lisette oversaw most of the party design and did a great job creating a beautiful first-day-of-spring soiree. here are a few pictures from the night, if you'd like to see -- first photo by me, all other pictures courtesy lisette wolter-mckinley photography unless otherwise noted:
the focus of the night was a great panel comprised of aran goyoaga (food stylist, photographer, cookbook author and blogger at cannelle et vanille), alice currah (PBS parents contributer, cookbook author and blogger at savory sweet life) and brandi henderson (renowned pastry chef and founder of the pantry at delancey, a famous community kitchen here in town). they discussed everything from their favorite social media tools, to what they look for when reading other blogs, to ways to stay true to yourself in the online space. it was a really inspirational conversation. (photos below via the @SBUmeetup instagram feed.)
we had a delicious spread of food, with trophy cupcakes (my #1 favorite cupcake, they're the best!) and carrot crostinis from taylor at ginger and salt. lisette also made blueberry lavender lemonade, caprese and fruit skewers and gluten-free peanut butter cookies.
the decorations were fantastic. we had gorgeous fresh flowers from our friends at valley & co and marigold and mint (it WAS the first day of spring, after all!) plus tissue paper flowers made by lisette. shannon eileen made a beautiful art print and we had pink and gold tassel garlands from a new etsy shop based here in seattle, tassel love.
[photo by me]
and, of course, all attendees left with a gift bag -- personalized with a watercolor nametag by melissa leith. they were filled with treasures from local artisans (and one international artisan!) and judging by the squeals of delight upon delivery i'd say our guests loved them. special thanks to Kinfolk | Hot Cakes Cakery | studioMANUFACT | Pelindaba Lavender | Sparrow + Wolf | Dahlia Press | Wren Bird Arts | Rachel Austin | San Juan Sea Salt | Wallingford & Co. for contributing! and extra thanks to the portland-based betsy & iya jewelry studio for donating some beautiful pieces for us to raffle off to two lucky attendees. (first photo by me.)
the biggest thanks of the night goes to Bing for making the night possible. #thanksbing indeed -- they're always making creative endeavors a little easier, both online and off. (photo by me.)
all in all, a fabulous night. and stay tuned, because we'll be announcing more meetups shortly! if you're in seattle, i hope to see you in real life soon -- and even if you're not, i hope you''ll follow along with our adventures via social media.
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