwing this party?”
In this case the #1 answer was: To help conference attendees mingle and interact with Bing.
So if this is the case, I figured it didn’t make sense to have these people, who are busting with energy, sitting for 2-3 hours. So I rented out a photography studio and brought in a food truck. There was a cool landing dock near the studio, so I added some branding where the food truck would pull up.
But if you’re not sitting and eating, you need some other activities to help people feel comfortable, right? So I created a photo shoot area with the “Throne of Awesome,” brought in a nail technician-because there’s always time for nail art, some fancy desserts, a bar tender, and Kayti from The BeYOUty Bureau to do the ladies brows and lips before they took to the throne.
This is Kayti dolling up Natalie from Bing IN the throne.
And Stephanie giving the girls the cutest nails ever.
IT WAS AWESOME.
The other REALLY REALLY important thing I did was enlist help. My friend Kimmy Crosby is an incredible event designer, and she was an crucial part of the prep, styling and execution of the event. This has been the hardest part about growing The Alison Show: trusting other people to do things I’m used to doing myself. In this case especially I had NO CHOICE. I had too much on my plate and I could not have done the party without help!
But I’m finding that when I trust other people, and they are the RIGHT PERSON, things just keep turning out better and better. Kimmy and I also worked together on the Lumberjack Jam, and Mother’s Day Brunch.
Here’s my girl Kimmy!
The throne brings out the best in people I think:
We had those fun rings at every party, so for this one I put them in cake-pop containers with confetti! Cute right? Here’s the swag table.
And try not to freak out over the desserts. They were even better than you’re imagining!
But I think my greatest contribution to the party was naming the non-alcoholic cocktail option: “Your Mom’s a Virgin”
But really the most fun of the whole thing was watching people get a little loose and really work the throne. That’s the nice thing about doing events for bloggers, you know they’ll work the camera. Haha.
Natalie and Raph from Bing!
You know how much I hate a photo-op!
I hope you enjoyed this party! So many fun things I know I forgot some of them! But I love you all!
Event Concept and Production: The Alison Show
Party Styling and Coordination Partner: Kimmy Crosby Design
Photographer and Venue: Jessican Peterson Photo
Florals: Lizy Bowden
Desserts: Dolce Bella by Erin
Graphic Design and Signage: Hello Tosha
Specialty Nail Technician: Stephanie Marsh for booking in SLC and Utah County contact 801.226.6993
Makeup and dolling up by: The BeYOUty Bureau
Bar Tending and Drink creation: Christopher Henderson for booking in SLC and Utah County contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catering: Chow Truck
Crafting Help Volunteer Coordination: Tracie Atkinson & Carla Thorup